Nov 02
kendrick lamar

On a Hip Hop landscape rife with garbage, poppy songs, unoriginal sounds and bad radio—unavoidable even on Sirius XM—the last place one would expect to see a beacon of light would be the West. People thought hope would come from Atlanta, which has brought us legends like Outkast, T.I., and arguably Jeezy, but the last act to hail from the A was 2 Chainz…  Outside of certain Wu-Tang members, even New York could not win back ears beyond the older gods who hailed from there (Jay Z, Nas, etc.), Chicago could have done it but they gave us a disappointing hellion in Chief Keef. Introducing Kendrick Lamar One day between switching the station from one of the sing-songy Rick Ross anthems about food and women, I heard something amazing. It was a song called The Recipe by the legendary Dr. Dre and a man named Kendrick Lamar… I couldn’t stop listening… [Read more]

Oct 23
gucci mane smoking

New Hip Hop sensation 2 Chainz said the very line I used as the title in his song “Crack” to echo the sentiment used by many supposed ex-drug dealers turned rappers concerning money; if the rap money runs out then the crack money will always be there. It is an interesting admission being that it gives transparency to a world that runs off of drug money, gangsters, and reformed thugs. This isn’t a diss as much as it is truth. One of the original groups to have exposed the money behind the music was N.W.A. who used the drug money from hustler turned band leader Eric “Easy-E” Wright to pay for the studio time and venues needed to get themselves noticed. NWA was not the only group to start out thisway and as their businesses grew it allowed for them to become more and more… [Read more]

Sep 19
young wyclef and lauryn

Do you know who controls whether or not a man and a woman has an affair? Easy answer – both parties do, at least when the situation doesn’t involve slavery or sexual abuse. So it confuses me to no end when I hear women blame Wyclef Jean for the disaster in life that is Lauryn Hill. This pattern of finger pointing is something that people have been doing for quite some time now and it is not only unfair to the person blamed but shows a dangerous bit of tribalism displayed by the accuser. The pattern I outlined in the intro is part of the reasoning for the Wyclef blame and we can mix in Twilight’s Kristen Stewart because she now suffers from the same public scrutiny that Wyclef has for all these years since the Fugees as a group had split. People pick the… [Read more]

May 22
turquoise jeep video

“I’m trying to wife you up so I can love you down, I come across town to hear that Ooh Ahh sound…” This short film by Turquoise Jeep is a love story that can touch both men and women not only with the hilarious cast of characters but the real situation of true love and a man going for his. It’s a well done video but what else do you expect from The Jeep? The film features Flint Flossy, Watchyamacallit, Tummy Scratch, Young Humma, Pretty Raheem, Slick Mahoney and a new hottie member Moonrock. It has 2 music videos within it and is specifically about Flint Flossy losing his beautiful Bengladesh girlfriend and becoming depressed about it. If you’ve listened to any of Turquoise Jeep’s videos in the past there is no doubt that you’re a fan – but no worries every character in the… [Read more]

May 16
serena williams

Hate is an International habit but I swear that we of the internet have it mastered over everyone else. Whenever a celebrity crosses over into a different realm of entertainment (yes this includes sports), the first thing people look forward to is their failing – hard. It’s this attitude of “how dare they try and be good at more than one thing” which confuses me. The news of Serena Williams making a rap song hit Facebook and Twitter like a storm and blogs everywhere quickly jumped on it to offer up a critique “it’s aiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight” seemed to be the consensus, corny, cliché but not necessarily terrible. Why did Serena do this? Well if you follow the tennis legend you would realize that her being young, single and richer than hell allows her to do what she likes off-season, including dabbling in fashion, modeling, making naughty… [Read more]

May 08
Neneh Cherry

There’s always people covering Hip Hop songs through another genre all together but this one by Neneh Cherry covering the mighty MF DOOM’s song Accordion is just… well… amazing. If you are a jazz and blues man or woman like I am and you’re a Hip Hop head, check this video out and if you need context the original MF DOOM version is below the lyrics. Enjoy and support real music, please… Livin’ off borrowed time… the clock tick fasterThat’d be the hour they knock the slick blasterDick Dastardly and Muttley with slick laughterA gun fight and they come to cut the mix-masterI.C.E cold…nice to be old Y2G stee twice to threefoldHe sold scrolls, lo and beholdKnow who’s the illest ever like the greatest story toldKeep your glory, gold and glitterFor half, half of his niggaz’ll take him out the pictureThe other half is rich… [Read more]

Feb 01

I’ve never missed having a “father” in my life being that I had so many strong male influences growing up but listening to the late, great James Brown’s “Papa Don’t Take No Mess” I actually wish I had a cool ass daddy like he did. The song has very few lines but each one of them you can tell was heartfelt, impactful and coming from a place of deep love for his father. Check it out if you don’t know it (Video following the article). Lessons from Papa… “Papa digs the chick If she look real slick, Papa rap is very quick He definitely ain’t no trick.” What I get from this is that Papa spits his game directly and to the point; being that he is a man of confidence and stature, the chick either gets on board or keeps it moving. I love… [Read more]

Nov 15

Editor’s Note: This is the first article in an ongoing series I will be doing called – Music and Life (M&L) which is based on lyrics in songs that have influenced my thinking or reinforce a philosophy that I live by. Many of us live our lives through song without realizing it and I hope to enlighten you on some of the best lyrics from various genres that have helped me in one way or another. It’s philosophy but it’s fun philosophy that sounds oh so good. This was my redemption song, it was a song that made me go “you know X is right, if you’re holding me back for too long I have every right to lash out and do something about it”. Granted the lyrics in their literal sense is about robbing to eat (slang for make money). “Y’all been eating long… [Read more]