NPR - Talib Kweli On Mainstream Hip-Hop & Honoring The Old School
“Sex, drugs and party, party, party. That’s where it’s at in the mainstream. But you’d be fooled if you only got your hip-hop from the mainstream. One of the biggest hip-hop artists in the country right now is Macklemore, who doesn’t do anything like that….But the things that move people are not just found in the mainstream culture. So when we talk about hip-hop in general, hip-hop is preoccupied with life. You could find a hip-hop song dealing with any subject matter, but the stuff that’s being promoted and marketed and the corporations are spending major money on is the decadent stuff, which is mostly about drug use and sex. That’s why people get a skewed perspective of hip-hop. Hip-hop fans themselves aren’t even listening to that stuff.”Played 200 times.
It’s funny…because it’s true. He was never shit.
Not going to lie though, I did enjoy dancing to his only good song back in early high school, but that didn’t last long. You know what I’m talking about.
(May 19, 1925 – February 21, 1965)
Malcom X would be 88 today.
Tupac recorded 67 tracks in 11 months during the making of his 1995 classic All Eyez On Me.
Fat Trel – Freak A Melody (ft. Wale)
Fat Trel hails from Washington D.C. along with his feature and friend Wale, who signed Trel in 2010 at the time of this mixtape. The sample is my favorite part of this song because it exemplifies of the polarity of a hood rapper with an uncommon indie sample, which is from Hannah by Freelance Whales. The trap/hood rap scene is one of the most grossly overpopulated and watered down music scenes in existence. Fat Trel is no savior, but he keeps his head far above this general cesspool of shit. This is my second favorite song off of Fat Trel’s 2010 mixtape No Secrets. My favorite song, which I already reviewed, is Deep Thought.
My Song Rating: 8.9 out of 10Played 361 times.
It’s amazing, but I still like J. Cole’s first one more.
Have you heard of the hip-hop group Onyx? Well they randomly want to business with me, which is amazing since I’m a huge fan. If you can’t tell I’m smiling right now.
Obie Trice - Don’t Come Down
Respect to all the struggling mothers out there doing the best they can. This one of my favorite songs off of Obie Trice’s excellent 2003 debut album Cheers. I’ve been meaning to post more Obie Trice, so look for that in the future. Also you should check out the music video if you’re curious.
“It was just me and you, in the house, with that mouse and them traps and that gat. Waiting on the day for you to pull the trigger back.”
My Song Rating: 9.4 out of 10Played 220 times.
“Fake hair, fake nails, fake eyes too. That’s why you’re bound to fuck with fake guys too.”
The left portrait was taken in Harlem in the 1930s. I’m assuming his name was Jay-A, the original Jay.
“I’m so far ahead of my time, I’m bout to start another life. Look behind you, I’m bout to pass you twice. Back to the future and gotta slow up for the present. I’m fast, niggaz can’t get past my past. How they propose to deal with my perfect present? When I unwrap “The Gift & the Curse” in one session.”
I’m officially going to be working on some projects with the people over at Real Hip-Hop Heads.
You should definitely give them a like to help show them some support.