SPECIAL DELIVERY: The Voice

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Gangstarr had a song that spoke about how the uniqueness in your voice is one of the things that got you attention in hip-hop. A distinct voice is just as important as a distinct style (i.e. Q-Tip, B-Real, Kendrick).  Sure there have been rappers with similar vocal tones but, in 2013/2014, I feel like there are waaay too many.

Each rapper brings something to the table that separates him or herself from the other.  It’s just hard to tell when they sound so much a like.  They target the same audience.  Somebody’s not going to eat. It  doesn’t matter who came first, they all came up together.

I was listening to Childish Gambino’s new album when this became ever so clear. Nothing against him but he sound/feels like Drake, Big Sean, & Lupe Fiasco all rolled in one. Maybe that’s the hook? IDK. It becomes increasingly hard to tell the difference for the uninformed.

Nobody has bass in their voice? Only in interviews? I don’t understand. Unfortunately, it all comes down to the marketing of this style. Everybody wants what is charting. Once upon a time artist would get signed because they had a  unique sound.  Now they get deals because they sound the same.

I will always remember Russell Simmons saying he didn’t sign Nas back in the day because he sound too much like Kool G. Rap.  If that were today, not only would he have signed him, he probably would have a roster full of them.

It all just sends a uninspired message to the up and coming hip-hop artist. “Why be you when you can be them?”

Here is that Gangstarr song I talked about (side bar- I didn’t like it but it’s the truth. Lol!):

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Re-Release Tuesdays “It’s Yourz”

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I like the song Drake did. I’m saying. It would have been corny for him to try and redo it from a rap perspective.  It was it’s own song and it brings to light a classic Wu-Tang track.  I loved this song the minute I heard it. Dope beat. Typical Wu slang. Plus it dropped during the summer. You know how we love our Summer Anthems.  This week’s Re-Release is Wu-Tang Clan’s “It’s Yourz“.

By the time the Wu-Tang Clan finished their first round of solo projects and reconvened for their second album as a group, the double-disc album had become the hip-hop fad of the moment. So why not give it a shot? With a main crew of nine MCs (plus new protégé Cappadonna), the Wu wouldn’t have to depend heavily on guest appearances to flesh out two whole discs of material, as Biggie and 2Pac had. While the result, Wu-Tang Forever, is frequently brilliant, it’s also sprawling and unfocused, losing its handle on the carefully controlled chaos of Enter the Wu-Tang. On the one hand, there’s more social consciousness on Wu-Tang Forever, taking hard looks at ghetto life while finding pathos and offering encouragement and uplift (“A Better Tomorrow,” “Impossible”). On the other hand, you also get some of the group’s most explicit sex raps yet (“Maria,” “The Projects,” the utterly bizarre ODB solo track “Dog Shit”). In other words, the group is starting to go off in more individual directions here, making it harder to maintain an overall focus…. - Allmusic.com

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Re-Release Tuesdays “Best I Ever Had”

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Drake has a new album in the wings (leaked on the internet though), and I took the time to look back at the beginning.  For music that came out not too long ago, the nostalgia hit a brother.  There were songs that I totally forgot about.  It gave me a better appreciation for what this dude was able to accomplish in such a short period of time. This song without a doubt was FIRE.  This week’s Re-Release is Drake’s “Best I Ever Had”.

“No doubt about it, Drake blew up big time in 2009. The one-time TV actor (from Degrassi High: The Next Generation) hooked up with Lil Wayne a couple years previously, worked the mixtape and collabo circuit hard for a spell, and then suddenly hit with the song “Best I Ever Had.” The song was taken from the So Far Gone mixtape and became, arguably, the top summer jam of 2009. After a ferocious bidding war, Drake ended up signing with Universal Motown (while keeping his affiliation with Weezy‘s Young Money and Cash Money intact), and they officially introduced Drakewith the So Far Gone EP…” - Allmusic.com

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