Admire the poetry, regardless

I’ve never been eager to meet my favorite MCs, go to any of their shows, or get any autographs. I wish them well, but they are never as godly as they seem. I’ve passed that stage of looking up to these guys. I can understand Cole’s words because when you are growing up, they are who give you hope. Remember this post? Many of those words help get me through the days, weeks, etc. The words themselves speak volumes for me. Quite frankly, they’ve saved my life. All the other news, rumors, surrounding the artist doesn’t matter to me, I respect the art. 

 

Yeah, life is a balance
You lose your grip, you can slip into an abyss

No doubt, you see these niggas trippin’
Ego in charge of every move, he’s a star
And we can’t look away due to the days that he caught our hearts

He’s fallin’ apart, but we deny it
Justifying that half ass shit he dropped, we always buy it

When he tell us he a genius but it’s clearer lately
It’s been hard for him to look into the mirror lately

There was a time when this nigga was my hero, maybe
That’s the reason why his fall from grace is hard to take

‘Cause I believed him when he said his shit was purer and he
The type of nigga swear he real but all around him’s fake
The women, the dickriders, you know, the yes men

Nobody with the balls to say somethin’ to contest him
So he grows out of control
Into the person that he truly was all along, it’s startin’ to show
Damn, wonder what happened

Maybe it’s my fault for idolizin’ niggas
Based off the words they be rappin’
But come to find out, these niggas don’t even write they shit
Hear some new style bubblin’ up, then they bite this shit
Damn, that’s what I get for lyin’ to myself

Well, fuck it, what’s more important is he’s cryin’ out for help
While the world’s eggin’ him on, I’m beggin’ him to stop it
Playin’ his old shit, knowin’ he won’t top it
False prophets

Good Read: The Making of The College Dropout

Anything that reads..”The making of….[enter hot album here]” I want to read it. The stories behind these great tracks are priceless. This one doesnt disppoint either, I learned quite a few things. Complex is doing a tribute for the 10th anniversary. So get a hot beverage, cut the tv off, and enjoy this good read.

The making of The College Dropout

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Kanye West – Yeezus (Album Review)


Kanye West’s status has risen and he’s in the public eye even more now than ever, so let see what’s happened to him musically.

1. “On Sight”

Satchford: With Daft Punk on the beat, I knew Tron would come to mind. This is some futuristic, do the robot on a motorcycle type music. That soul sample that comes in is crazy and the intro verse set it all up that Yeezy season has come again. Its different, but im digging it.

Yeezy season approaching
Fuck whatever y’all been hearing
Fuck what, fuck whatever y’all been wearing
A monster about to come alive again
Soon as I pull up and park the Benz
We get this bitch shaking like Parkinsons

S.G.: I’m not feeling that sound at the beginning of the song, it’s annoying. I like the soul break featuring the Holy Name of Mary Choral Family. The rest of the song seems kind of choppy and it doesn’t really provide a persistent rhythm. Yet I appreciate Kanye’s attempt to bring something different to the game.

2. “Black Skinhead”

Satchford: The overall feel of this reminds me of the african performance during Coming To America. Some true tribal music. Love Lockdown? You hear that yelling in the background? He spazzed on this. The SNL performance was dope too.

Middle America packed in
Came to see me in my black skin
Number one question they asking
Fuck every question you asking
If I don’t get ran out by Catholics
Here come some conservative Baptists
Claiming I’m overreacting
Like them black kids in Chiraq bitch

S.G.: I like how this song starts out similar to one of those songs that they would play at the beginning of basketball games.
They see a black man with a white woman at the top floor they going to try to come to kill King Kong
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8 Million Stories: Lupe Fiasco – The Cool

First time I heard this I thought of MJ’s Thriller video mostly because of the dead digging themselves out their graves. From the start, the planet Mars inspired melody prepares you for an interesting story of a hustler who was shot, killed, comes back to life looking to hustle again only to get killed by the same gun that killed him the first time. Damn. To squeeze all of this into 3 verses and still come across with a message was impressive. Get a listen to see if you think the same. Continue reading

The Verse That Paved Kanye’s Road To Fame..?


As this track bumped out my car speakers, I started to think along with bobbing my head. How did Kanye make it on Jay-Z’s 2002 album? If you are familiar with Kanye’s story from Last Call, he never mentioned “The Bounce” feature. I found that strange because he was thorough with recalling events in that record. If you remember a post done a while back showing him spitting the same verse in the studio with Jay-Z. (go to 2:25) Continue reading

“Amber Rose or Kim Kardashian??” (a journey through a conversation and thoughts)


Before you say “ahhh man these guys are resorting to this type of media” take a second and hear me out. Let me take you through my thoughts and how this question popped up in my head. So I’m sitting here watching “Oprah’s Next Chapter”, don’t be hating, she really can interview people and dig into their human nature, I bet if she interviewed Kendrick Lamar she wouldn’t ask any stupid ass questions like “how’s it working with Dr. Dre”. Anyhow during this episode she was interviewing the Kardashian family. So a random thought came to my head about Kanye West. Continue reading

The Favs: Sample


Satch:
I have a favorite sample every week it seems but this one always remains. I only listen to the first 1:38 of it then turn it off. This has always been one of my favs because of the tones and notes hit by the singers. The person singing from the Dynamic Superiors is letting it all out, from when he yells “nothing like it” with the background singers echoing behind him, to the intro and the powerful ending. You cant help but to feel it, it sounds incredible. He got a unique voice and can hit those real high notes smoothly. Kanye pretty much looped the voices which I dont blame him, the sample is nice like it is but he adds a bassline melody that took it over the top for me. Beanie Sigel did his thing over it as well.

Dynamic Superiors – Aint Nothing Like The Real Thing (listen to first 1:38)
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