Weekend Rap Up: Kendrick Lamar, DJ Drama ft 2 Chainz & Meek Mill & Jeremih, 1982 ft Big K.R.I.T., S-Preme, Bas + Jon Connor
You know, I get really frustrated with rap music sometimes. First of all, there are way too many rappers nowadays. And second, way too much money and fame gets credited to undeserving/untalented assholes. But it’s dudes like Kendrick that keep me coming back. You see, there will always be the business aspect corrupting the game. And there will always be wannabe rappers over-saturating the internet. But there will also forever be masterful young talents coming up under the radar that eventually, with enough push from the true hip hop fans, will get their chance to shine and rep the genre the right way. Exhibit A…
I couldn’t NOT post a 2 Chainz song if I even tried. The dude is literally EVERYWHERE. I gotta say though, this is probably one of the more respectable verses I’ve heard from him. Although, I do try to avoid him at all costs, so what do i know. I will say this also; I don’t hate what the dude is doing. I know I hate on him, but it’s more of me hating on the game. Is hip hop really turning into a hype machine likened to fashion trends decided by some clown overseas (exec) who passes that down to someone famous (rapper) who then leads the sheep of the world to follow suit? Regardless, I like this song. Thank you Meek Mill and Jeremih.
I’m a big fan of the sound that Statik creates for Termanology to showcase his lyricism. It seems only right for Big K.R.I.T. to jump on that same canvas and deliver his “indestructible flow.”
This dude is a spitter, period. He’s not your typical “hard” gun/coke/money rapper. It’s crazy to think about in today’s ego-infalted materialistic rap game, but get this; dude lets his rap skills do the talking. Waaaaoooooooowwwww.
I just recently discovered this Bas dude, and I think more than anything I just like his vibe. He seems like a chill, lighthearted dude with a nice flow and natural content selection. He’s not reaching like some of these clowns trying to make up for their insecurities. I dig that shit. This joint is pretty smooth btw.
Sometimes I get sucked into looking for new songs for hours on end. It’s like a nervous addiction that can’t be stopped once begun, or at least until I find that joint that finally satisfies my hunger for the day. I almost gave up this morning, but told myself I’d give it one more page of listens before I call it a day. Much to my delight I found this Jon Connor link at the bottom of the page (page 17 to be exact) and took a listen with hopes he would quench my desire. Oh, and it was good. With a little help from BRIX’ utilization of a sample from one of thee GREATEST RAP SONGS OF ALL TIME (along with the chipmunked Gavin DeGraw hook, as pointed out by the wifey), JC and his uncanny lyrical prowess comes through in the clutch.
Weekend Rap Up: B.o.B. [EPIC: Every Play Is Crucial], Los [The Crown Aint Safe], OnCue [Can’t Wait], Jon Connor [Season 2] + I.O.U. [Love,Great.Humans…]
It’s been a pretty lazy Sunday, but at least I was able to get through a few mixtapes I’ve had stashed away. Check out my favorite tracks and download the full mixtape if you’re diggin it.
I always appreciated Bob’s indie/alternative side. Unfortunately, it seems like that dimension doesn’t make it out as much lately. You do hear it hear on this one, though.
B.o.B. – Fucked Up (ft. Playboy Tre) (right-click, “save as” to dl)
We’ve had OnCue featured on the Funk in the past, and he’s really becoming one of my personal favorites. Not the corny/”trying to be funny” white rapper type at all, if that’s what you’re thinking.
OnCue – Can’t Wait (right-click, “save as” to dl)
OnCue – Kinda Late (ft. Mike Posner) (prod. 88 Keys) (right-click, “save as” to dl)
This mixtape was my first real listen to Los, and I’m extremely happy I checked him out. You need to do the same. Dude’s a spitter.
Los – Shine (ft. Phil Ade) (right-click, “save as” to dl)
Los – Outro (ft. Sean Hayz) (right-click, “save as” to dl)
Since we’re on the subject of spitters, let’s get right into Jon Connor. Best thing out of Detroit since the 2004 Pistons. Speaking of, welcome to Chicago, Rip Hamilton. Can’t. Fucking. Wait.
Jon Connor – Someone Like Me (right-click, “save as” to dl)
Jon Connor – No Thrillz (right-click, “save as” to dl)
These guys kinda remind me of The Dean’s List, musically. Lyrically, they’re not really on Sonny’s level, imo.
I.O.U. – That Bob Marley Song (right-click, “save as” to dl)
Weekend Rap Up: Sonny Shotz (of The Dean’s List), Big K.R.I.T. ft Yelawolf, Face Tha Music ft Jon Connor + Asher Roth
“Wait for it. I promise you the best shit, just…wait on me.”
Sonny has been doing a lot of solo work lately, apart from his group The Dean’s List. I don’t really know what that’s all about, but I’d think he’d want to build off the hype from The Drive In WITH the rest of the group. And maybe after they actually get an album out and he makes a name for himself outside of the internet, he can ditch the dude’s that got him there and make all the money for himself. Just seems a little premature is all. I still really like dude’s music a lot, so I’m not complaining, just saying.
(MP3): Sonny Shotz – We Good
Damn, I’m lovin this shit right here. The keys baby, the keys! Once again K.R.I.T. kills it with the production. This one’s off the hold me over mixtape titled Last King 2: God’s Machine while we wait for K.R.I.T.’s debut album Live From The Ungerground. I love when these two get together on the track.
“Persistence overcome resistance.
The Black Album was such an incredible project, and My 1st Song was definitely a personal favorite of mine. Great use of the vocal sample to go along with the jazzy dope beat. First listen to Face tha Music, conclusion; diggin it.
Asher recruits dude from Chester French to sing the hook for this positive chill jam. Real nice vibe to this one. I really like Asher’s mentality and I seem to be getting into most everything he’s been putting out in the past year. Check it out.