DJ Khaled – Shining (ft. Beyonce, Jay-Z)

February 18th, 2017

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Summary: All of this winning.
About Artist: DJ Khaled is the hype man turned successful social media entrepreneur who is now hosting the royal couple on their new track. Beyonce is everything, and Jay-Z still raps… 21 grammys he’s a savage, 12 solo albums all platinum.
About Song: This song dropped the day after the Grammys where Beyonce was nominated for album of the year for Lemonade, and gave an amazing performance.
Favorite Part: I love…

“All of this winning, I’ve been losing my mind”

“21 Grammys, I’m a savage n*gga
21 Grammys, I’m a savage n*gga
…12 solo albums, all Platinum, n*gga”
Other:
Shining Lyrics

Jidenna – Bambi

February 16th, 2017

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Summary: The Chief drops tomorrow!
About Artist: Jidenna is a member of Wondaland Records which is Janelle Monae’s crew.
About Song: This song is a track of off Jidenna’s long awaited, and many times postponed, debut album “The Chief” which is out tomorrow February 17th 2017. I’m giving it a first listen right now I and I gotta say it’s freshhhh.
Favorite Part: I love the mellow vibes. This song really typifies Jidenna’s style, though he goes in hard on some other beats. I also really love the lyrics of this one.
Other:
Jidenna Wikipedia
Wondaland Wikipedia

 

 

Anderson .Paak – The Dreamer (ft. Talib Kweli)

December 27th, 2016

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Summary: Don’t stop now, keep dreaming!
About Artist: Anderson .Paak is a California artist who stays at the cutting edge and had a great 2016 releasing his third album “Malibu” in January 2016.
About Song: This song is the outro track of the album.
Favorite Part: I love the music, the funky baseline, the choir, the whole concept of the song (and of the Malibu album for that matter).
“I’m on my fifth brew and my rent’s due
Sixth and west roof
I can see it all
Hold on to my hand, that’s my little dude
Look at Kenzo, swagging like his paw
One for the occasion and get ya good suit
Fuck your reservation
Bitch, I brought ’em all
Look at where you came from, Californication
Since a little baby skating in boogie boards
And raiding your cookie jar, my radio analog
I wanted them Nike’s
Mama got me Lugz” (0:38)
Love the hook, I’m a product of the tube and the free lunch.
Other:
Anderson .Paak Wikipedia
The Dreamer Lyrics (via RapGenius)

DJ Khaled – Holy Key (ft. Big Sean, Kendrick Lamar, Betty Wright)

December 27th, 2016

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THIS SONG HAS BEEN REMOVED DUE TO A COMPLAINT BY THE RIAA.
Summary: Back to the rap.
About Artist: DJ Khaled had a great year, taking his celebrity to the next level, and releasing a widely acclaimed album “Major Key” (2016).
About Song: This song was the 3rd single from DJ Khaled’s “MajorKey” (2016). This song features a first verse Big Sean, a second verse by Kendrick Lamar, and some awesome vocals by Betty Wright.
Favorite Part: I love the chorus, Betty Wright Kills.
“Niggas over stressing, we under investigation
Every day off to the races, can’t fuck with you if you racist
Beat your ass until you purple
They can’t even tell what your race is
Doctor King meet Dr. Dre
Except this doctor lost all his patience” (1:25)
“So what you look up to?
Fame and fortune, bitches, Porsches
Sources with designer thing
Brand endorsement joining forces with sorcerers signing me
Law enforcement their forces, tortures us with violent speed
Fuck your boss’s employment my joy is to see all you bleed” (3:05)
The outro is also one of the best part with the beat and Betty Wright riding out.
Other:
Holy Key Lyrics (via RapGenius)
DJ Khaled Wikipedia
Kendrick Lamar Wikipedia
Big Sean Wikipedia

TiRon & Ayomari – Politicis as Usual

December 27th, 2016

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Summary: The crazy politics of 2016.
About Artist: I don’t know much about TiRon & Ayomari but I found them on Bandcamp years ago and they’ve been on gregsiphop.com a couple times in the last 7 years (one of their songs was one of the first 15 songs ever posted).
About Song: This song came out in 2016 and spoke to the dystopian feel the hungover the end of 2016. Watch the music video here
Favorite Part: This song helped me process Trump’s win and keep some perspective on how terrible and corrupt politics and presidents have always been. I like the montage of political speeches that run throughout the background, but I also really love the verses which are both pointed an beautiful.80
“Turn the wheel, turn the wheel
Don’t believe in Somethin real, somethin real
Plug in Sit back & relax Welcome to the trap” (2:21)
Other:
Politics As Usual Lyrics (via Bandcamp)

Childish Gambino – The Night Me and Your Mama Met

December 27th, 2016

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Summary: Instrumental break
About Artist: Childish Gambino (aka Donald Glover) is an amazingly multitalented individual. I’ve been obsessed with him for years and his new TV show Atlanta is now one of my favorites.
About Song: This is an instrumental track of off Childish Gambino’s recent album “Awaken My Love” (2016). This album is so different than any other music he’s put out. While not all of the songs are instrumentals there is little of the rapping that has been the staple of his music output to date. I really really really like “Awaken My Love”.
Favorite Part: I love the vibes of this whole album. It blows me away that Childish Gambino stepped into this new musical space for the first time and made something so compelling. I also love the guitar on this song is by Garry Clark Jr, who I really need to check out more. The guitar on this song sings so beautifully and the song fits perfectly into the album.
Other:
Garry Clark Jr (Wikipedia)
Awaken My Love (Wikipedia)

Drake – Summer Sixteen

December 27th, 2016

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THIS SONG HAS BEEN REMOVED DUE TO A COMPLAINT BY THE RIAA.
Summary: Lookin Lookin for Revenge.
About Artist: Drake is… I don’t even know what to say about Drake. He hasn’t been on gregshiphop.com since 2009. There are lots of Drake songs I like, and lots that I hate. The other candidate for this post was Hotline Bling (which I love) but since this is a 2016 wrap up I went with Summer Sixteen.
About Song: I was going to put this song up in June but for some reason it just stayed in the unfinished blog post drafts pile. I don’t think that Drake has put out his best stuff as of late, I think some of his recent singles have been kind of annoying. But I really really loved Summer Sixteen and before 2016 comes to an end I wanted to put it up here (even though it came out in January).
Favorite Part: “Tell Obama that my verses are just like the whips that he in They bulletproof” (0:30)
Other:
I know this song was famous but I couldn’t let 2016 end without any Drake this year.