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This week… “Coming Home From Jail, Drake’s Chances, Nicki vs. Ransom”
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:
2011 is done. It was a fantastic year for hip-hop! For all the “hip-hop is wack” talk, I’d say LOOK CLOSER. This year provided a lot of inspired material from artist. I have 5 albums/mixtapes that stood above the rest. It would have been easier for me to do a top 10 but top 5 is more interesting in my opinion. Plus, I like putting the pressure on myself. Lol! I can say without a doubt, THESE WERE THE BEST FOR THE YEAR 2011…
Here is MY top five hip-hop albums/mixtape(s) of 2011:
Kendrick Lamar “Section .80“
“Talk about slept on. I heard the snippets and was completely uninterested. Then I decided to give it a full listen after hearing so many people talk about it. Needless to say, I came away extremely impressed (snippets are never a good idea). I wasn’t only impressed by Kendrick’s various flows but the consistency at which this mix-tape album moved. This is the type of young mc that old heads say doesn’t exist (fix ya glasses old head). This is a “throwback” album. Well placed skits, hard tracks, flows, and a conscious tone/concept. Just take a listen to the track “Keisha’s Song” and you’ll realize he’s just not here to spit. Kendrick Lamar is a force to be reckoned with in 2012. Believe it. I do.”
Elzhi & Will Sessions “Elmatic“
“How do you do that? How do you remake one of the greatest albums in hip-hop history? It has to be a recipe for failure. Right? NOT AT ALL. (Not to be compared) Elzhi & Will Sessions’s Elmatic is a classic in itself. I know. How is that even possible? This tribute was sooo on point. First, Elzhi does an excellent job of paying tribute without trying to imitate Nas. He actually builds upon the classic lyrics by providing his own perspective (i.e. Detroit State of Mind). It works well. I tried to hate but COULD NOT FRONT. On the beat front, the band Will Sessions does a superb job of keeping the essence of the original tracks and injecting the original sample in most cases. It is a masterful job that doesn’t draw comparions (or shouldn’t) to the original classic…Illmatic. This was in my top 5 from day one. If you don’t feel this…well…hip-hop is not for you. WORD.”
Big K.R.I.T. “Return to 4eva“
“I knew absolutely nothing about this dude going in. I caught wind of his name a couple of times but thought he was just some dude the internet hyped up. I saw how much people were anticipating his mix-tape so I figured I’d give it a listen. I love when I get “pleasantly surprised” in hip-hop. While some fans tend to invest all of their energy in the anticipation of their favorite artist, we miss out on the dudes coming up. Big K.R.I.T. is yet another example of a young artist who cares about his lyrics. This mixtape is NICE! Think young Outkast/UGK. Not only does he do a decent job lyrically, the production is perfect. This doesn’t feel or sound like your average mixtape, and that alone leaves me excited for his debut album in 2012.”
Phonte “Charity Starts At Home“
“I didn’t even know this was coming out. Serious. I was so busy looking at lesser albums, when my favorite mc from one of my favorite groups (Little Brother)” was about to drop an album. Talk about total package. While others were a little disappointed with Drake’s album (not I), I was still listening to one of Drake’s inspirations. Not only is Phonte a waaay better rapper, he is a waaaaaaaay better singer. Really. This album contains the perfect balance between the two (though heavier on the hip-hop side). Reuniting with 9th Wonder on a couple of tracks feels like Little Brother all over again (sorry Big Pooh). Phonte’s clever lyrics combined with dope beats, and his familiar comedic monologues make this album an easy choice for my top 5 of 2012.”
Common “The Dreamer, The Believer“
“As far as I’m concerned, if it dropped before the New Year’s Ball… it’s a candidate for 2011. I couldn’t have done this list without hearing this album. Three hot singles, and re-teaming with NO I.D. could only mean good things. THIS ALBUM IS F@CKIN’ HOT! Not only does he make up for that dud of a last album, he proves that he is still relevant on ALL fronts. Is it a classic? I don’t know. Only time will tell, but right now I’ve listened to it several times. I can’t move on to anything else right now. This album is so satisfying. This is a case where the supply exceeds the demand. Like all the other players on the list, you can tell that there was a goal in mind. Kanye and Common have a dope chemistry together but it has nothing on Common and No I.D. With features from the likes of Nas, John Legend, and even Maya Angelou… Common closed out 2011
just right. “
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2010 was another good year for hip-hop. Most projects felt like artist cared more about artistry and lyricism. While there was still a handful of bullshit released this year, 2010 was inspiring and makes me wonder what’s next for 2011.
Here is MY top five albums/mixtape(s) of 2010:
The Roots “How I Got Over“
“This album was a must buy when I first heard it was coming. After a critically acclaimed album like Rising Down, I was patiently awaiting the follow up. It didn’t disappoint what so ever. Though some felt there were too many features, I thought all the guest appearances complimented the feel of this album. The sound quality is what makes this project shine. The crispness of the vocals and instruments are right up there with those of a live show. Add this to your collection. One of 2010’s best for sure.”
Freeway & Jake One “The Stimulus Package“
“This mixtape hit early in 2010. The timing was perfect. It was the 1st of many dope mixtapes of 2010. I was caught off guard by it. I downloaded it not expecting much, and came away rocking this on a regular basis. Sh*t, I’m listening to it now as I type. I wasn’t always the biggest Freeway fan, but his lyrics/delivery with Jake One’s beats are a match made in hip-hop heaven. Though the sales didn’t mirror the acclaim, I think any hip-hop fan should take they hard earned money and support this dope example of -the emcee & the producer-.”
“To be honest, I’m a Andre 3000 fan first. I’m also an Outkast fan first. I was curious, but not really looking forward to Big Boi’s release. When I heard that Andre 3000 wouldn’t appear on the album, I was even more less interested. I decided to support anyway and I was more than happy that I did. Big Boi’s solo debut (not counting Speakerboxx) is a excellent album. It maintains the tone and feel of an Outkast release and showcases Big Boi as an underated lyricist. While eveyone in hip-hop went one way with there music, Big Boi did what him and Andre do best…go left. Put this in heavy rotation.”
“Let’s be honest. Relapse was a little bit of a disappointment. After waiting a long time for a new Eminem release, Relapse was just more of the same. Recovery on the other hand was something I hoped Eminem would be capable of. A more personal album performed by Marshall Mathers and not all that serial killer sh*t. This album is hot! The music and lyrical skill of Eminem has never been in question. The content was always the bolder holding him down as an artist. Eminem grew on this project, and now he is more dangerous than ever as an emcee. For people who stayed away from him because of the “kill my baby moms” music in the past….this is one of the reasons why he is one of the best to ever do it.”
Kanye West “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy“
“Hate him or Love him, Kanye West is the best doing it right now. Sorry. Who else can make Obama and the whole country refer to him as a Jackass, and still come out with one of the best albums of the year. F*ck what you heard, this album is classic! Why? It’s more than a hip-hop album….but it’s a hip-hop album (if that makes any sense). Everything is handle with perfection in mind. From the guest appearances to the beats, to the lyrics. Kanye has crafted an album that achieves what I think most artist like Diddy(LTTP) and Jay-Z (BP3) were aiming for. An album that combines sounds and influences from many genres and maintains the artists’ integrity. The singing may not be for everyone, but it is well placed and tolerable in most cases. 2010 was a good year for Mr. West.”
I’m not going to front…I kind of like this joint. It’s been said that this is a Lil’ Kim diss record. I really hope not. For every good thing that happens in hip-hop music lately…the bad overwhelms. You will do some crazy sh*t when you’re are bored (like this blog entry).
It’s show and prove time for this chick. What do ya’ll think?
Nicki Minaj feat. Eminem “Roman’s Revenge”:
Here’s what I’m rocking while down in B-more for Morgan State University’s Homecoming:
Vado- “Slime Flu“:
“This dude Vado is like a better Juelz Santana. That’s not saying much in my opinion. This album has a lot of nice tracks. Vado is mostly brag-rap, but I f*cks with it. The beat selection is what makes this album. If you like that “dip-set” style of music you’ll dig Slim Flu from the young gunner of the U.N. (Cam’ron’s new crew).”
DJ Drama & Maino- “Gangsta Grillz:The Art of War“:
“Maino’s music is my hip hop guilty pleasure. I don’t consider him a lyricist. I think he sounds like 2 Pac at times. But I love his passion when he rhymes. And any man who can come off a 10 year bid and make a couple of hit records is all right with me. It may also help that he is from around my way (BK-The Stuy). Lol! This mixtape is hard. Maino fans will be happy. Dj Drama does another good job of crafting a well paced mixtape. If you’re already a fan, this is a nice primer before Maino’s next album.”
Joe Budden- “Mood Muzik 4: A Turn for the Worst“:
“What can I say? This is probably one of the dopest mixtape series to date. Joe Budden is very underrated in my opinion. The dude spits. This 4th installment carry’s on the tradition for the Jersey bred emcee. My favorite track on the mixtape is “Remember the Titans”. Joe Budden is the type of emcee that always sounds hungry. The beat selection matches the energy. With a few guest appearances, Mood Muzik 4 serves as another intro for those that don’t know…. He Never Fell Off.”
Kanye West- “The Letter/G.O.O.D. Friday Mixtape“:
If you like what you’ve been hearing from Kanye’s “Good Friday” leaks, this is the mixtape for you. It takes all of the songs currently leaked by Kanye (and others) and puts them all in one place. I can’t say
that I like everything I’ve heard so far, but what I do like, makes this mixtape heavy rotation. The mixtape features such leaked tracks as “Monster”, “Runaway”, and the “Power” remix. As Ye fans wait for the November release of “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy”, mixtapes like these hold our attention for just a little while longer.