Wifey Wednesday: RnB Edition! Chris Brown ft Snoop Dogg & 2 Chainz, Jeremih ft Fabolous, Frank Ocean, Miguel, The Dream ft Pusha T, Mario + more
I’ve been waiting for some jams like these for a while now. Maybe I just don’t get after the RnB like I use to, which I don’t, but my timing was impeccable this time around, and consequently I have discovered some heeeeeat-ers. RnB heaters of course, but heaters none the less. First up, C. Breezy who, by the way, I’ve heard has the most
ignorant insane fans in the world….I said heaters, not beaters. I’m kind of over the whole Rihanna thing though. What I mean is, I don’t have a moral problem with liking Chris Brown’s music. It’s not like I ever really supported him monetarily in the past (thank you peer to peer and user sharing technology), and I’m definitely not going to now. Doesn’t mean I can’t still rock to it for free.
Aw shoot. How perfect is that title? Jeremih is back at it. I’m starting to remember why I love Hip Hop/RnB music so much. Fab HAS to be the best one verse surgeon in the game, right? Right!?
Frank Ocean is starting to remind me why I like Frank Ocean so much. As much as I enjoy “rocking” to the “heaters” (what? I can’t mockingly quote my own words?), this is really why I love RnB music. It’s just so damn fresh. I especially appreciate dudes like Mr. Ocean and Weekend and how they’ve led the way as of late to once again innovate the game.
Speaking of innovating artistic geniuses…is it just me, or does Miguel kinda get his Prince on with this one? I don’t mean to offend (if you’re a Prince fan), and honestly I don’t really know that much Prince music in the first place to warrant my judgement. But I don’t know, to me it kinda sounds like something Prince could fuck with. And honestly, If you know anything about Miguel, you wouldn’t be offended. But he kinda Robin Thickes it a lil with the whole whisper song voice too. Ay bitch, wait to you see my dick. Right? Not even a little?
The Dream is not much of an RnB innovator anymore. He did use to bring back memories of 112, once upon a time at least, and is undoubtedly one of the most immense contributors to the current landscape of the genre. The dude is just too good at what he does; why change now? Seriously, The Dream knows how to make an RnB jam. Remember this?
Next up we got my favorite from ColeCo’s EP – El Verano. The collection features a handful of solid remix material from some classic RnB smashes, including the featured, “I Wanna Be Down” by Brandy. Where he came up with “Ricky Smiley,” I have no idea. Remember when RnB wasn’t raunchy as hell and female artists had some
self respect class? When you compare a song like this from the 90’s, to Rihanna’s “Birthday Cake Remix” of today, you gotta feel a little uneasy about the youth/future of our country.
It’s getting late. I thought it’d be appropriate to finish this post off with a slow jam. Mari-Ohhhh! Bring it back middle school dance style. Please, quit your hating and enjoy.
Valentines Day Love Jams: New John Legend, Bei Maejor, Frank Ocean, Kofi Black, Raheem DeVaughn + Classic Baby Makin Playlist
Man, I’ve been missing some quality RnB music in my life for a minute now. Maybe that’s why I’m so tense. I don’t know if it’s that I don’t look in the right places or if it’s that the type of smooth-ass slow jams I grew up loving just aren’t appealing to the masses anymore, and therefore aren’t produced like they use to be. Seriously, how is R. Kelly still putting out albums and I don’t even hear about it? Is it me, or is it the quality? Jagged Edge, 112, where you at!? Slim, I heard that weak-ass solo mixtape dog, give it up and get the crew back together. Well, at least we still got John Legend. I got high hopes for Frank Ocean and The Weeknd, as well. But speaking of the current, I was able to pull together a handful of quality new RnB jams I thought were appropriate for the hallmark holiday. But the real treat is my “Baby Makin’ Music” playlist below. So if you’re in need of something to the set the mood for those late night festivities with the wifey, then look no further. That’s almost a full 80 minutes worth of material, so if you make it through the whole shit you’re a fuckin’ champ. Shit, if I make it through the first 5 songs I’m chalking that one up as a W. Ya’ll can thank me later.
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
Weekend Rap Up: Trae The Truth ft Lupe, Big Boi, Wale & Wiz, Drake, G-Eazy, Game ft Dr. Dre & Snoop, STS + Rockie Fresh ft Tayyib Ali
Damn, I don’t know how I missed this in early July. Oh yea I do, I wasn’t paying attention to shit. Anyway, props to dude Bo-ski for puttin me on. Whoooooooooaaaaaaaaaaaaooooohhh, im on! I know you recognize that sample…..c’mon Mark Morrison – Return of the Mack! Although it looks like they couldn’t get the rights to the real sample from Mark, but luckily MDMA did a damn good job of jocking the Mack’s style. Check out this all-star lineup, shit’s crazy! Too many quotables in this one to be able to single one out.
I’ve said it before, but I respect Drake because of his self-awareness. Complacency is a common enemy for many of us. It’s easy to get comfortable with something, even if you’re walking a tightrope just waiting for something to knock you down into what could be an abyss. I know I gotta remind myself quite frequently of my strengths and more importantly, weaknesses to make sure I keep myself in a good place. Rappers gotta do the same thing before they lose it all. Although drake only has one album out so far, so he must really be full of himself if he’s ALREADY struggling to keep that hunger alive.
“I might be too strung out on compliments, overdosed on confidence
started not to give a fuck, and stop fearin’ the consequence
drinking every night because we drink to my accomplishments
faded way too long, I’m floatin’ in and outta consciousness”
(MP3): Drake – Headlines
(MP3): G-Eazy – Make-Up Sex
“And I don’t love these hoes, so if they don’t go then girl you gotta say bye
and at the end I hope they see that I’ma be me when they don’t understand why”
Let’s NOT get high off something, let’s get DETOX! Wtf Dre? As a huge consolation, this one is courtesy of Game’s upcoming album release Infrared. Always interested in new shit from Jayceon though, and you know Dre and Snoop gonna bring a lotta hype.
Damn. I knew today was gonna be a miserable day when it started out with the news of one of my all time favorite artist’s passing. Seriously? I won’t hear another hook by the most melodic man in hip hop history? This man could make the raunchiest lyrics sound like hymns from heaven. Akon could become a billionaire and be featured on every number one hit, every year, for the rest of his career and could never match what Nate Dogg accomplished. When Rap was at its height in the 90’s, Nate Dogg was there. Not just there, but a major catalyst. When youngsters began to infiltrate the game with hits in the 2000’s, Nate Dogg was there…making them classics. When gangsta rap died and the West Coast fell off, Nate Dogg was the only one who remained relevant. Not only did he remain relevant, but he remained true to his style; never sold out, no matter who the hook was for. His voice was one thing, but his melody was what really set him apart, in my mind. There’s not another singer who can rock the beat like him. And if anyone ever says you gotta rap, you can’t sing to be G, just bring up Nate. He wasn’t just another gangster artist who gained popularity because of the rebel mentality of the youth either. He truly was gifted musically. I probably owe my love and appreciation of Hip Hop to this man. I mean, we all fell in love with Regulate, but I literally fell in love with Hip Hop because of that song right there. I could go on for days, but I’ll just let the man speak for himself. Even though you’re gone Nate, your melodies will live on forever.
This one is gonna get mad spins regardless, so I’m not gonna waste my word count on it. All I got to say is Boom Shakalaka! Nuff said.
Snoop Dogg – Boom ft T-Pain (right click, save as to download)
(Post)Weekend Rap Up: New Wiz Khalifa ft Snoop Dogg, J. Cole, Chamillionaire ft. Big K.R.I.T, Clyde Carson ft Game, The Cool Kids & more
Better late than never. Please forgive me by listening to this very happy song. I’m pretty sure it’s the piano that does it for me. Sounds like a college musical. And hey, if Wiz can still afford to live that lifestyle throughout the rest of his life, then more props to him. Snoop on the other hand is not young nor very wild. I guess he’s free for the most part, but pretty sure he has a wife and some kids. Just sayin.
Wiz Khalifa ft Snoop Dogg – Young, Wild and Free (right click, save as to download)
“Im the supplier of that fire and the kerosene
dont wanna make a scene, those ain’t no shots fired
just know the shit that im dropping take u a lot higher
these niggaz bitches on the low, they Mrs Doubtfire”
J. Cole is the truth. I say it all the time, but when you listen to Cole, you NEED to listen to it AT LEAST 3 times just to catch all the lyrics and punchlines. And if that doesn’t impress you, then please, stop listening to Rap. One less bogus consumer out there, then maybe one less bogus single from my favorite artists’ label.
J. Cole – Nothing Like It (right click, save as to download)
I don’t know why, I just never really got into Chamillionaire. I respect the shit out of dude, especially his attitude and rap “values”, for lack of better word. Maybe its his voice I’m not feeling, but whenever I do take the time to listen I really like what I’m hearing. Gotta discover me some more Cham. I actually just saw the video for this song pop up on a couple blog outlets and that was my first listen. Big K.R.I.T is my guy, dude’s pimpish flow is a beautiful thing. RIP Pimp C.
Chamillionaire ft Big K.R.I.T. – This My World (right click, save as to download)
This is some super smooth shit right here. Joe Budden may state otherwise, but this IS something to ride to. For me, just going for a drive with no destination is pretty therapeutic. Of course, I need to have some new music on the deck. My car is actually my favorite place to listen to music. When I’m driving, I feel like I really have time to just listen without being distracted, or sidetracked. How bout these gas prices? yeeeessh. However you like to get your music fix, add this to the list. Visions of Warren G come to mind. Side Note: Producer’s name is Scoop Deville so you know it’s classy.
Clyde Carson ft Game – Something to Speak About (right click, save as to download)
A. Gotta rep the Chi. And B. This beat is pretttttay nice. Gets better every time you listen to it, I promise. The Cool Kids always got something fresh, out of the ordinary. That’s what being cool is really all about though. Good work kids. This is the midwest Winter anthem right here.
The Cool Kids – Bundle Up (right click, save as to download)
I’ve been sitting on this one for a while but just haven’t found a great place to include it in. I guess I could have just created it’s own post, not like it’s undeserving. Actually, the more and more I listen to it, the more I think it should have its own post. Well, I’m already 50 words deep….This is super funky right here, nuff said. Regulate melody with a helluva kick, and snare. Check it while I wreck it.
Beastie Boys – Root Down (5 Alive Remix) (right click, save as to download)