As per usual Virginia MC Skillz has dropped his year end “Rap up” rhyming about the many notable things that have happened over the last 365 days. While his track runs down the things that have happened in politics, music and pop culture, Uncle Murda who admittedly “Jacked Mad Skillz shit” goes a little further and adds a bit more scandal and hip hop dirt to his.
After a few years of Skillz feeling ripped off by Murda he decided enough is enough and came back with “Murda gram” a scathing diss track that goes directly at Uncle Murda’s head!
So what do you think guys? who has the better 2017 Rap up? What do you think of Skillz Diss track? Do you think Uncle Murder will respond? who will have the last laugh in this battle? I already know the answer to that one: THE LISTENERS AND LOVERS OF REAL HIP HOP! thats who!
Last night Lyricist Lounge and Live and Direct collaborated to bring NYC an amazing show by two of the tri state areas best MC’S the blunt brothers themselves: Redman & Method Man. The sold out show at BB Kings in Times square was a time warp to the best of the 90’s and 2000 hip hop era when Red & Meth had the rap game in the palm of their hands. The duo breezed through hit after hit without missing a beat. The energy they gave the crowd came back to them ten fold as the audience recited every word of every song and engaged in call and response with the stars of the movie How High (Red promised a part 2 was on the way!). As the night went on guest appearances by Street Life, Masta Killa and Inspectah Deck who recited his hip hop quotable verse off triumph kept the crowd on their toes, but one of the highlights was Young Dirty Bastard. The first born son of ODB, as he channeled his dad effortlessly while performing “Shimmy Shimmy Ya!” to the crowds amazement.
With shows like this, the DipSet reunion concert that happened the night before and Lyricist Lounge next show: Capone-N-Noreaga “The War Report” 20 year anniversary concert on Tuesday, November 28th its safe to say that real Hip hop is alive and well in the streets of NYC.
Fresh off his killer cypher verse at this years B.E.T. awards Reggie drops his first video off his new album “Mudface” dropping Nov.13th and just incase you didn’t see the cypher from that god awful awards show i threw that in too! 😉
Earlier this week Jay-Z held his B-sides concert for his fans that have subscribed to his new Tidal streaming service. while onstage he decided to do what he does best whenever attacked at let loose with an accappella to shutdown naysayers:
“I understand if you don’t understand, I figure I’m Jigga
That’s where we differ
I take what’s mine, you accept what they they give you, I get you
I don’t take no checks, I take my respect
Pharrell even told me go with the safest bet
Jimmy Iovine on for the safety net
Google dig around a crazy check
I feel like YouTube is the biggest culprit
Them n—-s pay you a tenth of what you supposed to get
You know n—-s die for equal pay right?
You know when I work I ain’t your slave right?
You know I ain’t shucking and jiving and high-fiving, and you know this ain’t back in the days right?
Well I can’t tell, how the way they killed Freddie Gray right?
Shot down Mike Brown, how they did Trey right?
Let them continue choking n—-s,
We gon’ turn style, I ain’t your token n—-.”
“You know I came in this game independent right?
Tidal, my own label, same difference
Oh, n—as is skeptical when it’s their own sh-t
You bought nine iPhones and Steve Jobs is rich
Phil Knight is worth trillions, you still bought them kicks
Spotify is nine billion, they ain’t say sh-t
Lucy you got some splainin’ to do
The only one they hatin’ on looks the same as you
That’s cool, I know they tryin’ to bamboozle you
Spendin’ millions on me to tryin’ to confuse you
I had to talk to myself, Hov you should be used to it
It’s politics as usual.”
I for one never understood the hate on Jay trying to give an alternative streaming service at a competitive price (its $9.99 people NOT $20 unless you want higher quality than anyone else is offering right now) at the same time making it so the artist has more of a stake in the profits. But it seems people who rode with Hov for years let his ability to continue to win only want to see him fall when he did something that would be a slow build instead of the instant successes they came accustomed to. Add to the fact that his competitors went on a viral campaign and threatened artist just to see him fail.
At any rate, this was a great concert that allowed him to do some songs his true fans have always wanted to see him perform rather than the hits that always got the most airplay. Not to mention the Roc-A-Fella reunion of Jay,Bleek, Chris, Neef,Freeway and beanie Sigel. That was a great moment in hip hop history I didn’t see coming.
King Kendrick stopped by the Colbert Report to rock a brand new song as the shows last musical guest before Colbert becomes the new host of Late Night as David Lettermans successor. Backed by a group of superstar musicians in their own right: singers Anna Wise & Bilal,Thundercat on bass and Terrence Martin on sax, hip hops trojan horse continues to show his conscious and political sides on the untitled track now being called “What you say“. K Dots reign over hip hop with his first album got everyone to pay attention, lets hope people continue to listen now that he has even more to say.