Joey Bada$$ ft Big KRIT- Underground Airplay
Love this video! I sure hope this is the direction hip hop is heading.
Alley Boy ft Pusha T – Your Favorite Rapper
Love the hard hitting beat on this track. Pusha’s verse is nice and takes a great shot at Mr. Skinny jeans. The game is so soft and fraudulent right now that Its “music to my ears” to hear real shit like this. Its important to remind the kids from time to time that their favorite rapper is a coward. They wont listen though and unfortunately some will still look up to these fake ass gangsters with no talent. That’s okay though because real hip hop fans dont listen to the radio and know the Grammys mean nothing. Sorry if I sound bitter, maybe I am. So many cup cakes trying to ruin the music I love. Call me a hater, I’m fine with that. A toast to the real ones!
Kendrick Lamar – M.A.A.D City ft. MC Eight
One of my favorite tracks off this classic album. There is so much good shit going on, I would need a bigger blog to tell you everything I love about this track. Big west coast drums, the different voice inflection Kendrick uses, the OG MC Eight laying down a great verse and also Kendrick’s narrative poem at the end is brilliant. I think one of the most clever lines comes in Kendrick’s first verse where his friends name is censored out as not to implicate him in a murder case. It lends a sense of authenticity that you don’t get from other rappers.
Joey Bada$$ – Fromdatombs ft. Chuck Strangers
These cats are too damn young to have such a classic feel haha! They are revitalizing that old school east coast vibe and I hope they never change! Much love to the P.E. Crew.
Asap Rocky – 1 Train ft Kendrick Lamar, Joey Bada$$, Yelawolf, Danny Brown, Action Bronson and Big Krit
Not much to say, just a fun, hard hitting rap album. Each artist coming hard, one after the other, with no hook, just a hard repetitive beat that sounds great. I am not praising A$ap for his lyricism or for his content, but he makes some tracks that I can knock to. Everything can’t be deep as hell people, lighten up! haha!
Joey Bada$$ ft. CJ Fly – Hardnock
I have respect for these Pro Era kids, they have some real skill and a style reminiscent of east coast rap in the early nineties. Reminds me of early Mobb Deep. They could teach OF a thing or two.
Big Boi ft. Asap Rocky – Lines
I would kill for a new Outkast album but in the meantime I will settle for a new Big Boi album. He is calling this style “electro funk”, and usually I don’t like a lot of electric sounds and singing on the hooks but I will make an exception for Sir Lucious. Boistop!!
Wu-Block – Stick Up Kids
Just a hard ass song from two of my favorite collectives Wu-Tang and D-Block. Good to hear Ghost and Kiss spit on the same track, even if its just about robbing fools.
Geto Boys – My Minds Playing Tricks On Me
I know it’s old as hell and looks like it was shot with your moms camcorder in the early 90′s but bear with me haha! This is one of my favorite songs of all time, possibly my favorite but its so hard to pick one song and label it that. It may be the first rap song I ever heard and it hooked me on hip-hop for life. I had the cassette and it was one of those albums you had to listen to on your headphones, (probably in a Walkman haha!) so your parents didn’t hear it. Lots of nostalgia surrounds this album for me and I hope every true head has a track or cd like that. Take a minute and float back and think about what track made you love hip-hop. Geto Boys FOREVER!
Kendrick Lamar- The Jig Is Up
Kendrick is killing!! Last week he released Good Kid M.a.a.d City which is already being hailed as a classic and Andre 3000 referred to it as the next Illmatic. I dont know if I am ready to go there yet but after listening to the album from start to finish as a whole, I do not remember the last time I have heard an album this good. I got swallowed up in his story and verses that went on for days and flowed so nicely. He shows the two sides of himself so well, much as Pac did. I dont even hate on the arrogant, full of himself, disrespectful Kendrick because you get the sense that the real him is the thoughtful, intelligent, gifted, lyracist with a real story to tell. Then he drops this track produced by J.Cole and “Takes his Victory lap”, for the time being. It could be a long reign for Mr. Lamar if he keeps this up.