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Archive for July, 2011

White Men Can’t Funk Playlist 7/21-7/31

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Weekend Rap Up: Trae The Truth ft Lupe, Big Boi, Wale & Wiz, Drake, G-Eazy, Game ft Dr. Dre & Snoop, STS + Rockie Fresh ft Tayyib Ali

Damn, I don’t know how I missed this in early July. Oh yea I do, I wasn’t paying attention to shit. Anyway, props to dude Bo-ski for puttin me on. Whoooooooooaaaaaaaaaaaaooooohhh, im on! I know you recognize that sample…..c’mon Mark Morrison – Return of the Mack! Although it looks like they couldn’t get the rights to the real sample from Mark, but luckily MDMA did a damn good job of jocking the Mack’s style. Check out this all-star lineup, shit’s crazy! Too many quotables in this one to be able to single one out.

(MP3): Trae the Truth – Im On (ft Lupe Fiasco, Big Boi, Wale, Wiz Khalifa & MDMA)

I’ve said it before, but I respect Drake because of his self-awareness. Complacency is a common enemy for many of us. It’s easy to get comfortable with something, even if you’re walking a tightrope just waiting for something to knock you down into what could be an abyss. I know I gotta remind myself quite frequently of my strengths and more importantly, weaknesses to make sure I keep myself in a good place. Rappers gotta do the same thing before they lose it all. Although drake only has one album out so far, so he must really be full of himself if he’s ALREADY struggling to keep that hunger alive.

“I might be too strung out on compliments, overdosed on confidence
started not to give a fuck, and stop fearin’ the consequence
drinking every night because we drink to my accomplishments
faded way too long, I’m floatin’ in and outta consciousness”

(MP3): Drake – Headlines

Smooth ass G-Eaz does it again. Dude raps what he knows, and raps it well. This sample/instrumental is a breath of fresh air to my ears, I love that Motown type shit.

(MP3): G-Eazy – Make-Up Sex

How’s the saying go? Oh yea, “if you can’t beat em, join em.” Don’t sleep on Sugar Tongue Slim because even when he’s on that cliche, he’ still doing it better.

(MP3): STS – Cliche (prod. By The Knux)

I spotted this over at GMAD, but haven’t gotten around to listening to Rockie’s full mixtape The Otherside yet. Sound’s extremely promising after getting a first dose with this joint.

“And I don’t love these hoes, so if they don’t go then girl you gotta say bye
and at the end I hope they see that I’ma be me when they don’t understand why”

(MP3): Rockie Fresh – They Don’t Understand Why (remix) ft Tayyib Ali

Let’s NOT get high off something, let’s get DETOX! Wtf Dre? As a huge consolation, this one is courtesy of Game’s upcoming album release Infrared. Always interested in new shit from Jayceon though, and you know Dre and Snoop gonna bring a lotta hype.

(MP3): Game – Drug Test (ft Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg)

This Is My Shit: Joell Ortiz ft Bun B & Tech N9ne, J. Cole ft Trey Songz + Wale

“It’s funny what a bad mood will do.” I was in one for a few weeks and unfortunately stopped searching the blogs for great hip hop like this. You get a lil depressed and all of a sudden you get trapped in those 4 walls of your head and forget to do the shit that actually excites you. Well I’m getting back to finding those jams, and therefore back to sharing it with all of you.

This song is too real. Novel’s great on the hook and Joell, Tech, and of course Bun B da provide some real dope lyrics about getting through life/the rap game. This soulful instrumental ought to get you rockin without a doubt.

“And I don’t know what the future got for me
But looking back at my past its got to be a better story
Gotta be a pit of glory on the other side
Sweet chariot swing down, let a brother ride, tonight
I understand that the world ain’t perfect
I just wanna be sure in the end that it was all worth it
Worth the struggles, worth the troubles and the pain
All the stress on my brain, puttin my days in on the night train”

(MP3): Joell Ortiz – Night Train (remix) ft Novel Bun B & Tech N9ne

Some people claim the mixtape game killed the rap game. While I agree there is a correlation to the amount of free music via mixtapes and the decline in quality hip hop, I do not believe that it was the rise of the mixtape that caused that decline, but rather the other way around. Rap music was on its way down when people started paying more attention to album sales and what the masses admired on the radio before they decided to start providing mass amounts of free music to the real fans. Record execs started denying artists creative ability to speak from the heart over head nodding beats, because the larger population of music purchasers really didn’t get into that. But it wasn’t the overall population that was into, and that really built up, hip hop from the get go. It was a small class of people who either related to/appreciated the struggles and stories of these rappers and/or appreciated the art of dope rhyming on the mic over dope instrumentals. Then I don’t really know what happened. But it seamed like the popularity of a select few in the game who were able to make their lifestyle seem really cool to a larger majority of kids who like to party and/or wang their system and look hard, left record execs with a formula to fill with ANY artist regardless of their true strengths. This left most rappers helpless to sell the music that they really wanted to share, or that they were really meant to share, and therefor had no other choice but to share it via mixtapes for free.

On the other hand, while mixtapes and the internet have done artists like J. Cole justice by providing that medium to share the real shit on their brain, and the quality music that comes from it, it’s also gave every clown out there a platform for trying to fit that money-making mold by rapping that fake shit to try and sell an image as opposed to an art.

With that said, I give you some new J. Cole who developed a following and made a name for himself by providing the true hip hop heads with dope lyricism and realness over the past 3 years via the mixtape game. Now he has an opportunity to make some money with some (still) solid raps over dope ass beats that people/radio DJ’s better fucking buy. I’ll take the album shit and the real shit off the mixtapes, thank you very much.

(MP3): J. Cole – Can’t Get Enough ft Trey Songz

You don’t even really gotta pay attention to the lyrics if you don’t want to, dude’s flow is so smooth on top of the beautiful Jamaican instrumental you gotta enjoy this jam. However, if that is the case, I have no respect for your ears. The message here is be proud of who you are. That has NOTHING to do with being ignorant and hating other people who don’t share your skin tone, religious and political views, or cultural ideals. Shit makes me sick what happened over there in Norway. And shit kinda scares me the way some conservatives talk over here about not accepting other religions or immigrants in America. That is exactly what the fuck America was built on you ignorant fucking assholes! Anyway, check the previously released dope flow over Gyptian’s jam, as well. Wale that dude.

(MP3): Wale – No One Be Like You

(MP3): Wale – Hold Yuh (Gyptian freestyle)

Wifey Wednesday aka Guilty Pleasures: Mike Posner ft Rusko, Kelly Rowland ft Big Sean, The Weeknd, The Dirty Tees ft Natasha Bedingfield +Tom Hangs (Avicii remix)

I’ll admit it, I like SOME pop music….until it actually becomes POPular and then I go back to despising it. That’s not entirely true because I can actually like some songs a lot longer than others simply because I never listen to the radio. Therefor I have no idea, and do not feel the repercussion from, what is actually being shoved down people’s throats.

I actually kinda dig Mike Posner’s music. Dude has been producing shit for quite some time, and he’s definitely got a little different sound than most pop artists, both musically and vocally. It’s funny how he sings to the ladies…but for all the dudes.

(MP3): Mike Posner – Shut Up ft Rusko (updated link)

Kelly is winning over Beyonce in 2011, no? I mean, motivation has been that RnB Jam of the year so far, and I have absolutely no guilt in saying I still love it. This song here is a nice change of pace from the first single and will also garner a healthy amount of radio play. Although, I gotta admit after enjoying it the first couple listens, I’m kinda already sick of it. I’m sure the ladies can dig it though, and the dudes can tolerate it while they’re with em.

(MP3): Kelly Rowland – Lay It On Me ft Big Sean

That Fragma joint was thee shit sophemore year of high school. Hell, it’s still a helluva throwback. Shot out to my guy Garmasta, ha. Shit takes me back. Natasha does em justice on this Dirty Tees interpretation.

(MP3): The Dirty Tees – Miracle ft Natasha Bedingfield (Fragma Cover)

I don’t really know what to say. I dig club jams with solid vocals and dope beats. Avicii been doin work.

(MP3): Tom Hangs – Blessed ft Shermanology (Avicii Remix)

Contrary to the title of the post, I have no guilt enjoying this here. You know this is my shit. The Weeknd’s voice is killing the game right now and this dirty instrumental was kind of wasted, in my opinion, with Drake’s recycled verses from “I’m On One.” Trust is a bitch. It really sucks when that trust is broken, especially off some stupid shit because regardless, you rarely ever get it back. I think that’s kinda the point with this one.

(MP3): The Weeknd – Trust Issues (Drake Cover)

Back on the Block: Smoke DZA ft Big K.R.I.T. & Bun B, Jay Rock ft Ab-Soul, Kendrick Lamar & Schoolboy Q aka Black Hippy + Meek Mill ft Mel Love

So in making my rounds yesterday, I came up on some of that straight off the block, street talkin gospel. Speaking of coming up, Smoke DZA got himself a reeeeal nice single thanks primarily to Big K.R.I.T. I swear I’ll stop listening to rap music if K.R.I.T. doesn’t kill the rap game within the next year and half. He has literally EVERYTHING going for him. Not only can he produce some of the nicest beats in the game, but he’s got the perfect voice to provide the hook for all of them too. No way can dude fail….and I love it. Don’t forget bout Bun B da legend either.

(MP3): Smoke DZA – On The Corner ft Big K.R.I.T. & Bun B (prod by Big K.R.I.T.)

You guys probably already know I’m really into Kendrick Lamar, but I’m also really liking the whole TDE Family group called Black Hippy. Jay Rock has been around for a while and I’ve always been impressed with his skills, but these other dudes are pretty nice too. I really like the variation in style and tone of voice between the 4 of them, which is emphasized during the 3rd verse when they go back and fourth interjecting into each others sentences without breaking stride. Check the previously released “Rolling Stone” joint using that beautiful Zombies sample from “Time of The Season” also.

(MP3): Black Hippy (Jay Rock, Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul, Schoolboy Q) – Say Whassup

(MP3): Black Hippy – Rolling Stone

Now all these instrumentals been pretty smooth, but this one takes the cake. Haven’t gotten into a lot of Millz shit, but that’s mainly cuz I don’t really like the typical hard hitting MMG shit. This beat on the other hand doesn’t take away from the lyrics. Just something to ride to with the windows down in the middle of da summer.

(MP3): Meek Mill ft Mel Love – Middle of da Summer

Back to the Rap: Theophilus London, Chiddy Bang, Wale, Chip tha Ripper + Asher Roth with Production from Blended Babies

I started this blog to share music, not to overwhelm/repel people with my issues about life and the bullshit I see in the world on a regular basis. It just so happens that music is very close to my soul, so the two often go hand in hand. Regardless, it’s time I get back to just sharing some different shit that I come across. Don’t worry though, I’ll still bless you with the inner thoughts of my mind when the inspiration arrives. But for now, check out some fairly new shit I’ve been feelin’ lately.

First up we got Theophilus Londons first single off his album “Timez Are Weird These Days.” Very different than the typical hip hop sound, but dope nonetheless. You hear a lot more hip hop infused with rock elements these days and I like it. Again, originality is a good thing.

“It’s the skill and the confidence, the will and the dominance. The deeper you get, the more the reaper is prominent.”

(MP3): Theophilus London – I Stand Alone

Next up, some new Chiddy that dropped a couple weeks ago. Xaphoon Jones always comes with the Indie type intrumentals that all the hispsters dig so much. Again, not the type of head noddin’ hip hop I often praise from days of ol’, but I respect this shit way more than that ignorant shit you hear on the radio.

“Take a second look and you’ll see, there is no one like me”

(MP3): Chiddy Bang – Mind your Manners

Gotta post my guy Wale whenever he drops some new material. I check out dude at GMAD and his song selection quite frequently. Our musical tastes are somewhat similar. Our opinions however, not so much. Dude was trying to hate on Wale saying he can’t afford to give the fans free music, citing Joe Budden as a reason to smarten up and have a more business-like mentality when it comes to sharing his talents. Guess what dude, some artists really mean it when they say they do it for the fans, and not for the mass amount of fickle radio listeners that will love your single one day, and forget about you the next. Fuck the business aspect, all that does is curb creativity anyway. Not that “Bad Girls Club” is the most creative, but I still dig it.

(MP3): Wale ft J. Cole – Bad Girls Club

(MP3): Wale – Bait

(MP3): Wale – Lacefrontin

The Chicago based producer Blended Babies is easily becoming one of my favorites in the game. Remember that Twista joint he produced on Categroy F5? In case you don’t, I gotchu. I actually like (and have shared below) the original performed by Fanesha Fabre’, not included on the album. Anyway, here he blesses the beat for Chip who brings along some others to make another song with some substance. And then there’s this Asher joint, also produced by Blended Babies, with Chip and Whatzisface. I feel dudes. Feels good going home sometimes and reminisce bout the stress free days of adolescence.

(MP3): Chip Tha Ripper ft Like & Coco – Me Too (prod. by Blended Babies)

(MP3): Asher Roth ft Whatzisface & Chip tha Ripper – Back Home (prod. by Blended Babies)

(MP3): Fanesha Fabre’ ft Twista – Problems (prod. by Blended Babies)

Today’s Media = Today’s Hip Hop

While making my morning rounds through the few websites I am not blocked from (CNN, HuffingtonPost, Chicago Tribune), I came across this commentary from Arianna Huffington. The article centered around the media today, starting with News of The World, and how and what it covers. (check it out by clicking this link). This paragraph stood out to me and sparked an anolgy to Hip Hop music.

How great would it be if all the news anchors and pundits who, in the last month have emoted about their legitimate concern for mistreated children like Caylee Anthony, gave even a fraction of the emotion — and air time — to the 15 million children in America who are currently living in poverty? We were all moved and horrified by the death of Caylee. By telling the stories of some of those 15 million, this capacity for empathy that we’re all so clearly capable of could move us to action and save an awful lot of children from lives of quiet — and not so quiet — desperation.
I often times blame the consumers for the garbage that is put out by rappers, as demand is what utlimately drives supply. (On a side note, I like how republican politicians use rhetoric to not call rich people “rich”, but instead choose to call them “job creators.”  In fact, it is the middle class who creates jobs as they are the ones who drive demand, and if they do not have the disposable income to purchase anything, then it’s likely that businesses owned by the rich will actually need to cut jobs, as opposed to create them). But why not hold the rappers, along with the record execs of course, accountable. What if they dedicated their energy to creating uplifting music, or at least music that doesn’t lead children to believe that guns and their excessive use, strippers and the throwing of money at them, drugs and the distribution of them were the cool thing to do. This leaves people confused, especially kids growing up in already hostile and uninspiring environments.
Like the media, rappers have the opportunity to reach millions of people. An opportunity to inspire and essesntially change the way people act and think in this country. It’s a shame that the large majority, at least the ones at the top, of the rap AND media indusrty ignore this opportunity.