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Archive for February, 2012

On Top Tuesday!: New Joe Budden + Slaughterhouse

It’ssss…it’ssss (it’s what)…It’sss that on top TuesDAY! All my Budden followers know what I’m talking about. Dude is back. If you haven’t jumped on the bandwagon already, I suggest you do so immediately. It sounds to me like Joey is getting ready to feast on this rap game.

“They tell me I’m crazy, they say that Joe’s off
But I ain’t tryna graph a new idea using old thoughts
The whole premise of their argument is so forced
so what that say for you if you concluded that with no cause?”

Joe Budden – Stay Schemin (freestyle)

Promising sample of some new Slaughterhouse, as well. You know, it’s only fitting I put together a post filled with some of the nicest, after bitching about a list of the “hottest.” Seriously, these dude’s are 4 of the best to do it right now. And as a whole, they’re rightfully dubbed a true “super group.” All of them bring a unique, perfected attribute to the table; Crook with the flow, Joell with the paintbrush, Royce with the darkness and Joe with the insight. All of which is delivered through honest, introspective, sick fuckin’ wordplay.

Slaughterhouse – Monsters In My Head

Slaughterhouse – She Will (freestyle)


My Brain and My Music: Wale, NORE ft Busta+Game+Waka, J. Cole, Schoolboy Q ft Kendrick Lamar, Big K.R.I.T. [Clams Casino remix] + Outkast [Urban Noize remix]

I oftentimes find it difficult to organize my thoughts. That’s why you’ll see me jump from subject to subject like a lil kid with ADD. So let me outline my thoughts for a second so that I don’t forget to mention the random but semi-related thoughts that had originally popped up in my head on my commute home from work: MTV’s Hottest MC’s list, fads, and hipsters. Go.

To me, being one of the Hottest MC’s is nothing more than being the flavor of the week. The logic that goes into naming someone “the hottest” is the same logic that currently has television producers making god knows how many Kardashian or Jersey Shore reality shows. So please, if you’re excited that your favorite MC made the cut, just realize it really has little to do with their lyrical pedigree. It’s gonna be fun to find out who on that list becomes the next Spencer & Heidi…

Basically what that list is describing, and paying respects to, is how much hip hop is all about fads nowadays. I can’t really get mad at MTV though, because fads dominate our entire culture. Look at all those damn NBA stars with their fucking non prescription black glasses. It’s kinda sad when you look at rap or NBA stars as whole, but then you come to find a guy like D. Rose (or in hip hop terms, Big K.R.I.T.) who stands unfazed as his own man when everyone around him dances like a clown. It’s not so much him being different than most stars that makes him so fucking awesome. It’s more so him being his own awesome self that makes him different…

It’s hard for me to put my finger on the whole “hipster” movement. I wouldn’t consider myself a hipster per se, but I definitely have some hipster qualities. Do I like some things more for the mere fact of being different? Possibly. But more than that, I really just have different tastes and thoughts than what is pumped out to the masses. But honestly, do I hate on Young Jeezy and Rick Ross more than I actually dislike their music? Yea. Do I try to convince Bulls fans to give Boozer more credit despite actually despising many facets of his game myself? Yea. But in a day and age when everyone seems to comply with the same thinking, ideas and tastes that TV, radio and other media outlets constantly shove down our throats, I feel it necessary to implant myself in the opposition to make sure I am still thinking for myself. And while doing so, I figure I ought to provide that other perspective to those who have probably had the same agreeable conversation with eachother not wanting look like the lone fool who actually owns a different opinion. In the end, I will like what I like because I like it. I think it’s just as stupid for someone to like (dislike) something ONLY because its’s unpopular (popular), just as much as for someone to like something ONLY because it’s popular. So don’t call me a hipster because I rag on shit that gets too much praise, and I won’t call you a poser for liking shit that isn’t all that great in the first place. But in the end, I’d still rather be different and labeled a hipster than be the same black frame wearing (mine are prescription) dancing clown (only on the dance floor) that safely fits in with the crowd.

Oh yea, here’s some new hip hop shit I didn’t get a chance to put out this weekend….

Wale – Purple Swag Freestyle (right click, save-as to DL)

N.O.R.E. – Lehhhgooo (ft. Busta Rhymes, Game & Waka Flocka Flame) (right click, save-as to DL)

J. Cole – Grew Up Fast (right click, save-as to DL)

Schoolboy Q – Blessed (ft. Kendrick Lamar) (right click, save-as to DL)

Big K.R.I.T. – Moon & Stars (Clams Casino remix) (right click, save-as to DL)

Outkast – Royal Flush (ft. Raekwon) (Urban Noize remix) (right click, save-as to DL)]

(new) Music Please!: B.o.B., Usher & Diplo, Kid Cudi, G-Eazy, K’naan ft Nas + Santigold

I know, I know. I’ve been slacking again. This time it’s not just because I’m sulking in a sea of laziness, at least I don’t think….Although, now that I do think about it, I have been kinda depressed lately. And after a week without any physical activity, I’ve now worked out two days in a row, which has always lead to improved mood and greater motivation…fuck it, I don’t feel like analyzing my psyche right now….

The reason (I thought) I haven’t been up on the new music tip lately is because I’ve been without my Beats By Dre. Now that I think about it, this may also be a contributing factor to my depressed state. Fuck, I seriously think I have writer’s A.D.H.D. Back to my point; music isn’t even enjoyable without my Beats anymore. Okay, that’s an exaggeration, but still, It’s pretty sad. I sound like a fucking snob, I know this,  but that’s what happens when you’re introduced to something significantly better than the alternatives. Like my smart phone, for instance; I never had one up until about 4 months ago, and I was perfectly content with the device that did what it was supposed to do, which is make phone calls and send text messages. Now, I don’t know what I’d do without my smart phone.

Sometimes, I wish I hadn’t been introduced to some things (this does NOT include my Beats). In terms of society as a whole, there’s so much that we don’t really need at all, until we get it, and then can’t imagine living without. Technology, for example, makes life extremely convenient and simple. But doesn’t it also have significant negative effects in that we’ve become completely complacent to the fact that we now rely on it to do EVERYTHING for us? And in turn, does it not make us terribly lazy as human beings? Like that Siri shit. People are going crazy for shit like this.

My point is…well I don’t really know if I have one. It’s just something to think about, I guess. Because there was a time when people lived simple lives. They didn’t need millions of dollars to buy anything and everything they could get their hands on, and they were perfectly happy. Maybe even more happy than people today. I mean, kids are doing fucking heroin and shit in high school now to get away from it all. That is, if they’re not shooting the place up before taking their own lives. Shit’s fucked up. I won’t even get into the irony of that last example, as drugs are comparable to that feeling of finding something one might not want to live without once they’re introduced. Well, I guess I did just get into it kinda…

One more message to the kids, which goes along with the theme for today: ALWAYS wrap it up.

B.o.B. – So Good

Usher – Climax (prod. by Diplo)

Kid Cudi – Dose of Dopeness

G-Eazy – Marilyn (ft. Dominique LeJeune)

K’naan – Nothing to Lose (ft. Nas)

Santigold – Disparate Youth

Valentines Day Love Jams: New John Legend, Bei Maejor, Frank Ocean, Kofi Black, Raheem DeVaughn + Classic Baby Makin Playlist

Man, I’ve been missing some quality RnB music in my life for a minute now. Maybe that’s why I’m so tense. I don’t know if it’s that I don’t look in the right places or if it’s that the type of smooth-ass slow jams I grew up loving just aren’t appealing to the masses anymore, and therefore aren’t produced like they use to be. Seriously, how is R. Kelly still putting out albums and I don’t even hear about it? Is it me, or is it the quality? Jagged Edge, 112, where you at!? Slim, I heard that weak-ass solo mixtape dog, give it up and get the crew back together. Well, at least we still got John Legend. I got high hopes for Frank Ocean and The Weeknd, as well. But speaking of the current, I was able to pull together a handful of quality new RnB jams I thought were appropriate for the hallmark holiday. But the real treat is my “Baby Makin’ Music” playlist below. So if you’re in need of something to the set the mood for those late night festivities with the wifey, then look no further. That’s almost a full 80 minutes worth of material, so if you make it through the whole shit you’re a fuckin’ champ. Shit, if I make it through the first 5 songs I’m chalking that one up as a W. Ya’ll can thank me later.

John Legend – Tonight (ft Ludacris)

Bei Meajor – Mesmerized

Frank Ocean – Dust

Kofi Black – I love You Crazy (ft. Raekwon)

Raheem DeVaughn – Be The One (ft. Snoop Dogg)

Mixtape Monday: Rockie Fresh – Driving 88……inspiring thoughts on society and rap

I told you I’d be back with some more Rockie, but before I get into the mixtape, Driving 88, let me release some tension from my brain……

I really have a problem with people who are successful, or revered, whom I believe are undeserving. This is obviously based on my opinion of what deserving means. Now I know this is not an all encompassing example, but it just seems like the most selfish people are the ones who become the most successful. That is, by the standard of success in today’s society which is measured by the amount of money you make. And if you want to make money, then you better find a profitable industry, you better look out for self, and you better be willing to bring others down around you. In a sense, you want to emulate a corporate business strategy. Corporations don’t do favors for people, and they’re definitely not looking out for your best interests. It may just so happen that some are in the business of assisting others with finances or health, but don’t get it twisted, it’s still self-serving. They’re worried about the bottom-line. So you better hope that your well being just so happens to overlap with more money in their pockets. If not, you mean nothing. It’s kinda scary; is that how how our society is designed? If corporations are people, then what are people? Or what are we turning into as people? If I come off anti-capitalistic, it’s because I worry that if we reward and give the most power to these people who make the most money, then what? What are we teaching people to strive towards if making money is all that matters? It’s not about hard work. There are plenty of people who devote just as much hard work, but their hard work is spent toward helping their fellow human beings, or in another industry that isn’t only about the bottom-line. So why do these people struggle the most? If we can’t find a balance and figure out how to properly reward people who look make this world a better place, and stop giving unlimited amounts of power and respect to people with the most money whom naturally, in many cases, are selfish and self-serving, then our future, to me, looks grim and ungodly. In my opinion the Occupy movement has come about because that future seems to be looking more and more like the present.

In the Hip Hop game, it’s the one’s who deliver the most ignorant and unproductive lyrics that garner the most attention, and in turn, the most fame and fortune. And you know, I’m not even mad about the fame and fortune. If material things make them that happy, then they can have their money. But it’s the attention that bothers me the most. As much good that rap provide, so in contrast can it do harm. I’m not trying to play Fox News and blame gangster rap for the problems of our society, but you can’t deny the fact that the image presented influences its audience. Not only does it effect style trends (baggy jeans, bandanas, khakis, Timberlands, throwbacks, fitteds to skinny jeans, vans, flannels, snap backs, etc) but it also affects trends in attitude. But those rappers in the 90‘s were accurately representing the life, environment, and attitude they lived in, and that’s fine. It’s these rappers today that try to glorify a life of guns, drug dealing, and ignorant spending that pisses me off. Most of these dudes either don’t really live that life, or they do live it, but by choice as opposed to those they rap to, who may live it by necessity as they are lead to believe they have no other choice. But I guess that’s what sells……but for how long?

Just as the occupy movement is taking over the economic and political climate and starting to change old ways of thinking, it appears as though there may be an equally momentous movement in the hip hop game. There’s a new school of rappers coming through that are creating a new cool. And it’s based off of originality, realness, and most importantly, honest and in some cases humble lyricism.

I feel like I’ve already taken away too much attention from what I really wanted to share in the first place, which is dude’s music. Like most of my favorite rappers, and a large majority of this next generation, Rockie Fresh does more than rap; he inspires while entertaining. I can personally say that I’ve been inspired. But it’s not just about all that inspirational Joe Budden type shit, it’s good fucking music. Some of his shit remind me of The Deans List. Check out my favorite joints below and support the new school, and the new way of thinking. Be on the lookout, because good things lie ahead for this kid, and hip hop.  Hopefully our society’s future is just as bright…

“If you say you got a gift, make em appreciate your presence”

Rockie Fresh – Never Never

Rockie Fresh – No Fear

Rockie Fresh – Turn It Up

Rockie Fresh – Come Around

Rockie Fresh – Where I wanna Be (ft. Phil Ade)

Rockie Fresh – Respected….it really does deserve to be included in back to back posts

WMCF Jam Of The Week: Rockie Fresh – Respected

Can’t stop tapping and bobbing to this shit right here. If you don’t feel this one then you’re checking the wrong blog bro. This is my shit! And since when was it cool to respect women in your raps? Gotta respect Rockie for that alone. I could continue to tell you how/why this song is the shit but it’s a lot easier to understand if you just hit play and rock out. I’ll get into Rockie’s latest mixtape Driving 88 in more detail soon enough, but I couldn’t wait any longer to share this one in particular. Chi-town stand up.

“I be gettin’ girls with magic, I ain’t gotta swipe my plastic
Yea, being me is such a habit, I ain’t never frontin’ so the people back it”

Disclaimer: For best results, listen via Beats by Dre….or just really loud.

Rockie Fresh – Respected

This.Is.The Remix: The Hood Internet (Wale vs Kavinsky), Ted Smooth (Drake ft. The Weeknd) & Trae Tha Truth ft. Big K.R.I.T., Jadakiss, J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar, B.o.B., + more

…or I guess it should read, “THESE. ARE. The remixES.” If you didn’t know, I am quite fond of “the remix.” Even when it’s not quite as good as the original, it’s still refreshing to hear a good song in a different light, or from a new perspective.

First up we got a quality mashup from one of the best. The Hood Internet takes Wale’s Chain Music and throws it over some dark, whiteboy electronic instrumental courtesy of Kavinsky. Never heard of dude(?), but….diggin it.

The Hood Internet – Nightchain (Wale // Kavinsky)

Next we got this simple Ted Smooth remix utilizing some slowed down percussion from Biggie’s “I Got A Story to Tell” mixed in with Drake’s “Crew Love.” Pretty subtle addition, but new life nonetheless.

Drake ft. The Weeknd – Crew Love (Ted Smooth Remix)

Lastly, we have a classic example of the hip hop remix. Whenever someone is lucky enough to snag a beat/hook like this, it’s inevitable that they’ll be at least 10-15 rappers trying to jump on that shit. The original was star studded enough with the likes of Wale, Wiz, Lupe, and Big Boi, but it just got another lift with some even NEWER schoolers (K.R.I.T., J. Cole, Kendrick) and more importantly, the REAL Mark Morrison! WHOOOOOAAAAAAAAAOOOOHHHH!

Trae Tha Truth – I’m On 2.0 (remix) (ft. Big K.R.I.T., Jadakiss, J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar, B.o.B, Tyga, Gudda Gudda, Bun B, and Mark Morrison)