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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?

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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?

New Years Is Hours Away (London)

In Uncategorized on December 31, 2011 at 8:12 pm

If any of you don’t know, I live in London, so NEW YEARS is round the corner. I have had a good year. I have learned so much about myself. I have made life changing friends, inspirational friends, and friends that I dismiss because as time moves on, people change. Sometimes for the better, sometimes for the worse.

I have learned that communication is powerful among us human beings. I have talked with people about shallow things like ‘Is Jay Z a better rapper than Kanye?’. I have talked to people about deep things like politics and if freedom actually exists among us human beings. With everyday going, I have learned that as we grow, we become more intelligent and with positive communication, the world can change completely. In this year, I have realised that in order to do anything you want, you have to work HARD for it. You should never give up and never procrastinate. Never put things off thinking you will do it at a later stage. Just make the most of the time you have. In addition, I have learned that you should take advantage of you talents and your ability to do anything you want in your life.

Right, at this second, I hope to develop knowledge that I can preach to the world and reach the people that I cannot see. I hope to do what is good rather than what seems to be good. I want to do the the right thing always and never say ‘because 2012 start in a few hours, I will start then.’ I would gladly start at this second.

Next year is indeed 2012. That means another year on this planet. We as people should not change ourselves to fit other peoples needs, but become better people within ourselves and hopefully fulfil our own happiness. I believe that we should not wait for greatness but seek greatness within ourselves wherever we can. And that means starting RIGHT now!

 

HAPPY NEW YEARS TO EVERYONE, ALL OVER THE WORLD!

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!

Watch The Throne! Watch The Kings

In Uncategorized on August 18, 2011 at 5:04 pm

Watch The Throne!

The new album by Kanye West and Jay is phenomenal. My favourite song of the album is Why I love You. I was taken from the point the beat dropped and the rhythm started to flow. I have been wanting to listen to the album for ages. Such great artists collaborating to produce amazing hip hop. Is this better than My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy by Kanye West? No way. This album is good but not as good as Kanye’s album. Why? Kanye West is my favourite rap artist and I have a special connection towards him. I love Kanye West’s flow. He has a flow that isn’t average at the least.

I don’t follow Jay Z but respect his rap presence. Jay Z has mastered live performance and I can definitely say, no one does it better than him. Kanye West has the flow and lyrics. He is talented beyond words to describe him. That is why a collaboration makes them kings. Comparing this album to My Beautiful Dark Fantasy is really difficult. I love hearing Kanye’s voice on the album but Nicki Minaj in the song Monster ”kills” it in a bad way. When it comes to hip hop there are two people I don’t like. Nicky Minaj and Chipmunk. So, My Beautiful Dark Fantasy and Watch The Throne clash and become even competitors. I don’t want to be the judge of which album is better. I will say, if you play Kanye West, play My Beautiful Dark Fantasy next.

Should you buy the album? Yes you should buy Watch The Throne. It is worth the listen and worth the storage space on your computer. No one buys CD’s so I am guessing the only CD’s you have would be old albums and singles from 2008 and backwards from there. Personally, Watch The Throne comes second to my favourite albums in the years 2010-11. Kanye’s last album coming first.

What do you think of the album and what is your favourite hip hop album at the moment?