Left everyone hanging..

24 03 2009

Yup that was a rather long hiatus wasn’t it?

Anyway, the main thing is I’m back doing this again so I’ll start with a basic update.

Currently listening to: The Dream-Love vs Money

The Dream- Love vs Money

I guess you could say R&B is my guilty pleasure, it’s music made for love makin and mainly a female audience but every now and then I find myself listening to a few particular artists. The Dream is one of them and I was quite surprised that he is gaining so much attention recently, his features are usually average (in my opinion) and none of them have been particularly big hits. However, he’s a talented cat and a particularly good song writer and producer. I think that is what interested me in The Dream, his first album is very very well produced with some amazing beats and song writing. The same can be said for Love vs Money but I don’t quite think it’s quite at the same level. Not to say its bad, because in fact it’s an excellent album but there are a few songs here that just don’t click with me such as the title track or ‘Right side of the Brain’, its just kinda samey really and not on the same level as ‘I luv your girl’ or ‘Luv songz’ which have some really good lines. I hope the album goes Gold to keep The Dream around as a solo artist and not just a producer because his work so far has been so good they rate as some of my favorite albums. He can’t quite sing or dance like Usher but he’s definitely got Swag and great production.

8.5/10





Feelin lazy

27 09 2008

Feeling a bit lazy today, I wanna do another lyrical appreciation write up soon but for now just some interesting stuff… all the news at the moment is about 50 cent and Kayne and I really need a break from them.

The Wu Tang shoe

Wanna get your hands on a pair of these seemingly average Wu Tang kicks? Well think again, they are next to impossible to find and apparently there is a store in NY selling them for 7,500 US. That is alot of cash, you could probably buy one of their album plaques for the same price.

Dr Dre: DETOX

Apparently Detox is going to drop around December with a first single release possibly next month, as the album being delayed for like four years I find this kinda hard to believe. I think until I hear an official release date I won’t say a thing. Also do you think Dr Dre can stay relevant in modern hip hop?  Everyone knows the rap game is constantly changing and if pop rappers like Nelly can’t stay on track do you think Dre can still go platinum and be taken seriously after a seven year hiatus since his last Chronic album? I don’t know personally. He’s also using live instrumentation on the album, same as Rza’s production style.

DETOX IS COMIN? LINK

Anyway here is some classic 1992 Dre:

Michael Jordan recently spoke honestly about the comparisons between him and Kobe,  Jordan said that in his prime that there would be absolutely no competition. You know what? I agree 100%, Jordan is the greatest alive no doubt, he is a legend and even as a product the Jordan brand is still going strong. I remember when I saw Space Jam as a kid, it was my favourite movie ever and MJ was my hero.  One of the greatest, if not the greatest sports star of all time.

Watch the video, its from this year and you can see even at the age of 45 he can consistently shoot and even dunk. Cool to see him teaching some kids as well.

Link!!!!!

And that’s it for now.





WALL OF TEXT!!!!

19 09 2008

Lots of reading today… but it’s some good shit so read up

Q-Tip from A Tribe Called Quest has also dropped his latest single “Getting Down” a lil while ago:

Royce has just dropped The Bar Exam 2 mixtape for FREE with Dj Green Lantern, I’m sure you have all heard the hype but if not, Royce comes hard on possibly every album he has ever made. He’s far far better off without Eminem in my opinion. Download here: Bar Exam 2 download from Street hop magazine

As I said in an earlier post I’m reading The Wu Tang manual at the moment, here’s one of my favorite portions where The Rza talks about the spirituality of music:

“Music is naturally all around us, whether someones blasting it through speakers, singing it, playing it on a violin – or not. It’s always there in the ether. But to me, hip-hop was always different. From the first time I heard it, I felt it was something that had always been inside of me. I remember I was seven years old. And the sounds, the vibe I caught- it felt like it was in me already.

It was the summer of ’76 and we were in Staten Island. My grandmother lived in 240 and I was visiting her when GZA came over from 55. I remember that year, ’76 as being the best year of my life. That night GZA took me to a block party – had me out till eleven. I shouldn’t have been out that late and I got a whupping. But that night changed my life. It was DJ Jones.

I don’t know what else to say. That was it. I saw something that night. I felt some part of me expressed in the air, in the people and in the world around me. The way it hit me- it was like the opening of something inside me. Something came from outside and opened up something inside.

I started MCing at eight and half years old, I started DJing at eleven. I started producing at sixteen. That’s already eight years of graffitti, breakdancing, producing. I lived hip-hop. I rode the trains up and down this city all by myself at seven and eight years old. From Brownsville, Brooklyn, we’d ride to Forty-Second street, another slum and just go wilding. Along that path, we’d come across breakdancers, rappers, graffitti artists, fighters, drug users, abusers, squealers, wheelers, dealers, gamblers, dice games, dope fiends, all that.

I went in the South Bronx Soundview Projects with my cousin GZA, listening to people rap. I went all over Staten Island, hanging with the best DJ’s and rappers at block parties and getting my ass whipped by my mother when I came in. I hung with breakdancers, I wrote graffitti, breakdanced, popped, DJed. All facets of hip-hop that existed, I engulfed myself in. I really lived it..





Hold your head nate.

18 09 2008

I’m re-listening to Talib Kweli- The beautiful struggle. It’s a good album, every song is hot including this one:

According to Hip-hop DX Nate Dogg is in stable condition and he’s just in recovery after his stroke. They can’t say whether it has effected him physically yet but it had no mental damage on him.

Source: Get well soon Nate

Also here is one of the new Busta tracks produced by Dre, apparently he took the beat from the constantly delayed Only Built For Cuban Linx 2, I can definitely see the truth in that, picture Rae rapping over it and it fits.





R & B A Mille Freestyles….

12 08 2008

A Mille is a dope beat I admit and some of these freestyles are pretty good but these two remixes were pretty unexpected!

Ne-yo Freestyle:

His voice is a little too feminie and R & B worthy to do a battle rap freestyle.

Chris Brown Freestyle:

Both are pretty horrible to be honest, although Chris may be a little more convincing.

Here is a list of the artists who have made remixes thus far: Jay-Z, Jadakiss, Cassidy, Cory Gunz, Fabolous, Mims, Chris Brown, Rick Ross, Young Jeezy, Kardinal Offishall, Papoose, Ne-Yo, Pitbull, LL Cool J, Bump J, Meek Mil, Nitti, Gillie Da Kid, Dolla & Lil Mama.

In other (belated) news Rick Ross is a cop and his single “Hustlin” should be renamed “Arrestin”