your boy is back…

It has been quite a while I must admit, but I’m back and there’s so much we need to talk about… Holla

I know I’ve been away too long

For someone who is to run a blog, I’m not too good at it.. However, I will dedicate at least one hour every week to updating this site… That should be adequate I assume… Keep you posted…

BHHA Open Mic… The shine…

 

This is what I’m into… Young talent… These kids bring it…

This is sum B.S….

So I was on the HiphopDX site this morning looking at the Awards they’re handing out for 2010… One award had specifically caught my attention, ‘The Comeback of the Year Award’. This award was given to Lloyd Banks for his HFMII album (which I must admit is a very descent offering). I read comments of people wither agreeing and disagreeing, saying the award should go to Eminem, or Kanye, or whatever…

It seems people forget quickly… Who had the album in 1995 that was released as a purple tape and practically gave birth to that ‘Cocaine Rap’ style and lingo that everybody’s into right now???

There is no comeback that has topped that yet… To this day, anyone that has wanted to have a comeback has borrowed from Rae and released the sequel to their most successful album!!! Lloyd Banks, Fat Joe, CNN, Red and Mef are a few examples. Busta Rhymes and redman are a few that will be following the same formula in releasing ‘ELEII and Muddy Waters II…

There you have it, once again Raekwon has set a new trend that will probably be followed for a long time. For a while now, sequels in rap have been shunned by fans and critics alike. People say that artists just try to make some money on their past albums, or try to relive or recapture their past glory. Even Nas, who wanted to re-create the vibe of ‘Illmatic’ had to move away from calling it ‘Illmatic II’ and creatively coined “StillMatic’… Now though, notice that he’s looking to release ‘The Lost Tapes II’ in 2011… The same formula appears here again. Others say that sequels never worked because most artists tried to recreate the vibe of the first album, or totally went a different route. Raekwon followed where the first album left off, from the intro to the last song… He maintained the cinematic feel of the first installment, while at the same time using a number of producers to show his growth, but still had the same energy and vibe of OBCLI. For an album that took almost 8 years to complete, and moved through almost 3 record companies if not more, and was almost shelved, the man deserves this award for probably the next five years.

In closing, I maintain with conviction that Raekwon is still the most talked about rapper in 2K10… releasing a successful collaboration album with Ghost and Rae, appearing in most of the top releases in 2K10, and having so many other projects scheduled for release, particularly his ‘Shaolin Vs Wu-Tang’ album… It is easy to see why I’m adamant that this man has single handedly given New York the shine it lost… Nas couldn’t do it, Jay couldn’t do it, Pap couldn’t do it, Nicki didn’t do it…lol… Raekwon did… HHDX is a good hip hop site, but I think they get caught up in the hype sometimes… Everybody knows HFMII didn’t sell, Banks was outshined in all the tracks that had guests (except maybe the first song…lol).

Peace to ‘The Silent King’….. Suuuuuu!!!!!

Enter the Wu Tang: 36 Chambers…

Enter the 36 Chambers

Don’t you just miss the rawness??? This is the Wu-Tang Clan’s first official album ‘Enter the 36 Chambers’. As much as I love this album, I have to say that this is when the cancer of ‘LABELS’ started infecting the purity of true rap. With the Wu signing a major ‘unique’ deal with the now defunct LOUD Records, the majors started making that money off of raw rap… What followed was the creation of Wu Wear, which was the first Clothing line directly attached to a rap outfit… I grew up on this and because of this… Suuuuu!!!!!

STILL DRE DAY…. KUSH IS HERE…

Dr. Dre’s New Video ‘Kush’… It’s not getting much publicity around the internet, but it is a pretty decent video… Everybody is talking about how it’s the same ol’ Dre, nothing new… The guy is trying… Personally I think he didn’t want to drop ‘Detox’ anymore… The pressure was too much, and this last ditch is the ‘Good Doctor’ saying ‘So just give me one more platinum plaque and f*ck rap’…

The album will sell… But it will be Dre’s last… I’m glad to have lived through the rapping career of one of the most iconic musical figures out there… The man had a hand in most (as in 90%) of all the cult hits in hip hop history… and he was involved, whether directly or indirectly, in some of the most memorable clashes in the rap beef game… I’m sure the man is not disappointed, and neither am I as a fan… I just hope he concentrates on bringing the West back, and of course ‘composing’ great music… ‘STILL DRE DAY’!!!!!!!

 

P.S.>>> Nothing Beats Snoop’s first bar…’Still I am, tighter than the pants on Will.I.Am’…

Isn’t this the weirdest cover ever…

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Sheek Louch's new album cover

This is Sheek Louch’s new album cover… Funny how he actually looks like a gorilla…lol… But hey, I got mad love for him and the Lox, so I don’t know if this is a fail or not…

I hear there’s a new Wu-Tang D-Block album coming called ‘Wu Block’… Wonder how that’ll work out. From my web searches, I get that the project will involve tracks from Ghostface Killah (Wu) and Sheek Louch (D-Block), who will then feature members from both camps on various tracks..

Personally, I think it’s a good attempt at uniting New York as a whole…But… It’s a little too late… The South took over because of unity, unity at a time when New York was riddled with beef amongst it’s talented Mcees… In any case, I will support the project, though reality predicts that it will not succeed or translate into sales numbers… Ask Loyd Banks…lol

Kid Cudi – Winning the fight against the voice within…

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It’s easy to listen to an album, but sometimes it takes a particular moment in time or of time to actually understand an album… Some may get it the first time, others, like me, may have to wait months, even years to actually grasp the deep meaning behind tracks and track listings.

That’s me and Mr. Scott Mescudi a.k.a Kid Cudi… I was a bit (or maybe very) skeptical when I first laid my eyes on the cover of Man on the Moon: The End of Day. However, after some convincing I got myself a copy and blam, I was blown away. The uniqueness in the music was unforgettable. Now, Kid Cudi is my favorite ‘on the go’ guy… What I play when I’m on the road.

It was only today though, that I understood the album, or rather the journey that Cudi wanted us to undertake with him. While driving back from a day of work some 80kms from home, I started bumping my Cudi… I started out feeling tired (If you notice the slow start of the album), feeling all confused like ‘why do I have to go through all this by myself?’ (Solo Dolo), but I was like ‘Yeah, I’m cool, I got this’ (Heart of a lion), and by the time I got home, my face was bright and I was smiling (Up, Up and Away)… Then it hit me, this is not an album… This is Cudi showing us who he really is and telling us to relate to him if we can and to understand that the fight never ends… What a revelation!!!! We all have voices inside us that tell us to do things, some good and some bad… It is up to us to face them and put up a fight daily, and win.

I just wished he had dropped the 2 from the second album… Calling it ‘Man on the Moon: Legend of Mr. Rager’ rather than ‘Man on the Moon 2: Legend of Mr. Rager’ would have given it a cinematic feel and a sense of reality. We all know that the fight within never ends, and the Man on the Moon would have remained just that, but with a different story to tell… Well, maybe there’s a story behind that 2 as well… Who knows, I guess I’ll find out in time, whether it takes me 2 hours or 2 years…

Cudder…

Friday Night Lights

Friday Night LightsJ. Cole’s Friday Night Lights is probably one of the most complete mixtapes out there right now… While bumping it in the car today, I realized how much the man had grown lyrically… I have ‘The Blow Up’ and ‘Nigga from the Ville’, and the transition can be felt from a boy who just wanted to be heard, to a man who chose his subject matter carefully and stuck to it throughout… Impressed, indeed I am, but in this age where an album is appreciated for its thumping tracks and bass drums and pointless punchlines are preferred to raw lyrics, will the North Carolina rapper be able to equal the success of his fellows (Cudi, Wale and Drake)??

Cole has an advantage in that he understands the dynamics of rapping to a beat, since he’s a producer himself… That, sadly is only a technicality as I’m sure we’ll hear beats from the world’s best producers on his first offering. He recently said that he hadn’t found the right track for his mentor and label exec Jay-Z… Well, after the hot sixteen he delivered to us in the track ‘A star in born’, the pressure’s on for J. Cole to keep up the momentum and match that success.

While a lot of people have already written him off for his unidirectional style, we can’t ignore the passion in his voice. The passion only heard in a few rappers like Young Buck and 2Pac, a passion that expresses what is hidden deep within one’s soul. Another thing to point out is that the man is in no rush… Most would ride off of having been one of the few to appear on a Jay album and release their own soon after… Cole has chosen however to wait it out and work on his songs probably until the right time comes. Many have taken this approach and few have been disappointed. Kanye dropped an album’s worth of songs for about 2 to 3 months before his masterpiece was unveiled, and we all know how long it took for Raekwon to match the success of his first album with the classic sequel, lastly, we are all waiting on the good doctor to deliver rap from the current sickness it is suffering from, redundancy… The vaccine has been Ten years in the making.

Looking at it from that angle… We should expect a classic debut from Cole… Are we sure though?? Drake brought us gems in the mixtapes he released, then dropped a mediocre album. Nicki Minaj brought us verses that competed with all the artists she was standing next to (from Eminen in Roman’s Revenge to Jay-Z on monster). Her album… Garbage. The list goes on. I have my fingers crossed though, and it’s only because I respect J. Cole’s patience. ‘Sabali’, patience, as Nas call it…

My first post…. My Take on Redman’s newest offering… REGGIE

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REGGIE

So yeah… Redman’s back with another album and he seems more focused than ever… Thing is though, when artists start to really ‘grow’ and think about their music, that’s when they kind of drift away from what made them unique and fall into the pool of generic music… Redundant stuff we hate to hear time and time again…

I gave this album a listen… It is friendly to the hear, but that may be the problem… From someone known for insolent and utterly disrespectful music, whose rhymes didn’t make sense unless one was high on something…lol.. Red is making music that one can listen to… He mentioned in a recent interview that he wanted to move away from Red, and introduce us to Reggie… Will the fans buy this though? The alter ego stuff works sometimes, but not all the time… I personally love the album, but with the current stream of fans, we’ll just have to wait and see…