Open Mike Eagle ft. Danny Brown – “Cobra Commander”

Open Mike Eagle and Danny Brown are two of my favorite emcees. I am extremely happy that these two have worked together.  Surprised? Yes.  But, very pleased. I do wish this song was 10 minutes longer.  They each have one verse which leaves everyone just wanting more.  Danny Brown delivers a herky- jerky, slightly tame verse compared to what he has been known to do.  Mike does what has made him one of my favorites, he’s clever, political, and cool.  “So all the free thinkers can all your hands up!”  It’s gloomy and sort of  “Doomsday-ish” The synth laced and heavily layered pounding beat is a suitable content of the track  and who these rappers are.  Again, just upset by the length of the song and hope this is a preview of future things with these 2.   4NML HSPTL LP will be out June 26th.  Pre-order here. Here is “Cobra Commander”.  Enjoy

Top 25 Rappers Under 25 -Complex Mag (My Take)

My article about: My Life As a Hip Hop Fan coming soon… Here is a taste.  Enjoy.

One of the things I did that made me the ultimate “Hip Hop” fan was that I had a subscription to Complex Magazine.  I loved seeing what Kanye would wear next.  “Holy shit, those glasses don’t have lenses and have been replaced by plastic horizontal lines! Dope!”  I liked that it was geared towards the lifestyle.  I liked that people I listened to were on the cover.

They did a list of the Top 25 Rappers Under 25. Here is the Top 10 with my insightful (or not) comments.  Click on the link below to get the rest.

10. B.O.B. – Weak. Hahaha. I don’t give pop/rappers a lot of credit at all. When he first came onto the scene I was excited for him but he got the taste of what it is like to have some hits ($$$$$$$) so he will never turn back and I don’t blame him.

9. Tyler, the Creator – The worst Twitter follow ever. Pretty good rapper though. I think he and Earl Sweatshirt are really talented young emcees.  I know he is controversial and pretty childish. I don’t mind it. In doses.Worst twitter user ever. Ever.

8. Mac Miller – I don’t like him at all. My 20 year old self would call this whack.  Me now still calls it whack.  I’m not sure why he is this popular. Because he is white?

7. Schoolboy Q – Barely making the list at 25 years old. I am surprised to see him this high. No pun intended.  Not that he is bad, I just didn’t realize he was respected like this.  He is a member of the Black Hippy crew which gives him a leg up on the rest in my book. Though he will never have a better verse on a song than Kendrick Lamar. He might want to stop doing that.

6. Big Sean – Of the limited stuff I have heard, I am not interested. Why listen to him when he can listen to Kanye who is way better? Same delivery and content. He is at an advantage because of good production. No thanks.

5. Wiz Khalifa – He is the “weed” rapper of his generation.  It is really not my thing but I can see what he is popular.  I like his hair.

4. Meek Mill – Party emcee. Not my style. I have never been a big fan of this type of music. Sorry.

3. Kendrick Lamar – It is no surprise that I love this guy. I have written and posted about him several times.  I think that he is the most talented and exciting emcee to come out in a very long time (See Wale).  Section .80 was chalked full of standout tracks but did have a couple of duds. I am excited for his proper release and I think he is too talented to disappoint with it like some have in the past (see Wale).

(This is a perfect example of why I am excited)

2. A$AP Rocky– He sounds like he is from the South. He raps about things that Southern rappers rap about. However, he’s from Harlem.  He has charisma.  He has confidence. (Don’t use “swag”, don’t use “swag”, don’t use “swag”)  Honestly I think his best feature as an artist is picking his beats.  I don’t think he is the most talented or creative rapper, but he links up with guys that make the most creative sounds.  That is why he is famous. The verses on “Peso” will do the job, but that is a production hit. A masterpiece.

1. Mr. T – O.G. He is awesome.

I do not get this magazine anymore but I do enjoy this list. I can see a young Bojan still liking it.  I think they do a nice job giving love to those emcees that aren’t the most popular but are the up and coming and extremely talented.  If you look at the list you can see that this genre is not dead. It has some youth and these kids are good.  Enjoy.

Here. – To see the real #1.

Throwback Thursday – June 7th, 2012 Busta Rhymes – “Woo Hah! (Got You All In Check)”

All this talk about Danny Brown makes me think of Busta Rhymes.  When Busta came out he was so different from everyone else that it made sense he became popular in the MTV generation.  I remember thinking this was some sort of gimmick(which it kind of was).  The video for “Woo Hah!” and  “Dangerous” were so off-the-wall weird that it actually changed the way videos were done.  This was sandwiched in between Biggie’s -“Big Poppa ” and Jay-Z’s “Big Pimpin”.  I give Busta a lot of credit for being different. Enjoy.

“I make sure everything we make’s raw!”

Throwback Thursday – May 31st, 2012 Wu-Tang Clan – “Triumph”

Well back to acting like I was a cool kid.  I remember watching “Triumph” on MTV and thinking about the cool special effects with the bees.  I remember loving the Rod Strickland shout out.  I remember thinking the delivery on Rza’s verse was weird.  I didn’t know about Wu-Tang at the time.  I was green.  This has grown to be my favorite track by the collective. Also, I think it is the best posse track ever.

“I bomb atomically, Socrates’ philosophies and hypothesis can’t define how I be droppin’ these mockeries, lyrically perform armed robbery, flee with the lottery, possibly they spotted me.” – Inspectah Deck-

Possibly the best openings ever. I would love to hear some other suggestions for Throwback Thursday track.   This is one of the few well known classic Wu-Tang tracks that wasn’t on 36 Chambers.  Enjoy.

Limp Bizkit – “Nookie” Throwback Thursday May 17th, 2012

Last week I kicked off this project with Outkast – “ATLiens” .  I was very proud that I listened to “good” music when I was young.  I would love to be able to tell everyone that I only listened to quality stuff. Which is not true. I look back at some of the money I wasted on shitty nu-metal or rap records and just shake my head.  Though bad in hindsight, this music still influenced me and I refuse to run away from it.  You also can’t just brush this ear-shattering musical buffoonery under a giant rug. Every like bad music at some point. I am comfortable enough to share that I knew every word to this gem.  I think if I tried, I could still get through quite a bit of this song today without messing up.  This should take you back to a time that you rushed home (or as fast as you could run wearing Jnco’s), made a snack, and sat down to watch TRL to see who was going to be #1.  This week’s Throwback Thursday song is Limp Bizkit’s – “Nookie” . Enjoy.

Outkast – “ATLiens” Throwback Thursday May 10th, 2012

This is the first of many Throwback Thursday tracks to come. These are all tracks that influenced my musical tastes. I am proud to start off this weekly post with Outkast’s – “ATLiens” released August 27, 1996 on LaFace Records.  I remember listening to this track and album in my friend A.J.’s car driving to school.   It is because of Outkast that I really became a southern hip-hop fan.  I am sure many of you can relate to a song or sound shaping your youth.  For me it was this or Korn as my first post. I’m glad I went with this.  My favorite line is from Big Boi, Cause I’m cooler than a polar bear’s toenails/Oh hell, there he go again talkin that shit. I love it and wish I was cool enough to use this routinely, but I’m not.

Enjoy.