The New Classics

October 25, 2009

New Music: Clipse, Popular Demand (Popeye’s) [ft. Cam’ron]

Filed under: Download, Hip Hop, Song — Tags: , , , — Greg @ 12:23 pm


Song: Popular Demand (Popeye’s) [ft. Cam’ron]
Artist: Clipse
Album: Till the Casket Drops
Producer: The Neptunes
Label: Columbia Records
Notes: none
Analysis: Cult followings in hip hop don’t get much bigger than that of both Clipse and Cam’ron. Neither act has had a mainstream hit in years, but both have fans hungry for new material constantly. In Clipse’s case, most of the material they put out is worthwhile, but with Cam’ron, for every ‘Dead or Alive‘ there is an absurd track like ‘IBS‘ (which¬† happens to be about his irritable bowel syndrome). Thankfully, on the drowsy piano-laced banger ‘Popular Demand (Popeye’s)’, Malice, Pusha T and Cam’ron stick with what they’re all best at – shit talking, bragging and drug raps: Continue Reading


October 23, 2009

New Music / Music Video: Snoop Dogg, Gangsta Luv [ft. The-Dream]

Filed under: Download, Hip Hop, Music Video, Song — Tags: , , — Greg @ 6:48 am


Song: Gangsta Luv [ft. The-Dream]
Artist: Snoop Dogg
Album: Malice in Wonderland
Producer: The-Dream
Label: Priority Records
Notes: 1st single from LP
Analysis: Snoop decided to play it a little bit safer with his latest lead single. Unlike the stripped-out classic ‘Drop It Like It’s Hot’, or the auto-tuned disco-flaired weirdness of ‘Sexual Eruption’, ‘Gangsta Luv’ is a more straightforward pop rap dance track. Continue Reading

October 22, 2009

New Music: Big Boi, Shine Blockas [ft. Gucci Mane]


Song: Shine Blockas [ft. Gucci Mane]
Artist: Big Boi
Album: Sir Luscious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty
Producer: unknown
Label: Def Jam Records
Notes: none
Analysis: When you’re using a sample better than Jay-Z, you have to be doing something right, regardless of how many times your album is pushed back. ‘Shine Blockas’ rocks a soulful ‘I Miss You Baby’ sample by Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes once used in the Kanye West-produced ‘This Can’t Be Life’ on Jay-Z’s Dynasty album. Where Jay (along with guests Beanie Sigel & Scarface) spat about the problems of their worlds, Big Boi takes a different turn by going in about those darn haters that always sound like such jerks. Continue Reading

October 21, 2009

New Music: Gucci Mane, Spotlight [ft. Usher]

Filed under: Download, Hip Hop, Song — Tags: , , , — Greg @ 5:56 pm


Song: Spotlight [ft. Usher]
Artist: Gucci Mane
Album: The State vs. Radric Davis
Label: So Icey / Warner Bros. Records
Producer: Polow da Don
Notes: 2nd single from LP
Analysis: Mark my words, you will be hearing this one everywhere for the rest of 2009. Convicted criminal and gutter-flowed mixtape rapper Gucci Mane is likely to hold a Top 40 spot next to Miley Cyrus with this song, and deservedly so. This track drips of the spilled Heineken Lights of women flocking to the dance floor to get busy to their new favorite song. Continue Reading

May 22, 2009

New Music: Torae & Marco Polo, Hold Up [ft. Masta Ace & Sean Price]

Filed under: Download, Hip Hop — Tags: , , , , — Greg @ 8:55 am


double barrel
Song: Hold Up [ft. Masta Ace & Sean Price]
Artist: Torae & Marco Polo
Label: Duck Down Records
Producer: Marco Polo
Notes: none
Analysis: The first two leaks from Torae & Marco Polo’s upcoming Double Barrel album were pretty good, but ‘Hold Up’ is fucking great. Continue Reading

May 21, 2009

Music Video: D-Block, Get That Paper

Filed under: Hip Hop, Music Video — Tags: , , , , — Greg @ 12:10 pm


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Song: Get That Paper [ft. S.I.]
Artist: D-Block
Album: No Security
Label: Def Jam
Producer: unknown
Notes: 1st single from LP
Analysis: ‘Get That Paper’ is actually more a LOX song than a D-Block song, but all D-Block is is the LOX with some excess rappers, and I’d rather hear a LOX song anyway. This is one of my favorite hip hop tracks of the spring and the video’s actually not your run of the mill rap video, although all the elements are there. Instead, it’s Jada, Styles P and Sheek Louch (and a Kid Capri cameo) throwing a party to raise funds to not get evicted. It’s even shot kind of hazy to fit with the flow of the song, and I’m digging Styles’ throwback Charlotte Hornets hat on an unrelated note. This song is still on repeat for me though, which is a good sign for the new album.

May 17, 2009

Album Review: Eminem, Relapse

Filed under: Album Review, Hip Hop — Tags: , , , — Greg @ 11:03 am


Eminem Relapse

So here’s what you probably already know by now: Eminem still hates celebrities, still raps about killing and raping women, still uses that silly voice that he used on the song dedicated to dissing a hand puppet, and has become a lesser version of himself from nine years ago. But his relevancy has dropped considerably over the years and so has his ability to stay in touch with what the fans want to hear. Sure, in 1999 we had never heard someone so vocal in their lyrics about how cheesy American pop music was. Britney Spears, Backstreet Boys, N Sync all got taken down a peg or two, and at the time it was a relief to hear someone stand up against that crap. Now that it’s 2009, all we see is ridicule of our pop stars and celebrities all over the tv, papers and internet. We don’t need Eminem to join in anymore and put his two cents in about these stale topics – it’s already taken care of everywhere else. We also don’t need a grown man (almost 40 now) rapping in character of a psychopathic murderer/rapist with a voice that sounds like Conan O’Brien’s evil villain impression. What we do need is a fired-up, aggressive and lyrically dominant Eminem – a ‘The Way I Am’/’Soldier’/’Lose Yourself’ Eminem. We need a heartfelt, thoughtful, smart ‘When I’m Gone’/’Stan’/’Like Toy Soldiers’ Eminem. Neither of those sides of Marshall Mathers show up for very long on Relapse, but I think I’ve figured out why. Continue Reading

May 16, 2009

Album Review: Busta Rhymes, Back on My B.S.


Coming off of the most complete album of his career in 2006, Busta Rhymes has experienced plenty of label fuckery: Back on My B.S. has gone through 2 years worth of pushbacks, 2 different label deals, 3 different “lead” singles, and several name changes. Regardless of all of this, Busta has remained optimistic, and has consistantly been releasing new music to the internet as possible tastes of the new album. Unfortunately, the best of those tastes are nowhere near the finished product. Continue Reading

May 15, 2009

New Music: Mr Hudson, Supernova [ft. Kanye West]

Filed under: Download, Hip Hop, Indie Pop, Song — Tags: , , — Greg @ 10:09 am


Mr Hudson Supernova
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Song: Supernova [ft. Kanye West]
Artist: Mr Hudson
Album: Straight No Chaser
Label: GOOD Music
Producer: Mr Hudson
Notes: 2nd single from LP
Analysis: The industrial-sounding ‘Supernova’ is more like a Gary Numan song than something you would expect Kanye West to feature on. Continue ReadingMr Hudson actually sings less than Kanye does on this song, which means that there’s plenty of auto-tuning going on, bringing down my enjoyment of what could have been a better rap/sung duet. There’s better Hudson songs out there right now, and better Kanye guest-raps, so I would expect more from a collaboration between the two, but ‘Supernova’ is nothing to rave about.
Rating: 5.5
Source: Nah Right

May 14, 2009

Music Video: Mos Def, Casa Bey

Filed under: Hip Hop, Music Video — Tags: , — Greg @ 6:30 pm


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Song: Casa Bey
Mos Def
Album: The Ecstatic
Label: Downtown Records
Producer: unknown
Notes: 1st single from LP
Analysis: Unique video here, it’s a close-up shot of Mos’ mouth rhyming, until eventually the screen literally becomes flooded with his words. Not the energized, electric video I was hoping for but the song’s too nice to gripe about.

Album Review Catch-Up, Part 1


There has been so much music coming out over the past few months that I’ve been neglecting a lot of album reviews for the simple fact that I don’t have a whole lot of time. By the time I finally sit down to do an album writeup, there’s 4 or 5 other albums that have my interest. It’s a blessing and a curse to live in this digital age, as we have so much great music right at our fingertips, but not enough time to digest and enjoy it before something new comes along. This especially a problem for someone like me, who loves collecting EVERYTHING. So for the sake of catching up with myself and saving myself time in the future (although a few of these reviews I have half-done already, but am scrapping in favor of this format), here is part one of all of the albums fit for coverage – now in bite size:

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May 10, 2009

New Music: Mos Def, Casa Bey

Filed under: Download, Hip Hop, Song — Tags: , — Greg @ 10:51 am


Song: Casa Bey
Artist: Mos Def
Album: The Ecstatic
Label: Downtown Records
Producer: unknown
Notes: 1st single from LP
Analysis: Mos Def I’ve always found to be a little overrated. I mean, I think he’s great, but there are lots who think he’s the greatest and I just don’t see that. I’ve been disappointed by at least half of every album he’s put out, Black on Both Sides included. But then he’s created some of my favorite hip hop songs ever like ‘Miss Fat Booty’, ‘Mathematics’, ‘Travelin Man’ and ‘Definition’.¬† So I always hesitantly anticipate his new material, expecting that there will be a handful of songs that I won’t dig. ‘Casa Bey’ is not one of those. Continue Reading

May 6, 2009

Music Video: Rick Ross, All I Really Want [ft. The-Dream]

Filed under: Hip Hop, Music Video — Tags: , , , — Greg @ 8:30 pm


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Song: All I Really Want [ft. The-Dream]
Artist: Rick Ross
Album: Deeper Than Rap
Label: Def Jam
Producer: Tricky Stewart
Notes: 2nd single from LP
Analysis: ‘All I Really Want’ is one of the “meh” tracks off of Deeper Than Rap, although not the worst by far (‘Face’, ‘Miami Mami’ & ‘Bossy Lady’ all tie for that accomplishment). But it has it’s drunk-at-the-bar type of benefits, and I can respect and appreciate that. The video is actually surprisingly beautiful, as it was shot on-location in Colombia, not to mention the bikini’d women. ‘All I Really Want’ is a decent R&B track; it’s not going to have a lot of staying power or lasting effect for years to come, but for-the-moment music is the business that Rick Ross thrives in.

New Music: AZ, Get Money

Filed under: Download, Hip Hop, Song — Tags: , — Greg @ 6:58 pm


AZ - Legendary
Song: Get Money
Artist: AZ
Album: Legendary
Label: Koch Records
Producer: unknown
Notes: none
Analysis: AZ has been underrated since just about forever, but it’s never deterred him from creating quality music album after album since 1995. I can’t argue against him giving himself the Legendary title, but ‘Get Money’ isn’t his best effort. Continue Reading

New Music: Torae & Marco Polo, Party Crashers

Filed under: Download, Hip Hop, Song — Tags: , , — Greg @ 6:19 pm


double barrel

Song: Party Crashers
Artist: Torae & Marco Polo
Album: Double Barrel
Label: Duck Down Records
Producer: Marco Polo
Notes: 1st single from LP
Analysis: The second track we’re hearing from Double Barrel is just as aggressive as the first and just as likely to break some eardrums. Continue Reading

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