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.

12 Rapper Adlibs you can use Everyday

I swear rappers have it all. Not only do they get to say whatever they want in songs, (i.e. things they don’t like, and then on the next song talk about everything they do) but they also get to complain about living the lavish life and having to meet new beautiful women that adore them every single day, it must be hard. On top of that they get the privilege of making up noises and phrases that everyone loves, something that was previously reserved for strictly Pokemon and babies. Here are 12 Rapper adlibs you can use in everyday life because it’s not fair that you have to only pretend you’re a rapper in the hallways of work when no one is looking, or when you’re out with your friends and no black people are looking, but we’re always listening so watch it.

1. Drake’s AHHH! For when you get a really bad paper cut.

Drake Final Finger Cut 2

2. Young Jeezy’s YEAAAAH! For when your grandparents send you birthday money.

Jeezy Paid

3. Young Jeezy’s AHA! For when your friend’s say they invited some people over for your birthday.

aha

4. Young Jeezy’s DAMMMNNNN! When you realize it’s not your birthday.

DAMN

5. 2 Chainz TRUUUU! When you need to confirm that to your knowledge your friend does not have a STD.

no lie

6. The Weeknd’s OOOOOOOOOOO! On those weekends you and Drake serenade owls in the forest.

ooo

7. Chris Brown’s Leh Gooo! On Halloween when your brother has played with the glitter mask for his ten minutes, and now its your turn.

leh go

8. Jay-Z’s AWH! For when you’re trying to get a pigeon out of your way when walking to work.

awh

9. Trinidad James WOO! For when you pop a molly when its 90 degrees and decide to take a walk in Leopard print shirt and after taking it off you realize heat stroke is still imminent.

molly

10. Wiz Khalifa’s Laugh. For when you get home and you finally get the joke you friend told you 3 hours.

wiz laugh

11. Pusha T’s YUCKK! For when your peas are touching your mash potatoes, and we all know that’s never okay.

YUCK

12. Waka Flocka’s WAKA! For those nights you say you aren’t going out but after drinking you find yourself playing extreme piano with Fozzie Bear, again.

waka

J. Cole to Release Mixtapes for Commercial Release

J. Cole to Release Mixtapes for Commercial Release

Only a week after releasing his second studio album J. Cole is in the throws of trying to re-release two of his highly acclaimed mixtapes, Friday Night Lights ans The Warm Up commercially. Cole doesn’t want to release them for financial reasons but says he just wants to give the projects “proper recognition” since many rap enthusiasts consider them classics and are really reason J. Cole has many of his fans. I wonder if this has anything to do with the fact that many consider J. Coles mixtapes to be better than his albums? I thought Born Sinner was a great improvement from Sideline Story but still didn’t give me everything I thought the North Carolina rapper could dole out. And for some reason I can’t help but compare J. Cole and Kanye West since they are both rapper/producers with similar “soul beat” sampling techniques. Do you all do the same? Although I think Born Sinner was great do you all feel the same way, are Coles mixtapes the best he has yet to produce in the studio? 

What Gandolf is doing after Lord of the Rings

What Gandolf is doing after Lord of the Rings

Found this great article about Rick Rubin, one of hip-hops greatest producers. This man looks like a distant relative of Gandolf, and he is just as awesome as that sounds. He does not have an office or a work phone,  and he spends his day “listening” to music in a meditative state with his hands folded and eyes closed laying on a couch…yea I want his job.  Among being a key contributor to Kanye’s most recent album Yeezus, he is also a nerd even though the article doesn’t say this outrightly. Rubin went to magic shops and makes no mention of sports, yea this was a kid many would look for in a locker.  Enjoy!