One of the best songs Common created, “War”, for some strange reason isn’t featured on his latest album, “Nobody’s Smiling”… which is why it was a must that I posted it on this blog. The production sounds like something wicked from a 60’s or 70’s horror flick laced with Common’s diabolical lyricism. It’s just an all around great record that zooms in on the crisis and violence we are witnessing in Chicago and in America’s inner cities.
In the Outro of “War”, Common states, “The direction was we, we came up with this concept, Nobody Smiling was really a thought that came about because of all the violence that was going on in Chicago, or that is going on. I like to say “was” cause we gon’ bring it in for wishing that it’s gonna stop. You know and uh, all the violence that was going on – it happens in Chicago but it’s happening around the world in many ways. You know, it may not be to the numbers that’s happening in Chicago but it’s happening in the inner cities all over America so we’s talking about the conditions of what’s happening when I said “Nobody Smiling” but it’s really a call to action.”
“J. .Cole in one word – Amazing, I liked about 98% of sideline and BS and don’t even get me started on his great mixtapes…I’m glad he didnt detour from the path he’s been on over the years and I see people talking about how he should branch out and do this or that but there’s an old saying: “If it ain’t broke dont fix it”. I’m not saying he’s a living reincarnation of Mozart as a rapper (yet), but he damn sure is one of the best rappers alive right now that will go down in history as one of the greats if not one of the best…shit like future, young thug, migos, rae shurmmard (whatever), Bobby shurmda etc ain’t gon be remembered for much cus lets be real they make “turn up” music, here today and gone tomorrow as history does repeat itself. But I won’t sit here and flex like I don’t listen to them, I’m just saying they aren’t built to last” – a comment from youtube…and I concur.
In “Didn’t Know”, ASTRO reminisces about his life before his fame and explains his childhood with a ridiculously good flow. It’s a genuine great rap song, one that is a pure representation of East Coast hip hop, a story being told with no cursing. ”Didn’t Know” has that Brooklyn sound I’ve missed, this is what Jay Z use to be, a young dude spitting some real sh*t. You might remember Astro from the XFactor about 3 years back. He’s come a long way and has a bright future ahead of him.
Let’s all pray that KENDRICK LAMAR drops his album on Christmas without warning. That would be crazy! Artists like Kdot is why I consider Hip Hop to be the “master genre” of all genres. The pure poetry of it all. Words are so important, so incredibly amazing in rap, other genres just can’t compare. Kendrick will be a legend up there with Biggie, Nas, Em, 2pac, Rakim, and the rest. Could even outshine them all in due time. His song, “Untitled” is amazing.
“The war on medical marijuana is over,” said Bill Piper, a lobbyist with the Drug Policy Alliance to the Los Angeles Times. According to TheAtlantic.com, “The $1 trillion spending bill that passed last week included a provision that blocks the Justice Department from spending any money to enforce a federal ban on growing or selling marijuana in the 32 states that have moved to legalize it for medical use. It marks a huge shift for Congress, which for years had sided with federal prosecutors in their battle with states over the liberalization of drug laws.”
Whether BILL COSBY raped all of those women or not, one thing appears true…that he cheated on CAMILLE COSBY left and right. I never understood why people get married knowing that they can’t keep their pants zipped up. Anyways, that’s my two cents. Read Camille’s statement within this blog post, originally posted by CBS news.
D’Angelo, an old-school R&B king, is back after nearly 15 years.
“Black Messiah is a hell of a name for an album. It can easily be misunderstood. For me, the title is about all of us. It’s about the world. It’s about an idea we can all aspire to. We should all aspire to be a Black Messiah. It’s about people rising up in Ferguson and in Egypt and in Occupy Wall Street and in every place where a community had enough and decides to make change happen,” he continues. “It’s not about praising one charismatic leader but celebrating thousands of them.” – D’Angelo
DAMIAN MARLEY graces us with visuals for his politically-charged single, “Is It Worth It (Gun Man World)”, an incredible song off of the upcoming “Ghetto Youths International” compilation which drops December 23rd. The video is directed by Nabil Elderkin & Francesco Carrozzini and stars Saai Taghmaoui (‘American Hustle’), who ‘plays a contract killer who tries to balance his violent lifestyle with being a family man’. It’s refreshing to see so much time and thought put into a good video, and the track is obviously a banger. Damian Marley never disappoints his fans.
The video doesn’t match the song and a lot of people don’t understand where the visual’s for “Wading” fit in with JHENE AIKO’s overall image and artistry. But she is one to think outside the box and I guess she wanted to change it up a little.
If PRO ERA’s “Sol Luna” isn’t already on your IPod, and you’re a so-called Hip Hop purist, then I don’t know what to say. It was released damn near a year ago on their “Secc$ Tap.e pt.2” mixtape and it represents 80’s & 90’s era Hip Hop. This shit is straight fire fam, authentic and smooth. Joey Bada$$ laces the track and the whole sound reminds me of A Tribe Called Quest. Props to the producer. Pro Era is bringing New York back for real!
J COLE tweeted a couple of hours ago… “2 important things for you to watch and listen to today. Angie interview http://dreamville.com/angie/ NPR interview http://dreamville.com/npr/”. So that’s exactly what I did. This blog post includes the audio and printed interview between J COLE and “Microphone Check” hosts Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Frannie Kelley on NPR, the day after his third and much-anticipated album, “2014 Forest Hills Drive”, was released.
It’s a long interview, but the best interview Cole has ever did. A lot of folks in the Hip Hop community already consider Cole’s new album an instant classic. And I tend to agree. I HIGHLY recommend everyone get thia album in a physical copy. It’ll be a staple for years to come.
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”.
Plot: “In The Pyramid, the ancient wonders of the world have long cursed explorers who’ve dared to uncover their secrets. But a team of U.S. archaeologists gets more than they bargained for when they discover a lost pyramid unlike any other in the Egyptian desert. As they unlock the horrific secrets buried within, they realize they aren’t just trapped, they are being hunted.”
“The Pyramid” is directed by Gregory Levasseur and hits theaters December 5th.
Tony Toni Toné’s, “Let’s Get Down”, features one of my favorite Hip Hop tracks of all time produced by the West Coast’s legendary DJ QUIK. Da Brat’s, “Fire It Up” has a similar swag and sound and like this one, is on constant rewind in my IPod. You can dance to ‘Let’s Get Down’, you can have sex to ‘Let’s Get Down’, and you can smoke to it because it’s one of those timeless chill ass songs. It takes place during the days when women could be in the videos with clothes on and still be sexy! I wish they would get back together and tour!!!
One thing we can all say about the Rick Ross is that he’s always been consistent with good music. His soon-to-be-released, “Hood Billionaire” album will probably be no different. Ross gives us a little taste of what’s to come with his new single release, “Movin Bass” featuring another collab with Jay Z on a Timbaland beat. “Hood Billionaire” is set to be released November 24th.