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Some of you rap fans can be uptight standard junkies. So much so that you forget the days when dudes like Slick Rick told humorous stories. Devin is the same on every album. Weed smoking, goofy looking, story telling fool….and I love every bit of it. Look at this video. He’s say people be tripping on me…and then he has a person literally “trip over” him in the grocery store. I love it! Sure it’s silly but it beats the hell out of watching a million rap videos with the same broads, same chains, same cars. Variety people, variety. This is hip-hop whether you like it our not. WORD. This week’s Re-Release is Devin The Dude’s “What I Be On“.
“The AC/DC of trashy stoner rap, Devin the Dude had released a fat set of like-minded and like-sounding albums by the time he got to this 2010 release, but just like those metal gods, Devin’s redundancy is the reason fans keep coming back. They won’t be disappointed by Suite #420, which features the usual set of chilled-out weed anthems, sex jokes, and old-school R&B beats, along with those great oddball numbers the Dude uses to break each album up. Here it’s the new wave-flavored, heartbreak song “Where Ya At?” along with the crooked and appropriately titled “Funky Little Freestyle,” where Devin offers “I baffle the minds of workers at the Laundromat/They think my clothes have been worn by a walking ganja plant”. Best of the standard joints is “Still Comin’,” where producer Mirawge gives Devin a crip-walking beat over which he proves he’s still “got it” when it comes to out-sleazing the competition (including a “peach fuzz” reference that makes the phrase incorrigible). That’s what you pay for and that’s what you get in abundance, and without any guest shots from other artists. As the Dude would say, Suite #420 got it all rolled up, and you just gotta put a light on it. ” – Allmusic.com
Grand Puba Maxwell! Debut solo album. I wasn’t too happy about the initial Brand Nubian break up, but it did produce some classic Grand Puba solos. This one being the starter. This week’s Re-Release is Grand Puba’s “360 (What Goes Around)“.
“In a sense, Grand Puba really never was a genuine member of Brand Nubian. He was several years older than Lord Jamar and Sadat X, and had already recorded with the old-school crew Masters of Ceremony several years before finally hooking up with his younger mates. And even the mostly collective-minded One for All featured a couple Pubasolo joints. Based on the sophomore Brand Nubian outing, it is pretty clear that Grand Puba‘s carefree verbal play, completely unencumbered by ideology, tempered the more in-your-face manifestation of Jamar and Sadat X‘s radical politics since In God We Trust which, as thrillingly polemical as it could be, was also rather severe and uncompromising, even apocalyptic, in its outlook, and therefore off-putting at times. Likewise, based on this debut solo album, it’s clear that Brand Nubian created precisely the right context in which Puba‘s self-reflexive braggadocio could flourish without wearing thin because Reel to Reel, as much fun as it is, has little in the way of substance… ” – Allmusic.com
If you haven’t heard, 50 cent and what ever is left of G Unit are no longer on Interscope, Shady, nor Aftermath. No beef, just a mutual understanding. Considering the force at which he hit the game (the 2nd time), and the sh*t load of money that was earned…no one loses.
It just seems unbelievable that 50 cent is not really a factor in the rap game anymore. Sure, we still check for him but his dominance has subsided. No matter how hard of a song he makes, the audience taste is just different now. That’s just the way the music game goes. Ask Ja-Rule.
I remember when Get Rich or Die Trying dropped. He had the ENTIRE game on smash. Not only did he meet the hype, he blew that sh*t into another stratsphere. All the dope mixtapes, the videos, the shows. 50 cleaned up. Shady, Aftermath, and Interscope cleaned up.
The unfortunate part, 50 is just too much of a business man. That’s not a bad thing. It’s just a rap thing. That’s ok in some circles, but I don’t think that sits well with 50 the emcee. Sure he’s rich. Sure it’s bigger than beats and rhymes, but that’s where he broke ground.
That’s where he made his name. There is no way he wasn’t passionate about being the best rapper on the planet at that time. You could hear it in his rhymes. I think he’s still hungry. I don’t believe he wants his story to end here.
Of course Fiddy the business man has a new deal for 50 the rapper and whatever is left of G-Unit. One can only hope that this new deal brings 50 Cent back into the Hip-Hop conversation.
This is a Mos Def album (now known as Yasiin Bey) that everyone should check out. He returns to the emcee on this one. This wasn’t one of my favorite records but the video enhanced it for me. This week’s Re-Release is Mos Def’s “Sex, Love, & Money“.
“During the first several years of the 2000s, it wasn’t unreasonable to want Mos Def, one of the most dazzling living MCs, to make a rap album. After he released 2006′s True Magic, his first all-rap release in seven years — following the back-to-back instant classics Black Star and Black on Both Sides – it was easier to understand why he had been devoting much more time to acting and diversions like The New Danger. It was evident that he was not inspired, no doubt prompting a fair portion of his followers to think, “OK, maybe we should have been more specific: please make agood rap album.” On The Ecstatic, it’s not as if Mos Def makes a full return to the lucid/bug-eyed rhymes heard on decade-old cuts like “Hater Players” and “Hip Hop.” Instead, he comes up with a mind-bending, low-key triumph, the kind of magnetic album that takes around a dozen spins to completely unpack. Oscillating between cerebral gibberish and seemingly nonchalant, off-the-cuff boasts, it’s obvious that Mos Def is back to enjoying his trade. ” – Allmusic.com
Honestly, this is the only time I’m looking at you. Whether you have something ignorant to say, or some intelligence shines through. I’m saying. That’s why you look like that right? You’re only trying to make one statement. That statement doesn’t have anything to do with rhymes or beats or Hip-Hop.
It’s about, “how can I get them to pay attention to me?” That pic right there. No sound, no interview, just that. Turn around to identify yourself, and then turn back around. Men want to see it, woman laugh at it. It’s like entertainment. Just not the entertainment business you see yourself in. No. Your sh*t is more like a circus.
A freak of nature. Nobody cares about their background. Just do that thing that you do. You asked me to look right? You wanted me to look, now you don’t like that kind of attention?
Soooo, using a iconic picture of the great El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz also known as Malcom X… Hell.. to you he might as well be Malcolm Little….
For your pointless statement about “Looking A$$ Niggas”? I didn’t want to touch this one. I almost feel like it was done on purpose. Do something foul, apologize and hope that we are still paying attention while you put out another wack album.
Damn, Black History Month too? Smh. I’ve already said too much. One of these ladies in hip-hop needs to get at her… And no Lil Kim doesn’t count.
“I appreciate the way you look though.”
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Got a nice rotation going here. Just my thoughts… Here’s what I’m currently rocking:
The Alchemist ”The Cutting Room Floor 3“
“Alchemist throwaways are better than some rapper’s blood sweat and tear records. Seriously. These tracks are dope. Some are old but that’s only if you listen to a lot of hip-hop like myself. It features music from the likes of Raekwon, Nas, Large Professor, Meek Mill, Planet Asia, and more. This should be in your collection. Word!”
DJ Kay Slay “The Rise of A City“
“This is me being a Homer. This mixtape goes hard, period. Doesn’t end as strong but for those who say NY needs to get back to form. Here is something to think about. Hopefully this is the beginning of a good year NYC. Check it out!”
Fabolous “Soul Tape 3″
“Sooo much better than the 2nd mixtape. This time around he combines the best of the first two Soul Tapes to create a dope release. Fab is still a force on the mic. Peep this one out for yourself.”
Black Milk ”No Poison No Paradise“
“Still here, going strong. I just love the production on this album. Black Milk’s rhymes fit the mood perfectly. If you haven’t heard this one yet, it’s never too late. Support.”
Dom Kennedy “Get Home Safely“
“Yo, I’m saying. Sh*t is just a different vibe from everything else. It works for me when I’m in chill mode. No battle rap, ill similes, metaphor roars here. Relax playa.”
A yo. The original 50 Cent debut. Yeah, the album (some say) got him shot. Whatever. Dope debut. And this song?! I loved it the minute I heard it. The beginning of the end for Ja Rule. This week’s Re-Release is 50 Cent’s “Your Life’s on the Line“.
“You can say this much for 50 Cent: The man knows how to make an entrance. Before he released the uproariously cunning single “How to Rob,” few knew this Queens, NY, native even existed. But by naming names and placing his own persona deep in the middle of a non-existent battle (specifically, casting hip-hop stars as targets for 50 Cent‘s hardcore, comedic robbing spree), he assured himself a place among the industry’s most illustrious performers. After all, a challenge rarely goes unanswered in hip-hop circles and when that gauntlet is raised, the best retaliation is a lyrical one. Thus setting the stage for his own legend to emerge, 50 Cent recorded a powerful debut CD to prove he was no one-hit wonder. Tracks on Power of the Dollar utilize penetrating wit and funk-infused beats, accompanied by grand orchestrations of commanding horns, pronounced percussion, and various string elements. .. ” – Allmusic.com