December 21, 2011 § Leave a comment
Die Antwoord is ready to take on 2012 with a new album! The South African rap group will drop their new album, TEN$ION, on February 7.
Check out their video for their first single, “Fok Jullie Naaires” below. It’s pretty dope:
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Read on to see the full tracklist for TEN$ION
December 20, 2011 § Leave a comment
Newly signed “We The Best” member Mavado released a new video for his first single off the label, “Emergency.” Featuring labelmate Ace Hood, the grimy song has signs of becoming a street anthem.
The beat is fire and I’m always happy to see Dancehall artists getting more mainstream exposure.
December 15, 2011 § Leave a comment
Wale shows no signs of slowing down, as he just released a video for his new single “Chain Music” off his sophomore effort Ambition.
A bumping beat paired with clean visuals? Sounds like a hit to me!
Check out the video for yourself below:
“Chain so big, can’t pop my collar!”
October 18, 2011 § 1 Comment
From the start of his come-up, J.Cole was compared to the likes of Drake and many others. But on September 27th, the North Carolina-bred rapper took a break from his successful mixtapes to give us his heavily anticipated debut album Cole World: The Sideline Story. After learning about Cole’s story and his passion to become the rapper he always envisioned in his dreams, I supported his motives and the release of his first album. Unfortunately, the hype was built too high for this album that it crashed. The album sales may be sky-rocketing, but I’ll pass on the ride.
“Dollar and a Dream III” is a decent intro to Cole World. It tells the listener about his come-up, his dreams and his life experiences. The track gives a nice background storyline to the album. It is followed by my favorite track, “Can’t Get Enough”. I love the beat on this record; it instantly took me back to Jigga Man’s “Big Pimpin” days. Cole is a true braggadocio on this track, referring to girls as hoes and sex objects, but it works. The track fits in with the hustler-type music of today, but distinguishes itself with its touch of Caribbean-flair.
“Lights Please” thus begins the decline of Cole World. The track doesn’t grab my attention; the beat is boring and Cole’s bars aren’t fresh. But the production of “Mr. Nice Watch” brings the much-needed flavor back into the record. The track reminds me of what Niggas in Paris’s step-sister would sound like. J. Cole tries to take it to that next level, but the experienced Jay-z overpowers the novice rapper.
August 15, 2011 § 3 Comments
When Kanye West and Jay-Z announced their collaboration on an LP, everyone went berserk. It didn’t matter if you were a fan of theirs or not, you knew that this collaboration would be deadly. In my eyes, Kanye West and Jay-Z serve as Hip-Hop legacies, royalties of the game who are awarded the audacity to flaunt their accomplishments. Plus, the duo is incredibly talented as well. So I, like many others, waited with frizzled anticipation when Watch The Throne was given to the world on August 8th, 2011.
The album begins with the killer No Church in the Wild, featuring up & coming R&B artist Frank Ocean. The rumbling bass line on the track gives off an old-school Action movie feel, making it a powerful album opener. Following the song is Lift Off, a space-age song that features the amazing Beyoncé. But her incredible voice couldn’t really hold up the track. You would think three music powerhouses coming together would create a hit; surprisingly Lift Off is one of the weaker tracks on the record.
March 23, 2011 § Leave a comment
“Gun Session (Remix)” is one of the most heavy hitting songs I know, hence its constant rotation on my iPod & iTunes. The seamless combination of Dancehall and Hip-Hop would make any pair of ears drip with ecstasy. But putting the voices of Dancehall giants Vybz Kartel, Sizzla, and Shabba Ranks over the gangsta sampling of Young Jeezy feat’ Akon’s “Soul Survivor”, how could you go wrong?
When I first heard the song in 2007, I instantly knew the record was going to be on repeat for a long while. I’m a fan of unapologetic & murderous lyrics, and I also appreciate a bass-heavy beat thumping hard on my eardrum. “Gun Session” provided me with both of those aesthetics and brought it to THAT next level. It doesn’t matter if you understand the lyrics or not, you can’t deny that this record is a smash.
“Put di forty-five under di bladda. Squeeze di trigga, yuh hear it go RATTA TATATA!”