Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Video: Lupe Fiasco - B&tch Bad

Lupe is kinda getting his Nas on here if you think about it. But Lupe always throws some depth into his music and consequently doesn't sell as much as other less-progressive thought-provoking artists. I won't name any names.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Jay-Z, The Power of Our Voice

Shot out to Jigga for using his voice to do something I wish he would do more of publicly.

THROWBACK!!! Mad Lion - Take It Easy

"Too many suckas and not enough time!"

Mad Lion - Take It Easy by abcDPGC

I remember skating to this at the old Crystal Skate on Branch Avenue back in the day, lol.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Kanye West, "White Dress"

Out of all of his multiple personalities, this is one of my favorites lol. He's semi-channeling his 808's style here, minus the autotune. This one's off the "The Man With the Iron Fists" soundtrack. This isn't an official video but I actually like the treatment.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

If I was a real writer and not just a blogger, this is what I'd love to write about

The title of the post is not a shot at any other bloggers because there are a lot of awesome and credible bloggers out there on various subjects, it's about me recognizing that this is just a hobby and not something that I take seriously enough to call myself credible (in a writer/journalistic sense) at.

With that said, I just read a pretty good article by David Drake of entitled, "Real Trap Sh*t? The Commodification of Southern Rap's Drug-Fueled Subgenre", that made me realize that if I were able to write really well and informed about something, that article is a great example of what I'd like to write about.

He does a great job of providing historical context of what the term "trap" meant when it was first uttered by a hip-hop artist and he also gives great insight into how the term seems to have been accepted by the mainstream and somewhere along the lines, the real point of the "trap" has seemed to have been lost and/or blurred by mainstream hip-hop fans. That point being (as he stated quite well) that:
"Recognizing that there is a very real context to rap’s casual glorification of street violence, that it isn’t simply an action movie set in the hood, is a Good Thing."
If that isn't the P.S.A. of the year/decade for suburban/rural kids that think all hip-hop is entertainment, I don't know what is. A large portion of it is hyperbole and incessant glorification of things that don't really matter, but a good amount of guys talking about "the trap" actually come from a place that could well be defined as such. I won't waste time going on-and-on any further about the article, I really just wanted to make the point that it's the kind of stuff I would write about if I was good enough at writing but that I'm glad someone is out there critically thinking about these types of things and has a platform to put it out there. Kudos to you, David Drake.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Picture of the Day: The back cover of Kingpen Slim's Triple Beam Dreams mixtape

HA! I wonder how the cats that popped him feel. Anyway, aside from the provocative if not hilarious back cover, Kingpen Slim is pretty nice. Nice enough for you to check out his Triple Beam Dreams mixtape. Shot out to D.C.!

Monday, October 8, 2012

THROWBACK!!! In My Projects - Coo Coo Cal

Somebody besides me remembers this, lol. As far as I know, this is the only "hit" Cal had. I hope he made it out of his projects after the success of this song. And oh yeah, his dancing after the 3:20 mark cracks me up.

"Though my rent ain't nothing but 250, we sporting $5,000 drapes!"

I'm sure someone reading this is wondering what in the world made me think of this song. It was actually a Young Jeezy song I heard that made me think of it, "My Hood". My projects, my hood, pretty much the same thing.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Video: This is what a basement hip-hop party in London's Leicester Square looks like

I meant to post this a minute ago. You know, like when I got back from London. Anyway, on my last night there I ended up at a club in London's Leicester Square area and it was pretty fun. It was shocking to me that all they played was hip-hop but I'm glad I stumbled into my type of party, lol. It wasn't really in a basement per se but the spot was small and it had that basement party feel to it for sure. Just watch, you'll see, lol.

Video: Nas feat Amy Winehouse - Cherry Wine

My favorite joint off Nas's "Life Is Good" also features my fav video vixen, Brittany Dailey (YESSSSSSS)! Dope song and a solid video treatment.

Lance, don't hate on me sicing B.D.!!!!!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Video: Maroon 5 - One More Night

I've been a fan of most of Maroon 5's radio singles since "Sunday Morning" (even though I'm not sure if that was on the radio. Between that song, "Moves Like Jagger", and this I am realizing I need to go back and cop all their CDs.