There are a lot of underrated artist in hip-hop, but Q-tip really shouldn’t be one of them. I think most hip-hop nerds would agree to call him “The smoothest man in hip-hop”, because, you know, he’s so smooth. His flow, voice, delivery, character throughout the music is just so gently polished – smooth. He’ be talking to bitches while being lyrical ASF and still spitting some knowledge bar after bar.
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This performance is from 2009 (god time flies) but finally they released HD version.
EMINEM X BLACK THOUGHT performing one of the rap classic’s “Rock the bells” by LL COOL JAY.
Is there anything more exciting in this world?! Continue reading Finally in HD
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
“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
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
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