Rap Revived?

Kendrick Lamar releases a blitzkrieg on all rappers earlier week with his verse on Big Seans-Control. His lyrics aimed at some of hip hops most prominent artists today including Drake, J. Cole and even Big Sean and Jay Electronica, who were on the same song! Many are calling this the revival of old school hip hop which begs the question; does hip hop need to have a confrontation in order for it to be considered real hip hop?

As a culture I feel that African Americans have this constant need to not only be better than their counterparts but also demolish them. It’s an idea that only one can be successful so if your doing well I have to be starving. I think this verse came out of pure competition and wanted to be considered the best among the best but I couldn’t help but think it was a way of dragging others down to help yourself up. Let me know if you feel the same way.

P.S. I can’t help but hope that Childish Gambino has a rebuttal to this for not being mentioned.

Just a thought.

Yeezus Christ…

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Sad thing about this is, I can’t even say I am surprised. This seems right up Kanye’s lane of customized kilt wearing crazy. This being Kanye’s most recent addition to controversial fodder is allegedly an alternative album cover according to Hip Hop Vibe. As if the title Yeezus wasn’t enough to make you want to go to church for just thinking about buying the album, this alternative cover is sure to incite more talks of the infamous Illuminati, horned animals ruling the world, and Jay-Z being a time traveler.

So before all the talk starts lets all be reminded that rappers like any other artists need to sell their records and they do that by marketing their product, in any way. Kanye is known for being controversial and always does something to catch the public’s eye right before the release of a project, whether it be Air Yeezy’s or a movie with the snippets of his entire album. This is bound to stir up arguments in the blogosphere for the bible thumpers and Yeezy and non-Yeezy fans a like, I am almost surprised he didn’t liken himself to Jesus earlier. Oh wait.

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He did.

So this really shouldn’t even be a point of controversy anymore! Kanye thinks he’s God, Amanda Bynes thinks she’s Blac Chyna, Ben Affleck thought he could play Daredevil, everyone has their own type of crazy to deal with. This in addition to Kanye’s uncompromising ego, it really is very normal, in terms of Kanye at least.