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.
Weekend Rap Up: J. Cole (Any Given Sunday Vol. 2), G-Eazy (Endless Summer), Guy Harrison (Train of Thought) + Curtis King (DIY)
I got a lot of material for you this weekend. Finally found some time to get through some mixtapes I’ve been waiting to absorb for a while. First up though, we got this J. Cole joint that came off last sunday’s installment of Any Given Sunday (vol. 2), which btw is just a handful of tracks J’s been releasing every weekend until the release of the long awaited debut LP. The beat seems kinda unfinished, but Coley Cole comes through to add just the right amount of mainstream mixed with lyricism to complete a pretty solid product.
(MP3): J. Cole – Bring Em In
Of course my opinion is only opinion, but G-Eazy > Mac Miller. Is that racist of me to automatically compare white rappers to each other? Probably a little. Anyway, unless you strictly measure rappers only by how silly their punchlines are, then I think G has the upper hand. But I like the conversational type flows that actually have a beginning and end. Plus I’ve said it before, I don’t really like Mac’s voice. Don’t tell me that doesn’t play an important role in who our favorite rappers are either. These next three come off G’s latest mixtape titled Endless Summer. Shout out for the Nas – Halftime sample, the beat sample from Cudi & Chip’s – All Talk, and that Grizzly Bear – Two Weeks shit. Quality choices. Dude is smooth, and so are his beats. What’s not to like?
(MP3): G-Eazy – Reefer Madness
These next two are off Guy’s latest project titled Train of Thought. Dude’s rhymes really make me smile. It reminds me of the days when rappers took more pride in, and only boasted about, their mic skills rather than their shopping skills. How sad is that? That’s what it really comes down to with all these dudes talking about how much greater their “swag” is. “I’m better at buying clothes & jewelry than you.” Congratulations, you’re now in the same class as every spoiled rich white girl from the suburbs.
“even if we wore the same colors you couldn’t match me
bunch of facts under my lid like snapple black tea
so pop it off, turn it up, you might learn somethin
like you took notes, you’re under me like footnotes
and now they start to cite me like a book, whoa
hook no, verse yes. make ya wanna purchase, they worthless”
“David Blaines of the rap game, so deceivin’
I gotta give these people real shit to believe in
They just easter bunnies, santa clause type niggaz
tryna make some easy money, fake fraud type niggaz
Man, how long we gon’ sit and let this happen
cuz another point of view is what the games really lackin’”
These next two come off Curt’s latest EP titled DIY. Props to my dude Nikhil for putting me onto this shit, dude is legit. Catch the Outkast – E.T. sample in the first one? Great song off arguably my favorite LP off all time, ATLiens. Well, hopefully you can catch the lyrics here. I want to quote that entire first verse from the second song, but that would be silly. Just listen to the lyrics, people.
“judge me by your eyes if you feel your sights amazing
but 20/20 vision catches half of my equation
I’m an improper fraction intoxicated with action
nauseated by normal mother fuckers with no passion”
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.
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
(MP3): G-Eazy – Make-Up Sex
“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”
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.
This instrumental will never get old (i feel like I say that a lot). G takes Cults “Go Outside” and flips it on some stuck up bitches. I highly suggest you download and take the time to listen to his latest mixtape The Outsider. Very cool project if you’re into the different, indie type instrumentals.
G-Eazy – Dear Ms. Rose (yep, that Ms. Rose)
I like this kid right here. Doesn’t sound like the typical corny white rapper. And that’s no disrespect to Asher or any other white rappers out there, but this dude has just got a cool, gangster ass flow I can really appreciate. Okay, obviously not gangster in the traditional sense. I just mean he seems like a real smooth dude. And that’s definitely not to say white dudes can’t be smooth. I mean, c’mon. Real recognize real.