Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Polls Is Talkin': Album of the Year x My 5 Favorite Albums of '08

Happy New Years to all! Whatever you do tonight be safe. To bring '08 to an end, I'm posting what readers felt was the album of the year. Based off December's poll, the album of the year is...

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Poll Results:

1. Lil Wayne - Carter III - 17%
Tied with Kanye West - 808's & Heartbreak

Lil Wayne & Kanye west come in at number one of the polls. Ironically, the frequent collaborators had two entirely different expectations for their albums. Lil Wayne appeared on various tracks and made numerous mixtapes leading up to his highly anticipated album; Mr. West on the other hand, did his thing on features as well, but announced he's releasing an album two months before it's date. Although both artists first singles contributed to this year's autotune craze, the overall sounds of these albums were complete opposites. Carter III is this year's highest selling hip hop album, and 808's & Heartbreaks is officially platinum in over a month.

2. Other - 14%

While the poll consisted of over ten popular albums of 2008, there were other candidates that weren't listed. Therefore the "other" answer was available for those who chose otherwise. Here's nine other slept-on joints that potentially could've been the album of the year.

3. T.I. - Paper Trail - 11%
Tied with: Nas - Untitled

Nas' controversial Untitled album (originally titled Nigger) is tied with T.I. whose no stranger to controversy. While this year wasn't a good start for T.I. with his weapons charge and parole violation, Paper Trail turned out to be a success, and is still selling till this day. While the bold Untitled album didn't feature many radio friendly tracks, Nas' point with this album was to speak his mind and cover racial and political topics.

4. The Game - L.A.X. - 8%
Tied With: Q-Tip - The Renaissance

The last tie on the poll is the feature heavy L.A.X., and the jazzy Renaissance album from Q-Tip. Both were great albums, but had entirely different vibes. L.A.X. gave you a west coast feel and had guest appearances ranging from Ne-Yo to Ice Cube. The Renaissance stuck to the traditional A Tribe Called Quest sound, marking Q-Tip's comeback. The Renaissance received good reviews from critics and fans, but unfortunately it failed to reach gold status unlike L.A.X.

5. The Roots - Rising Down 5%

The Roots continue to deliver solid albums with their eighth effort Rising Down. The album was one of the more darker albums of 2008, but out shined a lot of the material that was released this year.

Runners Up:
Common - Universal Mind Control 2%
Ludacris - Theater of the Mind 2%

My Top 5 Albums of 2008:

Click the album title to read the review

1. Nas - Untitled

2. Q-Tip - The Renaissance

3. Gnarls Barkley - The Odd Couple (no review available)

4. Kanye West - 808's & Heartbreak

5. The Roots - Rising Down
(no review available)

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Dope or Nope 12/31 - '08 Rap Up

Skillz - 2008 Rap Up

Skillz came thru just in time to deliver his recurring rap up joint for 2008. The Rap Up is always something to look forward to, and this edition Skillz covers everything from beef, Yung Berg taking L's, Nas' nigger movements, and of course Barack Obama. Hit up the full story to check it out.

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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

5 Things That Need To Be Left In '08

With 2009 less than a day away, let's take a look at the trends and occurrences that need to be left in the past as we move on to a new year in black music. Hit up the full story to peep 5 things that need to stay in the past.

5. Dressing Like Your Favorite Rapper
Lets face reality, not all trends are for everybody. Some styles might fit a certain celeb/rap artists, but not everyone can get away with the same things. This year some hip hop fans became fashionably confused retiring their baggy/loose clothes for skinny jeans, piercings and excessive tatts (which is on you for life).

4. YouTube/WorldStarHipHop Beef

Years ago when 50 Cent built a career off of beef with skits and diss tracks, it kept the hip hop world excited and entertained. Years later, the beef in hip hop still persists, and it's no longer 50 Cent being the ringleader. This year there's been numerous videos that made their way to the net via YouTube and WorldStarHipHop with artists beefing with one another. It's also been people who were down with artists before they blew up submitting their disses as well. With all these videos going back and forth, hip hop is slowly becoming the WWE.

3. Autotune
T-Pain was the most bit artist this year. His signature autotune sound was used my various artists ranging from producer Ron Browz, Young Berg, 50 Cent, Kanye, Lil Wayne, and more. The use of the autotune even caused T-Pain to make "Karaoke", addressing the people biting his style, but he gives Kanye and Wayne a pass. The autotune is suitable for T-Pain, but it doesn't work for everyone. Unfortunately, the autotune will still be active in '09 because Puff is rumored to be dropping album with complete autotune.

2. Swag
Initially swag was an appropriate slang word used to define confidence, style, and/or demeanor. It was cool while it lasted, but eventually people began to over use the word and play it out. In due time, swag will become the new "bling".

1. Obama Hate
In November we experienced one of the most important Presidential elections of all time which led to Barack Obama's victory. Time's man of the year's first day in office isn't until January 20th of next year, the hate was at an all time high. Out here in Cali, in the small city of Torrance, swastika's were spray painted onto cars along with messages telling Blacks to go back to Africa. Aside from the racist graffiti, all across there US, there's been numerous attacks, threats, and rumored assassination plots. People need to put the ignorance aside and get ready for change.

Honorable Mentions:
Akon/Lil Wayne/T-Pain features
T-Baby - It's So Cold In The D

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Monday, December 29, 2008

Girls, Girls, Girls: Chick of the Year - Beyonce

Whether it were the video for "Single Ladies", her cop disguise in "If I Were a Boy", or her portrayal of soul singer Etta James in Cadillac Records, Beyonce was the baddest chick this year. Whether you call her Beyonce or her new alias Sasha Fierce, Bey has a pretty face, well proportioned body, and a bangin' backside. Unfortunately Hov officially took her off the market this year. Hit up the full story to peep more flicks.

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Dope or Nope 12/29 - New Jadakiss

Jadakiss feat. Faith Evans - Letter to B.I.G.

Jadakiss drops this impressive track off of the Notorious OST. Like the song name, Jada raps out a letter to the late, great Biggie Smalls. The track hit the net last week, but th CD quality version is here. Be sure to check this one out.

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Sunday, December 28, 2008

My Top 10 Singles of 2008

Typically music artists select their best work as singles to help promote their albums. Seeing that singles are usually meant to blow, lets recap some of the hottest singles of the year. Hit up the full story to peep my 10 favorite singles of 2008.

10. The Game feat. Lil Wayne - My Life

The Game linked up with his fellow blood brother Lil' Wayne for his third single off of L.A.X.. While most tracks that were featuring Wayne included a verse, The Game used Lil Wayne to sing on the hook. The Game drops powerful lines about life and death over a mellow Cool-n-Dre produced track.

9. Jay-z - Jockin' Jay-z

Eventhough the Blueprint III didn't see the light of day this year, Jockin' Jay-z was still a solid song from Hov. While it did receive some criticism and it didn't take off like some of Jay's past singles, it still served its purpose of keeping Jigga active and letting listeners know that the Blueprint III is coming. Blueprint 3 is now scheduled for a February 2009 release.

8. Ron Browz feat. Jim Jones & Juelz Santana - Pop Champagne

"Pop Champagne's" late release doesn't prevent it from making it to the top singles list. The single came through just in time to heat up the clubs this cold Winter. Originally the song belonged to Ron Browz, but it's now Jim Jones song featuring Ron Browz and Juelz. The "Ether Boy" also produced and appears on Busta Rhymes' "Arab Money", N.O.R.E.'s "Rotate", and Fat Joe's latest single.

7. Young Jeezy feat. Kanye West - Put On
Young Jeezy dropped the first single for his third album The Recession with a random, but impressive auto-tuned Kanye feature. The city anthem gained a huge buzz resulting in numerous artists freestyling over it and a Jay-z featured remix.

6. Q-Tip - Gettin' Up
Q-Tip dropped The Renaissance, his first album in almost ten years. The first single "Gettin' Up", stuck to the traditional Tribe Called Quest rhythm with Q-Tip rapping over a melodic, piano instrumental. While it didn't blow up like the club banger "Vivrant Thing", Tip released one of the best singles of '08.

5. Rick Ross feat. T-Pain - The Boss
T-Pain was featured on various tracks this year, and one of the most notable appearances was "The Boss".Rick Ross started 2008 off right with his first single off of Trilla, where him and T-Pain rip an insane JR Rotem instrumental.

4. Kanye West - Heartless
When Kanye announced his album will be complete auto-tune and feature little to no rapping, fans pondered if quality will be as good as Mr. West's prior work. When "Love Lockdown" released, reviews were mixed, but what saved it was the follow up single, "Heartless". The song stuck to the albums love theme, but still managed to be radio friendly. Not to mention, the video was dope as hell.

3. Gnarls Barkley - Who's Gonna Save My Soul
The rapper/producer duo Gnarls Barkley's third single "Who's Gonna Save My Soul" was indeed dope. The Grammy nominated music video was from left-field, but interestingly good. The Roots drummer ?uestlove premiered this track, and since then has been used by Jay Electronica & Kid Cudi. I would love to hear Nas or Scarface rap over this. If you haven't heard The Odd Couple, it's definitely worth the listen.

2. T.I. feat. Jay-z, Kanye West, & Lil Wayne - Swagger Like Us
Four of hip hop's heavyweights collaborated on the massive Swagga Like Us. With the late success of "Paper Planes" by M.I.A., Kanye sampled one of her lines for the hook of SLU. When Swagger Like Us first made it's way to the net, many people thought it was a rumored track, but turned out to be an official song. The song appears on T.I.'s Paper Trail, and since "Jockin' Jay-z" wasn't jocked like it was supposed to be, it led to Jay-z labeling "Swagger Like Us" as his first single. For this song to not have a video, it was highly popular and received heavy radio play.

1. Lil Wayne - A Milli
Easily one of the most memorable songs of 2008. Love him or hate him, it was Wayne's year. "A Milli" had to be one of the most rapped over instrumentals of this year. As soon as the song started catching on, the industry began to rape the beat. Jay-z, Jadakiss, Bow Wow, and even R&B'ers Chris Brown and Ne-Yo got on the repetitive instrumental. In the end, Wayne did the beat justice making it one of the best songs on Tha Carter III and 2008.

Honorable Mentions:
Common - Universal Mind Control
Estelle feat. Kanye West - American Boy
The Roots - Get Busy
Busta Rhymes - Arab Money
Nas - Hero
Charles Hamilton - Brooklyn Girls

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Dope or Nope 12/28 - Go Harder

DJ Khaled feat. Jay-z, Kanye, & T-Pain - Go Hard Remix

Jay-z hops on the beat Kanye once "fucked up so bad won't nobody want to get up on it". Unfortunately no new Kanye verse here, but still worth checking out. Who went hard on this track, Ye or Jay? Hit up the full story.

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Saturday, December 27, 2008

Seeing is Believing: My Top 10 Videos of 2008

While 2008 is coming to an end, it's only right that I post my favorite music videos of the year. At a time where music video's are repetitive and cliched, the artistic and original videos deserve recognition. Hit up the full story to peep my 10 favorite videos of the year and more! There's more top ten lists to come!

10. U-N-I - Beautiful Day

There's nothing like watching a video filmed in area's you're familiar with. U-N-I cruises through Inglewood (my current stomping grounds), with an ill slow motion effect making it the first entry on my favorite videos of 2008. Very nice track by the way.

9. Young Jeezy - Crazy World

The best way to summarize this video is chaotic. The song title and music video theme compliment each other fairly well. Jeezy shows his interpretation of how crazy the world is going to become if we dont fix economic issues and unfair laws. "Crazy World" is Jeezy's third video off of his semi-political album The Recession.

8. Nas - Ya'll My Niggas

Nas drops a powerful video for one of my favorite tracks off his Untitled album. Nas doesn't appear in the video but instead it features a young kid rapping the lyrics to the track. As I said in the tenth entry of my countdown, it's always a good look seeing places you're familiar with in music videos. A majority of the video was shot on Crenshaw blvd. out here in Los Angeles, which is where I grew up. Nas also added commentary from hip hop's rival, Bill O'Reilly, followed up with a special message from Esco.

7. T-Pain feat. Lil Wayne - Can't Believe It

T-Pain linked up with 2008's hardest working artist, Lil Wayne for his first single off Thr33 Ringz. To brand Thr33 Ringz as a circus-themed album, Pain applied an amusement park concept to "Can't Believe It". Filled with clowns, coasters, and dope effects, T-Pain provides visuals for the lyrics in the song and album theme. "Can't Believe It" isn't only a clean video, it also makes T-Pain one of the most recognizable artists today with his signature top hat that appeared in many of this years videos.

6. Erykah Badu - Honey

Erykah Badu gives her take on classic album covers from Illmatic, to Paid In Full, to De La Soul's Three Feet High and Rising. She also does her imitation of Andre 3000's memorable one-man band video, "Hey Ya". The clever renditions backed up by 9th Wonder's smooth production makes "Honey" one of the most fun videos of the year.

5. Common - Universal Mind Control

Hype Williams does it again with his Common collab for "Universal Mind Control". "UMC"'s robotic, electronic sound makes it obvious that the video would match the style of the track. Common links up with a BBC Robot to deliver one of the most innovative videos of 2008.

4. Kanye West - Flashing Lights

Kanye's third single off Graduation was none other than "Flashing Lights" (one of my favorite tracks from the album), and the unexpected video raised eyebrows and generated a lot of hype over the net. While the video received mixed reviews, I thought it was simple and changed peoples interpretation of the song. Aside from giving the song a new meaning, it also put the busty Rita G on the map. Watching her strip down makes the video well worth an entry on this top 10 list.
There were two other versions of this video that were nice as well and supposedly all three videos are connected.

3. N.E.R.D. feat. Kanye West, Lupe Fiasco, & Pusha T - Everyone Nose (Remix)

"Everyone Nose (Remix)" was instantly one of my favorite videos of all time. I'm a huge fan of Hype William's work and he continues to push the envelope in hip hop music videos. Who would've thought you can mix a 80's video game/space theme video with a song about doing lines? I'm not going to do much discussion with this one, I'll let the video do the talking. On a side note, Pharell's shades are strangely dope.

2. Gnarls Barkley - Going On

The number two spot goes to the innovative and eccentric Gnarls Barkley. Gnarls Barkley has a reputation for delivering standout videos, and they continue to be creative with the video for "Going On". Gnarls Barkley brought the song to life with Jamaicans celebrating their discovery of a new dimension, but in the end the main character doesn't want to be followed there.

1. Kanye West - Heartless

My number one pick goes to Heartless. For one, I dig animated videos, and I also feel the video's artistic appeal. Honestly I didn't like Heartless instantly, but the video raised my appreciation. Not to mention it's my Mom's favorite song and video. Originally the video was recorded and later drawn by 65 animators in Hong Kong. The video was also inspired by an flick called "American Pop". I would love to peep the live version of this joint!

Honorable Mentions:
Santogold - LES Artistes
Gnarls Barkley - Who's Going To Save My Soul
Missy Elliott - Ching-a-Ling
Busta Rhymes - Don't Touch Me
Q-Tip - Gettin' Up
Common & Pharrell - Announcement

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Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas x Blog Update

Merry Christmas to all! Hope you all had a great Xmas. Pardon my absence, I've been on vacation and staying busy. I got some '08 wrap up blogs on the way so keep checking back daily to check em out. I'm ending '08 on a good note.



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Friday, December 19, 2008

Takin' Em Back 12/19: Xmas Edition

Xmas is less than a week away and I'm semi-feeling the spirit. Since I post my throwbacks every Friday, it's only obvious I'll post some Xmas joints to help get into the spirit and keep my recurring old skool video post going.

Christmas in Hollis

Santa Clause is Going Straight to the Ghetto

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Thursday, December 18, 2008

Seeing is Believing 12/18: New Jeezy, Charles Hamilton & Tyga Vids!

Here's whats poppin' in the video world...

Jeezy asks "Who Dat?", Charles Hamilton and his "Brooklyn Girls", and Tyga can't believe they "Saying This"

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Young Jeezy - Who Dat?

Fourth video off The Recession. I'm still waiting to see the anticipated "My President" video with Nas.

Charles Hamilton - Brooklyn Girls

This joints been out for a minute, but it is indeed a hot one. If you've been sleeping on the Hamiltonization Process, be sure to hit up the archive to check out some of Charles Hamilton's work. Soulja Boy's "rival" is one of the most original new artists to hit the scene.

Tyga - Saying This

The lil dude is steppin' it up, this is far better than Coconut Juice. No hate here though.

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Album Info: Joe Budden - Padded Room

My boy Matt sent me this today via email. The nets favorite rapper Joe Budden is prepping his upcoming album Padded Room. Like most material Budden puts out, the guest appearances a to a minimum and it's sure to have the internet goin nuts. Click the full story to peep more info and album tracklisting.

Here's an excerpt from my message regarding Budden's upcoming album:
Joe’s relentless grind culminates on 2-24-09 with the release of his official sophomore LP Padded Room (which has already received rave reviews from XXL, Spin and Smooth Magazines) and the LP’s lead-single “The Future” featuring former adversary The Game is already burning up the Internet and the duo will also be filming a video for the track shortly.

In addition, also plans to re-launch the website store with a new design, enhanced functionality and new features in unison with the same date of Padded Room’s release. To celebrate the release of Padded Room and the site’s re-launch, Joe Budden his record label, Amalgam Digital are offering fans exclusive hidden bonus tracks when the Padded Room album is purchased in digital format direct from

“The Padded Room album is crazy. Go out and get it” – Joe Budden

01. Now I Lay (produced by Blastah Beatz)
02. The Future f/ The Game (produced by Fyu-chur)
03. If I Gotta Go (produced by the Klasixs)
04. Don't Make Me (produced by Blastah Beatz)
05. Blood On The Wall (produced by Moss)
06. In My Sleep (produced by Blastah Beatz)
07. Exxxes (produced by the Klasixs)
08. I Couldn't Help It (produced by the Klasixs)
09. Adrenaline (produced by Dub B)
10. Happy Holidays (produced by Quan)
11. Do Tell (produced by Blastah Beatz)
12. Angel In My Life (produced by Blastah Beatz)
13. Pray For Me (produced by Versatile & Dilemma)

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NearClassics: Kanye West - Late Registration

Before Kanye went autotune on us, he was one of the most perfect balanced mc's when it comes to subject matter. His balance was reflected on his first two albums, where he talked about everything from consciousness, to gold digging women, to family emergencies. While College Dropout is hailed as Kanye's best album, I actually liked Late Registration better. It's very rare that sophomores are better than debuts, but in this case the second LP was slightly better than the first. Allow me to introduce one of my favorite albums ever. They ask him "why you call it Late Registration 'Ye? Cause we taking these muh'fuckers back to school"

In 2004 Kanye West debuted with The College Dropout which was full of soul-sample production, witty rhymes, and a college theme complimenting the album title. After the groundbreaking album was released, Kanye did various song appearances on production and laying down verses. While most artists catch the sophomore jinx, fans and critics wondered if the same would happen to Kanye. The release of Late Registration proved Kanye was capable of dropping to hot albums in a row and also stepping up his lyrical skills.
On the albums first single "Diamonds From Sierra Leone", Kanye rapped about his success after his first album, using the title to not only represent his Roc-a-Fella family, but the tragic effects of blood diamonds in Africa. While the original was some of Kanye's best lyricism, he covered more of the topic of blood diamonds on the Jay-z assisted remix. Jay dropped a quite impressive verse on the remix, which caused Kanye to later say "On the "Diamonds Remix", I swore I spazzed, then my big brother came through and kicked my ass"; when Jay spits lines like "Shirley Bassey's in the red sayin' exactly/What I been sayin' practically my whole career/A diamond is forever, I been mining' this forever/Now the Louis Vuitton Don's timing' couldn't be better".
Another factor to Late Registration's great quality is the range of topics covered on this album. The album starts off with "Heard 'Em Say", where Kanye talks about the struggles of African Americans and even government conspiracies. The consciousness continues on "Crack Music". The Game feature was a bit misleading since he only says "That's that crack music nigga!, that real black music", but overall it's an excellent analogy of hip hop music and crack cocaine. On "Addiction" Kanye covers's addictions which is one thing everyone has in common. We seek happiness and satisfaction in things and once we find it, we can easily get carried away; in that case we would have to "Drive Slow".
Mr. West expresses his love for his family on this LP. First there's "Roses" with Kanye telling a story about his Grandmother in the hospital, and how nurses are more concerned about receiving autographs than his Grandma's health. "Hey Mama" is Kanye's version of 2pac's "Dear Mama", expressing his love and admiration for his now deceased Mother.
Aside from the album's content, the production was superb and featured more of an orchestral sound this time around. While the first album's soul-samples can still be heard on some tracks like "On My Way Home", a majority of the songs on Late Registration feature strings and orchestra sounds. The musical masterpiece that is "We Major" features Nas and ends with minutes of pure music and Kanye's excuses for being late. The orchestral sound persists on "Gone" which goes into a break of strings, but is then followed up with an excellent verse by Kanye West. Kanye expresses his thoughts on providing inspiration with lines like "I'ma open up a store for aspiring MC's/Won't sell 'em no dream, but the inspiration is free/But if they ever flip sides like Anakin/You'll sell everything including the mannequin" The album ends with a combination of College Dropout and Late Registration themed production on "Late". The thought about making a whole song about being late may sound silly, but Kanye saved one of the best for last.
For my closing statement, Late Registration shows Kanye at his finest. From the albums opening to it's closing, it's purely immaculate. My least favorite song on this album was "Gold Digger", but that was well receipted by the public. Though Kanye's style gets more and more eccentric each album he releases, this is my favorite out of the four. The lyricism, production, and vocals compliment each other exceptionally well on this album, makes you wonder what made Kanye change to the autotuned singer/rapper.

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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Seeing is Believing 12/16: Sooner or Later It All Comes Crashing Down!

N.E.R.D. - Sooner or Later

There hasn't been too many post-worthy videos to hit the net lately, so I will gladly post the official video for one of my favorite tracks off Seeing Sounds. Unfortunately they had to reduce the long drum break towards the end of the track, but I'm feeling the economical crisis theme they put to it.

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Monday, December 15, 2008

Girls, Girls, Girls: Chick of the Week 12/15 - Rosario Dawson

With the release of Will Smith's newest flick Seven Pounds, my attention was brought to Rosario Dawson who co-stars in the film. Though she did catch my eye in "Eagle Eye", I recently looked up some pics of her and thought that I had to blog about it. Rosario Dawson is a Black and Latin actress who have some of the physical qualities that I love in a women, nice teeth, pretty skin, lips, and breasts. Click the full story to continue reading and to peep more pics!

Outside of her physical qualities, she has a unique personality, individuality, and often speaks about issues. You may have also seen her in such films as Sin City, Grindhouse: Death Proof, Men in Black 2 and many more.

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Friday, December 12, 2008

Takin' Em Back - 12/12

Busta Rhymes - Woo Hah (Got You All In Check)

I remember as a young'n I was heavily fascinated by this video. It was lively, hype, and it branded Busta as an "animated" rapper. Regardless of Busta's "animated" style, his old videos are timeless. Every time he hooks up with Hype Williams, the results are classic. Peep my favorite J's at 4:24. On another note, what happened to rappers with distinctive personalities like this? Someone who's videos are fun and exciting to see?

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NearClassics: Prodigy - H.N.I.C.

The infamous Mobb Deep emerged onto the rap scene in the mid 90's with their gritty style of New York street rap. The duo consisted of producer-rapper Havoc, and Prodigy. After numerous solid releases, beefs, and controversies, Prodigy decided to make a solo album with production help and appearances with his crew mate Havoc. Apparently the things hip hop loved about early Mobb Deep albums, persisted with HNIC making it one of hip hop's most slept on albums to date.

Prodigy let his "dunns" Bars-n-Hooks kick off the album with their intro warning the rap game about their presence. On "The Genesis", Prodigy hooks up with the Alchemist to create an outstanding opening track for an album. Aside from the opening, Alchemist created other bangers for the Head Nigga In Charge. On the street banger "Keep It Thoro", P raps over a piano-looped instrumental with his signature laid back rap style with grimey lyrics. Alchemist also delivers "Trials of Love", where Bandana P and his wifey argue on wax in a rap format; and then on "Three" where Prodigy raps about things that occur around his way at 3 in the morning'.
While Mobb Deep signature style is street music, the most club friendly track was The Rockwilder's "Do It". Another joint that was outside of Mobb Deep's typical sound was "YBE" which featured B.G. Prodigy and B.G. both rap about the lavish life over an updated version of Whodini's "One Love". The rare materialism continues on "Diamond", where Prodigy's protege's Bars-n-Hooks talk about their determination to go diamond (hilarious when you think about it). P wraps the album up with "You Can Never Feel My Pain", where he expresses his hardships in life and his struggle with Sickle Cell.
In conclusion, H.N.I.C. is somewhat of a time capsule of New York hip hop. Back in 2000 when this album dropped, producers like Rockwilder and Bink Dawg were hot on the production scene making beats for albums like The Dynasty, with Just Blaze still an up and coming producer. Eight years ago, I heard this album and thought it was thoroughly great and it still holds it's value today. If you ever wonder what was Prodigy's claim to fame, you need to check out H.N.I.C..

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Thursday, December 11, 2008

Mixtape Madness: Drake - Heartbreak Drake: The Best of Drake

If you've been sleeping on Drake like myself, this is your opportunity to give em a listen. I've heard a couple of tracks from him and he's semi-nice and he has a growing buzz online. You may have seen him on Degrassi where he plays Jimmy. This mixtape features frequent collaborator Lil Wayne, Trey Songz, and freestyles on some of the hottest beats out right now. Click the full story for the download link and tracklisting.

1. Heartbreak Drake Intro
2. Say Whats Real (Produced By Kanye West)
3. A Little Bit (feat. Lykke Li)
4. Cant Stop Missing U (feat. Trey Songz)
5. Ransom (feat. Lil Wayne)
6. Man Of The Year (feat. Lil Wayne)
7. Pop Rose’ (feat. Trey Songz)
8. Sooner Than Later
9. Money 2 Blow
10. Replacement Girl (feat. Trey Songz)
11. Brand New
12. Come Real (feat. Kyoko)
13. Take Your Girl (feat. Lil Wayne)
14. Closer 2 My Dreams (feat. Adreena Mills)
15. The City Is Mine (RMX)
16. Forever (feat. Lil Wayne & Nutt Da Kid)
17. I’m Still Fly
18. Swagga Like Us
19. This Bitch Is Crazy
20. Stunt Hard (feat. Lil Wayne & Nut Da Kid)
21. Goin In 4 Life
22. Teach U A Lesson (feat. Robin Thicke)
23. Cannonball (feat. Colin Munroe)
24. Brand New (RMX) (feat. Lil Wayne)

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20 Classic Hip Hop Album Covers Redone Via Lego

I seen this on illRoots and I had to post this up. Here's 20 classic hip hop album covers redone with Lego's. An ATLiens cover would've been dope. In the full story, you'll peep my favorites and a link to all the rest.

The Game - Doctor's Advocate

Ghostface Killah - Big Doe Rehab

De La Soul - Three Feet High and Rising

Common - Be

Dr. Dre - The Chronic

OutKast - Stankonia

Nas - Stillmatic

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