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.
Love and War by Thirstin Howl the 3rd is the latest offering off his current mixtape SkyDiver School. Thirstin Howl the 3rd brings down the tempo and showcases how he handles the riddim of vibes. Expect to see the music video for “Love and War” next week, along with a major announcement. Cover art is designed by Dave Ghetto of ADA.
The follow-up to 2013’ The Psychic World of Walter Reed, Killah Priest ’s new album, Planet Of The Gods, will be released on 6-15-15 and it will feature 20-new tracks that are totally void of guest appearances and includes production from Jordan River Banks, Black Marvel and Ciph Parker.
Today, Killah Priest lets go of “Alien Stars” and proceeds to go into full “Godcore” mode.
Tracklisting and credits:
Killah Priest - Planet of The Gods
2.) ”Citrin” (Produced by Black Marvel and Jordan River Banks)
3.) ”Gods of E.din” (Produced by Ciph Barker)
4.) ”Golden Pineapple of the Sun” (Produced by Jordan River Banks)
5.) ”Starship Planet (Shi’ur Qomah)” (Produced by Ciph Barker)
6.) ”Creation of a Super God” (Produced by Black Marvel)
7.) “The Vast Bottomless Sleep (Cosmos)” (Produced by Jordan River Banks)
8.) ”PWOWR Glove” (Produced by Ciph Barker)
9.) “L.Gigi (People of the Land of Nod)” (Produced by Jordan River Banks and Kombo for Ma’at Tabla)”Earth to Walter Reed, Come In Please” (Produced by Jordan River Banks)
10.) “Earth To Walter Reed, Come In Please” (Produced by Jordan River Banks)
11.) “Mul.Apin Tablets” (Produced by Ciph Barker)
12.) “Centrality of Our Mythic Imagination” (Produced by Jordan River Banks)
13.) “Rogue Godz” (Produced by Black Marvel)
14.) “Color of Ideas” (Produced by Jordan River Banks)
15.) “Quantum Spirit of Creation” (Produced by Jordan River Banks)
16.) “Alien Stars” (Produced by Ciph Barker)
17.) “I Destroyed You In Front Of Your Leaders” (Produced by Black Marvel)
18.) “Body of Light” (Produced by Jordan River Banks)
19.) “Gallery of the Gods” (Produced by Black Marvel)
20.) “Walt’s Day Out” (Produced by Jordan River Banks) ****Bonus Track
Slum Village will release their new album, YES!, on and will also be headed out on tour with the Soul Brother #1 (Pete Rock) for eight dates in June .
This is the new track, “Expressive,” f/ BJ The Chicago Kid & Illa J (produced by J Dilla) off of the album YES! which drops on 6-16-2015. The albumfeatures guest appearances and production from De La Soul, Jon Connor, Phife, Dilla, Black Milk, BJ The Chicago Kid, Bilal, Illa J & J Ivy.
Coming off of the success of NehruvianDOOM, Mass Appeal’s very own Bishop Nehru releases his new project Nehruvia: The Nehruvian EP — now available for download HERE. To accompany the 8-track EP, the New York MC has also released a brand new visual for ”Users“ – as he takes a pensive journey through the lush landscapes of Japan.
“Some old, some new. Just too raw sonically for the album & I wanted to put more music out,” as Bishop Nehru describe the new project.
Later this year, Bishop Nehru will be dropping an album executive produced by Nas. Check out the EP & video and let us know what you think. Thanks!