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What’s up guys! I’m back with some very impressive, shocking and interesting news. Puff Daddy, P. Diddy, Diddy, hip-hop mogul, whatever you would like to call him just launched his new official TV network called “Revolt”. Puffy claims it is the ‘ESPN of music’.

Very exciting! You never ever hear about new networks being aired on TV. So often you hear about new TV shows sprouting up here and there, but never a new fresh network. The last network I can remember that was created was Oprah’s OWN, I believe? Anyways the most interesting thing about this, is like I said it is ran by P. Diddy, a large figure in the Hip-Hop community.

Puff claims this brand new TV network will only be about music. It will be airing new music videos, having panel discussions, feature news, etc. If this network really meet its hype, oh my god…

(Courtesy of allhiphop.com)

(Courtesy of allhiphop.com)

I am very excited for it. As a 21-year-old hip-hop head, the only real rap viewing I get is through on-demand media outlets such as YouTube or Worldstar (which can sometimes get boring too). Growing up, researching and combing the internet for rap  since I first got addicted to hip-hop at 15-years-old, it is something that I’ve been looking for without knowing it.

I remember watching YO! MTV Raps clips on YouTube, wishing that I was in that era to be able to turn on the TV and see Wu-Tang Clan, Mobb Deep, NaS and 2pac freestyling, having fun and discussing music.

(Courtesy of vh1.com)

(Courtesy of vh1.com)

MTV has been so saturated with reality shows and some game shows (that end up really being reality shows), that you forget that MTV stands for Musical Television. Well I am glad Diddy stepped up to the plate and created his own network strictly for the music and nothing else.

If this network really does blow up and keep its integrity as Diddy claims, it would change hip-hop. Underground and unsigned acts would see recognition probably 4 times quicker than it would take them via the internet. It will be interesting to see how this network goes, if it goes under I will be extremely upset; If it’s consist and not just a gimmicky ploy for greedy corporate suit-and-ties to put their hand in  TV’s “cookie jar” then I would 100% support this channel. Hopefully this network would deliver and keep the tradition that MTV had back then…and also not have too many Ciroc commercials every 2 minutes. Shout out to Puff.

Take that, take that…

#RapNerdsUnite

(Courtesy of diaryofahollywoodstreetking.com)

(Courtesy of diaryofahollywoodstreetking.com)

– Norman Galang

Terrar aka King Push aka Neighborhood Pusha aka 1 half of the infamous Virginia duo, Clipse, has just dropped his long-awaited debut solo album properly titled “My Name Is My Name”

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This album is pure, uncut, raw (pun intended), unfiltered Hip-Hop music from Track 1-12.

The amazing thing about the Virginia rapper’s music is that he never compromises his artistic ability; he understands, acknowledges and respects the Hip-Hop culture and importance to the fullest; he is a lyricist first before anything else; and is the perfect example of it’s not what you do, but how you do it.

 

 

King Push’s been rapping for over 10 years and has always rapped about drug trafficking and dealing cocaine, a very common topic ever since Rap was created over 30 years ago. But, Pusha takes it somewhere either the lazy can’t or don’t know how to. Push is able to make something as grimy, filthy or even simplistic as drug dealing and make it lyrically artistic. His writing style is so dense that you forget he was even rapping about drugs in the first place.

For instance:

“I let you into my diary to admire me
The make up of this man, I let you see the higher me
The self-righteous drug dealer dichotomy
I’m drawing from both sides, I am Siamese”

“A birds eye view got me channelling my vision
Turn one to two, now the kilo’s got a sibling”

“Cooked white turn to tan, so the world’s Snooki

School of Hard Knocks, look at where the game took me”


Cleverly digusting lyrics, every real rap fan has to appreciate and the lyrics are synonym to the extremely well done production.

If you’re looking for your next raw fix, pick up Pusha-T’s solo album “My Name Is My Name”

P.S. only Push can successfully put a huge worldwide pop artist like Chris Brown over a dirty but powerful beat and still have it make sense.

#RapNerdsUnite

– Norman

Going back to J. Cole’s Power Trip production video made me really think about all the gems the Roc Nation and Dreamville made as a producer.

 

 

A lot of people only see him as a ruthless MC that they forget that the Born Sinner himself actually made some crazy beats as well!! And to anyone doubting it, I put together this nice list for you

My top 5 J. Cole beats go like this:

5. Too Deep For The Intro – The smooth drums and crisp but subtle high-hats really made this one of the smoothest tracks Cole produced. And the Eryka Badu vocal sample (I believe), is an amazing touch to an already incredibly soothing beat.

 

 

4. HiiiPower – Although this is an instrumental that Cole did not rap on, it is one of his best and most different beats. Perhaps it is because this beat was made for Compton rapper Kendrick Lamar. This appeared on K.Dot’s highly-acclaimed mixtape “Section.80” and probably one of the best songs on the project. The hypnotic and rapid keys is what really highlights this amazing song other than King Kendrick’s raw lyricism.

 

 

3. Crooked Smile – Cole’s 2nd single off his recent sophomore release “Born Sinner” is the perfect balance of both organic and commercial appeal. Like his fan-favorites “It Won’t Be Long” or “Lights Please”, this song defines J. Cole to the absolute fullest, goes against the trends and still be considered a radio smash. The church-like claps, triumphantly happy pianos, droopy bass guitar and subtle violin is really hard hitting while having the power to uplift.

 

 

2. Power Trip – Oh, man. I wish I was more instrumentally savvy so I can pin-point each instrument being used. There is so many funky sounds being incorporated that just mesh so well. The only place where I can begin is the crunchy and ominous guitar-loop which dominates the entire song. What I wish there was more of is the flute that you can hear clearly in the beginning and at the top of the chorus before Grammy-award winning Miguel sings. If that particular loop is more present in the song, this would have been my No. 1 J. Cole beat, ever.

 

 

1. Nobody’s Perfect – Only the best song on J. Cole’s first album “Cole World: The Sideline Story”, amazing. Very 90’s r&b influenced, it’s ridiculous how he was able to capture this perfect without it sounding forced. Cole and Big K.R.I.T. really are the two new producer rappers that I can say make the most organic and heartfelt music. But anyways, the bass in this record is hash but heavy in a good way, the drums are crunchier than a stale granola bar. What steals the song is the smooth and light pianos keys that add the best touch to complement everything. Without them the song would be short from classic.

 

 

With everyone still hyped over the huge streak in amazing rap albums and mixtapes, it is hard to digest all the music at the same time. As much as I love sitting with one album at a time, I am too much of a hip-hop fiend to not want to listen to 3 or 4 projects all at once. As much as it depreciates the album’s moment, it is definately nice when you revisist and re-fall in love with the music. Thank you J. Cole

And thank you for reading.

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#RapNerdsUnite

– Norman

Kendrick Lamar looks like he still hasn’t fully lifted his foot off the rap game’s neck ever since everyone heard his verse on “Control”. Someone had leaked a snippet of K.Dot’s BET Cypher verse and people have been speculating who he is subliminally dissing. I would like to believe it is either Papoose or Drake. Papoose dropped an aggressive response record and Drake publicly let it be known that he wasn’t feeling the infamous “Control” verse.

In the snippet, Kendrick’s first line is “Nothing’s been the same since they dropped Control and tucked the sensitive rapper back in his pajama clothes.” I believe “Nothing’s been the same” could be a reference to Drizzy new LP, “Nothing Was The Same.” And everyone who pays attention to hip-hop or at least has been on the internet knows that the canadian Young Money artist is dubbed the “sensitive rapper.”

If Drake takes this as a direct assault I am interested if he’ll put it on wax.

This line could also be a shot at Brooklyn MC, Papoose because although he was not mentioned in “Control”, he was probably the most vocal and against Kendrick’s bars.

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A very interesting time in hip-hop! I am patiently waiting to see who else is going to step up to plate and try to take a swing at what Kendrick lyrically pitched to the hip-hop game.

-Norman

#RapNerdsUnite

Forensics is still trying to figure out how Kendrick Lamar and Pusha T murdered this beat produced by the infamous Nottz. “Nosetalgia” is the hip-hop’s core and origin compressed in this 3 minute and 49 second music video. Which is quite amazing considering the fact that the genre is over 30 years old and right when people thought hip-hop is too “mainstream” or “pop”, this video comes to give real rap addicts it’s well-deserved fix.

It is remarkable how something so simple can be so unique and intriguing. This video has no bells, no whistles, probably took one shot to complete and is in black-and-white. Just like the song, it features two ruthless lyrically genius rappers who do exactly that, rap! The video consists of cornrow rockin’ Pusha and L.A. fitted, black-and-white wearing K.Dot spitting a verse each over an eerie drum pattern which is haunting but mesmerizing at the same time. I would imagine if the stench of worn-out crack pipes and grimy hallways in the 80’s had made a beat, it would sound like this. I figure this type of production forces MC’s to be lyrically sharp to complement how raw the production is.

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“Nosetalgia” is Pusha and Kendrick airing out their crack-cocaine plagued neighborhood memories via dope lyrics. But, the most clever thing about the song is the spelling of the title. Nostalgia = a sentimental longing or wistful affection for the past, typically for a period or place with happy personal associations. Throwing an ‘e’ in the title making it “Nosetalgia” let’s the hip-hop audience know what to exactly expect before they hit that download link. And if you didn’t, you obviously haven’t listened to enough Clipse or Pusha T.

Pusha’s forthcoming album, My Name Is My Name, in stores Oct. 8th.

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Hello Readers! How is everyone? I apologize for not updating my blog, but my classes and family have been consuming all of my time. But, the great thing is I think I picked out my own rhythm to still balance my work and free-time and possibly mixing the two, while still doing my best. 

School was hectic at first, but after realizing it’s still so early into the semester I was able to breathe and this is one particular record that helped me do just that.

Drake just released his third LP, last week called “Nothing Was The Same.” Drake has a huge, huge, HUGE fan base and that’s because he is someone who has mastered all sub-genres of rap. If you are feeling smitten, depressed, excited, victorious, boastful, or anything you can think of, he captures at least two or three songs of each feeling on his  album. Which I think is the reason why he is winning in the rap game and will be relevant at least another decade from now, because he can cater to so many people at one time.

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The brilliant thing about super pop musicians is their marketing, which actually helps the music become more appreciated. Not only does it sell more records, but his album release dates help the consumer mark a place and time for the particular music they are selling. From what I remember, every Drake project comes out in the fall, which is back to school time. Because of Drake’s versatility in subject matter, everyone, especially teenagers can relate to his various music topics and live to a whole album as if it their own personal soundtrack. 

And before I go further, the reason I chose to analyze a Drake record is not only is he worldly known but I feel everyone who actual listened to him before would know what I’m saying. Plus, I enjoy breaking down people’s favorite songs and seeing them appreciate the music more like I do.

There is a particular song on “Nothing Was The Same” called “Too Much.” It is about Drake’s anxiety and being overly ambitious about being the greatest artist, while speaking on family issues. The chorus by singer Sampha simply goes “don’t think about it too much, too much, too much, too much. There’s no need for us to rush it through.”

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Out of the entire project, this song stood out to me. As someone who tends to over-worry and stress about something because I believe it is the best push or fighting mechanism to help achieve my goal; I see that can’t always be the case. Worrying about the finish line stops the joy of the journey, which is the thing I want to remember the most out of everything. Sounds mad cliche and overly dramatic, but the small things I catch my friends, family and even myself tire over isn’t that bad and is not worth getting caught up in. 

“Too Much” is also unique because if the message doesn’t calm or make you reflect, the beat will. It is the perfect mirror instrumentation of the song’s concept. The light pianos and slow mellow claps complements the canadian rapper’s flow and vice versa, which in return highlights what he is saying in the song. Drake showing vulnerability by speaking about his family and his goals is really admirable, but the fact that the chorus comes in between each of Drake’s verses almost feels like the singer is actually speaking to Drake himself. Like an older mentor, relative, or what my people up North say “Old Head” and he is telling Drake “don’t think about it too much” and have faith. The reason why this is my favorite record on the album so far is because people my age tend to be impatient and worry when too much of it can really filter out the good things you already have.

Enough of my nerdy rap ranting, everyone go listen to the record if you would like lol

(unfortunately the best version on YouTube is the live performance of him on Jimmy Fallon)

Hope you enjoyed and PEEAACCEE!