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Let me see… “The writing’s on the wall”, “The jig is up”, “The end is nigh”. No matter how you look at it, a fad gets old. People will not invest a lifetime in “moment” music. Some music is just cool for what we are in to at the time. I like to call it Fast Food rap. We all love fast food, but it ain’t got shit on a home cooked meal. Nicki Minaj is Fast Food.
Any time you have to re-release an album with bonuses because it didn’t live up to expectations? That sh*t flopped. It’s quite common in the music game. But when you release it on Black Friday and it does worst than ever?! You either have to switch your focus or GTFOH. I think Nicki could be a viable artist if she backed off the “Crazy, Stupid, Barbie, Butt implant, Tri-Sexual, Lady NahGa, Zombie moan rapping shit.”
She has the voice and the delivery, and with proper ghost writers…she can be hotter than ever. That’s just me. Here is what makes this post real juicy though. I had the pleasure of listening to Hot 97 when the Program Director (Ebro) went in on her latest album sales. 3600 units moved total. Dayum!His reason for why her album sold jack shit on the biggest shopping day in the US…Peter Rosenberg.
I don’t know about that but Rosenberg has made valid comments about her brand of Hip-Pop. Granted, this is coming from a station that plays a ton of bullsh*t that doesn’t belong to Nicki Minaj. Whatever. Well, Nicki caught wind of their words and now…this:
There is a lot of hip-hop to be had out there. Here’s what I’m currently rocking:
Pusha T “Fear of GOD” Mixtape
“Always been a fan of The Clipse. I personally think that they wouldn’t be able to connect with the fans as solo artist. Consider me connected. This mixtape exceeded my expectations. Original tracks, unreleased songs, and freestyles are all here for this hot mixtape. Get this one.”
Big K.R.I.T. “Return to 4EVA” Mixtape
“Heard a lot about this dude but I didn’t jump on the bandwagon until now. This is how mixtapes should be done. Conceptual with an overall theme. This is how real southern mcs get down. Lyrics. Topics. Beats that wrap it all together. I came away impressed. Oh btw, he produces his own music as well. Add this to your rotation…NOW!”
Dj Premier “Guru Tribute Mix Live on Hot97“
“THIS IS THE ONLY GURU TRIBUTE YOU WILL EVER NEED! TRUST ME. NUFF SAID…”
Cam’ron & Vado “Gunz & Butta“
“If you know me, you already know that I’m not a strictly lyrics and concepts hip-hop fan. I need variety. I need to balance out my hip-hop habit with some straight shit-talk, club ready music. This album kind of exceeded my expectations. Lyrically it is what I expected, but I was surprised how much I liked it. This is not for everyone though. Cam still isn’t as good as he has been in the past, but he isn’t as careless with the lyrics. The beats are dope. As the weather starts to get warmer, this is the kind of music that makes you want to hit the streets.”
Prodigy “Complex Presents: Prodigy-The Ellsworth Bumpy Johnson EP“
“I can’t front. The only reason I even thought about checking this out was because I’m currently reading his autobiography (review coming soon). I was satisfied with what I heard. I’ve come to realize what made Prodigy so dope back in the day was his honesty. There was a point in time when you could tell he didn’t care what he spit. It’s funny how jail can adjust your attitude. This EP samples a lot from the movie “Hoodlum“. The beats make this release what it is. Prodigy is hit and miss, but mostly hit. If this is a prelude of what’s to come from the Mobb Deep camp…I’m all in. Check it out.”
Fabolous “The Soul Tape“
“I had to add this one to the list. This is a dope Fabolous tape. One of his best in a while as far as I’m concerned. The beats are more soulful (hence the title) than his other releases. It just makes me wonder why this doesn’t happen with his major releases. I think we all know the answer to that. The lyrics are on point as always. This is a good look for Loso. Time will only tell if we’ll see it again.”
(In my 50 Cent voice) “Daaaaamn Homey!”
This was big for Jay-Z at the time, but listen to how the young fans go crazy for Mike. That dude has the respect of generations. Always and forever playboy.
You have those “wounded” followers of Jay-Z out there who still believe that he won the battle against Nas back in 2001. Some of them like to forget about this interview, but the mighty internet will help you remember. JAY-Z LOST! HE DOESN’T DENY IT! WHY DO YOU?! He is still one of my all-time favorite mcs, but stop fooling yourself and move on. Exhibit A Thru Z: