Re-Release Tuesdays “Soul Survivor”(Late Edition)

I wasn’t the biggest Jeezy fan when he made his debut.  I couldn’t front though, I liked this single big time.  I was almost mad at myself for liking it at the time. Ah, the debates I had back then.  All in all, it was a solid single and watching it now brings back good memories.  This week’s Re-Release is Young Jeezy’s “Soul Survivor“.

“A sequence of events juggled the release dates for Boyz N da Hood‘s first album (issued on Bad Boy) and Young Jeezy‘s own widely distributed breakout (issued on Def Jam). Boyz N da Hood hit the Top Five the week it was released, and Young Jeezy — the group’s most visible member — wound up releasing Let’s Get It: Thug Motivation 101 only a month later. His prominence has come hard and fast (and not without a fair share of controversy), but in truth, he has been active in the underground since the mid-’90s. More a businessman than a traditional MC, his boasts are either deliberately pronounced or mush-mouthed and are often stamped with a druggy “Aaaayy!” Far from the South’s best MC, he nonetheless makes up for it with his storytelling ability and obvious desire to inspire hard work, even if the “million dollar dreams” are followed by “federal nightmares…” – Allmusic.com

Re-Release Tuesdays “Heal Yourself”

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

SPECIAL DELIVERY:THE FEAR

Man have things changed. This entire situation in Ferguson is crazy in itself. There are a lot of supports of the movement.  There are a couple of rapper’s out there protesting and making there voice heard. Unfortunately, not the rappers that need to be out there.  Sure, I’m not saying that having Drake march with the protesters will have a huge impact on this situation.  It would say that today’s leading hip-hop artist aren’t just about money, cars, and what the other rapper doesn’t have.

Hip-Hop music is all about expression. It’s not limited to one expression over the other but it once held a prominent voice when it came to social issues that effect the community. Some of it still does but that voice has all but been muted in the mainstream. Sure artist like Talib Kweli, Chuck D., and Styles P will and have acted. Unfortunately, none of them have a big voice when it comes to rap music.

The new generation doesn’t care about their messages. Everything is a trend.  Even if it’s something as serious as this (or ALS for that matter). It’s not really about speaking out against the legacy of injustice.  It’s about being included in the conversation…regardless of what that conversation is about. Look at the whole situation that went down with Lord Jamar and is comments about Gays in Hip-Hop.

I commend artist like J. Cole. He’s out there. He’s making it known through his music but him alone is not enough.  He is not big enough. Don’t get me wrong, some of your favorite artist will Tweet about it, Instagram about it but at the end of the day…it’s politics. The same fans who will ingest the unlimited flow of negative messages these artist provide song after song, will be the same fans who criticize them for not tweeting a statement regarding Ferguson.

And when the dust clears, and the hashtags trend in Ferguson only, everyone will return to their virtual life. Everyone will continue to support the music that contradicts the “movement” that just happened.  More importantly, NO ONE WILL HOLD THESE ARTIST ACCOUNTABLE FOR THEIR MESSAGES.

Look, rap is entertainment at the end of the day.  It’s no different from movies, books, video games, etc. Rap has various genres.  Every now and again I want to hear some gangsta sh*t, just as much as I want to watch a movie like Scarface. It’s entertainment, and they are entertainers…but if you are going to throw your hat into a conscious arena…well …choose your words wisely. THAT’S MY WORD!

SPECIAL DELIVERY:DROPS THE MIC

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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.

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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.

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