Weekend Rap Up: B.o.B.,The ILLZ, YONAS, Freddie Gibbs & Madlib, Dave Raps, Nas ft Rick Ross, Pusha T ft. Swizz Beatz, French Montana ft. Drake & Wayne & RossMeek Mill & Wale & MMG + More
How unnecessarily long is that title? Lots of featured appearances in this week’s Rap Up, and more than a couple different styles and sounds at work as well. One particular sound that stands out from the rest is The ILLZ. If you haven’t noticed, I’m a BIG fan of the indie rap movement. You know, that introspective shit over simple guitar strings, piano, and other indie rock samples. They really are a perfect match for eachother. The lyrics are meant to be listened to intently, and the musical backdrop is one that not only eliminates unnecessary distractions but also elicits emotion in of itself. That’s why I dig The ILLZ. The dude reeks of realness. B.o.B. is the same, when he’s at his best at least. Unfortunately being at your best and making money are two separate things these days in the music biz, or at least in hip hop. So you might not find many more like this off Strange Clouds, but that doesn’t take away from great pieces like this.
The ILLZ – Closer (Temper Trap sample)
Yonas is another up and comer you should already be mindful of. He’s been doing his thing in the mixtape game for a few years now, and eventually he’ll have built up a distinguishable enough rapport with his fan base that he can put out pretty much any type of record and he’ll sell some. That’s the name of the mixtape game, right? Love the pre-fame mixtape game (see B.o.B.). YONAS really isn’t on that level yet, but he definitely knows how to take someone else’s hot beat, and no matter how played out, make it his own so that you can listen again.
Freddie deserves a considerable amount of respect for his lyrical game. He’s not flashy, he doesn’t have a tag line to repeat 12+ times a song, and he doesn’t spit so utterly simple and slow that you could teach a 2 year old to
be ignorant as hell follow along. Sometimes it does take a beautiful soul sample like this to truly appreciate him.
Dave Raps delivered one of my favorite songs of 2011 in “Alive” off his mixtape H.Y.P.E. So I copped his latest effort AKA Dave Ruffin and spotted this lil gem. Take a listen.
Ohhhhh boy! Life Is Good is almost here. Nas drops his latest studio effort on July 17th and I can’t wait. Nas is my favorite rapper, hands down. There’s no one like him. We’ll talk more when his shit drops and I get the full effect. In this one, Nas calls out all the fakers out there that really aint shit. Ross delivers an excellent verse by the way. I’m serious. I might be too hard on him. I just can’t get over the fact that he literally only raps about 4 things; cocaine, cars, money, and girls he would never fuck without the first 3.
Since I’m on the subject of Rick Ross, I might as well just jump head first into that m-m-m-m-maybach music. I like this mayback music…kinda. The Meek joint is off his mixtape Dreamchasers 2 and dude does justice to one of the greatest instrumentals/songs of all time; The Fugees – Ready or Not. The Power circle joint is off Self Made vol 2. I must say, that’s a helluva lineup MMG is touting.
I know, I know. I’m not supposed to post shit I don’t truly listen to. But even in this next one’s case, there IS a time and a place. It just so happens that that time and place doesn’t fit into my usual listening patterns. This Pusha joint I can fuck with on the regular though. Does Swizz Beats do anything but drive around in his fancy cars anymore?
Wifey Wednesday: Major Lazer, Florence + The Machine vs Calvin Harris, Miguel, Frank Ocean, Usher + The Hood Internet
Being that it was
unfortunately probably my most popular weekly post, I had to bring it back. But I don’t have much time to rant about pointless shit (you’re welcome?) so I’ll just get right into it…
Ursher baby. Dude is like the Tim Duncan of R & B. He quietly keeps coming back to kill this shit! Add a bunch of “HWUH” courtesy of Ricky Ross and you got yourself a hit.
Majah Lazah! More mellow than what we’re use to hearing from these dudes, but amazing nonetheless. I wish I knew how to describe electronically produced sounds, because I would be more specific. But all in all, I love the sounds in this song. Soft female vocals always a plus as well.
I went to the Calvin Harris show in Chicago a couple months back…let’s just say I did not fit in. The wifey really likes this one. Me too. Gets the people goin!
I like to think that I discovered Miguel because I fell in love with that “Sure Thing” joint when I heard it off some obscure new school mixtape back in 09 before anyone gave a shit. Obviously, that is ridiculous. But still, I knew dude had talent right from the start. Well, seems like that talent is growing, and “it’s just a matter of time”, literally, before he get’s it all. This one works really well in the motivation department.
This is the first single/popworthy song I’ve heard from Frank, and I’m not mad either. I do like the obscure dark sounding shit from Mr. Ocean slightly better, but dude has gotta eat, right?
Just in case you weren’t feeling the electronic R & B vibe, you might like the indie.
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
Back to the Rap: Big K.R.I.T. ft. 2 Chainz, 8Ball & MJG, Wale ft. Rick Ross & Kevin Cossom, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Cormega ft. AZ & Nature, Royce Da 5’9 + Hassaan Mackey & Apollo Brown
First of all, the debut from J. Cole, Cole World: The Sideline Story, just hit shelves today. Go to iTunes and buy it. Then go to the record store and buy the physical copy. That’s how I roll, and if you’re a fan of Jermaine then I think that’s how you should roll too. You want to help facilitate a change don’t you? Well change cost dollars. Anyway, If you’re also a fan of Krizzle, then you gotta do the same when he drops his shit in 2012. You also gotta be a fan of this joint right here. Krit hooks up with the uninspiring artist formely known as Tity Boi, as well two personally influential artists he used to listen to growing up. Ball & G undoubtedly left a lasting influence, as heard through the peeimp-tight flow. Dude can’t miss right now. The world ain’t ready.
I didn’t like this one first listen through, but it’s sounding better and better each time since. Shit is smooth. Wale kills it of course. Seriously though, his flow his smooth as fuck and his lyrics actually make you pay close attention and think a little bit. Kevin Cossom does his thing on the hook and Ross even holds his own with his contributing verse. Still expecting much, much more out of Ambition.
As if it wasn’t already determined, I know for SURE I’ll never have to rap. Macklemore already thinks what I think, rips the beats I would seek, and pretty much represents what I’d try to be. So I’ma just chill, nod my head and admire the true future of rap. I never really wanted to rap anyway, just wanted to do me. And yes Mack, this definitely helps me maneuver.
“Change the game, don’t let the game change you”
Ohhh shit! Remember that Firm biz? That 90’s QB/NY rap attack? This is that shit right here, off Mega’s Raw Forever. All we’re missing is a verse from the nasty one, but I don’t think dudes ever made up despite efforts to “Destroy & Rebuild”. Regardless, AZ is also a personal favorite of mine, and one of the most underrated rappers alive. And I’m talking rappers who at least have a little clout to even qualify them for the debate. That does not include a dude like Cormega who is unfortunately unknown to most freshman hip hop-sters. You need to get with this.
I will say this, the beat is what initially piqued my interest (I use to love this club jam). I mean, outside of the fact that it being a Royce joint is what made me check it in the first place. But I don’t really have anything else besides….listen to the bars.
(MP3): Royce Da 5’9 – Random Bars
This beat is just too smooth, man. It’s definitely got that soulful underground feel to it, but without being too slow and 9th Wonder-ish (I’m sorry, I just can’t get into dude). Dudes be rappin’ too.
i was graciously handed a set of keys to this blog, so “Let Me Ride”…i was just talking about the current state of music with my fiance the other day, and we both agreed that download-able music has got us all searching for “Dat New New”…music is so disposable nowadays, once it leaves my ‘Recently Added Playlist’ on iTunes, it’s just wasting hard-drive space…the worst part of it is, the quality of the work from major artists is suffering…ahhem…“Watch The Throne”…“Tha Carter IV”…“Bad Meets Evil: Hell The Sequel”…LUCKILY, my dude has been saving us all with his postings on whitemencantfunk…he put me onto “House of Balloons”…changed my life…personally, i think i’ve always been ahead of the curve with hip hop, but it might be because i get my music faster than the rest of you…either way… my taste may seem a little more ‘commercial’, but this is what I bump…so stay tuned…because brown men can’t funk neither.
Need to get another dose of The Weeknd?…here’s a nice compilation of remixed tracks from “House of Balloons” and “Thursday”
1. Gone (Sango Remix)
2. Trust Issues (Grizzle Remix) (Feat. Drake)
3. Rolling Stone (No Big Deal Remix)
4. The Party & The After Party (Kastle Remix)
5. Wicked Games (ColeCo Remix)
6. The Zone (Ty Cody Dubstep Remix) (Feat. Drake)
7. Glass Table Girls (The Circle Edit Remix)
8. High 4 This (Down Pour Fontaine Edit Remix)
9. The Morning (Dolor Remix) (Feat. Sunday)
10. What You Need (nCamargo Remix)
11. Rolling Stone (Tate la Rock & Troublemaker Remix)
12. The Zone (Young Live Dubstep Remix) (Feat. Drake)
13. Wicked Games (SPL Remix)
14. Rolling Stone (Slim K Remix)
15. Wicked Games (sy.ic Remix)
16. The Party (Chi Duly Remix) (Feat. Silver Medallion)
17. Trust Issues (Weeknd Remake)
The Dream just had some label issues with his delayed album “The Love, IV: Diary of a Madman” so he released his latest project “1977” for free…notable tracks: (1),(2),(3),(4),(6),(9),(10)
The Dream – “1977”
01. Wake Me When It’s Over
02. Used To Be
03. Long Gone
04. Ghetto (Feat. Big Sean)
05. Wedding Crasher
06. Rolex (Feat. Casha)
07. Silly (Introducing Casha)
08. 1977 (Miss You Still)
09. Wish You Were Mine
10. This Shit Real Nigga (Feat. Pharrell)
Form of Flattery
And some Drake to hold you over until “Take Care” drop…i only included the Waka Flaka-Free Version of “Round of Applause”…your ears will thank me:
(Semi) New Hip Hop from Moosh & Twist (OCD: The Welcome Mat), Red Cafe ft Rick Ross & Ryan Leslie (Bod Boy: The Preview), J. Cole (Songs for The Ville), P-Holla (The Introduction) + Hoodie Allen (Leap Year)
If you like hip hop music but are getting sick of these tired themes you hear from the most popular artists, then check out these dudes Moosh & Twist. It’s always nice to hear different perspectives every once in a while. Especially when those other perspectives are accompanied by just as nice, if not extremely nicer, mic skills. Check it out.
Diddy still thinks he can manufacture music. I don’t know what the most appropriate verb for the act of “creating” art, but it’s definitely not manufacture. But good for Red Cafe. Maybe he’ll make a hit or two and get a little paid. I enjoy a lot of his shit. Shout out to Ross.
[Download Songs for The Ville Here)]…..September 27th | Cole World: The Sideline Story
Here is another hold me over before J. Cole releases the long awaited “Cole World: The Sideline Story.” I have extremely high hopes for this debut, and anyone familiar with J.’s work has gotta feel the same. The tape includes some cuts that won’t wont make the album, as well as several classics (imo) that I don’t believe I’ve shared on the Funk. So just in case you’ve been living under a rock…
Ok, someone just tell me where the hell this sample is from, please! Kanye & Talib come to mind? I know I’m gonna be feel stupid as shit when I figure it out.…John Legend – Used to Love You. Idiot. Meanwhile, dude is ok. Beats are definitely right. Shout out Tom Thibideau.
(MP3): P-Holla – Holla Holla
This one is pretty old, but I just recently remembered about it and decided to take a real listen. Hoodie won’t be for everyone, but he uses a lot of alternative/indie beats and his flow is actually pretty nice. Again, content may not be for everyone, but this mixtape is a good listen regardless. I can’t tell if he’s like shouting out James Franco, or if he’s talking shit ahout his dumbass. I hope he’s talking shit cuz that’s kinda funny.
(MP3): Hoodie Allen – James Franco
Weekend Rap Up: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Mac Miller, Styles P ft Busta & Rick Ross, Yonas, ASAP Rocky + Joell Ortiz & Joe Budden
Literally got something for every type of hip hop fan this week. I’m gonna pop this shit off with the Seattle native Macklemore who brought us the creative “Wings”, which was featured on the funk several months ago. This time Mack takes on a hypnotizing beat that literally can’t be withheld under any ceiling. Currently on repeat.
Of course a cosign from Donald Trump, claiming him the next Eminem, brings Mac Miller to the top of the rap game….smh. Anyway, this is his first single from his debut LP. I kinda dig it, but still don’t see this lifting him to any sort of mainstream success. But what the fuck do I know about mainstream? Funny, one of his lines states “these losers always going with whats trendy,” when trendy is kinda how I feel about Mac’s popularity.
This one is for my boy Eder who’ll be taking his John Wall flex out to thee Ohio State to get his graduate academic on. Gonna miss arguing about Rick Ross and all that “hard” shit in the rap game. Fuck hard, this shit his harsh. Hwuh! But seriously, thanks for the support despite the fact most of my material is soft as baby wipes. Respect.
Aloe Blacc’s “I Need A Dollar” was in instant classic in my book. I don’t think I’ve heard an interpretation/remix that I haven’t fell in love with. This one of course, is no different. Don’t get too lost in the sample though, cause Yonas delivers true story through rhyme you ought to pay attention to.
(MP3): Yonas – I Need A Dollar
This dude ASAP Rocky has been making some noise over the world wide web the past couple months so I thought I’d catch ya’ll up if you haven’t heard from him. Not my favorite type of rap, not even close. But I’m not too smug to say I still don’t enjoy a couple joints like this in my rotation to change up from the usual conscious shit. Like he says right from the start, “this is for my niggaz getting high on the regular.”
(MP3): ASAP Rocky – Purple Swag
(MP3): ASAP Rocky – Peso
Talk about switching up, this is that conscious shit I was talking about. I talk about how powerful rap can be, and Joell is a perfect example. Any rapper can tell a story. Even ASAP Rocky is telling a real story in the songs above. But only a select few rappers can, and are willing to, deliver the story behind the story. It’s a story that isn’t told enough, and when it is, seems like no one really listens. Reminds me of a tragically dark tale told by Joe Budden. Take the time to really listen to them while I think about how much I miss 2pac.