KENDRICK LAMAR'S AFTERMATH DEBUT
Kendrick Lamar's verse on The Game's "The City" is one of the greatest Hip-Hop verses I've ever heard. It sounds like the streets of Los Angeles. It sounds like the middle of the night in the summer on LA streets. It makes me want to live in L.A. This kind of vivid imagery is what has the music world so amped for Kendrick Lamar's major label debut album.
"Swimming Pools (Drank)" is like the anti-"Gin & Juice" as the single paints a vivid portrait of the perils of alcoholism. The album's lead single "The Recipe" paired Kendrick with his mentor Dr. Dre and this guy has made such an impact on music (with no major label album out) that Lady Gaga is confirmed to appear on his debut.
"good Kid, m.A.A.d City" (one of the best album titles ever) was supposed to drop early October but has now been pushed back to October 22nd. Hip-Hop needs this album...now! Bump this up D-R-E.
A NEW DIPLOMATS ALBUM
Hey on the low, Diplomats are one of the most important Hip-Hop groups/crews of all-time. They scream New York City and provide that crew vibe that was so prevailant in the Hip-Hop music of the 80s and 90s. Hip-Hop needs another Diplomats album. Technically, their last album as a group was 2004's "Diplomatic Immunity 2" however it was released on Koch and just didn't have the cohesive vibe of their classic, double album debut "Diplomatic Immunity" in 2003. I can't properly express how much I love that album. Whether it was the soulful "Who Am I" by Juelz Santana or the certified Hip-Hop classic "Dipset Anthem", that album solidified Jim Jones, Juelz, Cam'ron and crew as integral pieces of this genre.
The crew went on to do their solo things to mixed results (although Juelz debut album is maybe the most underrated Hip-Hop release ever). The crew has recently reunited and performed at the 2012 incarnation of Rock The Bells. And word is, "Diplomatic Immunity 3" is in the works. Let's hope so.
KANYE WEST TO BREAK-UP WITH KIM KARDASHIAN
Look, nobody likes Kim Kardashian. I'm pretty sure if Kim Kardashian met a clone of herself she would say "I want to punch this bitch in the nose."
It hurt the Hip-Hop world when word came out that Kanye and Kim were an item. Sure, they are both technically "fame whores" but Kanye is a fame whore that makes timeless music and is one of the most important Hip-Hop artists of all-time. Kim is a fame whore whose sole existence is basically being a fame whore. I mean when you drill right down to it, what has Kim Kardashian done? Her biggest claim to fame is a sex tape with Ray J. That's like being a McDonald's employee for 5 years and never getting to work the drive-thru...you haven't really accomplished anything.
Kanye West on the other hand made "Jesus Walks" (he's never going to hell), started G.O.O.D. Music which puts out a lot of...uh...good music, sold millions of records and made Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All-Time list.
A much more suitable choice for Kim Kardashian would be Magoo or Chingy. Free Yeezy!
CHIEF KEEF TO BE DROPPED FROM INTERSCOPE
Rumors are already out there that Keef's affiliate Lil' Reese had been dropped from Def Jam...now it's time for Keef to go from Interscope. Now you might be thinking, hasn't Hip-Hop always been about stirring the pot and creating controversy? The answer is yes...but let's look at the difference.
Back when Ice-T and Body Count dropped "Cop Killer", the US was up in arms over the song. President Bush (the sorta smart one) condemned the song and organizations and associations all over America demanded boycotts. The different between Ice-T releasing a song like "Cop Killer" and Chief Keef's music is that there was a political and social message behind "Cop Killer."
Sample of "Cop Killer" Lyrics:
COP KILLER, it's better you than me
COP KILLER, fuck police brutality!
COP KILLER, I know your family's grievin' ... FUCK 'EM!
COP KILLER, but tonight we get even
Is it the kindest song you'll ever hear? No...but it's aggressive content comes from a nation, at the time, that was struggling with extreme racism, poverty and police brutality.
Here's a sample Chief Keef lyric from "3HUNNA":
My gun, don't make me beat it
I'm cooling wit my young niggas
A lot of kush, a lot of guns nigga
You see you us you better run nigga
Bullets hot like the sun nigga
An artist like Chief Keef is violent for the sake of being violent. The music has no redeeming qualities. He isn't trying to talk about his condition or WHY he shoots guns...he just does. "Cop Killer" and many other songs with political or social commentary are what made (and make) Hip-Hop great. We don't need Chief Keef's shooting range music fuckin up our money.
THE RETURN OF THE SOURCE MAGAZINE...LIKE THE OLD ONE THAT WAS GOOD
I still hold a soft spot in my heart (no homo) for The Source Magazine. I remember when I used to count down the days until the new issue hit newsstands so I could see the mic ratings or check the Fat Tape section.
I'm not going to recap the magazine's whole downfall for you but basically there is this guy named Benzino...
The Source is still around and publishing issues...but if I said I hadn't bought an issue of the magazine in 4 years, that may be a conservative estimate.
You wouldn't think it would take much for whoever is running the magazine now to sit down with the staff, open up some old issues of the magazine and say "let's do this again." It doesn't seem like rocket science. Then again, much of what made the old Source magazine great were the writers and the era of Hip-Hop it was published in. Choosing between Chief Keef and 2 Chainz for your covers in 2012 just doesn't have the same ring as Biggie, Mobb Deep or Boot Camp.
THE OFFICIAL CANCELLATION OF "DETOX"
Hey Hip-Hop fan, what is one thing you think about everyday? I mean seriously...what's that one thing that never leaves your mind? No matter what Hip-Hop fans say, they are obsessed with the status of Dr. Dre's "Detox." On the song "Higher" off The Game's debut album "The Documentary", Dr. Dre tells us to "look out for "Detox." The Game's debut album came out in 2005...that's 8 years ago. And at the time Dre said this on "Higher", we had already been waiting for "Detox" for 5 years. For what seems like forever, Dr. Dre (and other artists) have teased us with the whole "Detox" is coming soon" talk. Shit, at this point, I think it has been reported that every artist except Guerilla Black has put in work on the album...and if it wasn't for the whole credit card scam thing, even Guerilla might have got in on the action.
Dear Dr. Dre, please officially cancel "Detox" so we can get on with our lives. I'm not sure about you guys, but I have more important shit to worry about. We don't cut our family this much slack, why should we do it for Dre? If he wants to live out his existence making headphones and doing Dr. Pepper commercials, who are we to judge?
LIL' WAYNE TO GET BACK ON DRUGS
It's quite possible that no one in the history of the world has benefited from drugs more than Lil' Wayne. While on drugs and sipping that stuff in his white cup, Lil' Wayne reinvigorated his Rap career and became one of the most hailed lyricists in the game.
2008 "Tha Carter III" is a damn near classic Rap album with such ridiculously good songs as "Let The Beat Build", "A Milli", "Tie My Hands" and so many more. But then, Weezy went to prison and dried out...and cleaned out...and thus, well...started to suck pretty bad.
He released a Rock album called "Rebirth" in 2010 and...well...I predicted his Rock career would be short lived. He followed this up 2 other shitty albums, "I Am Not A Human Being" and "Tha Carter IV", which would have been a complete disappointment had it not been for some solid guest appearances (3000 anyone?).
Wayne recently released his new mixtape "Dedication 4." And while it doesn't compare to past releases in the "Dedication" series, it's like a half-step in the right direction. His new single "No Worries" is doing well and, I must admit, I kinda dig it. It has some of that frantic Weezy energy that has been missing in recent years. All that being said, this man needs drugs and vices. Aint no shame in that...do you think Keith Richards would be Keith Richards without the vices? Sure, he looks like a prune but he's also one of the most acclaimed Rock artists of all-time. Priorities people. However, judging by the video above from the 2012 all-star game, Wayne might be going in the right direction.