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Words By: Leon S.
- “Freddie Gordy”
- “F*ckin’ Up The Count”
- “Forever And A Day”
- “10 Times”
The musical climate isn’t fair, sometimes. On one hand, you see artists that drop one or two songs and suddenly are thrust into the mainstream spotlight prematurely. It’s always weird to watch those artists maneuver, because most of the time, you can tell they weren’t prepared for what it all entails. On the other hand, you see artists that work diligently and crank out consistent singles, mixtapes, projects, EPs, albums, etc… and it becomes harder and harder to justify why some artists are where they are, and why others aren’t.
In some cases, you can whittle down certain elements. Charles Hamilton got in his own way, literally. Mickey Factz – although consistent with his music – seems to be inconsistent as to what his angle should be (for instance, did you know there was a diss track on his latest project?), and that matters when presenting music to the masses. The examples we could pull from are literally endless, especially in today’s “social media” climate.
That being said, I have no idea why people continue to sleep on Freddie Gibbs. … Continue Reading
[Words By | @K1ngEljay]
- “4:14 AM”
- “Pendulum” (feat. Chilla Jones & Emilio Rojas)
- “Under God”
Mickey Factz has a bit of a history with dropping mixtapes that feel like something more. His Mau$e projects are lauded on this side of the internet, and he’s never officially ‘”fallen off” in terms of content or rap schemes. It’s an interesting situation when his name is brought up, though; his name elicit reactions that can range from “criminally slept on” to “the dude that did coke on stage” (which also illustrates how deep a person’s music knowledge is if they thought he actually- nevermind), but for those that know about his discography, there’s not a real debate concerning the actual rap skills of Mickey Factz. … Continue Reading
[Words By | K1ng Eljay]
- “Project Steps”
- “Broadcast Live”
- “Check, Run It”
With all of the great (and, not-so-great, if you have low standards) music that’s being released lately, it’s very easy to overlook certain tracks, or at least table them and forget about it in all of the madness. It would be a shame if one of those projects you overlooked was T.I.’s surprise EP, Da’ Nic. Basing the title off the street vernacular (and abbreviation) for the word “nickel”, Tip’s as focused as we’ve seen him, mixing a bit of his old-school ways with his newfound methods of song-writing to create some legitimate, consistent moments that show promise towards his upcoming album. … Continue Reading
[Words By | K1ng Eljay]
- “The Resist Stance”
- “Yawning At Tigers”
- “No More”
Original ideas and concepts aren’t rare in Hip-Hop these days, contrary to popular belief. Instead, they’re a bit of everywhere if you know where to look (hint: not the radio). The biggest issue with most original ideas is that they’re pushed forward before they’ve had time to flesh themselves out; caterpillars are thrown to the sky without even being given a chance to cocoon and sprout wings. The ideas fall flat and either most people ignore it or someone takes that baby idea and runs with it the way it was meant to be done. A lot of the music that’s available for consumption are a product of that.
That’s why it’s so interesting when someone defies it, in a sense. One of the interesting elements of gospel music is the “leader” of the choir. Most of them don’t even sing; they just narrate what’s about to be sung. Granted, you got your Fred Hammonds that do it all (and do it well, Amen), but there hasn’t quite been a direct correlation to that angle in Hip-Hop, and if there was, it wasn’t done successfully (Diddy doesn’t count here).
I remember making the joke concerning Gerald Walker’s music, saying that I felt weird not saying his name without placing the “And The Family” part of it together, and it turns out, I had a reason for that. After a quick back and forth, it came out that it’s actually a group of people that are all involved according to him – about nine to be exact. From the vocals to the instruments, even though Gerald Walker is the front man in a sense, the project is a direct result of all the hands involved… and that’s more reminiscent of that Gospel, all hands on deck style of music than they probably intended (or…maybe they did intend it).
Regardless of all of that, I was blessed with the chance to review Gerald Walker and The Walker Family’s new project, Target, and I vibed with it so much at times that I forgot that it wasn’t out for others to enjoy. Sitting on dope music is a talent, and I’m glad that I get to pop the can and review this project for those that’s wondering what they’re getting themselves into. … Continue Reading
[Editor’s Note] This is a relatively quick turnaround for us on the review tip, but seeing as this project’s been on heavy rotation this way literally all weekend, it only felt right to air this one up for you guys. Enjoy the read, and if you got something to say, hit the comments or get at me on Twitter (@K1ngEljay).
[Words By | K1ng Eljay]
- “Vice City” (feat. Black Hippy)
- “Telegram” (feat. Lance Skiiiwalker)
- “The Ways (feat. Sir)
It’s hard to qualify the type of music that Top Dawg Entertainment makes nowadays. When they first started appearing on our radars, there was seemingly a pattern for them. The street angle was present, but for the most part, you got dope music without the vibes of heavy experimentation. That changed with the success of Kendrick Lamar (honestly), and each release has been unpredictable – for the most part – ever since. The only person who’s been even more unpredictable to call in the group is, ironically, one of the first people credited for rhyming in the Black Hippy collective. Jay Rock has been the solid foundation for the team, and almost anyone affiliated there will tell you the same thing; the criminally underrated emcee’s trying to make sure that’s his overlooked status is not the case with the release of his latest project, 90059. … Continue Reading