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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Who Is Bobby Shmurda and Why Is Everyone Doing the Shmoney Dance?

Bobby Shmurda. The name has been synonymous with the hip hop genre this summer. A relatively unknown 20 year old MC out of Flatbush, Brooklyn dropped a single and a video over an old Lloyd Banks beat called Hot Nigga. The song itself didn't get much play. It wasn't until a Vine was released with Bobby Shmurda doing something called the Shmoney Dance that caused the song to absolutely go astronomical, going from a few thousand hits to a million hits in just a week. The vine in itself is now an internet meme with people posting it with appropriate hash tags

The song in itself is hot. The beat is raw and Bobby's flow is a bit raw too. It's New York's answer to the quick raw drill flow coming out of Chicago that has people hype. But it's not just the flow but the honesty in his raps. Now by no means am I trying to promote drug talk in music but when you have a line in your song saying that you only made a few hundred dollars in the drug game instead of these claims of multi-million dollar deals that other rappers depict, you have to show some respect. This by no means reaches that lyrical slaughter that I am a fan of. But the song goes tho...and he's got professional athletes doing it and other famous rappers, most notably Jay-Z and Beyoncé, doing the dance as well. So with co-signs like that and an upcoming remix to the song with French Montana, and the airplay, and the street anthem community just playing it non-stop, the kid is going places and I look forward to seeing more.

Fabolous - Sacrifices (Video)

LOSO'S WAY 2 coming soon!

Copywrite - Yasiin Bey

An ode to the artist formerly known as Mos Def, Copy drops his first single off of his upcoming Murderland EP

Bas - Charles De Gaulle To JFK (Video)


Wale - MMG Under God (Heavenly People)

And Wale states his opinions...

Wiz Khalifa - KK ft. Project Pat and Juicy J (Video)

The visuals here are...interesting...

Method Man & Redman - Used To Be (Video)


Dee-1 - OD On Life (Remix) ft. Stalley

Oh this is sick!

K Camp - Cut Her Off (Remix) ft. Lil Boosie, YG and Too $hort (Video)


Locksmith - Imperfect ft. Jarell Perry (Video)

More visuals from Lock's A Thousand Cuts project

Cam’ron - So Bad f. Nicki Minaj and Yummy Bingham (Video)/C.F.W.U. ft. Jim Jones and Hell Rell


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Nas - Represent (Video)

20 years after one of the greatest, if not THE greatest, album in hip hop dropped. For the 20th anniversary, Mass Appeal and Nas decided to finally put the visuals to easily one of the most classic songs of all time. They created a concert and chose an up and coming director to produce the venture and this is the result! REPRESENT, REPRESENT!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Laydy Jams - Home (Video)

Once in awhile, my favorite fly girl from out West drops me a line about all things involving life and the culture. And with a recent drop she introduces me to a friend of hers. I was blown away.

Laydy Jams, a collective of 4 talented young females consisting of Missy D, the main emcee, followed by two soul sisters, Maneo and Roya, serenading to the strings of the violin played by Sejal. These 4 ladies make up Laydy Jams and let me tell you from this one song alone (and a random live performance on their YouTube channel) I was definitely impressed. Seldom do you see female MCs really rock the mic but get away from the typical braggadocio associated with being a woman stepping up to the plate garnered by the male gender. That's why I really enjoy hearing MCs like Rapsody who provide another taste of hip hop that is mainly ignored. But the spirit heard behind their vocals and music places these 4 ladies in the same realm as her and many other soul acts in my eyes.

Here, these 4 ladies celebrate themselves not only for the gender, but for the culture. Coming out of Vancouver, I highly recommend you getting a taste from these 4 ladies if you get the chance. If you're lucky to be part of the incoming students at the University of British Columbia, I expect you'll be hearing from these ladies! And whenever I see them drop a joint, expect to see it here. Keep killing it ladies, you've made a fan out of me!

Majid Jordan - A Place Like This (Video)

OVO XO ish

Stat Quo – The Way It Be ft. Scarface (Video)

Powerful visuals with a powerful joint!

Rah Digga - Storm Coming ft. Chuck D

This song is just ill. First, Rah Digga, reminds me of the classic Flipmode Days. And then the beat, Marco Polo productions. Get out of here!

Audio Push - Parade (Video)

Off of the We The Plug collabo project

Royce Da 5'9" - Son Of Greg (Video)

Royce drops the visual to help promote the Total Slaughter freestyle battle PPV run by Eminem and Co. which happened yesterday. Joe Budden went up against Hollow Da Don and let's just say Joe got embarrassed.

John Legend – You & I (Nobody In The World) (Video)

John Legend has been running the bedroom/wedding/prom dance scene for a minute but for this track celebrating females and their beauty is inspiring, powerful and motivating. Atta boy Mr. Legend.

Crooked I – Struggle (Video)

Crook's single joint off of the Slaughterhouse mixtape, House Rules.

SZA - Julia (Video)/Divinity ft. Jill Scott/Moodring

The songstress of TDE drops the video for one of her standout tracks off of her EP, Z, and then does a collabo with another soul sister and then drops another freebie!

The Airplane Boys - Write My Song (Video)

How talented are these cats? Definition of multi-talented. GRAB THEIR MUSIC ASAP AND PUT THAT IN YOUR SPEAKERS AND PREACH TO THE MASSES!

I Apologize For My Late Posts

This blog has definitely become a bit slow in it's updates and to those who follow or bookmark, I apologize. So here's a big 30-40 post blog post of some joints that came out to hopefully make amends for the last week.

I promise to try to update this blog at least 3X a week but with Ramadan, Work and my upcoming visit back home to Canada, it's been a bit of a busy time for me. No excuses. 3X a week! Let's get it!