June 29th, 2016
DOWNLOAD MP3 ChanceTheRapper-GrownAssKidftMickJenkins.mp3
Summary: “My favorite rapper a Christian rapper”
About Artist: Chance the Rapper is has been growing on me a lot since 2013. His album Acid Rap was amazing, I don’t know why “Good Ass Intro” or “Cocoa Butter Kisses” isn’t on this blog. I was super fortunate to see Chance the Rapper perform Kanye’s Family Business at a show with the both of the them in the summer of 2015. Then Chance dropped Coloring Book in May 2016 and the first time I heard it I knew it would probably be my favorite album of the year. Mick Jenkins is considerably less famous but I was obsessed with his 2015 mixtape “The Water[s]”.
About Song: Grown Ass Kid should have been track 11 on “Coloring Book” but it didn’t make the album because copyright law.
Favorite Part: beat, flow, the whole thang.
Chance The Rapper Wikipedia
Mick Jenkins Wikipedia
April 1st, 2016
DOWNLOAD MP3 BigKRIT-SoBad.mp3
Summary: Freshh! classsic.
About Artist: Big K.R.I.T. is a raw funky southern rapper. He is extremely talented and produces almost all of his own songs. Big K.R.I.T. has been goin hard since 2011 when he dropped Return of 4eva.
About Song: So Bad” dropped this week as a 5 year celebration since the release of “Return of 4eva“. This is the 3rd Big K.R.I.T posted on gregshiphop.
1. Chipmunk early-Kanye Style Sample
2. Frunky Raw Southern Bars
3. Positive Uplighting Message
3. The Beat Switch at 1:46
Big K.R.I.T. Wikipedia
So Bad Lyrics (via RapGenoius)
April 1st, 2016
DOWNLOAD MP3 PharoaheMonch-EvolveprodbyExile.mp3
Summary: Lyrical. Powerful.
About Artist: Pharohe Monch is most famous for his single “Simon Says” (1999) but is also a respected MC who has continued making revolutionary music. This track is produced by Exile who is a super talented producer and who began his early career in a duo group alongside Aloe Blacc.
About Song: This song came out on Pharoe Monch’s third album “W.A.R. (We Are Renegades)” in March 2011. It was never a single but it did re-apper on Exile’s mixtape “Intro to the Outro” in September 2011.
This is the 2nd song from “Intro to the Outro”to be posted in gregshiphop. Check out “Wait For Me (ft. Big Sean, Lupe Fiasco)”
1. Listening to Pharoahe Monch speak truth
2. Pharoahe Monch’s pure lyricism
3. The jazzy gospel track
Pharoahe Monch Wikipedia
Evolve Lytics (RapGenius)
April 22nd, 2015
DOWNLOAD MP3 KendrickLamar-KingKunta.mp3
Summary: …and we’re back. Since my last post this classic album dropped.
About Artist: Kendrick Lamar, what can I say. He might be my favorite rapper right now. He’s the new king of the west coast and has taken over the rap game. His latest album To Pimp A Butterfly is a must must must listen (you can listen here)
About Song: This song is just one of many great songs on To Pimp A Butterfly. Check out the lyrics below
Favorite Part: Everything
Kendrick Lamar Wikipedia
King Kunta Lyrics (via RapGenius)
February 16th, 2015
DOWNLOAD MP3 DJGreenLantern-ImpeachThePresident.mp3
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.
DJ Green Lantern
Dead Prez Wikipedia
Immortal Technique Wikipedia
February 7th, 2015
DOWNLOAD MP3 ChildishGambino-SouthernHospitalityPartnaDem.mp3
Summary: Dirty South Reborn
About Artist: Childish Gambino, aka Donald Glover, is a multitalented dude, writing for 30 Rock, acting on Community, and rapping as Childish Gambino.
About Song: This song is off Gambino’s 2014 “S T N M T N”. STN MTN is a DJ Drama Gangsta Grillz mixtape, which is a famous series of mixtapes that the legendary DJ Drama has made. The whole mixtape is about Gambino’s upbringing in Georgia. This is the opening track from that tape (but I cut the intro out of this track). This track is one of several medley tracks that pay homeage to souther rap. The first part of this song is over Ludacris’s Souther Hospitality, the second part of the song is over Rich Kid’s and Young Dro’s My Partna Dem.
Favorite Part: I love Gambino, who has a strong emo rapping side, can get down on some dirty beatz.
The second coming / jesus line at 2:58 is pretty good lol.
I also like the references to other southern artists and songs.
Childish Gambino Wikipedia
Lyrics (via RapGenius)
January 24th, 2015
DOWNLOAD MP3 KendrickLamar-SingAboutMeCoverByGreg.mp3
Summary: This is not part of the regular blog series… just a shitty cover I did in one take.
This song is a quick first take cover I made of Kendrick Lamar’s masterful “Sing About Me, I’m Dying Of Thirst” (produced by Like of Pac Div).
I originally just wanted to save this song to my Soundcloud account but when I tried to save it I got the following message….
“Our automatic content protection system has detected that your track, “———- ——“, may contain copyright protected content and we’ve blocked it from being published on your profile.”
It feels shitty to be told a small piece of art that you made with love, in appreciation of a great song, is illegal and shall be blocked. Fuck You Soundcloud. How can you supress culture like that?
Lucky for me I pay for my own web host and, at least for now, that web host will still let me host this mp3.
Favorite Part: You have listen to the original song (I don’t do it any justice). The gunshots at the end of the first verse is one of the most power pieces of music that I know.
Other: Original album art by greg ; )