Big Sean – Outro

February 22nd, 2015

BigSean-Outro

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Summary: Soul Samples. Always.

About Artist: Big Sean is young rapper from Detroit that signed with Kanye West a couple years ago. He’s part of a wave of rapper’s that I feel especially connected to that include J. Cole, Big Sean, Kendrick Lamar, B.o.B. and Wale. It was the songs from these artists that started this blog (they are all also right around my age).

About Song: This song is the outro to Big Sean’s third album “Dark Sky Paradise” that’s set to come out February 24th. The album is pretty solid, with “I Don’t Fuck with You” being the lead single. A couple of the bonus tracks are pretty good too. I’d say it’s the best Big Sean album so far (though complete albums hasn’t been his strength). And doesn’t “Dark Side Paradise” sound an awful lot like “Dark Twisted Fantasy”

Favorite Part: This song is different than all the other tracks on the album in that it features a soul sample, which I always love. This song samples Darondo’s “Didn’t I” (1973).

Other:
Dark Sky Paradise Wikipedia
Big Sean Wikipedia

The Fugees – The Beast

February 21st, 2015

TheFugees-TheBeast

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Summary: Rest In Power El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz

About Artist: The Fugees need no introduction. Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean and Pras Michel made two albums in the mid 90s. The second, The Score (1996), is an all time classic. The Beast is the fifth track on that album.

About Song: In a time of #blacklivesmatter and exactly 50 years after the murder of Malcolm X, this song is as powerful today as it was when it was released 19 years ago (lyrics).

Favorite Part: Lauryn Hill’s verse at 1:45 has got to be my favorite part….
“The subconscious psychology that you use against me
If I lose control will send me to the penetentiary
Such as Alcatraz, or shot up like al Hajj Malik Shabazz”

Other:
El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz (aka Malcolm X) Wikipedia
The Fugees Wikipedia
The Score Wikipedia
The Beast Lyrics (via RapGenius)

DJ Green Lantern – Impeach the President (ft. Dead Prez, Saigon, Immortal Technique & Just Blaze)

February 16th, 2015

DJGreenLantern-ImpeachThePresident

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Summary: Happy President’s Day

About Artist: DJ Green Lantern has been doin mixtapes for years. Dead Prez is a socially conscious duo who’s been doin their thing since the mid 90s. Immortal Technique is a rapper known for his revolutionary lyrics, who’s been holding down his corner of the hip hop world since the late 90s. Saigon is a rapper signed with producer Just Blaze. I know Saigon raps about his time in prison but I don’t think he’s into social justice rap as much as Dead Prez and Immortal Technique

About Song: This song is something I used to bump back in 2007 about George Bush. Even in the era of Obama this song still seems relevant. The USA is still the USA. This song samples DJ Jazzy Jeff’s He’s the DJ I’m the Rapper.

Favorite Part: I loved hating on Bush. Hating on Obama just isn’t as fun.

Other:
DJ Green Lantern
Dead Prez Wikipedia
Immortal Technique Wikipedia
Saigon Wikipedia

Jared Evan (prod. by Statik Selektah) – Television

February 15th, 2015

JaredEvan-Television

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Summary: Boom Bap Blues

About Artist: I don’t know anything about Jared Evan except that he’s from New York and signed to Interscope. Wais P is an old school New York rapper who been struggling against obscurity despite having been featured on Jay-Z’s Vol. 2 Hard Knock Life back in 1998. Statik Selektah is a Boston based producer who I’m a big fan of.

About Song: This song is from back in feb 2013 from the mixtape/album Boom Bap Blues, which was a collaboration project between Jared and producer Statik Selektah. I posted 2 other songs from the album back in 2013 here and here. Apparently there is a Boom Bap and Blues 2 (Still Blue) album that came out in 2014 (which I’m gonna go listen to right now)!

Favorite Part: I really love this whole album, very chill, very nice blending of sounds and styles

Other:
Jared Evan Wikipedia
Statik Selektah Wikipedia

Ty Dolla $ign – Stretch // She Better

February 14th, 2015

TyDollaSign-StretchSheBetter

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Summary: Happy Lovers Day : )
…and don’t forget to listen to yesterday’s “Good Lovin

About Artist: Ty is a rapper from LA. Ty Dolla $ign produced “Toot it and Boot it”, was on the song “Paranoid (ft. B.o.B.)”, and also produced Lupe’s “Next to it”(which was awesome).

About Song: This song is from Ty’s 2014 mixtape Sign Language.

Favorite Part: I know the lyrics are somewhat vulgar but my favorite favorite part is the echoing “stretchin it out” (like at 1:16). Happy Valentines day y’all, may everyone’s life be full of love.

Other:
Ty Dolla $ign
Stretch Lyrics (via RapGenius)

Ludacris – Good Lovin (ft. Miguel)

February 13th, 2015

Ludacris-GoodLovinftMiguel

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Summary: I need some real good lovin.

About Artist: The one and only Ludacris has been crankin out quality tracks from Atlanta for over 15 years. Definitely a member of the hip hop hall of fame. Miguel is a an R&B singer who broke through in 2013 with his song “How Many Drinks”

About Song: This song is from a 6 song EP that Ludacris dropped in December of 2014. Ludacris hasn’t released anything in four years but this Burn Bridges EP is in anticipation of his 2015 album Ludaversal.

Favorite Part: This is just a beautiful song. I always thought Ludacris knew how to rap about sex/love (funny as that sounds), and Miguel’s voice is sex reincarnated.

Other:
Ludacris Wikipedia
Miguel Wikipedia

Felly – Fabrics

February 12th, 2015

Felly-Fabrics

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Summary: Laaaaiiid back

About Artist: Felly is a young 19 year old from LA. I’d compare him mostly to Mac Miller, not only cause he’s white.

About Song: This is off of a 2014 project Felly did called”Waking Up To Sirens” (free download here). Felly also produced this track (in his dorm room apparently)

Favorite Part: I like the jazzy piano, and it’s just so laid back.

Other:
Felly Official Website