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Saturday, August 13, 2011

Lil' Scrappy - Tuffer (Video)


Is you tuff?

Nyce Da Future - Run The City ft. Prodigy and Trae Tha Truth


Don't know Nyce Da Future but putting the big southern homey Trae and the Infamous Mac of Mobb Deep, Prodigy, on the beat...you must be making something dope!

KiD CuDi - No One Believes Me (Video)


Its a bit dark...and dreary...but I like it a lot!

Jay-Z & Kanye West - Otis (Cookin' Soul Remix) (Video)

Jay-Z & Kanye West - Otis Cookin' Soul remix from Cookin Soul on Vimeo.

If you don't know Cookin' Soul...they are behind unreal remixes that take classic joints and remixes them with the best. So they took Otis and made a classic into another classic!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Jay-Z & Kanye West - Otis (Video)


Unbelievable...

Wiz Kalifah - No Sleep (Video)


TGOD!

Common - Ghetto Dreams ft. Nas (Video)

     

The long awaited collabo joint now has its own visuals!

David Banner - Swag


This joint is unreal. Putting Kreayshawn and V-Nasty on blast as well as the ignorance in society with the N word and black culture

Skyzoo - Black Hero Music (Superman)


A little freestyle over a Black Milk produced track

Uptown X.O. - Black America (Video)


Uptown X.O....new guy...what you think?

Rapsody - Lampin' (Video)

RAPSODY - LAMPIN' from Pricefilms on Vimeo.

Rapsody...probably the illest femcee out there...with a new video from her Thank H.E.R. Now EP

PH - County of Kings ft. Skyzoo, Sha Stimuli, Ruste Juxx and LR Blitzkrieg (Video)

     

Gully type rap

Trae Tha Truth - Marvin's Room (Remix)


The big dude puts his perspective on Drake's track

Wale - Ocean Drive ft. Black Cobain, Tre and Magazeen


Another one from Wale...

Young Chris - Y'all Don't Hear Me Tho (Video)

     

The freestyle now has a video

Meek Mill - Dream Chasers (Mixtape)


MAYBACH MUSIC! MMG! PHILLY! Meek Mill and DJ Drama come in with this one!

Download: Meek Mill - Dream Chasers (Mixtape)

Album Review: Jay-Z and Kanye West - Watch the Throne

The most anticipated album in the last couple of years, the first album in a long time to not leak before its release date, with over a million pre-ordered copies on iTunes in the States alone, we can easily say HOVA and Ye did it big with this one. They dropped one track earlier in the year, H.A.M., which I myself was a fan of. A lot of fickle hip hop fans had issues with the beat, Jay's rhymes and the whole song all together. So the dynamic duo decided to scrap the existing album and start fresh, and record it on different continents in some of the most expensive hotels in the world. Check the inforgraphic for the album!


So with the impending success before the album dropped, and sold out shows on their Watch the Throne Tour all over North America (which me and my boy Stu will be attending, yeOP!) is the album the classic that the numbers and hype provided it?

So let's start with the positives. Right off the bat, you are introduced to the Odd Future wonderkid who's got a lot of heads talking in hip hop. Signed to Def Jam, an introduction of the soothe-saying Frank Ocean. I loved the fact that these guys know they are absolute giants in the game, and their egos are even bigger. But they allowed a relatively unknown artist feature before them on their own album...and gave him another feature on the song, "Made in America." The other thing I loved about the album was the limit of features. They had Frank Ocean, The Dream, Mrs. Hova, Mr. Hudson and Otis Redding. Do you see the slew of DJ Khaled type featurings where its the entire hip hop game on one track? That's because Kanye and Jay understand that they are what people want to hear and not give up their own 16s for someone else. Even though the fans are mad that J. Cole never got a featuring on the album, I wouldn't be mad at Jay for that...just be mad he hasn't provided J. Cole that verse yet...


Now let's go through the tracks that caught my ear. The first joint, "No Church in the Wild," is spectacular. Solid joint throughout with a lot of Da Vinci Code and Egyptian based lyrics with a real raw beat that makes you just want to trudge through the depths and come out covered in win. You can't tell me you won't bump your head to this joint. Niggas in Paris is an interesting joint. The beat gets you right off the bat, a certified club banger. Jay talks about the rocks he be rocking and his street cred and Ye's line about if you wanna marry him at the mall, show what you got in the mall's bathroom stall was pretty good summary of his love life. This song I'm not a big fan of but the beat is tight and the heavy, HEAVY bass line at the end was just building shaking (literally).

I CAN'T TELL YOU HOW MUCH I LOVE THE OTIS JOINT! I actually have some Otis Redding on my iPod including the joint they sampled (Try a Little Tenderness) so when I heard this I lost my mind. I still get goosebumps listening to this joint...probably will be in my top 5 for the year. I also love the battle format this joint has...just trading bars non-stop. Man the lines are just unreal. "I invented swag, Poppin’ bottles, puttin’ supermodels in the cab, proof, I guess I got my swagger back, truth," and "I made “Jesus Walks” I’m never going to hell, Couture level flow, it’s never going on sale, Luxury rap, the Hermes of verses, Sophisticated ignorance, write my curses in cursive." Dirty.

The RZA produced joint, "New Day," is absolutely deep. Both of them explore the issues with raising children in the time we live in today as well as the fame that both the individuals have. Now everyone always says how hard can it be to live in wealth, but psychologically and emotionally speaking it can be rough and its hard not to feel where HOVA and Ye are coming at when they discuss it in this joint. "That's My Bitch," came out when Ye was doing his Friday drops before his last album came out. This song is just dirty. The boom bap type beat is all I need on a day to day basis. This is what you need to listen to when you're on your commute speeding down the highway. "Murder to Excellence," is a solid song with two separate parts. The murder part discusses the black on black violence that is plaguing the inner cities. Ye drops real knowledge quoting the death toll in Afghanistan (314) and 509 in Chicago. But then Jay goes in discussing the excellence in the black community discussing the new black elite (illuminati? ahaha). The beat change in tempo and tone is perfect for the discussion.

Frank Ocean comes back on the, "Made in America," joint and his voice is perfect for the chorus they provided. Jay and Ye discussing their upcoming in the game and now how successful they are. But...my biggest...beef with this joint is how similar it sounds to another joint on another major collaboration album that was released a month or two ago...compare yourself.

     
     

The rest of the joints I could do without to be honest. The Dub Step based joint, "Who Gon' Stop Me," I can't stand. Also, the House based joint, "Why I Love You," I am not a fan of. The rhymes being dropped on that joint I have to admit are probably the best on the album by Jay but overall I can't stand hearing Jay on songs like this.

The one thing that got me pretty weary after the first spin was that you could tell Kanye was behind the majority of the production. These beats aren't the typical beats that Jay would get on. I'm not mad, because Jay can kill the majority of the beats (garbage or non-garbage) that are out there. But the classic Jay-Z is what hardcore fans are looking for and its hard to find him when he's on Kanye-esque beats.

Overall the lyrical content is there. I don't even have to comment on that. These two cats, like them or not, are at the top of the game as lyricists and will forever hold a place in the top 10 dead or alive in the game and they did not hold back at all on this project.

Now, they called this an album. This to me seems like a very expensive mixtape. I'm not mad at that at all because a lot of times mixtapes are better than actual albums but when you expect an album, you expect absolute greatness from two individuals of this caliber.

On the whole, Watch the Throne did not disappoint. It met expectations and exceeded them. After my initial spin, I thought Jay sounded awkward on the songs but after a few more spins and actually listening to what they are talking about...Jay performed to the top of his abilities. Ye surprised me on this one I have to admit...its now come to the point where you have to hold these two individuals in the same accord. An absolutely pristine project with a few top layer scratches...Jay and Ye put the game on notice to Watch the Throne and Know Your Role. Now before I give my rating I need to comment on a few things.

1.) Lyrically speaking this album is top notch. The lyrical content on the other hand is a bit contentious on the top layer. You listen to the label names they drop and immediately think its just them flaunting their ability to buy everything and enjoy it but the album is really two men grabbing on to what it means to have finally made it in a world that still considers black people as secondary citizens.

2.) The album itself feels and sounds unorganized to me. Highs and lows with a slew of cluttered joints. Only after a lot of spins does one find the balance in the chaos. This is due to the mixtape format they took. The production quality is unreal...and it follows suit that when it reaches your auditory senses, it sounds unreal.

3.) The two giants were able to somehow put their egos and individual brands aside and balance them perfectly on the same album. Usually you'll hear one guy be above the other but in none of these songs do you think one out did the other. They both are on par, which is what makes this album a success.

With that being said, it only seems fitting that the album deserves a Ximena. I honestly think people expect greatness and nothing else...so in actuality they expected failure. But when they actually got the album in their hands and they listened to it, they didn't know what to say. Buy the album...even though they have the money, the album deserves it.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Prince EA - Backwards Rappers (Video)

     

The "Smart Rapper" or the "NERD RAPPER" drops this unreal video and joint...prob one of the most genius song ideas I have seen in a long time!

Lil' Scrappy - The Merlo Jones (EP)


Lil' Scrappy drops an EP today and I hope its good...I really liked this cat

Download: Lil' Scrappy - The Merlo Jones (EP)

tabi Bonney - Frontin' (Video)

FRONTIN BY TABI BONNEY from DD172 on Vimeo.

Word.

Skyzoo - Atypical (Video)

     

Skyzoo...letting you know how it is

DJ Haze - Time is Up ft. Juelz Santana, Jim Jones and Fred the God Son


New York all up on this one

Neako - LVL 2x10 (Video)

     

Taylor Gang or Die!

Memphis Bleek - Control ft. Redman and Dynasty


Memphis Bleek getting back into the game with this single off of his upcoming album, The Process

Meek Mill - House Party ft. Young Chris


Off of his upcoming mixtape, Dream Chasers. Maybach Music Making Major Moves!

Young Jeezy - Win (Video)


TM 103 coming soon!

The Academy - Let's Go ft. Royce Da 5'9", Sean Price, K-Solo and Bronze Nazareth


I can not wait for this project to be dropped. Some of the names expected to be on one album...maaaaaaaan! September 13th!

Ace Hood - King of the Streets ft. T-Pain (Video)

Ace Hood ft T-Pain - King Of The Streets from iamKINGXXI on Vimeo

Mr. Hood's album coming next week!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Maino - Respect the Jux (Mixtape)


Maino has been dropping freestyles and joints over the last little bit and consistently has been on his game...now him and Funkmaster Flex bring you those joints together and ask you the RESPECT THE JUX!

Download: Maino - Respect the Jux (Mixtape)

Jadakiss - Toast to That ft. Fred the God Son and Remo the Hitmaker (Video)

     

Jada putting his drink in the air!

Evidence - Same Folks ft. Fashawn (Video)

     

Gon see this dude on Wednesday...

Fam-Lay - Beach Cruiser (Video)


This video is pretty solid...but what's even better is the laser sighted water guns! MAAAN those look sick

CMR - The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen ft. Crooked I, Grafh and Emilio Rojas


This guy has been opening up for Royce for a little while...and now with heavy hitters...solid music!

J. Cole - Any Given Sunday Vol 2 (FreEP)


More free music from J. Cole? No complaints here

Download: J. Cole - Any Given Sunday Vol. 2 (FreEP)

Timbo King - High Ranking ft. R. A. The Rugged Man


R.A will always be in my top 5 performers of all time...but the Wu-Affiliate and the Rugged One jump on together for a lovely little joint

Snoop Dogg and Deion Sanders - Hall of Fame


When you've been in the game as long as Snoop has, you can do whatever you want...this song being a prime example of that...


Monday, August 8, 2011

Bow Wow - I'ma Stunt ft. Lil' Wayne and 2 Chainz


Bow Wow..Yippy Yo Yippy Yay...Where my dogs at? Bark with me now!



Wale - I'm On One (Freestyle) (Video)

     

This guy drops a joint a week later...video...FTW MMG!

Kyle Lucas - New New New (Video)

     

I don't know what to think with this dude...he's on and off...meh

Freeway - Warning Freestyle (Video)

     

PHILLY FREEZER IN THE BUILDING!

Boaz - Around the World ft. Mac Miller (Video)

     

Pittsburgh boys going around the world

Cam'ron and Vado - Soulja ft. Jazz


Off of the Boss of All Bosses Vol. 3 album dropping soon!

Apathy - Stop What Ya Doing ft. Celph Titled


Honkey Kong coming soon! But now lacing up his Nike's with Celph Titled and DJ Premier on the beat!

Cee Lo Green - Cry Baby (Video)

     

Cee-lo is at it again with new visuals off of his successful Lady Killer album

Snoop Dogg - Stoner's Anthem (Video)

     

Doesn't need a description

L.E.P. Bogus Boys - Church in Session (Video)

     

Goon music...

Royce Da 5'9" - Writer's Block ft. Eminem (DJ Premier Remix)


The legendary Premo jumps on the hot track to make it even hotter!

Jay-Z & Kanye West - Watch the Throne (Album)


So before I posted this on here...I listened to it once...oh....my............

Jay-Z & Kanye West - Watch the Throne (Album)