A blog about hip-hop, rap music, its trends, and an overall thought about the music an culture, without indulging in gossip. A real set of opinions and discussions, not based on the popular sentiment, but examining and challenging it.

Monday, August 30, 2010

B. Pump is a wack rapper but....(oh yeah NSFW)

Now it's been a few weeks since more than just porn fans could admit ever hearing Brian Pumper spit bars. Hell, even on porno boards Pumper has been the subject of plenty of jokes and no one has ever admitted to liking the guy in any way shape or form. I'm not about to buck the trend here so don't worry.



Brian Pumper unfortunately isn't the worst rapper alive. Hell he's not the worse rapper I've heard this week and he probably isn't the worst in porn. (i'll reference that later). The one thing about Pumper is that his beats are off the chain. His verses have gotten better with these disses as he has had more practice spitting recently lol.



His love for the G-unit style is very evident as is his attempts to copy 50 Cent's style in rapping, sound, and attempts to create beef to generate excitement. It's also funny he takes this serious enough to get good mixes and keep making videos, getting an engineer, and getting access to locations and cars.

 



The hook on this song is terrible...lmao and so are the verses.



This beat right here is sick. You have got to watch him dance at about 11 seconds in-absolutely hilarious.



this song is stupid but I want 50 to take this beat. Him and Yayo all day!



What you thinking about Pumper?

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Fabolous is just getting worse

Lmao I had to make a comment because Fab has some talent but over the years I just don't even like this guy as a rapper anymore. He is trying waaaay to hard to have this smooth gangster persona and nobody is buying it. Especially when you do shit like this:



Those aren't even LED lights on that corny jacket. Yo for real, that looks like something from a damn 80's music video. You're not slick enough to make that look ill Fab. Please retire immediately.

Friday, August 27, 2010

New Singles Review

So time for another edition of the new singles review. Been slacking this much, not too much going on hip-hop wise with albums coming out which always drives the traffic. make sure to hit the archives and drop some comments.

The first single has grown a lot on me, "Bottoms Up" by Trey Songz featuring Nicki Minaj is a catchy club tune and good single for Trey in his follow up album to the mega-hit 'Ready'. I don't think this album is going to be as good just because he has been on the road non-stop and though everyone always says they are focused burnout in this industry is really easy but the fans will probably eat it up.



I actually think that Nicki's oddball off the wall antics fit this song better then any other that she has done to this point, maybe she is finding the proper zone for it maybe this was just the song that worked. lol can you say Kellz? (Trey songz is the worst actor in his videos so he better not ever try to cross over)

A second song that I'm feeling right now is Lloyd Banks featuring Lloyd with "Any Girl". So Banks is getting himself a serious push on the heels of Beamer Benz or Bentley and it's about time as he was almost given up for dead especially after being released from Interscope late last year. Looks like someone had something planned more than we all knew.




Finally an official single from my man Nipsey Hussle. I have been waiting for him to blow for almost 2 years now seeing him as a true heir to the West Coast throne more so than Game ever could have been. This song, which also features Lloyd "Feeling Myself" is an absolute perfect end of summer banger for parties and cookouts. this is the new guy I'm waiting for an album more than anyone else the past year.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Cops and Hip-Hop part 2...

Now since we already know that there are no positive images of cops in hip-hop music, what if any urban music do police listen to? If you're a young black man, and you're just leaving the police academy I'm pretty sure you have listened to some hip-hop. Now I'm pretty sure you might be fine when you listen to a Mos Def or a Talib Kweli or any of the West Coast artists who are against police brutality. Hell, you could be an asset to the community and the police force by acting as a liason of sorts between the two groups. There are also plenty of songs that have nothing to do with politics or the police so you can conceivably avoid any oddness at all. Jay-z would probably be safe to listen to.



What about the young officer who is a little more hip and wants to listen to the "Teflon Don", or who on his lunch break cops the latest Brick Squad mix tape to listen to later? Is that appropriate even when off-duty? I know it can't be right to listen to that while you are actually working. I mean if you get out of the car and you're calling yourself "Big Meech" or "Larry Hoover" can the people truly be expect to be protected.

You see, we often look at the police as if they are not human because they have a job that requires almost inhuman patience and skill. So i guess we expect that a 23 year old kid who grew up in the same neighborhoods as you to not have the same tastes in style and music because he decides to be the ultimate representation of the establishment for us, the police. In truth, he isn't. Just like you he probably likes to go out and chase women, have a drink or two and chill with his friends. Yes, he is expected to behave slightly better than the normal asshole at the club and some people do take advantage of their position but by and beyond they are the same as the guy who gets the overnight job at the market.



Some music puts you into a certain mind-state. Just look at the music you listen to when angry, or sad, or to pump you up before a big event. DMX and Mobb Deep make some of the angriest, hardest music known to man so listening to that before going in to see your boss when you have an idea it's not a good meeting might not be prudent. Same thing for some cops. Getting your Wacka Flacka on probably isn't the best thing for you even though you may think that you can turn it off. Are there any artists you think cops should be allowed to listen to on or off duty?

Monday, August 23, 2010

Jay on that BS again...

Now I have always been a Jay-z fan but honestly, dude has plenty of fuck up moments which show off the flaws in his character. Now, I'm not expecting him to be perfect by any means, it's ridiculous to think of that. However, there are things that he says or does that come across in his raps that show me signs of him that I don't like in what friends I do have. One, dude is arrogant about his clique of friends and associates because he is a super-rap celeb and that seems to mean if he chooses you that you are untouchable. Not.



What has brought this on? For one, this "Power" remix with Kanye West. I'm not really feeling the tone and meaning of dude's verse even though it may be hot lyrically. The entire idea that the world tried to 'silence' Kanye because what he says is so prescient and we all agree is ludicrous. Kanye is one of the biggest loudmouth fools who thinks that because he has the stage and an opinion that we should hear it and he doesn't have to actually think about it. I mentioned this last year when all the VMA shit popped off and now that it's all coming back around, Ye has a new album and is performing it's looking more like media fueled bullshit and not the people realizing this dude is an asshole.



But back to "Young Hov" and what I see as this dude putting the battery in Kanye's back even though he does punk shit. Now when Beans does some reverse punk shit, Jay is so above speaking on it and comes back on some subliminal shit dissing dude mostly because Beans ain't worth a dollar to him anymore. Yet, Kanye gets full support because Jay still benefits from it. Some of my readers won't see a problem with it, I do personally because I would want to strive to be beyond co-signing nonsense because it makes a dollar based on principle, but I'm not the normal cat.





At the same time, Jay is promoting guys like Drake and J.Cole, and to a lesser extent Wale because they don't represent the cliched drug view of the streets that is gripping hip-hop by the throat right now. I can get with it, you're beyond the coke yourself, or at least you were trying to be before that American Gangster bullshit came out. However, dog you are all over Jeezy and Ross' albums, profiting from their coke-fueled popularity to keep yourself relevant and the checks rolling in. Now I have this opinion and questions but will they ever be allowed to be asked of Jay himself? Nah, the media that control hip-hop would never allow that to be broached because it might just ruffle some feathers and we can't have artists getting upset with us for questioning their hypocrisies and inconsistencies can we?

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Album Review- Bun B- Trill O.G.

I wasn't even going to waste time with this because when I saw it I didn't realize that it was a new album. Then, I saw that the Source gave this album 5 mics and I was taken aback. I've heard plenty of Bun B music and he has done nothing to make me think that he would be able to craft a 5 mic classic. That's ridiculously high praise and if you check my last post I do have some theories behind the BS going on with hip-hop magazines. So I previewed Trill O.G. real fast and I'm pretty sure, this ain't no damn 5 mic album.



To start the album intro/song "Chuuuch" features J. Prince talking to open the album about Bun B yet it also serves as a chance for J. to brag about being the one to find Drake how that's relevant is beyond me. "Lights, Camera, Action" is not a bad song as Bun talks about his celebrity status and sort of lays down the picture of a live performance and not just talking about popping bottles. However, the same can't be said for "I Git Down 4 Mine" where Bun talks about how Trill he is yet again, as is "Snow Money", generic tracks about getting paper and general thuggery. "Let Em Know" features a typical boring Premier track with the scratches and Bun's verses are just as boring and cliche.


"It was All a Dream" with Letoya Luckett isn't an original song, but it is about the come up and not through the drug game or trill methods so it's different for the new Bun B and is somewhat inspirational. Slim Thug and Play-n-Skillz are on "Riding Slow" about doing just that in a 'slab'. "Speakeasy" is a different type of song if you haven't heard too much Outkast as it also features Bluesman Ceddy St. Louis talking instead of a hook, and Twista finishing up the slow beat with Bun handling the first two verses. Again, it's not the subject matter that is original but in this case it's the presentation. "Counting Money" with Yo Gotti and Gucci Mane is a run of the mill Southern strip club song, and "Just Like That" with Jeezy is a leftover mixtape track in the way it sounds. "Trillionaire" with T-Pain is the attempt at a single and I could hear it readily on satellite radio.Drake is on "Put it Down" which of course sounds like a Drake song, as well as the final song on the album "It's been a pleasure" where Drizzy gets to his uneasy bragging raps and Bun just drops forgettable verses. The album also features Pimp C on "Right Now" with a post humous verse which also includes a new verse from Tupac and a Trey Songz hook.


The album isn't as bad as I initially feared but it is not a classic by any means. I don't think it's because I'm not from Houston, but point blank, Bun isn't nice enough to create that type of depth in an album. it was slightly surprising but there are too many run of the mill songs to really push the grade higher and the serious lameness of "Let Em Know" bothers me tremendously.

Rating: 3/5

Monday, August 16, 2010

Hip-hop Magazines

Now honestly, I have always liked magazines in general and think they bring something to the masses especially those who don't have 24-hour access to the internet for the hottest blogs (like this one here). The other thing is that for the most part magazines have the resources to pay quality reporters to do actual stories and go in-depth on topics. Newspapers, are vitally important in other words. For hip-hop, there are two magazines and a gossip rag but none of them do any real justice in my opinion.



I base that on a couple of recent things, one, (and this is something I will get into later in my own review) but the Source gave Bun B a 5 mic rating. Let that marinate, because I am not a hater but there is no way that Bun B album deserves 5 mics at all and yes, I have listened to it. The Source has officially killed its credibility. The second thing is the recent XXL which takes the time to start on a good article or discussion on both realness and beef but they fail to devote more than 2 pages to either subject and glance over the most important aspects of the discussion itself.



Honestly, these two magazines do more for ass kissing then ever actually exploring a topic and getting in-depth with the artists while asking them questions that actually present a challenge. The main reason is because much like the radio and television personalities today, writers want to be a part of the in-crowd. These 'journalists' seem to have a lack of pride in what they actually do and an understanding of what the third estate is supposed to be all about. There is very little controversy now because the artists and labels will just close off access to these artists. Rolling Stone however doesn't have these same restrictions.



The third hip-hop magazine, the gossip rag, Hip-Hop Weekly has the best ability to get into controversy but lack the credibility and seriousness to actually capture the topics in a way that preserves their integrity. This mag is more apt to publish a report with no back-up or documentation because the labels don't want their artists to have direct quotes with an entity that cannot be trusted to present them in the "best" light.


The future of hip-hop criticism and analysis is therefore, on the web, where bloggers who truly have a passion for music and are not in pocket, or trying to be celebs themselves can offer the only honest opinions and analysis. This isn't just about this blog, but there are many others out there who are furthering the mission and offering new insight. The problem is, today's artists are pampered and protected more than superstar athletes. They are coddled and kept at an arm's length from anyone who would truly dare to make their lives more difficult. I covered this before when I wrote about radio and its responsibility to hip-hop and the community at large.

Unfortunately, labels will still be picking and choosing which blogs to support when it comes to interviews, much like they do with leaking music. Until the public forces artists to be more accountable and actually answer to the fans and real questions without the normal generic rhetoric. As usual, the power is in the hands of the people if they choose to wield it.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Is this what it has come to?

I don't know how many of you remember Das Efx because some of my readers might be young. but it's saddens me not to see them looking for management, but the way they are looking for management, if this indeed is true.

http://newyork.craigslist.org/mnh/tlg/1876746191.html


That Das Efx haven't been able to find effective management through normal channels is crazy and given their years in the business you would think they would be able to be managing others at this point in their careers. Good luck in that search fellas.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Are you kidding me?

Who is this Lil B character for real. I haven't been paying him much attention and it isn't just because he got punched in the eye. But is this what is considered hot these days? Now the "Chef" dance was funny I guess because it was stupid but now I think he really takes himself seriously and thinks that because he says it, this shit isn't corny. Check out this wack ass song:



WTF was that? Wonton Soup and it doesn't relate in any type of way. Look, let me put it to you like this, just because you you get tatted up and make videos doesn't mean you're slick enough to pull off this rubbish dog.  Leave 'swagger' rap to those who actually have it, you know the Puffy's of the world. This is just sickening.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Cops and Hip-Hop part 1...

Look this isn't anything new. In Hip-hop culture, cops are the enemy and breaking the law is just the way to survive, those are the rules ya dig. but honestly, not every cop is bad, just like not every person is good. So to classify every police officer as another 'pig' that needs to die is stupid to me. Now to call everyone in the hood a loser and throw them all in jail is just as wrong.



Why is it the only cops shown or portrayed in hip-hop the racist cops who 'don't understand' hood culture and who are conspiring to throw niggas in jail? Why is it that the only perspective in hip-hop is that of the criminal element? As an (aspiring) member of the middle class, I hope to one day own property and be able to have things without being robbed or having criminal activity occur outside of my door. It would seem reasonable that calling the police to curb the activity would make sense and that they aren't assholes just for getting the dope boys from the neighborhood. But then again, I'm asking hip-hop fans for reason.


Big example that always has nagged at me, at the beginning of Juicy, Biggie says "This goes out to the people who called the police on me when I was just tryna make some money to feed my daughter". The hip-hop community has learned to accept this as the rational decision and any opinion to the contrary is hating at best and snitching at worst. What about the hard working men and women who went to work every day to feed their kids and wanted them to live in a safe neighborhood and weren't too happy by the junkies, crack vials, prostitution, and theft all associated with Biggie's crack game. It seems almost criminal, that the only acceptable path to success in hip-hop is to start in crime.

Now I don't want to see a bunch of comments about how the only success shown in the hood is that of the crooks, because there are plenty of hard-working people in the community and traditionally there were even more shop and business owners to be role models. Just look at Rick Ross who names himself after a criminal then compares himself and attempts to be other criminals like Big Meech and Larry hoover. What's wrong with being someone positive and emulating them?

Back to the police, I don't think I know one person who doesn't know at least one cop or one person who is going through the process of becoming a police officer. Just as many drug dealers are not just pure terrors for the sake of being terrors, cops are the same way. A job where people constantly disrespect you and there are attempts made on your life for doing that job and you wonder why police have a certain attitude towards suspects. There are more reasons than just being jerks why they have to address situations in the way they do.



One of the worst things that piss me off is those people who say the only good cop is a dead one piss me off. Those are the people whom I hope something bad happens to. These are people as well with families and they generally are trying to do something good for the community, which you cannot say about anyone who deals in drugs, pimps hos, or is a thief.

You see the idea that all police are racists and trying to hate on you is passe and it needs to be changed. Honestly, there needs to be outreach on behalf of the police and the neighborhood and hip-hop artists need to be more of a bridge to that. Look at how many of them have off-duty police on their payrolls as security yet at the same time they're denouncing them on stage.  That shows even more hypocrisy as these big artists are telling you, the public, one thing while living another life, yet when shit hits the fan, you are the ones that pay for going along with these ideals.

Do i expect rappers to start making songs about how they love the police, no. However, I could use someone to step up and act like an adult and stop portraying all cops as if they are the agents of destruction leashed upon the urban community.