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Kendrick Lamar Causes Social Media Stir With Verse On Big Sean’s “Control”…Why Is It A Big Deal?

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By now you’ve either heard about or listened to the unanticipated lyrical verbiage declared by Compton’s own, Kendrick Lamar, on Big Sean’s new joint “Control”.

Listen to the track below:

“Control” was a track set to make it on Sean’s upcoming album, Hall of Fame, but due to clearance issues from a sample, it won’t. In addition to K. Dot, the track also features Jay Electronica. Although the track belongs to Big Sean, Kendrick Lamar steals the spotlight – not just on the track, but the entire game of hip-hop – according to social media.

We all know hip-hop is a competitive sport and every artist’s dream is to be the greatest rapper of all time, so why is Lamar’s verse on “Control” such a big deal?

Well, its pretty simple… It’s a big deal because of who he didn’t name.

Kendrick spits:

“I heard the barbershops be in great debates all the time
Bout who’s the best MC? Kendrick, Jigga and Nas
Eminem, Andre 3000, the rest of yall?
New niggas just new niggas, don’t get involved
And I ain’t rockin no more designer shit
White T’s and Nike Cortez, this is red Corvettes anonymous
I’m usually homeboys with the same n*ggas I’m rhymin’ wit
But this is hip hop and them niggas should know what time it is
And that goes for Jermaine Cole, Big KRIT, Wale
Pusha T, Meek Millz, A$AP Rocky, Drake
Big Sean, Jay Electron’, Tyler, Mac Miller
I got love for you all but I’m tryna murder you n*ggas
Tryna make sure your core fans never heard of you n*ggas
They don’t wanna hear not one more noun or verb from you n*ggas”

As you can see, Kendrick made it very specific who he thinks his prime competitors were in his groundbreaking verse. If you play it a few times, you get to thinking…

Damn, he’s missing a few!

One in particular that is definitely noteworthy is Wiz Khalifa. As Wiz arrogantly put it in one of his dopest mixtapes to date, Taylor Allderdice, “You can’t, not put me with big n****s names, like they count me out of the lil n****s name because I’m not with the lil n****s.”

So taking it back there, I wonder was this prelude and motive for Kendrick’s verse.

But not only does Kendrick throw shade on one of the game’s greatest and most marketable talents, he also steps on a few toes when he self-proclaimed himself as the King of New York and the West Coast at the same damn time.

“I’m Makaveli’s offspring, I’m the King of New York
King of the Coast, one hand, I juggle them both”

Sure enough he’s the face of the West Coast due to his come up and falling rappers such as The Game and Snoop, but proclaiming himself as the King of New York is a little far-fetched. Where does that leave Diddy and Hov? Not to mention the voice of the underground, Talib Kweli and other rappers who’ve made their name with consistent music and fan bases like, Joe Budden and Fabolous. Fellow new comer Joey BadA$$ wasn’t even named a competitor! And then what about Wayne!? SHEESH!!

Don’t get me wrong I love the cockiness. Where would Jordan or Hov be if they didn’t feel like they were the greatest and the thrown was for the taking? But in the same light, I’m like young boy you just got on! Pay your dues and don’t burn bridges. That would be the politically correct thing to do.

This takes us back to our culture and what we’re accustomed to in the hip-hop community.  We take what we feel we deserve and those who wait, just keep waiting. With that said, I appreciate how Kendrick shook up the game and lit a fire under these poppy ass new comers and complacent rappers that have made it. Hip-hop is exciting again. If you feel that Kendrick has stepped out of line, take a look back and reflect over history. Name one “great” that waited his turn and shut his mouth. None!! Leaders usually stand out of the group. Not purposely, but because of destiny.

So I guess he’s up next. He put himself out there. The rest of the game, whether he called them out or not, is just following suit now.  Mad props.

Until Next Time,
Shades

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MIXTAPE MONDAY :: Elijah Blake’s ‘Bijoux 22’ & K. Roosevelt’s ‘Rose Gold’

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MUST LISTENS (Bijoux 22)
– “Birdz”
– “XOX”
– “Beloved”

MUST LISTENS (Rose Gold)
 “Do Me Now”
– “Point Of Impact”
– “Gasping For Air”

Last week I was searching for something different…intellectual rap per se, lyrical content that would blow my mind. I passed up MACHINE GUN KELLY along with others on the come up to listen to Joey BadA$$’ sophomore tape, Summer Knights.

I listened and strained until depression and boredom took over my mind and all I could do to free myself was play inspirational tunes by Smokie Norful. Not to go in depth too much, but I was utterly disappointed and it was like listening to Charlie Brown’s teacher.

“Womp Womp Womp Womp Womp”.

So instead of wasting your time with negativity last week, I decided to wait and put you on something worth listening to. These two tapes are compositions of two R&B artists that have been looked over due to the low demand of R&B and the high demand of Hip-Hop. K. Roosevelt and Elijah Blake are next.

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Now these tapes aren’t “new” but their music is slowly arriving. Elijah Blake’s, Bijoux 22 consists of “XOX” featuring Common that regularly plays on VH1 Soul and K. Roosevelt’s Rose Gold consists of “DO ME NOW”, that’s currently blazing on the airwaves nationwide.

Both singers bring articulate fluidity that attracts appreciation for their music. Whether they followed the road of Frank Ocean or the road that rhythm and blues is partaking in, they both bring smooth relevance to the the table making cool listens for the two.

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Artist and producer K. Roosevelt is known from working with acts such as BJ The Chicago Kid, Game, Jhené Aiko and Skeme. The EP, Rose Gold, consists of nine tracks featuring guest appearances by Mibbs (of PAC DIV), Surf Club colleague, and HS87’s Hit-Boy (who also provides co-production on  Diamonds & Gold”) while Roosevelt handles the production duties himself.

Elijah Blake,22, of Roc Nation is a fresh, multi-talented face in the game and a performer full of soul. There’s not much to say about this cat yet other than he’s far from manufactured. I know he will make a staple in the game. He’s too pure not to.

These two tapes brought life to my bland week – pure sounds always do the trick. I highly recommend you to download these mixtapes if you haven’t already. Good music just does something healthy for the soul.

Until next time,
Be cool.

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MIXTAPE MONDAY :: Tito Lopez “Y.O.U.”

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OUR MUST LISTENS:
“Tryna Get On”
“THE GREATEST”
“What About Me”
“Diamonds & Whips”
“The Horns”

Music is a crazy experience. It seizes emotion and embodies it so, that the feelings are able to translate from the soul to wax. It takes eloquent individuals to portray contrary seasons and paint imagery to perfection. J. Cole did it with the Warm Up, Drake did it with So Far Gone, and recently GPT’s own (Gulfport, MS), Tito Lopez, blesses us with Y.O.U.

Y.O.U. is a self-tape that takes us through the life of Tito as it is.

I’m officially naming Tito “The Sip’s Most Slept On.” As he expresses in “Black Dude Spanish Name,”

“Is it my fault y’all n***as slept on a prince, by the time you woke up he was king, ain’t looked back since.”

Tito’s rise is portrayed through interludes of voicemail recordings of friends and family. Realizing that he is now on, there is still hunger felt in his voice and through his lyrics, often referring to his battle with mediocrity and the rise of his nationwide lyrical conquest. Beats stay cool throughout portraying bluesy, jazzy feelings where Big K.R.I.T meets The Roots while bringing to the table mad substance that is not often portrayed through Mississippi rap artistry.

This tape might be slept on by the average musical ear. It’s not your average hype tape full of club bangers or your thug motivation tape. IT IS, a real tape of the ““The Sip’s Most Slept On.” Follow the journey of a lyricist that is still on the come up to gain the respect he deserves.

 

NEW DROPS:
Machine Gun Kelly “Black Flag”
Asher Roth “The Greenhouse Effect Vol. 2”
Tony Yayo “Godfather of The Ghetto”

NEXT UP FOR MIXTAPE MONDAY: Joey Bada$$ “Summer Knights”

 

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[download + listen] MIXTAPE MONDAY :: Problem ‘The Separation’ Hosted By DJ Drama

 

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OUR “MUST LISTEN’ TRACKS:

“Like Whaaat”

“Bout Mine”

“Roll Up”

“Lay Your Head Back”

Next up, out of the West Coast is Compton’s own, Problem, for this week’s Mixtape Monday. The former ghost writer for Snoop Dogg dropped The Separation on June 13.

Leading off with the single “Like Whaaat,” I knew I had to add this tape to my playlist. I threw on my shades and proceeded down 55 to soon realize that this cat was going somewhere with this. Problem blesses us with a feel that is often duplicated by the likes of Tyga, except he authenticates it. The Separation is a vivacious boss tape that features a deep coalition of artists including Snoop Dogg, Tyga, Badd Lucc, Wale, T.I. and Wiz Khalifa. Produced by the League of Starz, Problem keeps dope sounds similar to his West Coast predecessors DJ Quik, Dre, and Too $hort.

While most of this 20 track collection keeps us bobbing our heads, Problem’s biggest flaw is his unsophisticated lyrical content. Relying on hooks to carry out the song with lousy lyrics are self explained on singles, “Bang Bang” and “Made A Mil Before The Summer”.

The Separation is an entertaining project that boasts old school West Coast flavor with delinquent themes such as molly-popping, weed-smoking and clothes-removing. While his antics keep him catchy and relevant, his musical intent is questioned. Problem has the potential to use his traction to create nationwide buzz but the quality and seriousness of his music could jeopardize the opportunity at hand. Until he makes the jump lyrically to connect to a wide demographic, he will stay on the bench and continue to be the sixth man behind Kendrick Lamar and The Game.

Don’t get it twisted though, The Separation is a street banger! Go check it out.

 

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MIXTAPE MONDAY :: August Alsina ‘The Product 2’ Hosted By DJ Drama

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OUR “MUST LISTEN” TRACKS:
“Inhale”
“I Luv This Shit”
“Get This Money”
“Shoot or Die”

This week’s mixtape feature goes to New Orleans native, August Alsina. After hearing all the buzz surrounding his new banger, “I Luv This Shit” featuring Trinidad James, as and when it blazed the air waves on MTV Jams a couple of weeks ago, I decided to take a listen to this brother.

Before I listened to the tape, I was puzzled as to why DJ Drama would collab with an unknown R&B artist. But I as soon as I put on my Beats and sat back, I soon realized that I wasn’t just listening to your average R&B singer.

August takes us to Downtown New Orleans, narrating his life as a young hustler through money, women and grief from the streets. Rawness is the perfect adjective to describe the heat and emotion put into The Product 2.  It’s clear that the struggle and strife he depicts gives him the fuel that sets him apart from his predecessors.

“Just take it all in”, DJ Drama says in my favorite track, “Inhale” on the latter part of the mixtape. (It seems they saved the best for last.) Take in the rugged mindset that gives this R&B artist his stripes – something that is rare and sometimes forced. Take in the wide vocal range that puts him close to the top of his class.  Take in a rare hood R&B artist that just might go main stream. Finally, take in the genuine artistry that is felt through each and every track.

As you throw on your shades and ride out to this banger, don’t skip a track.  Please believe that you don’t want to miss one lyric. Max out and feel the heat that August Alsina and DJ Drama intended you to. Download/listen to The Product 2 below.

 

To submit your mixtape for consideration, email the download link to shades@jessicasimien.com.

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