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Thank Me Sometime Soon

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This post was scribed by my boy @LylevsTony. If all goes according to plan *rubs hands together diabolically* you’ll be seeing more from him (and more from me, ha!) here. Enjoy this post.

Gangster Rapper, Aubrey Graham

Well, the fuss is over.  Thank Me Later has dropped and the hype has died down…considerably.  We went through a period of projected sales, endless spins on the radio *Tell meeeeee what’s really goin’ on*, and of course, the haters.  In fact, the haters came out in full force (riot gear included).  Still, that is to be expected for someone who has come pretty much out of nowhere, aka Canada, to end up holding The Game in a Figure Four Leg Lock, or Sharpshooter depending on your move-set.  I kind of like the album, but many, many, many, people feel otherwise.  The number one complaint I have come across is: “He sings too much,” which more or less equals: “It’s waaaaay too soft.” My reaction always looks something like, -_- .  Did everybody else miss the fact that a while back, he nicknamed himself Heartbreak Drake?  That’s a pretty big indicator of what to expect as far as content goes.  If I play a track where Fabolous calls himself “Funeral Fab,” I’m sure that somewhere along the line, there will be death in his lyrics.  Similarly, if Heartbreak Drake drops an album, I would be more than surprised if I thought I was listening to Beanie Sigel’s The Truth.  Let’s be honest; Drake is not coming Straight Outta Compton, and I doubt he knows Who Shot Ya.  In fact, unless I missed it, he never tried to position himself in that light anyway.  As far as I’m concerned, he’s just a dude with bars who also happens to sing. Very often.

Here’s a challenge: listen to So Far Gone again.  For those who don’t know, that’s the title of the mixtape that propelled him from the depths of the underground onto the main stage(s).  At the time, it was more than refreshing; it was what we needed.  Ripe with punchlines and variety, it featured some of the biggest names (Weezy, Bun B), as well as some names unknown to many (Lykke Li).  Still, not too many that it seemed crowded.  Overall, it was good music (no Kanye).  Now that I think about it, I think I’ll put that on now. #pressplay.  It only takes the first 2 or 3 tracks to get the gist of Drake’s style: a rapping-singing hybrid thing.  This is definitely not a bad angle.  So, why is it that So Far Gone was revolutionary and original, while Thank Me Later was “too soft?”

One word: Flow.

A friend of mine *cough* @Meezyy *cough* brought this simple problem to my attention.  In an entry over at his blog, SongZige, he inferred that the overall flow of the album was off.  The track listing seemed erratic and, therefore, made the album less enjoyable than it should have been.  He even went as far as to rearrange them in an order he believed to be better more suitable.  Eureka! @Meezyy’s Thank Me Later was better than Drake’s Thank Me Later after simply switching the order of the songs.  How can this be?! The kid’s got talent…seriously, the kid’s got talent.

Alas, there will always be those who will forever prefer bang-bang-shootem-up-pitchin-rocks-on-da-corner music.  That’s perfectly fine with me, but even though Styles P is at-bat on my iPod, Lupe is on deck, and Wiz Khalifa is warming up.  It’s safe to say that the new generation of Hip-Hop heads is more than willing to make room for so called, “soft rappers.”  I’m also pretty sure there was a similar backlash when gangsta rap came on the scene.  Then again, music has always evolved to suit the times (see: Fight the Power and/or F*ck the Police).  Either way, the stars have pretty much aligned in favor of Aubrey “Drake” Graham, and I’m interested to see how it all turns out.  Who knows; maybe like mainstays such as Jay-Z, people will start really appreciating the 1st album further in his career.  He may actually receive some gratitude down the line…or Grammys.  After getting through that media circus, I will no longer let these things take over my life.  *cross my heart* Now, if you’ll excuse me, SportsCenter’s on.  I have to catch up on Lebronocalyse.

@LylevsTony

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July 10, 2010 at 10:28 am

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Jay-Z – On To The Next One ft. Swizz Beatz (ViDEO)

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Brilliant. Aside from the visual overload that is this video–and it truly is an overload–this is marketing heaven for Jay-Z. The biggest name in Hip Hop is garnering even more attention to start off the new year with his latest video. Directed by Sam Brown, the video is absolutely packed with imagery that leads the viewer wondering whether there is more to the video than meets the eye. Seriously. The video’s release was immediately followed by speculation about the “deeper meaning” behind the video. Was this proof that Jay-Z is down with secret societies and the Illuminati? The YouTube experts crept out the woodwork, proclaiming emphatically parts of the video they viewed as proof of his affiliation.

I’m pretty sure this is what Jay-Z wants.

There’s no question that Jay-Z, the director, and the rest of the team behind this video intentionally packed this video with imagery. Jay-Z is more than aware of the rumors going around the internetz regarding his possible affiliations. He is pouring more gas on the flame with this video. He’s having fun with us. As we take to the forums and play detective on twitter, he’s reaping the benefit of the publicity this is all generating.

At the end of the day, it’s a damn video. Simply because Jay-Z put strange images in the video doesn’t automatically translate into devil worship and secret societies. I’m just not ready to make that kind of speculative jump. People need to relax on jumping to conclusions simply because you see something you don’t understand. Maybe the images mean something to him. Maybe they don’t. At the end of the day, though, this is baby food compared to the kind of imagery has been prevalent in metal music for years. Not to mention, they’re visuals are often accompanied by MUCH darker lyrical content. Nobody really says anything about their blatant promotion of anti-christian material.

So, even though I think people are reading way too much into this, I’ll leave you with a comment I saw on a thread that DOES make sense. Regarding the imagery in the video:

This ain’t something you play with or just come off the top of your dome with. These are real sciences and organizations and just like street gangs, you will get your top peelt for false flagging.

*Kanye Shrug*

_Try_ and enjoy the video.

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January 2, 2010 at 5:16 pm

Birdman – Money To Blow feat. Drake & Lil Wayne (ViDEO)

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Shouts to You Heard That New.

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September 27, 2009 at 6:28 pm

Lil’ Wayne – My Darlin’ Baby ft. Drake (AUDiO)

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Weezy and Drizzy

New, unmastered music from Dwayne and Aubrey. Props to NMC for premiering it.

Spotted @ 2dopeboyz.

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September 9, 2009 at 5:54 pm

Wale – Ice And Rain (AUDiO)

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Wale

To be honest, I wasn’t an O.G. fan of Wale, but the more I hear from him, the more impressed I become. Here’s a track that won’t be on his album. Son is on his storytelling ish. Heat-rock if you ask me.

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Spotted @ Mr. X‘s via RR.

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September 4, 2009 at 2:24 pm

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Max B Gets 75 Years

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Broken board

via NorthJersey.com:

A rising Harlem rapper was sentenced Thursday to 75 years in prison for masterminding a deadly robbery at a Fort Lee hotel four years ago. His stepbrother received a life term plus 35 years for his part in the scheme.

Charly Wingate, better known in hip-hop circles as “Max B,” was convicted of felony murder, kidnapping, armed robbery and several other offenses in a June trial in which witnesses testified that he planned the September 2006 robbery at the Holiday Inn on Route 4.

His co-defendant and stepbrother, Kelvin Leerdam, was convicted of the same counts after jurors found that he shot one of the robbery victims, David Taylor.

Both Wingate and Leerdam looked resigned when Superior Court Judge Harry G. Carroll sentenced them in Hackensack. Wingate said he was not happy with his attorney, Gerald Saluti, and fired him during the hearing just before he received his sentence.

His mother, Sharon Wingate, said he will appeal the conviction.

“We will be back,” she said.

Keep it wavy, Mr. Wingate.

Keep it wavy, Mr. Wingate.

This is devastating news for Max B’s fan-base, which is pretty extensive. The outcome of the case never looked good to begin with, but Max B kept hope alive and was confident that he would be vindicated in due time. After today’s sentencing, and pending any appeal attempts, that doesn’t appear to be in the cards for the Silver Surfer.

I’m no lawyer (yet) but I think the way attorney Gerald Saluti handled his client was terrible. From the get-go I wondered why Max B was keeping such a high-profile in the ‘hood DVD’ scene. He should have made sure his client was on his best behavior at all times, because his occupation as a gangster rapper automatically put him at a disadvantage to begin with. High-profile individuals accused of serious crimes must go on aggressive image-rebuilding campaigns. Word to Bowtie Chris Brown.

At the end of the day, if he’s guilty masterminding a deadly robbery, justice has been served. I know Biggaveli loyalists don’t want to hear that, but those are serious crimes he was accused of committing.

However, if he’s indeed innocent, I hope the appeals process doesn’t betray him.

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September 3, 2009 at 4:46 pm

Dr. Dre – Poor Young Dave ft. Snoop Doggy Dogg (AUDiO)

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Deathrow Records

via OS:

While Dr. Dre’s The Chronic album has gotten infinite amount of play since it first dropped back in 1992, this album established the West Coast and more importantly.. Death Row Records. It also introduced us to a young Calvin Broadus who gave us Doggystyle on the solo tip and further extended the reign of the West in the 90’s. This track is a lost session from the Chronic album found on the new Re-Lit (and remastered) version available Sept. 1st. Even though Dr. Dre is nowhere to be found on the track lyrically, the production nostalgia from this is crazy. The album includes 7 bonus songs from the same era that were left off the album, including some lost gems from Kurupt, Daz, Jewell & CPO as well as more Snoop Doggy Dogg.

For those wondering how the old Snoop sound differs to what he’s putting out nowthis is what we meant. You can’t argue this old stuff is better than the new. The lyrics from this were also used in Snoop Dogg’s unreleased “Midnight Love“. Props to unkut for the find.

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September 1, 2009 at 2:11 am