Been a minute since I’ve posted on here- OK, it’s been a year- but, I’m back at it. I’ve been on my laid back smooth shit & this track from Boston’s own Bakari JB is the perfect soundtrack. He brings along his friends Tech Mic & Catch Wreck for the lead video off his new album, Fear & Desire, which you can download here.
This dude is dope. Very talented & down to earth. I had the pleasure of interviewing him on my radio show, where we touched on a range of topics & highlighted some songs off the new album. I’d say it’s worth the listen.
Freddie Gibbs - BFK (Official Video) I hope some of you took my advice & started bumpin that Gangsta Gibbs. He dropped the Baby Face Killa album with Drama a few months back & it’s still slammin now. This is the latest visual off of it, and it stays in the same high definition ultra-grimy vein as his last two videos, Thuggin & Shame. He’s got his hometown of Gary, Indiana on display in this one, taking over a gas station to mob out & even getting local police in trouble for lending him their cruisers for the shoot. Gangster shit. Check it out.
Man, I’ve been dying to blog this since it dropped, but the leak police have been all over YouTube, ripping down every version I found. So this is the Funk Flex version, but he doesn’t drop too many bombs, I promise.
This song is straight BEAST mode. Fucking love it. Real straightforward beat (drums & GFK sample fromMighty Healthy), which forces the MCs to bring their A Game. Pusha is especially savage on this one “Came aboard for more than just to rhyme with him/think ‘99 when Puff would’ve had Shyne with him”. Ye is at his extravagant shit-talking best, spitting some of my favorite bars from him in a while. He’s sounding confident, yet with the hunger from theDropout days. Now if we can just get some new beats from him…
But you all heard those verses when the song came out over the summer. So why am I blogging it now? Three words: Ghost Face Killah. They came full circle and brought the God, Tony Starks himself on board for the album version. He does not disappoint. Ghost starts by painting the picture of himself as a Scarface-type mob don, smoking cigars in his bubble bath, gold chain on, Mac-11 beside him, remembering that he needs to feed his pet lion. Once the scene is set, it’s nothing but vintage GFK poetry “got soccer moms paying for cock/Asians get it from behind while they’re cleaning their wok … dead a cow for his fuckin’ leather.”
I don’t listen to enough Talib Kweli, and chances are you don’t either. Well, do yourself a favor and check out his new mixtape with DJ Z Trip. If I had to pick a word to describe it, I’d say its…refreshing? It’s pure hip-hop, but not in the outdated sense. Yes, Greg Nice makes an appearance, but there’s also guest verses by Lil Wayne, Killer Mike, Styles P, Black Thought, and more. Kweli makes it all work, and continues to demonsrate his great ear for beats throughout.
I was hooked two songs in, and shootin’ links to my buddies by the fifth. Start to finish there’s something for everyone here. If this is the free music we’re being given to get us ready for Prisoner of Conscious, then that album is gonna be serious.
I’ve been hype about this Kardinal Offishall & Nottz project for a while now, so I downloaded it as soon as it came out. You know what? It lived all the way up to my expectations. One of the BEST free albums anyone’s given out in recent memory.
Nottz is that dude on production, and he laces Kardi with some bangers. Pure head-nod hip-hop goodness. He even raps on a few himself. Kardinal is in beast mode throughout the album, shifting into a gear most probably didn’t know he had. The album is called Allow Me to Re-Introduce Myself, and he does just that. Aggressive lyrics & delivery, but plenty of gems being dropped as well. Kill Shot focuses on inner city gun violence, while other tracks provide the motivation to elevate yourself from your daily struggle.
Kardinal’s struggle seems to be balancing his two worlds while staying honest with himself. “I come from the ghetto, but the pop life pay me”. He succeeds at achieving that balance here with Nottz, creating an album that’s gonna be in rotation for a long time to come.
50 Cent -Complicated: This is my jam right now. The Lost Tape is really starting to grow on me. This track here reminds me a lot of Hustler’s Ambition,which is a very good thing. Video looks like Fif’s bout to get back on his early 2000s shit. Bulletproof vests, du-rags, & Louisville Sluggers. Aiiight.
Check out the mixtape here. He’s not breaking any molds or anything but most tracks are solid & a few are certified bangers. First time I heard it, I was like “hm, OK”. But I downloaded it about a week after that, and after a few spins it’s stayed in rotation. I know Get Busy is pretty much I Get Money all over again, but that hasn’t stopped me from rappin about the ”canarie yellow rocks in my raaang” as I walk down the street with my headphones in.
If you’re a 50 fan at all, you’re gonna like this.
P.S. This is definitely a discussion for another day, but could you make the argument that 50 Cent is “underground” now?
"Ain’t shit worse than a waste of talent- still, life goes on without it." TRUTH from the mouths of Camu Tao (RIP) & Metro, otherwise known as S.A. Smash.
The two only put out one album together as far as I know, and this is one of the standouts on it, produced by El-P. They were signed to his Definitive Jux label when it was killing everything in the early-mid 00s.
Metro wasn’t very active as an MC, but Camu was affiliated with a whole lot of projects and crews, including the Weathermen & MHz. I was lucky enough to see him perform live before he passed, and it’s not something I’ll soon forget. The man’s energy was massive. He was on tour with fellow maniac Tame One. Quite the show.