Remember when you use to watch music videos for at least 5 hours a day? They were on in the morning before you went to school, every hour after school up until dinner, and then real late when Nelly’s “Tip Drill” came on. I know that wasn’t just me. I don’t really catch music videos on TV anymore but apparently they still exist. Check out the new visuals to some favorites of the FUNK.
(MP3): Common – Blue Sky
Write up on the album’s (Undun) inspiration…
“undun is an existential re-telling of the short life of one Redford Stephens (1974-1999). Through the use of emotives and Redford’s internal dialogues the album seeks to illustrate the intersection of free will and prescribed destiny as it plays out ‘on the corner’. Utilizing a reverse narrative arc, the album begins as the listener finds Redford disoriented–postmortem–and attempting to make sense of his former life. As he moves through its pivotal moments he begins to deconstruct all that has led to his (and our own) coming undun.”
(MP3): Azealia Banks – 212
(MP3): Hoodie Allen – James Franco
It’s only right Nas brings it back to the hood he grew up in, and blew up in, 20 years earlier. 20 years in the game, and from the money he still ain’t change. Life is Good hopefully dropping sooner than later. You guys hear Common talking about that possible collabo album with Nas also? Oooooh weeee! 2012 is gonna be a good year.
This is one of the most interesting unofficial videos I’ve ever seen. As a white person, it evokes some intense emotions. Now imagine if it was non-fiction…..
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This is easily my favorite song off “Watch The Throne” so far. Granted of course, that’s always subject to change as time goes by. I hear a lot of people say their favorite is “Made In America.” For me, I really can’t stand to listen to Kanye in that song. His interpretation of the “American Dream” makes me sick. For him, “making it” equates to being rich enough to provide the validation he needs to be the ignorant, materialistic douchebag he has always wanted to be, and without repercussion….because that’s how we value famous people and riches. I don’t know, that’s just my opinion. But it’s pretty sad when that is anyone’s interpretation of “making it” in America.
So I finally get to see my dude Common perform live, about 50 feet away at that, and my dumb ass forgot to bring my flip video camera! Friend of mine got some footage though, so I’ll have to get my hands on that. I was slightly disappointed in the crowd reaction, but that can be expected at North Coast Music Festival where I had 17 year old white kids in lacrosse jerseys asking me to buy them beer to get fucked up because, and I quote, “this is fucking Rusko, mannn!”….who by the way is a fucking ass clown. Dude barely does anything on stage besides jump around and point his fingers violently down at his equipment that is playing the set he created in his basement the night before. Did see RJD2 though who, in comparison to Rusko, recreates every fucking symbol, kick snare, and other musical sound throughout his entire set. Ghostwriter really got me jammin. Then Major Lazer came through as the ultimate party starter for the day. But back to Common. The lack of crowd participation for his his very quick hour long set did not keep me from enjoying it to the fullest. He couldn’t have kicked it off any better either, with two of my all time favorites; first “Be” and then “The People.” Nailed it.
(Mp3): Common – Be
(MP3): Common – The People
(MP3): RJD2 – Ghostwriter
(> means greater than)….when it comes to rhyming and diction, no doubt. Beats & production are another story. I’m getting through my first listen of Watch the Throne as we speak, so I’ll let you know how apparent those last statements are with confidence a lil later. No way I would ever wait 3 hours, let alone 3 days, to listen to a Nas & Common collaborative album.
For now, check some new visuals from these 2 unbelievable pairings. But speaking of apparent, just watching these two videos back to back shows how different these dude’s mindsets/personalities are. I think the directors really captured those personalities well, in both instances. Proof, not all rappers are the same. Nas & Common are my guys.
“ass is a weapon and it’s hard to conceal it”
Arguably the best mixtape of the year, I’m still loving that House of Balloons. And I only say arguably because Big K.R.I.T. is my dude, and I can’t just give that distinction away so easily. But finally, we get some official visuals to match the vocals. Take heed to the message ladies…
Seeing as Lupe got things started for me, I’ll just get into some of my own ramblings that came to mind….
I find it extremely irritating, more like infuriating, when conservative republicans use the bible or their religious beliefs as selling points for any of their political agendas. It is flat out hypocritical to say that gays should not be allowed to marry, or women should not have the choice to abort, because of what was written in the bible and then blatantly choose to ignore the fact it is God’s plan for each of us that we “be conformed to the likeness of his Son” (Romans 8:29) when it comes to economic policy. I am pretty sure it was the acts of Jesus that we are to follow. I don’t think I need to get into specific examples, but outside of spreading the word of God, Jesus spent his time feeding the starving, healing the sick, and loving the shunned. Maybe God should have been a little more clear on the fact that “love thy neighbor” extends past the literal neighbors inside your gated community.
I know there are a lot more religious skeptics out there today than there used to be, and this really isnt meant to preach. If you don’t believe there is somethign out there bigger than yourself, then that’s just too ironic in itself. But if you are a beleiver and are going to use God as a cosigner for one thing, then don’t forget about him when you try to justify an economic policy that withholds as much money as possible from the poor, sick and elderly to keep for yourself and your worldly possessions.