It’s been a minute since I posted some new hip hop, so in order to hold you over until I post my next Rap Up, check out this dude Jitta in his Lumberjack. Really diggin the vibes in this one, so “when I sink two cups better run it back.”
“I talk about pussy a lot and gettin’ money when I get unfocused shawty
cuz I’m dealin’ with the pain of the game and it’s getting harder to keep copin’ shawty”
Wow. Talking about pussy and money is actually an afterthought for Krizzle? Either way, just as he does with all of his lyrics, he keeps it real as fuck in that category of thought. The reason I haven’t posted anything all week is because I haven’t had any interest in finding any other new music with this new Krit in my iPod. I thought Return of 4 Eva couldn’t be fucked with, but now I know dude is on that D. Rose; he’s only getting better and better. Man, this mixtape is so mean. He really does have it all; Lyrics are real, flow is stupid, production (all done by Krit himself) is amazing, southern drawl is in full effect on all the catchy/well written hooks, what else can you ask for from a rapper? It was hard as hell for me to pick out just one favorite, and this will probably change many times as I keep listening over and over and more closely, but right now this my shit! Guitar is killin’ it. If you haven’t copped the
free album mixtape, get with it. Front to back, I don’t know if anyone can fuck with K.R.I.T. right now. Get ready rap game.
Big K.R.I.T. – Insomnia (Listen/dl @ hulkshare)
I really wish I hadn’t heard so many tracks previous to the album’s release, but looking at the piece of work as a whole, this is without a doubt one of the best of the year. No download links here, just three more reasons (outside of the 5 or so previously shared songs on the funk) why you need to go buy Wale’s 2nd studio album, first under Maybach Music Group (shout out to Rick Ross), Ambition. Seriously, click here to go buy that shit on iTunes right now. Or listen to these first, then go buy it. Either way, it’s the best investment you’ll make all day, I’m sure of it.
Wale – Legendary
Wale – Ambition (ft. Meek Mill & Rick Ross)
Wale – DC or Nothing
You already know. This is a jam right here. Gotta love the southern vernacular from Jackie & Co over the soulfully smooth production provided by Krizzle himself. Some rappers got hype for days, Krit got talent for weeks….more like years.
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.
Beautiful Lou….simply beautiful. Honestly though, I can’t give all the credit to Lou on this one. Despite the lack of depth in lyrical content as well as tired topics presented, the ASAP crew all deliver on point flows that almost makes me really listen to what they’re saying. They kinda got the Bone Thugs name thing going on with the whole ASAP in front. Only difference, Bone had names that actually incorporated the word, like Wish Bone, Flesh n Bone….well I guess only 2/5 were actually clever, but I still think it sounded better/smarter than simply putting the word “ASAP” in front of random individual nicknames. Midwest 1 – East Coast 0.
Anyway, I really wouldn’t have any interest in the “Always Strive And Prosper” crew if not for the production they’ve come with so far. So if not all, 90% of the credit still goes to Beautiful Lou. I will say this also though, I don’t hate on the ASAP crew for the shit they rap about. Because they actually sound sincere. It’s not some rich, 30+ year old veteran rapper talking about guns, sex, money & drugs for clichéd purposes. These young, 20 somethin’ year old dudes from Harlem really live this shit and really don’t know any better, or at least that’s the impression I get. Not that it’s cool, but like I said, sincere. And sincerity is way cooler than cool. But regardless, it’s definitely a jam. In fact, it’s thee jam of the week.