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Untitled Toughts + Uncatagorized Jams: Childish Gambino, XV + Active Child

Alright, this is somewhat of an insomnia post, so bear with me if I seem a little off. Yea I know it’s only 10pm (well it was when I started writing. 90 minutes later…), but that’s besides the point. I like my sleep. I was just thinking about this blog and why I write. I go through phases. Sometimes I think people really might be interested in my random thoughts, other times I feel as though it’s pointless. But at the end of the day, more often than not I’m really just thinking out loud in my posts. Well, for a little while when I started sharing my blog with friends and paid close attention to my blog stats, I would think about what people might want to hear or what they would think of me after reading. But after a while I realized that no one wants someone else to think about what they themselves would want and then do it only for that reason, they just want them to do it naturally. Or maybe that’s just what I want, which again just goes back to the point of me doing me…..

From the outside, I might just seem like a “ghetto” white kid, or a white kid who wants to be black. But that’s on the same ignorant shit as saying suburban, preppy, well spoken black kids aren’t “black” enough. And don’t get me started on the over/misuse of the word “ghetto.” Well maybe for a moment; I heard someone at work call Schaumburg, IL “Schompton” (like Compton?) because it’s “ghetto.” If by “ghetto” you mean you once saw a black person there, then yea I guess it’s “ghetto.” On the other side of that though, there’s another dude at work who accuses every upper-middle class white kid of having a trust fund. They’re both jokes (I think…I hope), but it’s just kind of annoying. And maybe I’m a little too sensitive, but with the way our country is diversifying so quickly and the ancient beliefs some people still emphasize, you can’t tell me it’s not a legit issue. Everyone wants to label or profile people/things/music right off the bat. Just give it a little fucking time to let it be…

“White Men Can’t Funk” is more than a clever pun of a movie title about a white dude who can hoop in order emphasize my interest in basketball AND music. Obviously, it plays off the misconception that since Billy Hoyle is white he must NOT be able to hoop. Just like some might believe that white kids, like myself, can’t honestly embrace hip hop, or black kids with rock, without wanting to be something they’re not. Or how dudes that don’t act hard all the time and joke about women being inferior and placed on earth to serve them, must ultimately be weak or just not “real men”…

Anyway, I think that’s all I have to rant about tonight. I’ll be back with more fucked up thinking on our fucked up thinking soon enough. But for now, I do actually have a few joints for you to listen to. I don’t necessarily know the right time to listen to/enjoy these. Probably by yourself. Either way, I thought it’d be appropriate to share these here since they’re just kinda different and don’t really fit any of my predetermined weekly posts. I know, I know. I’m guilty of categorizing also. But it’s just easier t-……fuck.

Ok, first up we got a new radio rip from Childish Gambino. Sheeeeit, a post about white black kids and black white kids? Donald recently when to twitter, or maybe facebook, to vent about some similar racial thoughts. I don’t necessarily agree with him on everything, but I bet I sound like an asshole when I speak uninhibited quite often as well. Really anticipating the mastered version of this one right here.

Childish Gambino – Shoulda Known

Ok, this one could probably be placed in my “Rap Up” section, but I feel like that would just undermine how diverse XV’s music is. Yea, he raps, but it’s not your typical bullshit. Man, I’m really starting to resent that bullshit. But let’s not dwell on that. Just listen to Vizzy being Vizzy. This one’s off his latest mixtape Popular Culture. Go get it. And LISTEN.

XV – Breaking Bad (feat. Raja)

Let’s wrap it up with some peaceful vibes to help set my mind at ease so I can fall asleep. Literally, just some peaceful vibes….with a nice lil kick here and there.

Active Child – Hanging On (Chrome Wolves Bootleg)


Rap Up: Curren$y ft. Wale, XV, G-Scott, Childish Gambino ft. Beck, Meek Mill ft. Drake & Jeremih + Chevy Woods & Wiz Khalifa with Harry Fraud Production


It’s been a minute since I shared some new rap music, so let’s keep this rolling with a handful of jams I’ve been sitting on. I still can’t decide how I feel about Curren$y. I mean, I guess I can say that I’m not much of a fan, but wouldn’t feel comfortable discrediting his abilities. He can rhyme, but I just don’t like his flow at all. I feel like it works on some select beats that match his style, but most of the time it just seems so off to me. Wale on the other hand, oooh weee! How many time do I have to tell ya’ll he’s killin this rap game! This one’s off Curren$y’s debut LP The Stoned Immaculate.

“No bullshit, every Chi shy bitch can get a rose
Meaning arouse, I’m sorry I’m not too good with vowels
I got a thousand bitches I’m not too good with vows” – Wale

Curren$y ft. Wale – What It Look Like

We all need to get up on some G-Scott. I say “we” because I’ve only come across a couple of songs and luckily found this gem. But damn, dude can rhyme. I had to share a healthy portion of his mastered craft below just in case you’re one of them fools Jay was talkin bout, skimming through music and shit….smh. This one’s off G’s mixtape Weekend in Los Vegas….currently on the to-listen to (in full) list.

“Verse three, my first two verses connect
An intercourse of my wisdom, my lyrics are having sex
Keep Nikes all on my feet, my motivations in check
my focus’s to succeed, your struggles to suck less
Put my soul on these tracks in hopes that one day I run it
Did it all blunted and kicks us a couple hundred
Eat beats, though I am no Doug Funny
Pork chops these dog days were spent chasin the money
When you don’t got it she saying pleasure to meet her
Soon as she see green she beggin ya to skeet her”

G-Scott – Karma

Welcome to the Harry Fraud portion of this weeks Rap Up. I can’t get enough of this dude. I mean, he even gets me excited to listen to Chevy Woods! Well not really, he just makes it tolerable. Nah, that’s not true, Chevy does his thing. I really like both of these hooks though. Harry just provides such a beautiful canvas, I really don’t know how anyone could fuck that shit up. Something to ride to right here….just keep the army guns at home, Delonte. First one is off Chevy’s Gangland mixtape.

Chevy Woods – Delonte West (prod. by Harry Fraud)

Wiz Khalifa – Oz’s & Lb’s (ft. Chevy Woods & Berner) (prod. by Harry Fraud)

Dreamchasers 2 is also still on my to-listen to list (fuckin never ends), but this is a pretty nice single-worthy track to garner some more attention to Meek and the mixtape. Gotta love the church piano & organ combo.

Meek Mill – Amen (ft. Drake & Jeremih)

XV is absolutely one of my favorite new school rappers. Just an honest dude who represents himself to the fullest, along with everyone else who would rather be different while true to themselves as oppose to the norm/popular/sheep.

“You watch a throne? I just see a chair
And a crown that I’ma get and not even wear
Cuz before I got on they didn’t seem to care
So I said fuck your circle I’ma be a square”

XV – Be There, Be Square (prod. by Xaphoon Jones)

Real interesting joint right here, specifically the verse from Beck. But it’s different and it works. Also, I think Donald is at his best over a piano instrumental. Diggin’ in.

Childish Gambino – Silk Pillow (ft. Beck)

Weekend Rap Up: Wale, XV, ASAP Rocky, KiD CuDi + Mckenzie Eddy ft. Murs

Yeah, I’m back with that rap shit. Let me be more specific, that lyrical rap shit. First up we got Mr. No Day’s Off going over Hov’s classic Black Album track. Are you not entertained? No? Well then you didn’t really listen.

(Mp3): Wale – What More Can I Say (freestyle)

First of all, GLC is absolutely perfect for this hook. I don’t know why,  but it just sounds so right. And second, XV is always nice, but this Emelio Rojas (2nd up on the mic) dude is no slouch himself. He’s starting to stand out. Be on the look out.

(MP3): XV – Blame Yourself (ft GLC, Emelio Rojas & Casey Vegas)

I have stated previously on the FUNK that it was more the beats than anything that left me with a positive outlook on Mr. Rocky. But that’s starting to change. I don’t even really like this beat that much, but maybe that’s why his impeccable flow stands out so much. Bottom-line, while the content isn’t very expansive, I am impressed with the skills.

(MP3): ASAP Rocky – Out of This World

I guess this is an old CuDi joint that leaked as “Do it Alone” before his debut LP, Man On The Moon, dropped back in 07. It’s just now being released in it’s mastered version. Definitely the CuDi you’d come to expect.

“Remember you’re not strange. But you are not the same, mayne.”

(MP3): KiD CuDi – Bigger Than You

Ok, if you’re mad that this is in my Rap Up post, then you must not have listened to Murs murder the second half of the song. But regardless, if stupid girls like Kreayshawn get any kind of consideration, then this bad bitch McKenzie deserves some credit herself. Give it a shot, it’s a nice change of pace.

(MP3): McKenzie Eddy – Mannequins Part 2 (ft Murs)

Weekend Rap Up: Shwayze & Cisco ft. Kendrick Lamar, E-Dubble, J. Cole ft Jay-Z + XV

I got a pretty good sample here to display hip hop’s range of musical sounds. Snare drums and hard bass are in fact NOT a prerequisite to every rap song. First up, I got a nice chill track from Shwayze & Cisco featuring a top notch verse from one of my new favorite up and comers, Kendrick Lamar. Really surprised by this link up, but extremely pleased with the results.

(MP3): Shwayze & Cisco – Over & Over (ft. Kendrick Lamar & Sophie Stern)

This is a jam right here. The anthem…

(MP3): E-Dubble – Life Coach

Not quite sure how to feel about this one. Actually, I don’t really like it. Second and third listens have inspired at least a tolerance of the interesting beat, supposedly produced by coley cole himself. I’m hoping this was released as somewhat of a throwaway because The Sideline Story is already packed with heat. This one? Not so much…

(MP3): J. Cole – Mr. Nice Watch (ft. Jay-Z)

I just mentioned to my dude how when it comes to sports metaphors, Wale has got that game on lock. XV does his best to give Wale’s “Barry Sanders” a run for his money with this one.

“The dudes in his crew would move keys fast
but he pass like Steve Nash
‘til the day that he need cash, then he has to start to say
move dimes easy or make pennies da hardaway”

(MP3): XV – Hoop Dreams (prod. B. Dolla)

Weekend Rap Up: XV & Trae The Truth, Chip Tha Ripper, Bie Maejor ft Mike Posner, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ft Fences + Emilio Rojas

I was just thinking to myself about how I’ve been missing some new XV in my life….dude, must have read my mind, he said “okay! I’m reloaded.” Trae contributes his beast mode flow to make this a legit (internet) hit. Feelin’ XV a lot, be on the look out.

“I’m what happens when awesome and awkward merge together”

(MP3): XV – Batteries ft Trae The Truth (prod by Awesome Sound)

More awesomeness from XV…

(MP3): XV – The Kick (prod. by DJ Tech-Neek)

Reeeeally diggin the “Nice & Slow” beat sample. Can’t tell where the vocal comes from, but I like that too. Keep it coming Chip, this shit is too damn short.

“I tell her whatever you’re use to, fucking with me is the opposite”

(MP3): Chip tha Ripper – Realer

First listen I’ve given Bei Maejor, and I’m definitely liking what I hear. Love the piano in this one, as usual, and Mikey Pose does his thing well. But dude is gettin a little ahead of himself with the JT comparison. Whoa, dude.

(MP3): Bei Maejor – They Call Me ft Mike Posner

Just discovered this Emilio cat when he appeared on K.R.I.T.’s latest mixtape “Last King 2” and it made me want to do some more investigating. Check what I found.

(MP3): Emilio Rojas – Breaking Point (prod. by J Glaze)

Here’s the remix, plus video to Macklemore’s “Otherside.” Another one I can’t get enough of right now. I love the real thought behind the actual “real talk.”

“Now he just wanted to act like them, he just wanted to rap like him”

(MP3): Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – Otherside ft Fences (Ryan Lewis remix)

Best of….The Funk’s First Half of 2011: Top 25 Rap Songs Pt. 1

So I was reading the new Simmons on Grantland about the NBA lockout, and this part just kinda of stood out to me…

“Because that’s what this lockout is about: stubbornness in its rawest form. The league is too proud to change. The players are too proud to admit that they’re a huge part of the problem, and that we wouldn’t be in this mess if more of them took pride in the deals they signed. Both sides would rather point fingers instead of figuring out how to improve their product going forward.”

I feel like that is where we’re at in politics right now. All this debt ceiling, tax percentages, revenue sharing, posturing for upcoming elections, its all a bunch of bullshit. Politics in general is all a bunch of bullshit. No one really means what they say and no one really says what the mean. Now I don’t really know the whole story because obviously it makes me vomit to even try to follow these ass clowns and their agendas, but from what I’ve read on CNN, it seams as though Obama continuously gives up some in negotiations (to the dismay of many democrats because of all that posturing bullshit) but like the greedy owners, Republicans don’t end up budging one bit on their end. This because, like the NBA owners who easily have enough money to withstand not having an NBA season, the Republicans in congress will let us go into default and be straight with whatever national/global financial crisis ensues. Maybe I’m wrong, but that’s my opinion.

They’re actually very different situations in that the Players actually already have the money, whereas Obama and the Democrats are asking for more. I just hope it doesn’t play out one sided in Washington or the NBA because things definitely need to change, but we need to move toward middle ground. Obviously that means the Democrats/NBA players have a responsibility in this as well. One subject they probably need to address is spending. But regardless, both sides need to start being creative and stop being too proud. And the Owners/Republicans need to stop being so selfish and think about the big picture, America/NBA as a whole, and not just how it affects them personally since they have the upper hand. I really don’t know all the facts, I just hate people who are too proud to practice GIVE and take.

I do have some music to go along with this unrelated rant, and it’s songs 25-11 on my best of the funk rap list. I mean, I post at least like 4 times as much rap as I do anything. There’s no way I could narrow this down to just 10. Check it out.

25. Big K.R.I.T. – American Rapstar

24. Berner ft Wiz Khalifa & Big K.R.I.T. – Yoko Ono (prod. by Big K.R.I.T.)

23. Kendrick Lamar – Hii Power (prod. by J. Cole)

22. Childish Gambino – Break (AOTL)

21. Wiz Khalifa ft Curren$y – Rooftops

20. Lloyd Banks ft Eminem – Where I’m At

19. XV – Pictures on my Wall

18. Childish Gambino – The Longest Text Message

17. Mac Miller ft Wale – So What

16. DJ Khaled ft Drake, Lil Wayne & Rick Ross – I’m On One

15. Big K.R.I.T – Rise & Shine

14. The Dean’s List – Dear Professor

13. Eminem & Royce da 5’9” – Fast Lane

12. OCD – Black Forest Gummy Worms

11. Skizzy Mars – Profound ……”everybody trying to avoid me, NBA lockout.”

Weekend Rap Up: DJ Khaled ft Drake, Lil Wayne & Rick Ross, XV, Game ft Trey Songz, Jay Daniles ft Royce Da 5’9”, Mickey Factz + Slaine

DJ Khaled did it again. This beat is toooo nasty. I’ll definitely be rocking out to this one on repeat for the next couple of weeks. Rick Ross (whuh!) and Lil Wayne do what they do, but Drake really is that dude. No one man should have all that talent.

MP3:DJ Khaled ft Drake, Rick Ross & Lil Wayne – Im On One

Love this remix right here. I wasn’t a huge fan of the beat on the original, but that’s just the beauty of a remix. XV is the real deal, man. Even when he makes a song dedicated to drinking and smoking, he starts it off with a line that makes you look at the reasons for it all instead of simply glorifying a life of partying.

MP3:XV – Swervin’ (Lunice Remix)

I post most of the Game joints I hear because he keeps it realer than most. I’m sure you can tell by the title, this one really isn’t on that deeper level. Just another jam calling out some women on there ho-ish ways. That’s definitely not to say he’s not still keeping it real. Good beat. Good hook. Solid joint.

MP3:Game ft Trey Songz – She Wanna Have My Baby

Now we’re getting into my shit right here. Hip Hop about life. You know, real life. Not the image of a fantasy life “we” as consumers seem to be obsessed with. Are any of us are really living the good life ALL the time? Do any of us have the luxury of partying everyday of our lives without regret? And how  many of us fuck models all the time (ever)? And I know none of us can treat money like toilet paper because we just made $50,000 just for showing up. Funny thing is, most of the time neither do these rappers. For some reason though, that seems to be all the people wanna hear. So they simply deliver the order, fiction and all.

Getting back to the songs though, you know I’m feeling this dude up next. Statik Selektah kills this shit with the instrumental but Slaine brings the reflective rhymes to make it the jam it is. I really, really like this song. Although I am slightly biased towards my fellow micks…

“I ain’t no guinea driving around in a Coupe de Ville
I’m an Irish alcoholic staring with the ruthless grill”

MP3:Slaine – The American Way (prod. by Statik Selektah)

“I try not to hate, continue showing love
And keep on showing love when no one does”

Mickey always keeps it real. And again he’s just thinking out loud in this one. Now, no one person is the same. But I gotta believe there is a different breed of people (on a smaller scale, rappers) who can’t seem to ignore the things that are wrong with the world around them. It’s kind of like a curse almost. Like even when things are going good, there are still things that could, and should, be better that need to be addressed. Or is that just called idealism?

MP3:Mickey Factz – Enough

“I’m scared of life, how do I deal wit it
I guess I’ll take a mic, and just reveal wit it”

Going off what I was I was saying earlier, I actually prefer listening to songs about the artists’ struggles before they “make it” and then the money and the lifestyle takeover. At which point it is possible that they may not have much more to talk about other than their…..what’s the opposite of struggles?

MP3:Jay Daniels ft Royce Da 5’9’’ – Long Way Home