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Curren$y through Earl Sweatshirt, including newcomers Das Racist and Doss The Artist as well as seasoned vocalists Dwele and Marc Anthony.
Spotted over at DJ Premier’s Blog, Primo recently lauded the talents of Drake and J. Cole:
“[Drake] brought lyricism back. For a 22-year-old man, he brought lyricism back. When [Gang Starr's] Step In The Arena came out, I was 22-years-old. And I just thought about it, I was like, Damn, I was a youngster. I wasn’t 30, 31. I was 22 and coming with heat. And that’s why I like that he’s bringing stuff back….J. Cole, I like that he’s bringing lyrics back. Everything doesn’t have to be super, over-lyrical, but we do pride ourselves on cats that can spit, because [rap music] was always a competition about who got the dopest rhymes.”
I already explained why I think Drake’s allegiance to “underground” hip-hop is legitimate, and the combined quantity and quality of J. Cole’s music is unparalleled. Peep J. Cole’s newest single, and potential track on Villematic, below.
J. Cole – I’m Om It
Hit the skip to see Primo relay his story about visiting Nelson Mandela.
While some may question Drake’s motives, I’ve always appreciated his support of underground hip-hop. I think it’s authentic, with his recent cut with k-os, “Faith“, serving as one shining example. Like Kanye West, Drake’s mainstream success is largely due to a nod of approval from underground heads. It was the music fiends that scour datpiff and 2dopeboyz daily who first scooped So Far Gone, and played it on repeat so much it spread like a cold. Who is this Drake guy? Where is he from? He can (kinda) sing and rap? Cool. Once the DJ’s took notice and gave “Best I Ever Had” and “Successful” spins on the radio, the teen-boppers of America jumped on the band-wagon, and a mainstream superstar emerged. Exact same songs, completely new demographic.
Dueces was featured on Chris Brown & Tyga’s “Fan Of A Fan Mixtape. But after all the success and radio rotation of the song, Jive put money behind it and put it on itunes. Here is the remix which was released earlier yesterday.
Chris Brown – Dueces (Remix) feat. Drake, T.I., Kanye West, Fabolous, Andre 3000
Every now and then, trying circumstances arise that would put a strain on any relationship. When that strain becomes sustained, or when it shows some semblance of permanence, it’s time to put the foundation of that relationship under the microscope and evaluate whether or not it is fundamentally sound. If it is, then you break out your tool belt and work with the other person to rebuild the interior of that relationship, and move forward. If it isn’t fundamentally sound then you tear that house down and look for a different plot of land to build on.
There’s no time to waste on people who don’t reciprocate equal love and respect. Surround yourself with the people who do, because they’ll always hold you down. Keep the others at arm’s length. Dame and Jay parted ways in 2004, most likely because Dame was not a supporter of the direction HOV was headed. Now Dame is doing much cooler shit than Jay, and he’s doing it with a group of people dedicated to a singular artistic cause. Ski Beatz, Curren$y, Big K.R.I.T., and Smoke DZA are DD172 teammates featured in this week’s Mixtape Monday. Other tracks include: brand new Raekwon, Andre 3000, Styles P, Cee-Lo, KanYe, Lupe & Pharrell, as well as cuts from Detroit’s Doss The Artist & Hir-O, and Providence’s own CR The Beast and Chachi. DL link under the cut!
An obligatory post of the visuals for Drake and Wayne’s “Miss Me,” co-produced by Boi-1da and 40. Though it was outsold by Em’s latest drop (Recovery), Thank Me Later did go Platinum this week, and it will surely be in the running for #1 on many of the Top Albums of 2010 lists. Word is, Drizzy’s next video will be for the Swizzy-produced cut “Fancy.” Stay tuned!
It’s about time Canadian artists got the shine they deserved. Whether you like it or not, it’s undeniable that Drake opened the floodgates for other emcees above the border. One of the lucky beneficiaries of Drake’s success is k-os, a talented vocalist who spits as well as he sings. k-os just dropped his newest mixtape, The Anchorman, and he got the best Canucks down with him: Drake, Saukrates, Ryan Dahle, and more. Peep this J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League-produced cut called Faith, featuring Drizzy. The shit knocks, as does the whole tape. Download link under the cut!
k-os ft. Drake – Faith [prod. J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League]
DJ Clue premiered this Kane Beats produced track the other day. Last night Lil’ Wayne called into HOT 97 to speak to Funk Flex live from Rikers Island. Wayne said he will be dropping an EP, which will come out before the Carter 4, soon after he finishes serving his time.
Right Above It (Feat. Drake) (Prod By Kane Beatz) (DJ Clue Premier)
Download: Lil’ Wayne feat. Drake – Right Above It
A couple weeks ago I posted an article by Young H at PotholesInMyBlog, wherein Young H took many popular bloggers to task for their lack of journalistic polity. To many, blogging is a laughable endeavor; they think that anybody with a computer can sit down, blog, and be ‘successful.’ It’s this very mentality that undermines the purpose of the blogosphere, as well as those writers who take the form of journalism seriously. That being said, I had to sit on my hands for several hours today after reading one of Byron Crawford’s (a.k.a. Bol) newer pieces about the J. Cole single “Who Dat.”
Crawford claims throughout the entire article Cole’s third verse on “Who Dat” is actually a shot at Drake. The success of the entire piece hinges upon this argument; the reader is led to believe that Crawford will flesh out Cole’s verse and explain exactly how Cole was taking shots at Drake. And yet, somehow, instead of proving his thesis, Crawford just proves that despite his college degree he has no knowledge of journalistic tradition or etiquette. He strings together non-sequitur after non-sequitur, all the while taking cheap shots at Cole, Drake, and his fellow blogger Noz (of CocaineBlunts.com).
Below Crawford’s article, in the comments section (see the picture above), Crawford tells one of his critical commenters to ‘Stop being such a fag.’ It’s almost as if there is no oversight from XXL, at all. And even though it’s ugly (il cattivo), it’s not so bad that Crawford has these thoughts and writes them down. ‘Il brutto’ in this situation is that Crawford has the platform to reach thousands of readers with his superfluous thoughts, courtesy of XXL.
But then, there’s a thoughtful, emotive piece dedicated to DJ J.Rocc (il buono), written by the XXL-Staff, from the very same day as Crawford’s article (July 7th). This begs the question about XXL’s relationship with Byron Crawford: why to do this?
No topics are truly safe from the scheming pens of industry emcees. Now, if you’ve had your radio on in the past two weeks, you’ve heard Drake’s Swizz Beats produced ode to appearance-obsessed women, “Fancy,” featuring T.I. And though the song breaks with that smooth Drake-brand sound, its subject matter fits right in with the kind of shit many of the industry’s new talent (and even some old mainstays) have been putting out this year – songs dedicated to the women that bring drama.
Now, speakin on the subject of the saditty lady is by no means a new trend in hip-hop (especially industry type ish)- women have been at the center of Hip Hop culture from its inception. Yet this year has seen an inordinate number of artists put out songs centered around the topic of bougie females, not just on an ultra-sexual Whisper Song tip or some strange Lil Wayne love song, but on some pretty-well thought-out, lyrical shit. Check it:
Drake – Fancy
“Hit the gym, step on the scale, stare at the numba/ You say you droppin ten pounds, preparing for summa/ And you don’t do it for the man/ Man never notice/ You just do it for your self/ you the fucking coldest”