7/29/08

Random Post #1

I have a bunch of posts I really wanna get to, but I'm an intense procrastinator and my computer has a cold. Time for some random thoughts

1 - Only Built for Cuban Linx is the worst album I have ever heard. It is mind numbingly bad. I burned it the 1st day that I downloaded it because my speakers were fucking up. I got to prolly track 10 or 11 then turned it off. Everyone once in a while I'll throw it in to see if I'm missing something, but I always get to Rainy Dayz and just turn it off. The facial expression I have when I turn it on was exactly the same when I turned it off.

The beats are uber-depressing and not in a good Momma Loves Me or Misunderstood way. I try reallllllly paying attention to what Rae and Ghost are saying but it never really leads anywhere and it just seems like a bunch of random uninteresting thoughts.

I disagree alot about so-called "classic" albums that are just decent to me, but I understand the reasoning behind all of them, except OB4CL. I think I'm a fairly smart person, but this one just flew over my head.

2 - You've probably heard about Rick Ross being exposed as a former CO. It doesn't really matter to me, cause I never really liked Rick Ross and casual rap fans tend to throw alot of shit under the rug.

3 - Lloyd's new CD "Lessons in Love" is raw as hell. Their's no clear-cut "OMFG!!!!" track like Certified (Year of the Lover and Party All Over Your Body come close though), but its tight, cohesive, and puts you in a lovemaking mood.

4 - I wanna ramble about "Put On". Why haven't Jeezy and Kanye did a song before?? They seem like a retarded combination, because they're so different in basically every way. Jeezy's from the hood, Kanye is from the upper-middle class. Jeezy is a gangster rapper, Kanye is a backpack rapper. Jeezy relies on his charisma and realness, Kanye is a great lyricist. Jeezy raps over epic synthesized organs and such, Kanye raps over soul samples and orchestral strings. Jeezy doesn't care about being a good rapper, Kanye is obsessed with being the best. But when they finally appear on a track together, it seems right, cause they share a very important trait: Relatability. Jeezy is a just a regular dude who raps about what he knows and he sounds really cool doing it. Kanye is just a regular dude who raps about regular stuff; self-consciousness, wanting to strangle your boss, mom, dead grandmas.

The production is trademark Jeezy. Gothic synths and blaring organs. Jeezy drops a kinda goofy verse and Kanye laments about his mother and some chicks that "owe him sex" using the dreaded vocoder. It sounds pretty weak on paper, but it all works.

5 - Sans his iffy verse on Lupe Fiasco's Pressure, Jay-Z has been murdering high-profile guest verses for a long time. He has truly perfected the art of writing a 16-bar verse. His verse on the Put On remix isn't really lyrical for his standards and thats why it's so great. Put On has this bull-headed "I don't give a fuck" type of vibe that eschews flashy, technical lyricism ala Chamillionaire, Nas, or Cam'ron to a lesser extent. So Jay doesn't go for flashy assonance or crafty punchlines. He comes in like a rapper who has nothin else to do except put on for his city (pardon the pun).

6 - I'm a black, teenage male so Sex in the City is supposed to be the worst show evvvvvveeeeerrrrr created. But it's actually good. I grew up around all females, sans my drug-addict grandfather and an uncle or two that bobbed and weaved in and out and my life, so I had a pretty good understanding of the female point-of-view at a fairly young age. After the back-forth combo of Scrubs and The Bernie Mac Show, Sex in the City comes on, so I usually throw in Solaris or Troy to fall asleep to. Last week, I finally watched it. It wasn't bad. It's kinda in my past midnight lineup now.

The stories aren't really compelling, but the acting is solid, the voice-overs are on a Dean Koontz level of wit, and it's legitimately funny every once in a while. Take this episode I watched last night.

Samantha, bisexual, is talking with her girlfriend, Maria. Samantha's old boyfriend knocks on the door for a booty call. She tries to get him to go away, but he can tell someone is in there. He guesses a guy, but is surprised/instantly turned on that Samantha was bi.

Dude: Can I come in and you guys can make me a "sandwich" or something"

Door slams.

I don't recommend it, but if you're terribly bored and it's on, take a look at it. Plus, Sarah Jessica Parker is borderline sexy, despite her ugliness.

Tis' all peasants.

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7/25/08

I watched some videos

I don't have cable so I'm pretty much stuck watching the same thing. All of Us (mainly cause LisaRaye is a fucking dime), Reba (pretty good), My Wife and Kids (hilarious), The George Lopez Show (solid), Family Guy (hilarious), Simpsons (hilarious), & Two and a Half Men (hilarious). At night things get solid, Friends, King of Queens, Scrubs, and The Bernie Mac Show are all pretty damn funny.

I went over my cousins house for a few days and all I really did was watch videos. And here we go

PEOPLE I HATE

Gucci Mane - For being terrible and for having have so many fans.

Shawty Lo - For being terrible, having fans, and the fact that has fans won't acknowledge the fact that he's just a bootleg Jeezy.

Yung Berg - For making songs geared towards young girls and still trying to act uber-gangsta in his videos. I really wanna beat the fuck outta this dude.

Plies - For not being able to make a hit single without a R&B Singer on the hook.

PEOPLE I'VE GAINED ALOT OF RESPECT FOR

Nas - Do I really need a reason??

SouljaBoy - For looking so normal on 106 and Park (no homo). SouljaboyTellEm was wack, but it had a couple certified bangers (Sidekick, Report Card, & Dont Be Mad

AWESOME ASS VIDEOS


Rihanna - Disturbia. Kinda like if David Lynch and Rob Zombie directed a video together this is how it would come out. Plus, Rihanna is hella sexy.

Pretty Ricky feat. Butta Creame - Cuddle Up. Pretty Ricky is hands down the most ragtag R&B group ever and they're not really good, but this video is sick. They swagger-jack 90s R&B groups like New Edition, Jodeci, Immature and En Vogue and SWV for the girls. The video is so great that I don't really listen to the song.

Lloyd feat. Lil' Wayne - Girls Around The World - Hype Williams is really a genius. Besides the fact that Belly is truly excellent beyond the "Hood Classic" terms. Dude is truly a genius. Lloyd is my favorite singer from the new R&B dudes. My mother bought his CD Street Love. Their was an intro, then You (excellent), and then a song called Certiied, which was so raw I listened to it at least 2 times and then stopped listening because no song on the CD would be that damn good. I'll probably buy Lloyd's CD.

T.I. - No Matter What - I don't really like using the word "swag", but T.I. has so much of it, it's ridiculous. Their's only a handful of people, let alone rappers, who can talk inside of an elevator and make it watchable as hell.

Nelly feat. Jermaine Dupri and Ciara - Stepped on My Js. Nelly has a cool ass voice and I like the Spike Lee references. Is it just me or is Ciara's ass do that "Now you see me, now you don't" shit.

Hot Stylz feat. Yung Joc - Lookin' Boy. I like music with a sense of humor. Redman's remix is gonna be CRAZY!!!!

OTHER RANDOM THOUGHTS

2Pac has a really average discography

Strictly for my NIGGAZ - 6/10
Me Against The World - 10/10
All Eyez on Me - 7/10
Don Killuminati - 8/10

If 2Pacalypse Now isn't at least 9/1o.............

I'm charming as hell

PROOF THAT CAMRON >>> YO FAV RAPPER

Tis all

7/12/08

Nas - Untitled



Nas has always been somewhat kinda conscious. The source of it is probably "I Wanna Talk to You" from his best album, I Am. On the song, Nas calls out all government officials on their corruption and mistreatment of the lower-class. From then on, Nas has always been somewhat of a conscious critic, but not just on the government. "These Are Our Heroes", from Streets Disciple, is a pretty brutal track that attacks Kobe Bryant and O.J. Simpson for blending into an African-American stereotype. So when Nas announced that the name of his 9th studio album would be Nigger, I was one of the few who didn't think it was a gimmick. After much debate and the possible loss of $84 Million from Universal records, Nas changed the album's title to simply "Untitled". Well at least now Nas' non-black fans don't have to worry about a sparking riot at their local CD shop.

Nas really needs an executive producer. What this album lacks is a cohesive sound and more focus on the subject matter. The production, like nearly every Nas' album, is solid. Dead Prez's Stic Man produces two tracks that perfectly capture the type of sound this album should've had; Sly Fox has a menacing guitar that captures the anger and frustration of the abused lower-class & We're Not Alone has an uplifting soul feel. The other track he produces, Louis Farrakhan, is broodingly bland. Polow Da Don produces the glittery lead single, Hero. DJ Toomp produces NIGGER., which is just a more soulful version of "What You Know". Nas' has been one of the most consistently great lyricists of this decade and it doesn't stop with Untitled. He brings his usual off-beat rushed flow, constantly revolving rhyme schemes, and detailed imagery to Untitled.

The inconsistency of the first five tracks on Untitled are the largest reason of Untitled's shortcomings. It begins with one of Nas' trademark free-association rants "Queens Get The Money" which is backed by nothing but a piano. "You Can't Stop Us Now" is a soulful jam about how black people have been able to overcome oppression and always have their hand on a piece of history. "Breathe" isn't half as good as Fabolous' version and the beat is a rip-off of All Around The World from The Blueprint 2. And they call Jay-Z a biter. The single-ready "Make The Go World Round" featuring The Game and Chris Brown is a flossy track with bouncy synths. The Game sounds startingly similar to Nas on this track. Then comes the anthemic Hero. None of these are bad, but besides You Can't Stop Us Now, none fit into the concept of the album.

The rest of the album is is chock full of great lyricism and great concepts. "America" has a foreign feel to the production and talks about the hypocrisy and racism of this fine country we live in. The menacing Sly Fox is a diss track pointing out to sneaky motives of FOX News Channel. Testify is a somber track challenging Nas' suburban fans to support him no matter what. NIGGER has Nas' describing how the hood works with excellent detail and has some of his best lyricism.

"We trust no black leaders, use the stove to heat us
Powdered eggs and government cheeses
Calenders with Martin, JFK, and Jesus
Gotta to be fresh to go to school with fly sneakers"

"Savers went broke
Smoke sour diesel, need no bowflex, my chest still cut up like a bad of dope"

"Toast to government cameras peepin' us
Every week I must have my car, home, and phone sweeped for bugs"


Louis Farrakhan has Nas willing to take the ultimate fall for being a revolutionary. Fried Chicken and Project Roach are two of the best tracks on the album. Fried Chicken has Nas personifying the meal every black person loves into a woman. Busta Rhymes joins him, but pork is his meat of choice. It would be nothing more than just a clever track, but Busta Rhymes verse and his after-thoughts give the track moral importance. Project Roach has Nas talking from the POV of a roach. The entire song is a metaphor for how black people are forced to used leftovers and how they are despised and targeted. "Yall My Niggas" has Nas urging his niggas to continue to be themselves. "We're Not Alone" has Nas contemplating extra-terrestrial beings. The album closer "Black President" has Nas supporting Barack Obama's run for presidency, but also warning him of the dangers that lurk ahead.

Overall: 4/5 - 8/10 - A-

Best Songs: Sly Fox, Fried Chicken, NIGGER

7/8/08

G-Unit - Terminate on Sight


Alot has happened to G-Unit's debut release, Beg For Mercy. 50 Cent has dropped two below average high-selling albums (even though The Massacre has its moments), Lloyd Banks and Young Buck's sophomore albums (Rotten Apple and Buck The World) bricked, The Game was recruited and he dropped a multi-platinum classic (The Documentary), The Game was kicked out, and Young Buck was kicked out. Now 50 Cent, Lloyd Banks, and Tony Yayo (locked up during Beg For Mercy) are left standing with the Unit's sophomore album, Terminate on Sight.

Sadly, this album is just more of the same for the Unit. The only things that seperate TOS from the Unit's recent mixtapes (Return of the Bodysnatchers & Elephant in the Sand) is that this release actually has good songs on it. The great songs are great mainly because the production happens to match the Unit's charisma. You already know what to expect as far as content goes: Girls, cash, cars, guns, drugs, rinse, and repeat.

The production, done mainly by in-house no names is solid at best. It's split down the middle between forced dark ominousity and annoying synth-based bounce. Their are a few gems here. The Ron Brownz produced "Straight Outta Southside" is an aggressive NWA jack that should've been the model for the entire album. Don Cannon's reggae influenced "Let It Go" is an aggressive banger and Polow Da Don continues to impress with his seductive "Kitty Kat". "Party Ain't Over" should've been the lead single with its feel-good bounce. "I Don't Wanna Talk About It" is a track lifted from a decent G-Unit mixtape (Sabrina's Baby Boy). It's a pretty good song, but it sounds eerily similar to Jay-Z's "Ain't I". Besides the aforementioned tracks, everything else sounds like a fusion of wannabe Dre and wannabe RZA fused together. Some of it works, some of it doesn't. Swizz Beatz drops another Swizz Beatz production on Get Down. The title track and Rider Pt. 2 have grating synthesizers that make both tracks instantly skippable.

Lyrically, the Unit doesn't impress much. 50's flow doesn't sound 1/5th as bouncy as it did when he debuted. His rhyme-scheme is extremely simple and he doesn't sound very interested in what he's saying. He does seem awakened on Straight Outta Southside, Casualties of War, and the T.I. baiting You So Tough. Lloyd Banks is the most lyrical of the three, dabbling in alliteration, but his low monotonous voice isn't very compelling. Tony Yayo is the group's hypeman, but his gnarly, over-enthusiastic voice leaves a stain and nearly every track that he is on. He uses the same elementary rhyme-scheme that 50 uses, but surprisingly he has a couple hot one-liners.

Overall: 5/10 - 2.5/5 - C

Best Songs: Straight Outta Southside, Kitty Kat, Let It Go

7/4/08

Tha Carter 3 REDUX!!!


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The Carter 3 should've been a masterpiece. Wayne had damn near the whole world behind and C3 turned out to just be decent. For three years, Wayne's been releasing a bunch of material on mixtapes that could've and should've been saved for the masterpiece C3 should've been. Being the Wayne fan (and swagger jacker) that I am, I have assembled my own edition of C3, partly based off of the Blueprint tracklisting which is (no pun intended) the blueprint on ordering tracks.

1. I'm Me (from The Leak EP)

I'm Me is one of the best songs Wayne has ever recorded. Dark dramatic strings and the subtle synths give it an epic feeling and Wayne truly goes in.

"Nigga it's just me and my guitar, yeah bitch I'm heavily metalin'
You can get the fuckin' Led Zeppelin
Niggas is bitches, bitches, I think they full of estrogen
And we hold court and take ya life for a settlement"


Anybody who has heard this track knows it was supposed to be the 1st track on the album. Especially with the eerie samples from Go DJ, Fireman, and Hustler Musik.

2. Playin' With Fire (from Tha Carter III)

Playin' With Fire is the 2nd best song on C3, but not because of the lyrics, which are just decent. Wayne's fierce, DMX-like delivery over the roaring guitar and popping drums just screams aggression. It also continues the dramatic pace that I'm Me started.

3. Phone Home (from Tha Carter III)

It's kinda messed up that Wayne basically had to sell-out to become the superstar that he is now. Lollipop is a truly terrible song and what makes it worse is that their are so many good songs on C3 that could've been singles. Phone Home would've been my pick for the lead single. It has the trunk-rattling bass and the clever ET piano work. Not to mention the catchy ass chorus. Oddly, Wayne is the least important thing, but if it wasn't for him, the song's concept really wouldn't work. Unless you gave it to Andre 3000.

4. One Night Only (from The Drought is Over 4)

DO4 is definitely Wayne's most underrated mixtape. A tad uncohesive, but it has hella bangers and Wayne keeps it lyrically consistent (despite the dreaded vocoder). Backed by a chipmunk Dreamgirls sample (which alternates between talking and moaning) and solid piano work, Wayne tells the story of a girl ina relationship who only has one night to sleep with Wayne. It's a shallow concept, but Wayne shows some story-telling skills with his details and delivery.

"These niggas hate the game, but they can't block the layup
And she go to him, he sicker than a patient
He waitin' at the table, no breakfast at the table
He ask her where she been, she say stop trippin' it was one night only


5. Kush (from The Leak EP)

One Night Only is dramatic, but it's smooth as well. Plus the chipmunk samples will fade perfectly into Kush, a perfect summertime song. The weakest track on the album, but still pretty good shit-talking.

"Buck 50 on a ring that I don't really wear
But I bet it light up the night like the city fair
This shit ain't fair, I didn't have to go there
But all this ice got me feeling like a polar bear"


6. A Millie (from Tha Carter III)

Production of the year, objectively. Everybody from Jay-Z to NeYo has tried to hop on this beat and recreate Wayne's magic, which is back on his D2 level of boasting.

7. I'm A Beast (from The Drought is Over 2)

Mainly, cause I love the song, but it also continues the fast-paced lyrical attack.

"And I could never pass a physical, I stay high
High as the voice of Akon
Make mine a straight with no chase
Hold the ice, I got enough on anyway
And when they see the boy, they hyperventilate
I got 'em running after me, like I'm about to win a race"


8. Gossip (from The Leak EP)

This starts the slightly more creative 2nd half and it keeps the intense pace going. Pretty good diss track with alot of random shit intertwined.

"I give my all behind the mic
And you can never see, if you sit behind the light
And you ain't gotta pick me to win the title fight
But Ima wear that championship belt so tight
And if I'm wrong their is no right
And if I'm wrong their is no white
I'm trying to be po-lite
But you bitches in my hair like fuckin' po-lice"


9. Dr. Carter (from Tha Carter 3)

Pretty much jacked the idea to put Dr. Carter after Gossip from the aforementioned blog. The hospital theme is just too great not to swagger-jack. Plus Dr. Carter is the best track from C3.

10. Tie My Hands (from Tha Carter 3)

It's only right that we include this. Pure passion in his tone and lyrics. Robin Thicke doesn't hurt either.

11. Something You Forgot (from The Drought is Over 2)

Basically Wayne's version of "Song Cry", but it's slightly better. Jay made the song cry, but Wayne's delivery is fierce and his lyrics are legitimately touching.

Please don't worry bout the women I've been with
No engagement can amount to your friendship
And I hope that nigga know he got a queen
And all I can do is dream, DAMN!!


12. Mr. Carter (from Tha Carter 3)

I really hate Wayne's mini-verse after Jay's verse. It seems like he thought he was getting outshined, but despite Jay's great verse, both of Wayne's verses were up to par with it. Whether Wayne will admit it or not, he still looks up to Jay. Great song, besides that though. Infamous does an excellent Just Blaze imitation.

13. Love Me or Hate Me (from The Leak EP)

Gotta close out the album with something triumphant. Alot of his punches are iffy, but the overall message and epic beat is just a perfect closer.

Listen to it bastards.


For those who hate reading

1. I'm Me
2. Playin With Fire
3. Phone Home
4. One Night Only
5. Kush
6. A Millie
7. I'm A Beast
8. Gossip
9. Dr. Carter
10. Tie My Hands
11. Something You Forgot
12. Mr. Carter
13. Love Me or Hate Me

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