I'm not saying that I wasn't expecting SXSW to be cracking after watching The-Dream perform in a church the previous night, but I wasn't sure if anything could quite compare to that ethereal experience. And, duh, spoiler alert, yesterday was just as great! I started at the SXSeattle Showcase, but left shortly thereafter to find some food because I get super cranky if I don't eat. After eating some mediocre pizza, I decided to scope out Deco Lounge, the scene of where I would spend most of my day for the Bout That Life Showcase. Afterward, I made my way to the Convention Center, after grabbing an iced Americano, to watch Steve Stoute and Nas on their special interview panel. One of the perks of having a a badge, if you will. Steve Stoute's book The Tanning of America was super interesting, and it was cool to hear and see them rehash old memories because they've grown up in the industry together, as Steve Stoute was Nas' manager early on before turning the advertising industry upside down, and they've known each other forever. Despite that all, I was kind of bored. Sue me! Interesting people, interesting topics, but hey, I wanted to be watching my favorite trap artists, so of course, I went back to the Deco Lounge. That's the flyer. I had to throw it in here. You know I was in heaven. With all the artists on that bill, I was pleasantly surprised to recognize Marcus Manchild when he took the stage, and pleasantly surprised by his set. I was even more pleasantly surprised to see Chase back in the bar, who happens to be one of the biggest G's I know. This I realized as we walked over to the Fader Fort and ...
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I did "Tha Hottest 9 songs of 2011" on Monday (peep that shit), and now that it's Wednesday, AKA not Trap Tuesday, I can continue with these lists. Fortunately, I didn't have any formatting issues with this post that made me think about punching kittens (to clarify, no kittens were around, and I only thought about punching them...but the mere thought is pretty bad, yes). 11. Special Problems is the creative force behind David Dallas' video for "Take a Picture." Besides rapping with a kitten in his hoodie, 7 different directors/animators interpreted 7 parts of the song, with each getting a specific segment and each scene was shot in a different format. During the coarse of the video, none of the directors could see what the others were doing. And did I mention there's a kitten in his hoodie? 10. Even if "All of the Lights" induces epileptic seizures, I still really enjoyed what Hype Williams did for Kanye's dramatic "All of the Lights" video that featured a million other artists. I will continue to stress how I'm a sucker for the lights. 9. October's Very Own crew members Lamar Taylor and Hyghly Alleyne directed Drake's video "The Motto" that featured Lil Wayne & Tyga. I enjoyed the simplicity of it, with the images of Drake dancing around (specifically at 1:28) layered on to the video. I don't know the technical term for that, but it's trill. 8. Todd Angkasuwan directed everything for Evidence's DJ Premier-produced track "You" found on Cats & Dogs, not coincidentally one of my favorite albums of the year. "You" was simple, and I felt like the video really complimented the song, and captured ...
Does that even make sense, that Dre is pulling a Detox on Detox? Like Kanye pulled a Kanye on himself? I suppose that it does. Whenever an album is continually pushed back without an end date in sight, it's been Detoxed, because Detox has been 10 years in the making. So, if he's putting off Detox even more, by that logic, it must mean that he's Detoxing Detox some more. Or it's just never going to be finished. Ever. Fader TV caught up with Dr. Dre at his Beats by Dre story and did brief interview with him. After working with Kendrick Lamar and Slim Da Mobster, Dre says that he thinks he's "going to wrap it up for a minute. been working on music for 27 years now and the longest been out of the studio in 27 years has been two weeks.” Dr. Dre also mentioned that his Beats By Dre headphones are going to expand to speakers and microphones. He said that he hopes that Beats By Dre will be second to Apple with successful electronic accessories. Shouldn't his goal be to overtake Apple? Even though Apple is a giant and realistically probably won't be taken down, it's weird to me that a company's goal it to be second best. Go big or go home, in my book. Or on my blog. I think Dr. Dre prescribes to that mentality, too, given how buff he is nowadays.
If Game hasn't name dropped Kendrick Lamar yet, you can bet that he'll start doing so now that Snoop Dogg has passed the proverbial torch to K Dot. In the nicest way possible, Kendrick outshines everyone on stage, including Game on his own track. Kendrick's reaction to this major co-sign warms my heart. His reaction is far more heartwarming than anything my cats do. Granted, those little assholes like to wake me up hella early and use my Persian rug as both a scratching mat and a place to vomit. Like I said, far more precious than my two cats. If you haven't listened to Section.80 yet, please, take this time to acquaint yourself with Kendrick's most recent release. I haven't written about it yet because work overwhelms my life, but it's one of the highlights of the year to me. I don't mean to throw that much shade to Watch The Throne, but I'd much rather listen to Kendrick. Jayne (Jay-Z + Kanye) just don't sound hungry and passionate the way that K Dot does. I mean, c'mon! Just look at that emotion! I might even have to brave the crowds and go to Bumbershoot this year just to see Kendrick open for Big Boi. DudeGot.com via TSS
I'm getting more and more excited for Kendrick Lamar's Section80. While I still can't get enough of "HiiiPOWER," this latest offering "Sex With Society" is pretty provocative as well. I'm at the office so I can't bump it that loud in case my bosses (aka my parents) hear it, but Kendrick Lamar is a name that I know and trust. Thug life. Download
Kendrick Lamar released this video for "HiiiPOWER" a couple days ago, and to be honest, I haven't posted it yet because after I watched it, I was so blown away that I didn't know what to write. I still don't even really know what to write. When I listened to "HiiiPOWER" for the first time, I thought it was nice, but it didn't immediately capture my attention. Upon a second or third listen, however, there was just something about the song that struck a chord with me. Maybe it was the allure of "HiiiPOWER," of being the very entity that Kendrick is urging us to rebel against. Or maybe it was the thought of fighting for something that I believe in. Or maybe, I'm just making stuff up. Actually, I think it was that eerie sound effect of Kendrick's voice in the beginning, contrasted with the message of challenging the "HiiiPOWER," or going against 'the system' and breaking free, that truly captivated me. For whatever reason, trust that there are a lot, the song resonated with me. And then this video dropped, and I was speechless. For 5 minutes and 9 seconds, I was entirely entranced by these visuals. The hypnotized way that Kendrick looks toward the camera but not really at it, while he's in the middle of the raucous mob? That's exactly how I feel while watching the video, kind of in awe and unable to even channel my thoughts. By splicing all that television coverage of the international conflict, the video allowed me a new, broader understanding of the track and messaging itself. But above all, it is just a phenomenal video, and if you blink, then you might miss something. Shoutout to Fredo Tovar and Scott Fleishman ...
var hcode="ay4mzehw0ypa";var htitle="Ab-Soul - Moscato (ft. Kendrick Lamar).mp3";var hwidth="410";var zombie="raven";I saw this song Ab-Soul and Kendrick Lamar's new joint "Moscato" over at nahright last night, and that was the final push I needed to write about hip hop's love affair with Moscato, a sweet, sparkly Italian dessert wine. Don't let the lyrics about "lobster with shrimp with a glass of Moscato" confuse you. But congrats to Kendrick, let's pop a Moscato and celebrate you making the XXL Freshmen list!Read on to see who else has mentioned Moscato in hip hop, and my closing thoughts on the delicious dessert wine.Moscato is mentioned in the hook of "No Hands" by Rosco Dash, in addition to Waka Flocka Flame in his verse. Drizzy and Trey made no official video for this, and I'm guessing you can't hear Drake rap above the screams, but he says "lobster and shrimp and a glass of Moscato." It's possible that he started this trend, if Ab-Soul is rapping about that same pairing. Maybe he even started the whole trend of Moscato appearing in hip hop...I have to wonder, have these guys even had Moscato? The one time that I had it was at my favorite restaurant in the world, Piazza ...
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