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2013 had almost every single one of my favorite rap artists duke-ing it out for the top spot. It was fantastic. Rap Gods and kings battling throughout middle earth. Spitting fire. Packing a wallop. Then Eminem brought us back to Marshall Mathers’ old home one last time. I’m still there. Despite it being in ashes. The rap Elvis is still making an impact, but almost instantly I fell in love with MMLP2. It was like the perfect bride: something new, old, and blue. All very Marshall. Showing us that even at 40…he’s still a dangerous behind the mic. Rick Rubin gave this a distinct voice, allowing himself to hit back at the heart of his twisted art. But I already spoke about that. Pick up the bonus tracks for the extra tracks with Sia, Jamie N Commons, and X Ambassadors. They make the album worth it.
What I am going to speak about is how this record gave me the strength to get back on my feet after saying farewell to a very special friend. Was knocked off my feet. Stumbling. Then I heard this record. And I felt way better. The more I listened, the more I felt like the old me. The one with the big heart. Everything was going to be fine. Made peace and looked forward to the future. It’s really hard to focus with my over thought out head constantly working at a crazy pace. Take these lyrics for example:
“As time passes, things change every day. But wounds, wounds heal, but scars still remaining the same. But tomorrow today’s going down in flames. Throw the match, set the past a blaze. So feel the fire beneath your feet as you barely even perspire. From the heat, exhale deep and breathe a sigh of relief. And as you say goodbye to the grief. It’s like watching the walls melt in your prison cell. But you’ve extinguished this living hell. Still a little piece of you dies as you scream.”
Who says rap can’t be poetic?
One of my favorite moments happened about week after as my friends and I drove up the Cali coast bumping this record for the first time. ”Desperation”, one of the bonus tracks, was the anthem. We hit repeat. Over again. Jamie N Commons bringing that country folk twang with Marshall’s vicious rapping teeth sounded great on the highway. We were outlaws in a Prius. Dangerous stuff. We could all relate to the record.
MMLP2 is still being played unlike 90% of the albums in my car. Likely by 2014 it will rank higher in my life…but for right now it breaks the top 10. Rap God is not playing. This is the very personal Marshall Mathers LP 2.
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Magna Carta…Holy Grail. Only thing it was missing was 2 Chainz. That was joke. This record felt like Jay Z was having a good time trying to make a new blueprint for his art. No longer based in a ghetto sensibility of crack deals or dope dealing. This was high art with rich sensibilities revolving around King Jigga in his kingdom. All hail…Caesar’s home.
I got the sense this is the Jay Z that lives his life nowadays. Rocking Tom Ford, living a extravagant – Great Gatsby lifestyle with Queen & Princess B overseas. It’s the life we all middle class civilians wish for. And he’s talking about how great being materialistic is. Fuck With Me…you know I got it pretty much tells you everything you need to know about Magna Carta. Lifestyle with new rules. One I’ll never achieve in this poor world.
But why did I like it? Fucking Jay Z. Need I say more? Remember laying on my couch on Fourth of July (the day it dropped) and couldn’t stop hitting repeat on Holy Grail. Was going through some stuff at the time & the confidence hitting on each track helped me get out of my slump. Because rapping about the beach because the beach is better turned out to be quite fun. Rick Ross-Timberlake-Frank Ocean hooks, a producer mashup on “BBC” with Timbaland, Swizz, Nas, Dr. Dre, and Rick Rubin, Jay Z talking about Miley Cyrus twerking, and high production all make Magna Carta a purchase.
This is a fun record that doesn’t take itself seriously. He’s having fun doing what he loves to do. Like Michael Jordan in his last year with the Chicago Bulls. So this Jay Z, after the Throne, building some new rules in a rap evolving rap world. Here’s to the start of a new world. Prepare yourself for Magna Carta…Holy Grail.
No seriously. The problem never worked itself out on paper. Because I was able to put both Pusha T’s ‘My Name Is My Name’ & Panic! At The Disco’s ‘Too Weird…’ on the same disc. They were fantastic together. Played them all over the valley for the past couple months. Kind of symbolizes my musical taste. To have two genre extremes, on the same disc, and never got bored. Started hard with some drums, ended with one silent voice drawing off. You get Pusha T raw, Kanye West produced, ghetto anthems on the other side was the dark turn Panic! took with mysterious pop tracks.
One featured hip hop superstars…Kendrick Lamar, Rick Ross, Jeezy, Chris Brown, 2 Chaniz!, Big Sean, etc. King Push lives up to the name with hell of a record. Like it was the missing pieces of Yeezus. In or bad way. The guests & beats really make this record shine. Made for radio plays. Pusha had great guidance & direction on how to sell this piece of art. Yeezy taught you well.
The second was far more intimate. Just Panic being Panic. On the same level of production value as Fall Out Boy’s ‘Save Rock And Roll’. Pop Punk that showed glimmers of their debut. Couldn’t get over how catchy both albums were.
Whether on I was on my Tom Ford-Ric Flair shit or dancing in the gospel lights in vegas. It had everything I wanted from a record. Sometimes you don’t get what you hope for. You get more. The pleasure of making mixes & burnt discs. The thing is this musical chef cooked up one hell of a dish that destroyed all genre. but more so cause I was lazy.
Pusha with a side dish of Panic! available for pick up below! Tell me how it tastes. Dope?
You can now watch Donald Glover aka that Childish Gambino music video for ‘Because The Internet’ cut — “3005″. It takes you on a ferris wheel ride with a major / dark twist towards the end. Spoilers: Lava! But Donald continues to be his gloomy self. Quite hipster.
The record is streaming over on iTunes. I dig it. Also the music video for his Chance the Rapper collabo, The Worst Guys, is streaming on other sites with a passcode & shit. Click this link & follow the CoS masters to watch that fun video.
What an uplifting and lifting song. Way…way…different than the music R. Kelly is making as of late. Listened to his new album ‘Black Panties’ last night. Whew. I haven’t laughed so much at weirdly sexual lines like “…I wanna marry your pussy…” & “…ass so big that the whole hive looks like they stun ya…” since BOATS II. 2 Chainz! (Sorry, habit.) Nothing in comparison to the new Gambino shit dropping next week that I’m still trying to digest. Frank Ocean’s ‘Channel Orange’ played a major role in shaping the direction for that record. Not sure if I like it. We’ll see.
New Music Tuesday. Britney Spears’ new album drops alongside Jake Owen, Leona Lewis, Glen Hansard, and a few soundtracks like Sound of Music & Sons of Anarchy. Didn’t even know about Glen’s. Gonna listen to it next. Indie rock love. Oh yes. Jake Owen’s seems out of place. A country summer record dropping at Christmas Time. Needs some legs to make it to summer when they drop the deluxe edition.
Until then he’s a classic track from youth that shows you how far R. Kelly has come. Plus, Space Jam clips.
I will always love ‘Take Care’. So, when I tried compared that record to Drake’s 2013 junior effort — ‘Nothing Was The Same’ – I kept coming short. I liked ‘NWTS’ when I first heard it. The transitions within each track made me like portions of songs, but not the entire ones. Cause of It…took me a few months to actually fall in love with the imperfect record. Loved what I didn’t like the first time I heard. Because Drake did his best to change the game, but what really excels is his raps. This record proves the boy is skilled. They are like razor sharp teeth biting into the weak beats. There isn’t a moment when the raps lacks. Drizzy is quite focus at his subject matter: his enemies, father, city, groupies, etc. No doubts about it.
This record sat in my CD changer since it came out. No matter what record entered my musical thunderdome…NWTS remained in slot 5 this entire time. It gave me a nice break from other rappers, pop icons, jazz fiends, and rock gods. Because the styles & beats are too unique for their own good…helped be a palate cleanser. This isn’t just a rap album: it’s hip hop, r&b, blues, and variety of different of styles that I dare not to name. What really lies at the heart is Drake’s relationship with his father. Seems his still getting out a bit of frustration and slowly accepting his father’s role in his life. Which isn’t what I expected. Made me think about how special my father is.
Not many special guest, but you do get a few verses from 2 Chainz.
Drake’s life, from this point on, won’t be the same because he changed his future by forgiving past sins. This album isn’t about changing the game…but his life. Just hold on cause Drake is going home.
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This Christmas I’ll be steppin’! In the name the love with Mama XXXmas. Haha.
With major R&B talent (R. Kelly, Jordin Sparks, Monica, Anthony Hamilton, Ne-Yo, John Legend, etc.) providing some of their favorite & new holiday tunes…we’re kicking off our strictly Holiday Albums of the weeks with one of the best soundtracks of 2013. Have yet to see The Best Man Holiday. Hear great things. I have no doubts that this music fits the movie quite well. In a very 90s way. Just makes me want to see the movie even more.
What you’ll love about this album is how well it is to bump when your decorating your house this week. Or making love to your spouse under the mistletoe. C’mon, New Edition’s “Can You Stand The Rain” is included! My seventh grade self is dancing underneath my skin right now. (hehe, truly!) We’re just getting started. More albums to roll through just in time for the holidays.
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There is something truly haunting about the digital portrait that Abel paints as The Weeknd on his official studio release — ‘Kiss Land’. Always feel like I’m a foreign land when it streams. Living the life of another seeder man with darker ambitions. Words I have expressed before, I know. Still holds true.
Seeing how I have spoken much about this record over 2013…I’m really at a lost for words. What more can I say? It shouldn’t be that hard to come up with a meaningful experience when this LP was present. Mostly listened to ‘Kiss Land’ in the car rides to work or in my room reading. Didn’t share it with any of the hometown friends or lovers. Part of me agrees that half of the record would work better in a love making situations. Thus, I have wasted those tracks on myself. A sort of indirect self-pleasure as I see it.
Abel evolved beautifully between his Mixtape ‘Trilogy’ and arriving in ‘Kiss Land’. He wants to be a electronic dream of Michael Jackson with a very futurist sound. Loved it when I first heard it, love it as bumps in my ears now, and such. ”This is the shit that I live for,” sums it up perfectly. The standout musical experience is “Wanderlust”, the precious little diamond of the entirely short album. You’ll hit repeat many times. Maybe even ‘Belong to the World’. It’s a record you wouldn’t probably buy at first glance, but trust me it’s fantastic over you peel back the layers.
It’s crazy in Emine’s head as we see the various versions of man named Marshall. Dig the videodrome version. Too funny that I bumped it this morning on the way in. Now, I’m bumping it on the way out.
We off baby.
Wasn’t gonna post this then I experienced Q-Tip’s second verse…in which he murders…and had to share. Just wanted to thank Busta, Weezy, Tip, and Yeezus for this very soulful old school video & track. NYC streets just got hit by a godzilla cut. And it feels so damn smooth.