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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!

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!

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!

Real Hip Hop!

In Uncategorized on July 29, 2011 at 3:31 pm

Real Hip Hop does not’t have to include sex, guns and violence. Sometimes it just has to send a powerful message to people who are willing to listen.

What is your favourite rap song of all time. Comment below.