A song off of a compilation produced by Beezo & Kil w/ Drum Machines Have No Soul Trio: Hands Up.
If you’ve just discovered the joys of Hip-Hop music….you’ve got some homework to do. WatchMojo.com put together this list of the Top 10 Rap Diss Tracks. Do you agree? Watch them all below:
In a time of need, we used to come together to make a statement. Using our popularity and fame to bring awareness to issues that affected our community. In other words, it didn’t begin and end with songs like Self-Destruction. Here’s a song that I dug back in the day. I saw the video first so it had a greater impact. Check the title on the album cover. So relevant today. This week’s Re-Release is Heal “Heal Yourself“.
“”Boasting Blastmaster KRS-1 as its executive producer, Civilization Vs. Technology is an all-star project that employs a who’s who of late 1980s and early 1990s rappers from the East Coast. L.L. Cool J,Public Enemy leader Chuck D, Run-D.M.C., Queen Latifah, Big Daddy Kane, Salt-N-Pepa, MC Lyte,Doug E. Fresh, Kool Moe Dee, and KRS himself are among the MCs featured on this very socio-political album. With an overall message of black pride and black unity (without a lot of separatist rhetoric, thankfully), this release encourages the black family to stay together. Ironically, the album’s emphasis on family mirrors, in some respects, the “family values” message that Dr. Laura Schlesinger and other GOP conservatives espoused in the 1990s — although it’s safe to say that few of the left-leaning participants would identify themselves as either conservatives or Republicans. Though hip-hop-oriented, the CD employs some major reggae artists, including Ziggy Marley and Shabba Ranks. Also, a prominent rocker, R.E.M.‘s Michael Stipe, is featured on the title song, which addresses environmental concerns. KRS’ H.E.A.L. project (Human Education Against Lies) turned out to be more of a critical success than a commercial one. Civilization Vs. Technology enjoyed rave reviews in the hip-hop press, but in terms of sales, it hardly rivaled the million-selling gangsta rap releases of the early 1990s. KRS probably didn’t find that surprising — he has stated in interviews that while intelligence can sell, it doesn’t sell as quickly or as easily as sex and violence. Although not as well-known as it should be, this is a CD that hip-hoppers should make a point of obtaining.” – Allmusic.com
Weekly update on all things Hip-Hop and my opinion on it. Word! Stitcher Radio and iTunes coming soon…
If you’ve just discovered the joys of Hip-Hop music….you’ve got some homework to do. WatchMojo.com put together this list of the Top 10 Defining Songs of each decade. Do you agree? Watch them all below:
Good music all around. Hip-Hop ain’t dead. Word. Just my thoughts… Here’s what I’m currently rocking:
50 Cent “Animal Ambition:An Untamed Desire to Win“
“Starts out REALLY strong, then it weaves in and out of wack/dope too often. I like it but I am not sure how long it will stay in my rotation. There is a lot of old 50 and then there is that searching for a radio hit 50. Tis the life of a mainstream artist searching for the glory days.”
Slaughterhouse “House Rules“
“One of the top releases this year without a doubt. This is the Slaughterhouse album I want. Thumping beats, lyrical, and thought provoking in some cases. Sure, they are still on attack mode but this mixtape seems like they are coming together as a group rather than a freestyle cipher. YOU MUST DOWNLOAD THIS ONE.”
Pharoahe Monch “P.T.S.D.(Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)“
“Every time this dude has dropped an album, it has been a masterpiece of content and production. Unfortunately, some people will never hear it. He is horribly slept on every go round. In another time, these would be classics. I thought his last album was dope…this one is BETTER. Man, if you love hip-hop the way you say you do…go out and support it. This is one of the best albums this year. Hands down.”
Mobb Deep “The Infamous Mobb Deep“
“There was a time where I would truly be excited for a new Mobb Deep album. I had zero expectations for this one. I almost passed it by. Whoa! The f@ck was I thinking? This feels like them Murdah Musick days. Prodigy sounds rejuvenated. Havoc kind of sounds like he took a step back lyrically but, wasn’t that the hierarchy in the past anyway? The guest, the beats, that good old M-O-B-B sound? This album is hot! It also includes a remastered version of their debut (really sophomore) album The Infamous. Say no more.”
Skyzoo & Torae “Barrel Brothers“
“I don’t want to hear that NYC-Style hip hop is dead. That ole’ boom bap is gone. It’s all skinny jeans, big hats, and cheap imitations of southern hip-hop. That’s what the radio would have you think. More than anything, this album dispels that. It feels like old NY without sounding old. I haven’t been the biggest fan of either mc’s solo projects but as a team? This is pretty dope. If you’ve looked far and wide for that ole sh*t, look no further. Check it…”
New track from Donovan …Check it:
Let’s be real. Drugs and alcohol sometimes go hand in hand with recording sessions. Not my style but there are plenty of dudes who gotta “Get right” before they hit the booth. We’re not just talking Hip-Hop either.
Regardless of the drug or drink of choice, some artist feel that this helps them get in their zone. Gets the creative juices flowing. Turn’t Up, Swagged Out … Whatever. My question to you is, does this guarantee good music?
I mean, there are plenty of successful artist who’ve never relied on the assistance of drugs or alcohol to help them in the recording process. Why do some artist feel the need to “Get right” before they write/record?
I can understand the idea of manufacturing the atmosphere of a party before you record a party record. I can understand that it makes people more loose… Or social… Or less insecure in some cases. A lot of hit records were recorded “under the influence”. Sh*t some great records were recorded by straight up junkies.
So, is it necessary? I don’t think so. What I do know is that, regardless of the genre, the artist, or even the medium… Getting high and performing sometimes go hand to hand.
Hand in hand. Carry on Artist. Cheers!