About Artist: The Notorious B.I.G. (aka Biggie) is the one and only immortalized east coast rapper.
About Song: This song is from Biggie’s debut album Born to Die. This version is from a collection of original versions, before executive producer Puff Daddy (aka Diddy) changed them before their final release.
Fun Fact: Though Ready to Die came out in 1994 the song was outlawed in the United States in 2006 due to an uncleared sample. All copies were removed the shelves and a new ‘edited’ version of the album was released removing/censoring the illegal parts.
Favorite Part: This song is a classic and I love the jazzy, tribe-like, boom bap sound of this version.
DOWNLOAD MP3 Camron-WhatMeansTheWorldToYouRemix.mp3 Summary: The official theme song of my 2013 East Coast Tour. #ThrowbackThursdays About Artist: Everyone on this track is a name in their own right, you can read their wikipedia pages below. About Song: This song is off of Cam’ron’s 2000 album S.D.E. Sports, Drugs & Entertainment) Favorite Part:
DOWNLOAD MP3 Common-TheNextChapterStillLoveHERftJPeriod.mp3 Summary: A Hip Hop song for Hip Hop. About Artist: Common has been around since the early 90s. Out of Chicago, he’s been know for his positive lyrics and his involvement in hip hop culture and community. J. Period is more of an underground producer/DJ but is well known within hip hop and is very highly respected. His innovative style works to push the boundaries of hip hop an good example being this gregshiphop post which comes from J. Period’s The Messengers Trilogy About Song: This song is off of a J. Period mixtape called Rage Is Back. This mixtape is a soundtrack of sorts to Adam Mansbach’s novel Rage Is Back: A Novel which tells a story of a group of New York subway grafitti artists in the hip hop scene of the late 1980’s. I haven’t read the book but it’s gotten very good reviews. This song is also a part 2 of Common’s famous 1994 hit I Used to Love H.E.R which opens with the famous lines
“Yes, yes, y’all and you don’t stop
To the beat ya’ll and you don’t stop
Yes yes, y’all and you don’t stop
1, 2, ya’ll and you don’t stop”
Which is a love song of sorts to Hip Hop (H.E.R being Hearing Every Rhyme) Favorite Part: J. Period does an awesome job on the production. And finally Common’s on a song where he’s doing what he does best and doesn’t sound whack doin it.
DOWNLOAD MP3 Wale-JumpFreestyle.mp3 Summary:Finally some new old school Wale! About Artist: Wale is a DC rapper representing the DMV (DC Maryland Virginia). Wale was a super popular underground rapper who many, including myself, thought would be huge. However his record label did a poor job releasing his debut album Attention Deficit and put pressure on Wale for his single to be Chillin featuring Lady Gaga who at the time hadn’t reached the level of fame she has since attained. After this disappointing release Wale withdrew from the scene a bit but cam back to release a super high quality mixtape More About Nothing. This tape gave the fans renewed hope about Wale’s potential until Wale went and signed with Maybach music, the money music group headed by the boss clown Rick Ross. I fcking hate that Wale chose to go that route especially since Wale has a really message in his music contrasted with Rick Ross’ money music message. About Song: This song isn’t part of any project, as far as a I know, but just dropped yesterday. The song obviously is a freestyle over the 1992 Kris Kross hit Jump. Click here to watch that throwback video Favorite Part:
Finally we get a track with Wale’s fun upbeat flow. Of course I love the original track, and coupled with Wale’s rhymes make it all the better. Other: Wale Wikipedia
DOWNLOAD MP3 Raekwon-SilverRingsftGhostfaceKillah.mp3 Summary: Hard Wu-Tang Sound About Artist: Both Raekwon and Ghostface Killah are members of the Wu-Tang Clan. I’m not gonna get into all the details so if you really don’t know about Wu-Tang Clan read up here. Raekwon has had one of the more sucessfull solo careers with his last album
Only Built 4 Cuban Linx Pt. II receiviing critical acclaim. About Song: This song is one of the shorter tracks on the album. This track didn’t stand out as anything special but its a nice snippet of what the overall album sounds like Favorite Part:
DOWNLOAD MP3 SwizzBeatz-TopDownftNas.mp3 Summary: New York’s Finest (Nas) + Horns About Artist: Nas is one of the great NY rappers. He used to be in a contest with Jay-Z for best NY rapper but it’s hard to say that Nas didn’t lose that one. That being said Nas is still one of the most respected 2nd or 3rd generation rappers. Swizz Beatz came up with DMX and Cassidy but has managed out live the both of them as he is one of today’s premier producers producing dozens of hit singles. Swizz Beatz also has been in the public eye more lately as he recently married, and is having a child, with Alicia Keyes. About Song: This hip hop song is part of Swizz Beatz weekly release of songs called Monster Mondays (a ripoff of GOOD Fridays, me thinks so). This song originally didn’t have Nas and was featured in Grand Theft Auto, Nas really brings this well produced track to a song worth listening to. Favorite Part:
The Horns…of course.
And Nas brings that gritty New York feel to it. Other: Swizz Beatz Wikipedia Nas Wikipedia
DOWNLOAD MP3 KendrickLamar-LookOutForDetox.mp3 Summary: Rap Rap Rap. This is how you rap! About Artist: Kendrick Lamar is an LA rapper who has been recruited by Dr. Dre to help with Dr. Dre and LA rap’s comeback. No doubt Kendrick Lamar has crazy talent. At this point he is undoubtedly one of the best west coast rappers rapping right now. His mixture of aggressive and clever lyrics is unmatched as he brings such energy to his music. I would love to see him live. Check out some other Kendrick Lamar song on gregshiphop.com About Song: This song was released as a youtube video as can be seen here. This song is a few month hold but just has such energy that I had to put it up. This song is definitely one where you’ll want to sit down with the Lyrics and follow as you listen. Favorite Part:
You really have to look at all the lyrics while you listen but below are some highlight.
“I’m so appalled, with a prototype with a gotly protocol
you an amateur, they want to protocol
I damage ya on camera in Compton, in Canada
I don’t care where ya are
Just blink twice and I’m there where you are
like a shadow in the dark, you a paddle in aboat in an ocean full of sharks bout to come up short
water in the pot, throw crack rock, like bam bam n-gga have two grams n-gga pay up up,
blam blam n-gga, nigga had a the black cam, rebel up to dipset killa Cam nigga
Had a beef with raw niggas, killers, pimps you ain’t been around shit but your momma and your bitch
shoved off the portch when I was like six
uncle bobby got the house ready back in 96
kick in the door, K9s all in the kitchen way before I even heard of Mike Vick.
Mom in the bathroom poppa at work
happened on Sunday we shoulda went to Church” 0:31
“cause I’m oging out with a fist raised and a fist full of money give it to a fifth grade
drink a fifth of Hennessy and then take another fade with a democratic politician from CA
they don’t wanna see a B-L-A-C-K making some scratch like a hall of fame DJ
give us some free j’s put us in PJ’s
now we in the county jail calling for a threeway, God-Damn, your call
marketing base where the god damn barcode stuck in the street was dark like Harpo
black man tell me where your God-Damn heart go
although I’m in the land of milk and honey” 1:22