Posts in Category/Tag: Mindful

Kendrick Lamar – Fuck Your Ethnicity

August 26th, 2011

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Summary: Kendrick Lamar is the best up and coming rapper. Bring the West Coast back with a vengance.
About Artist: Kendrick Lamar is a young Compton rapper who has been hailed as the next king of the west. He has amazing lyrical ability and speaks truth with an unmatched authenticity. Kendrick Lamar is currently my favorite rapper. I got to see him recently in his hometown of LA and was blown away. His live performance had so much energy and he was even better live than he sounds on his records. The show started a little late only because Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg showed up to watch. Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Kurupt, Game, Big Sean and Snoop all graced the stage to come out and support Kendrick who has very quicky gained the respect of the entire hip hop community.
About Song: This song is the intro to Kendrick Lamar’s recent and highly regarded project Section.80.
Favorite Part:
“Fire burning inside my eyes
This the music that saved my life
Y’all be calling it hip-hop
I be calling it hypnotize
Yeah, hypnotize

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Trapped my body but freed my mind
What the fuck is you fighting for?
Ain’t nobody gonna win that war
My details be retail
Man, I got so much in store
Racism is still alive
Yellow tape and colored lines” (1:03-1:22)

“I mosh pit
Had a microphone and I tossed it
Had a brain, then I lost it
I’m out of my mind, so don’t
You mind how much the cost is
Penny for my thoughts
Everybody, please hold up your wallets” (1:45-1:53)
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Kendrick Lamar – HiiiPower (prod. by J. Cole)

April 18th, 2011


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Summary: Hip Hop.
About Artist: Kendrick Lamar is part of the new west coast movement. Decades after Snoop, NWA, Tupac came out of Compton Kendrick Lamar it trying to lead a second wave, a rebirth, of LA rap. J. Cole produced this track, which is a little strange since J. Cole is better known as a rapper.
About Song: This song is atypical of Kendrick Lamar who normally goes off with fast high intensity rhymes (check out other Kendrick Lamar songs on gregshiphop here). In this song however Kendrick Lamar takes a more reflective approach. One thing that jumps out at me about this song is how it borrows from Kanye West / My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy this song is. Kendrick borrows from Kanye’s So Appalled line “shit is, fuckin ridiculous” at places like (1:36, 2:48, 4:23), it takes Kanye’s signature “huh” around 2:00, and takes a voice effect that Dark Twisted Fantasy popularized at 2:05.
Favorite Part:
No part really jumps 0ut at me but I like message Kendrick Lamar puts forward over this protest beat.

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Pharoahe Monch – W.A.R. (ft. Immortal Technique, Vernon Reid)

April 4th, 2011

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Summary: Rise Up! Pharoahe Monch is Back!
About Artist: Pharoahe Monch is a rapper with a concious and is one of my personal favorites. Immortal Technique is even more a political rapper, also love him because he’s in it for the movement and to make a change. No clue who Vernon Reid is, but I just read he’s an all time great guitarist.
About Song: This hip hop song is off of Monch’s recently released W.A.R (We Are Renegades) album which is AWESOME! I like this song because it really sums up the military feel of the album. In my mind W.A.R. is what Lupe’s Lasers should have been. All I can see is you like responsible Hip Hop go listen to W.A.R.
Favorite Part:
This song just goes hard with two of my favorite political rappers. Really though this song just represents how great We Are Renegades is.
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Jelani – Paradise

April 2nd, 2011

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Summary: Positive Hip Hop that we need.
About Artist: Never heard of Jelani before this
About Song: Here’s a quote from Jelani about the song
“I do music full time, it’s my day job, and throughout the day while I’m working in Pro Tools I leave my Gmail open to handle emails and chop it up with friends, 98% of whom are at their respective 9-5s. With this track, using the triumphant feel of the beat as a soundscape, I basically wanted to create something that would somewhat ease the stress of a 9-5 and soothe a bit of that “case of the Mondays” that people tend to get. This is something for the folks who rock headphones at work to use as an escape. If a beautiful Saturday afternoon had a soundtrack, *this* would definitely be on that CD.” (courtesy of
Favorite Part:
Both the lyrics and beat. Just listen to it Yo. I don’t have time to type all those lyrics out
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Nottz – In My Mind (ft. Asher Roth)

March 28th, 2011

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Summary: Reflective Hip Hop
About Artist: Nottz is mainly a producer, from Virginia. He’s done work for Snoop Dogg, 50 Cent, AZ, the Game, Busta Rhymes amoung others. Asher Roth got famous with his college anthem I Love College which, while propelling him onto the radio, didn’t recognize the real rapping talent that he has.
About Song: This song is off of a joint project between Asher Roth and Nottz called Rawth. I don’t think many people are gonna love this song, I myself don’t think its the best but something about the feel of the song rings true to me, maybe you’ll have the same feeling.
Favorite Part:
The soul of Hip Hop vibe.
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