Thursday, April 29, 2010

Cuz I Feel Like It - Jay Electronica - The Pledge (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind)


If you've heard this fine, but if not...

Give me 9 minutes and 5 seconds, your open mind, and your undivided attention and I'll make you a believer.

Willy Wonka. Politics. An pretty, percussion-less soundtrack from a strange Jim Carrey Movie. A righteous attitude. Mystery. Paranoia. Spiritualism.

Jay Electronica molds all these influences and concepts into a lengthy poetry collage of an experience that never disappoints. Its essentially 4 poems, spit to the eeriest, mood provoking soundtracks you'll hear anywhere. His flow hear is pulled completely out of the air, as there are no drums to guide him, and it is phenomenal. Read along with the song and note the beautiful shape of the lines as the carve out their place on the page. Follow his logic and rewind when you have to. Soak this shit all in, because when your done, you will understand the underground hype the man gets. Funnily enough, I remember when this first came out 3 years ago and not understanding what I was hearing. I was entertained, but I wasn't ready. I'm ready now, and I want more.

Press Play.
The Poetry.
Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind

She said she never fell in love with a superman
Christian, Muslim, Protestant, Lutheran,
I told her that being a mortal is the portal to the true nature of growth; the Christ like Buddha man
That's why I never spit the traditional garbage of a night fight, bright lights, white ice to the fans
The radio is just a stereo, like the house aint a home, and a chair is just a chair, ask Luther Van
Go to work; go to church let your dreams die
Bowtie, final call, and a bean pie
yarmulke for Hanukah, wish list for Christmas
This is the jist of the life that we lead, why?
So you can fit in, with the close minded in the sit-ins, and clotheslined in the ed-end
I could care less about a plaque and Bidd-enz or get Punked on TV by my frid-ends
Don't get a nigga wrong, I get tempted by the rewards that all come along with making nigga songs
But what does it mean if I'm a Muslim and you a Jew and because of that alone we don't get along
And when you talk like this, and try to walk like this the radio stations'll never put a nigga on
Just Mims, just Fifty, just Wayne, just Jeezy, Dem Franchize Boyz, and Jimmy Jones
Fuck that, fuck rap this God-hop,
King-dom mu-sic for the hard rocks
Imma spit it till T-R-L get it and Hot ninety-seven hit the nigga with a bomb drop
Ask Flex, ask Slay, ask Who Kidd
Just blaze said Jay is the new kid
I took Eternal Sunshine and I looped it
No drums no hook just new shit

Paper Thin

the handling of a hearts
a very delicate art
cause it's paper thin
one irrelevant thought
that started out as a spark
could be a poisonous dart
that leaves a permenent mark
thats ice cold in the day and burns in the dark
and makes you never wanna see her face again
tee-hee what a place im in
lead me to the sta-tio-n
a one way ticket, dont look back
one cold tear that frozen crack
a whole lotta pain im holdin back
sheriff said f that roll the sack
i said if my skull was cracked
and blood ran out to the culdesac
that could not match me where im at
my memories flash me there and back
yup there goes me right there in black
holdin hands not starin back
she starts cryin i start denying and its my fault
and im aware of that
man in hindsight signs be glarin back
wheres the map
to show you where your at
i can hear the crowd yelling i can smell the tire smoke
i can hear the starter pistol wheres the track
ring no answer came home late
jane told dick she had a date
but they was just chillin
and at that moment the right brain says to the left just kill em
make the headlines make the front page wild out in the court house man thrill em
theyll say the boy dead wrong but i feel em


Voodooman, chickenbone chickenbone
I can make a thunderstorm from a light rain
My ears start ringing
My nose get bloody
I feel a lil' bit of pressure on my right brain
Intermission transmission
Put me in submission
Glistening trapped in the light prison whistling
the christ told me come closer to the light man
I went blind woke up in front of a mic stand

Voodoo man, tap dancing in the French Quarter
Walking on water with a scroll in my hand
The bluerprints for disc shaped like a vessel
that was chiseled out of metal off the coast of Japan
Fasting on the top of a mountain I went to postland
Saw a shiny object floating out of the ocean
I'm sort of like a postman
You can get the message if you want to understand
From the rap slumber man

Voodoman, civilize the savage
Criticize the parish
Spreading false doctrine
terrorize the cleric
for carrying on nonsense
specialised lies to paralyse the conscience
chit chatter
Spitting out matter
While i'm shitting out data
mmm, chew em up shitting out rappers
Sipping Pelegrino while i'm giving out matches
Set yourself on fire
Let the wisdom of Elijah
purify ya take a nigga higher
Sold your soul to the high-est buyer
Now you're on the wire
talking about two-foot tires
Saying you sell crack
clapping at cats with macs
but you a liar
pants on fire
Same old rugged cross
different crucified messiah


while you was blowin X amount of dollars on a bracelet
the sovereign nation of france was openin they files on the UFO phenomenon i-e spaceships
its just the facts jack may as well face it
every rhyme i write the seal get cracked in the chapter of revalations
a atom get cracked in the blackness of meditation
mysterious shit
call me Jay Dogon im on some serious/sirius shit
scholars wonder why do he bust
allah blessed me with a midasy touch
everything i lay the hands turn to ethopian gold shiny and buffed
i got a firm understandin on the minus and plus
so i aint got time to argue with a rapper bout how he aint got rhymes
thats fuckin with mines
im trying to kill lucifer, so if i have to brake
cuz a rapper in my face
tellin me that he the great
you can bet a shiny nickel ill blast his motherfuckin ass way past jupiter
you couldnt be stupider
fuckin with the nuc-l-ear
aztec lion
asiatic black man from zion
quetzalcoatl supreme
lettin off steam
dimethyltriptamine make a man dream
but yall would much rather hear me rappin bout trash
the size of erykahs ass blunts and cash
we need savin
mines are consumed with swine we need bathin

Are you watching closely?

Drake - Find Your Love (prod. KanYe West)
My Two Cents:

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Lupe Fiasco - I'm Beamin (Video)

This summer is shaping up to be great for Hip Hop. Just gotta make it through this effin JP and I can actually enjoy the music comin out in waves. Enjoy the Lupe Video.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Lupe Fiasco ft. Alicia Keys (prod. Chad Hugo)

Lupe hops on an upbeat production from The Neptunes' Chad Hugo. The track features a certain A. Keys, and its ripe for the summer.

Love Letter to the Beat

The Game - The Red Room (mixtape)

The Game has dropped a mixtape on us, and if it lives up to his single "It Must Be Me" then the album is gonna be bananas.

The Game - The Red Room (mixtape)

Lose My Mind - Young Jeezy ft. Plies (Video)

One of my songs of the week from a while back finally gets a video treatment as the release of Trap or Die 2 and TM:103 draw steadily nearer. Try and keep your head as Plies and Jeezy lose theirs in the club.

As We Enter - Nas and Damien Marley (Video)

Here is the first visual from Nasir and Damien's Distant Relatives project. The track, which we posted a while ago, is flames, and the video takes on a rebellious feel as the pair trade barbs in a warehouse full of goons. Gully.

T.I. - I'm Back (Video)

As the visual flips back and forth from Black and White to Color, T.I. seems to step out of the Paper Trail, out of the Cage, and back into the vibrant spotlight. I'm back is just as hard as any Tip record and the fire and passion doesn't seem reignited, but as though it never went anywhere. At the end the Kang reminds us he's just getting warmed up... clearly its gonna be a hot summer.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010


What the game's been missing. I know I have.


We've been out the loop for a while, but in case you have yet to hear, Guru, 1/2 of Gangstarr lost his battle to cancer yesterday. The rapper, aged 43, wanted to keep his cancer private until he was able to beat it; unfortunately this was not the case. Gangstarr, made up of DJ Premier and Guru, was a prevalent hip hop group in the 80s and 90s highly known for their intellectual and conscious rhymes as well as sonic jazz influences. However, the group broke up in 2003.

Guru had some parting words in the following the letter:

I, Guru, am writing this letter to my fans, friends and loved ones around the world. I have had a long battle with cancer and have succumbed to the disease. I have suffered with this illness for over a year. I have exhausted all medical options.

I have a non-profit organization called Each One Counts dedicated to carrying on my charitable work on behalf of abused and disadvantaged children from around the world and also to educate and research a cure for this terrible disease that took my life. I write this with tears in my eyes, not of sorrow but of joy for what a wonderful life I have enjoyed and how many great people I have had the pleasure of meeting.

My loyal best friend, partner and brother, Solar, has been at my side through it all and has been made my health proxy by myself on all matters relating to myself. He has been with me by my side on my many hospital stays, operations, doctors visits and stayed with me at my home and cared for me when I could not care for myself. Solar and his family is my family and I love them dearly and I expect my family, friends, and fans to respect that, regardless to anybody's feelings on the matter. It is my wish that counts. This being said I am survived by the love of my life, my sun KC, who I trust will be looked after by Solar and his family as their own. Any awards or tributes should be accepted, organized approved by Solar on behalf myself and my son until he is of age to except on his own.

I do not wish my ex-DJ to have anything to do with my name likeness, events tributes etc. connected in anyway to my situation including any use of my name or circumstance for any reason and I have instructed my lawyers to enforce this. I had nothing to do with him in life for over 7 years and want nothing to do with him in death. Solar has my life story and is well informed on my family situation, as well as the real reason for separating from my ex-DJ. As the sole founder of GangStarr, I am very proud of what GangStarr has meant to the music world and fans. I equally am proud of my Jazzmatazz series and as the father of Hip-Hop/Jazz. I am most proud of my leadership and pioneering efforts on Jazzmatazz 4 for reinvigorating the Hip-Hop/Jazz genre in a time when music quality has reached an all time low. Solar and I have toured in places that I have never been before with GangStarr or Jazzmatatazz and we gained a reputation for being the best on the planet at Hip-Hop/Jazz, as well as the biggest and most influential Hip-Hop/Jazz record with Jazzmatazz 4 of the decade to now. The work I have done with Solar represents a legacy far beyond its time. And we as a team were not afraid to push the envelope. To me this is what true artists do! As men of honor we stood tall in the face of small mindedness, greed, and ignorance. As we fought for music and integrity at the cost of not earning millions and for this I will always be happy and proud, and would like to thank the million fans who have seen us perform over the years from all over the world. The work I have done with Solar represents a legacy far beyond its time and is my most creative and experimental to date. I hope that our music will receive the attention it deserves as it is some of the best work I have done and represents some of the best years of my life.

The world was blessed by your music Guru. You will greatly be missed.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

MACY GRAY- Beauty in the World

Glad she's back :)

MAXWELL-Fistful of Tears

Not exactly hip-hop, but dude is dope.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Drake - Over (Video)

Drake's video for Over is very interesting... not what I expected, nor what you'd think the mainstream would want, yet its here. How ya feel about it?

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Gil Scott Heron ft. Nas - New York is Killing Me

The hottest shit to come out today was cold. Everyone who pays attention to NaS knows his weed filled everyman persona is better with some topics then others. Here he hooks up with his father's old partner, the legendary Gil Scott Heron, to remix Heron's New York is Killing Me.

Gil Scott Heron ft. Nas - New York is Killing Me

Bobby Ray - Don't Let Me Fall

Post 808's & HeartBreaks, we've seen the best of the new generation of rappers get creative with melodies. Of that new generation, it's pretty apparent that ATL's B.O.B. is at the front of the pack. This Track represents everything he does well - flow, sing, play guitar - and it comes out great. Get Excited for the Adventures of Bobby Ray, Comin on April 27th.

Don't Let Me Fall - B.O.B.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Big Boi - Shutterbug

Finally. Big Boi, whose flow is just as elastic, bouncy, and dope as its ever been, has dropped the first single off his long awaited Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty, scheduled for May 4th. Its robofunk for the post autotune era and it knocks. Support this man's music and cop that disk when it drops. ATL.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Bias ft. Glenn - Stencil

The fresh ATLiens of Far Out come thru with another heater. Bias and Glenn have swag to spare but biters take note: Trace Carefully.