Re-Release Tuesdays “Stay Real”

As a long time EPMD fan, I was ready for this solo album.  Sure, the break up of my favorite  rap group hurt like hell…still…I was like a basehead switching dealers… “What your sh*t feel like?” Needless to say I was a little disappointed.  It wasn’t the same “high”.  Production wise?  This album was hot, and the lead single was what had me foaming at the mouth with anticipation. Okay, maybe I’m exaggerating a bit.  Never the less, this was a classic record for me.  Even if it was based on unbelievable hype.  This week’s Re-Release was Erick Sermon’s “Stay Real“.  Watch him go hard on the “Evander Holyfield” boxing game from Sega Genesis.  Lol!

When EPMD finally unravelled after months of rumors and internal turmoil, Erick Sermon wasted no time grabbing the mike. He’s quite obsessed with proving he can cut it alone, although his self-titled debut didn’t move far from EPMD‘s trademarks: fat, crunching basslines, neatly inserted samples lifted mainly from Zapp, tight vocal edits, and Sermon‘s mush-mouthed, deadpan raps. His targets included condoms, sexual warfare, hip-hop groupies, and would-be rap challengers. While this contains the obligatory “bitches” and “niggas” references, there’s not as much gun worship as you might expect. No Pressure is as much, if not more, EPMD‘s final release as Erick Sermon‘s debut.” – Allmusic.com

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SPECIAL DELIVERY: STREAK OVER

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I’ve always been an on again off again Wrestling fan. In recent years, I’ve followed more closely and realized that there is a very passionate fan base. That fan base is actually what keeps me interested. The history, the stories, the rumors. It’s all become somewhat fascinating to me. So fascinating, that I bought a subscription to the WWE Network.

Last night was the 30 year anniversary of Wrestlemania. It’s hard to imagine this is still a big event 30 years later but I watched with all the anticipation in the world. All of the fuel fed from die hard fans on the Internet. The Undertaker, who I couldn’t believe still wrestled when I resumed watching back in 2010, was 21-0 at Wrestlemania last night. Never lost a match, until last night. Fans were stunned, upset, confused and all of the above.

(Here comes the Hip-Hop) So this got me thinking… damn hip hop is wack now. Are the artist wack? Not all of them. The passion that those fans showed last night (and probably will all week) is lost in the Hip-Hop world. In wrestling, they have appropriate names for their eras. I feel these names mirror Hip-Hop eras as well. Let’s see:

There’s the Golden Era. That’s the Hulk Hogan and Macho Man era. In Hip-Hop, that without a doubt is the late 80s. 1988 in particular. KANE, SLICK RICK, RAKIM, BDP… You get the point.

Then there is the Attitude Era. That’s The Rock and Stone Cold era. In hip-hop, that has to be the 90s Death Row, Pac, Nas, Biggie, The Wu, etc. You get the point.

And then there is today, The PG Era. That’s John Cena and…. Yeah, basically. (I do like CM Punk though). For Hip-Hop? Well, that’s easy. Drake, Lil Wayne, and a million throw away artist.
The difference between those eras is content and fans. The Golden Era was new and exciting. The Attitude Era was about evolution, revolution… and it was just waaaaayy better than the Golden Era. Somewhat a Golden Era 2. The PG era though? It’s cool,  but no one really cares. People debate. Good things happen and bad things happen. When bad things happen, you lose fans. When good things happen, you don’t get new ones.

I look at the end of The Undertaker’s streak the same way I look at a wack Jay Z or Nas album. It’s the end of an era, and some fans stick around out of passion for the culture…. And others will move on. Are you still passionate about Hip-Hop Music?

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Top 10 Wu-Tang Clan Songs

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I watch these kind of videos all the time. There not always about hip-hop but this one was. Peep the “phrasing” from the narrator. Lol! Dope! S/O to WatchMojo.com

Re-Release Tuesdays “Black Hand Side”

Damn shame a lot of “hip-hop fans” haven’t heard this album. It’s a damn shame that a lot of hip-hop naysayers haven’t heard this album.  It’s the penalty for being the thing that people say doesn’t exist in rap music anymore. Watch the video and know that the album has an even greater message.  This week’s Re-Release is Pharoahe Monch’s “Black Hand Side“.

“With the 2011 release of his third album, W.A.R. (We Are Renegades), rapper Pharoahe Monch halved the eight-year wait fans endured between his first and second efforts. This strong, satisfying, often stunning third release proves he can deliver the goods under this tighter release schedule, and when listening to lyrics that are topical for 2011 (“Calculated Amalgamation” is inspired by the recent Egyptian revolution), one begins to wonder if it’s been three years off for Monch, and then one very strong year back on. Whatever the process, W.A.R. is worth it, chock-full of those wickedly smart Monch lines (“Even my reflection disrespects you like a freshman during hazing”) and Armageddon productions from the likes of M-PhazesDiamond D, and Samiyam. These beats seem generally as mad and driven as the man himself, although “The Grand Illusion” with Citizen Cope adds some alternative rock to the mix while the closer, ”Still Standing,” is as elegant and soulful as its guest, Jill Scott. The socially concerned singles “Shine” and “Clap (One Day)” make for a decent intro, even if they are best heard in context, as this conceptually sound album uses linking dialog and a sensible running order to guide listeners through Monch’s war story.” – Allmusic.com