Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Review :: Big Sean - Dark Sky Paradise

 Big Sean released his third album yesterday, entitled Dark Sky Paradise. I feel this album is Big Sean’s best album thus far. I also feel that it’s the best Hip Hop album to be put out in the past few months, without debate. When it comes to ‘Bars’, no one in the game is coming as hard as Big Sean right now. I see it as; Big Sean knows his place in the game and only very few notice it. He’s tired of not being looked at as a “Tier 1” rapper, and he feels he deserve the proper recognition, I think he definitely does.

The tracks on this album are so dope, with collaboration from Kayne, Lil’ Wayne, Chris Brown and John Legend. There’s only so much I can't put into words on how to describe the impact this album has during this time in Hip Hop. The average fan needs to fully understand how Big Sean’s flow is defining the outlook of REAL Hip Hop for the future.

If you have not seen Big Sean’s interview from yesterday morning on The Breakfast Club, you have too! The interview can be found below. Throughout this interview, you will see Big Sean’s growth as a star and as a person. Charlemagne did a awesome job with hitting Sean with the perfect questions about specific word play and reasoning behind each song. Talks about being signed to Roc Nation and the comfort of the business there is much better. Sean makes it clear that he was truly himself during the making of this album; he touched topics from the street to topics close to home.



My overall outlook of the album, 12 tracks, 15 tracks on the Deluxe version, 9 tracks are all bangers!!!! I would list specific songs to look out for but this is a NO SKIP album!! Big Sean goes in without a doubt; I’m rockin this album endlessly! The envelope had been pushed!

Two of my favorite tracks from Dark Sky Paradise are listed below...

 
  

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Rae Sremmurd - Slim Jxmmi Interview

 Unexpectedly ran into Slim Jxmmi of Rae Sremmurd and definitely had to chop it up with him. From the beginning of the conversation it was nothing but jokes and clowning around, I could tell he was truly being himself and was very humble. I was surprised to see that it was just him and a friend out and I proceeded to ask him questions about fan interaction and not being able to do normal everyday things. He basically understood that was going to come with the territory, and he's all for it. On a more of exclusive note, Rae Sremmurd will be on tour with Nicki Minaj very soon! This tour news is still in the works but Slim gave me the "for sure" that's it going down. I'm ready to see how that's going to turn out, I'm sure they share a lot of the same fans. The next single to be released from Rae Sremmurd will be 'This Could Be Us', which can be found on SremmLife. 'This Could Be Us' can be played below. #SremmLife #FreeThePot

Friday, February 13, 2015

Review :: Drake - ‘If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late’

As I mentioned before (Click Here), there were rumors of an up coming Drake mixtape, and that is exactly what happened – ‘If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late’. The one thing that is getting me is the confusion. People want to call this an album and some are want to call this a mixtape. Those who want to call this an album feel that Drake wanted to fulfill his Cash Money contract by dropping this “album” because he is soon to leave the recording label. Those who want to call this release a mixtape feel that it is because of the timing of it, this release date is the 6 year anniversary of 'So Far Gone'. Others see it is as, Drake just had these song stashed and just wanted to put something out, but who knows this exact truth?!

All I know is that last night, Drake had everyone tuned in! Bars were let loose and shots were fired! Overall, I feel the collection was OK. 17 tracks total and only 4 of them I could say are really Dope. From a music point of view, very good, Drake is talented as fuck! BUT from a Hip Hop’s point of view, it was aight. There was way too much R&B on this for it hit hard as a Hip Hop collection of art. Don’t get me wrong, Drake has a few Ginuwine samples that went in on some tracks! The hardest track on here was ‘6PM in New York’, you all can listen to this below. The track below is unofficial due to copyright.

The rumors of the mixtape/album ‘Too Far Gone’ totally disappeared after last night. As far as those shots being fired, no shots that I know of were taken at Baby, but I haven’t dug that deep into it about Baby. Shots were definitely targeted towards Tyga though; I’ll save that juice for the listener. The bigger story is, where is Tyga going to go after he leave Cash Money? If Drake is taking shots at you, that clearly shows Tyga is not going Young Money, this also brings up, who is going to sign Tyga?! Tyga is garbage! Oh boy!

Monday, February 9, 2015

The Grammys :: The Hip Hop side

The show overall was just OK. Kanye West alone made The Grammys what is was last night, hands down. Now let's get into it, the Rap genre...

Best Rap Performance 

"I" – Kendrick Lamar (WINNER) 
"3005" – Childish Gambino 
"0 to 100 / The Catch Up" – Drake 
"Rap God" – Eminem 
"All I Need Is You" – Lecrae 

I feel K. Dot was deserving of this award. The song "I" touched people beyond the Hip Hop community. The next nomination on this list that would have came close would have been Drake's "0 to 100", but for a long shot!

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration

"The Monster" – Eminem feat. Rihanna (WINNER) 
"Blak Majik" – Common feat. Jhen√© Aiko 
"Tuesday" – ILoveMakonnen feat. Drake 
"Studio" – Schoolboy Q feat. BJ the Chicago Kid 
"Bound 2" – Kanye West feat. Charlie Wilson 

I don't think Eminem and Rihanna should had won this award. The song is most definitely a good song and the collaboration is crazy but it didn't have a buzz as big as "Tuesday" and "Bound 2". I feel "Bound 2" should have won this award. Think about it, Kanye West and Charlie Wilson!?!? Come on!!!

Best Rap Song 

"i" – Kendrick Lamar (WINNER) 
"Anaconda" – Nicki Minaj 
“Bound 2” – Kayne West 
"We Dem Boyz - Wiz Khalifa 
"0 to 100 / The Catch Up” - Drake 

Like I mentioned before, this song touched people beyond the Hip Hop community, but that was for 'Performance', this is for 'Song'. I know for a fact "Anaconda" and "Bound 2" had more of an impact to listeners than what "I" did, but much love to K. Dot.

Best Rap Album

The Marshall Mathers LP 2 – Eminem (WINNER) 
The New Classic – Iggy Azalea 
Because the Internet – Childish Gambino 
Nobody's Smiling – Common 
Oxymoron – ScHoolboy Q 
Blacc Hollywood – Wiz Khalifa 

This awards right here!!! WTF!!! The Grammys can't be serious? Who even bought the Eminem album, let along can name several songs off this albums. This albums was weak! These nomination are weak too, if ScHoolboy Q's Oxymoron can be nominated, where is YG? Where is Big K.R.I.T?! Iggy Azalea and Childish Gambino should have not even been nominated. The award was the ultimate blow to the Rap game and Hip Hop community.

Now on to the juice what made The Grammy buzz. All I can say is, my boy Kanye!! Kanye West is the most talked about person from last night. #WhoIsBeck is definitely trending today! Which I find hilarious!

   

Kayne and Taylor Swift chop it up for the dope pic.


Speaking of Kanye, S/O to Ye for letting this guy spit for him. Even though the guys bars were trash, the fact that Kanye gave him the time of day and the perception on how people see Kanye, this clip says it all. Just after last night, I've personally have become an even bigger fan of Ye now. Kayne is on his revolution shit!

 

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The Buzz :: The South is POPPIN right now!!

After noticing 2 Chainz dope random tracks, I just knew either a album or mixtape was coming, and here it is!!! T.R.U. The Real University (#TRUJackCity). This mixtape is gonna be SOOOO heavy in Atlanta!! Its like the whole concept of this mixtape to put everyone on game! You got to get your hands on this! You’re going to hear feature from Bankroll Fresh, Cap 1, Skooly, Short Dawg, Young Dolph and more of the underground Atlanta scene. This is one of track off the mixtape.



Speaking of Atlanta, if you haven’t been keeping up with Noisey on WorldStar or YouTube, you need to catch up!! They have a 10 part series that is documenting the Hip Hop world of Atlanta. They’ve released 3 episodes so far. The Noisey crew is getting some of the dopest interviews from artist and producers like 2 Chainz, Migos, Rich Homie Quan,Young Thug,  Jeezy,  iLoveMakonnen,  Mike Will Made-It, Zaytoven and many more. This project brings so much light to Atlanta's Hip Hop which illustrates the culture on how imperative Hip Hop is to these A-Town streets. Here is the latest episode, which touches base on Gucci Mane and Jeezy.



Yo Gotti just dropped a mixtape, its called ‘Concealed’. DJ Drama is all over this. The mixtape includes tracks with Rich Homie Quan, Shy Glizzy, Boosie , Lil Bibby, Kevin Gates many more more! This mixtape has a heavy buzz in the south right now! Peep his newest video!



Future just dropped a mixtape as well, its called ‘Beast Mode’. He has features froYoung Scooter and Juvenile on here. Speaking of Young Scooter, he just dropped a mixtape too! Young Scooters mixtape is called ‘Jug Season’.







The south is POPPIN right now!! Catch up!!!

Monday, January 26, 2015

EXCLUSIVE!!! Possible Drake mixtape dropping soon

Drake has a mixtape dropping soon. Right before the beginning of the year Demar Derozan (Toronto Raptor guard) mentioned a Drake mixtape, but what does he know?! But now to further substantiate that rumor, we have OVO artist P. Reign speaking the same news. Personally, I’m not a ‘Hip Hop Drake’ fan, but I know for sure his mixtape will touch base on the current Cash MoneyYoung Money beef! No release dates nor tracks have been release yet.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

The Buzz :: Kendrick Lamar - Joey BadA$$ - Lupe Fiasco - Jay-Z

Is Kendrick Lamar dropping a secret album?! Is he pulling a J.Cole move and adding his own flow to it? At least J.Cole told us there was an album coming. K-Dot hasn’t said a word at all about this, but according to Wal-Mart, January 27th is the release date!!!

Joey Bada$$ just dropped his debut album this week, It's called BadA$$. The kid from Brooklyn made his name very well known by using the web and building his brand. A lot of people who don’t really follow him, recall his name from features on mixtapes. He has a solid flow and is very humble. His album is a must hear!

Lupe Fiasco just dropped his 5th album this week as well. Its called Tetsuo & Youth. As a Lupe fan, have you have to expect his versatility and its definitely on here! Lupe is so slept on!! Pop this album in! The video below is the video to one of my favor tracks on the album, its called Deliver. This track is deep!

   

So is Jay-Z and Carmello buying Hot 97 or nah!? Rumors are out that they are and that they’re not. Funk Flex has made it very clear that he is not feeling the pressure of this rumor. If this falls through, major changes will happen to this station and Funk Master Flex is one of them. Word on the street is Hot 97 is a stinking ship. Crazzzzzzy!