I heard this song on SiriusXM Radio on the drive home today (big up @LordSear) and I got so hyped! Busta Rhymes is in rare form, spittin’ ferocious on this and Q-Tip bodies the track as well. I had always wondered why some MC’s had never exploited the “I wanna thank you, heavenly father …” sample for a chorus. Well now they have.
Kanye West and Lil Wayne both play cheerleaders to their star players. Adding their names and presence in the videos is sure to make sure the younger audience sit up and pay attention to the legendary Native Tongues representatives. Smart move. But I have a suspicion they are planning a remix with everybody’s verse, this is just the teaser. The video is pretty slick. Simple, but with a lot of ‘production value’. The beat, the personnel, the rhymes and the hype are sure to make Thank You a classic. A great vehicle to promote Busta Rhymes’ upcoming ELE2 (Extinction Level Event 2) album.
This is actually a roundtable discussion, sans the actual table, between five people, but I couldn’t fit all that into a headline. Talib Kweli engages with HUFF POST LIVE hostÂ Marc Lamont Hill. News & Lifestyle Editor of Ebony.comJamilah Lemeiux, Washington Post Columist Rahiel Tesfamariam and 2008 Vice Presidential Candidate, Journalist and Activist Rosa Clemente, as they discuss the recent controversial statements made by Rick Ross, being called “rape lyrics”, Lil Wayne’s“Emmett Till” reference and even Beyonce’s lyrics in her new song “Bow Down”. This is not “Street Soldiers” on HOT97. This is a sophisticated conversation between a group of educated intellectuals. Kwelirepresents Hip Hop and himself very well as heÂ presents his case for critique of Ross and any artists who are miguided from a place of love and wanting them to change, rather than demonizing them as monsters.
There is plenty of debate as the five ask and attempt to answer “when do words cross the line and should lyrics be policed?” I must say this is one of the most intelligent healthy debates on the subject I have ever heard. Watching this video is definitely a good place for this discussion to start in our own lives, with our own friends and family, especially among the youth population who are heavy consumers of all of these artists’ music and are trying to come to grips with the lyrics as they figure out what is right and wrong, themselves. I salute all involved in making this, including Huffington Post. Share this and get the conversations started in your own community.
T.I.‘s latest single, Ball,Â featuring Lil Wayne, is the first single off Trouble Man. I like T.I. and Lil Wayne, so I was excited when I saw both their names on the song, but I just can’t get into this one. The beat has a commercial sound from about 10 years ago. It sounds old. The subject matter is simple – club, hoes, bottles, money, gettin drunk – a typical formula, that can work if the track is amazing. But not in this case. Maybe if they remix it. The old school Run-DMC style drum rolls, that worked perfectly on the Young Gunz joint “Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop”, can’t save this lackluster production.
I’m pretty sure this is thatÂ overly commercialÂ first single that aims for the clubs, or MTV, not the streets, which comes before another song of depth and substance is released (Eminem uses this formula all the time), so I am expecting a banger from T.I. real soon. Until then, I will not be bumpin’ this joint. You’re welcome to your own opinion though, so here is the stream and download.
This video is like a fatal accident on the side of the highway. It’s deep, dark, and filled with sadness – Â and you can’t look away! I was riveted by the videos produced by Malice (now known as “No Malice”), when he was promoting the book about his revelation and spiritual awakening. This one has that same raw imagery, cast of smoke, streets, guns, crackheads and killers. Both Clipse members use stunning visuals that comliment the music and tell more of the story. Props toÂ Samuel RogersÂ & Mike Carson, who shot and edited this.
The song is infectious, because it touches something real in your heart. That’s hook “Them n!gg@s ain’t dyin’ for you” is more than catchy, it embeds into your subconscious. I’m not taking sides in Pusha T and Lil Wayne’s beef – that’s their personal struggle, has nothing to do with me – but I will be entertained if they go at each other on wax. This is certainly not a “2nd Round Knock Out” or “SuperUgly” type of record. This is Pusha T’s call out. Let’s see if – and how – Wayne responds. And then let the games begin ,,,
This is one of my favorite tracks off Drake’s latest album “Take Care” the flows he and Wanye use are dope, and so is this video, Directed by X.Â Little Drakes dance moves are hilarious and this video kinda reminds me of a more contrived “Otis” in the way that you can see the artist just having fun. (Just my thoughts yall….)