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.
Here’s some good hip hop shit i’ve come across the past week. Check it.
Ohhhhh, THAT kind of gangbang. Silly me……but damn snoop, didnt know you still had it in you. This really feels like some classic snoop shit. The audio sample of Larry King is hilarious.
Snoop Dogg ft Pilot – Gangbang Rookie
Not much needed to be said here. Always happy to hear new Nas. Kanye has got nothin on Nas’ cocky fashion flow here. For one thing, he never comes off arrogant. And two, its just Nas…so effortless.
Nas – Be Right
I’m pretty sure Kanye just put this together real quick since H.A.M. (hard as a motherfucker) seems to be the new phrase of the year, and he had to attach his name to it quickly to make it seems like he was a major part of its popularity. Kinda like the way “swag” was whored around last year. I really don’t like this song at all. Beat is not good imo, verses are forgettable. Again, dudes are just trying to bank off the popularity of a stupid word, which is super lame imo. However, when Busta jumps on a remix, u gotta take a listen. Dude is the remix king….right behind Twista, that is.
Kanye West ft Jay – Z & Busta Rhymes – H.A.M.
Mack 10 is still making music? Damn, remember Westside Connection? That was some hard shit back in the day. I love Glasses Malone’s raspy, deep voice. Great for rap. Beat is super smooth on this one.
Mack 10 ft Glasses Malone – Winning
Only one I heard of on this one is S-Preme. Sometimes it’s just one name that pops out and makes you take a listen. Glad I did. Makes all those other forgettable rap songs I had to listen to, before reaching this one, all worth it. Not that it is super spectacular, but it’s different, and definitely memorable.
LA & Mr Music, Gio, S-Preme, Nique – The Fire
K.R.I.T.’s got the pimpest flow since Pimp C. Look out for big things from this man in 2011.
Big K.R.I.T. – Good Foot
Gotta check out any new Cole, especially when Mr. Bobby Ray is involved. Two great new artists right here come together to make a pretty nice track.
J. Cole ft B.O.B. – Pass Me By
The original with DJ Class and Jermaine Dupri is a nice club smash. This one is a lil more hip hop, courtesy of Green Lantern and some more lyrical guest appearances.
Clinton Sparks ft Jim Jones, Bun B & The Game – Favorite DJ (Green Lantern Remix)