"Believe" is really fucking pleasant. There's just something about this song, actually, it's probably that Jodeci sample, that really resonates with me. As of late, I'm way more into the ignorant rap, but this is good. Yesterday, I watched some of Mississippi's finest in this music video while I ate a vegetarian panini. I was so moved by David Banner and Big K.R.I.T. that I am blogging about it a day later. Cool story, huh? Clearly, I've always had a thing for David, as well as Krit, although my appreciation of him has since magnified after watching his stellar set at The Fader Fort (among many at SXSW, I'm sure) this year. Are there two more passionate artists out there? On a track together, no less? David Banner's Sex, Drugs, and Video Games is easily one of my most anticipated albums for 2012, and how could it not be, with ASAP Rocky, Lil’ Wayne, Chris Brown, Snoop Dogg, Game, Nipsey Hussle, 2 Chainz, Big K.R.I.T., Bun B, Don Trip, Maino, Kardinal Offishall, Doe Hicks, Luck and Savvy, Raheem DeVaughn, Kree, Ras Kass, J-Doe and Tank all listed as features? He is offering it as a free download, but asking that you contribute to his "movement" that you can read more about at his website.
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On Tuesday, I was blogging about the most ignorant music you can imagine, and Malice on the 700 Club is probably the polar opposite of that. Ignorant trap music one day, politics and Christianity the next. You never know what you're going to get on Tha Blog is Hot! Malice is still visiting various outlets to promote his book Wretched Pitiful Poor Blind and Naked, his personal story of spiritual salvation. I've already reviewed his book (Book review - Malice's Wretched, Pitiful, Poor, Blind & Naked), and believe it or not, Malice was actually the first artist who I ever interviewed, in January of this year, and our main conversation points were about his book (interview with Malice). Crazy, huh? And then I sold his book with my homegirl Krystle while he and his brother performed at the UW. I luhh my life. Anyway, I didn't grow up in the church, so it was interesting experience to attend a Catholic university. Frankly, I was a little disappointed when all was said and done, and I had my piece of paper, that I didn't learn more about religion, more so from the literary standpoint because the Bible is such an influence in literature. We were required to take a course called Biblical Traditions, but the point of it was to write a research paper about a tiny excerpt of the Bible, not actually read it, which was strange to me. I still feel like religion in hiphop is a subject that just isn't talked about, and when I ...
I always think to myself that I went to the wrong college, and a fair amount of my college friends--at least the ones who didn't transfer out--share that sentiment. Sure, I learned to write well, but on the whole, my experience at UP was a little lackluster. Excluded, of course, is that semester I spent far, far away from Portland in Rome, Italy. First it was Bun B teaching a course about hiphop and religion at Rice University in Texas, and now Michael Eric Dyson is teaching a Sociology of Hip Hop: Jay-Z course Georgetown. Or, in other words, a whole course about Jay-Z. Before I read that it was "Society of Hip Hop," I was curious as to what discipline it would fall in. With his lyrics, I immediately thought that it would make for an interesting English course, as we spent a lot of our time analyzing literature. Or, of course, it could fall into some type of music course. In the grander scheme of things, I thought about how Jay-Z has expanded his empire into other outlets, so perhaps it could even be a business class, as I specifically remember reading how he started Rocawear, his own clothing brand, after people wouldn't give him free clothes or something (don't quote me on that last bit, please). As such, with all these Hov influences, I would imagine that Dyson is exploring, among other things, Jay-Z's whole societal and cultural impact, and it makes sense that it's a sociology course. Anyway, yeah, I wish I could take this class! The reading list includes Jay’s Decoded, Adam Bradley’s Book of Rhymes, and Zack O’Malley Greenburg’s Empire State of Mind. The only one I've read of those three is Decoded, a biography of sorts oversaw by ...
Tha Carter IV (C4) might be one of the more amusing albums of the year to me, even though it's completely and unequivocally mediocre, at best. Most of the album is rather unmemorable, and really served to make me appreciate "6 Foot 7 Foot" again, and give me a new-found appreciation for "John." When "6 Foot 7 Foot" came out, last December, 9 months ago, it made me so excited for C4. The Bangladesh beat was distinctive, dope, banging, and lyrically, I felt like Weezy was as good as he had ever been. I was so excited for the rest of the album to be like that! As such, I had high hopes for C4, but quickly lost interest by the time it was actually released some 9 months later. There are just so many suspect lines throughout the record that make me giggle, but unfortunately just because I can laugh at something does not mean it is a masterpiece. In fact, I could probably write an entire blog post about "It's Good" because it is the most unintentionally humorous song that I have heard all year. I listen to this song and just laugh, over and over. "It's Good" is indeed good, but because it makes me laugh, and I enjoy laughing. Jada's verse is a little simple, rhyming "son" with "son" three times, and making me pause when he said "my god son just became my real son" because it was so reminiscent of Nicki Minaj rapping "You ain't my son you my muthafuckin step-son" in "Did It On 'Em." And no, that isn't a good thing. Oh well, at least I learned that there is no salary cap or collective bargaining in the dope game. Kind of like Beyonce teaching me that a diva ...
Generally, my interviews take forever to transcribe, and JoeyMC recommended slowing the audio down even though it makes the interviewer and interviewee sound demonic. It helped, but it still took me forever to transcribe. I wanted to note this, however, because I felt like it was especially appropriate, chopping and screwing (well, kind of) the audio of my interview with Bun B, as Texas is both his home state and where the chopping and screwing phenomenon started. Anyhow, a few weeks back, the Red Bull EmSee Battle went down in Seattle at The Crocodile with host Bun B, and judges Crooked I, Casual, and Too $hort. The chosen eight--how they were chosen I'm still not sure--hailed from Seattle to Portland to Eugene and in between (I'm trying to be poetic). Portlander Illmaculate defeated 9dm, K.R.U.E., Mic Phenom, Billy the Fridge, Bishop I, Justis, and KI Design to go on to the finals in Atlanta. I have to say that this one on of the more trill events I've been to this year, if not the trillest, and this interview is worthy of the "Trill Talk" name (thanks Will for thinking of that title name). Before the battle went down, while everything was being set up, I had the wonderful opportunity to chat with Bun B. We talked about many cool things, such as how he linked up with Red Bull, his involvement of the explosion of the Texas rap scene, his teaching at Rice University, and his favorite book, among other things. Afterward, he told me those questions were great, and then I almost cried on the inside, so you should probably read this interview. Julie: Thank you so much for sitting down with me! What made you want to be involved with the Red Bull EmSee Battle? Bun B: Well Red Bull does a lot ...
I always say that I went to the wrong college...and things like this further affirm my belief. UP never had any dope concerts, let alone lectures. I should have gone somewhere like Rice University in Houston, where Bun B is a "Distinguished Lecturer" with his Religious Studies 331: Religion and Hip-Hop Culture course. "Professor Trill," as he's known, hosted his second panel today called The Ethics of Hip Hop. He had special guests Talib Kweli, Tre 9, Trae tha Truth, Lupe Fiasco, and Malice for tonight's great discussion. Julia Beverly and DeviDev were tweeting about it if you're that interested, but I'm hoping that some footage of the panel finds its way online! I. Would. Have. Died. If there was a course like this that was offered at UP. The sad thing is, with a course as great as this, it probably wouldn't have even been filled up. We were required to take three religion courses, being that it is a Catholic school (I'm not Catholic though). We took a 100 level world religion introduction course, which I learned nothing in, a 200 level Biblical Studies course where we didn't even have to read the Bible, again where I learned nothing, and then an upper division course and I can't even remember what I ended up taking. But Hip Hop and Religion?!?! That would have been so trill, especially if it was Professor Trill teaching it! Julia Beverly and Ozone Mag were in the building, and taped Professor Trill and Lupe responding to a school teacher about education. HipHopDX ran a whole article on it if you don't want to watch it. Lupe has a point: miseducation, no matter the source, is ...
The gif is burning! The stove is on!! Pusha T turns the heat up on Bun B's song "Put It Down" and releases "Cook It Down." You know me, I always take satisfaction when an artist completely owns a Drake song. Fear of God...March 22nd. As a side note, I made some delicious spaghetti sauce the other day. I think it was so good because I "cooked it down." I don't use actual recipes so I can't replicate something if it turns out especially well, but I used three of those large cans of tomatoes, and after 8 hours they cooked down a bunch so the flavor was really concentrated. I don't know what I like more, this song or my spaghetti sauce. Good thing I can enjoy both and not feel conflictedDownload at Pusha T's site
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