Thursday, 13 February 2014

Leave hip-hop alone.. haha


How’s everyone doing, it’s another week and that means another blog post. This week I decided to try and touch base on some more serious topics that pertain to the music I and you love. This week I want to talk about hip-hop and weather it is the very thing that is ruining the youth of today, and I also wanted to talk about a few songs I will be adding to my blog playlist.

Ever since man-kind has been coming together as a society there has been conflict, and it seems to be one thing that man won’t ever seem to evolve from. The wild thing to me though, is the fact that responsibility is something you don’t have to take when we were raised in societies where the first thing they do is point to something or someone else. To say that hip-hop or rap music, or any music for that matter, is a main factor when some lunatic takes a gun and shoots a mall up or something. It seems to me that instead of looking at things like mental health, family issues, abusive relationships and trying to find out where along the lines this soul got so misguided; it’s easier to say he was listening to Eminem before doing what he did. I am by no means saying that certain music does not make one fantasies about a certain lifestyle, but listening to gangster rap never made me want to cap some fool. This is a complicated topic, so I am now more than ever, looking forward to hearing some feedback from you guys! Here are this week’s songs to be added to the playlist, some music that shows the power this genre truly has.
1.       No more guns allowed- Snoop Lion ft. Drake
2.       Promise land- Damian Marley ft. Nas 
3.       That thing- Lauryn Hill 

Thursday, 6 February 2014

Canadian hip-hop; we can rap to eh!



What’s happening everybody, in this post I really want to shed some light on the Canadian hip-hop industry, talk about some recent news about Lil Wayne apparently hinting at the drop of “Dedication 5” and more songs will be added to my playlist for all you dope track junkies.


The Canadian independent music industry is actually a huge contributor to Canada’s economy and creates a lot of jobs with high potential earnings. However, I feel as though Canadian hip-hop artists are not as relevant as they should be globally. Classified is a perfect example of a pure artist; meaning, he does everything from producing, sampling and rapping himself. With certain exceptions: Drake, Kardinal Offishall; Canadian artist mostly seem to remain relevant only in Canada. Hip-hop is universal, so explore this genre and see what this world has got to offer.


Lil Wayne; in his not so recent song “Bugatti”, made a reference to the drop of “Dedication 5” as his next album. He has made hints and statements before; however, YMCMB’s president, Mack Maine tweeted shortly after the release of this song confirming the hint is true. I realize this news is not exactly new, but given the mans health concerns and the fact that its weezy I'm talking about. I consider the news to be relevant. Keep your eyes and ears open for that people, and I really do wish good health to Lil Wayne.


Songs:


1.      Maritimes- Classified 
2.      Born and Raised in the ghetto- Point Blank
3.       u.o.e.n.o remix- Future, Rick Ross, A$AP Rocky, Wiz Khalifa and 2 Chainz 
http://www.hotnewhiphop.com/dj-drama-confirms-lil-wayne-s-dedication-5-is-on-the-way-news.6005.html

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Best of 2013- Break-out Artists and Albums.

2013 seems like it was here and gone in a flash but it was not without its fair share of great hip-hop. Certain artists really made waves this year, but none more than artists like: Pusha-T, Eminem, Kendrick Lamar and Jay-Z.

I would have to say that Pusha T had the most incredible year, and really surprised me with his lyric content growth from the time of the Clipse. His album had some really good jams, and a decent mix of rappers; especially, rappers that Pusha can hit way harder than (2- chainz and Big Sean).  Eminem made history with his album, Marshall Mathers LP2, making it his 6th straight #1 album! A lot of people hated on the album, but Eminem really cannot be touched lyrically. His lyrics were crazy and his delivery was relentless and on-point. To me, the only thing that really makes a legend in rap is longevity, and this year Jay-Z, Eminem and Talib Kweli showed us that time doesn’t change much for amazing artists. Talib came out with two albums within the same year: Prisoner of Conscious and Gravitas; both were really well-made and had a bunch of banging songs and features. Makes me happy that lyricism can still survive in a time where beats seem to rule the hip-hop enviroment. If you haven’t already, go check out some of these artists new stuff and support good music.
Tracks:
1.       Let me love you- Pusha-T ft. Kelly Rowland.
2.       Bad Guy- Eminem.
3.       Nostalgia- Pusha T ft. Kendrick Lamar.
4.       Push Thru- Talib Kweli ft. Curren$y and Kendrick Lamar.

5.       Holy Grail- Jay-Z ft. Justin Timberlake.

Thursday, 23 January 2014

Hip-hop Today



Hello and welcome to hip-hop weekly; this week is a pretty interesting one for me. Not only have I enjoyed and looked forward to a lot of new music that’s coming out, but I also read an article that really pertains to some of my personal views and perception of the “game” and how it is today. It’s a frequently talked about thing, and if you’re a true fan you most likely have an opinion on the matter. I would love to hear those, but first allow me to state mine.

Hip-hop is a genre unlike any other; the genre has roots in so many other genres’, so its sound is virtually infinite with possibilities. However, sometimes music becomes a little to manufactured and mathematical. Much rather; music is an extension of the soul in my humble opinion and I love to hear raw, unique and innovative flows and lyrics. When a song does well, its pretty apparent that artists will try and capture the same kind of sound to produce the same kind of results and a lot of times the songs sound the same. This is completely because music is an industry, they have to work with what does well and ride trends but I think it is important to push the envelope with this genre and support artists that do just that. I don’t think hip-hop is any real trouble, as long as the right artists get the proper support to produce new and more innovative music. Big up’s to trend setters, in that spirit, here are my 3 songs of the week.

1.       The motion- Drake
2.       Nothin’ but a party- Zapp and Roger
3.       Stronger- Kanye West