Re-Release Tuesdays “It’s Yourz”

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I like the song Drake did. I’m saying. It would have been corny for him to try and redo it from a rap perspective.  It was it’s own song and it brings to light a classic Wu-Tang track.  I loved this song the minute I heard it. Dope beat. Typical Wu slang. Plus it dropped during the summer. You know how we love our Summer Anthems.  This week’s Re-Release is Wu-Tang Clan’s “It’s Yourz“.

By the time the Wu-Tang Clan finished their first round of solo projects and reconvened for their second album as a group, the double-disc album had become the hip-hop fad of the moment. So why not give it a shot? With a main crew of nine MCs (plus new protégé Cappadonna), the Wu wouldn’t have to depend heavily on guest appearances to flesh out two whole discs of material, as Biggie and 2Pac had. While the result, Wu-Tang Forever, is frequently brilliant, it’s also sprawling and unfocused, losing its handle on the carefully controlled chaos of Enter the Wu-Tang. On the one hand, there’s more social consciousness on Wu-Tang Forever, taking hard looks at ghetto life while finding pathos and offering encouragement and uplift (“A Better Tomorrow,” “Impossible”). On the other hand, you also get some of the group’s most explicit sex raps yet (“Maria,” “The Projects,” the utterly bizarre ODB solo track “Dog Shit”). In other words, the group is starting to go off in more individual directions here, making it harder to maintain an overall focus…. – Allmusic.com

“What They Don’t Tell You About Hip-Hop”

This is old but still true. Let’s not pretend that this is a hip-hop only issue either. Most artist come from poor backgrounds and they’ve never been taught how to manage their money. They’ve also been taken advantage of by labels, accountants, managers, etc. There is no future in fronting…do your homework.

“CHECK THE RHYME”

I’ve been waiting to see this film for a while now. A lot of interesting views being touched on in this trailer. A lot of younger artist will look at this and think one thing… “HATING”. Open up your vocabulary, ears & mind…and understand what this information means to your existence as a hip-hop artist or fan. Check the trailer…

Rap Genius…

Ever wondered what the f@ck your favorite rapper was talking about? Are you one of those hip-hop fans that loves a rap artist for their voice and cadence but get lost in the lyrics? Well, somebody has made a site for YOU.

Rap Genius is a Wikipedia for rap lyrics. The site is run by, well, US the fans. There are verses and songs with lyrics broken down into “simple” terms. Now ya moms will understand why you say Lil Wayne is the best….or maybe why people say he is trash.

Check this breakdown of Lil Wayne’s hit single “A Milli

I think a site like this is good idea, but I can’t help but feel like it’s a cheat. Part of the allure of hip-hop music is figuring out the lyrics on your own. I’ve gone as far as to research things myself. I guess this site will make it easier for the casual hip-hop fan. Here is one of Jay-Z’s greatest lines for which I think needs no explanation: “…Like short sleeves, I bare arms.” - Brooklyn’s Finest

Anyhow, here is a quick breakdown of what the site is all about:

What is Rap Genius?
Rap Genius is your guide to the meaning of rap lyrics (basically the internet version of the nerd-ass “rap dictionary” dorm-mate you had in college).

You can listen to songs, read their lyrics, and click the lines that interest you for pop-up explanations – we have thousands of canonical rap songs explained (2Pac, Notorious B.I.G., Jay-Z – even the beginning of the Torah..)

Peace…