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.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Why NY feels Entitled

So if you don't know a lot of hip-hop history or need a refresher course because you're not 40 and not from the big Apple I suggest once again that you check out the Combat Jack show. The link is over on the right there. This dude brings it all to the forefront with some of the legends of the game and they tell you the real background behind a lot of the great history we only got the results of. Recently I listened to Marley Marl, D-Nice, and even DJ Whoo Kid who while not old-school, can really bring you behind the scenes especially during the mid to late 90's. It brings to mind some of the New York Rappers of today and how they feel they are entitled to be the main event when it comes to rap music.

Honestly a large portion of the early classic rap history took place in NY. I can't say all because while the nY artists dominated the airwaves and sales, there were still movements out West beginning and in the other regions as well. But it's evident that when you listen to these guys tell their tales that one of the main things is that everyone knew and interacted with each other. The stories are all so inter connected and thus woven into the tapestry of what rap music is known as it's easy to understand just why New Yorkers feel as if Hip-hop is theirs. It's history is synonymous with many of the boroughs and tales of the streets. Just listening to Marley Marl and and D-Nice tell the same story of how the Juice Crew and BDP started beefing and their reflections on it from two different perspectives is great to see well hear, but it paints such a picture.

Part of what the problem is that now that hip-hop isn't based in NY when it comes to artists is that these stories today's artists have don't have any value. Those stories now belong to Atlanta, Miami, and New Orleans. The other thing is that since there are so few rappers who are at the top or battling it out, because it has settled down from those early days, is that not many other guys ever become popular enough from those cities that the stories, if they exist matter. I mean when No Limit was popping and Cash Money was trying to come up there was friction, there were stories. But no No Limit is gone and no one from that era and label are relevant to tell the stories of what happened in Louisiana during that time frame.

That is the one thing that is unique to New York hip hop. So to all of the new artists I say this, learn your history and love and respect what history you have had. Realize this, you probably won't ever be getting it back. The world is different now.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Independent Wednesdays

I know I mistreat you guys sometimes but real work gets in the way sometimes. But enough about me because you're here to see what new music I have for you this week.

I checked out Young Twizzy first this week and was instantly irritated by what is a unremarkable, stereotypical new party track that everyone is doing these days. "I ain't Worried" uses all of the hallmarks today, auto tune, future-esque hook, large production and a weak unimaginative chorus as Twizzy tells us he isn't 'worried about a bitch' and some other things. Honestly, I tuned out withing 30 seconds. In fact if it weren't that the next sojng on soundcloud that popped up was "I Swear" Twizzy would have been garbage binned with the quickness. However, "I Swear" while not all that original is at least soulful and sounds like a real song that has some type of meaning. Most of his songs are of the same variety, some trendy auto tune and raps about smoking and what I call stunting. I listened to a song to his son which I thought was decent and it gives something that might be worth looking forward to beyond the other music that is only average to me at best.

Next up in a totally different style from the Chi than what has been popping lately. This is Livid Color with a more low key and deep introspective track from his new EP Epiconcious called "Be Here".

It's a very heavy and moody track.Other than this, Livid is a true underground sounding artist. Most of his songs remind me of 1am college radio hardcore hip-hop. It's kind of limiting because everything else is so heavy and atmospheric. I liked "Forbidden Fruit" but too many of the other songs were off beat and too esoteric for my tastes.

The third MC this week is from Richmond VA and goes by the name of Goldin. He has a different style and I can't really put him into a certain box other than to say he's not like Meek or Ross or someone. I think he moreso fits into the Common/Wale mold in some respects. Dude can rap though so that's what matters the most.

Goldin - Sanctified (Official Video) from Goldin on Vimeo.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Independent Wednesday

Sidney Leroy from the Bronx starts off this week with his song "ToeTag". This joint is definitely Southern Inspired with a riding and deep bass as he spits about killing the game, and catching bodies. But not murderous, he's talking about his numbers meaning who he has smashed. The sexual numbers. It's not anything that's great or original but it should fit into today's airplay. He can draw you in then hit you with something more laid back like a song he has called "Like it". I listened to his 'Devil is a Lie' freestyle and he can rap so don't be turned off by Toetag if it's not your type of song.

This next joint up is from Naj murphy off of his House A Rest mix tape from September. They are just getting to the visuals because Naj was literally on House Arrest. but he is a spitter. Check the word play on this soul sampled track that has an infectious drum break during the hook. I liked this joint a lot.

Third this week I'm going to give a shout to Tony Millions who comes to us bringing his remix to "Move That Dope" the Future and Pusha T hit. Now anyone is better than Future to begin with and Tony does a decent job on the track but I will say I think he was doing too much with the 'hook' that has the same style as his verses and it seems like he recorded all on one track, the second verse started off awkwardly. Now I did check out some of his other music and he was kind of erratic. Some of the verses were all over the place "Looks Like Gold", and others weren't that unique in terms of construction and content but they were well done "Premeditated". It's something I can caution young rappers about, you can't be all over the place with your flow and take your time.

Anyway here is his remake of move that dope.