After it was recently announced that Top Dog Entertainment would be in charge of the upcoming Black Panther movie soundtrack, the first single from the album, All the Stars, featuring SZA and Kendrick Lamar promptly dropped to critical acclaim on January Fourth. However, one notable name in Hip-Hop saw the release as just another swag jacking incident on the part of the Compton emcee. Chicago rapper Lupe Fiasco, known most notably for his songs ‘Kick, Push’ and ‘The Show Must Go On,’ and considered by many, along with Kendrick, to be an all time great, took to Twitter to showcase his displeasure with the single’s cover being so close to his own Drogas Light variant cover, and a short list of other moments Lupe has suspicions may have been K. Dot biting his style.
Lupe blasted out a series of since deleted tweets on the fifth saying that the All the Stars cover art looked a little too close for comfort to his own Drogas Light cover art variation that the artist debuted in April of 2016. In addition, Fiasco goes on to name several other incidents that he believes are happenings of swagger jacking including Lamar’s shared all black album covers, albums meant to be played both forward and in reverse, and even going so far as to call out Lamar’s interest in Japanese culture and ninja as ripping off his own love of martial arts.
Though Kendrick has yet to respond to the allegations, TDE president Dave Free responded to Lupe through Tweet on January sixth by saying the artist should ‘Kick and push’ his way into a tree, humorously referencing the Lupe hit. Fiasco returned fire in his own signature style by saying that since trees are mostly in grass it would be hard to hit a tree, and suggests maybe a car or well placed gate. Though the tweets have since been deleted, you can follow what is sure to be the unfolding drama on Lupe Fiasco’s Twitter account at https://twitter.com/lupefiasco.
As we enter 2018, the rapper known as Mozzy is clearly not content to simply rest on his laurels. The prolific Sacremento born artist consistently demonstrates his integrity and dedication to producing quality music. His honesty is a breath of fresh air. Furthermore, he is conscientious of his image and how he effects listeners. Although Mozzy is an unquestionable realist, he is a positive role-model. He has a charisma similar to Boosie Badazz or Gucci Mane, with a beyond loyal, now global fan-base. Many are saying he’s ready to crossover onto the pop charts. Fans have been vocal of his potential for a long time, just read Your text to link… for a taste of what hip hop fans are saying globally. Additionally, he may be the hardest working rapper of his generation, continuing to release music as the year came to close.
Mozzy’s most recent album is a collaboration with the Rick Ross endorsed, Yowdah. In many ways, this is classic Mozzy mixtape material. He gives a platform to a new artist, all while delivering a lyrical clinic. The production is consistent, west coast inspired trap beats laced with intricate, aggressively confident rhymes. This is a rapper who doesn’t glorify where he comes from. His realism is genuine, and many, including high-level executives are clamoring for a piece of the new, unique voice in music.
Mozzy has a clear-eyed connection to music-fans. A sobering presence reminiscent of 2Pac. His is at conflict with both himself and the world. He champions voices silenced by oppression and injustice. Mozzy’s artistry elevates hip-hop, it doesn’t denigrate. Humanizing and harmonious, his music is redemptive and reflective. This year may be the year of Mozzy, a rapper ready to shine, the heir to Kendrick Lamar’s throne. Quite simply, this music demands recogntion.
Jay-Z has a lot of fans. He is one of the most prolific rappers around, and people still want to know more about his life. Fortunately, Jay-Z has been more than kind enough to actually tell fans what they wanted to know. Jay-Z has had a lot of time to think about what he did in his marriage, and he wanted to express what he was going through in song. It is true that a marriage is only between a man and a woman. Their business is not anything that anybody else really has to know.
The trouble with this theory is that Jay-Z and Beyonce live in the spotlight. There was already a leaked TMZ elevator video that show Beyonce’s sister Solange kicking Jay-Z with Beyonce standing by and doing nothing. This will be the thing that set off all kind of sparks about the possibility of a failing marriage. This was years ago. Beyonce would eventually take to the stage herself to address in music form.
It would only be a matter of time before Jay-Z would have to speak up and say something because it had become the elephant in the room for his career. The
“4:44” album would bring all of this to life. Jay would get the help of a longtime producer and friend No ID, and this would be the first time that Jay-Z would work exclusively with a single producer.
This would become quite a interesting collaboration between the two, and the album would prove to be one of the hottest things in 2017 so far. Jay-Z has done an exceptional job of bringing a raw emotion to the soulful beats that No ID has dug through the crates to find. It is an album that many people are thrilled to hear.
Jay-Z believes to be his most important accomplishment is the wealth that he has gained as he has transitioned from a dope dealer to a businessman. He is talking about how he wants to impart this wisdom to other people that have a chance to get out of the ghetto. Jay-Z only has 10 songs on the “4:44” album, but he is definitely packing a lot of content within these 10 songs. He has talked about everything from the race issues inside of America to the issues within his own marriage.
He has taken a broad scale and look at the stupid things that he did with money as a young adult and the wiser decisions that he made to preserve wealth as an older adult. Many people that have heard the album will say that this is a very reflective Jay-Z. He is out of his element, but he is actually embracing a new element. He is redefining his life through his music, and this is what has attracted people to this album so early.
No I.D. is the person that is on the production, but many people would agree that the No I.D. production sounds a lot like what Kanye would have done if he would have been on better terms with Jay-Z.
There are Nina Simone and Stevie Wonder samples flowing through the album. There is a soulful presence that is reminiscent of “The Blueprint” album that Jay-Z created. The samples are an indication of just how much Jay-Z wanted to stay soulful. He wanted to create a whole new standard where he would be able to talk about what he was wrestling with, but he wanted to provide people with a familiar soulful sound. Jay-Z has been quite successful in accomplishing all of these things.
There are a ton of people that are going to wonder if there is a publicity ploy about the “4:44” album. People that have been able to follow him are certain that there is more to this than a publicity stunt. It is obvious that Jay-Z and Beyonce have more money than they will ever be able to spend. Some people may think that this is a bad thing to be so open about the marriage. People are feeling the album because he is still showing that there is a lot of growth.
The “4:44” album addresses a plethora of topics. It makes people look their own relationships. It makes people look at the racial tension that has happened around them. This is why the album has been able to go platinum in a short time frame.
It is also quite impressive to see the way that Jay-Z has evolved over the years. It was possible for a lot of people to hear “4:44” and wonder if they needed to talk with their partners. It was time for a lot of people to come clean. This is why Jay-Z has received accolades and a platinum certification. People really wanted to have all this information that Jay-Z provided. They wanted to learn about his marriage and the relationship with friend Kanye West.
Jay-Z has had a whole lot of things going on in his life. He has worked with many people down through the years and people are excited to get a glimpse into the life of Jay-Z and Beyonce. The combination of “Lemonade” and “4:44” can really put a stamp on relationships. Marriage can be difficult. Jay-Z has done the unthinkable. He has actually bared his soul and helped people see into his world with Beyonce.
If you have ever owned a cat or dog you know how endearing they can be. Those who count themselves as dog people understand the strong bond that a dog owner can build with their pet. Most people know that dogs can be very loyal to the people that take care of them and are smart enough to do useful work like assisting a blind owner or even helping to save a child lost in the forest from frostbite as one dog did for the child of its owners a few years ago. Dogs even have their own personalities with some being more friendly than others, having their own preferences and some might say a sense of humor. Given the strong attachments that people can develop to their dogs it is probably easy to understand why rapper ScHoolboy Q tweeted United Airlines about a big snafu the company made with regard to his dog Yeeerndamean.
According to The Fader, ScHoolboy Q made a recent trip from Missouri to California and he apparently took his dog along with him on this trip. While the rapper was able to make it to his destination just fine his dog Yeeerndamean had some complications with its travel arrangements. Presumably, Yeeerndamean was supposed to be on the same flight as ScHoolboy Q so that it would end up at the same destination. The Fader reports that the rapper’s journey to California included a layover in Denver, Colorado. Here’s where things get murky. It seems as though Yeeerndamean probably got lust in the shuffle somewhere around this leg of the trip.
When Q made it to California he was informed that his dog was “mixed up with another in Denver.” Instead of heading to sunny California with its owner, Yeeerndamean had been sent on its merry way to the windy city of Chicago, Illinois. All of this presumably led Q to send a tweet in mid-July that read: “You guys r idiots @united HOW U PUT MY DOG ON THE WRONG FLIGHT???? I need answers.” According to The Fader Yeeerndamean has been reunited with ScHoolboy Q.
Hip-hop legends De La Soul recently recorded a track called “Drawn.” This song features Little Dragon, a critically acclaimed alternative R&B band. This song is highlighted by a wonderful performance from Yukimi Nagano, Little Dragon’s lead singer. Despite Nagano’s lush and beautiful vocal performance, this is a a fairly dark and experimental video. The video was directed by J. Anders Urmacher, an up-and-coming director who may achieve much over the course of his career. “Drawn” is the latest single from De La Soul’s most recent album, “And The Anonymous Nobody.” This classic hip-hop band is undertaking a fairly extensive tour over the summer and fall of 2017.
It is gratifying to see that De La Soul has continued to produce high-quality material. Fortunately, the activities of this group have been covered by a variety of mainstream music journalists. Without doubt, it seems that De La Soul is poised to continue achieving critical and commercial acclaim for many years to come. I believe this group has certainly earned its status as a deeply influential and well-respected musical act. This group first achieved massive success in the late 1980s when they released “3 Feet High And Rising,” a seminal 80s hip-hop record.
I must admit that De La Soul initially achieved recognition for their unusual fashion sense. Unlike most of their peers in rap, this group gravitated towards tie-dye, vibrant colors and imposing hats. Many people compared this group’s image to the colorful fashions of the 1960s and the aesthetic commonly called “flower power.” Fortunately, De La Soul went on to achieve enormous critical and commercial success. Indeed, this group is one of the most lyrically advanced groups in the history of this dynamic music genre. Besides simply representing a fine example for American rap artists, De La Soul is arguably a huge influence for hip-hop artists throughout the world.
It is easy for anyone to say that Lil Wayne and T-Pain belong in the family of hip-hop royalty. Both of these stage musicians are responsible for taking hip-hop to another level. In the past, the stars expressed interest in working together on a mega project. Would a Weezy and T-Pain album tear up the charts? Fortunately for hip-hop fans, the two musical legends will release a collaborative album titled “T-Wayne”.
Lil Wayne told a MTV News reporter he felt they could create an awesome album for their die-hard fans. We noticed the two sharing incredible energy when they did “Got Money” and “Can’t Believe It”. There’s an old saying, “Better late than never.” Years have gone by, but Weezy and T-Pain will now fulfill their promise to the hip-hop world.
T-Pain released the album’s artwork on his Twitter account. At first, it seemed like a practical joke. Weezy confirmed the two will release a joint-album in the near future. Fans started to go crazy on their Twitter and Facebook accounts. T-Pain stated he was tired of seeing the lost files from 2009 sitting on his hard drive.
The collaboration between Weezy and T-Pain worked in the past. There is no reason why it will not work now. Hip-hop needs help from two of its most recognized artists. With eight vintage tracks on the way, hip-hop fans are looking forward to getting their hands on this wonderful project.
T-Pain has a solid reputation for creating and producing hot tracks. Of course, we all know that Lil Wayne is one of the best rappers from his era. To be honest, it seems like Lil Wayne hasn’t lost a step. A hot producer and beat creator teaming up with a dope M.C. normally leads to fireworks!
With rap music growing more popular every day — and getting better at the same time — an increase in hot album reviews that are fun to read is totally warranted. Billboard recently let out a list of the best albums released so far in the first quarter of 2017. Some of the artists include Migos, Drake, and Future, three ever-popular staples of the rap industry.
Rap album reviews like those Billboard writers released are important for listeners to consume prior to purchasing them. Sometimes, samples of songs off a new album are just not the same. We can’t say any of this about Drake’s ‘More Life’, which had absolutely zero duds on the album. The artists taken on this record include 2 Chains and Young Thug, including a full line of other popular rap artists.
Future’s recent release of HNDRXX, of which you can find another write up of here, is another staple of popular strain of rap music that blare autotune. Future has another album coming up soon, something that new true rap head is forgetting about anytime soon.
Khalid’s release of ‘American Teen’ is outstanding breezy to listen to. Khalid actually came out of nowhere this year to take the rap game by storm. ‘Location’, one of Khalid’s top songs of his short career so far, has landed this album on the map for good reason.
Migos, just like Future, is expected to put out a brand new album later this year that is expected to fly off the shelves just as fast as ‘Culture’ did. There were many hot features on this album, including Young Thug and all-star caliber rappers like him.
Take full advantage of the 2017 year of rap music as it prepares to be decorated as one of the richest rap years in recent history.
Sean “Puffy” Combs recently led an all-star group of rap and R&B veterans in a performance that may resound in the annals of popular music. The group came together to musically commemorate the release of “Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A Bad Boy Story,” a new documentary about Bad Boy Records. Led by Combs, who has performed as Puff Daddy and P. Diddy, this group of performers gathered at New York’s Beacon Theatre for the premiere of the new documentary. After the film’s first screening was complete, the performers stormed the stage with great vibrancy and panache. The expertly group performed a medley of Bad Boy hits. Faith Evans and Carl Thomas also performed in this medley, which clearly have excited the music-loving crowd gathered for the event.
Despite the best efforts of Sean Combs, Bad Boy Records really hasn’t had much commercial success as of late. Still, there’s no denying the huge role this record label played between 1993 and 2003. As the head of this influential record label, Combs has had a large influence on the development of urban music. Although Combs has never achieved critical acclaim for his own music releases, he has produced and overseen many records that have awed the critics. Throughout the world, people often listen to Bad Boy releases during the important moments that define their lives.
More than most would-be music moguls, Sean Combs has capitalized on the power of video entertainment and reality television. Whatever one thinks about the artistic merits of Puff Daddy’s Beacon Theatre performance, there’s no doubt that this performance was a major event in modern rap culture. Indeed, most mainstream music publications have reported on this momentous film screening and concert. I hope that the new Bad Boy documentary will give Puff Daddy the impetus to rejuvenate his music career. Although Puff Daddy’s lyrics aren’t exactly literary, he deserves recognition for his contemporary musical sensibility.