Monthly Archives: March 2016

Royce da 5’9” – Tabernacle

 

Finally, Royce drops his newest EP – Tabernacle: Trust the shooter. In a first few bars on the single “Which is cool” we hear lines like: “If you don’t write your own rhymes get offended, this is to you” – *cough cough* Drake *cough*. Royce takes a slight jab at today’s rap superstar. But his EP isn’t about dissing young cats who make money off the culture. Nah… Royce is keepin’ it real with minding his own business and delivering a high quality product hip-hop heads were anticipating from him. With these lines and the above mentioned single, Royce just tells you how he feels about everything and where he stands amidst the whole rap game. “Yall doing whatever to get money, which is cool, but I’mma lyricist and ain’t no one is taking this title just like that”. Continue reading Royce da 5’9” – Tabernacle

Lyricism

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“A lot of people ask me since I’m a lyricist in this business/ How come I haven’t gone broke yet?” – this is the opening line off a freestyle “Hard” Royce da 5’9” dropped to promote his upcoming album “Layers”. He provoked an interesting subject in hip-hop. Continue reading Lyricism

Soul of hip-hop

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Yesterday I was scrolling down hip-hopDX’s website for news in hip-hop. All two pages were full of Kardashian’s, Drake’s, Meek Mill’s and other soulless acts that media wants us to know about so hard that you may even come across the whack article like “how Kanye’s mom helped him with the album”. They also won’t let 2Pac rest in his grave and hip-hopDX lets some ancient rapper to talk some yada yada for attention to his upcoming album. But in amidst all the dry, dumb, dull articles, on the page 20 (or something), I found Masta Ace talking about soul of hip-hop. Continue reading Soul of hip-hop

Additions on the hip-hop map

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Year ago Rap genius created a map, that reflected the hip-hop genres by the geography. But map already existed long before that article and long before rap genius. Anyway, They did a good job summing it all up in such a clear and helpful way that anyone can use and navigate themselves through culture. People can see where all the streets are that famous rappers claim their home. You can also go through the map of jails where most rappers have been. You can see where all the infamous places are and feel the vibe from lyricists perspective, it made easier for an average listener to understand where stories are taking place. Continue reading Additions on the hip-hop map

Science and rap

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If you talk about twitter ignorance, first thing that comes to my mind are Jaden Smith’s tweets. They made no sense whatsoever, all tough, stupidity got him really popular among internet nerds.

This last month’s list was dominated by a rapper B.O.B. Continue reading Science and rap

Real talk

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I know lots of people get confused when someone says “real rap” or uses word “real” in hip-hop, because, I think, a lot of fans don’t quite understand what those words mean. Whenever someone says “real” about anything, they actually mean what’s real for them. Something may sound real for you, but it may not be real for me. So what I’m going to do is break down what it means for me to be “real” in rap music. For this, I’ll quote one of my favorite songs and use it as a guideline throughout the article. Continue reading Real talk

Rap videos

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Rap videos these days are garbage. I mean, what’s up with them? And at every fade in there’s captions like: “directed by this” and “directed by that”, “you’ve never heard of” production presents… back in a day you’d never see this type of things. People didn’t know who directed the video, but they enjoyed it for sure. Continue reading Rap videos

Hip-hop Gladiators

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Battle rap has been around much longer than anyone thinks. Before there was hip-hop, before there was brakes and beats, before samples, blues, jazz and rock n ‘roll – black people were making fun of each other rhyming. This is a story bunch of fans don’t know and it goes way back to slavery, darkest and most violent part of the US history.

KRS-One the teachah found best and shortest way to tell the story of how it originated (in the movie by Ice-T – Something from nothing). When slaves were sold, they were sold separately, one by one, except if one of them had some kind of injury like: missing limbs  or serious illness. They would gather those slaves together and sell by dozens. But even in such a harsh environment, black people found a way to laugh. They would laugh at each other’s shortcomings and have a good time. But that gave a birth to a culture that remained silent and got more and more complex with the time. Continue reading Hip-hop Gladiators

Last of gangsta rap

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When Big and 2Pac passed away, everyone thought gangsta rap was over. The real dudes, who lived the ghetto life and rapped were gone. And in the early 2000’s lots of rap acts were getting recognition, and they didn’t really represented hood, ghetto, gangs or anything. Those were: Outkast, Black eyed peas, Eminem, Nelly, Eve and so on. Basically, it seemed like gangsta rap was over. Even though Xzibit was hardcore, he wasn’t that much of a gangsta.

Approached by this question, Ice-T answered: “what the hell you talking about? Every time you rap about drugs, bitches, dealing with cops off hand – you a gangsta”. We do have to agree with him, he was one of the first who brought street smarts into the game and started talking about urban/crime life in his raps, after all, he’s The Original Gangsta. Many rappers do talk about drugs and women, but I can’t really say that’s the Gangsta rap we want to hear. 2Pac and BIG put the bar so high for this sub-genre, you can’t just give it to every other guy who rhymes titties with titties. Continue reading Last of gangsta rap

Guests in Hip-hop

 

Last year’s one of the most controversial topic in hip-hop was stirred by Lord Jamar. The statement he made wasn’t taken lightly in rap music industry. Suddenly, everybody had something to say. Lord Jamar said what nobody wanted to hear. Rappers from all across the US responded to his opinion: mainstream rappers, underground rappers, OG’s of the game, like De la Soul and Kool G rap, along with the names you’ve never heard. The statement Lord Jamar made was powerful, truthful in a way and it took a lot of willpower. But he’s an OG, Jamar never sugarcoated anything and as he said it himself, “I’m more of a forward type of rapper”. While DJ Vlad didn’t even suspect how much recognition this interview would get, because Jamar’s words were like a lightning out of the blue sky. “White people are guests in house of hip-hop”.

When I first saw the video, on the comment section Eminem fan base was outrageous. But maybe Jamars statement got such an attention because his words did have some truth in it. So I went on and kept digging. Hip-hop started out as a black culture and Latinos joined them quickly. But when it started to form in something, there were a lot of white people who took it to the next level and added so much to the culture. Not just white, so many people from all across the world. Many great graffiti artists from Europe were ahead of their peers in states, Japanese break dancers were unbelievable. But situation gets complicated, when you name something a culture and it doesn’t have any guidelines or parameters – like Lord Star said to Jamar in an interview. All tough Afrika Bambaataa tried to get hip-hop culture together and set a committee of hip-hop and copyright the title – somehow he wasn’t able. It was already too late. Corporations took the idea and artists they manufactured were making just too much money for them to leave hip-hop where it was born. Continue reading Guests in Hip-hop