Thursday, April 29, 2010

Young Jeezy - Hood Politics (Video)

"See a lot goin' on, this where the real at, real recognize real, yeah, I know you feel that..."

The internet has been going nuts today over new joints from Aubrey & Marshall but personally, this joint right here has me psyched!

Jeezy & Don Cannon's Trap Or Die 2: By Any Mean Necessary is set to touchdown on Tuesday and I'm anticipating plenty of snow.

Lupe Fiasco - I'm Beaming (Video)

I wasn't too fond of The Cool, but it seems like Wasulu has taken it back to his Kick, Push/Food & Liquor steez. Inspirational but catchy, simple but with deeper meaning, and with an assist from The Neptunes, I'm Beaming succeeds on all fronts. My favorite verse...

"Do you remember me, the guy from verse one
Failure’s my last name, Never’s my first one
You see I hood a lot and yeah I nerd some
Hood’s where the heart is, nerd’s where the word’s from
Don’t represent either, because I merge them
There’s kids who wanna leave and I encourage them
Go out and see the world, never return from
Yeah, you don’t come back unless you learn some
And baby girl, what does it matter where you purse from?
Your hurr done, your nails did, your ass phat but you’re dumb
Mix Melyssa Ford wit Maya Angelou
Become a Top Model and Sojourner too
I try to follow this, what Mohammad do
It’s such a old soul inside this sonic view
That’s why I’m Ferrari’d up and I’m conscious too
I don’t prophecize, I promise you

Lasers is on the way.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Freeway Freestyle

What's it gonna take for Freeway & Just Blaze to get together for Free's 3rd album? The Stimulus Package was cool and all but BeardxBlaze = classic shit.

Spotted @ Pitchfork

B.O.B. feat. T.I. & Playboy Tre - Bet I (Video)

Off of B.O.B.'s The Adventures Of Bobby Ray, which is in stores now.

This one is colorful as a pack of Skittles so if you're prone to seizures I'd consult my physician before viewing. Not really the treatment I expected for this joint. I mean, B.O.B. doing choreographed dances, getting his M-A-$-E on? Really? But the boy Bobby Ray has been dancing to the beat of his own drum for a minute now and this is as close to "Haterz Everywhere" B.O.B as we've seen in a long time so I can't be that mad. Plus, scrams snaps on this joint and Tip delivers his best verse since stepping out of the pen earlier this year.

And anytime a cat like Playboy Tre can get a look, I'm all for it.

J. Cole - Who Dat

So J. Cole drops finally his first single and strangely, I'm kinda underwhelmed. I'll admit, I jumped on the J. Cole bandwagon early, not just due to his RocNation signing, but more due to the fact that his first two mixtapes had some dope album quality songs. Which is why the choice of this joint as a first single is somewhat puzzling. Cole is obviously talented. Look no further then his scene stealing appearances on Wale's debut & Reflection Eternal's latest. "Who Dat" doesn't really reflect how dope dude is.

Sure, it's a single so I didn't expect it to be too deep as far as the subject matter and as it is, it's a cool little song with a dope beat (co-produced by Cole and frequent collaborator Elite) that has a few sharp punches but for the most part doesn't require any heavy lifting from the listener. But as the second song most people have heard him on (Jay-Z's "A Star Is Born" being the first) this is an important look and I just don't see "Who Dat" setting radio request lines on fire, let alone selling any albums. I'm not counting light skinned Jermaine out just yet, but he's gonna need something more potent if he plans on catching up to his competition

And for the record...

Lights Please > We On > Who Dat

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

R.I.P. Guru

Usually when someone artistic passes away, everyone come out of the woodwork saying how great they were and sometimes the postmortem hype outweighs the persons accomplishments when they were alive.

But Guru deserves every ounce of praise he's sure to receive in the coming days. His monotone voice and deadpan delivery are so distinct that they sometimes overshadow his wordplay, but make no mistake, Guru was a lyricist first & foremost and his songs always had a level of depth to them. His choice of moniker fit him to a tee

"Sometimes you gotta dig deep, when problems come near
Don't fear things get severe for everybody everywhere
Why do bad things happen, to good people?
Seems that life is just a constant war between good and evil
The situation that I'm facin', is mad amazin'
To think such problems can arise from minor confrontations
Now I'm contemplatin' in my bedroom pacin'
Dark clouds over my head, my heart's racin'
Suicide? Nah, I'm not a foolish guy
Don't even feel like drinking, or even gettin' high
Cause all that's gonna do really, is accelerate
The anxieties that I wish I could alleviate
But wait, I've been through a whole lot of other shit, before
So I oughta be able, to withstand some more
But I'm sweatin' though, my eyes are turnin' red and yo
I'm ready to lose my mind but instead I use my mind
I put down the knife, and take the bullets out my nine
My only crime, was that I'm too damn kind
And now some skanless motherfuckers wanna take what's mine
But they can't take the respect, that I've earned in my lifetime
And you know they'll never stop the furious force of my rhymes
So like they say, every dog has it's day
And like they say, God works in a mysterious way
So I pray, remembering the days of my youth
As I prepare to meet my moment of truth

The past few months have been filled with drama and speculation. I hope Guru finally finds some peace

Rest In Paradise

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Dear Shyne,

What up gangster? I know, I know, I didn't write you during your bid like I said I would, but I've been caught up in a buncha bullshit since you've been gone. Living life. You know how it is. I copped the album though. The official shit too, not the bootleg. Godfather Buried Alive. Shit was just what the streets needed to hold us over until you came home. It took a minute but they finally had to let you go. Now I know immigration got you caught up and they ended up sending you back to Belize, but from what I hear, you're back on your feet already. I know L.A. Reid basically handed you a new big money deal with Def Jam. That's a good look!(Let me hold somethin' Po!) I heard the joint you did for Khaled's album and even though alot of people hated on it, (I'm not gonna front, I didn't know what to think) you get a pass from me.

DJ Khaled feat. Akon, Shyne & Movado - All My Life

It's like a fighter, sparring, shaking off the ring rust, getting back in fighting form. Shit, honestly, it wasn't even that bad, just not quite the first look you'd want after being away for all those years. And the lyrics weren't bad at all. I think the problem most heads had with the song was your voice. I don't know what you were doing with your time at Clinton but whatever it was, it definitely changed how you sound on the mic. I was hoping that Khaled song was just a warm up joint but these latest joints I've heard aren't any better.

Shyne - Messiah

Shyne - Rude Boy Freestyle

Actually, they're kinda worse.

Cause it's not just the voice that's not working. It's the flow, the words, everything. I hate to sound like a dick, but exactly what were you doing with your time up north? Now I know you've been through some shit the past 10 years and I understand that, but fam, you're gonna have to come better then this if you're expecting to try and get your career back. The people you have around you obviously aren't telling you the truth, so let me do you a favor and tell it like it is...

Step Your Bars Up, Son.

After all that time away, people are anticipating something epic and so far, all we've gotten is below average, especially for a cat who's had as much time on his hands as you have. You know the streets got love for you Po, but you gotta give cats something to cheer about and these past couple of joints ain't it.

Just a little something to think about. I'll holla.