Check out my latest hip-hop commentary: THE CHEF
Good music all around. Hip-Hop ain’t dead. Word. Just my thoughts… Here’s what I’m currently rocking:
Schoolboy Q “Oxymoron“
“One of the best of the year. Word. No, I don’t feel it’s better than GKMC. It’s different. It’s gangsta. It’s lyrical. It’s quirky at times. Just a solid release. Love what them boys over at T.D.E. are doing. Keep it coming. Cop that! “
CyHi The Prynce “Black Hystori Project“
“I was late on this one. Dope mixtape. He has messages with some tracks, but there are other tracks that contradict those messages. Hip-Hop, unfortunately, can be like that sometimes. Still a dope release, and one of the best of the year. Word. Check for it. “
Isaiah Rashad “Cilvia Demo“
” This another one I slept on. S/O to the homey Ahk. Solid release. Dope beats and rhymes. His flow and confidence compliment the tracks well.I’m feeling the drive behind some of the young dudes in the game.”
Fabolous “Soul Tape 3“
” Still knocking this one from time to time. One can only hope that Fab’s next album, Loso’s Way 2, will be this good. Nice variety of tracks and well placed features on this mixtape. Check it out. “
The Alchemist “The Cutting Room Floor 3“
“Like I said before, these throwaways are better than dudes hard work albums. It just bangs from start to finish. Alchemist is a beast. Still going strong in my rotation. Get this! “
This past weekend was a blur. When you have business and family obligations, they tend to veto any plans to lay around like a slouch. In other words, my regular Internet intake was cut down to almost zero. I did find some time between sets in the gym to see what this crazy world (Hello Hip-Hop) had been up to.
I found a common question that I ran across in a couple of forums. Is it safe to say that West Coast Hip-Hop is about to start running sh*t… Again?
Seems like it. A lot of my favorite rappers today, well, are all from the same coast. Schoolboy Q, Kendrick Lamar, Nipsey Hussell, and Dom Kennedy to name a few. Sure, we aren’t talking a Death Row Records like take over but it’s pretty close.
More important than it all, actual skill is involved. Thank you Lawd. I love it all. We’ve been stuck in this vortex of bum a$$, metro sexual, identity crisis, it’s all love, no hate, skill bankrupt rap stanza rapping a$$ ninjas. I’m saying. People are fed up. They want to be genuinely excited about Hip-Hop again.
I’m an East Coast dude, but I’ll ride with the west coast if it means we get actual Hip-Hop on the big stage. And not that Grammy stage either…
Some interesting releases in the month of March… 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):
MARCH 4TH- A$AP MOB “L.O.R.D.”
MARCH 4TH- BLACK MILK “GLITCHES IN THE BREAK”
MARCH 4TH- RICK ROSS “MASTERMIND”
MARCH 11TH- YOUNG MONEY “RISE OF AN EMPIRE”
MARCH 11TH- ONYX “WAKEDAFUCUP”
MARCH 18TH- YG “MY KRAZY LIFE”
MARCH 18TH- FREDDIE GIBBS & MADLIB “PINATA”
MARCH 25TH- TECH N9NE “COLLABOS:STRANGEULATION”
MARCH 25TH- TOO SHORT “WEIRD SCIENCE”
MARCH 25TH- SAGE THE GEMINI “REMEMBER ME”
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.
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$$ Niggas”? I didn’t want to touch this one. I almost feel like it was done on purpose. Do something foul, apologize and hope that we are still paying attention while you put out another wack album.
Damn, Black History Month too? Smh. I’ve already said too much. One of these ladies in hip-hop needs to get at her… And no Lil Kim doesn’t count.
“I appreciate the way you look though.”
Got a nice rotation going here. Just my thoughts… Here’s what I’m currently rocking:
The Alchemist “The Cutting Room Floor 3“
“Alchemist throwaways are better than some rapper’s blood sweat and tear records. Seriously. These tracks are dope. Some are old but that’s only if you listen to a lot of hip-hop like myself. It features music from the likes of Raekwon, Nas, Large Professor, Meek Mill, Planet Asia, and more. This should be in your collection. Word!”
DJ Kay Slay “The Rise of A City“
“This is me being a Homer. This mixtape goes hard, period. Doesn’t end as strong but for those who say NY needs to get back to form. Here is something to think about. Hopefully this is the beginning of a good year NYC. Check it out!”
Fabolous “Soul Tape 3″
“Sooo much better than the 2nd mixtape. This time around he combines the best of the first two Soul Tapes to create a dope release. Fab is still a force on the mic. Peep this one out for yourself.”
Black Milk “No Poison No Paradise“
“Still here, going strong. I just love the production on this album. Black Milk’s rhymes fit the mood perfectly. If you haven’t heard this one yet, it’s never too late. Support.”
Dom Kennedy “Get Home Safely“
“Yo, I’m saying. Sh*t is just a different vibe from everything else. It works for me when I’m in chill mode. No battle rap, ill similes, metaphor roars here. Relax playa.”
I remember when Ja Rule screamed into a microphone and said, “Ya’ll want Pac back?! Well, he’s here!” I was like, “Man, sit yo a$$ down.” There was only one 2pac, and he is gone.
We’ll, now that pop culture is done imitating the 80s (i.e. tight pants, auto-tune, flat tops) it has turned to the 90s. And Hip-Hop follows…
Look, I came up in both eras so I have absolutely no problem seeing my youth reborn. It just has to be a line somewhere. It’s one thing to admire a time in history but what is 2014 when you look back on it? A fake a$$ 1994?
I’m more into an evolution. Sure, I love the 90s but I want to hear some new sh*t. I love the homage that A$ap Nast and Joey Bada$$ pay. Just give me something more. Something new.
I think that’s why I like Kendrick so much. He feels like the next step. Like he could rock in any era. And for you 90s dudes, you can’t just listen to “Swimming Pools” and say, “NAH! HELL NO!”
I’m not sure the “Trapped in the 90s” dudes even like this. It’s an insult to them. Can’t say that I would go that far but I somewhat agree.
At the end of the day it comes down to how the music feels. If it’s good, you can’t hate on that. Let’s see where this goes…