Check out my latest hip-hop commentary: BATTLE RAP
Ah Joey. You’ve come a long way yet, you don’t realize how far away you actually are. Remember your battle rap days? Remember what it’s like to spit in a cypher on the block? Remember the attitude of every rapper in that circle? It’s that f@ck it attitude.
Remember that? Going all out no matter what? No setting is too loud, no atmosphere matters? You just spit your bars on some, f@ck it. Remember that?
This will be quick. Joe Budden vs. Hollow Da Don didn’t live up to expectations…but it did. It ended the way some predicted but it didn’t. Total Slaughter tried to commercialize what Smack URL started but they failed.
Kay Slay, Sway, and Ebro. Stop it. Keep them away from the event as presenters. How about, save the commentary for pre and post show.
Now back to Joey. C’mon son. “Stop my time”, “Stop Booing”, and then he drops the mic? C’mon now. Who gives a sh*t about the crowd. Dope flows, bars, and professionalism will force the crowd to pay attention (and STFU). You can’t antagonize them.
Overall, Total Slaughter has a lot of work to do. They obviously had no idea how to make this bigger and better. Battle rap is gaining ground in pop culture and something about that scares me. The soul of the movement always gets lost in the pursuit of the bigger dollar.
…and you get diva sh*t like “stop my time”. GTFOH.
Here is how it is done:
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:
The writing is on the wall for Hot 97. The funny part? I’ve said this for a while. I live in the Tri-State area and I rarely listen to Hot 97 or its competition. It’s not because it’s all bad. It’s just because I love sports and I like riding to ESPN.
When I do Tune in, I’m easily turned off by the content, the lack of radio broadcasting etiquette, and the same songs from the same artist. Don’t get me started on the almost 10 minutes (maybe more) of commercials. Some would say that I am not the demographic for their content. To that I say, stop calling yourself the home for Hip-Hop and R&B.
I’m a big fan of both genres and they are terribly represented. Some would say, well, what makes their competitors any different? I’d say, Hot 97 was here first. When Hot 97 first became that home for Hip-Hop and R&B, it was refreshing. A new station to represent a new generation. That being Generation X and Y. Now it’s a radio station with no vision for the future.
When your hook for the morning show is the fact that it’s a White , a Black, and a Puerto Rican… Sh*t is already corny. When you talk about “real Hip-Hop” but you support “Hip-Pop” more than anything… Well… That’s just mixed messages that serve no one. We know it’s a business. Good business practice is to not contradict your mission statement.
What is that mission nowadays? Sh*t on Nicki Minaj for her lack of Hip-Hop but play her sh*t because you need to keep the lights on? Which one is it? We’re not mad if you go one way or another, just stand for something or STFU.
This is why the Chuck D Twitter rants, the Dame Dash attacks have so much weight to them. People see the contradiction. Most are turned off by it. Angie Martinez’s resigning, and then signing with your direct competitor is just another point being made. They need a management change, a new mission and direction. I used to love Hot Nine Seven, now I’m like, whatever. I don’t listen…
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:
I read tons of articles across the internet. Every now and again I run into a post that is hip-hop related…and interesting. Do today’s Djs do nothing but push a button? There are a lot of people who started djing once the need for traditional turntable skills wasn’t a requirement. Is it that the art of djing is dead or evolved?
Here is a snippet of the post with the link to the entire piece below it:
“I think given about one hour of instruction, anyone with minimal knowledge of Ableton and music tech in general could DO what I’m doing at a Deadmau5 concert. Just like I think ANY DJ in the WORLD who can match a beat can do what “ANYONE else” (not going to mention any names) is doing on their EDM stages, too. Have a look, then let me explain…”
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!
I wasn’t the biggest Game fan when he came out. The name dropping was a problem for me. This is your debut album and all you have to talk about are other rappers? I couldn’t deny the fact that some of the beats and songs were hot. I agree with the notion that he helped to bring that West Coast style of Hip-Hop back. This week’s Re-Release is The Game ft. 50 Cent “Hate It or Love It“.
“Once the Game surfaced as a force in hip-hop, a big deal was made of his dance with death. Apparently he was shot five times. If you’re scoring at home, that’s four times less than label mate and executive producer 50 Cent. After the altercation that nearly took his life, the Game took a crash course in hip-hop and studied up on the master MCs from both coasts. Within a year of rapping for the first time, Dr. Dre took notice and was compelled to offer an Aftermath contract. the Game is also from Compton, just like his mentor, so guess where the allegiances fall? An N.W.Amedallion hangs from his neck, an N.W.A logo is inked across his chest, and an image of the late Eazy-E is on his right forearm. If none of this makes it clear enough, the Game name drops beloved heroes — including just about everyone ever connected to N.W.A, save for CPO — with great frequency…” – Allmusic.com