Astronaut Status for real. Meathead from Kirkwood made it to outer space shawty. Future’s album Honest ain’t coming out until 2014 though.
Aight so, I was at the crib today and I saw the homie Briana tweet out this pretty interesting article about Drake and if his Jewish heritage should be up for discussion more and why White people really like his music because he’s just Black enough and just White enough at the same time and how people try to discount his talent by calling him “soft” because they are afraid of saying they don’t like him because he’s half-Jewish…or something like that.
It was an pretty entertaining article…but, the highlight of it is when the writer makes mention of this other Jewish rapper I have never heard of. Lil Dicky. Continue reading
RaRa drops some real shit late on a Friday night for ya’ll. Crazy, I was just tweeting about wanting some new stuff from him and he just so happens to leak this. I’m thinking this is going to appear on his long-awaited High End Low Life tape.
This week on Day 1 Radio we caught up with our well-traveled, Grammy and Image Award nominated, guitar playing friend Anthony David. We talked about everything from his time serving in the Army before he became a songwriter, working with Indie.Arie before going solo, writing songs for female vocalists…and why he thinks 2Pac’s first two albums are better than anything he did after. (For real?)
Can’t say that I was ever “sleeping” on Troy Ave. Always peeped his stuff, just didn’t really like most of it. The whole coke dealer character and “powder to the people” ish he was on kind of turned me off. But this New York City: The Album project? This shit is as dope as the bricks he’s always claimed to have in his backpack. He’s not necessarily a different guy than who he was on his previous efforts, but here, the story telling is stronger, the perspectives are clearer and his voice stands out more. The flow and production on the album reminds me of classic G-Unit stuff, which is what I think he was going for here. Hell, he’s already claiming that this album is the best out of NYC since 50 Cent’s Get Rich Or Die Tryin…and I can’t lie, he might be on to something when he says that. I also liked how he bridges the past, present and future on this tape with features from Raekwon, NORE, Pusha T and using fresh up and coming producers. He also demonstrates the long lost art of crafting dope hooks without sounding like he made it for the radio. Something one of my favorite rappers Tela used to be good at.
But yeah, “What Happened To New York Rap?” has been a question on the minds of many (well, not really many, mostly just angry New Yorkers), but Troy answers the question pretty much saying “yall just wasn’t making good music.”
Lecrae drops the second installment of his Church Clothes series…this is not Gospel rap.
It’s crazy how when a cat comes out saying that he believes in God, isn’t on every song cursing, raps about not getting high (but not judging folks who do) and pretty much just being himself…it gets labeled as “Gospel rap.” Granted, getting nominated for awards at Gospel shows and playing in that circuit will make you look as if that’s where you want to be, but I’ve seen Lecrae out here and with other artists and he’s not a “Gospel” rapper. He’s just a cat that knows who he is. That’s why I like how he addressed things on his song “The Fever” where he talks about everything from his situation to telling people straight up, there’s “Gospel” folks out here doing more debauchery than some of these folks in the street.
And that “Let It Whip” with that Dazz Band “Let It Whip” sample is jammin like a mutha (sucka) too. Matter fact, the whole thing is jammin and sounds just as current as what’s on the radio, as it should. At the end of the day, even the music with a message has to jam, especially if you want the message to get out there. Sounds like Lecrae succeeded with this one.
First heard this song when Snoop was playing it on an episode of GGN with Dam Funk on it, shit was jammin. Now here’s the video. This appears on their collaborative effort under the group name 7 Days of Funk which drops on December 10th.
Snoop’s wig is ridiculous by the way.
During the A3C Hip Hop Festival i joined KevinNottingham.com and the homies Varras and Conshus of It’s OUR Show in Orlando to host Acess A3C, the official morning show of the festival. Each morning at the hotel Melia, we got up with cats who were in town to perform and participate. One of the first videos we’re sharing is our interview with the cast of the very popular Combat Jack Radio show. Here they told us how they all met, how the show got started and we talked about a bunch of other random Hip Hop shit. Enjoy.