I got up on Pose a couple years ago when he dropped his first (at least major) mixtape, A Matter of Time. I did not, however, even bother to check out all the songs from his album, 31 Minutes to Takeoff, when it dropped last year. And this may be a great example of what’s wrong with the hip hop (or in Mike Posner’s case, that “hip hop singing shit”) game, as artists come out with quality mixtape music but fail to produce that same quality on the official album. Or maybe it’s just that we as consumers receive enough good music for free from artists we kinda like, that we don’t then feel the need to spend money on a commercial album as well. From reviews I’ve read, the album did kinda suck, though. And that’s coming from fans of his mixtapes. It’s hard to determine where the problem actually derives from when it seems as though mixtapes and albums are created for two entirely different audiences. It’s as if the artist knows what the underground/internet fans (who ultimately create the buzz needed to drop an album in the first place) will like and then produce a mixtape for them. And then they use their market knowledge to determine what the purchasing public will enjoy and they create an album based off of that. It’s very well possible also that maybe mixtapes (free) are what the artist truly seeks to create while albums (commercial) are what the record label (aka a bunch of suits) seek to manufacture. Why does it feel like there is such a great disconnect, in our generation, between what’s real and what’s profitable?
That rant wasn’t meant to bash Mike Posner at all. Again, I didn’t even listen to his whole album, but I’m definitely a fan of the mixtapes. But with music, rap & hip hop especially, I feel like it’ll pay off in the long run to limit that disconnect as much as possible. Maybe Mikey P wouldn’t be on this so called “layover.”
Download The Layover here, and check out my favorite cuts below:
Mike Posner – Woderwall (ft. Big K.R.I.T) (right-click, “save as” to dl)
Mike Posner – Henny & Purple (ft. Slim Thug) (right-click, “save as” to dl)
Mike Posner – Marauder Music (ft. Blackbear) (right-click, “save as” to dl)
Mike Posner – Mittens Up (ft. Elzhi & Dusty McFly) (right-click, “save as” to dl)
Weekend Rap Up: B.o.B. ft Big K.R.I.T. & Bun B, The Dean’s List, Lloyd Banks ft ASAP Rocky, Nipsey Hussle, Nas & Amy Winehouse, Freddie Gibbs & Cults + MGK & Skrillex
Let’s see, what have we missed in the past week since my last post? Well, Take Care dropped and I am not only thoroughly impressed with the sophomore effort, but thoroughly entertained as well. I always thought Drake was at his best as an RnB artist, rather than a rapper, and this album accentuates those talents. My favorite tracks are “Crew Love”, “Buried Alive Interlude” (which btw is performed by Kendrick Lamar), “Make Me Proud”, “Doing it Wrong” & “Practice”. Also, Childish Gambino dropped his freshman effort titled Camp. I’m also really liking that one as well. Some of his lines are a little repetitive, but his perspective, as well as sound, is brilliantly refreshing. My favorite tracks are “All the Shine”, “Heartbeat”, “Les” & “Hold You Down”. Hmmm, what else. Oh yea, the “nuclear winter” of the NBA began. Players showing resolve and willingness to actually lose money in order to take a stand against owners and their unrelenting demeaning attitude of superiority along with neglect for fair bargaining has a lot of people upset and unfortunately, out of work as well. As only he can, Bill Simmons lays it out there perfectly for everyone to understand the many different perspectives and motivations at play in this labor situation with his most recent Grantland article, MUST READ CLICK HERE. Whether it turns out to be a devastating move for the players or not, I respect and support it. I’m tired of arguing my position, and frankly anything NBA related, at this point to explain it again. But fuck, I still don’t know what I’m going to do all winter without Derrick and my Bulls though. Anyway, check out a variety of rap jams you may have missed out on too….
Omen dropped his mixtape Afraid of Heights a week or so ago. If you passed it up without a second glance, take a listen to this one and you might think twice. Really liking this jazzy joint.
Omen – Look of Lust (ft. Kendrick Lamar & Shalonda) (right click, “save as” to dl)
This is THAT jam right here. If you’re unfamiliar with the terminology, that means it’s currently dominating my most played on iTunes/iPod. Cults + Gibbs = good music + good raps. What a surprisingly amazing combo.
Cults – Bad Things (Remix) (ft. Freddie Gibbs) (right click, “save as” to dl)
Another example of good music + good raps courtesy of Nas & Amy. Great collaboration of two of the most talented ever. Unfortunately, there won’t be enough unreleased music like this to keep new Amy Winehouse in our radios forever. RIP Amy.
Amy Winehouse – Like Smoke (ft. Nas) (right click, “save as” to dl)
This is also a definitive jam. Big. K.R.I.T. has been showing up on all of the south’s finest in preparation for Live From The Underground’s 2012 release. This one kinda feels like an International Players Anthem part 2.
B.o.B. – 5 On The Kush (ft Big K.R.I.T. & Bun B) (right click, “save as” to dl)
The Dean’s List – Unbelievers (right click, “save as” to dl)
This one comes off Bank’s most recent mixtape The Cold Corner 2. Pretty solid project if you’re a fan. To a lesser extent than K.R.I.T., ASAP is gonna be a very common featured artist for the foreseeable future.
Lloyd Banks – Make it Stack (ft. ASAP Rocky) (right click, “save as” to dl)
This one’s from Nipsey’s recently released The Marathon Continues. Gotta love what the west coast has recently been producing, talent-wise, with guys like Nipsey and Kendrick Lamar to only name a couple. Great message from Steve at the end of this song.
Nipsey Hussle – Who Detached Us (ft. Steve Jobs) (right click, “save as” to dl)
I think I might slowly be turning into a MGK fan. That’s going too far, but I’m definitely open to the possibility upon hearing more solid material. He sounds just like a less rugged & raw version of Yelawolf. I’m pretty sure that’s a legit comparison and not just because they’re both white. Anyway, this one is off The Madden brother’s (Good Charlotte) Complex sponsored mixtape, Before Vol. 1. Surprisingly, a lot of solid artists/sounds are featured on the project. I’m not particularly a fan of the hardcore Skrillex sound at the end of this song, however.
The Madden Brothers x Machine Gun Kelly x Skrillex – OHMYGOD (OMGMGK) (right click, “save as” to dl)
Lack of motivation, my greatest enemy. That’s why I haven’t been up on my shit. I did manage to find this little gem courtesy of Xaphoon Jones, also known as the whiter half of Chiddy Bang, and felt the need to share. Also, figured I hadn’t thrown a playlist up in a while, so here’s a lil something for the rest of your weekend.
(Mp3): Big Sean ft Kanye West – Marvin & Chardonnay (Xaphoon Jones Remix) (right click, “save as” to dl)
If you haven’t heard by now, Take Care leaked….I did come across this one individually at GMAD or HHU though and I think I’m going to hold off on listening to the rest until the official release. I’m starting to look at downloading music in a little bit of a different light. I mean, most of the rap/hip hop music I come across is purposely leaked to the internet for free, so that’s not what I’m talking about. It’s the full length studio albums that I feel guilty about. I’m not gonna pretend like I never do it anymore, but for artists I respect and know are going to put out something of quality? Gotta support ’em and pay up, even if the label reaps the most benefit.
But back to this song, I’m really glad Drake went with a “The Weeknd” type of song instead of taking dude out of his element and trying to throw him on some YMCMB garbage. I still have questions about this “The Weeknd” fellow. Does he have a producer with him? Does he produce all his shit himself? Does he realize how annoying it is to have to use “The Weeknd” as a proper noun over and over? Regardless, I love this sound, and really like this song. Reminds me of something off his first project, House of Balloons. I hope The Weeknd can fight off the mainstream makeover, because it’s coming. Very soon.
(MP3): Drake – Crew Love (ft. The Weeknd) (right click, “save as” to dl)
[A]typical Tuesday: Keep Shelly in Athens, LIPS (Adventure Club Dubstep Remix) + Jacques Greene (Kelly Rowland Remix)
Atypical meaning basically anything outside of the rap, hip hop and traditional r & b that regularly dominate the FUNK. It’s nice to change things up. It’s actually pretty imperative. Anyway, I’ve been hitting these hard on the commute, especially this Keep Shelly in Athens. Speaking of commute, how is it dark out at 4:30 pm? Wtf? Shit just makes me that much more tired and ready to accomplish nothing after work. I’ve been at a loss for words the past couple days as well, so posts are lacking. Also been getting my ass back in the gym. Can’t let this NBA lockout keep me down. But I got some new music I’ll try to continue to post with or without having anything useful to say. So for now, just listen.
(MP3): Keep Shelly in Athens – DIY (right click, “save as” to dl)
(MP3): LIPS – Everything To Me (Adventure Club Dubstep Remix) (right click, “save as” to dl)
(MP3): Jacques Greene – Motivation (Kelly Rowland Remix) (right click, “save as” to dl)
Remember when you use to watch music videos for at least 5 hours a day? They were on in the morning before you went to school, every hour after school up until dinner, and then real late when Nelly’s “Tip Drill” came on. I know that wasn’t just me. I don’t really catch music videos on TV anymore but apparently they still exist. Check out the new visuals to some favorites of the FUNK.
(MP3): Common – Blue Sky
Write up on the album’s (Undun) inspiration…
“undun is an existential re-telling of the short life of one Redford Stephens (1974-1999). Through the use of emotives and Redford’s internal dialogues the album seeks to illustrate the intersection of free will and prescribed destiny as it plays out ‘on the corner’. Utilizing a reverse narrative arc, the album begins as the listener finds Redford disoriented–postmortem–and attempting to make sense of his former life. As he moves through its pivotal moments he begins to deconstruct all that has led to his (and our own) coming undun.”
(MP3): Azealia Banks – 212
(MP3): Hoodie Allen – James Franco
Gambino’s upcoming project “Camp” is due out 11.15.11