You know where this editorial is going...if the title offends you and your beliefs, don't read it then, haha. Just my opinion.
Thanks to my man Dante Ross, I've been given an official "blog" (I hate that term). I've been doing these little anecdotes, complaints, public service announcements and NBA Trash Talk diaries for years, but always in places like myspace (where nobody goes anymore), via this email or my old website (RIP). This is my fifth entry of the said "blog" and I was planning to just paste it into the email like usual, but I'm sure some of you have filters for all of the profanity. Thus, the link is below. Once again, if you're a PETA fan, maybe you should pass on this entry though. They've been getting on my nerves for years. Enjoy.
Follow me on there or myspace, because I refuse to fall into twitter/tweet whatever that is. Twittering is something you do to your b*lls with a remote in the other hand watching Halle Berry on TV, not a pointless social networking site.
Artist: The Alchemist f/ Maxwell, Twista Title: Smile Label: ALC/E1 Music
I only had to hear this song ONE TIME on XM/Sirius and I was instantly hooked. Some producers have incredibly apt names - Pete's tracks Rock, Premier describes every beat and scratch he DJ's, and there's definitely some transmutational magic to how The Alchemist blends beats to create gold. The beat sways and swings along, riding over a simple but unconventional drumbeat - a rapid fire ta-ta-ta-ta-tap, ta-ta-ta-ta-ta-tap with the sound of hand percussion as opposed to snares or toms. A somber and soulful melody wraps around it like a lover, with rising and falling organ chords lightly accentuated by piano keys and heavily dominated by the vocals of the artistic triumvirate over the beat. Twista: "Try not to travel down the wrong road/So that when your legacy is told/You was known to be a hustler who provided for his family and did it cold/Conquer obstacles and challenges/Make your competition bow to this/Spit it for my homey Alchemist/Hold up! Let me find another style for this." Twista immediately goes into overdrive showing his rapid-tongue flow, but he never loses the feel of the song nor does Alchemist lose the clarity of his diction. Every element is perfectly matched to the other, a veritable symphony of elements, and the breakdown at the end of the song to just Maxwell and the piano is so smooth and soulful you'll get a genuine cold chill down your spine. This, song, is FUCKING, BEAUTIFUL.
There are two reasons (and only two) I gave this single the time of day - the first was that Snoop Dogg is on the track and the second is that Drumma Boy did the beat. On the latter account D-Boy is going throwback to the earliest days of Southern crunk and horrorcore with his sound, familiar and slightly menacing, making you feel like tearing up a club or two. On the former account, Snoop does his best to make this partnership work, spitting a triple time style for a few bars to match up with the beat. When Snoop imitates Gucci's simplistic rhyme scheme to close his verse by rhyming "awesome" every bar though, he's just pointing out how limited and uninteresting Mane really is as a rapper. I'd like to get an instrumental of this one to crank up loud, or maybe that and the acapella so I could mix a version with Snoop all by himself.
Artist: Ace Hood Title: Loco With the Cake Label: We the Best Music/Def Jam
"I need hoes to educate me - GOOD BRAIN!" We're still a week out from the release of "Ruthless" (subject to last minute change by Def Jam) but Ace Hood's publicity people are working overtime leaking singles to the net. Of the latest slew "Loco With the Cake" is my favorite, a Schife beat that's mostly like The Runners with a little bit of crunk on it. As with "Champion" there's nothing really profound about this song, nor has there ever been much to say about Hood's lyrical technique other than "competent," but somehow in 2009 even that is a compliment. If you put me on the spot and asked whether I'd rather be punched in face by Randy Couture, play any song by the GS Boyz even once or listen to "Loco With the Cake" ten times, Ace Hood wins 9 times out of 10. (On the 10th, I'd let Couture do it just for the publicity.)
Hip-Hop Shop is the precursor to K4D every week on Sunday night. Episode 36 features Viro the Virus, Royce Da 5'9", DV Alias Khryst and more including the return of TASH from Tha Alkaholiks! If you would like to sponsor Hip-Hop Shop please send an e-mail to email@example.com for more information. The Hip-Hop Shop is 100% podsafe so distribute to your friends and tell them to visit RapReviews.com!
* Viro the Virus - Chris Is Awesome * Yak Ballz - Gas Galaxy * Cazwell - Get My Money Back * Royce Da 5'9" - D.O.A. Redemption (Freestyle) * DV Alias Khryst - I Made You * Aloe Blacc - Truth, Deception & Lies * Tash - New Bikini * Cymarshall Law - Appreciation (Freestyle)
When I received my copy of Kaz-well’s Fish Outta Water last month it didn’t take more than a couple songs to get me feeling the vibe of it. The album was dope and I put “Krazy Glue” into rotation on my podcast. I didn’t, however, know anything, and I mean anything, about the man who made it. With Kaz-well being a fresh new face on the scene I did a little research on him and this week I caught up with him to find out more about his life, his music, and what his restaurateur parents think of his career path as an emcee
Video: Kero One's Guide to San Francisco 06.19.2009 Hip-Hop Artist Gives Us A First Person Tour Around His Bay Area Hometown
Critical Praise for Kero One:
"Kero makes hip-hop that’s not incredibly experimental yet it carries a consistently solid “kick-back-and-chill” type of resonance." - Remix Magazine
"Music Vibes: 9 of 10" - RapReviews.com
"The production on Early Believers is beautiful." - LeisureLab.com
"Kero relies on excellent production, live instrumentation and honest lyrics from his point of view to make an album that flows from start to finish and will most likely end the year in more than a few top ten lists." - Evolving Music.com
Kero One, a long time resident of the San Francisco Bay area, recently visited a few of his favorite local hot spots and filmed the tour for the benefit of his fans who may not be familiar with the City by the Bay. Kero lets us in on the places he frequents, all of which, not surprisingly, seem like necessary stops for a musician: places to buy a record, places to get one of SF's famous burritos, and places to see live music. As he leads us from an overlook of the Bay to the Poleng Lounge, a suspiciously Kero One-like soundtrack keeps us swaying in our seats as we're treated to a look of the real San Francisco.
Former web designer by day and rapper/producer/DJ by night, Kero One, stands as a true testament to the do-it-yourself success story. His early career was marked by endless hours of researching, cold calling, and networking to gain exposure for his debut, self produced project Windmills of the Soul. Persistence paid off with a little help from fate when one of the 50 copies of his album was picked up in a tiny record store in Tokyo, Japan. Success was immediate, as Windmills of the Soul became a hit overnight, which opened the floodgates for international touring and performance opportunities. Three years later, after a Best Hip Hop Album of 2006 award and collabos with Talib Kweli and Mark Farina, Kero One is back with his sophomore album entitled Early Believers, via his label, Plug Label. Modulating from soulful jazz tinged tracks to upbeat synth-driven party bangers, Kero One features some his favorite vocalists such as Giles Peterson protégé UK singer Ben Westbeech, Finland's own modern day "Stevie Wonder," and Portland's Ohmega Watts. Early Believers is available everywhere now. Web editors contact Michelle to speak to Kero.
The details on this story are a little sketchy right now, but here's what we have. Approximately one hour ago blogger and reality TV star Perez Hilton posted the following notice to Twitter via his Sidekick.
"I'm in shock. I need the police ASAP. Please come to the SoHo Metropolitan Hotel now. Please."
Minutes later he followed up with this allegation.
"I was assaulted by Will.I.Am of the Black Eyed Peas and his security guards. I am bleeding. Please, I need to file a police report. No joke."
He's been updating his twitter account HERE for the last hour straight with more details, culminating with this update ten minutes ago: "The Toronto police are here now. Thank you. Please stop calling them." We may be ahead of the curve on this one as it hasn't shown up on TMZ.com or any of the other hip-hop or celebrity gossip sites yet, so we'll update you when more news is available.
Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to another edition of Free Music Friday! This is the "Crusin' Edition" so that means there's plenty of music to bang in your trunk. Let's start it off proper:
50 Cent - War Angel LP
[Yes, you've read it right. It's a new Fiddy LP released for FREE! If that doesn't tell you that's plenty of free heaters for ya, I don't know what does. "Before I Self Destruct" coming soon!]
Tracklisting: 1. I Line Niggas 2. Talking in Codes 3. OK, Alright 4. Redrum (Murder) 5. Cream 2009 6. I'll Do Anything 7. London Girl 8. Better Come on Your a Game 9. Get the Message 10. Cocaine feat. Robin Thicke 11. I Gotta Win
[Here's a new mixtape, hosted by LoSo, that includes some of the hottest joints of the summer!]
1. Fabolous ft. Trey Songz - Last Time 2. Jay-Z ft. AZ - Death Of Auto-Tune (Remix) 3. Reed Dollaz ft. Tekneek - If I Go (Prod By Tekneek & Aceman) 4. Lil Wayne - Told Yall 5. Fabolous ft. Jay-Z - When The Money Goes 6. T.I. - Hell Of A Life 7. Lil Fats ft. Jay Rock, K Dot & Mikey Vegaz - King Of My City (Prod By Young Asap) 8. Cymarshall Law - Appreciate Freestyle 9. Eminem - Chemical Warfare 10. Trey Songz ft. Drake - Invented Sex 11. Fabolous ft. Johnta Austin - Roll With Me 12. L.E.G.A. - My Damn Block 13. Laze & Royal - Lipstick 14. J. Holiday ft. Fabolous - Fall (Remix) 15. Famoe ft. Spider Loc - Xplicit 16. Sixman ft. Willie The Kid - 4th of July 17. Big Perm - Where They 18. Supa Emcee ft. Freeway - Mambo Italiano 19. 108 - Epidemik, Sonny Black, Mr.Chicago - Money Machine (Prod by Serious Beats) 20. G Swiss - Go Hard Freestyle 21. OJ Feat. Torch - All We Know 22. Galaxy ft. Michael Jackson, Dead Prez & JayZ - Fake Records (Galaxy Edition) 23. Rox - Dirty Girl 24. Fabolous - Outro
Dogg Pound Gangstaz & DJ Nik Bean Present: Dillinger & Makaveli Tribute [Streetz of LA Special Edition]
[If you've been longing for some G-Funk and some West Coast melodies that has the bass that'll rattle your trunk, you already know this has it for you. This homage to the late Shakur is hosted by Daz Dillinger as you hear some of the hottest cuts from Dogg Pund Gangstaz and Pac alike. Throw up yo' dubs for this one - WESTSIIIIIIIIIDE~!]
Tracklisting: 1. Intro 2. Goin Full Throttle 3. Tell Me What You Got Now 4. Fuk You Roll Call - JD, Suge Knight & Alan Grumblatt 5. Till The Day I Die 6. Get That Paper Ft. Fratthouse 7. Daz Speaks On 1st Meeting 2pac 8. 2pac Songs Produced By Daz 9. Daz Speaks On New DPG LP 10. 1st 2 Bomb 11. I Ain't Got 12. She Like Datt Ft. Crystal 13. It's Crazy 14. On The Real Ft. Soopafly 15. So Many Tears 16. Daz Speaks On New Solo LP Public Enemiez 17. Life Stages 18. I Know U Wanna 19. Gin & Juice Ft. Kurupt & Uncle Reo 20. La Brenda Got A Baby Too 21. Don't Get Caught Slippin 22. Hit Daz Up On The Internet 23. Lookin Cute 24. Party Don't Stop Ft. Mac Shawn 25. I'm 2 High 26. Outro
[If y'all have been sleeping, then let me tell you that Cory Gunz has been one of the nicest MCs' you ever heard in a while. Although he hasn't dropped an LP since he's been in the rap game, he has plenty of bangers to fill up his resume. Many of them are included here, along with the rap group Square Off, as they persue their mission to seek and destory in the rap game as the youngest in charge.]
[Have you ever heard gospel raps spit over the beats of Outkast? If you haven't, then this tape should fill that curiousity. This Flordia native links up with Jerzy to spit some of their sanctified bars to the instrumentals of the 'Kast. Listen with your ears and minds open even when the sun goes down...]
Tracklising: 01 Something's In The Air 02 Free Ya Mind (F/ Jerzy) 03 African American & Every Other Man 04 Convenience Aint All Dat (F/ Jerzy) 05 The Message (F/ Jerzy) 06 Backsliddas I Feel Ya 07 Fresh Air 08 Wha Chu Want & Wha Chu Need 09 Attractive Intelligence (F/ Jerzy) 10 Thee Womans Perspective 11 TEOTLAOTSK 12 Prisoner Of War 13 Salvation Is For Everyone 14 Stress Free (F/ Jerzy) 15 I've Tried 16 I Cant Forget (F/ Jerzy) 17 Lyrical Endeavours 18 Jerzy Skit 19 Virtuous 20 Shunda Outro