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1982 – Money Is Reality

February 21st, 2011

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Summary: Some Chill Monday Rap. For Classic Hip Hop Lovers only.
About Artist: 1982 is a two man MC Rapper duo out of the Boston area. The MC, Statik Selektah, has worked mainly on radio stations throughout his career and has the classic turntable sound I love exemplified by DJ Premier and Funkmaster Flex. Statik Selektah really brings the sound and vibe to the group, which is the main reason I like them, so I’d say he’s what really makes the group special. The rapper, Termanology, also from the Boston area, looked like he would take off in 2005 when The Source featured him as an unsigned MC; he never really took off but he’s got more than enough talent to hold his own in the game.
About Song: This song is off of 1982’s recent EP the Evening News. This song features Action Bronson though I’ve never heard of him. I like this song because it mixes a laid back jazz sound with a traditional gritty city rap sound.
Favorite Part:
I really like the classic hip hop feel. The best verse is probably the first 0:42-1:30 but the second verse does have some real good flow.
gregshiphop: 1982 – Always (Statik’s Interlude) 1982 – Start It Like This

Childish Gambino – Freaks and Geeks

February 18th, 2011

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Summary: Crazy Lryics. Crazy
About Artist: Childish Gambino is none other than the actor Donald Glover, who also writes for 30 Rocks. I just discovered him earlier this week then the other day my friend sent me this song. I am NOT a Donal Glover fan and I’m still on the fence about Childish Gambino but this track is crazy crazy.
About Song: Freaks and Geeks was released to promote Gambino’s upcoming, still unnamed, EP which drops in March.
Favorite Part:
I just discoverd this AWESOME SITE RAPGENIUS.COM it has the lyrics to the songs and you can click a line and it gives you and explanation of that line, it’s background, why its clever etc. Definitly check out the Freaks and Geeks Lyrics HERE

“E.e. cummings on her face, now that’s poetry in motion” (0:22)

“Took the G out yo waffle, all you got left is your ego” (2:44)

Lyrics and Explanations at

Fashawn – Manny Pacquiao (prod. by Phoenix)

February 17th, 2011

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Summary: Fashawn’s Higher learning his best mixtape.
About Artist: Fashawn is an underground rapper from Fresno California. He is one of Hip Hop’s most underrated much like his collaborators Blu, Exile and others. His debut album Boy Meets World was a great album but this tape is even better. Fashawn definitely deserves more respect for the consistently high quality music he makes.
About Song: This song is off of Higher Learning 2 which dropped yesterday and let me tell you THIS TAPE IS TIGHT. I highly recommend downloading it as it has another song that I posted on this site, Strange Fruit. This song clearly samples We Are the Champions by Queen but Phoenix did a great job on the production.
Favorite Part:
I love the production. There are a lot of good lines but my favorite might be…
“Never wanted to wear cleats,
just wanted to run the turf”
Phoenix Producer Wikipedia
Fashawn Wikipedia

Saigon – Come On Baby (Remix)(ft. Swizz Beatz, Jay-Z)

February 16th, 2011

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Summary: Saigon – The Greatest Story Never Told may be the rap album of the year.
About Artist: Saigon is a NY rapper who has spent a great deal of time in the New York penetentary system causing years of delays to his music career. His most recent album which just came out the other day has been in the making for years and is highly anticipated. I just finished listening to the album and it is REALLY GOOD. You can read more about Swizz Beatz and Jay-Z on their wikipedia pages (links below)
About Song: This song was the first single off of The Greatest Story Never Told and dropped in the summer of 2007 (it would be nearly another four years until the album was released). This is a shorter remix version with Jay-Z which was released on the album but you can listen to the original HERE there was also another remix with Jay-Z where Saigon raps different verses HERE. I actually think the lyrics of the original (and the other remix) are a little sharper but I posted the remix just because it’s the one that made it to the album. Both Asher Roth and Fashawn have used this same instrumental which I love and samples J. Geils Band’s Southside Shuffle (mp3 here). This is one of many Great songs that I’ll most definitely be posting from Saigon’s Greatest Story never told.
Favorite Part:
I really like the track that Swizz Beatz put together, and I understand why they made so many versions of the song. The guitar and singing in the background is awesome. There are also some good lines in these verses but I’d recommend also listening to the Original and the Other Remix for more lyrics.

Saigon Wikipedia
Swizz Beatz Wikipedia
Jay-Z Wikipedia

B.o.B – Higher (ft. Playboy Tre, Cyhi Da Prince, Bun B)

February 15th, 2011

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Summary: Energy+Rap+Beat = Solid B.o.B
About Artist: B.o.B. (aka Bobby Ray) is one of my favorite artists and you can read other B.o.B posts HERE to read a better bio and hear other tracks. Playboy Tre is a rapper that is one of B.o.B’s original crew. CyHi da Prince recently signed with Kanye’s GOOD Music and Bun B is the famous and well respected rapper from Texas (one half of UGK).
About Song: This is off of B.o.B’s most recent (though not all that new) mixtape No Genre.
Favorite Part:
I love the crazy wacky beat especially when it drops at 0:15.
I like everyone’s verse but especially Bun B’s at 4:09
B.o.B has nominated for 5 Grammys the other night and didn’t win a single one, keeping him Grammyless. I honestly can’t believe that Nothing On You (ft Bruno Mars) didn’t win ANYTHING. To deny that that was one of the biggest songs of the year is just ridiciulous. Check out his performance at the 2011 Grammys below. There is so much talent there between BoB, Bruno Mars, and Janelle Monae. When Bruno sings BoB is on the Guitar when Janelle sing Bruno is on the Drums, I mean THESE GUYS ARE MUSICAL!

Bun B Wikipedia
B.o.B Wikipedia
CyHi da Prince Wikipedia

Childish Gambino – So Fly

February 14th, 2011

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Summary: Turn the lights down low.
About Artist: I had never heard of Childish Gambino before. Yesterday I talked to my friend about how I really didn’t like that black dude from the show Community. Come to find out that Childish Gambino is none other than that dude from Community, Donald Glover. It kinda ruined the song for me a little bit but I went out and downloaded his mixtape Culdesac and am gonna give it a listen now.
About Song: This isn’t hip hop. Having said that, it’s still a nice Valentines Day Song. I also gotta give recognition to Modi for posting this song in his Singles Awareness Mixtape for helping me discover this song.
Favorite Part:
Of course I love the vocal background (I mean really love it)

“We can make it easy
We can do it simple
I’ll be waiting right there
Promise to be gentle
Sittin’ by your window
Girl, you’re so fly to me
” (1:05)


Terrace Martin – Give Me Some of You (ft. Kendrick Lamar)

February 14th, 2011

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Summary: Happy Valentines Day
About Artist: Terrace Martin is an LA producer who has done work for Snoop Dogg, Talib Kweli, Warren G among others. He is only just now focusing on his own music and the quality of the production is awesome. Kendrick Lamar is an LA rapper who is absoultly sick but doesn’t really show off his skills in this song
About Song: This song is off of the highly recommended project Here My Dear. This song actually fades into another track from the project that I posted called I Had No Idea. Kendrick Lamar is a little bit of a let down on this song but I love the instruments and is just a nice jazzy song about love.
Favorite Part:
Just like the feel of the song. Not really any outstanding lines
Terrace Martin Wikipedia