This is a song that I used to listen to over and over back in the day. Cam did his thing on the track but to me Jim Jones really stood out. His lyrics were personal and descriptive. His words were delivered like a plight to all of those in the hustle game. I believe this is the song that made me go “wow Jim Jones really got it” until that point I thought he was another dude that Cam brought alone for the ride, took him out of “5-H”! You might want to read these lyrics a few times to truly understand how authentic they are, peep Continue reading
Month: June 2012
Good Read: 13 Iconic Kennedy Photos That Inspired Lana Del Rey’s “National Anthem” Video
I saw this piece over at Complex, link. I need to watch that video again. I was doing some research on some of the photos that Complex highlighted in the piece and that last pick of Jackie O moving to the back of the trunk after JFK’s assassination was just horrendous. Nobody truly knows why she was moving to the back of the car, some people say that she was trying to get out of the car because she thought it was a death trap. Some say that she was trying to help the Secret Serviceman who hopped on the bumper of the car and others speculate that she was collecting the remaining fragments of her husband’s brain and skull because of an subconscious niche. Either way it had to be a dramatic and gruesome moments, so sad. I saw that Complex didn’t have a picture of JFK that matched the scene from the video when Rocky was shooting dice though, lmao. Who knows JFK could have been great at Cee-Lo. kudos to Complex for that piece.
Schoolboy Q on Hot 97 Interview with Angie Martinez
A pretty good interview, thing had me cracking up the whole time. Didn’t know Quincy was that funny like that. Goodness Angie is still fine.
First Take: Lupe Fiasco “Bitch Bad”
Quick first thoughts on the new Lupe Fiasco single, “Bitch Bad” off of Food & Liquor 2.
I get what he’s trying to do but I’m not really feeling the song. Couldn’t he have just written a poem or did a spoken word performance? All that he said was true and the production immolates the type of beats that you generally hear on the radio all day every day in these times, I get all of that. If this is on Food & Liquor 2 then I’m not really excited about hearing the rest of the album. I think there may be better ways to reach out and do a public service announcement than creating a song flooded with it. What happened to the Lupe who made “He Say She Say”?? The only problem that I have with this song is that the message should have been directed at those that listen to those types of songs, more like the people that he are talking about. His intentions are not clear at this point to me and I really don’t need clarification ‘cause I really don’t care.
As far as subject matter goes, this is signature Lupe. I initially thought it was just okay but after more listens, this is a pretty good track. The way he tackled it was unique and the end result is a good thought-provoking track. His analysis is on point. The production is questionable but because the beat tied in somewhat to the message behind the track, it’ll do. This track got me looking forward to hearing F&L II to see what other subjects he will tackle.
Childish Gambino – Do Ya Like
An excellent song from Donald Glover in anticipation of his mixtape which is scheduled to drop on July 4th!
“Nigga can’t you tell that my sample of Adele,
Was so hot I got these hood niggas blowin’ up my cell“
Lana Del Rey – National Anthem (video) (featuring A$AP Rocky)
holy shit! Rocky links up with Del Rey or the other way around as they portray Jacqueline and John F. Kennedy. They totally messed up that happy birthday song thing, I think it was Marilyn Monroe who sung that song. This is one of my favorite tracks off her Born To Die album. This video is genius, sweet concept! kudos to whoever shot this joint
8 Million Stories: Fashawn – When She Calls
This track from Fashawn always gets me, he told a very good story. It’s about a guy who’s extremely depressed due to some relationship issues he’s having, i’ll leave it at that. Fashawn tells it from two different perspectives before getting into the tragic and sad ending. You would only think to see a story like this on 20/20 or the ID channel. The Joanna Newsom sample doesnt hurt either as Fashawn incorporates the voice sample into the story well. First time I heard this, all I could say was “damn”. Get a listen. Continue reading
Vault of the Almost Forgotten: Junior M.A.F.I.A. – Conspiracy
I was going through my catalog of music trying to figure out what I wanted to have on my pod for the summer time. One song that I have on blast every summer is that “Get Money” by Junior M.A.F.I.A. So as I started to upload a couple of tracks onto itunes, I decided to listen to the other songs from their ‘The Conspiracy’ album. I have to say that this thing was probably overlooked by a lot of people because it was supposed to be a sequel to Ready to Die. I have to admit til this day I don’t know the name of all of the members of Junior M.A.F.I.A. besides Lil Cease, Lil Kim, and Biggie. As I listened to the album it became obvious that the other members were just as lyrical and their delivery was on point on some of these songs. So here’s how the album sounds to me in the year 2012 Continue reading
Song of the Week (Outside of Hip Hop)
I came across this band while searching for new music. I have been blasting their most recent album ‘About A Feeling’ for a while now and I have figured out which song deserves the “Song of the Week” spotlight. I don’t know much about the band except for they are from Sweden, but enjoy this week’s selection. Continue reading
Just my thoughts on DOM Kennedy’s “The Yellow Album”
So I have been gassing this project for the longest, impatiently waiting for this thing to drop. It has finally arrived and I will explain my delayed review. First let me make this disclaimer, I am a DOM Kennedy fan and I think his strongest project to date is The Original DOM Kennedy. I also have to say that I was disappointed in the content provided on From The Westside with Love II. Now that’s out of the way let me get focused. This past Thursday night was a big night, the Heat were playing Game 5 and The Yellow Album was scheduled to drop at 8pm EST. I have to say that I was excited for both events but one event completely disappointed me. Well Lebron won and I’m a fan of the King so that’a good thing, on the other hand when The Yellow Album dropped and I started to listen to the tracks my emotions with south. “WTF is this DOM” was the first thing that popped in my mind. Continue reading