Mixtape Monday: Childish Gambino’s “Royalty”, Terry Urban ft. Nas x Amy Winehouse + Chi Duly x The Weeknd
I was out of town all weekend and still adjusting to life back at work so I haven’t been up on enough new music to share any specific jams. But it’s been too long since my last post, so here’s a couple of mixtapes I’ll be paying closer attention to over the next week that I think you might find appealing as well.
Donald finally released his latest mixtape effort on the 4th (I think) after weeks of leaks. Definitely looking forward to diving into this one to uncover what’s been running through Mr. Glover’s mind. Good thing I have a 45 minute commute to and from work….
Terry Urrrrrrrban has created what I can only assume to be another masterpiece, as I have yet to get into it. But the thought of Nas’ lyricism over some Amy Winehouse melodies has got me pretty excited. I have a feeling this will be one of those tapes that just doesn’t get old. Just press play and let it ride.
Chi Duly gives The Weeknd a little bit of a kick with this next one. It’s been out for a minute but I just came up on it, so in case you haven’t yet…
Alright, this is somewhat of an insomnia post, so bear with me if I seem a little off. Yea I know it’s only 10pm (well it was when I started writing. 90 minutes later…), but that’s besides the point. I like my sleep. I was just thinking about this blog and why I write. I go through phases. Sometimes I think people really might be interested in my random thoughts, other times I feel as though it’s pointless. But at the end of the day, more often than not I’m really just thinking out loud in my posts. Well, for a little while when I started sharing my blog with friends and paid close attention to my blog stats, I would think about what people might want to hear or what they would think of me after reading. But after a while I realized that no one wants someone else to think about what they themselves would want and then do it only for that reason, they just want them to do it naturally. Or maybe that’s just what I want, which again just goes back to the point of me doing me…..
From the outside, I might just seem like a “ghetto” white kid, or a white kid who wants to be black. But that’s on the same ignorant shit as saying suburban, preppy, well spoken black kids aren’t “black” enough. And don’t get me started on the over/misuse of the word “ghetto.” Well maybe for a moment; I heard someone at work call Schaumburg, IL “Schompton” (like Compton?) because it’s “ghetto.” If by “ghetto” you mean you once saw a black person there, then yea I guess it’s “ghetto.” On the other side of that though, there’s another dude at work who accuses every upper-middle class white kid of having a trust fund. They’re both jokes (I think…I hope), but it’s just kind of annoying. And maybe I’m a little too sensitive, but with the way our country is diversifying so quickly and the ancient beliefs some people still emphasize, you can’t tell me it’s not a legit issue. Everyone wants to label or profile people/things/music right off the bat. Just give it a little fucking time to let it be…
“White Men Can’t Funk” is more than a clever pun of a movie title about a white dude who can hoop in order emphasize my interest in basketball AND music. Obviously, it plays off the misconception that since Billy Hoyle is white he must NOT be able to hoop. Just like some might believe that white kids, like myself, can’t honestly embrace hip hop, or black kids with rock, without wanting to be something they’re not. Or how dudes that don’t act hard all the time and joke about women being inferior and placed on earth to serve them, must ultimately be weak or just not “real men”…
Anyway, I think that’s all I have to rant about tonight. I’ll be back with more fucked up thinking on our fucked up thinking soon enough. But for now, I do actually have a few joints for you to listen to. I don’t necessarily know the right time to listen to/enjoy these. Probably by yourself. Either way, I thought it’d be appropriate to share these here since they’re just kinda different and don’t really fit any of my predetermined weekly posts. I know, I know. I’m guilty of categorizing also. But it’s just easier t-……fuck.
Ok, first up we got a new radio rip from Childish Gambino. Sheeeeit, a post about white black kids and black white kids? Donald recently when to twitter, or maybe facebook, to vent about some similar racial thoughts. I don’t necessarily agree with him on everything, but I bet I sound like an asshole when I speak uninhibited quite often as well. Really anticipating the mastered version of this one right here.
Ok, this one could probably be placed in my “Rap Up” section, but I feel like that would just undermine how diverse XV’s music is. Yea, he raps, but it’s not your typical bullshit. Man, I’m really starting to resent that bullshit. But let’s not dwell on that. Just listen to Vizzy being Vizzy. This one’s off his latest mixtape Popular Culture. Go get it. And LISTEN.
Let’s wrap it up with some peaceful vibes to help set my mind at ease so I can fall asleep. Literally, just some peaceful vibes….with a nice lil kick here and there.
Rap Up: Curren$y ft. Wale, XV, G-Scott, Childish Gambino ft. Beck, Meek Mill ft. Drake & Jeremih + Chevy Woods & Wiz Khalifa with Harry Fraud Production
UPDATED WITH ACTIVE LINKS!!!!!!!! 6-15-12
It’s been a minute since I shared some new rap music, so let’s keep this rolling with a handful of jams I’ve been sitting on. I still can’t decide how I feel about Curren$y. I mean, I guess I can say that I’m not much of a fan, but wouldn’t feel comfortable discrediting his abilities. He can rhyme, but I just don’t like his flow at all. I feel like it works on some select beats that match his style, but most of the time it just seems so off to me. Wale on the other hand, oooh weee! How many time do I have to tell ya’ll he’s killin this rap game! This one’s off Curren$y’s debut LP The Stoned Immaculate.
“No bullshit, every
Chishy bitch can get a rose
Meaning arouse, I’m sorry I’m not too good with vowels
I got a thousand bitches I’m not too good with vows” – Wale
We all need to get up on some G-Scott. I say “we” because I’ve only come across a couple of songs and luckily found this gem. But damn, dude can rhyme. I had to share a healthy portion of his mastered craft below just in case you’re one of them fools Jay was talkin bout, skimming through music and shit….smh. This one’s off G’s mixtape Weekend in Los Vegas….currently on the to-listen to (in full) list.
“Verse three, my first two verses connect
An intercourse of my wisdom, my lyrics are having sex
Keep Nikes all on my feet, my motivations in check
my focus’s to succeed, your struggles to suck less
Put my soul on these tracks in hopes that one day I run it
Did it all blunted and kicks us a couple hundred
Eat beats, though I am no Doug Funny
Pork chops these dog days were spent chasin the money
When you don’t got it she saying pleasure to meet her
Soon as she see green she beggin ya to skeet her”
Welcome to the Harry Fraud portion of this weeks Rap Up. I can’t get enough of this dude. I mean, he even gets me excited to listen to Chevy Woods! Well not really, he just makes it tolerable. Nah, that’s not true, Chevy does his thing. I really like both of these hooks though. Harry just provides such a beautiful canvas, I really don’t know how anyone could fuck that shit up. Something to ride to right here….just keep the army guns at home, Delonte. First one is off Chevy’s Gangland mixtape.
Dreamchasers 2 is also still on my to-listen to list (fuckin never ends), but this is a pretty nice single-worthy track to garner some more attention to Meek and the mixtape. Gotta love the church piano & organ combo.
XV is absolutely one of my favorite new school rappers. Just an honest dude who represents himself to the fullest, along with everyone else who would rather be different while true to themselves as oppose to the norm/popular/sheep.
“You watch a throne? I just see a chair
And a crown that I’ma get and not even wear
Cuz before I got on they didn’t seem to care
So I said fuck your circle I’ma be a square”
Real interesting joint right here, specifically the verse from Beck. But it’s different and it works. Also, I think Donald is at his best over a piano instrumental. Diggin’ in.
I don’t really know how to categorize these. They all have a slight hip hop influence, or at least infusion, but the genre itself escapes me. You may know by now, I’m not a big fan of genres anyway, or in a broader sense, categorizations. Whether it’s music, people, places, food….just let me decide for myself before you go and implant a subconscious bias in my brain. Sometimes I envy the blind. Wouldn’t it be something if we were only able to base our opinions on people based on the tone of their voice or they way they treat people? Obviously, after thinking about the number of difficulties that would actually go along with being blind, I take that back. But it would definitely be a lot different world. Now being deaf on the other hand is not something I can see (no pun) having ANY silver lining whatsoever. God, I am thankful for my health…and my music. What was the point of this post? Oh yea, music without a precursing classification. Take a listen and decide for yourself.
First of all, let me say this; rappers need to do something with the N word. Seriously, I want to be able to write/sing lyrics to songs and not feel the need to censor myself from what is almost definitely the most used word in the hip hop vernacular. Now, if they don’t want to get rid of it altogether then at least make some sort of declaration that it’s okay for a white dude like me to repeat the word when referring to lyrics. I know Chris Rock already told me its okay, but I’d prefer a representative from the hip hop community set the record straight so I don’t feel awkward.
Anyway, that Childish Gambino line from “Bonfire” ironically makes sense of why I like mashups. I really don’t like putting labels on things, especially labels like “white” & “black” to distinguish what each perspective race listens to. But in very general terms, up until this point, most people would call rap/R&B music “black” and rock/indie/alternative/electro as “white.” So in those very general (not to mention extremely stereotypical while completely ignoring all other races) terms, that Gambino line reminds me of the way most of my favorite mashups seamlessly combine the aspects I love from both “black” and “white” music into perfect harmony. The promising thing to think about is how in 20 years or so that Gambino line wouldn’t even make sense. We’re well on our way to creating a beautiful blend that supersedes all labels. This is why music will save the world, btw.
This one features the aforementioned lyrics from Childish Gambino’s “Bonfire” over the beat, and with the hook, for T.I.’s “Bottle Poppin”. I’m not a big fan of the “Bonfire” joint, mainly because the beat is wack. T.I.’s beat on the other hand? Dope. So it was nice to get a fresh perspective of Gambino’s lyrics over music I can stand to listen to. In an unrelated observations, Donald’s verses kinda make T.I.’s version seem a little lazy, imo.
DJ 21azy – Make That Fire Go Pop (Childish Gambino // T.I.) (right click, “save as” to dl) or @ Hulkshare
This one comes from same dude above, DJ 21azy. I’m pretty sure that’s pronounced “too lazy” but I’m not sure. It’s definitely written as the number 21, but I think he’s just being clever. I like it. And with this next one, not only does he continue batting 1.000 but he provides a great example of that whole white/black thing I was rambling about earlier.
DJ 21azy – Can I Get Those Colours (Notorious B.I.G. & Skizzy Mars // Grouplove & Xaphoon Jones) (right click, “save as” to dl) or @ Hulkshare
I don’t know how I can still stand to listen to these vocals, but it’s a problem similar to the way I’d start vibe-ing HARD if “Turn my Swag on” ever came on in the club/at a party…smh. This definitely has not happened enough since I left college. I really need to hit a dance floor again soon!
Waka Flocka // Alesso & Sebastian Ingrosso – Hands Free Calling (DJ Spryte & Benzi Edit) (right click, “save as” to dl) or @ Hulkshare
I don’t know that I even really like the Zeds Dead part of this song. Well, I guess they mixed the whole thing, so that doesn’t make sense. To be more specific, I don’t like the hardcore dubstep vibration part at the 1:20 mark. I guess I’m just not a big fan of dubstep? I don’t get it. Because I like some light, simple dubstep sounds. But sometimes that noise just sounds like…horrible noise. Seriously, they always have so much good going for them. Why do they always have to fuck it up with that crazy noise? The beginning? Perfect. Why not just keep it at that? Btw, I am actually a big fan of that Blue Foundation song “ Eyes on Fire.” Shout out L Boogie for putting me on.
Zeds Dead – Eyes on Fire // Jackie Boy (Zeds Dead VIP Remix ft Omar Linx) (right click, “save as” to dl) or @ Hulkshare
Omar Linx ft Blue Foundation – Jackie Boy (prod. Zeds Dead) (right click, “save as” to dl) or @ Hulkshare
I threw this one in just for the hell of it. Definitely fits the theme of the day. Unfortunately, classic rock is not my favorite “white” music, but I can dig it.
Donald Glover aka Troy Barnes aka Childish Gambino is an actor, writer (‘When I wrote for 30 Rock, I was under 25’), comedian, musician. This discography really shows you his progression as an artist with the culmination being his last effort “EP”. He’s coming to the House of Blues (Boston) November 2nd….I gotta get tickets.
1. Easy (Intro)
3. I’m a Winner
4. Tru Dudes
5. Red Alert
6. Love is Crazy
7. My Hoodie
9. Til I die
10. So Sick Wit It
12. Baby Doll
2. So Much Better
3. Phat People
4. The Awesome
6. Hawk Jones
7. Almost There
9. My Name Bam-B
11. The Rocker
12. I’m So Confused
I Am Just a Rapper (2010)
1. New Prince (Crown On The Ground)
2. Bitch Look At Me Now (Two Weeks)
3. 49ers (Orange Shirt)
4. My Girls (My Girls)
5. I Can Hear Your Feet (Sunrise)
6. The Truth (Goth Star)
7. I Love Clothes (Deadbeat Summer)
1. The Real (Infinity Guitars)
2. Get It (Tightrope)
3. Different (Feel It All Around)
4. What The Fuck Are You? (Colouring Of Pigeons)
5. Both Hands (Black Rainbow)
6. For The Fans (Warm Heart Of Africa)
7. Nowhere To Go (Disaster Babe)
3. I Be On That
4. Got This Money
5. So Fly
6. You Know Me
7. Let Me Dope You
8. Do Ya Like
9. I’m Alright
11. Fuck It All
12. I’m On It
13. Put It In My Video
14. These Girls (Feat. Garfunkel and Oates)
15. The Last
1. Be Alone
2. Freaks and Geeks
3. My Shine
4. Lights Turned On
5. Not Going Back
It’s good to dream. Sometimes life gets in the way and you forget to, or your lifestyle just won’t allow it. Sometimes you need to reach out to someone you trust, who won’t judge, who really knows you, to lay it all out for you, even if you’ve known it all along. Welp, I’ve decided to make some changes with my life and I’m immediately rewarded with some dreams in my sleep. I’ve been kinda all over the place lately, and The Funk has been taking a backseat to me getting my shit together. Unfortunately, I’ve also been somewhat at a loss for inspiration, but I wanted to at least get the rest of this list up so I can move on and start looking ahead.
I started getting into K.R.I.T.’s shit last year starting with “Hometown Hero” and the rest of that K.R.I.T. Wuz Here mixtape. The beats, the flow, the voice, the metaphors, and of course the realness; dude has it all. Then he came out with Return of 4eva this year and it was “game over.” I’ve been waiting for an artists who could put it all together like this and ride that internet hype straight into the mainstream. A lot of the time, an artists needs to sacrifice what got them their initial hype in order to make the jump into the mainstream. Somehow the game corrupts them and they lose sight of what they were all about before the fame, and then I no longer relate to anything they have to say. Hell, sometimes their whole sound changes (the instrumentals and such) to please the half ass listeners (aka radio). But I feel like K.R.I.T. can actually make it without changing up. Everyone says they won’t change, but I really believe he won’t. He’s too introspective to allow himself to do that.
So after receiving more clarification, I understand where my dude was coming form about that negativity in music. It’s not that the feel of a song has to be all happy-go-lucky, it’s just that the message behind it should be positive. I definitely get that now. And as long as it’s real, I’m gonna get into it. I guess being real doesn’t always involve sounds of darkness. It just seems a lot of the artists I listen to are still in that place in their life where darkness is more abundant than anything else. One dude that I know has been there, because I’ve heard so many of his life stories through his music, is Slug. He’s learned many life lessons along that path and is at a point now where he can pass on his wisdom and confidence. I hear you Slug…..shit has been pathetic for a minute.
“I heard a bird cry, it was pathetic, mannn
If you can fly spread feathers like a message”
Kinda gettin back to that darkness here, but the music is just so damn powerful. No seriously, the music, not even talking about lyrics. CunninLynguists is another group, like Atmosphere, that incorporate some untraditional instrumentals. Originality man, makes me dig that shit even more. I still gotta say though, lyrics of pain just feel that much more powerful to me. And it’s not because I usually relate better to those, it’s because it takes more to bring that out. It’s easy to express happiness. But how easy is it to look deep within, admit your shortcomings, and talk about those usually confined and private emotions. Did I mention these dude’s are some straight spitters? So sick.
Outside of Big K.R.I.T, Childish Gambino definitely made the biggest splash on the hip hop scene this year, so far. Very different from K.R.I.T. personality and content wise, but very similar in the sense that they are real to who they are. The don’t try to portray an image of “cool.” They just do them. I think Donald probably will have a better chance of making it big in the mainstream because of his acting career and background in the entertainment business. Oh yea, and because white people will probably find him more appealing, and therefore more marketable for record labels. Unfortunately, I do see him selling out a bit in the future. As long as he keeps it real with some of his shit though, cuz I still feel him on much of his thought process. This song is pretty amazing.
And it all come full circle with my man K.R.I.T. This shit is really powerful right here. It’s not something you’re gonna bump in your ride with your dudes, but that’s because it’s better than that. There’s no soul in a song that bangs while you ride. There is soul in this song, along with a lot of what K.R.I.T. writes. I was watching this shit on the SciFy channel I think, “Through the Wormhole.” It was talking about the afterlife and whatnot and how people’s souls can live on forever by simply relaying their identity and ideas to others they come in contact with over the span of their life. For instance, every person who listens to this song, can take away from it a little bit of K.R.I.T.’s soul. The person he is, his ideas, his morals, his values; all that can be transplanted from one mind to another, in this case, through music and his lyrics. I’m not gonna lie, I want my soul to live on, so hopefully what I write might make someone think a little different, or look at themselves a little different, and that right there might be a piece of me. Anyway, this song is number one not only because of the realness, the soul, the art, and all the beauty behind the music, but because it pretty much sums up what I’ve found this blog to do for me…to vent.