Forward: While I won't deny that Drake's not hot in hip hop right now, I still can't bring myself to buy (or even listen to) his album. Fortunately, I got all y'all covered, with guest hip hop commentator Lincoln's review of Thank Me Later. Here goes: Miss Julie Baby’s disinterest – and downright dislike – of Drake is clear. However, her stringent disavowal of the hottest rapper around made buying Drake’s first major album, “Thank Me Later,” an absolute must. One of Julie’s biggest problems with Drake’s abilities as an Emcee goes to his penchant for lazy lyricism. As a little taste, the first cut on the album, “Fireworks,” showcases a little bit of the lyrical disconnect:I hope that my success never alters our relationship Yeah, this life is somethin' I would die for October's Own, but it's lookin' like July 4 I just wish they'd let you try it first This time I'm really goin' of...fireworksI suppose the flow works, but it does strike the listener as lacking in creativity. Actually, his “Fireworks” disconnect is nothing compared to the next two examples. On the first verse of Drake’s hugely successful, “Over,” he raps, “I could teach you how to speak my language…Rosetta Stone.” Even before that, Drake drops this: “’bout to set it off in this -----…Jada Pinkett” – an obvious reference to Jada’s turn as part of an armed bank robbing posse in the movie, “Set it off.”
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I can't believe I've been asleep for so long. The instrumentals for Lupe's song "Lazers" off his Enemy of the State: A Love Story (released on Christmas of 09) actually belong to his song "Shining Down," which was released more than 5 months prior to that. If you were fortunate enough to attend his Steppin Lasers Tour, you would recognize this joint because he opened the show with it.
There is lots and lots of wrong in Alicia Keys' performance of "Put it in a Love Song." She looks like a mess, and sounds even worse. Someone as talented as her should not have to do any type of choreographed dancing! And then audience sounds more excited when B comes out, even though she gets off tempo. And then Alicia is off key and out of breath. I guess that is what happens when you get pregnant. In the midst of all that is wrong with this performance, at least there are some shiny black beacons of hope on Alicia's leggings. I might actually wear those. If you see some white girl in Belltown wearing sequined leggings, there is a good chance it is me.
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Drizzy recently gave an interview with Allhiphop.com, where among other boring things, he talked about his overused flow where he says something, and then a clever word to make himself sound cool. Well, that's what he tries to do, at least. I still don't like 'I can teach you how to speak my language, Rosetta Stone' from "Over;" it is like he crossed some invisible line from witty to wack.AllHipHop.com: How much do Young Money artists bounce off each other? I noticed you have similar inflections and cadences or rhyme patterns. I noticed this one thing that Nicki said, “It’s going down. Basement.” Drake: Well, that flow has been killed by so many rappers. And, I never want to use that flow again in life. I wanted to take if off my album, because I was like,“I shut ‘em down. Onyx.” I hate the fact that that rhyme is still in there. To be honest, that flow, you can trace it back to like…I trace it back to Big Sean (artist on Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music). That’s the first guy I heard utilize that flow throughout the duration of a verse. I’ll give him that credit. I think Kanye got it from him. Me and Wayne found a dope way to do it. I don’t want to sound cocky, but the best way its been used was on “Forever.” Those lines just all individually make so much sense. They’re all punchlines. Then a bunch of rappers started doing it and using the most terrible references in the world. I don’t want to offend somebody…I hate that rappers picked that flow up. I wish they had left that for people that know how to use ...
September 14th is going to be a G.O.O.D. day!!! And yes, that pun is intended. Kanye, Kid Cudi, and Big Sean are all dropping their albums on the same day. In case my wit has escaped you, they are all on Kanye's label, the aptly named G.O.O.D. Music. The only picture I could find of all three of them was with Perez Hilton...hmm....
The other day, I saw above video over at Dlisted, and I immediately knew that either they stole their moves from Puffy, or vice versa. I don't know what's worse, copying and Puffy and calling it Country Hip Hop, or Puff copying them... And if you don't believe me, look at his performance with Dirty Money and Co! It's probably the most interesting performance of the BET Awards.
Lil Boosie, who is currently a 4 year sentence for drug and gun possession, was recently charged with first degree murder. The self-proclaimed "bad azz" (more like STUPID ass) was indicted with two others, one 17 years old for the murder of 35-year-old Terry Boyd. What was I doing when I was 17? Well, I can tell you what I wasn't doing: killing people.Unlike Ricky Ross, Boosie appears to be living the life he raps about. On the same day that Boosie was indicted on the first degree murder charge, he was also indicted on multiple drug and conspiracy charges for smuggling in large amounts of codeine, ecstacy, and weed into prison with the intent to distribute. If Boosie is convicted, District Attorney Hiler Moore said that the death penalty is not out of the question. Finally, prosecuters believe that Boosie might be involved in at least five other killings.Gotta admit, while I was living in Rome, I loved hearing this song in the clubs. Of course none of the Italians knew, or even cared, but that one lone white girl did........
The numbers are in. Drizzy's debut Thank Me Later moved 447,700 units in the first week, which is the best introductory sales we have seen this year. I think if Drizzy had released his album sooner, he would have sold much more. I probably would have purchased his album if I hadn't got bored of him, to be honest. Yesterday, Eminem's most recent effort Recovery was dropped. He is projected to sell between 590-615k units in his first week. I'm not sure if I'm going to buy his album, let alone download it. This is really embarassing to admit, but I'll go ahead and do it because I don't think anyone really reads my blog: I'm eagerly anticipating Dream's and Puffy's (Dirty Money's) new albums. And I'm sure that when the C4 drops, these numbers will seem minimal.
MTV ShowsMiley Cyrus, from a generation and genre I don't relate to, actually likes some hip hop (this comes after she admitting to never hearing a Jay-Z song, despite name-dropping him in one of her songs). So, of course it makes sense that she likes the two most unintelligible "rappers" (I use that term loosely) Gucci Mane and OJ Da Juiceman! I don't know where Miley hears these songs, 18 and under clubs perhaps, but I can't even name a combined total of 5 of their songs. And this is what's wrong with my generation. But don't worry, Miley isn't a rapper.
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