TECH N9NE couldn’t have this one party song without a lot people bitchin’. When he released, ‘Hood Go Crazy’, I said let him have some fun with an ass, tits, lesbians, and weed song for once, Geez! Lol! People be acting like Tech gotta do a wicked undergoing verse on every song. But he’s at a point in his career where he should be doing exactly this…Making bumpin’ music. Frankly, I absolutely love the ratchetness of “Hood Go Crazy” because it gets me in the mood to make big things happen!! Tech grinded and worked hard for where he is today, so a little booty shake music ain’t harming anybody. I find this song entertaining, different (for him), and enjoyable. But at the end of the day, Tech will never go mainstream. Mainstream will go Tech!
When LACRAE released “All I Need Is You” (off of his ‘Anomaly’ album) a few months back, and dropped this video, he proved that you can make a good rap song without the n word or swearing, and you don’t have to talk about sex and drugs to be an amazing rapper (or to be featured on this blog). A Christian rap artist (I threw in that label, but rap is rap), a Grammy-Award winner (Best Rap Performance for ‘All I Need Is You’), Lacrae is breaking barriers in the Hip Hop world, so I had to take this time to finally give him his props. It’s refreshing to hear rap music with meaning, rather than just twerking. This is a great song… a very smooth dedication to his wife that conveys a powerful message. And the R&B laced track goes super hard.
As a Hip Hop head, I know you already have BIGGIE's 'Party & Bullshit' in your music catalog. In my opinion, this is Biggie's best song. It epitomizes delivery, BIG's deadly flow, and flawless timing. Believe it or not, this was his first track ever which was released as the fourth promotional single for the soundtrack to the 1993 film 'Who's the Man?'. The irony? ... The best way to describe most of today's music is this song's title. ;-) R.I.P B.I.G. He would have turned 43 today.
MEEK MILL's "Ooh Kill Em" was the only Kdot diss record that was any good (out of several), and it captured the "playing the dozens" element deeply rooted on Hip Hop elegantly. Meek Mill remixed Terio's "Ooh Kill Em" with a Dr. Dre beat, as a platform to respond to Kendrick Lamar's "I'm the King of NY" diss line in his infamous "Control" battle rap song where Lamar called out major rappers by name, giving them a warning that he was taking over as rap king. East Coast rapper, Meek Mill, wasn't having that, so he responded with an epic and hardcore WEST COAST track laced with a gangster ass 'Nate Dogg' chorus and pimp flow. Modern diss tracks don't get any bolder than this unless you want to take it back to the old-school days with the diss records that NWA and Tupac wrote. Great job Meek Mill for creatively venturing over to Kendrick's own west coast roots to to battle him. "Ooh Kill Em" is an older cut, but I still bump it in my iPod everyday.
P REIGN's "Realest In The City" is my IPOD Pick today for one main reason: that beautiful ass beat. The beat is a guitar sample on two different tracks that are looped. They are offset to harmonize with one another and one has a flanger on it. They are panned left and right. The bass line is what brings it all together and its just some synth. The strings sound like mono orchestra in omnisphere. And the drums are just basic trap drums. DOPE.
If you haven't copped DENZEL CURRY's "Nostalgic 64" album already, the you're missing out. One of my favorite cuts off the album is "Zone 3", a record about police brutality. Not only do I love the concept of this song and the fact that Curry reps my city - Miami, but I find it fitting to post this cut now because of all of the madness involving the recent murders of unarmed black men by over zealous police in this country.
What do I like about KENDRICK LAMAR's "Cartoons & Cereal"? ... Everything! Watch this this fan video I'm posting. It's simply incredible and wildly creative. The subtle touches like Tupac on the news screen etc, just brilliant. And this song is different from the majority of rap that's currently out. You feel the up & down struggle in the lyrics and in the harmony in the music. Signature Kendrick Lamar. There's no debating that this man is a genius. Lamar is taking Hip Hop to new heights.
Hello! Today May 10th, is the start of LISA FORD's IPOD Picks. Everyday this week, I'll be posting the songs I've been vibing to recently because at the end of the day, it's all about the music. The IPOD picks will be in no particular order, some are new, some are a little older, but all are hot! I'm kicking things off with DJ SNAKE's & ALUNA GEORGE's - "You Know You Like It". It's an all-around sexy summer hit and this beat is a force! I'm so obsessed with this song right now. Snake, you're doing something right!
WHAT UP DOE? I've missed you all. I've basically been on a month-long vacation working on my novel, traveling to Atlanta, Georgia, and uploading this blog to a bigger server to handle the influx of traffic. In deciding who would be the first artist to post, I chose STALLEY's "Free". The drive from Miami to Atlanta was about 12 hours, and "Free" was one of those jams on constant rewind. This post includes the audio only because Stalley has yet to do a video for this song. I appreciate him as a new generation artist who isn't putting out fluff style rap. If you haven't copped it already, go and pick up his album - "OhIO".