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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.”
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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.”
We all need a break from our individual worlds. My breaks are spent playing sports video games (PS4 tag Veguss2001) and watching everything crowding the DVR. Hip-Hop usually takes a break after the ball drops for the new year. Not this year though. Albums/Mixtapes dropped all over the end of 2013 and the start of 2014. I couldn’t keep up at one point.
Needless to say, I’m back on my sh*t. What does that mean? Well, given the fact that I just celebrated my 5th Anniversary here at HipHoPolitic Blog… Live a little… read old post. There are some gems dating waaaaay back to the year 2009. Ol school!
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Gangstarr had a song that spoke about how the uniqueness in your voice is one of the things that got you attention in hip-hop. A distinct voice is just as important as a distinct style (i.e. Q-Tip, B-Real, Kendrick). Sure there have been rappers with similar vocal tones but, in 2013/2014, I feel like there are waaay too many.
Each rapper brings something to the table that separates him or herself from the other. It’s just hard to tell when they sound so much a like. They target the same audience. Somebody’s not going to eat. It doesn’t matter who came first, they all came up together.
I was listening to Childish Gambino’s new album when this became ever so clear. Nothing against him but he sound/feels like Drake, Big Sean, & Lupe Fiasco all rolled in one. Maybe that’s the hook? IDK. It becomes increasingly hard to tell the difference for the uninformed.
Nobody has bass in their voice? Only in interviews? I don’t understand. Unfortunately, it all comes down to the marketing of this style. Everybody wants what is charting. Once upon a time artist would get signed because they had a unique sound. Now they get deals because they sound the same.
I will always remember Russell Simmons saying he didn’t sign Nas back in the day because he sound too much like Kool G. Rap. If that were today, not only would he have signed him, he probably would have a roster full of them.
It all just sends a uninspired message to the up and coming hip-hop artist. “Why be you when you can be them?”
Here is that Gangstarr song I talked about (side bar- I didn’t like it but it’s the truth. Lol!):
With all the hip-hop music we get over the course of a year, a lot of it is forgettable. I’m not just talking about the wack sh*t. There are a lot of solid releases that I have all but forgotten. It’s this time of year when we begin to reflect on all that has happened. My process for selecting albums/mix tapes of the year is simple.
I put the remarkable ones on my phone and who ever survives the daily, weekly, monthly rotation…comes out on top. Then I think to my self, for example, “Oh sh*t. I forgot about that Czarface album.” Not to single them out but I was big on that album when it came out. It just got lost in the shuffle.
Or like, that Game mixtape. It was really good but, others overshadowed it. Sh*t, Pusha T. I forgot that even came out after a while, and that wasn’t half bad. So you see what I’m saying? None of the mentioned projects were wack. They just didn’t have a profound impact on a brother.
I go back and listen to everything to see what impact it has on me now. Some still rock, while others don’t sound as good. It’s a crazy process for a fan like myself who listens to it all. The worst (or good) part of it all, is the fact that there are STILL some dope releases this month.
Yes, I consider everything that actually drops in 2013. Look out for my Top Albums/Mixtapes of the year on New Year’s Day!