Sunday, December 21, 2008

On Another Tip


While I just got all my emotional BS off my chest over on my decrepit MySpace blog, here's where you can always find unconditional love. Everybody says music if their life, but music is my wife. It's no I Used to Love H.E.R., it's an I Renew My Vows Every Single Day cuz Women Pale in Comparison to the Real Love that Music Gives. I think the second one might actually as a song title ...

So for the people that don't know, I signed an indie deal with Deka Records recently. So I gotta make some real stuff. Of course I'll keep pushing all my free music out, but now I'mma have to put together an all-original collection that's gonna be up for sale. And yeah, there will prolly be a girl song on there, but I could pretty much not care any less about them at the moment. Is it weird that I currently only care about music, UK basketball home games, and the Lakers? And I mean like only. Forget everything else.

Look out for my top albums of the year list once New Years comes a'runnin' around. But until then, I just really like this song. Even though it connotatively means absolutely nothing to me. Ha. And there emerges my inner love atheist. But these two girls have amazing voices that somehow blend perfect in this fake-made duet.


Buy my album when it comes out or I might just stare at you weird for the rest of your life. And that's a threat and a promise.

... this was whatcha all been waitin' for ain't it?

Read More...

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Classic: Life's a B


This song was so far ahead of its time its almost unbelievable.


Let it be known today that I really don't care if a rapper decided to direct his talent towards orating about money ... as long as he can actually rap good doing it! AZ's intro on this song sets up about Jacksons and Grants and whatnot, but he then proceeds to drop (most likely) my second favorite verse in all of history. This was Illmatic. This was the debut album by which all debuts were going to fail in comparison to in the future. And the single featured artist on the entire album laced Nas something he actually couldn't follow up. And Nas' verse is great, too, don't get me wrong. I already said that lyricists pushing lyricists can do no wrong. Legendary to me. It's ridiculous.

Visualizing the realism of life and actuality,
Uff who's the baddest, a person's status depends on salary,
And my mentality is, money orientated.
I'm destined to live my dreams for all my peeps who never made it.

Plus AZ used the word "schweppervescence" in the song. Who else can claim that? Nobody. Watch this video and cry that Nas & AZ never got it together enough to do a collabo album. No one's ever come so hard for corporate. Well ... except Kanye, Rakim, KRS-One, & Nas again for Nike ...


... this was whatcha all been waitin' for ain't it?

Read More...

Monday, December 15, 2008

Vol. 2, Artwork


Here's the official Ern-laced cover.


Add it to your iTunes since you already downloaded my mixtape, son!

... this was whatcha all been waitin' for ain't it?

Read More...

Sunday, December 14, 2008

I Am Not Charles Hamilton








You can't talk to me about rap music today without me bringing up this dude. It's that simple. As 2008, Charles Hamilton is hip hop to me. He epitomizes everything enjoyable and worthwhile in the genre. Even though he wouldn't want me categorizing him within any genre.

It's just refreshing to hear someone who's not trying to be the next ... anybody! I'll take less money bragging, less thug posturing, less automobile endorsing, and less I-got-everything-on-lock any day of the week in my music. And in the same vein I'll take more introspection, more conceptual girl songs, more musical composition, more actual personality, more not-afraid-to-be-different while not being-different-just-to-be-different but because-I-actually-am-different, and more fun mixtapes any day of the week in my music, as well. Ladies and gentleman, let me reintroduce you to everything that is Charles Hamilton.


Name me any other label-backed musician in the world who is allowing you with full endorsement to take his music at your own discretion for an entire year absolutely free. Literally eight mixtapes worth of creative juices all for the effort of a "Right-Click, Save As". With anybody else, I'd be calling foul due to little or no creativity and each tape's prolly just a compilation of lazy freestyle verses over industry instrumentals. But not hear. Charles helms a butt-load of his own production along with fellow Demevolist producers and brings you an entirely new music experience every single time. But even you nowadays-heads would be proud as he flips ridiculous amounts of highly contemporary music into imaginative samples and creates a brand new song and concept out of something that was on the radio literally months ago. Take, for instance, Beyonce's "Single Ladies" [Ringtone Rap] or Rihanna's "Shut Up & Drive" [Lemme Know] or Hoobastank's "The Reason" [Mr. Perfect] or Young Jeezy's "Put On" [Jeezy Hamilton] or Rob Thomas' "Lonely No More" [Sweetheart (Take It Back)] or The-Dream's "I Luv Your Girl" [Wrong Side of the Bed]. Tell me you aren't completely feeling at least one of those songs or wanna hear how it got flipped. I dare you.

And now the clincher. Look deep inside of your soul and tell me who could flip the various retarded Windows computer noises into a hot hip hop joint? Seriously. This dude is beyond a genius musician. He's a real person.

Here are the links for the Hamiltonization Process 2008. It was pandemonium. And he's got beef with Soulja Boy? What else could you ask for from a rapper?




... this was whatcha all been waitin' for ain't it?

Read More...

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Intimate Friends


It's sad to me that Common and Alicia Keys have done more movies together than studio records. That's 1 to 0 if anybody's counting.

Common himself rumored about an "I Want You" remix with her, which woulda been fire, but it hasn't come about as of yet. But if you wanna link em up music-wise in another way (besides the less-than-stellar UnPlugged version of "Love It or Leave It Alone"), why not do it with a double sample article?


Both the Kanye-produced Alicia single and debut track from Common Sense (circa '92 again!) use the beautiful opening to Eddie Kendricks of the Temptations' 1977 song "Intimate Friends". Get up on your Motown history with this one!

Alicia Keys is fine. Just thought I'd mention that again before I closed the post ...

... this was whatcha all been waitin' for ain't it?

Read More...

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Vol. 2, A Laptop Chronicle


So here it is. Official album cover coming soon. So in its place is just a random picture.


Tracklist
1. An Incredible Intro [prod. by Sebastian]
2. All of It (feat. Lauryn Hill, John Legend, & Kanye West) [prod. by Kanye West]
3. An 808 & a Heartbreak (feat. Kanye West) [prod. by Chris Campbell]
4. Chasing Something (feat. Aaronn Ern & Lupe Fiasco) [prod. by Soundtrakk]
5. The First Interview
6. In My Mind [prod. by Quincy Tones]
7. Take It Off (feat. Andre 3000 & Norah Jones) [prod. by Andre 3000]
8. Cash Flow (feat. Shtee Gilp) [prod. by The Runners]
9. Brett Favre [prod. by Chris Campbell]
10. Another 808 (feat. Kanye West) [prod. by Chris Campbell]
11. The Second Interview
12. The Watcher 3 (feat. T-Burr & Daaave) [prod. by Dr. Dre]
13. RedLight/GreenLight (feat. Nova-Lyric, John Legend, & Andre 3000) [prod. by KP & Malay]
14. Here I Is (feat. Aaronn Ern & Avery Storm) [prod. by Drumma Boy]
15. The Third Interview
16. Calculus [prod. by Kanye West]
17. If You Were a Boy ... (feat. R. Kelly & BC Jean) [prod. by Toby Gad]
18. One Life [prod. by Nas]
19. Another Heartbreak (feat. Kanye West) [prod. by Chris Campbell]

This is the stuff. The first one was practice. The poetry was just some soul bearing. The remix was for fun. But this ... this is the stuff.

My favorite songs to make were the 808's trilogy. I took all 12 songs from Yeezy's new album and made concept mashed tracks from them. Consider it my album review for the masterpiece. Features from Aaronn, Steven & Tyler as always, but also an impressive first time collabo with Nova-Lyric.

The only surprise thing is that a couple tracks, including the famed brandUn DeShay joint, had to disappear from this specific tape. Is that possibly because they're going to be featured on a future full-length all-original released album? Only time will tell ...

Enjoy.

... this was whatcha all been waitin' for ain't it?

Read More...

Use Your Love


As everyone knows, I'm off Chuck & B.o.B currently. How dumb am I to not realize these two songs coexisted in my iPod?


They both flagrantly use The Outfield's "Your Love" from a billion years ago in 1985. Soul samples of course rule most all of hip hop sampledom, but I've nothing against 80's Brit pop/rock sneaking chipmunk-style into my new dudes' songs. Charles handles his own production while Bob's is produced by "Lollipop"-creator Jim Jonsin. I lean towards Hamilton's composition ear while calling it a complete tie on song writing. Bob's is a hilarious run-in story like only he can pull off right now, while Charles is deeply thought-provoking and conceptual. Below's the original, which itself is really, really good, along with a reggae remix by Wyclef. I'mma get a post up on Mr. Jean, soon. At some point last year, I listened to only his music for a solid two months. That's my dude.


So which one you like better?

... this was whatcha all been waitin' for ain't it?

Read More...

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Rappers That are Better Than Me, Part 2


First one was brandUn DeShay. Hard to follow that up. But maybe you'll see it fit once you watch this music video a lil' further down.

What other emcee you know that was actually born in Kenya, raised in London, Ontario, and got the most unnoticeable accent you've ever not heard?


I hate having to discover a guy from another blog, but that's how it happened. He was featured on The Rap Up under a series called "An MC I Care About Today". And after first listen, I cared about him, too.

"Cats say, 'you the illest.' I'm like, 'nah, B. Nah, B. Nah, B.'
Well, okay, prob'ly. But it's only cuz I rap like it's my hobby,
Not a jobby job, all sloppy and off key.
Y'all mad as march tryinna knock off the top seed."

I bought both of this dude's CDs off iTunes directly after I saw this music video for the first time. Shadrach Kabango, to me, is a poet laureate if there ever was one. His raps are so impeccably perfect that I literally cannot believe the bars that he puts together. There is not a single throw away lyric on either When This is Over or The Old Prince. They are undeniable classic albums to anyone who's ever heard either one. Unfortunately that's not enough people.

"His wife was still beside him under the blanket enclosed.
When he looked up at the clock, he saw the hands and it froze,
So the man just arose, put his hands to the roads,
And began to compose the most candid of prose."

So whether you're looking for punch line after punch line rolled off with perfect delivery or the most heart-pounding, picture-painting stories ever, Shad's got 'em. Throw in there a song where he hilariously argues with a white guy over both races in the NBA ("Real Game"), an in-depth story of a fallen musician personifying the entire music ("I Heard You Heard You Had a Voice Like an Angel"), a straight out lyrical rhythm jam session ("Rock to It"), an I-still-live-with-my-mom shame confessional ("The Old Prince Still Lives at Home"), and even a doctoral thesis on women ("Out of Love" & "Out of Love, Pt. 2"). No other emcee I've ever heard hits as many real people topics without ever becoming redundant or uninteresting. Dude is that dude.

"I'll never understand how flesh bein' torn apart feels.
Or how, after all the suffering, a heart heals.
On the rich screen, fields where they killed old and young.
Cold and numb, under the light of a golden sun.
It still stuns. Tell me what possesses man to, in anger, raise his hand?
I'll never understand."

Buy his albums so you can understand and enjoy life a little better. It's for your own good. Revolutionize what you're brain allows rappers to be. I hate to say it, but Canada's got one of the best rap scenes out there right now with Shad, k-os, Drake, and Famous. Still don't enjoy Kardinal in the slightest besides whoever is on his choruses, but Shad K makes up for his sell-out shortcomings ten-fold.

Read any of the lyrics I posted aloud and tell me they don't simply feel good. I don't care if it's just wordplay or social commentary, Shad puts the right words together in a way I can't compare anyone else to. Ever. For real. This is the only song I can give you cuz all of mine are flippin' iTunes protected.

Shad - I Get Down (direct link, so right click & "Save As ...")

... this was whatcha all been waitin' for ain't it?

Read More...

Classic: Deep Fried Frenz


I saw this on Charles Hamilton's blog and I was like, "aw snap, that's classic." So I clicked over to my blog to cement is as a Chris Campbell-authorized "Classic".


You'll prolly immediately recognize the Whodini vocal sample of, "friends ... how many of us have them?" Doom has always been a completely incomparable producer, so I always love his older material when he went over his own stuff. Now all his beats seem to immediately go to Ghostface Killah and the collabo album ain't even come out yet! But he rides this beat to perfection. And anyone who claims Metal Face goes completely rhymes nonsensical, catch this track and try to say the same. Everyone can relate to this cautionary tale. He's been missing for a minute now, but he's got plenty of material released in the first half of this decade for anyone to enjoy.

Though definitely not his first project to feature heavy comic book-sampled story lines, they're featured prominently as heard on the last minute of this track. It's an interesting take on interludes of sorts blended into the flow of the album. When you listen to enough of his various alter-egos and according albums, the story lines become natural and expected. So don't be scared the first time they cut in.

And I just like the fact that the album title MM.. FOOD is an anagram for M.F. DOOM. Clevuh.

... this was whatcha all been waitin' for ain't it?

Read More...

Monday, December 8, 2008

I Just Really Like This Song



So this is my new lil' series I'll be doing when I ain't got nothing else to write at the moment. If you don't ever cop any other tracks I post, which you completely should for the betterment of your life, make sure and get these. It's not that these are all-time pivotal tracks in the development of hip hop as we know it. I just really like this song.

This is one of those chill up your spine songs. I don't know what it samples over Ne-Yo's singing, but it makes me look forward to my wedding if that's in the cards. You know I worry 'bout that already on the daily.

... and so concludes another masterpiece

Read More...

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Dear Diary ...


I did a word association post way long ago about my favorite songs featuring the word "nobody". And I wanna do another one. So I'm gonna do another one. Here's another one.


The Idle song uses the same instrumental composed by Alicia, but everything else is 100% original. Idle Warship is another Talib Kweli group to join the ranks of Black Star, Reflection Eternal, and Liberation. Dude's starting to get an alias complex like MF Doom or Madlib ... connect those dots ...

It's really sad back in the '90s that Nas offed Cormega. If he hadn't, Mega prolly would be in everyone's top NY rappers list ever. Dude's got a real heavy poetic influence in his rhymes for such a hard-persona emcee.

But Ms. Keys' "Diary" is one of my favorite songs ever. Forever ever. There was a point in my life last year where, I swear, I had to watch the video for that song on my iPod every single night or I couldn't fall asleep. She made me content like nobody else could at 1:30 on any random night. Below isn't the video I'm talking about, but it's a taste of the song.
... and so concludes another masterpiece

Read More...

Friday, December 5, 2008

Classic: Thieves in the Night


"'Give me the fortune, keep the fame,'
Said my man Lewis. I agreed.
Know what he mean, cuz we live the truest lie.
I asked him, 'Why we follow the law of the bluest eye?'
He looked at me, he thought about it, was like 'I'm clueless. Why?'
The question was rhetorical, the answer is horrible ..."

I was slack jawed the first time I got to this song on the Black Star album. I have to admit getting on the train of thought quite late, first hearing of Talib Kweli and being intrigued because of Common and his feature on Kanye's "Get 'Em High". At least I got on it, though.


Black Star is the ridiculously intense duo of the aforementioned Kweli and fellow Brooklynite Mos Def. Hip hop never got any more raw to me than the 13 tracks that blessed my ears on their first, and currently only, collaborative LP. This specific track featured eye opening and soul provoking verses along with a Run-D.M.C.-like back and forth chorus between the emcees. And it was quite impressively helmed production-wise by 88 Keys who took a track away from Hi-Tek, the main producer of the album.

"Hidin' like thieves in the night from life,
Illusions of oasis makin' you you twice."

If Mos ever wasn't fully engulfed in some other production show-biz wise, the world would be so much better off with a sophomore Black Star collabo LP over a decade after the fact.

... and so concludes another masterpiece

Read More...

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Wah-Lay!


I'm always ... intrigued (careful word choice) to hear the sound when a new music scene is on the come-up from a city on the map not previously represented. While it was a little before my prime, in the mid '90s, Atlanta hip hop came out hard with a sound only capable of being described as Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik with groups such as OutKast, Goodie Mobb, and Parental Advisory in the early years defining their specific genre. Unfortunately, crunk became an offshoot of that as newer Atlanta acts became prominent in the mainstream. But it was something we hadn't heard before. And that's important, no matter what form it takes.

Houston is a more recent example. Children got to see before their very eyes the insanely huge, though temporary, celebration of the Chopped-N-Screwed and candy-painted movement of Texas with the inexplicable rise to fame of Slim Thug, Mike Jones, Paul Wall, Lil' KeKe, and others around 2005-ish. While I personally prefer to look at H-Town's richer history of the Geto Boys, Devin the Dude, and more recently Chamillionaire, no one can doubt the epic nature that distinctive sound took on the rap game for a little while.

Now the Washington, D.C. area is hoping to carve its niche in the hip hop universe on the shoulders of one man. Wale. Not "whale" as I ignorantly thought initially. But the magician/matador-like "Wah-lay"! I quote Phonte (pioneer of the NC sound!) way too much in my explanation of enjoyable and important rap music, but it applies here, too.

"Dope beats, dope rhymes. What more could y'all want?" (c) Phonte

It's a Calculus II-worthy formula that should be taught in kindergarden classes the world over. Wale prevails in his adherence to this formula. And if you're ever going to be formulaic, wouldn't this be the one you'd like to be classified under?


Before listening to the above tape I would never have believed anyone could pull off an ode to Seinfeld, regardless of genre. But Wale sets up each track as a Seinfeld episode experience in that they're methodically yet simply labeled "The [insert reason why it's relevant] Song". It's a beautiful concept that's beautifully utilized to poke fun at himself. Take for instance "The Cliche Lil' Wayne Feature" that was previously known as "Nike Boots (Remix feat. Lil' Wayne)" to earlier fans. That takes guts and humility to call yourself out as such. My personal favorite title is "The Roots Song Wale Is On" as he isn't even afraid to bill his song cementing his underground cred as thoughtfully funny on elaboration, either.

Wale takes chances in crafting his soundscape, but it's so second nature to him that the end product is consistently dope. He incorporated blatant go-go sounds as an ode to his hometown as well as live band orchestration, real drums, and heavy pop remixes, all while approaching his lyricism differently and successfully depending on the track he's adding to. His lyrics are constantly double-take worthy but never do you feel overloaded. If you're not in a thinking mode, he makes the flow just sound good so you can nod out to it.

Get up on Wale before that first official album drops. If not, you'll already be behind. And you'll have to be tutored in the fact that a single man is making rap relevant locally in America's capital. And his name ain't Barack Obama.

... and so concludes another masterpiece

Read More...

Monday, December 1, 2008

How Could You Be So Dr. Evil?


So I'm officially calling it my favorite album of the year.

808's & Heartbreak is exactly the perfect year-closing album to me as Gnarls Barkley's The Odd Couple was a perfect year-opening album. I like music. Forget hip hop as you perceive it. I listen to lyrics, concepts, sound utilization, and enjoyability. It just so happens that the rap I listen to usually encompasses that. But that's also exactly I'm not scared to listen to a rapper expand his hustle if the product is good. And here, in both cases, it's perfect music. Perfect.

So if B.o.B and KiD CuDi sing on their mixtapes even though they're prominently billed as rappers, so be it. I'm listening and enjoying it rather than other hip hoppers who are so obsessed with finding any and every reason they won't allow themselves to enjoy creativity.

And I'm posting this video again cuz I love it. My previous Kan post got deleted.

I'm just gonna post this unofficial 808 remix cuz it's pretty well done. Tyrese's rapping's aight, but he can sang. Let's just say Kanye can ... perform. Yeah, I'm good with that statement. Look me dead in the eyes and tell me you don't enjoy the melodies of this album once you hear my three concept songs to it on A Laptop Chronicle.


... and so concludes another masterpiece

Read More...

Between the Sheets


Everybody knows "I love it when you call me big poppa". It's a cultural reference for this generation as well as the last one. What surprised the heck out of me is when I heard a shuffle-playlisted Gwen Stefani song have the exact same instrumental sample to it as Biggie's biggest hit.

So of course I had to engulf myself in a Wiki search to make myself a quick pseudo-genius on its history. The sample is by, prolly the most hip hopified group ever, the Isley Brothers. The song is 1983's "Between the Sheets" from an album of the same name. Stefani's "Luxurious" jacks pretty much the same composition from the song on a poppy/girl-rock tip. Another song that much more subtly snatches it is the way-older-than-when-you-thought-he-started Common song "Breaker 1/9". Far cry from "Universal Mind Control". We're talking '92 here. Pre-Michael Jordan retirement jokes. Now that's old.


Maybe my favorite thing about this quick research is that this exact song, though a completely sonically different portion, is a sample in the famed "Ignorant Ish" released by Jay-Z multiple times.

... and so concludes another masterpiece

Read More...

If I Were a Song Stealer ...


This is in preparation for my to-be remixified version on Vol. 2. I think Beyonce's is retarded (and not good retarded), but I can handle this girl's. Cuz she wrote it! I hope BC Jean makes a hundred billion dollars because of it.


Forget Bey. BC has an amazing voice. Gorgeous.

... and so concludes another masterpiece

Read More...

Friday, November 28, 2008

Profound Visual Poetry

This is just one reason why Cee-Lo Green is in my top five emcees of all time. He's even higher up in my musicians rankings.
The absolutely redonkulous freestyle starts at 5:10 if you're not interested in the interview itself. I ripped the audio, so here's a mp3 of it if ya like:


Dungeon Family for life.

... and so concludes another masterpiece

Read More...

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Dag Nab It!


For all the 24 fans out there. I actually only saw my first episode of it tonight, but since Steven and Tristan swear by it, I got creatively inspired.



... and so concludes another masterpiece

Read More...

Classic: Renee


Now I hate to admit my lack of knowledge in any form of any subject, but I don't know much about the Lost Boyz. I assume they're a gang of Big Tootlez, Lil' Nibz, Killa Slightly, Yung Curly, and The Notorious Twinz who live in the slums of Nevuh Nevuh Hood. I'm not so sure about those facts, but I do know that "Renee" is an insanely greatly composed song and one of the most important story raps ever.


Aside from being produced by the unfortunately named Mr. Sexxx, this track is perfect. Don't get me wrong, the production's perfect, too, I just feel uncomfortable typing that name. The beat is haunting in every sense of the word, Mr. Cheeks' delivery makes the heart-tugging story even more emotionally captivating, and the foreshadowing chorus is catchy as well as begging you to listen on. Kanye West made a statement in a recent interview that rap songs nowadays don't keep your attention to the third verse. While that's often true, thank goodness this song dropped way back in 1996.

... and so concludes another masterpiece

Read More...

Message from a Black Man


These joints are prolly the most obviously triple-sampled ever, ever. Usually there's lyrical interpolation involved in sampling to not be a blatant rip, but these MC's said, "Nah, forget that son, I'm keepin' it real." That was in my Dave Chappelle typing voice if you couldn't tell. Jacked that picture from another site who did a similar post.



They all take their beautiful plucking from the song "Message from a Black Man" by The Whatnauts. I know it's in no way plagiarism cuz they each obviously got the sample cleared, but you think producers ever listen to music from somewhere close to abouts ... now? So which one you like betterest?

Verse-wise they each get different looks, though, cuz even though they each are from NYC and have a 6 degrees link [see: as-yet-unwritten classics "Verbal Intercourse" & "Biochemical Equation" as well as at 3:11 of this video], no one's accusing Metal Face, Bobby Digital, or Escobar of sounding anything alike.

... and so concludes another masterpiece

Read More...

Friday, November 21, 2008

Classic: Don't Go Breaking My Heart


This one's just for me. Definitely in my top ten songs of any and all genres from any and all time. Get up on it.


Third all-time saddest premature hip hop death in my opinion behind 2Pac and Biggie. Doesn't get shouted out enough as others such as J Dilla, Jam Master Jay, or Aaliyah, but was definitely a legend.

If you're having a bad day, either get up on your sertraline game or listen to ODB/Dirt McGirt/Baby Jesus sing. Either one. Here's a bonus beautiful tribute by the Clan.


... and so concludes another masterpiece

Read More...

Thursday, November 20, 2008

New New-ish: GemStones


No, he didn't make the XXL list cuz he's kinda less new-ish than a bunch of other cats, but you need some GemStones in your life. Well, if you're into that kinda jewelry or whatever you can have that, too, but you really need the rapper formerly known as "G to the -emini".

Normally, famous rapper tag-a-longs suck pretty monstrously. Not here. GemStones to Lupe is no Tony Yayo (always love to shout him out!) to 50, Young Dro to T.I., D12 to Em, or Memphis Bleek to Jay. Dude's a ridiculous spitter and has a voice to boot. Reminds me of Tyler, for real. Not saying I'm Lupe or anything, though, swear! I ain't that nice ... yet.

He sings his cornrows out on Lupe's "Just Might Be OK", "He Say She Say", "Pressure", and "The Emperor's Soundtrack" on the debut Food & Liquor. So take away the early Fahrenheit mixtapes and the public's heard Gem for just as long as the other Chicagoan. But it wasn't until he got his own Fahrenheit 1/15, Part 5: Untamed Beast that everybody got to actually hear what he brought to the table lyrically. And it was something else.

But by the time you got to fully digest all the punchlines of the beast, The Cool came out with three more features and Part 6: The Testimony of GemStones dropped as well. And dude was completely different. Not that he was ever bad, per say, but he got inexplicably better. And this video of the intro of his second tape's intro pretty much explains it.


GemStones mixtapes -

And I gotta give you this super exclusive bonus GemStones cover. I promise on my life you can't find this anywhere else in the world.


... and so concludes another masterpiece

Read More...

Dave Chapizzle: Interviewee


Big debut right now. As y'all know, I work on too much stuff at any one time and often neglect school work, so I never finish anything for real, for real. But here's the first released interview from the to-be comedy CD 27.ME ... see?

"thEE, to-bEE comedEE, cEEdEE, twenty-seven point mEE, sEE"

Please forgive me for that. Here ya go:


... and so concludes another masterpiece

Read More...

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

New New: Cory Gunz


This dude is on something else lyrically. It's been said by retard rap analysts that the word "lyrical" really doesn't mean anything, but you listen to dude and tell me it's not the very first descriptive term that hits you.

Cory Gunz Mixtapes -

It never hurts to have hip hop in the blood. Like B.o.B and Charles Hamilton, Cory finally got big time shine by being included on XXL's "next up" cover. I believe it. The craziest thing to me is that dude was set to blow like none other by being featured on the original version of "A Milli" long before Tha Carter III ever made it to the masses. But Wayne done completely cut him out of it. Everybody's got reasons for why, but I'm very confident it's very simply because Cory's verse was better. Wayne's got too much of an ego to let a lesser known commodity kill him on his to-be redonkulously big street single. Check this YouTube vid of the original verse and it's short video with it.

"Illie in the mind, really with the nine, millie when I rhyme, silly anytime,
Fine, chilly gitty on da grind, [gritty] on a dime, Penny on the line,
Plenty's in me, any guineas with em bigger than a mini and remind I'm..."

Try saying that normally without tripping. And he rides the beat something silly with it. That's that Eminem on "Gatman and Robbin'" type flow, shout outs to Jon Payne. You're allowed to be a street rapper and still take pride in what comes out of your pen. The collective world is looking at you 50 Cent, Plies, Lil' Scrappy, Uncle Murda, Jeezy, and every single other self-proclaimed "hustler rapper".

If that's not good enough, he took an extra stab at "A Milli" with Jadakiss. And I wanted to throw up his back-and-forth with Charles, too. It's good when lyricists push lyricists. Always. Weezy couldn't take the heat, so he pushed Cory out of the kitchen and turned down the thermostat.


And he rest his case. Next up.

... and so concludes another masterpiece

Read More...

You Don't Have to Be Alone


You know this sample already, but you either think Lil' Wayne is the most innovative genius ever for rhyming over it or are pissed at him realizing he ain't did nothing new.



These works utilize the New Birth's "You Don't Have to Be Alone". Like last time, I can't find an mp3 of the 1970 song, but you know YouTube for whatever reason has everything, so click the song title link. Fest's Mark Ronson-produced work takes advantage of the full hook, leading into the natural "tell a story" continuation, but I'm not gonna front, the Wayne version is from his peak lyrical state. Definitely pre-Dedication 3. Definitely. Which one you like better? Don't wanna split y'all, rap heads vs. Wayne heads, though!

"La, la la la la la la, la la la, la." Catchy, huh?

.... and so concludes another masterpiece

Read More...

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Is JT Hip Hop?


Justin Timberlake. Complicated answer, debatable and prolly Column worthy. Real answer, no. Solves it for me.


Decide for yourself. I always was a "Signs" fan for the hilarity of Justin cursing something hard in the chorus. And I always thought he said "homies dead and gone" on the T.I. song, but nah, he said "old me's ...". So not as funny.

... and so concludes another masterpiece

Read More...

Monday, November 17, 2008

Do You Really?


I really tried to like it. Nah, more so tried to understand it. But it just wasn't believable to me.



If it's your "daily devotion that verses stay deeper than the ocean," then why do you have to say it? And why aren't the verses actually deep then? And if you say you know you "do a little boastin' and braggin'," then why spend the rest of the time only boasting and bragging, only offering an opposition to that by continuing to only say you "don't do it for the cars and the fancy drops"? Sayin' it don't make it so. (c) Me

I just don't get it. I'm listening to every line and every beat scratch and just not enjoying this attempt at real hip hop trailed with two legends. And I understand how Jay and Nas' verses each come around relating that they are the best to do it, but ... I just really wish the lyrics could have spoken for themselves. This song to me, even if it did have good intentions, is a begging cry by Ludacris in a Dave Chappelle voice to "PLEASE BELIEVE ME!!!"

You can't make up for the tragedy of a sellout record that Release Therapy was by making a title-proclaimed "for hip hop" track. It's just too forced and Luda is so delved and immersed in the commercialism of his persona that I'm not sure if it's possible for him to do a straight track anymore. But that's just me. And I'm willing to take a "hater" tag for saying that. I haven't enjoyed a track yet that's leaked from Theater of the Mind. Maybe cuz the beats suck pretty hard, too.

Again, I wanted to like it. I haven't grabbed the DJ Premier-laced "MVP" track yet, but "I Do It for Hip Hop" was definitely begging for a Premo scratch. Wyldfyer, whoever that is, did nothing for me in the minute and a half outro. Don't believe the hype.

If you do it for hip hop, other people will say it for you. It coulda been so much more. Take it in the same vain vein as "Swagga Like Us". Oh, yes, I said "vain vein". I don't do it for the praise and the fancy tones, I do it for homophones. (c) Me [instantaneously!]

... and so concludes another masterpiece

Read More...

More of Bob


I'm gonna force this dude on you. Ha!



Him and Charles Hamilton are both the dude right now to me. And I'mma write up the Hamiltonization Process in its entirety in a lil' while, so expect that dopeness.

Not that any of B.o.B's music was old, but this tape has extra freshness like the loose end songs I posted on that other write up. Most of the songs are short and sweet, with a hilarious "Double Bubble" freestyle elaboration to me, even though you prolly don't know the retarded Stat Quo original. It was the first B.o.B feature I ever heard I guess, even though it was never tagged as such that I know of. I guess I'll just post it then. Ha!


Who knew? But like I highlighted last time, B.o.B is apparently the only dude in the world who knows how to make good interludes. They're hilarious and actually have replay value. But hey, the music's great, too. Surprise, surprise.

... and so concludes another masterpiece

Read More...

Classic: Retrospect for Life


I pray, quite often as a matter of fact, that Lauryn Hill blesses the world with more music at some point in the future. In my mind, Ms. Hill is the only voice out there that can compete with Ern right now. Dead serious.


Back in the day when the Fugees were everybody's favorite group, Lauryn made one of her extremely rare features on an amazingly touching Common track. This is circa 1997, mind you. Fresh off The Score. So this is serious. Lauryn humming under Common's lyrics gives me chills now nodding to the set-up of me and Ern's "My Life" track. It's just the stuff. I'm a sucker for piano loops in any given rap track, but a frickin' sucker for one with Lauryn Hill singing her soul out over that piano loop.


Find out if he stayed or not. And why he had to make that decision at all. This is real people music. And Common's jumped doubly ahead of every other rapper on my Classic series in number of tracks featured. Ha! It's crazy surprising to me, and I guess I take this track's perfectness for granted, but this is the only collabo between these two legends. Don't be the one who doesn't know.

... and so concludes another masterpiece

Read More...

Sunday, November 16, 2008

My Girl, She's A Fox


I wanted to start a lil' series of similar sampled songs and, if you're so inclined as a participating listener, you tell me which song you either like better or which one utilized the sample better. If you don't get what I'm saying, just listen to the two tracks and you should have an eery deja vu involving certain melodies or distinctive sounds throughout. Today's challenge is Amy Winehouse versus my arch-enemy (haha!) John Legend.


I did a quick search to find out the sample is from the 1966 song, "(My Girl) She's a Fox", by a group called the Icemen. I couldn't find an mp3 of it for my life, but you'd be enlightened to know it featured a very early appearance by Jimi Hendrix on guitar and maybe the first ever musical translation into -izzle language. No, seriously. The song ends on the lyric, "she's a fizzox." Now tell me my blog ain't educational! Plus here's a pretty awesome blend/remix with both peeps if you need both at the same time.

So which one do you prefer?

... and so concludes another masterpiece

Read More...

Friday, November 14, 2008

Mildly Dedicated


"When they play that new [Weezy] all the dope boys go ..."

Crazy, obviously. Now I can say I was a big fan of Tha Carter III and all of its hyped epicness. But ... Dedication 3? Garbage. Try for yourself if you willingly want to immerse yourself in Willie Da Kid and Gudda Gudda. Plus dang near as many pointless interludes as songs. Yeah. It's that bad.


Hopefully that's the last I ever speak of it. Only saving grace is Wayne's Kanye imitation on the "Put On" freestyle. Too late to make it on my remix mixtape, though.

... and so concludes another masterpiece

Read More...

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Women in Hip Hop


I'm not gonna use this post as a doctoral thesis on their role in hip hop (maybe some other time), but in leu of me and Ern's back-and-forth rap track "Here I Is", I wanted to share the greatest hip hop dude-and-chick duets you may or may not have heard before.


Sorry, but Miss Rap Supreme is unfortunately not characteristic of how impressive female emcees can spit. The first two tracks are beautiful, albeit uncomfortable, love stories with true perspective. Amazing and emotional storytelling. The second two are straight hard-hitting, no nonsense lyricism. I need to get better up on Apani B's music. I only have two tracks from her currently, but she's something else on the mic. But I still hold my firm opinion that Lauryn Hill is the greatest non-testosterone laced rapper of all time.

... and so concludes another masterpiece

Read More...

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

#4: Washington


Just found my Kerry post deleted, but for review:

Numba 4 is ... Kerry Washington!!!

She directed the video for this song with Alicia Keys and Kanye West in it, which might be my favorite off of Common's last album: I Want You (direct link)

And she's gorgeous.

... and so concludes another masterpiece

Read More...

Monday, November 10, 2008

The Laptop Mixtape [The Originals]


I wanted to give you all a frame of reference for my first mixtape in case you didn't recognize all the instrumentals I went over.



Here's the tracklist:
1. A Milli - Lil' Wayne feat. Cory Gunz
2. The Coolest - Lupe Fiasco
3. Brown Paper Bag - DJ Khaled feat. Young Jeezy, Juelz Santana, Lil' Wayne, Fat Joe, Rick Ross, & Dre
4. Heart of the City (Ain't No Love) - Jay-Z
5. Piece of Mind - The ARE feat. Truth Enola
6. Daydreamin' - Lupe Fiasco feat. Jill Scott
7. Building Steam with a Grain of Salt - DJ Shadow
8. Liberation - OutKast feat. Cee-Lo, Erykah Badu, & Big Rube
9. New - The ARE
10. Don'tGetIt - Lil' Wayne
11. Untitled - The ARE
12. Success - Jay-Z feat. Nas
13. Fallin' - Jay-Z
14. If I Ain't Got You - Alicia Keys
15. Never Let Me Down - Kanye West feat. Jay-Z & J. Ivy
16. Champion - Kanye West
17. We Takin' Over - DJ Khaled feat. Akon, T.I., Rick Ross, Fat Joe, Birdman, & Lil' Wayne
18. Mr. Carter - Lil' Wayne

... and so concludes another masterpiece

Read More...

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Remix Part Three!!!: Corrected

Chris Campbell-
Remix Part Three!!!

... and so concludes another masterpiece

Read More...

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Tomorrow

Remix Part Three!!!

Mixtape by Chris Campbell

1. Mr. Carter (Remix feat. Lil' Wayne, The Game, Jay-Z, Papoose, Nov Ganon, & Wale) [Produced by Infamous]
2. Bust Your Windows (Remix feat. Jazmine Sullivan, Skillz, Esso, Ace Hood, Trey Songz, & Gorilla Zoe) [Produced by Salaam Remi]
3. Whatever You Like (Remix feat. T.I., Trey Songz, Gorilla Zoe, "Weird Al" Yankovic, & Flo-Rida) [Produced by Jim Jonsin]
4. No One (Remix feat. Alicia Keys, Aaronn Ern, Donny Goines, Ron Artest, Stann Kruse, Junior Reid, Raheem DeVaughn, Cassidy, Icadon, Damian Marley, Kanye West, & Twista) [Produced by Alicia Keys]
5. Let The Beat Build (Remix feat. Lil' Wayne, Royce Da 5'9", Evidence, Esso, Fabolous, Cam'Ron, Freeway, Ruckus, Stat Quo, & BK Cyph) [Produced by Kanye West]
6. Superstar (Remix feat. Lupe Fiasco, Young Jeezy, Skyzoo, Charles Hamilton, GemStones, Rick Ross, T.I., Sheek Louch, Young Buck, & Matthew Santos) [Produced by Soundtrakk]
7. Incredible (Remix feat. Mickey Factz, AC, BK Cyph, Buckshot, Cory Gunz, Curren$y, Deontre Blayz, Donny Goines, FKi, Izza Kizza, Krukid, The Madd Rapper, MeLo-X, Nakim, Naledge, Nina B, PRINT, Ricky Ruckus, Skyzoo, A Smash, Smoke Dza, Theophilus London, Torae, Tyga, XV, & 6th Sense) [Produced by Sebastian]
8. A Milli (Remix feat. T-Wayne, Amil, Asher Roth, Bow Wow, Chamillionaire, Charles Hamilton, Chris Brown, Cory Gunz, Curren$y, Fabolous, The Game, Hot Dolla, Jadakiss, Jay-Z, Kardinal Offishall, Killer Mike, KRS-One, Lil' Mama, LL Cool J, Los, MF Doom, MIMS, Nate Walka, Ne-Yo, The Pack, Papoose, Pitbull, R. Kelly, Raheem DeVaughn, Rock City, Skooda Chose, & Trey Songz) [Produced by Bangladesh]
9. Can't Believe It (Remix feat. T-Wayne, JoJo, Trey Songz, Raheem DeVaughn, Kardinall Offishall, 50 Cent, Rock City, & Akon) [Produced by T-Pain]
10. Put On (Remix feat. Young Jeezy, Jay-Z, Kanye West, David Banner, Raheem DeVaughn, Ludacris, Lil' Kim, The-Dream, Ace Hood, Wale, Rick Ross, Plies, Rock City, MIMS, Sly Polaroid, & Chamillionaire) [Produced by Drumma Boy]
11. Swagga Like Us (Remix feat. Trey Songz, Diddy, Jermaine Dupri, Nu Jerzey Devil, Krukid, Mickey Factz, ATM, Apathy, Attitude, Doc Oct, Drake, Hot Rod, Rick Ross, Twista, Tom Gist, Termanology, Donny Goines, A.Pinks, Naledge, GLC, & Tony Yayo) [Produced by Kanye West]
12. In Review … [Produced by Chris Campbell]

... and so concludes another masterpiece

Read More...

Classic: We Don't Care



It was my first exposure to one of today's only world-scale rock stars. "Drug dealin' just to get by/Stack your money til it gets sky high." Well that's your run-of-the-mill rap chorus ... until you actually listen to the record and realize it's a children's choir singing it ...

But starting with this very first track on The College Dropout, Ye cemented himself as the quintessential everyman rapper (at least at that time). No big fame besides a few production plaques to his name (most notably Jay's "H to the Izzo! V to the Izzay!"), no national award performances, and no pressure to create an absolute classic. But he did anyway and achieved the fame and world renown very soon after!

Now I'mma straight admit that I pretty much sweat every single new Kanye leak from to-be album of the year, 808's & Heartbreak, even though it's not the cool thing for a rap fan to appreciate at the moment according to 94% of the blogs out there. I don't mind the autotune for a minute, maybe because it's personally blessed my less-than-stellar vocals as well. But let it be known, '04 era Kanye music is legendary. He changed music. So much so that he absolutely can't accept rehashing past classic material in subsequent releases. No matter what.

And this is just me flexing my supa rare exclusivity by actually purchasing the Dropout's initial music video DVD with a bonus of seven special edition tracks not on anything else. Who else got this?


... and so concludes another masterpiece

Read More...

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

My Lambo Isn't Blue


I'm trying to decide if it's worth it or not for me to write up an election column on here. Just seems to me, at least for one emotional night, no one is even remotely open to actually listen to a differing opinion. If your Facebook status currently isn't "My Pr3ZiD3NT is BLACK" or "I'm moving to Canada because this country is hopeless and everyone in it is evil and ignorant", then I'm genuinely surprised. People are ... people I guess. Whatever.

But on the music tip, I pretty much hated every rapper's Barack Obama track because they were redundant and rarely brought up actual issues. So I had to leave it up to John Legend to actually write a real song about it. And he didn't even name drop. It's just a track of hope in the middle of an electoral atmosphere. That's all. So check it, unless you're giving up on the foundation of a 242-year old country that is the greatest establishment ever put together, just because you don't agree with what you think an elected official's financial or gay rights plan is. Or if you think an admittedly proud born-again Christian is the antichrist. The second track's a bonus on that spoken word/Chicago hip hop/new age pop scene stuff. Ha! And God bless you to the few even keeled people out there currently!


... and so concludes another masterpiece

Read More...

Monday, November 3, 2008

#2: Ms. Keys


And the long-delayed next installation of my wifey series.


Numba 2 is ... Alicia Keys!!!

I am definitely not a notable original in my thinking of this woman, but goodness.

I'm confident enough to crown Ms. Keys the songstress of our generation. Who doesn't know every single word and scat-like odd note of "Fallin'", "If I Ain't Got You", "Karma", or "No One"? No one. That's who.

She's the genuine human version of every fake Beyonce/Ciara/Christina Milian R&B singer that gets on the charts and stays in the public eye. You just know she's for real. You just know. And you can't tell me otherwise. Plus 30 million records and 11 Grammy's?

Forget that she's been in Smokin' Aces, The Nanny Diaries, and The Secret Life of Bees to show she's not just a beautiful voice. And she's got the new James Bond theme song. If that ain't legit, I don't know what it.


I love her. Bought every album. Sought every rare feature. Sweat every new music video. Yeah. That's my girl. She's undeniably one of the most talented woman in the world in my opinion.

And she's gorgeous.

... and so concludes another masterpiece

Read More...

Been a Long Time Comin'


Amazing track.


Basically a millisecond after I was gonna big up all of them, 3/10ths of the XXL-ers got their crazy collabo game on. Absolutely love this, obviously, Sam Cooke-sampled track. The three on here are the three to the right on the magazine cover. Wale is the red-jacketed one, and he coulda came with some heat on this track, too!

And get up with your inner old school self with the original! Good look to whoever produced the track up top.


"The next Em, Ye, and Andre? Naw, it's just ..." (c) Asher Roth. Thank you for answering the question yourself, but I ain't gonna hate on you bringing it up.

... and so concludes another masterpiece

Read More...