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Capital STEEZ - Free the Robots
Jamal Dewar, also known as Capital STEEZ, was the late member of Pro Era that committed suicide on December 24th of 2012. He was one of the founders of the group and, in my opinion, was on par with Joey to be one of the standout members. Unfortunately his life and legacy was cut short leaving us with only what could have been. What I appreciate about STEEZ is how he blends his rough rhyme style with such jazzy and fluid beats. He adds so much emotion to his delivery that on any track he gets on his verse seems to stand out because of it, even if it is not the most technical in wordplay or syntax. On Free the Robots, STEEZ takes a personal stance on some of the corrupt circumstances he sees that we live in. Gradually becoming more aggressive with his flow as the beautiful beat of Diary (prod. by Free the Robots) progresses, he goes on to detail what frustrates him to ending with a declaration to never submit to the vicious life cycle of the hood that continues to swallow the youth that live there. Hip hop lost a true conscious member of its community last year, but songs that STEEZ has left behind can still be cherished. Although once you hear his passion and emotion you will start to feel the disappointment I felt once you realize something good is gone forever.
Favorite Bars -
“It’s a shame that flippin’ crack will be
The best alternative if you don’t make it rappin’
These crack houses and trap houses are trappin’ us in
And in the end we’re gonna remain stagnant
I ain’t havin’ it”
Kid Espi - Oregon Homeboy
I would be very surprised if you already knew about Kid Espi’s music. He’s extremely low-key even though he has some really great works, such as this gem. To this day it’s one of the best songs I know that’s about “repping the home state”. It’s easy to talk big, but Kid Espi keeps his lyrics down to earth and honest, which gives this song a very human and relatable feel. Even though I live in Ohio, it’s still easy to compare my hometown to his. This is independent hip-hop at its best. Oregon Homeboy is off of his 2007 album True Love + High Adventure.
My Song Rating: 9.5 out of 10
(Source: hiphopfightsback)Played 689 times.
Young Nigga - She Won’t a Young Nigga
Whenever Tyler, The Creator decides to really shit on the laughable “go hard” gangster rappers of this modern era, he takes the persona of Young Nigga, whom has an unquenchable taste for only the most expensive pastas. Not only has Tyler’s musical ability improved, but he has also noticeably sharpened his parody/comedy skills. This is damn genius, and by far his best Young Nigga work ever.
Dub FX, CAde, Pete Philly & Mr. Woodnote - Supernova Pilot
Dub FX is one of my favorite UK artists. Though I haven’t had the privilege of listening to much of his catalog, every song I’ve ever heard by this man that was done LIVE is fucking amazing. He makes the beats himself using nothing but his voice, some effects, and a looping machine. The intro on this song before the beat builds up is painfully long but once the lyrics come in you’ll be glad you stuck around. Every artist involved in this song fits it perfectly — voice, flow, lyrics (saxophone for Mr. Woodnote fits great too). My personal favorite is Dub FX’s own verse (third verse). The voice effects make me feel like I’m listening to an alien rapping. Anyway, an overall great song to check out.
“I’m pretty much just listening to classic shit that I grew up on, like, they had some good stuff in the 2000s also, but everything that’s being played on the radio I could do without, so…I don’t even like listening to rap anymore. I just listen to the things that are classic….and I listen to Spanish music n’ shit.”
“I give a shit what you think of my life, hitting up every wife, cause we all up on strife.”
Given that essentially all of my followers have extremely good taste in music (your recommendations are always top notch), I’m going to start allowing follower submitted music reviews. So if you come across a song that’s randomly the greatest thing you’ve heard in a while or an old time favorite of yours that no one knows about, and you feel obligated to share it with the masses, just submit the song along with a brief well worded review. All you need to make sure of is that it meets a high standard of writing. If you are a colorful writer and have a blatantly good ear for hip-hop, I won’t have any trouble posting multiple of your reviews, in case you decide submitting your favorite music will become an ongoing thing.
It’ll also have to be in youtube format, so make sure the video can go at least to 480 in resolution, since anything less really takes away from the sound quality.
If I get any above average submissions today, I’ll definitely be posting them later tonight.
I had a few friends running in the Boston Marathon today. Thankfully they escaped unharmed. If you haven’t heard yet, 3 bombs went off today at the marathon. The 3rd one exploded only an hour ago.
NPR - Rapper Homeboy Sandman overcoming the odds
Without exaggeration this is greatest hip-hop related story I’ve ever heard, and it’s a must listen for everyone who understands the kinds of risks and sacrifices musicians need to take. I’ve been a fan of Homeboy Sandman for many years, but I never knew about this crazy/inspiring tale. It also really helps that he’s a damn good story teller.
My favorite song by Homeboy Sandman is Calm Tornado, which you should click if you want to read my review for it.
Long live NPR and real shit.Played 372 times.