Artist: One Chance f/ Yung Joc Title: You Can't Label: J Records
Unlike previous weeks where I reviewed singless by Dallas and Qwote without knowing they'd be R&B first, this time I knew well in advance One Chance was a R&B group that's been hunting for THEIR chance to step into the spotlight. Thanks to Drumma Boy and a cameo verse from Yung Joc, they've finally got it. "You wanna holla at me, I'm posted by the bar/I don't buy drinks, baby I buy the bar." It's a pretty typical Yung Joc performance, but it sounds appropriate over DB's heavy beat, one that's slowed down a little bit so the crooners will fit. One Chance's performance falls into the same category as The-Dream's "Falsetto" - it often seems like they are singing a rap on the track, and I'm really not mad at it. With a little luck and a few spins in the right places they may finally get their chance thanks to this song.
Artist: Baby C f/ Fat Bastard Title: Do it Like This Label: Off Tha Tip Enterprise
"What it is, and what it ain't?/It's well known I'm doin things that you cain't/And ye ain't know? I got rank/You talkin money homey meet me at the bank." Rap has always had a certain degree of obsession with material wealth and status, but lately I suspect the sagging economy has only served to amplify the volume of these sentiments. If Baby C's MySpace page is accurate though give C a little credit for his hustle - rapper, producer AND CEO of his own record label. If we're talking money though homey, I'm sure that Bryan 'Baby' Williams has a bigger stack AND a higher rank. OTT Enterprise is too new to be swimming in as much dough as they claim on the song, although the hype bounce track will help Baby C cash more checks than a little bit. Recommended for the club or your next Dirty South mixtape.
Artist: 9th Ward & Jermaine Dupri Title: Add Me Up Label: Island So So Def
You won't be surprised to learn 9th Ward is a New Orleans native based on his name. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, 9th packed up his shit and moved to Atlanta, where it seems he had the good fortune to link up with producer Nitti. It seems this all parlayed into a deal with the So So Def imprint, and as we all know when you go So So that means Jermaine Dupri ends up on your track - rapping, producing or both. The little kid in the open tells us this is a Nitti beat, and though I normally like his work the simplistic beat makes me wish J.D. had pulled double duty. The bass kicks are good, but the melody is like sitting in New York traffic listening to people honk their car horns - obnoxious and irritating - much like 9th's rap. "Thousands on my shoes/thousands on my pants/same thing goes for the guap' in my hands." 9th Ward is undoubtedly more talented than this single shows, then again Dupri does outshine him with a more charismatic and tightly constructed rap than his counterpart. "It ain't a lot of niggaz out here with a grind like mine/I blow more than most make in a whole lifetime." Since there's not much inspiration to be drawn from the beat I'll give 9th Ward the benefit of the doubt and wait for his next single.
In response to the recent Pauly Shore video that's been making the rounds on the internet Charlie Murphy has told RapReviews.com the following:
"I love when Encino Man questions the validity of Charlie Murphy's fame... if anyone wants to know why Charlie Murphy is famous, they can come see my stand-up... I've been selling out shows on the road for three years, and I am booked solid through the end of '08... Pauly should come open for me." - Charlie Murphy
For those who haven't seen the video in question here it is:
A few new YouTube hip-hop videos for readers of our newsfeed to check out! We've got a behind the scenes look at Talib Kweli's new video, Dolla's single with Tay Dizm and T-Pain, and an old school Naughty By Nature classic!
Talib Kweli - Hostile Gospel, Pt. 1 (behind the scenes)
Dolla - Who the F Is That?
Naughty By Nature - Everything's Gonna Be Alright
Last but not least if you're into the free shit Focus is offering his entire new album "Dedicated" for download here courtesy of Aftermath Music. Enjoy!
Dirtball Unveils Crook County Chronicles Video Series *** The Underground's Biggest Rising Star New Album Crook County In Stores May 13th, 2008 Featuring La Coka Nostra's CeeKay, Boondox, Kottonmouth Kings, Big B
Underground rising star The Dirtball has unveiled a new video documentary series entitled "Crook County Chronicles" online at http://myspacetv.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&videoid=29829409. The series showcases exclusive behind the scenes footage from Oregon based rapper's upcoming new album and will be updated weekly leading up to the release of the album.
"The Crook County Chronicles are going to be a series of eight 2-3 minute episodes of a glimpse into my routines around the county. Both legal and not legal, the Chronicles will make you wish you were rippin' around the desert and drinking cold beers or in the studio blazing and rapping in my booth," says the Dirtball. "From target practice with the sidearm to chopping big ol' rounds of wood, come along, stay tuned weekly, and catch a Crook County Buzz with me."
Dirtball's new album, "Crook County", lands in stores on May 13th, 2008 through Suburban Noize Records. Powered by the machinegun attack of his motor-mouth and irresistible hooks, "Crook County" is the Dirtball's most electrifying album to date. Spiced with Crunk-fueled southern hip-hop that could make Lil Jon drunk, rapid fire rhymes that could battle Twista and irresistible hooks that can make Tech 9ne bounce, "Crook County" is sure to kick Dirtball's career into overdrive.
By now most everyone has heard Ashley Alexandra Dupre, Eliot Spitzer’s paid for princess of the night, is also an aspiring singer. As soon as I found this news out I instantly thought of the classic Ari Gold line from the episode of Entourage where he almost let Lloyd sleep with a powerful gay producer just so the agency could sign him. Ari eventually rushed in to make the save, saying “we may be whores, but we’re not pimps.” In addition to that scene popping into my head I also thought about the old belief that everyone in the music industry is a whore in some way, shape or form. With these thoughts in mind it almost seems poetic that a hooker would want to be a singer. Heck, she already has the whore part down pat. Of course the question now is can she, or can’t she, sing (as a friend of mine rightfully pointed out, there’s a chance she could be talented). Today I’ll examine both possibilities.
Artist: Grind Mode Title: She's So Fly (I'm So High) Label: Universal Republic
Miami's Grind Mode brings together a group of artists who have already been there and done that. After being out of the limelight for some time, Stage McCloud of the group Iconz, retires his namesake for the fresh new moniker of Stage McKlezie, now ready to roll with Grind Mode. Hunger calls himself the "quiet storm," the more reserved member of Grind Mode who has dabbled in the music scene while working with artists such as X-Con, Iconz, and Red Rat. He has also been fortunate to work with fellow Grind Mode member, Chaos, who has shared the stage with popular names such as Ludacris and Lil' Jon. Recently signed to Universal Republic, Grind Mode releases their single "She's So Fly (I'm So High)"with radio edits and an instrumental. Although most of this single is surprisingly sung, not rapped, "She's So Fly (I'm So High)" is a definite fast paced song destined to shake many a booty. With a beat reminiscent to that of Snoop Dogg's "Sensual Seduction," Grind Mode adds their own personal flair with their fluidity and more digitized sound while their lyricism stays on point throughout. Already on many mainstream airwaves, "She's So Fly (I'm So High)" is on its way to becoming a club hit as Grind Mode has also released a remix featuring Rick Ross who lays down a few bars to represent all that Florida has to offer.
Artist: The Game Title: Big Dreams Label: Geffen/Interscope Records
"I +Get Money+ like Junior M.A.F.I.A. used to/On my way to school, ten thousand in my FUBU/Lunch time, I was sellin/Behind the bungalos, baggin up rocks the size of melons." Jayceon Taylor certainly hasn't changed up his style, although he's still claiming Dr. Dre on wax by saying "no I'm not [him] but I still produce the same shit." I know Dre is a hip-hop legend but considering he hasn't put out a new record in years and (considering his curren't apathy) isn't likely to do one anytime soon perhaps Dre references should be retired. In fact as much as I like the Cool & Dre produced track Game raps over, the fact he says "I make you HOLLA HOLLA like Ja Rule" suggests he's stuck in a hip-hop time warp anywhere from 5-10 years old. It's time for The Game to stop dropping references to everybody else and start referencing himself. He's got "big dogs, big wheels, big chains" but still seems to have some sort of inferiority complex that's totally unnecessary given he's superior to so many of his West coast contemporaries.