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)
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.
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.
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!
Weekend Rap Up: Kendrick Lamar ft Busta, Wale ft Rick Ross, 2 Chainz & Trey Songz, Red Cafe ft Trey Songz, Wale & J. Cole, Wiz Khalifa & Snoop, Sway ft Lupe Fiasco, Asher Roth, CYNE + 1982
Sorry for the hiatus, but your boy was in a little bit of a funk. And not the good kind of funk you’ve come to regularly find on the funk. Nah, this funk had me boycotting my Beats altogether. You ever just get sick of music? Shit, that’s hard for me to come to grips with, but that’s kinda how I was feeling.
Rap music really pisses me off sometimes. So in actuality, it’s not all that inconceivable to find myself needing a break. I may have been warming back up to the thought of throwing on my Beats and bingeing through all my go-to blogs to see what’s up in these streets, but then I witnessed the most obnoxiously arrogant, not to mention annoying, encore in live rap show history; Watch The Throne. “N’s in Paris” is not the most amazing song ever. It’s not even the best Jay or Ye song. Therefor, what would warrant playing it over and over as if to achieve the Guinness World Record for consecutive playbacks? The opposite of D. Rose, that’s what. I mean, the show was AMAZING (minus Kanye’s boring Amber Rose dedication set) but I literally ended up leaving the UC pissed off after that shit. It was especially disheartening to look around at the 10,000+
stans fans encouraging this type of behavior in the first place. Moving on…..
I’ve found myself with some extra downtime this weekend and decided it was a good time to get back at it. After a long discovery session yesterday, I have a good amount of new music I’ll have to share throughout the week. But let’s start off with that rap shit.
Now I’m not going to pretend like I know every new artist out there, or equivalently have heard every new song from the up and comers I’ve already been introduced to. But I do know this; Kendrick Lamar is going to be making one of the biggest leaps in the rap game coming up in 2012. Not as big as K.R.I.T., but seriously, listen to this shit. Kendrick is nice as hell.
Kendrick Lamar – Rigamortus (remix) (ft. Busta Rhymes) (right click, “save as” to dl) or @ Hulkshare
I’ve always been a big fan of the soulful scratches from Statik Selektah. Team him up with the knowledge kickin’ Termanology and there you have the underground masterpiece known as 1982. If you’re into the head nodding lyrical shit, check it out.
Never heard of these guys but immediately after hitting play for my first listen, I had to snatch this chill ass shit. I have a real love/hate reaction to short songs like this. I love them because of their simplicity, but I hate them because they always leave me wanting so much more. Oh well, repeat.
Asher and Blended Babies come together again to create that nonsensical head nodding shit Asher’s skill set adhere so well to. Another simple beat with a beautifully rhythmic flow to match.
Asher Roth – Common Knowledge (prod. Blended Babies) (right click, “save as” to dl) or @ Hulkshare
This one comes off Wiz & Snoop’s “Mac & Devin go 2 High School” soundtrack. I don’t really know the details of the movie. Are they featured in the film as well? I don’t really care, actually. I’m not that big on Wiz or Snoop, but this one seemed pretty smooth. Chill shit.
This is the opposite of chill. Following the vibe of his latest mixtape, Friend of the People, Lupe hops on this UK native’s high octane jam sure to get you a speeding ticket if left on repeat in the whip.
Sway – Still Speedin’ Reloaded (ft. Lupe Fiasco) (right click, “save as” to dl) or @ Hulkshare
And finally, we have remixes to two of my favorite commercially appealable jams of 2011 featuring some more popular names from the year. Shout out to the producers on both of these, since beats are basically 90% what we’re talking about when we’re talking commercial appeal, right? Regardless, shit is bangin’.
Red Cafe – Fly Together (remix) (ft. Trey Songz, Wale & J. Cole) (right click, “save as” to dl) or @ Hulkshare
Wale – Bait (remix) (ft. Rick Ross, 2 Chainz & Trey Songz) (right click, “save as” to dl) or @ Hulkshare
I’ve been to a pretty decent amount of rap shows, and the best always come in small venues like this. What really makes a rap show is the crowd. If the crowd isn’t into it then the performer can’t get into it. And when it’s a smaller venue I feel like it makes it more intimate (for lack of better word) and magnifies the crowd participation. This show went on sale at least a month and half before Cole World: The Sideline Story even dropped and tickets have been sold out for month. So you know anyone showing up is a fan and has been on Jermaine’s shit for a while. Needless to say, this show was live as hell. I think I may be prepared to tentatively put J Cole at the #1 spot on my top 3 right now, but we still gotta wait for Wale’s Ambition to drop in November and then Big K.R.I.T.’s Live From The Underground in early 2012 before I can make any definitive placements. Anyway, check out some clips I captured at the show.
Everyone wake up and purchase that Cole World: The Sideline Story yet? If not, do so soon. And if you missed this when my boy posted some highlights from the album last week when it leaked, then good morning again. This shit is hot. In hotnewhiphop terms, shits VERY hotttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttt. But seriously, if you got a nice system or some solid speakers, this is gonna kill.
And for all of those hating on Jermaine because some of the content on the album and his admission to crying make him “softer” than Ghostface Killa, per se, you need to realize this is a different era. The beautiful thing about rap is you can gauge the social climate by listening to the songs from one generation to the next. Think about it. In the 90’s, there was a huge lack of drug awareness and, even more than today, excessive drug trafficing in urban areas. There was also the Rodney King incident and a lot more tension between blacks and police. You can see and hear all this in what has been deemed “gangster rap.” 20 years later, while we’re still a ways away from healthy, I feel like things aren’t AS hostile. That may be somewhat of an ignorant claim, but that’s my outside perception. And then I feel like women are closer to being considered equals, and they have more power today than they did 20 years ago. Not only power in just the workplace, but overall influence on culture, government, and family, as well. Women’s brains are different than men’s. This can provide different ways of thinking about and viewing the world, which can effect society as a whole. I think some of this influence shows through in rap. At least in the intelligent kind.
I got a pretty good sample here to display hip hop’s range of musical sounds. Snare drums and hard bass are in fact NOT a prerequisite to every rap song. First up, I got a nice chill track from Shwayze & Cisco featuring a top notch verse from one of my new favorite up and comers, Kendrick Lamar. Really surprised by this link up, but extremely pleased with the results.
This is a jam right here. The anthem…
(MP3): E-Dubble – Life Coach
Not quite sure how to feel about this one. Actually, I don’t really like it. Second and third listens have inspired at least a tolerance of the interesting beat, supposedly produced by coley cole himself. I’m hoping this was released as somewhat of a throwaway because The Sideline Story is already packed with heat. This one? Not so much…
I just mentioned to my dude how when it comes to sports metaphors, Wale has got that game on lock. XV does his best to give Wale’s “Barry Sanders” a run for his money with this one.
“The dudes in his crew would move keys fast
but he pass like Steve Nash
‘til the day that he need cash, then he has to start to say
move dimes easy or make pennies da hardaway”