Big Bank Hank of The Sugar Hill Gang passes at 57

November, 12Music ReviewsNo comment

Henry Jackson, better known as “Big Bank Hank” of the legendary rap trio The Sugar Hill Gang, passed away on Tuesday November 11, 2014 due to complications from cancer.  The group is most famous for their breakout single “Rappers Delight” in 1979, which is arguably noted as the first recorded Hip Hop single, in addition to helping the group reach The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.


Tune in for The DJ Ric E Smith Show tonight at 7PM – 11PM (EST) as DJ Ric E Smith honors The Sugar Hill Gang during “The Spotlight Hour” (starting at 8PM EST) on Smashmouth FM!!! Log on to the from any Smartphone or computer to catch the show!!!

Born Allah alias Daddy Grace joins DJ Daddy Raw on All Souled Out!!!

November, 8Music ReviewsNo comment

Come through for a special edition of ALL SOULED OUT w/ DJ DADDY RAW Saturday November 8, 2014, 9PM – 1AM (EST) on Smash Mouth F M!! DJ Daddy RAW will be joined by special guest Born Allah alias Daddy Grace formerly of Tabernacle MCz for a LIVE interview!!! Plus, all of your favorite Nu Soul & REAL Hip Hop Music LIVE on the 1’s x 2’s!!! Log on to from your Smartphone or computer to catch the show!!! Tune in to Smashmouth FM and FEED YOUR SOUL!!!


Dilla Day 2014

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My experience at Dilla Day Detroit 2014 is a day that will forever be etched in my memory. Dilla Day Detroit is an annual event held at the Fillmore Arena in Detroit, MI to celebrate the legacy of our late great Brother James “J Dilla” Yancey.  James “J Dilla” Yancey is a Detroit native who is revered as arguably one of the greatest producers in music history.  This year’s event was truly special, as it was held on J Dilla’s actual day of birth (February 7).  So without question, a star studded lineup had to be in attendance to solidify this year’s celebration.  The event was hosted by Grap Luva and Ro-Spit, and this year’s performers were Guilty Simpson, Phat Kat, Phife Dawg, Slum Village, Pete Rock, DJ Premier and headliners De La Soul.  I was in attendance on behalf of Smashmouth FM Radio, so the staff of Dilla Day Detroit made sure that I had proper credentials to gain prime position.

The evening started with Guilty Simpson welcoming the crowd with a very energetic set, performing songs he created along with J Dilla such as “Take Notice”, “Strapped”, “Jungle Love”, and “Baby” to an overly enthused crowd. The evening continued as Detroit native Phat Kat (Ronnie Euro) performed “Cold Steel”, “It’z A Rap”, “Detroit Madness” and other favorites that he penned along with J Dilla as well.  The crowd was then met by Ma Dukes (Maureen Yancey, mother of J Dilla), as she thanked the crowd for being in attendance and talked about the legacy that her son created.  She also went on to discuss the goals of the J Dilla Foundation, and let us all know to be expecting more great music from the genius that she created.  Ma Dukes was then showered with love from the crowd, as we all thanked her for the gift that she gave us, her son James “J Dilla” Yancey.


During the intermission, Hip Hop fans of all ages and races congregated and browsed through J Dilla paraphernalia in support of the event.  Vendors provided very unique items for fans to take home as souvenirs.  I was very partial to the Dilla Day Detroit 2014 long-sleeve T-shirts myself.


The night picked up again with the world premiere of “Letter To Dilla”, the brand new video from A Tribe Called Quest member Phife Dawg on the huge screen above the stage.  The crowd went wild as Phife Dawg then appeared, and talked about his experiences of befriending and working with J Dilla.  He then went into a special performance and a lively rendition of “Bend Ova”.


J Dilla inspired favorites were blasted through the speakers as the sound crew emerged, and began shifting things around on the stage.  The crowd became curious as to what we could expect next, from an already satisfying evening.  The crowd became even more boisterous as Hip Hop legends Pete Rock and DJ Premier made their way to the stage.  Both legends took position behind their DJ set ups to a now frenzied crowd


The energy increased as both Pete Rock and DJ Premier displayed their mutual respect and admiration for one another through a DJ battle and tribute to J Dilla.  They began playing original Soul, jazz and funk songs they sampled to make Hip Hop hits, followed by the songs they created from sampling the records.  You could feel the love in the air as fans became overjoyed listening to some of their favorite songs.  That portion was followed by them playing the favorite song of the opposite DJ to show their admiration for each other’s body of work.  It was truly refreshing to watch them discuss how they watched and studied each other for the past two decades.

The set took a very humorous twist, as Pete Rock talked to the crowd about his favorite DJ Premier-produced track.  Both he and his younger Brother Grap Luva told the story of their experiences of purchasing the Gangstarr “Moment of Truth” album.  Pete Rock explained to the crowd how he became jealous of his younger Brother falling in love with one of the tracks.  He told the crowd how he kept telling Grap Luva to “stop playing that shit”, as they both laughed.  Pete Rock then said, I can’t talk about it anymore, I just gotta play it.

He then went on to play “Above the Clouds” (featuring Inspectah Deck) as Grap Luva jumped around and danced vigorously as the crowd went wild!!!  Pete Rock then played his most favorite song produced by himself entitled “T.R.O.Y” as the building came apart at the seams.  Pete Rock and DJ Premier both went on to give Rest In Peace shout outs to Hip Hop legends Heavy D, Guru, Big L, Ol Dirty Bastard, Big Pun, Notorious B.I.G. and 2 Pac.  They also explained that they will be releasing an album in 2014 featuring production from both of them, with performances from a list of Hip Hop heavyweights


After another intermission, the crowd was met by Slum Village members T3, Illa J and RJ. The group ran through a set of Slum Village favorites such as, “Climax”, “Players”, “Get This Money”, “Fall in Love”, and “Look of Love”.  The set took a special turn as Illa J (younger Brother of J Dilla) took center stage alone.  He then went into a rendition of crowd favorite “One Won’t Do” as the entire crowd sang the hook to the song in unison “One won’t do, but two is not enough for me no”.  Even I admit, that I wanted to shed a tear of joy as the crowd came together to show our love for our fallen Brother. The group then went on to bid the crowd farewell and tell us that we could expect new music from Slum Village in the near future.


As if things couldn’t get any better, the headliners for the evening, De La Soul took to the stage and you literally saw the teenager in each and every crowd member come alive.  De La Soul was sure to perform only songs that had been produced by J Dilla from their outstanding catalog, they even opened their set with a special rendition of “Plug Tunin” over a J Dilla instrumental.  Posdnuos was the narrator of the set as through each and every song he discussed the experience of receiving the tracks from J Dilla, and the astonishment he felt upon listening before he started writing.  There were a number of bittersweet moments as he and Dave both talked about their experiences of traveling to Detroit and Los Angeles to record songs like “Stakes Is High”, “Itzowezee” and “Much More” with Dilla.  They also became very transparent as they talked about Dilla being their tour guide and introducing them to Detroit heavyweights.

Before the legendary group departed the stage for evening, Dave took center stage to thank the audience, and explain to everyone we could expect more new music from them.  In probably the most transparent moment of the evening, Dave went on to explain that they will always love Hip Hop and their fans, but they lacked the motivation from people like J Dilla to create new hits.  He stressed to us not to be worried, but explained how they were all deeply hurt by the loss of their dear friend.  Lastly, Dave asked each member of the crowd to either hold up a lighter or cellphone to show our unity before we departed back into the streets together.


It was a truly special evening that I had both the honor and privilege of being in attendance of. On behalf of the entire staff here at Smashmouth FM Radio, I would like to thank The J Dilla Foundation and the staff of Dilla Day Detroit for an experience that I will never forget.  I’m already looking forward to being in Detroit in 2015!!!!  In the words of our fallen Brother J Dilla, TURN IT UP!!!!

Brand Nubian comes to All Souled Out on Smashmouth FM!!!!

October, 26InterviewsNo comment

Be sure to listen live to Smashmouth FM on Saturday October 26, 2013 as DJ Daddy Raw is joined by Grand Puba, Lord Jamar and Sadat X of the legendary Hip Hop group Brand Nubian for a live interview on All Souled Out!!! All Souled Out airs from 9PM-1AM (EST) each and every Saturday on Smashmouth FM. Log on to from your Smartphone or computer to catch the show!!! TUNE IN AND TURN UP!!! #REALHIPHOP #Columbus #Toledo #OHIO #Trenton #NJ #NYC #Atlanta #GA #Raleigh #NC

Drake – Nothing Was The Same

September, 27Music ReviewsNo comment


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’ 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.


-Thelonious Funk


Fans, Stans, and The Absence of Relativity

September, 27UncategorizedNo comment


I’ve heard some of the dumbest, most outrageous, pressed ass statements being made on the grounds of “I like so and so, and so should you.” With that said, every fan does not come across this way…the difference between a fan, and a stan.

What a fan does is listen to the music, and enjoys the music for the music. A fan may engage in a debate or two about his fandom and/or his favorite artist, but at the end of the day they can understand how or why a person could dislike the music of said artist…and that reason has nothing to do with a character flaw of the listener.  A fan is willing to admit what is acknowledged as a blemish of an artist they like, even if they do not agree. A fan can have a rational conversation about the positives and negatives of an artist without their being deflections and imposition onto others.

A stan, on the other hand, listens to only the least rational perceptions and thought processes from people who do not listen to the artist in question, and apply them to all people who do not listen to that artist. So, every time they are met with opposition dealing with that artist, their responses are assumptive, brash, and in accordance to what they think you might say based on what their generalization says you might say. Your opinion is discredited…but it doesn’t stop there. A stan may begin to pigeonhole your standards and personality in route to attempting to convince you and themselves that you are simply incapable of liking that artist. Figuratively speaking, you are a mouse and said artist is a cat. You were built to not like them and so you don’t. You can’t help it. You’re a hater.

Yep…then comes the rich man’s trump card. You just don’t like shit because you are a hater…the grinch that stole beats by dre. Since your thought process of why you aren’t a fan has already been rendered unacceptable and baseless, the next logical step is to call you a hater. They could not possibly understand for the life of them, how it is possible that you do not like to listen to said artist. The only possible outcome is you’re hating. The crazy thing about the term hater is that it is indeed a label that has credence and does describe some people’s brand of fandom, but it has been so misused and overused by stans as a defense mechanism, that the label barely holds any weight anymore. I’ve been called a hater by people who I listen to way more music than (in terms of quantity and diversity) simply because I don’t like either what they like or what they think I should like. Of course, there is a rationalization for why that means nothing though.

I say all of that to say this:

Drake stans are waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay worse than Drake’s music. They make you want to hate him. They make you want to wish that he couldn’t rap or wasn’t talented- they throw these points around as if that is all there is to it.  When you tell them that it’s not about lacking talent of lyricism for why you aren’t a  Drake fan, but you can’t fuck with his style…then you are a hater and all others types of shit.  Though, if you were to ask many of them why they don’t listen to Pharaohe Monch or Elzhi, their answer would be eerily similar.

When people ask me if I am a Drake fan, I say no. That is an accurate statement. If you are a Drake fan, I have no qualms with that whatsoever. You can like who the fuck you wanna like, grown up. I should be afforded that freedom as well, but i’m not. For some reason, as soon as I say that i’m not a Drake fan here is what stans hear: “Drake sucks at rapping; he never makes any good music; he’s soft; he only makes music for women; my taste is limited; my perception in what hiphop artists are supposed to sound like is limited; he’s platinum and overexposed so I hate him”

“This is what I have to say to them, and this is what I you.” -That nigga Mos

Acknowledgement: Drake is good at emceeing. Nigga can rap good. Talented dude. Never has there been a question in my mind whether or not he can emcee. Back when I first heard him on the ‘Comeback Season’ mixtape I said..yea, this nigga can go. I stand by that. He can be a decent writer at times as well…i’m not sure how much of Alicia Keys’ ‘Unthinkable (I’m Ready)’ he wrote, but that is a fantastic song.

with that being said…

-he never makes any good music

If I don’t like it, then that means that I don’t think it is good…duh.  That’s not to say that he doesn’t make anything good. If he makes a 10 track album, i’d estimate that I would like 3 songs..and I’ll probably really like those 3. (What makes the other 7 bad to me? We will get to that in a sec).  That does not mean that I do not understand that other people think that it is good and why they think its good. I am okay with that wholeheartedly.  Forcing people to think the way you think is so 20 years old. If you can’t respect that, you are probably a stan, a bitch ass nigga, or both.

He’s soft/He only makes music for women

I never bought into the concept of making music for a particular demographic as a negative thing standing alone.  I think the tangling between the discussion of whether or not he is ‘soft’, who he makes music for, and what you would categorize him as makes for an interesting discussion.  I don’t think artists should be categorized at all.  I also think the concept of Drake being ‘soft’ derives from people initially perceiving him as a rapper, which thickens the plot because then we are dealing with the question of what a rapper does.  We all know what people generally perceive as a rapper in terms of image, sound, and content.  We also know that Drake doesn’t necessarily fit the construct.  If I were to categorize Drake (I don’t), I would consider him cross-genre. With that said, I do not deal with a concept of ‘soft’…it wouldn’t make any sense. I listen to all of types of ‘soft’ niggas (dealing with the term in this regard)..I don’t believe in trying to direct what a person decides they want to address in their music, so this is not a gripe of mine.

Now, lets get to the money shot…why don’t I like Drake’s music?

When it comes to subject matter, there are two elements; content and context.  As earlier stated, I have no problem with Drake’s content. However, his context makes him almost unlistenable to me.  What do I mean by context? Context is the perspective that is taken into addressing the content. It’s the way he portrays his thoughts and believes about the content. It’s the angle. It’s the difference between ‘Inside My Love’ By Minnie Riperton being considered a love song, and ‘Bump and Grind’ By R. Kelly being considered a fuck song. Lets explore this concept as applied to the music of Drake…

I’ll start with the most popular example: Marvin’s Room.

The content: Song about the relationship between he and a woman and how he regrets the fact that it no longer exist.. that’s okay.

The context: Cups of the Rosé, Bitches in my old phone, I should call one and go home, I’ve been in this club too long, The woman that I would try, Is happy with a good guy, But I’ve been drinking so much, That I’ma call her anyway and say “Fuck that nigga that you love so bad, I know you still think about the times we had” I say, “fuck that nigga that you think you found, And since you picked up I know he’s not around”

^^^^That is the most absurd, bitch ass nigga spin that you could possibly put on this content. Like, that really bothers me, and I don’t want to listen to nobody talking about doing no fuck shit such as. If you’ve done this before, you are a sucka and the new nigga should have lit your ass up. I sure would have.

Just in case my point isn’t clear, I will go again…

Drake – Shot For Me

The Content: His and his exes reflection on the past.

The Context: I can see it in your eyes: you’re angry
Regret got shit on what you’re feeling now
Mad cause he ain’t like me
Oh you mad cause nobody ever did it like me
All the care I would take,
All the love that we made
Now you’re trying to find somebody to replace what I gave to you
It’s a shame you didn’t keep it: Alicia, Katia
I know that you gon’ hear this: I’m the man
Yeah I said it!
Bitch I’m the man
Don’t you forget it
The way you walk – that’s me
The way you talk – that’s me
The way you’ve got your hair up: did you forget that’s me?
And the voice in your speaker right now – that’s me (that’s me)
And the voice in your ear – that’s me
Can’t you see that I made it? Yeah I made it
First I made you who you are, then I made it
And you’re wasted with your ladies
Yeah I’m the reason why you always getting faded

^^^LMAO!!!! You sound mad bitter my nigga. You sound bitch my nigga. What you see in her eyes may just be your reflection…because you certainly hurt.

I can do this shit forever…point is, this dude…lyrically…very often…the context of his songs are immature, misdirected, and generally bitch made. Nigga sounds lonely and fatherless. I don’t care to listen to relationship bitterness and internal clock rhetoric from no nigga. This is a context that I don’t like, and I don’t care to listen to it, regardless of if the words are put together well. I do not condone the inability to move on in life to the point that you are willing to attempt to sabotage somebody else’s happiness, nor do I condone the inability to move forward with life after acknowledging that your life is good and you don’t need..but you want to stir your ex’s drink of devastation for whatever reason…This sounds ridiculous to me.

And I be hearing niggas talking about being able to relate..Well, I hope you ain’t talking about these songs, because you if can relate to this, I advise that you 1. Grow up, and 2. Stop being a bitch.

And again, this has nothing to do with not being in touch with emotions or feelings…I am happily married with like 32 children. I tell my wife she is beautiful, I kiss my sons and tell them they are great and I love them…my life is grand. My emotions are positively directed. I am a man. I moved out of Marvin’s Room when I was 14.


-Thelonious Funk







Rapsody – She Got Game

September, 12InterviewsNo comment



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 ain’t gonna front- I slept on Rapsody. Thing is, I feel like I had good reason though. Peep the scene, my introduction to her was ‘Thank H.E.R. Now’…which released in the same week (maybe even to the day) as Jean Grae’s ‘Cookies or Comas’…With Jean being Jean, I wasn’t exactly checking for Rapsody at the moment. I downloaded the joint, and vaulted it. Fast forward to 2013…I finally woke up from my pun.

When I looked at the tracklist to this joint…I had to check it just out of respect for the production of 9th wonder and my justus league favorite, Khrysis. No shade to Rapsody..she dope and shit. I’m just saying, who don’t wanna listen to 9th and Khrysis…oh, and a Phonte, Jay Elect, Chance The Rapper feature and Rae of course…

1. A Song About Nothing – So… DJ Drama…after falling out of favor with all them bamas he used to do coon tapes with, he now rocks with talent and ruins the beginning of their tape saying dumb shit about ‘the game’ and how ‘its changed’ and won’t be ‘the same’ after this tape…thats cool though. This is a pretty good way to start the album though..very introduce you to the scene type rhetoric…Is it just me though, or is her cadence and voice sounding kinda jean-y?  3.5/5

2. Coconut Oil feat. Raekwon – Man…no shade, but this track was tailor made for Chef. Almost like 9th was like, ‘yo, I need a Rae joint…Rap, hit up Rae’…She did her thing too, but Rae just like gave birth on this shit. Between Rae and Nas, these niggas aging so gracefully as emcees. Its beautiful to watch. 9th Wonder you remarkable nigga. 4/5

3. Thank You Very Much – I’m not really a fan of this beat, but as she executes the concept of the written over it…it grows on me. This concept is simple, but at the same time I feel like I haven’t anyone do it lol… 3.5/5

4. Lonely Thoughts feat. Chance The Rapper – This joint was cool, before Chance..but he took it to another level. It seems as if the producers are making joints for the feature rapper and giving them to Rapsody..To put it in a more positive light, Rapsody has perfect features on this tape. I can’t wait for a Chance The Rapper album. 4/5

5. Caught Up featuring Raheeem Devaughn – The one neo soul ass nigga that I never really listened to lol…I love how they sampled this Tweet joint. Joey Badass sampled it on Summer Knights, but this is like 1,000 times better than his. This Khrysis though so… with that said…for some reason this joint seems lightweight all over the place. It’s cool, but just scatters. 3/5

6. Generation – Mac Miller and Jared Evan – I hate white rappers, and Mac Miller ain’t giving me no intervention. I kinda don’t even understand what’s going on here…that almost 80s power song hook is weird. Rapsody brings it back a little bit though. 3/5

7. Special Way – I’m a keep it real…I can’t even fairly judge this joint, because all I hear is the AZ joint from ‘9 Lives’…Rapsody is dope, but she ain’t quite AZ…so its hard for me. 3/5

8. Dark Knights feat. Wale – Wale… one of my least favorite rappers today. This beat is crazy though and Rapsody is riding this shit crazy. I’m so tired of these dudes rapping like they are forreal spitting and they not. Like, its one thing for these wack rapping niggas like Gucci who not trying to sound dope, but these Wale niggas…stop it. 3/5

9. My Song feat. Mela Machinko – Nice flip of a classic joint right here. Rapsody is kinda all over the place again on this joint, but this beat is pretty damn nice. 3.5/5

10. Complacent feat. Problem – I like this beat…vintage 9th. This is the first time I am ever hearing this cat Problem. He is decent. Gets a little meh at the end of his verse, but he does his thing aight. Raspsody is ok on here, but overall this joint is rather forgettable. 3/5

11. Lover After feat. Gwen Bunn – Wow…ok, this shit is crazy and it caught me off guard the way Gwen Bunn comes in with the smooth shit and then this crazy beat drops…This is the craziest shit on the album to this point…This that shit that makes me wanna rap. 4/5

12. Kingship – I am about to say something that I can not recall me ever saying in all of my years listening to music…all the Gangstarr, Group Home..all the 20,000 Prem joints i’ve heard… This is a wack ass Premier track. Like, wtf. 2.5/5

13. Feel Like (Love Love) feat. Common – Smooth joint…I don’t mind this at all. This Common verse is probably the best Common i’ve heard in years…This was ODIAMS Com right here…love. 3.5/5

14. Never Fail – This joint is decent but underwhelming. The beat and her rhymes blend well but to a negative vibe this time around. 3/5

15. Never Know feat. Nipsey Hussle, Ab-Soul, and Terrace Martin – Ab-Soul is dope as fuck. The rest of this joint is pretty good…he steps up and makes this very good. 3.5/5

16. Jedi Code feat. Phonte and Jay Electronica – Phonte the god. Nigga is a great emcee, nigga is a great singer. Most talented nigga in music, period. He kills this shit too of course. and this beat…c’mon man…This is a fantastic way to end the tape…Rapsody was perfect on this beat too…wow. but uhhh, it ain’t all sweet on this joint. Jay Electronica mailed it in. 4/5

Conclusion: Rapsody is a dope femcee (lmao, I hate that) and she certainly has potential. With that said, I feel like i’m judging two different things. There is her, and then there is the tape. The point that i’m making is that at times she takes a back seat to the production and to the features…not that it’s a terrible thing…the features and beats are mostly incredible on here. As a tape, its like 96% dope, however, much of it is just dope…and not DOPE…but I like to let dope shit just be dope on its own and not let my parental instincts kick in on some ‘if you got an A, you could have got an A+’ shit…Rapsody is dope, this tape is dope..will listen again. On my way home. Peace.


-Thelonious Funk


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