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I’ve always always been an outspoken supporter of Big Boi.
He’s remarkable. And even more so since he’s been able to do what he has and cement his place in hip-hop history while standing beside Andre 3000 his whole career.
That’s what scientists consider…..difficult.
Now, with that being said, the songs that I’ve heard off his upcoming record have been 50/50 for me. But not even the usual 50/50 with half being hella dope and the other half being *makes teeter totter motion with hand* Like the other half has been awful. Doo Doo. A hot mess of garbage like Chinatown in T.O. during the summer of ’09. THAT kinda mess.
So here we come with another. I’m not even gonna comment. What do y’all think?
HHHTake it Easy,
It’s Sunday again and it’s time for us to get into some head nod ish.
DIPPIN & DODGIN’
Off the upcoming Pursuit of Nappyness record, Nappy Roots are back with another one and I must say, I like this one quite a bit more than the last one I threw up. Featuring a lovely verse from young upstart Sugar Tongue Slim (who sounds a touch like a young Bootie Brown from Pharcyde) this is a nice one for the car stereo.
LOST IN TOKYO
Who’s City Haze?
I have no idea. Just heard of this guy but he’s already got a big co-sign behind him. Apparently part of NY’s new school of lyricists, City Haze makes his debut on HHHT with this RZA produced track that sounds like some good ol’ Wu-Tang ish. I’m not 100% about this yet, but maybe it’ll grow on me. Whaddyou think?
I saved this one for last just in case you were plannin on stepping out tonight or doin some cleanin around the house after you get off this blog. Janelle Monae, the futuristic throwback — if you don’t know what I mean, you will once you hear her songs — is finally coming back to follow-up on her extra dope debut, Metropolis with ArchAndroid and I couldn’t be happier. That being said, this first tune, although fly, doesn’t seem like a huge departure from what we got on the debut and I hope it isn’t all in the same box. Either way, if you haven’t made yourself familiar yet, you should. It’s rare that Bad Boy takes the time to put their stamp on something that isn’t supposed to sell their soul so support that shit. With a little help from the Outkast general, Big Boi –
JANELLE MONAE feat. BIG BOI – TIGHTROPE
Go get it folk.
As of late I’ve mostly been offering you goodies from established artists and people you’re generally familiar with. Cats who’ve already put in their work and now have the luxury of having fans who actually pay attention whenever their name pops up.
Well, with ’09 on its death bed and the genesis of a new year upon us, I figured, let’s hang with some newer cats today. And even though these guys aren’t technically the newest, most unheard of bunch, they’re still working hard to have their cult followings blow up to the masses.
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
No, the above title heading isn’t my prediction but in fact the name of the new record from Detroit’s torchbearer of production since the late great Dilla‘s passing, Black Milk.
As this is his 4th official drop (and like nth if you count mixtapes and what not) it’s odd for me to call Milk a new schooler just because he’s still relatively unknown to the masses. Everyone in the scene knows him and is quite familiar with his hard edged boom bap and pocket cadences, and homie’s been doing his thing for quite some time now. However, because of where he’s at and what he’s accomplished, general media still consider him part of this class and well, I guess it’s better than going the route of has-been. Anyway, from what I’m told, Milk’s swinging for the fences this year and I’ll be the first to admit I have a personal stake in seeing Detroit cats win. So, here’s my nudge for Milk to get his this year.
It seems like if you throw Jay (or J-)in your name, success is inevitable.
Jay Dee (Dilla not Dupri), Jay-Z, J-Rocc, J.J. Fad, J-Kwon…okay, so maybe not everyone who throws it in there, but there seem to be enough. Now to add to the list, the South’s first internationally known true-blue lyricist since ’93’s inauguration of a young Antwan Patton and Andre Benjamin, Jay Electronica.
Nas approved, Mos Def affiliated and Erykah Badu loved, in his short time in the business, the new Jay on the block has accomplished an incredible amount and shows absolutely no signs of slowing for the new year. If you’ve never heard him, just imagine Mos Def and DOOM‘s lovechild. Or better yet, why don’t you just take a listen for yourself. Courtesy of Jay and another blockbuster of a close affiliate in Just Blaze, I give you that new new.
This Roots affiliate, like many of the others (Malik B., Dice Raw, etc.), gets under appreciated for his work. I’m not trying to claim that he’s the hottest thing out, but he’s quite good at what he does and if you’re ever searchin for some good ol’ fashioned gettin it in type raps, he’s always worth checking.
Cut from the Roots ‘Sandwiches EP’, Truck brings you a minute of that raw ish. I like it beaucoup.
And that’s the news.
Tomorrow’s NYE! Get it in.