Archive for March, 2010
This was supposed to be a bonus track on Leftback but the guys are having some trouble with their former groupmate 9th Wonder.
9th has since responded and needless too say it has only gotten uglier. Can’t we all just get along?
The queen of neo-soul dropped this video in anticipation of New Amerykah Part Two (Return Of The Ankh), coming out this Tuesday. I wish I was a good enough writer to explain the meaning behind the video. It’s not that it’s all that abstract either. In concept, it’s simple: a one-take shot of Erykah walking through the busy streets with an absent look on her face, gradually stripping down to nothing, ultimately being killed after going completely nude. EDIT: Seeing as “Window Seat” is at the centre of a bit of controversy right now, I think this needs to be revisited. After the jump is a link to an article outlining Badu’s inspiration, the message she was trying to communiate, and how she struck a chord both positively and negatively with this. Check the comments at the bottom of the article too; it’s crazy how ignorant some people can be. I really don’t see how this video is tasteless, and besides, those who are put off by Erykah’s public display of nudity are only enforcing her message.
…no, not together, but wouldn’t that be something! Both veteran emcees have announced that they will be releasing their first official mixtapes. It’s seems so backwards now for an artist to be dropping his/her first mixtape only after making it and putting years of work in, but then again, they didn’t have the full force of these internets to push tapes like new artists do today. But whether these are their first mixtapes or their tenth, they’re going to be highly anticipated. I’m more into Common than Scarface, but both emcees have gained so much respect and rep their styles so well that I’ll for sure give both a listen. Speaking of Scarface, there’s word going around that the next Hip-Hop Honours will be honoring the South. While the South has garnered a fair share of animosity towards it in the past ten years, there’s no doubt that Scarface, Luda, UGK, OutKast, Geto Boys and even Lil Wayne deserve recognitions.
This is the newest from Outasight’s EP that is now available on iTunes called Further. He initially released it for free on the net but after it’s success he decided to make a little money off of it a la Drake and So Far Gone. The song is available only through the sound cloud stream below and I enjoy that Warner Music thinks that is stopping people from downloading it, but please don’t so you can help support good hip-hop. I’m looking forward to this video and the video for all other songs on this EP because according to 6th Sense that is the current game plan for it.
Stream: Outasight – “Favors”
At some point or another in my life I have listened to music from all these artists except for Kendrick Lamar so it isn’t shocking that I would post this song. The song itself is decent, I was feeling every one’s verses except for Jay Rock’s, which is the first one, and I guess that is Kendrick Lamar on the chorus. If you are more into street rap than I am these days then I can see people bumping this one because of the national presence of the artists and the head nodding effect of the beat. “Fasho” was first heard on Jay’s Tale From the Hood 2 tape which I am sure you can find on the net with enough internet savvy.
I have had some of Fashawn’s music for a while now but only recently got around to listening to it and the kid doesn’t disappoint. He also gets some help from Talib who always brings the quality verses too so overall the song is dope. The beat is smooth too with the keyboard loop and drumbeat which allows both artists to go off on various subjects from religion, the streets and the chorus of living it up before you die. This is from Fashawn’s upcoming tape with Green Lantern called Ode to Illmatic so cop it later this year.
After getting signed to Atlantic (home of the cease & desist), Diggy wastes no time getting to work. “Come To Rock” samples Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song”, which is one of those songs you could recognize in a second without ever knowing its title. It’s hard to believe that one of the most buzzed-about new rappers of this year is whole decades younger than the big names today, and it’s even harder to believe he’s showing the capability of holding his own against some of the best. Although Diggy’s batting 100 with these freestyles and tracks as of late, that doesn’t mean much since he hasn’t dropped more than 10 minutes worth of music since becoming a hot topic of conversation. We’re still at that wait and see stage, but as I’ve said before, I’m feeling optimistic about this one. Download after the jump.
This video directed by Jason Goldwatch accurately depicts what I think Cudi’s life is like these days. The video shows lots of shows, him onstage and backstage and other random tour moments. Despite the documentary feel it still is well done and the timing of all the shots is right on with what is going on with the song. “Soundtrack 2 My Life” is one of my favorite songs off of his critically (and B&B) acclaimed album Man on the Moon: The End of Day which if you haven’t at least listened to once over then you are way behind the times.
A lot of negativity is focused on the hip-hop scene and I try to steer away from it but when a rapper does something positive it isn’t highlighted enough so I’m going to do my part. Rhymefest was asked to perform for a cancer survivor’s Make-A-Wish foundation event and not only does he perform but the kid gets to DJ for him too. Despite the awkwardness of the narration the message still rings through and it is cool to see the good side of hip-hop on occasion. Shouts to Rhymefest for doing this and to Robert for holding down the 1’s and 2’s.
I gave yall the warning, this is not safe for work so skip it unless you are in a safe place. The song itself is good but I wasn’t really feeling Problem’s verse. What is up with the blue freaky eyes too? That had me creeped out beyond belief and I understand the concept but it still was weird. I have always liked listening to Nipsey and Snoop together despite their similarities because they represent the new and old West Coast and record without any problems. “Upside Down” is off of More Malice which is in stores now.