Saturday, August 28, 2010
You're gonna need this one.... naw but seriously though. The first installment of Kanye's twitter series is called monster and rightfully so. Wow @ the beat. Wow @ two dope verses from Ye and Jay. And WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW @ Nikki destroying the last half of this song.
KanYe West Feat. Jay-Z, Nicki Minaj, Rick Ross & Bon Iver – “Monster”
Monday, August 23, 2010
Many of us have dreams of being famous, powerful, or a combination of the two. You can hear this in the music, where damn near everyone has claimed to be the King of something. For me, these aspirations for royalty seemed to mask insecurity and pain derived from living in places much less than lavish (read: less than acceptable, think: ur friendly neighborhood trap or project.) We've seen T.I., Jay-Z and others wear the crown, but who would have thought a rapper from Meridian, Mississippi could make a claim to a crown and be taken seriously. The Big King Remembered In Time does exactly that, releasing K.R.I.T., a dirty south monstrosity of a mixtape that may as well be called an album, that will draw comparisons to Tip, David Banner, and the Underground Kingz Pimp C and Bun B, while fitting comfortably in the rotation of freshman mainstays like Wiz Khalifa, Yelawolf, Curren$y, J. Cole and others. Most of the production is handled by Krizza on this effort, which amazes consistently. Peep tracks like "Hometown Hero", referencing influences as far as Adele and Friday Night Lights, or "Country shit" which just straight up bangs. Like Graffiti written on a small town wall, this album is bound to become a landmark for those from the region, and with the power of the internet, and testament to how the underground in hip hop was at 2010. This is an great piece of work. We live in exciting times.
Big K.R.I.T. Wuz Here
Friday, August 20, 2010
Got so juiced when I saw that they had completed this video because the first time I heard of this project was when John Legend was sitting in front of Dub J and I in Daphne and Imani's Black Music class this past spring semester. I don't think the track originally had all these people but Common and Melanie Fiona are a bomb addition to John Legend and the beautiful sounds of The Roots.
Saturday, August 14, 2010
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Saturday, August 7, 2010
Thursday, August 5, 2010
Check out Smoke DZA's new project, George Kush Da Button. I know, I know. After looking at the cover your first instinct might be to pass on what looks to be a sophomoric tape of pothead songs, but you'd be missing out on a dope project with that assumption. Tied together by silly George Bush quotations, George Kush Da Button is often light hearted, as DZA approaches typical subject matter without real innovation. The star of the show then, is Ski Beatz production, which classes up the entire affair greatly, doing for this mixtape what it did for Curren$y's (great) album Pilot Talk (in stores now). DZA is a competent MC, and though not as charismatic and appealing as Spitta or Wiz Khalifa, he does possess a charm, especially when he raps about lost love ones on "Lost". Songs to check for include "The Secret" with an on fire outing from Big K.R.I.T., "Sour Hour" and "etc. etc.".
Smoke DZA - George Kush Da Button
With all the color, violence, and psychedelia I see in my mind whenever I listen to this song, the last thing I expected Ms. Monae todo was give us her naked, crying, in an out of focus self in the video. The effect of the visual is that the audience must pay attention to Monae's message, timely and vital as ever. Do you know what your fighting for?
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Straight from DJ Omega, here is a working link of DMV hero Wale's sequel to the Mixtape About Nothing. Can More About Nothing top the original? DL below:
To ease the anticipation for Chuck Taylor's pushed back Red Room album, homie made a mixtape that has the internets going nuts...
The Game - Brake Lights (mixtape)
Only one mixtape could steal shine from this and that one is about nothing...