Check out my latest hip-hop commentary: PE #1
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…”
Things get interesting this month. A couple of big releases. People are already looking toward the future for their hip-hop fix. What’s on deck?
Upcoming Notable Hip-Hop Releases(Dates Subject to Change):
JUNE 3RD- 50 CENT “ANIMAL AMBITION”
JUNE 3RD- AB-SOUL “THESE DAYS”
JUNE 3RD- MADLIB “PINATA BEATS”
JUNE 3RD- SAGE FRANCIS “COPPER GONE”
JUNE 3RD- TRAVIS PORTER “MUSIC, MONEY, MAGNUMS”
JUNE 8TH- ILLA GHEE “SOCIAL GRAFFITI”
JUNE 10TH- MURS & MAYDAY “MURSDAY”
JUNE 10TH- CANIBUS “FAIT ACCOMPLI”
JUNE 17TH- SWOLLEN MEMBERS “BRAND NEW DAY”
JUNE 24TH- BUCKSHOT & P-MONEY “BACKPACK TRAVEL”
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
New EP from Vegas Produced by@McLovinBeatz …Check it:
Hip Hop culture is eating itself. Its moving into a direction where art and craftsmanship is taking a backseat to excess and instant gratification.
To the “initiated” this sounds quite familiar…
Amidst the chaos Vegas & McLovin have decided to find a little crevice or corner to post up on and throw out some free work for anyone willing to listen. If you like to nod your head, have a laugh every once in a while, or just be stimulated by interesting convo, try this, you might like it.
Written by Vegas Produced by McLovin Beatz
Project Executive producer: Ahk
Art Direction: Ahk & Vegas
Project Promotion: Wanja Lange
Thank you to anyone who lends us their ears!
Also, get it on Bandcamp: TESTERS EP
New track from Mickey Factz …Check it:
As of the this post, the deal hasn’t been finalized yet but everyday is officially Dre Day. At least in his household. If you’ve been under a rock, Apple is set to acquire Beats Audio for BILLIONS of dollars. Dre was probably already set for life, now his grand kids, grand kid’s, grand kids are set.
This brother has come a long way. He’s had a lot of ups and downs. He’s had a lot of people try to tarnish his business, sully his name. Everything you can think of. Who’s laughing now?
I like the fact that Hip-Hop artist like 50 Cent, Jay Z, and Dre have become moguls. I would get sad when I looked at how legendary artist like Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, and more are just… Old Rappers. Still rapping to eat in some cases.
This isn’t disrespect, it’s just the truth. Look at Ice Cube. I mean, music got him there but TV and Movies is where he makes his bread. Look at The Fresh Prince (Yes, Will Smith), he is light years away from his days as a rapper…. ONLY.
It’s encouraging. It’s inspiring. It’s the new rap game, and everybody wants to get there. But I’ll tell you this… Dope Hip-Hop records is what started it all. Don’t lose sight of that. #Salute