Drake – Nothing Was The Same

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Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the most official album review for this album…any review I do will be the most official review for that album. Anyway, here we do not judge names, bank statements, or tmz appearances. We judge music. Dig that.

 

Songs are judged on a 0-5 basis (0 being cheeks, 5 being classic), and the judgement is based on the following: lyrics, production, and the cohesiveness of the two. Whether or not the song is good for what it was intended to do, and its according entertainment value.  Now, I am going to be very specific with what these numeric values mean in terms of what I am giving them. Here is the scale:

 

0-1.5 – Amongst the most terrible songs i’ve ever heard

 

2 – Bad song

 

2.5 – average song- not good/not awful

 

3 – pretty good, not mind blowing but good

 

3.5 – I could ride out to this

 

4 – Has great replay value

 

4.5 – Song/Album of the year candidate

 

5 – Classic hip-hop record

 

Albums in totality are judged by the same, but including flow of the album and consistency of attributes throughout the album. With that being said…

What is there to be said about Drake? Nothing that you have never heard, and that I haven’t already addressed in my previous offering. So i’ll get right to the music…Drake – Nothing Was The Same, 2013.

1. Tuscan Leather – I’m tired of these niggas and their song titles. wtf am I missing with these song titles? Prolly some hipster shit. Anyway though, when Drake raps….okay, I know this is going to sound rather old and out of it no mater how I say it so fuck it here it goes… When Drake raps like…traditionally…like regular niggas…He good. That beat switch on the second verse was mean..and this nigga listens to Cappa…none of his fans do, but I fucks with this shit.  4/5

2. Furthest Thing – This is the Drake shit that goes into my recycle bin. All of this: mylifeisindisarraybutitsgoodandigotbitchesbutineedyouandifuckeditupandithurtsmebutithurtsyoumorebitch! shit…nah. But then Jake One comes and saves this shit. If a joint is half nice then that mean its half wack. If you don’t know that reference…stop reading now.  3/5

3. Started From The Bottom – This shit was ass when I heard it back in January, and it’s ass now. He mentions borrowing his uncle whip to go do something…sound familiar? lmao 2/5

4. Wu-Tang Forever – Now I suppose I should give my little take on this joint being called Wu-Tang Forever, right? I don’t really think anything about it. I mean, he could have called this shit WTF simply because they sampled ‘Its Yourz’..who knows. At the end of the day, I liken this to the laziness of a lil wayne punchline. He references Wu in a method that pretty much has very little to do with Wu. But I ain’t mad. In fact, he might get some of these niggas born in the late 90s to go download and listen to some Wu shit. You ain’t even gotta go to Summer school, just pop in that Wu Tang double disc and get all the education you need nahmean… anyway, as far as the actual song goes…Its wack before his verse, its wack after his verse…his verse pretty cold though. 3.5/5

5. Own It – In somewhat of an extension to WTF, own it is a furthermore of ‘it yours’ …and i’m like not feeling this shit like at all. rhyming good couldn’t save him this time. How this nigga gonna say “niggas talk more than bitches these days….let that sink in” as if 1. Niggas haven’t been saying that for decades now and 2. You rap for a living, not many people talk more than you.  …3/5

6. Worst Behaviour – Swear to the gods this is a Kanye West song. High ass, somewhat delirious, his stans call this the artsy Kanye though…not the great Kanye. I kind of like it in a..this shit weak, but… kinda way. One thing though…Serena Williams…yo, she thick and all, but she look like the fucking love child of Wendy Williams and Djimon Hounsou in the face. Whatever though. 3.5/5

7. From Time feat. Jhene Aiko – Like..I really hate the entire Drake R&B package. The melody in which he sings sucks, his lyrics usually just ramblings in melody (niggas be liking that shit because its ‘honest’ and he ‘says how he feels’..I have an actual quality standard though) and it doesn’t change regardless of who is singing it…because this chick just sounds exactly like Drake on helium. He is pretty J Cole-esque in how he only ever raps about 3 things.. a specific but usually nameless women (even when he is talking about someone different it is still denoted with singular pronouns like ‘she’ and ‘you’), personal life introspection, and haters hating his success. Like general verses from him become a mash up of these three topics. I be like aight then. And then there is the second verse where he just comes pg Marvin’s Room.  This nigga raps like he the narrator on The Virgin Suicides…or Sandlot. I picture the stories he tells in black and white on 35 mm film and shit. Aesthetically, this shit was good though. 3.5/5

8. Hold On, We’re Going Home feat. Majid Jordan – Frank Ocean must have been too busy to sing the hook that he wrote. I like this song sonically, and hate it vocally. Thats all I really have to say. 3/5

9. Connect – siiiiiiiigh, I’ll tell you why some cats consider Drake pop and say this such as he is a pop act..because he sells his shit the same way pop acts do. The beginning of this song sounds like he’d be in the rain with arms extended toward the camera.. this is that type of song that no puss and relationship getting/having niggas claim they can ‘relate to’ Yea..you let women run over you just like R&B Drake huh? lmao… Anyway, this shit aint sweet…i’d drink and drive in an 18 wheeler…and run over this joint. But this is what you get when niggas learn R&B from 808s & Heartbreak.  2/5

10. The Language – This one of them mash up the three topic joints…this is an album joint that niggas will be ‘relating’ too. Don’t have much to say about it except that I don’t really like it. 2.5/5

11. 305 to My city feat. Detail – Oh, another rap song where niggas say shit like ‘I get it’ a thousand times…this is what rap needs right here. Nigga channeled his inner Rick Ross on this joint to make a pretty weak Rick Ross rapping sounding song. I’ll pass. 2.5/5

12. Too Much feat. Sampha – I hate this nigga voice. Not as much as the nigga from ‘Cold Outside’ on OB4CL2..but still. Man this stretch from ‘Connect’ to this joint really kinda sucks the wind out of the bit of excitement that the first half of the album generated. His second verse was dope though.  3.5/5

13. Pound Cake/Paris Morton Music 2 feat. Jay-Z – I want yall to google Paris Morton when yall get the chance. I did, and I sighed. Anyway, the initial beat is pretty dope. Drake did his 1,2 on this shit though…very good verse from the kid. Jay-Z on the other hand…this nigga struggling to catch the beat. His lyrics are like borderline awful… Its seriously about time this nigga considers retirement. Now on this second Drake verse… he makes a lot of claims that I’m not standing by, and that I don’t think he should either. I’ll let you be the judge. 3.5/5

14. Come Thru – This song is not good, but it doesn’t suck. The only standout thing about it is the transition in the beat. Meh, 3/5

15. All Me feat. Lmao…Big Sean and 2 Chainz – This song has all the makings of a wack ass song that niggas will like even though its wack and act like it says something about you for not liking it as opposed to saying something about them for liking this wack shit. 2 Chainz verse was predictably wack. Big Sean one of them niggas who can write some dope lyrics and make them shits sound wack when he raps them…but on here his lyrics was wack and he sounded wack rapping them. Drake did his normal pretty good rapping. 2.5/5

Conclusion:  This album has its moments, but it has more downtime.  Drake has as much potential as any other rapper save for a few major exceptions, but as a couple of niggas pointed out to me, he has an audience he caters to..why would he not continue to do so (This is in the midst of them calling Jay-Z, Raekwon, and Nas niche rappers. Also stating that Distant Relatives and Life is Good was Nas catering to his audience, while neglecting the fact that DR and LIF and two totally different albums in sound and content and that proves that Nas has a broad fanbase that revolves around him being able to do different things as an artist.)? This is a good question…why would he? He rich as fuck, popular as fuck, polarizing as fuck…what’s the point? I’ll tell you the point..because his mainstream rap music counterpart has an album under his belt that this current generation will be putting in their hip-hop cannon, whereas most people don’t even know whether or not to call Drake hip-hop let alone having a discussion about he and hip-hop classics. Hip-hop history will be more kind to those who upheld its general standards to coincide with their popularity. Read what I just said a few more times before you accuse me of saying some shit that I did not say. None of this is to say that Drake doesn’t make hip-hop music, or that people will disregard him because he sings, but if you pay any attention to hip-hop and its history than you know…this nigga gotta rap more. For the reason i just stated, and because the R&B shit he does simply brings the quality of his music *down*- Not because I don’t think he should be singing because he’s supposed to rap.. but because Drake is a very good rapper, and a mediocre R&B singer. I can’t believe that I know dudes that grew up in the age of Raphael Saadiq, Lauryn Hill, etc. be sitting around talking about Drake is a great R&B song writer. Now i’m rambling…point is, Drake’s potential is great, but his output is just average, because he wants to be Mike Tyson, the finesse fighter. Nigga wanna be Tyson who takes his opponent 12 rounds. I spend my time listening to his albums….angry that he ain’t rapping half the time. But its his music, *that* is his audience, and the shit ain’t for me…It is what it is though.

3.5/5

-Thelonious Funk

 

Jay-Z – MCHG The Review

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Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the most official album review for this album…any review I do will be the most official review for that album. Anyway, here we do not judge names, bank statements, or tmz appearances. We judge music. Dig that.

 

Songs are judged on a 0-5 basis (0 being cheeks, 5 being classic), and the judgement is based on the following: lyrics, production, and the cohesiveness of the two. Whether or not the song is good for what it was intended to do, and its according entertainment value.  Now, I am going to be very specific with what these numeric values mean in terms of what I am giving them. Here is the scale:

 

0-1.5 – Amongst the most terrible songs i’ve ever heard

 

2 – Bad song

 

2.5 – average song- not good/not awful

 

3 – pretty good, not mind blowing but good

 

3.5 – I could ride out to this

 

4 – Has great replay value

 

4.5 – Song/Album of the year candidate

 

5 – Classic hip-hop record

 

Albums in totality are judged by the same, but including flow of the album and consistency of attributes throughout the album. With that being said…

I took much longer with this review than I have with any other review. Why? Because nigga. This ain’t just a review. The things that are written on this here page are about Jay-Z, and nothing…nothing involving Jay-Z just is what it is. I’m going to do a few things in the review of this album called ‘Magna Carta Holy Grail’ Just keep reading…you’ll catch up. All that I ask is that the people who read this: Understand that this is not coming from an individual who hates Jay-Z. In fact…

1. Nas. 2. JAY-Z. 3. Ghostface Killah 4. Common 5. Pun/Pac/Cube… Point is, Jay-Z is my second favorite rapper of my time. So everything I say about this dude comes from a place of love…because I love this nigga.

Wait, before I review the album, I want to discuss the album title. What kinda bitch ass album title is this? From “We recorded this whole album in Paris” to “Niggas in Paris” to “Magna Carta”…lmao. Who this nigga think he is, b? You got the second highest net worth in hiphop…act like it. Act like you been to Paris before. This dude is acting how niggas act when they just learn something. Like Malcolm when he first got out the joint…on his “these gods words, not no hustle” shit. This whole “I gotta out-elite everybody else in the game…im a talk this 1200 ad, feudal baron shit to niggas now..” Actually, i’m a call my album that, and still talk about the same ole, same ole. Whatever the case, this whole jocking the slave owners grandfather shit ain’t exactly sitting well with me. It’s inauthentic. It’s an inauthentic attempt to be better than other niggas..but we already know half of the Jay-Z mythology is based around appearing better than other niggas… anyway, on to the album…Magna…Carta…Holy…Grail.

1. Holy Grail feat. Justin Timberlake – Ok first off…I dont fuck with Timberlake like that. Timberland Timberlake..I fuck with Pharrell Timberlake…just barely. With that said…thats how you start your album? aight then. This beat stinks, his flow stinks…I hate when he does this bullshit…  my name is jay-z and i bought the nets…UHHH, i used to be friends with funkmaster flex….UHHH…. go home with that shit. Oh, and why the hell are you still trying to make a punchline out of Hammer? If this was 1991, Hammer might have called the dogs on that ass..but in Jay-Z fashion, he kicks niggas when they are down/vulnerable. This song is ass. And to top it all off, he is going to bridge the Nirvana joint…He tried to bring it back on the second verse, but nah…i’ll pass on this shit. 2.5/5

2. Picasso Baby – This beat is pretty damn fantastic. The hook got that old EPMD edit feel…I like it. Lyrically, he is limping to the finish line…wait, did he just say he is voguing on niggas? smh. “I never stuck my cock in the fox’s box”..was that an attempt to subliminally deny something that everyone has known to have occurred for about 15 years now? lol…nigga, you was smashing underage Inga…This reminds me of some volume 2 shit though.. 4/5

3. Tom Ford – A song named after the white dude who sorta rejuvenated the Gucci brand. You know, we certainly don’t get this enough in hiphop…rappers marketing for white designers…this is that futuristic ish. This song starts so terribly, continues terribly, and ends terribly. Timberland lost all of the love I gave him for Picasso Baby for this weak ass excuse for production…he also stole that atari arcade sound concept from Exile..but don’t take it from me…do the knowledge yourselves….Somebody said to me, “yo, Tom Ford is sweet, because it is an anti-molly song”  How? because he says ONE line that goes “I don’t pop Molly I rock Tom Ford” lmao!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Hey kids, don’t pop mollys…buy Gucci! and I was ready to change the track after I heard “Fuck hashtags and retweets, 140 characters in these streets” lmao!!!!!!!!! I bet yall thought that was dope. This is one of the worst Jay-Z songs ever. This is down there with I Know What Girls Like. 2/5

4. Fuckwithmeyouknowigotit feat. Rick Ross – In the spirit of the theme of terrible titles, you have fuckwithmeyouknowigotit… with this beat that we all have heard 30 other places. with this Rick Ross verse we’ve heard on 30 other songs…and why do we as fans accept shit like “Reeboks on I just do it, nigga”  Is the association of Nike and Reebok both being shoe brands seriously enough to keep you niggas satified with a rapper’s lyrical ability? We are four songs in, and I still haven’t heard Jay-Z be dope lyrically. On any level…not even the “he’s old, accomplished, and he says clever things about being accomplished in his old age” like niggas try to credit him for…nope. 2.5/5

5. Oceans feat Frank Ocean – lol this nigga Frank Ocean…if he thinks just saying a bunch of ironic things relating to black history and modern society is deep or dope…he’s sadly mistaken. This beat though…this beat is kinda giving me a chubby forreal. Is it too much to ask though? A song defining Jay-Z verse? At this point, its becoming clear that the production/song concept is going to drive this album, because lyrically jigga isn’t carrying. 3.5/5

6. F.U.T.W. – these damn song titles man… Let me be great! aight…g’head. Let me know when you ready, homes. This is the best song thus far lyrically…The beat aint nothing special but it aint bad at all. He trill as Michael Jackson socks… sidenote…Jay-Z loves to namedrop/associate himself with universally great people. A part of the great Jay-Z mythology that I will touch on later…stay tuned! 3.5/5

7. Somewhereinamerica – Pharrell…You will never lose with Pharrell. I’m sure of such, but i’ll add this to the other 2 or 3 songs that if Jay-Z just rapped decent on them..they would be respectable. And if yall wanna accept the narrative about Miley Cyrus twerking and hiphops inescapable influence on white youth..g’head. I rather him do it rapping good…flowing well, and being clever. Didn’t happen here. 3.5/5 for the beat alone.

*Author’s edit: Somewhereinamerica was produced by Hit Boy, but you still can never lose with Pharrell

8. Crown – Flow wise, this may be his best song…which ain’t saying much because this is still just okay. This beat…meh. This song is not bad, but forgettable for sure. “I’m not a businessman, i’m a business…man” erected into a whole song…for the 1,000th time.  3/5

9. Heaven – Ok, this beat is pretty crazy. This is easily the best song on this album to this point. I actually fucks with his first verse. I actually fucks with this joint, even the 1990 jungle brothers arm leg shit at the beginning. 4/5

10. Versus – 52 seconds of huff over what exactly i’d picture a Swizz Beats/Timbaland collab would sound like. 3/5

11. Part II (On The Run) feat Beyonce – Beyonce singing about something other than the concept, content, beats, features and lyrics on this album being cliche…oh the irony. The track along with beyonce aint bad….but of course..this nigga spitting that huff. and he brought out the Juvenile back that ass up flow on this one…he limping…he limping. I typed that twice on purpose. 3.5/5

12. Beach is Better – See…this is what he has been doing the entire album, except on here he decided to do it better. 3.5/5

13. BBC feat. Pharrell and GOAT – Oh this shit has so much potential…that wasn’t reached. Did Jay-Z ask Nas to rap like him on here? Did Nas spit a weak ass mercy verse after hearing the rest of the album? These are my questions about this Nas verse which is astonishingly wack. Pharrell been throwing this nigga alleys all album, and jay be watching them shit float over his head. 3/5

14. Jay-Z Blue feat. Biggie lmao – this shit wasn’t half bad forreal. I’m not mad at it. I dont have much to say about it though either. 3.5/5

15. La Familia – Did this nigga just respond to lil wayne just now? lmao dog….this guy…this is trash. This Razor Ramon entrance music…this joint sound like half buttoned silk shirts. Miami coke binges…white high waters on the strip… 3/5

16. Nickles and Dimes – This sounds like a remix to the last joint…like the breakdown or something. Acting like he got some kind of struggle or worries or something and telling us for 15 tracks that he ain’t struggling at all. 3/5

Conclusion: I understand that it ain’t necessarily Jay-Z’s forte to hop in the studio with some brand new niggas and kick out some new elements (that travis scott shit was wack, so it doesn’t count) but this album could have been a whole lot better with fresher production. When you lose as much lyrically as Jay-Z has, you keep shit fresh with the other aspects of the album… the title and concept (sucked), the production (meh), the themes of the songs (same)…he did none of that….the way the album was released was great and eventful…thats about it though. This is the type of Jay-Z album that he has made most of his career. This is Volume 2, Volume 3, Kingdom Come, Blueprint 3…the difference is on Vol. 2 and Vol. 3 he could lyrically carry them shits. Now he is lyrically carrying prostrate meds. This niggas pen forgot its Viagra. It is what it is though.. He old, he rich…and he’s done. His legacy has already been cemented, and there is no turning back from that. He is going to always be my second favorite rapper of all time no matter how many seasons past his prime he decides to play. With that said, I aint gonna act like this shit is dope, because its Jay-Z and I love him. This is not very good at all, and all these niggas that have been pretending that it is are disgusting me. Whatever though.. Ctrl + click Picasso Baby, Oceans, Heaven…drag the shits to the big boy play list…bury the rest of this in obscurity…along with Born Sinner.

3/5 …  BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE…

I’ve seen this being done by more than two bloggers, so i’ll oblige as well…

Reasonable Doubt- Blueprint- Black Album- Volume 3- Volume 2- Blueprint 2- Volume 1- Dynasty- Kingdome Come- American Gangster (What is with the fanfare with this album…it stinks) -MCHG -Blueprint 3

I’ll leave all of the collab albums out of it, because they aren’t his albums.

Peace.

-Sonny Rockwell/Thelonious Funk

 

J. Cole – Born Sinner – The Review

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Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the most official album review for this album…any review I do will be the most official review for that album. Anyway, here we do not judge names, bank statements, or tmz appearances. We judge music. Dig that.

 

Songs are judged on a 0-5 basis (0 being cheeks, 5 being classic), and the judgement is based on the following: lyrics, production, and the cohesiveness of the two. Whether or not the song is good for what it was intended to do, and its according entertainment value.  Now, I am going to be very specific with what these numeric values mean in terms of what I am giving them. Here is the scale:

 

0-1.5 – Amongst the most terrible songs i’ve ever heard

 

2 – Bad song

 

2.5 – average song- not good/not awful

 

3 – pretty good, not mind blowing but good

 

3.5 – I could ride out to this

 

4 – Has great replay value

 

4.5 – Song/Album of the year candidate

 

5 – Classic hip-hop record

 

Albums in totality are judged by the same, but including flow of the album and consistency of attributes throughout the album. With that being said…

So…J. Cole. First song I heard from this cat was called ‘Young Simba’ This guy sounded hungry. He sounded focused. He sounded like he cared about be great. So I downloaded everything that he had out to that point. I came away from it thinking, “Dude can rhyme pretty well. His Pac cadence is kinda annoying. He gets a little boring after a minute. Yea nigga we know, you got school loans to pay.” But I had to admit that he can spit it. At the time, I bunched he, Drake, and Kendrick Lamar into a small category of potential big wigs in rap. Well… Drake separated himself commercially. Kendrick separated himself critically. J. Cole…his first album was not very good. Yet, on the principle of lyricism alone, I was still intrigued to hear what his second album would sound like. He released a mixtape series called ‘Truly Yours’ (Because ‘Yours Truly’ is way to cliche) where he drops a couple of gems…overall same shit though. Welp…lets see what he has offered up for the people this time around

1. Villuminati – Ahh ha! illuminati, the ville, (v)illuminati..rappers are so clever nowadays. Anyway, He starts it off by admitting that he knows he dropped a happy dud with the first joint by saying, “It’s way darker this time”…and he says that, and then this ole knock off Timbaland and Magoo shit drops, and on top of that..right off the bat.. sometimes he brags like hov. here we go. with the predictable ‘Juicy’ sample.  with that be said…he comes out of the gate spitting. The whole ‘faggot’ rant is awful.. overall he is rapping decent though. I like the whole illuminati run down though.  4/5

2. Kerney Sermon – I don’t give skits ratings. This doesn’t really add or subtract anything from the album. I guess it’s an attempt to connect the album and the album title

3. Land of The Snakes – I don’t believe in going in on cats for using classic records necessarily, but that is contingent upon the usage itself. For example, Lupe’s usage of ‘T.R.O.Y.’ didn’t bother me one bit. Lupe spit his ass off, and the spirit of what Pete Rock & C.L. represented. This shit sounds like it should have been on ‘Overly Dedicated’..I know thats not a J Cole record, btw.  and this is one of the things that I don’t like about J. Cole…he is pretty corny. He says things that are cringe worthy..that the average corny nigga would not even flinch when listening, but… “I bag two bitches like its two of me, bitch”…nah, b.  He is rapping very 2003 Kanye West on here. And he ran New York. Niggas is soft like Meagan Good lips are, and he came out the womb with his dicks hard… and let the record show, this song contains the first narrative of about a woman who has to deal with some type of screw up by a man she dealt with. I’m counting them. Next album, there will be a ‘let Big Boi down’ on there for sure 2.5/5

4. Power Trip feat. Miguel – I can’t tell if this is supposed to be about an actual chick, or a metaphor for music or some shit. One thing I can tell though…this shit is boring, bland, and corny. The best thing about this song is Miguel…and I hate Miguel. bang bang. 3/5

5. Mo Money (Interlude) – I’m giving this a high rating solely off of the beat. The best thing on the album to this point, and its one minute and eighteen seconds. And even though Jay-Z did this rhyme in 1997, he did his thing. 4/5

6. Trouble – Once again, dude fails to set himself apart from everybody else. 2 bars about being young. 2 bars about he living cool. 12 bars about some miscellaneous chick. Oh, and he don’t save hoes. And a hoe’s son is going to ask her did she bone J. Cole when he is 12 years old. Oh. 2.5/5

7. Runaway – Judging by the comedy routine, this is about to be another song about dealing with a woman. And I was right. Aesthetically, this is pretty decent. He does the little Mos Def shit on the hook. I aint glad at it, but I ain’t mad at it. 3.5/5

8. She Knows – sigh…the songs called ‘She Knows’ So you know what it is… Some shit she knows. You cheating..and she knows. The chick you about to hit..you got a girl, and she knows…and then out of nowhere RIP to singers…all over another bootleg Tim joint…Nigga, you are signed to Jay…you could probably actually get an actual Tim track. 3/5

9. Rich Niggaz – Wow, I finally realized why cornballs like him…His songs are like the narrative of inner voice of the cornball rap fan. This is some corny mess that corny hating niggas will relate to. 3/5

10. Where’s Jermaine (skit) – Another attempt to create a concept out of this album

11. Forbidden Fruit feat. Kendrick Lamar – Let Ali Shaheed Muhammad down. 3/5

12. Chaining Day – I do like this beat..Pretty dope. It clear at this point that he’s going to say the same exact thing every single song so…the beat is tight yo. 3.5/5

13. Ain’t That Some Shit (Interlude) – Jay, please introduce this little nigga to Tim.

14. Crooked Smile feat. TLC – Ok, I like this. It’s just like the rest of the album, but on a slightly better beat. 3.5/5

15. Let Nas Down – So I had to listen to all of this half mediocre production to get to this. No ID…I mean, its not an indictment or anything for No ID to have the hottest beat on your joint. With that being said…No killed this shit. No for the song in itself… LMAO! Hol up…So, Nas called your single wack. “Nas heard your single said he hate that shit, yo you the one why you make that shit…” So Nas feels how I felt. Of the young cats that were being showcased at the type, I too felt that Cole had the glow. Even more so than Kendrick Lamar at the time…I felt Section 80 was dope, but a little drawn out and I hadn’t listened to OD at that point. I though Cole was going to do it. His joint drops…false alarm. Thing is about Nas calling the joint wack: 1. It was. 2. I feel like you knew that shit. If you didn’t. you would have this long ass elaborate track explaining how you had to do what you had to do to please the boss. And then there’s this “I mean you made ‘You Owe Me’ dog I though that you could relate…”  Did this nigga just say that? Ok, let’s equate ‘Workout’ to ‘You Owe Me’  ok…now, where is your ‘NY State of Mind’ ‘The World is Yours’ ‘One Love’ ‘I Gave You Power’ ‘Nas is Like’ ‘Project Windows’ ‘Thief’s Theme’?…hell, where is your ‘If I Ruled The World’? Oh, you ain’t got one. Oh. Don’t try to parallel your shortcoming to the blunder of a god. “Yo Kobe, remember when you lost in the NBA finals in 2004..see nigga i’m just like you.” -Gary Neal.  Nah nigga. Now go play. and this sounds even sillier after Nas came through and crushed them buildings. With that said, This shit is aesthetically good. Especially this beat. No ID is an all time great. Do your research kiddies. 4/5

15. Born Sinner feat James Fauntleroy – This beat is pretty trash. This hook sounds awful. This sounds like a closing track, as he puts a lot more substantive subject matter on this one, which I can relate. and I will say the way he ended the album synchronizing the singing with the beginning of the album was dope. Not bad…especially considering the beat and hook being not very good. 3.5/5

Conclusion: J Cole is the emotional, insecure, fast mouth/slow thinking, pretentious, early 20 year old’s favorite rapper. Thats how he raps. That’s what his subject matter is. Listening to this cat, is like having a conversation with one of my little niggas. Like, clearly rappers aren’t typically known for their intellectual prowess (Not saying they aren’t intelligent) or their social/political correctness…but listening to this cat from the whole faggot spiel on the first joint, to how aware he seems to be about how women are mistreated yet he ain’t saving no hoes, to the ‘You Owe Me’ fiasco..I find myself saying to myself, “Man, this nigga a little dumb or something.” Not dumb on a Gucci Mane, George W. Bush level dumb. More on a hard headed, know it all, I think it therefore it is dumb. He attracts those types of listeners, and in the generation of uncharted levels of narcissism, false logic, and fake deep shit in textgrams with a nigga in the background who probably didn’t even say whatever the textgram says..thats damn near everybody under 30. Predictably so, he gonna sell some records. But this is stale and boring. Plus half of the beats are borderline awful. This little nigga Jermaine needs to find himself. 34 year old J Cole is going to be a great rapper if he doesn’t let his experience to that point jade him up. If he couldn’t rap on top of all this, i’d give this shit a 0.5/5…but since he is skilled as an emcee to an extent, and that tends to make unlistenable shit ok at times.. I’ll do it justice. 9 times out of 10, I am going to take ‘Mo Money’ and ‘Let Nas Down’ and add them to my ipod playlist and never listen to the rest ever ever again. Let Lance down. Walks away *What a Fool Believes by The Doobie Brothers playing in the background*

2.5/5

 

Huntor Prey Releases Second Single for ‘Motion Sound Picture EP’

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August 1, 2010. The Black Cherry. Toledo, Ohio. My crew, Independent Media, did a show. The four us, on a small stage with two mics. There weren’t a whole lot of people there, but this cat that went by the name of Huntor Prey showed up.  As we were winding down our set, we invited Huntor to the stage to expose the audience of his lyrical prowess.  By the time he passed me the mic, everyone was looking at each other like, “uhh…so you gonna follow that up?”

I always said that I personally know two or three emcees that seriously have what it takes to make it in the rap business as mainstream rappers; Huntor Prey is certainly one of them.  Making a triumphant transition from spoken word poet, to full fledged rapper/emcee, Huntor Prey is here to deliver a sight to behold…with our ears.  His words are crisp, lines clear, imagery precise, and he is as driven as anyone else doing it.

“Don’t ya’ll know where the FUCK ya’ll at?, this is Fly Over Country. Heart of it all- wasteland flats, and ya’ll be blind to that fact, but yet you feel the streets is watching you- what type of oxymoron shit is that?”… The song and video, “This Way” (Which can be seen and heard here http://illpoetic.com/2013/02/27/huntor-prey-this-way-video/ ) Provides the Mid West with an anthem that articulates our struggle and solidifies our importance all at once.  The production sounds celebratory as do the lyrics, but with a reminder that there is a long ways to go before we actually win anything.  This proves to be a solid first single and introduction to the movie that will be heard as The Motion Sound Picture EP.

The Second Single “Eventually” ( http://soundcloud.com/huntor-prey/eventually ) …first of all, got damn @ that beat! The cat Ill Poetic laced this shit. The M.O.P gun shots during the hook is just silly. “I wrote this track some years ago in response to the neighborhood violence and despair that would happen fairly often in the two cities I lived in, Toledo and Cincinnati OH. Being in an environment like that as children, and to be young adults and situation has not progressed, you hope that some how some way, as a community, we will get passed that pain. Eventually,” says Huntor via Soundcloud.  He does exactly that, as this track serves as a reality check about what is, and an optimistic description of what will be. “You make a last right and then you’re right into your last day, stomp the ground ’til the sound vibrates a pathway, and it’s all gonna be cool on your best day, and we gonna run this shit right, eventually”…thats big shit.

The Motion Sound Picture EP will be released on June 25th via Definition Music LLC/Empire Distribution, with a release party on Saturday, June 22 at The Truth Art Gallery in Toledo, Ohio.

This is a movement that I am proud to say that I have taken any part in.  Very rarely do we get to celebrate an emcee of this caliber who also has the heart and sensibilities to fight the good fight and make it work artistically.  I am a fan, and if you aren’t too…you are probably a wack nigga.

-Sonny Rockwell aka Thelonious Funk

Album Review: Jarvhitz – IDEAL

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I’m back family with my latest music review. This time I’m taking a trip to Southwest Ohio. I’m going to dig into the album called “IDEAL” by Cincinnati’s own Jarvhitz. This is a 14 track album with two bonus joints. Out of 5 stars I give this album 4 stars. And during this review I will explain why. Jarvhitz in my opinion is the dopest MC coming out of the Queen City right now.
So let’s look at a few songs from this really solid body of work. The opening track is a song that was leaked a few months ago. It’s called “Walk This Way”. This joint is the perfect opening track. It’s a very dark beat with great bars laced over it. Jarvhitz raps with a chip on his shoulder on this song. And you can feel the hunger in his voice on this joint. One of the best songs on the album by far. The next track I want to get into is called “Brand Name” which is track 4. This song takes you on a ride through the streets of the Nasty Nati. After listening to this song you have been schooled in all things Cincinnati. Track 6 is another standout joint on this album called “RAW” and raw it is. The production on this joint is crazy. Jarvhitz bodies both verses on this joint. This could easily be a radio joint. Let’s hope someone at WIZF in the Nati gets this joint some airplay.
I will take a look at a few more songs before I close out this review. Number 11 on the album is called “Is This Really What You Want”. This song is the one that made me say this guy is that deal. He shows his story telling skills on this one. Verse two he draws a vivid picture of a young sista who finds herself pregnant and doesn’t know who the father is. And by the end of the verse she finds herself alone having a baby on her kitchen floor. A very powerful and relevant song. “WTF” is track 14 and a very mellow joint and Jarvhitz rides the beat like none other. This is the type of joint you roll to with your windows down on a nice summer day. This song is the definition of “Feel Good Music”. The last song I will look at is the very last song on the album “Watch Out”. This one is for the wannabe street cats. If you don’t know the streets then don’t be out there playing like you do. He does a masterful job at painting a great picture. And driving his message home to the fake street cat.
I know you as the reader my say. Why in the world did the album only get 4 stars? When you had nothing but great things to say about Jarvhtiz and his album. Well one of the only negative things I have to say about the album is it’s features. Why they aren’t horrible. In my eyes they don’t match the intensity and lyrical ability of Jarvhitz. This to me took away from the whole body of work. If the features had been just as strong then the overall rating would have been easily higher. But none the less this is a really dope album. So please go out and support the dopest MC from the NATI the homie “JARVHITZ”. Also be on the lookout for the interview with Jarvhitz. As myself and DJ Daddy Raw welcome him to our review show called “The Listening” on http://www.smashmouthfm/. I hope you enjoyed this review.  PEACE & BLESSINGS Dealow Morgan aka “Brotha Insight”……