Thursday, December 24, 2009
Redman - "How High" - Sixth Verse
"Look up in the, I got the verbs, nouns and glocks in ya,
Enter the center, lyrics bang like rico-chet,
Rabbit, I brings havoc with an A-K matic
Rollin blunts an all day habit.
I get it on like Smif'n'Wes
Punks take a sip and test,
Who split your vest?
The funk phenomenon
I'm bombin you like Lebanon,
Blow canals of Panama
Just off stamina.
Styles not to be fucked with, or played with
Fuck the pretty hoes, I love those Section 8 Bit-ches,
Hittin switches, Twistin wigs with
Fat radical mathematical type scriptures.
I dig up in your planets like Diga,
Boo, scared you, blew you to smithe-reens.
Fuck the marines, I got machines
To light the spliff, and read Mad Magazine.
I fly more heads than Continental,
Wreck ya 5 times like US AIR off an instrumental.
Look I'm not a half way crook with bad looks
But I may murder your case like your name was Cal Brooks.
I breaks em off proper,
Ask Biggie Smalls 'Who Shot Ya'
Funk doctor, with the 12 Gauge Mossberg.
Look, I got the tools like Rickle
To make your mind tickle
For the nine-nickel
Punk ass, pussy ass
Word up Tical, We Out!"
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Friday, November 27, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Ms. Durand is no newcomer to the music industry, but she is far from a household name. Fans of Little Brother (Sirens, After the Party) and Zo! (Nights Over Egypt) are very aware of the vocal stylings of Carlitta. I had to step back and take notice when I heard "Nights Over Egypt" because the vocals were so smooth and because it is my favorite track off ...Just Visiting Too. Her mixtape has gotten great reviews and I know she is poised for a big break in the near future. She has a variety of styles and won't be pigeon-holed easily. Check out "A New Life" and you will hear a hint of Ella Fitzgerald on a hip-hop/big band beat. Then on a track like "Zoom" there is a futuristic, high-intensity vibe going on. This may be her best attempt at a party track. But, most of the songs I've heard have been more sultry than anything. I think she does a great job of knowing how much vocal force to give each song. If it calls for her to hold back a little, she does that really well. Also, her voice sounds slightly different from song to song which is really good so the music doesn't become predictable. North Carolina is sooooooooooo slept on when it comes to the music scene. I'm hoping that all the work that Little Brother, Carlitta Durand, and others continue to do will bring that area the much needed props they deserve.
My Personal Carlitta Durand soundtrack:
You Got Me Pt. 1
This Time Around - RoddyRod feat. Carlitta Durand and Phonte (video below)
Nights Over Egypt - Zo! feat. Carlitta Durand
One of the best songs on the album finally gets some much needed visuals to go with it. The video seems kinda all over the place, but I like the tattoo parlor shots and the whole pig theme they got going on. For those of you who haven't bought the album yet I suggest you make it a Christmas present to yourself.
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Big Pun - "The Dream Shatterer" - First Verse
"Ayo, I shatter dreams like Jordan, assault and batter your team,
Your squadron will be barred from rap like Adam & Eve from the garden.
I'm carvin' my initials on your forehead,
So every night before bed you see the "BP" shine off the board head.
Reverse that, I curse at the first wack nigga with the worst rap, cause he ain't worth jack,
Hit 'em with a thousand pounds of pressure per slap,
Make his whole body jerk back, watch the earth crackhand him his purse back.
I'm the first Latin rapper to baffle your skull,
Master the flow, niggas be swearin' I'm blacker than coal,
Cole like Nat King, I be rapping and tongue's packing,
The ones, magnums, cannons and Gatling guns.
It's Big Pun. The one and only son of Tony....Montana,
You ain't promised manana in the rotten manzana.
C'mon-pana we need more rhymers, feel the marijuana snake bite anaconda,
A man of honour wouldn't wanna try to match my persona.
Sometimes rhymin' I blow my own mind like Nirvana,
Comma, and go the whole nine like Madonna,
Go try to find another rhymer with my kinda gramma."
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Monday, November 2, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
On the morning of 26 October 2009, I lost a great friend of mine that I have come to know within the past 6 months. I know that these things occur daily, but I never seem to be able to adjust well. Today I said my final hello and goodbye to my friend. I ask that you all take a moment and remember my friend. "One life is one life too many and a friend of yours is a friend of all of ours and we all have lost a great person in our lives."
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
I waited exactly one month from the release date to review this album. I wanted it to sink in my mind so I could give an objective review. Also, I figured I'd write the review in the same way that I listen to the album. So no track-by-track review here. I'm just gonna give my thoughts on what I've heard. Here we go:
I remember when "Run This Town" first dropped and everyone was saying that Kanye murdered Jay. That may have been true, but the more I play that song the more I appreciate the Jay verses............When did Jay develop a slight English accent a la Tina Turner? (see "Thank You")..........Every time I hear "Haters" now I think of http://thechopup.blogspot.com/2009/09/im-sorry-taylor.html ..........I thought Timbaland was going to ruin this album, but he actually does his thing............I still wanted to hear Premo on here though............On "Run This Town" did he just say 'I'm in Maison, uh, Martin Margiela?' That isn't going to help calm the rumors that Jay is part of the Illuminati and/or the New World Order..........I hate the first verse on "Young Forever"............."A Star is Born" is crazy because he gives props to a lot of emcees, but I can't tell if he's sneak dissing.........J. Cole rips his verse btw...........I think that "Empire State of Mind" may be my favorite song of the year!!.............The last verse on "Thank You" is bananas............I'm glad Memphis Bleek doesn't pop up on this album.........I'm salty Drake pops up only for a hook.............."As Real As It Gets" has been confirmed as a Jeezy song that Jay took for this album. Makes sense because from the get go it sounded like Young Jeezy featuring Jay-Z...........I like every song on this album............I can put "So Ambitious" on repeat for a late night highway drive from Cincinnati to Atlanta and be content..........Kanye really just said 'pyoom, pyoom, pyoom' on "Haters", huh? WOW...............Jeezy actually does 'say some thangs'.............It's crazy how Jay silences Jim Jones, Game, Dame Dash, Jaz-O, Dehaven, wack rappers, and bloggers without having to go hard on them.........I'm loving the futuristic feel of "Off That"...........The wordplay on "Venus vs. Mars" is sick!...............I'm not a huge fan of the second verse off "Reminder"...............I am a huge fan of the last verse off "On To The Next One". He ripped that one............I've found myself saying "ugh" in regular conversation courtesy of "Death of Auto-Tune".........Every time I hear "Run This Town" now I think of http://thechopup.blogspot.com/2009/09/affions-at-it-again.html ................This is a really, really good album.
I was going to give Blueprint 3 an 8.5 initially. But, then I factored in the impact it seems to have on the fans. People are quoting lines on Facebook, on text messages I receive, and the concert at NKU seems to be a pretty big deal. I give it a 9/10. I can't give it a higher rating than that because then you're getting into Reasonable Doubt and Blueprint territory. Props to Jay on this one.
See these ice cubes, see these Ice Creams?"
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Courtesy of OnSmash
My Personal New Royales Soundtrack:
The One - Slaughterhouse (produced by DJ Khalil - video below)
City Lights featuring Bishop Lamont
Kinda Like a Big Deal (produced by DJ Khalil - video below)
Everywhere featuring Self-Scientific
New World Order (video below)
I'll leave your brain stimulated, niggas is frozen.
Speak with criminal slang, begin like a violin.
End like Leviathan, it's deep well let me try again." - Nas
This is without a doubt one of my favorite Nasir Jones songs of all-time. I remember when I first saw this video over D Mack's house and I couldn't get it out of my head for weeks. There was something so smooth, yet so hard about the song. I can easily hear Michael Jackson's "Human Nature" sample in the beat now, but I'm not sure I caught it when I was 13 or 14. That smooth, jazzy sample seems to blend perfectly with the realness and passion in Esco's voice. This song wasn't a huge commercial hit, as most singles from Illmatic weren't, but it will always be recognized as a solid rock in the discography of Mr. Jones. I believe "Halftime" was the first official single from Illmatic, but this was really the first time the world got a glimpse of Nas. Wikipedia also states that Nas shot portions of this video on the same stage as the movie "Wild Style" and I obviously didn't catch that tidbit when I first saw the video. Props to Large Professor for producing the track and props to Nasir Jones for making a classic song and album.
Friday, September 25, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Props to.......BET (I never thought I would say that)
But, the Cinematographer went to the same high school as us and we wanted to give props. Keep doing ya thing SC III! And on a side note, isn't Ghostface too old to be making songs like this???? I mean this isn't even really a song. Just talking over a beat. Oh well. I'm going to buy the album just off GP.
Props to OnSmash
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Monday, September 14, 2009
Courtesy of MTV.
Props to Mrworldpremiere.net
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Monday, August 31, 2009
Props to Nahright and On Smash
Props to Dime Wars.
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Courtesy of 2 Dope Boyz.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Brought to you by OnSmash and the good folks at Nahright.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Thursday, August 20, 2009
After taking a spill on stage, releasing a sub-par video, and somehow getting caught with a man's face in his crotch I figured Drake needed some good publicity. He added a really nice verse to a song that I've loved for a while. And the beat change on this remix is SICK!!!!
Props to Nahright and Mrworldpremiere.net
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Monday, August 17, 2009
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Friday, August 14, 2009
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Spotted at Nahright.
Monday, August 10, 2009
Saturday, August 8, 2009
My Personal Wale Soundtrack:
Chillin' featuring Lady Gaga (video below)
The Artistic Integrity
W.A.L.E.D.A.N.C.E. (video below)
Hot Shyt featuring Peedi Peedi, Young Chris, Black Thought, and Tu Phace
Friday, August 7, 2009
Okay so every now and then I go through my extensive compact disc collection and try to find something good to play on the way to work. And a lot of times I look to the mid-90's for inspiration. This past Wednesday I popped in The Score and said "Damn!" Lauryn was so ill on the mic and they were all such great producers, I really wonder what would have happened if they never broke up. The group's first effort, Blunted on Reality, was pretty good but it didn't have too many standout tracks outside of "Nappy Heads" and "Vocab." But, they upped the ante with The Score. It was different, it was fresh, it was extremely innovative, and it changed the game for the group. One of the most popular songs from the album was "Fu-Gee-La" and the subsequent video. Everyone will remember L Boogie's "Oooh Laa Laa La" hook and how all three emcees came through hard on the lyrics. Salaam Remi produced this track for the group and he did a marvelous job. I'm not sure where they shot this video, but it looks so authentic and the caper feel was awesome. I think the video did a great job giving fans a glimpse on what exactly The Fugees were all about. I don't think there will ever be another group quite like The Fugees.