Archive for November, 2008
[gallery=11] Check out the pics from this years AMAs... The American Music Awards have been around since 1973 and is one of the biggest award events every year. The 36th Annual 2008 American Music Awards aired Nov. 23 and was one of the best awards show this year. In the past year, many artists have put out new albums and music videos and have promoted their material everywhere they can; for a few artists, success and fame reached a new level this year. Had to do a gallery of the ladies of the 08 AMAs. Check out Mariah, Beyonce, Rihanna, and the rest of the 08 performance line up!
akili__livesoul_-back_then__prod_nr I couldn't find a big enough picture of Akili so this will have to do. Recently 2DopeBoyz introduced me to LiveSoul and now I am seeing these guys all over the place. Akili is an MC in the group and this is one of his solo tracks. It is pretty dope and is similar to the style of the group as a whole. Click the article below to check out LiveSoul as a group. Sidenote: LiveSoul really should've checked their name out before they decided on it, in college a friend turned me onto a group called Soulive who are similar in their jazzy hip-hop style. LiveSoul ft. ETC - "I'm Telling You"
black-friday A new (but short) track from my favorite southern rapper. Here is the title track off of the DJ Clark Kent Black Friday Massacre being released in honor of his Air Force 1's with the same name. Bun rhymes over Geto Boys' "Mind Playing Tricks on Me" instrumental and tears it up and the whole time he is rhyming about his sneakers haha. I knew Bun was a sneakerhead and this song proves it.
clipse-big_dreams The people over at Complex bring us a new joint from everyone's favorite cocaine rappers. "Big Dreams" is off of the upcoming mixtape Road to Till the Casket Drops. Clipse are the most underrated rappers when it comes to wordplay, I am always picking up new things about what they are saying everytime I listen. The Lauren London message at the end is hysterical too!
That image is ridiculous. It definitely looks like it should be a movie poster or something. I saw it the other day and was wondering if it was related to a video and now we have our answer. The song is alright, I wasn't really feeling it too much to be honest, not hating, just isn't really my thing. He has built up a decent internet buzz recently so I will definitely check some more of his stuff out before I come to any conclusions about his solo work. If you're feeling this song, Evidence has The Layover EP/DVD out now so go grab it.
02-common-punch_drunk_love_featuring_kanye_west I was wondering what the hell was going on with Common's new album, Universal Mind Control, and then I get hit up with this track today. I almost forgot what Kanye rapping sounded like until this track. When Common and 'Ye team up their songs have always been crazy. "The Food" from Be (the song recorded on the Chapelle Show) was one of my favorites for a while and that whole album was executive produced by Mr. West. Also this is the first time that I remember them rhyming over someone else's beat and not a Kanye track, but I could be wrong about that.
From left field comes this story reported by AllHipHop. John Forte, a former producer and associate of the Fugees, has had his 14 year sentence commuted today by President Bush. It is common for American presidents to grant pardons at the end of their terms in an act that can not be refuted. There is some shadiness involved with this but on the flip-side of the argument a lot of good can also be achieved by righting incorrect judgements without the constant hassle of being brought back to court, or even worse still being in jail. I expected Bush to err more on the shady-side of these pardons at the end of his final term, and although that may still happen, he has stunned me with this one. Hit the break to read more. John Forte made a name for himself in music by writing and producing a couple tracks for The Score. He was arrested in 2000 at Newark Airport for accepting a briefcase worth $1.4 million in liquid cocaine. Since the beginning, Forte has refuted the charges and has had some help from singer Carly Simon and her son Ben Taylor, who Forte has been friends with for a long time. I am glad to see President Bush pardoning John Forte. For a president that stirred up so much animosity from the hip-hop community it is refreshing to see an action from him that is worth praising. Not only that, this pardon is both tangible and unilateral, something that is hard to find in government and directly affects our community. I don't want to go to crazy for Bush, but lets just say for someone who is counting down the days until Obama's presidency this was more than I hoped to see from our departing one.
Last night Kanye West won the American Music Award for Best Male Rapper. In a rare case of him putting his ego aside, Kanye says in his acceptance speech that the award should belong to Lil' Wayne because he thought he was the best this year. He also says that he was the best one last year, but I will just be ignoring that for now haha. Hopefully this is a sign of a more mature Kanye and we can start focusing more on him and his music than his outbursts. Hit the break for some famous Kanye outbursts. Kanye has had his share of meltdowns at awards shows: European Music Awards: MTV Video Music Awards '07: Lastly, this is what Kanye has looked like in the past and I'm hoping we can avoid more of in the future haha. This is one cool mom.
The video finally drops for my favorite track from White Van Music. Jake One got Rik Cordero to direct this video and it is pretty raw and cool. There are a bunch of shots of each of the rappers in his home city, Freeway in Philly and Brother Ali in Minneapolis, at some of their favorite spots. Jake appears in a few shots composing beats but the focus is primarily on the guest rappers. Shout out to the Pat's and Geno's shots in Philly, I could really go for either one of their cheesesteaks right about now.
livesoul-im_telling_you_f_etc1 On different tip, I spotted this over at 2DopeBoyz and had to post. This is a jazzier song, with the full jazz band backing and in the same vein as Apple Juice Kid's Miles Remixed with some dope rhyming. I am feeling this group and this track. "I'm Telling You" sounds like a track A Tribe Called Quest would do except with a live band and that can not be bad.