Disclaimer: I am not a racist. I am not a hater. I am not a bitter rapper. I am not trapped in 90s hip-hop.
I shouldn’t have to say that but people (young and old) are afraid of criticism. This dude is really wack to me. Why does he exist in the rap game the way he does? I’ve been trying to understand for a long time. Granted, I can name a few rappers that are far worst than him. He urkes me for some odd reason. He is the WTF at the dinner table. Don’t eat before you say grace!
Maybe it’s the word play? Maybe it’s the youth? Maybe it’s the affiliations? Maybe wack sh*t is just better. GTFOH! Look, I don’t hate dude. I just don’t see the point of the hype. I can find reasons to justify most emcees I deem wack. Sometimes it’s all about the flow. Sometimes it’s all about the charm (swag for the dummies). Sometimes a rapper just provides a different sound and energy from what’s already out?
With this dude? I don’t know what the f@ck it is. His word play is not new nor extraordinary. He doesn’t have much to say. The production is okay. I mean, what is it? Maybe he represents a certain “I can too” section of the youth, and that’s cool. Maybe I’m not his target audience or maybe I am.
The bottom line is, I don’t have to support it. I try to give every rapper a fair run. I am a Hip-Hop fan with no bias. A spade is a spade. Wack is wack. Some would say, why be negative? If you don’t like it, you don’t like it. Right? No, he is the Tim Tebow of the rap game. There are far more talented rappers who will never receive the amount of hype he has, and that is sad. Mac Miller can continue to hustle. I’m never mad at that, but don’t tell me he is a dope mc. “WE DON’T BELIEVE YOU! YOU NEED MORE PEOPLE!“
The Revolution will be televised….again. You may not like him for one reason or another, but you have to admit…this is exciting news for music fans. The return of “Music Television”. Music programming delivered because it’s hot…not because it’s marketing campaign says so. Or so that’s what the sales pitch is to potential viewers.
Though it’s not available in every market yet, I’ve been happy with my time spent watching Revolt TV. It’s refreshing to see a return to a channel dedicated to music…created by the taste of it’s viewers. I stopped watching music videos because they became uninspired at one point. The networks that once were the source for the latest and greatest now feed off of the stale corpse of Reality Television.
Revolt Tv makes me want to discover music the “old fashion” way again. Since the channel is not available in all areas yet, there is a live stream where you can check it out…Enjoy! I have… ReVolt TV Live Stream.
This is part 2 to an “instrumental” album by the homey Kil. It brings together more hip-hop beats and audio clips from my all-time favorite show…The Wire ! Listen to this and tell me it doesn’t make you want to watch all 5 seasons again, and again. Best show of all-times, hands down. If you love hip-hop and beats…show the brother some support…Spread the love to ya friends and all Wire fans. Follow Kil on Twitter: @kil889
This is an “instrumental” album by the homey Kil. It brings together hip-hop beats and audio clips from my all-time favorite show…The Wire ! It also features a couple emcees (myself included). Listen to this and tell me it doesn’t make you want to watch all 5 seasons again. Oh, yeah… it’s FREE. Stream/Download…Spread the love to ya friends and all Wire fans. Follow Kil on Twitter: @kil889
L.L. Cool J. is being considered for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. I wish this was the “Hip-Hop Hall of Fame”, but that will come in due time. This is a good look for “Mr. Smith”. His popularity and platinum success just started to slow down recently. You are talking about an hip hop artist who came out in the mid 80s!
There is currently NO ONE in the game that can claim that. Don’t give me that sh@t about the majority of his fanbase being female (as if when don’t grow tired of artist). There were, and are, a lot of dudes who rocked with “Uncle L” too. He is the Blueprint for longevity in the game.
He switched his flow and production to adapt to the ever changing world of hip-hop. If you follow the time line of east coast rap’s trends throughout the years, his run is incredible. He also never compromised his image. He’s both battled other emcees and revolutionized the “love record” (i.e. “I Need Love”)
Here’s what The Rock & Roll Hall Fame has to say:
” LL COOL J
LL Cool J always had his sights set on rock & roll. Born James Todd Smith in Queens, New York, LL was only 17 in 1985 when he recorded “Rock the Bells,” which included the following couplet: “Cause it ain’t the glory days with Bruce Springsteen/I’m not a virgin so I know I’ll make Madonna scream.” A year earlier LL had made his debut on Def Jam, which was also the debut of the label itself. His first two singles – “I Need a Beat” followed by “I Want You” – sketched out the two main gears of his career: testosterone-maddened battle raps and tender, sexy love songs. The former included “I Can’t Live Without My Radio” (1985), “Jack the Ripper” (1987), and “Mama Said Knock You Out” (1991). By the 1990s, LL was working in television and film and has proven that rappers can sustain a long-term career.”