This week…Biggie’s place in Hip-Hop history, Kanye’s latest album is a work in progress…still, what if Royce Da 5’9 had signed to Aftermath, and more!
This week… Benefits of Tidal buyout, Joey Bada$$ vs. Troy Ave, Lyrics that reflect life, and more! Subscribe via Stitcher Radio, Tune In Radio, Soundcloud.com/HipHopolitic, and now iTunes!
This week…Kendrick’s Grammy Performance Borrowed from Someone Else, The Life of Pablo Mess, Old School Artist Performing Classic Albums, and more! Check out my video review of “The Life of Pablo”. Search user veguss2001 Subscribe via Stitcher Radio, Tune In Radio, Soundcloud.com/HipHopolitic, and now iTunes!
I make my return to where it all started….TONIGHT! And every Friday on WEAA 88.9FM in B-more (Tune-In App) or listen Live via http://weaa.org
Midnight to 5am 2014! Let’s go!
So what passes as a classic these days? Is it that instant gratification you get on that first play through. Or does it depend on how often you listen to an album over time? The latter used to be the standard, but now it seems that fans toss that word around like it’s nothing. Have there been any albums you can call “classic” within the last ten years? I don’t know but I will give you my theory on it…
Sign me up. Not only has he directed some of my favorite videos (one being Ice Cube’s Today Was Good Day), but he’s also overseen some of my favorite flicks (i.e. Friday, Set it Off, Law Abiding Citizen). Now word comes that he may be attached to the N.W.A. biopic. I am a HUGE fan of The Notorious B.I.G. and I thought his biopic Notorious was just ok. I have really high hopes for this one.
It’s painfully obvious that today’s hip-hop world has gone 100% Hollywood. There was a time where all you knew about your favorite artist was embedded in their rhymes. Not only does your favorite artist come with a chain, a crew, and a mugshot…. but now they come with a love interest. It was always known that some rappers were married. You could even catch some of them out on the town in your favorite hip-hop mag.
We’ve had front row seats for some failed unions, and even Reality Shows that are all about it. As a fan of the music, does this hurt or help how we look at these artist? Does it effect their music in a positive way. It’s hard to say.
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 thing 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…
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… Read more “2011’s Best Albums/Mixtape(s)”
What does this mean exactly? Hard times? They caught me on my off day? IDK. I’m guilty of hitting the supermarket early mornings looking like a fiend with old tims and a bum ass hat. Who doesn’t shop at Walmart?
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:
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..)
Well, it’s about time he’s said something worth listening to. 50 Cent is frustrated with our government, and the way that we as a society turn a blind to the problems of the world. One can only hope that his efforts will influence more to recognize and act (i.e. entertainers, athletes, politicians, and us). One thing’s for sure, his music will need to change in order to avoid the inevitable “rapper contradiction”. Here is 50 Cent’s PSA:
“Everybody’s A Critic…”
“Us hip-hop fans are watching…closely.”