I was watching a recent episode of HBO’s ‘Real Time with Bill Maher’ and his guest, Walter Kirn, an ex-Mormon, gave us some insight on Mitt Romney’s religious practices. As I listened to Kirn, it made me realize Mitt Romney is a nut job….
“The Untouchable Maybach Empire presents the alternate version of Rick Ross’ “Hold Me Back” music video directed by DRE Films and Maybach Films shot in Nigeria.” I think this was a creative and unique concept for a rap video. It’s great to see artists dig deeper when it comes to the images they present in their videos.
Missy Elliot is back! Alongside producer extraordinaire, Timbaland. “9th Inning” & “Triple Threat” are their first two singles after being missing in action for a while. Both are the epitome of Hip Hop and we are all excited about what’s to come. Missy ‘Misdemeanor’ is considered one of the best female MC’s of all time, and judging by these singles, she probably always will be.
The three mixtapes The Weeknd released landed him a deal between his label, XO, and Universal Republic. As part of his new deal, all three mixtapes are being remastered and combined on a new album titled, ‘Triglogy’. ‘Wicked Games’, originally included on the “House of Ballons’ mixtape, is the 1st single off his upcoming album which will be available in stores November 13th. The singer tweeted, “it took a long time, but finally the next step has been taken.” He added later, “evolution is a satisfying accomplishment.”
2PAC freestyling to “Gettin’ Money”. He was killed today 16 years ago and still remains highly relevant…even moreso than most MC’s on the market today. He’s still my favorite rapper, probably always well be. 2pac is the best R.I.P.
“Four American workers died Tuesday in an attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi. Violent protesters were using mob guns and rocket propelled grenades to demonstrate against an unflattering film about Muhammed in development in the U.S. (A similar protest erupted in Cairo, though no serious damage was done to the embassy building there.” – Buzzfeed
I love Lupe Fiasco for making this song. ‘Lupe takes on the dichotomy of how the word “bitch” and how it is used by society today.’ Lupe has always been a conscious and political rapper who has worked to persuade a culture to move away from negativity. It’s a sad day when guys like him don’t want to make rap music anymore. Lupe took to Twitter after beefing with some ignorant rappers (not gonna mention their lame names on my blog) and decided that his next album, ‘Food & Liquor 2: The Great American Rap Album’ will probably be his last because he don’t like the state that Hip Hop is currently in. With Lupe’s new single, “Bitch Bad”, he’s aiming at getting us to think twice about using the word. Personally, I have never believed the word ‘bitch’ to be a term of endearment. Good job Lupe. I hope you remain in the game.
“Barack knows the American Dream because he’s lived it…and he wants everyone in this country, everyone, to have that same opportunity, no matter who we are, or where we’re from, or what we look like, or who we love,” Michelle told the delegates assembled in Charlotte, N.C. on September 4th. She went on to say, “For Barack, Success is not about how much money you make, it’s about the difference you make in people’s lives.”
This weekend, Nas performed at the Rock The Bells tour in New Jersey. He surprised the audience when he brought out Texas rap legend, Scarface. Together, they performed, “Hip Hop” (off of DJ Khaled’s – King The Ring- album), for the time in Hip Hop history. Anything Nas does musically, is synonymous with true concept of Hip Hop and rap, so this live performance of this particular hit, will probably be the first of thousands. Especially with Scarface in the mix.
NAS’ “Bye Baby” is off of his new album, “Life Is Good”. This is my favorite Hip Hop album of the summer as Nas brought Hip Hop back to its roots. In this single, he reverts the old R&B classic “GoodBye Love” from the R&B group, ‘Guy’, into his own creation rapping about his personal journey and his marriage/divorce from singer, Kelis. It’s good to see artists open up and share their life experiences and lessons. The whole world is rooting for Nas right now and we hope that he keeps dropping the hits!
Neil Armstrong sacrificed a lot to accomplish everything he did in the space program. The film clip that I found on BoingBoing.net was originally posted at the Smithsonian’s Air & Space Magazine blog. The video shows him escaping his test space craft right before it exploded. I read on boingboing that the video shows ‘a 1968 test run of a lunar landing research vehicle—a practice version of the lunar module that would later carry Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin to the surface of the Moon’. The incident prompted this incredible story and tribute (….)
When I think of ‘chuuuch’ music, the hit rap record ‘Vice Versa’ off of Pastor Troy’s ‘Face Off’ album (2001) is one I can say ‘Amen’ to! Do ya’ll hear those unyielding church bells in the background? This is real ‘Chuuch’ music. The overall sound is hardcore, not watered down. Pastor Troy conveys a deep message suggesting, or better yet, posing the question, ‘What if our belief systems are wrong, and things are really VICE VERSA?’
This concept in a rap song is extremely heartfelt. Whether you like Pastor Troy or not, this sh*t went hard!! No aututones, just hard core hip hop. I thought about Pastor Troy while sitting at my desk waiting for Tropical Storm Issac to pass us by (here in Miami). This post is just my way of saying that I crave music that’s a little hardcore. Not every rapper can be a gangster, or rap about a hard life, but at least they can make sure their music goes hard. Some of it is for entertainment purposes, I know. But this one here went deep.
Nas new album ,”Life Is Good”, is an all around good album that focuses on true Hip Hop. Make sure you buy this album, if you haven’t already, as it is an instant classic. Check out this video of Nas performing live at the Vitamin Water and Fader uncapped last night in Detroit. “With a catalogue spanning some 20 years, Nas has no shortage of songs that provoke a reaction. it was one of his new classics though, “Summer on Smash,” from his “Life Is Good” album that put the crowd in a frenzy when he brought out special guest Miguel.”
“I Am Your Leader” & “Out Of My Mind” is off of Nicki Minaj’s sophomore album, “Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded”. She released both videos today making it a true ‘Pink Friday’.
Houston legend Trae Tha Truth assembles some of Texas finest for his new anthem “I’m From Texas”, featuring the Texas all-stars; Z-Ro, Slim Thug, Kirko Bangz, Paul Wall and Bun B.