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LIFE IS GOOD REVIEW

In Hip Hop, Media on July 18, 2012 at 4:08 pm

Just finished listening to Nas’s new album ‘Life Is Good.’ From a 17 year old teenage perspective, all I can say is that it is exceptional. It is so conscious and honest. The flow in Nas’s rhymes are incredible too. I think I need to repeat the album. Since I just heard it, that was just my first round called ‘Flow.’ The second time I hear it will be called ‘Underlining Message.’ I can see myself becoming addicted to this album.

Favourite Track: Accident Murderers

This album is an excellent follow up from his previous album ‘Untitled.’ Nas has a mellow vibe in ‘Life Is Good’ which gives it so much value and the deserved title of a ‘Artistic Masterpiece.’ It is hard to find conscious rappers that make it in the industry. Either they are exceptional conscious and underground or popular but not popular enough to rank up to people like ‘Rihanna or Jay-Z,’ who are less conscious and more profit driven.

Second Favourite: Trust

Definitely recommend getting this album!

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NO CHURCH IN THE WILD- Official Video Release

In Hip Hop, Media on May 30, 2012 at 1:21 am

I am never aware where Jay-Z and Kanye West are releasing official videos to their Watch The Throne album. It is really surprising and I feel unfortunately late. The first track on the ‘Watch The Throne’ album, ‘No Church In The Wild’, has had an official video release which is taking a spark in the Hip Hop scene, following Jay-Z and Kanye West’s European tour which started on 18th May 2012 (which I attended).

The video definitely speaks for itself. Such great artists that perform at the top of their game truly shows their unnecessary need to be in a video so brilliant and spectacular.

Should we all throw Molotov cocktails now?

WATCH THE THRONE: LONDON O2

In Hip Hop, Media on May 19, 2012 at 3:02 am

Being a person who isn’t religious when it comes to concerts, I am one of those people that is very curious about what he pays to see live. I booked my tickets to see Jay-Z and Kanye West months back and with my mums interrogation happening to this day, on why I spent £140 on two tickets to see two amazing artists, I actually feel satisfied that I kept my mouth shut for so long after my purchase.

Me and my friend Tatiana arranged to go and see this concert a week before tickets were set for release. My mum was happy and so was I, until I told her the price after I bought the ticket hours later. The day came and I had a typical, boring day at college. My attention span was bad, but I didn’t feel hyped about the concert till I actually entered the arena. Standing in line for an hour and a half, well over the time the doors were supposed to open at 18:45, I felt restless, hot, and weak with my buddy. Lucky we were able to purchase beverages (£3 bottle of Sprite, £2 bottle of water, rip off) before we got our standing spots, 8 rows from the front.

Having to wait a long time for two incredible artists is a pain in the backside on the opening night of the most anticipated European tour. You get frustrated when Jay-Z and Kanye say they will start at 20:30 but actually start at 21:00. You become irritated and fragile among the people squeezed next to you. I had the urgent feeling to go toilet but I didn’t want to lose my space, but intelligently Tatiana, went once we got to North Greenwich and when we entered the arena.

When the lights fade in the arena and people start crowding together, and the lights dim, while people are getting hot, you know something is going down. Kanye West and Jay-Z tear the whole place apart. Collaborating on hit singles, and epic albums apart from not only Watch The Thone, the two artists do have something special about them. My favourite song ‘On To The Next One’ by Hova, just makes me go crazy among people who are expecting Niggas In Paris or something from the Watch The Throne album. Then ‘Diamonds From Sierra Leone’ just makes me go cray. Yes CRAY. The set list for the whole night was a masterpiece. It went from old school hits all the way to new school. Everyone knows I stalk both rappers like I am personally married to them so I knew a lot of the lyrics.

The best part of the night at a Hova and Ye Watch The Throne concert is when ‘Niggas In Paris’ takes over the whole arena at the end of the night. The people go ballistic. Everyone is out of control, and when they finish, the whole arena wants a replay, so Hova and Ye have to come back. I lost my voice in the crowd. I felt really wild and crazy since I was literally a metre from them and survived from dehydration and going H.A.M.

Would I recommend going to a Watch The Throne concert. I actually would recommend it every single time. Just watch out for the girl on girl fights in the seating area, the after concert depression and the wet floors while trying to leave the premises. I had the time of my life.  Hip Hop in earphones after the concert doesn’t compare. Mellow King of Hearts by Lloyd on the way back is recommended. Or classical.

The Lovely Therapy Called Music

In Hip Hop on April 15, 2012 at 1:01 am

I have recently become addicted to music. I am lying on the internet. That is bad. I have been addicted to Hip Hop for quite while. It seems like music gives me therapy and a sense of peace. On a typical morning, I will start my day by playing something old school like The Blueprint – Jay Z. Something like this to get me in the mood for my day, regardless of the fact that Jay-Z ‘disses’ my favourite rapper Nas.

So, I realise that a lot of the music I listen to is absolute trash, but the production and flow takes me on a journey that educates me. Yeah, I get educated by rubbish, just like everyone else on this planet. So I switch it up to something raw, and intellectually challenging.

Afternoon comes, and I have been listening to a selection of albums from Nas, Jay-Z, Kanye West and Common. I take a breather, and release some energy with Dubstep, which also includes rap.

I can’t exactly be living my life, listening to deep and meaningful music all the time. Sometimes I want to let loose and just listen to rubbish like the rest of society. I then realise that I am in full control of what I listen to on the internet, radio, television and any other devices that transmit some sort of rhythm and flow. Knowing that I am in control, I feel like I can continue listening to it and still understand the underlying truth beyond music and the power of the industry and its ability to manipulate people’s ideas.

 

I still find it relaxing, but I still gotta say music is deep. Isn’t it?

BEATBOXER IN LONDON WESTFIELD

In Hip Hop, YouTube on December 9, 2011 at 9:39 pm

I didn’t expect this at all! Straight after school at Westfield London. Hip Hop always makes my day. XD

Lyrical Mad Man or Just A Drop Out Genius

In Hip Hop, Media, Social Media on November 19, 2011 at 6:38 pm

Tyler, the Creator is one of those rap artists that you would cross the street to walk on the other side, than casually run towards him to get an autograph. He is known for his dark and offensive lyrics that make you jump and widen your eyes and think ‘what sort of sick and twisted boy are you?’ We listen to his music and before actually thinking about it deeply, we judge him and call him things like the demon of the music industry.

If we listen to Tyler, the Creator on a deeper level, we start to actually realise that he is speaking sense. He isn’t your typical artist, he goes against the normal structure  of the music industry. Most artist talk about drugs, sex and money whereas Tyler, sadly talks about ‘raping  bitches.’ Yes, that is kinda disturbing but lets go deeper than that.

Lets look at Yonkers for example. Tyler, rebelling against the normal structure of the music industry, makes him an outcast. In society, if we are an outcast, we are seen to not be normal but Tyler, in a strange way, embraces it and curses heavily as a way of saying ‘I don’t care.’ In Yonkers, Tyler contradicts himself a lot in his verses. He says one thing and then comes back saying the complete opposite.

EXAMPLE #1: ” I’m a f-ckin’ walkin’ paradox, no I’m not,

Threesomes with a fuckin’ triceratops, Reptar

EXAMPLE #2: ” While Syd is tellin’ me that she’s been gettin’ intimate with men,

Syd, shut the fuck up, Here’s the number to my therapist, he’s f-ckin’ awesome with listenin

When a person contradicts himself, we think they have no clear idea what they are actually saying. In some cases, that is true. Tyler on the other hand, contradicts himself as a point. He says one thing about himself or something in general and then says the complete opposite. The lyrics about Syd and the therapist is a perfect example. He doesn’t care if Syd is getting intimate with men. She should go and see a therapist because he doesn’t give a shit. He ignores Syd’s problem, like he ignores societies expectations of a mainstream rapper. He is definitely not a mainstream rapper. Neither is his group, OFWGKTA.  We have norms in society and his lyrics are simply mad rather than ‘normal.’ We obviously know, nothing will change Tyler’s lyrics but all we can do is just accept it as his personality. A thoughtful person would say, that by looking at the music video above and his music in general, he isn’t making a point. The truth is that there is no point to make, other than every persons personality is different. Even so, every persons personality is unique. And all one can do, is accept it.

I am not saying Tyler, the Creator is perfect. I am just saying that before an artist is labelled, we need to look deeper at their music to really understand their message. Once we do that, then we can make a valid judgement. It is not shocking that many people make unintelligent judgments because a lot of people, lack the drive to discover how deep the ditch can go. Some will say ‘cool, let me listen to more,’ others will say ‘not my thing,’ and his typical fans will say ‘burn shit, fuck school.’

I want to hear your point of views. Comment below on what you think. I have told you my view, now it is time to share yours. And does it take a intelligent person to do such a thing like this?

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White Louis Boat Shoes And A Hip Hop Journey

In Hip Hop, Media on November 13, 2011 at 2:35 am

When it comes to music, Hip Hop is the one type of music, I can listen to through out the day and not get even a tiny bit bored or fustrated by repetition, rhythm and rhyming. I could hear an album about 4 times in a day with frequent intervals, where I play another artist. Let’s take something old school like KRS One.

The philosophy of the above musical production is just brilliant. I would play this early in the morning. Hip Hop is never too early to play in the day. For me to get to know about these sort of artists, it takes years and my mum constantly saying to me ‘Derrick, rip this CD’ (computer storage  taken and curious eyes widen). Would I rip the CD? Nope, until the following week. Only because at that time I am playing something like this.

Forget the whole, Illuminati conspiracy, I just love listening to a good production and execution of a Jay Z track. Strangely, when I heard this track, I hadn’t listened to Blueprint 3. Call me late with Hip Hop, that wouldn’t be the first time. I heard this song for the first time about a month ago. I must have heard it ages ago but can’t remember.

So Jay Z is finished and I am at the point in my hip hop life, where I need something a little bit rude, but has a awesome production. I was doing a review for a magazine a while back, and in the magazine, Tyler, the Creator popped up. I had no clue who he was or what his group were all about. I listened to his music and came across Earl Sweatshirt. That was the day my addiction to OFWGKTA (Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All) started. Everyday from there was Odd Future day.  Breakfast was Tyler, lunch was Earl Sweatshirt and dinner was Hodgy Beats.

My mum has called me crazy. The lyrics and the name of the song itself, automatically brings about negativity. I couldn’t help listening to them. Must have been a serious addiction that needed hospital treatment. I wonder if OFWGKTA would be as popular as they are if they spoke positively about people and their actions with the same beats. I don’t think they would be that popular. What can I say? They are simply talented and lucky to be popular towards a certain crowd of people. What is next destination on my hip hop journey. I gotta become a more sane individual and listen to what the masses are listening to. It keeps me in tune with what is new and fresh or old and fresh on a dance floor with people that cannot dance.

 

I hope everyone is keeping up with this post. This may be one of the most craziest hip hop journeys you have been on in your life.

I have told you the music I listen to but I haven’t told you about my favourite hip hop track ever. That is very important. Some people may not agree with what I post as my ‘best’ or ‘favourite’ or ‘dope ass’ tune.

In the most simple terms possibly, you are watching a master at work. Okay maybe not me, but I am getting there. I am one strange individual when it comes to music. You must be thinking, you like Masta Killa who talks about water flowing, crashing and never ending riddles but then dwells on Tyler’s crazy lyrics about ‘raping bitches.’ Now let me put on my imaginary white Louie boat shoes and simply say >>> I SIMPLY LOVE HIP HOP!

I Am Not Perfect *****

In Hip Hop, Poetry on October 3, 2011 at 7:15 pm

Today I was hanging out with some friends and they use the N word so casually. It has become such a norm for black people in society, we just regard it as an ordinary word. We consistently hear rappers use the N word in the music scene. I am one of those teenagers that if I hear a good song and I somehow remember the lyrics, I would rap every curse word, N word and other abusive language.   That is when I am alone in my room, but never in public. I am not perfect! I personally don’t have a problem with the word. Usually, it is just people who have passion for their lyrics who use the word and other times people just acting like they lack intelligence and are stupid. I will also say that they should not abuse it even though the colour of their skin and history gives them a slight legitimate reason for its common use in their speech. We should understand the roots of black history while at the same time, aim to make change. That may indeed mean all people stop using it altogether!

A poem from Julian Curry on the subject ‘Niggas!’

Is it really just an ordinary word? What do you think about the use of the word?

Childish Raps Unconscious

In Hip Hop on October 2, 2011 at 9:23 pm

Childish Gambino, real name Donald Glover is a hardcore multi-talented artist from California. He is known for his acting, comedy and phenomenal rapping ability. Often regarded as hardcore by his fans, he keeps it real in the music scene. I wouldn’t call him mainstream but he practically dominates ‘HIS OWN’ stream.

Childish is supposed to be releasing his first physical album in November so we better watch out!

Not every track from him is hardcore.  A lot of swearing and cursing is his way of saying ‘I am real bitch!’

He is one of the very few artists that actually keeps it real and talks about his own experiences. A lot of artists in the music scene talk about crap and they earn money from the stupid fans that don’t understand what real music is all about.

I thought music was about passion, creativity and a story that has rhythm.

Maybe that’s why he doesn’t talk soft! It’s for another guy!