MCMI REPORT: Talib Kweli – Heads Up Eyes Open ft. Rick Ross & Yummy
This just dropped on Javotti Media / 3D and it’s really dope. Talib Kweli and Rick Ross is not a duo you would expect to hear together on a record which makes you want to hear what they will each do on the song. I remember Yummy Bingham from one of my favorite De La Soul songs, Much More. Her hi-pitched vocals are infectious on this one as well. Video directed by SmithHouse, Talib Kweli had this to say about where the title and concept for the song came from
“When I was on Rawkus, there was a guy working there named Headqcouterz, a good friend of DJ Premier, who’s spirit was so beautiful that he would brighten any room he would enter. He lost his life years ago, but there was one thing he used to say each and every time he said goodbye – Heads Up, Eyes Open. This phrase has stuck with me and become a guide thru my career and life. Produced by J. Rhodes, Heads Up, Eyes Open is a song dedicated to the memory of Headqcourterz. It is a song about how faith informs the way an artist moves and creates. It was a pleasure to be joined by Rick Ross and Yummy Bingham, two of my favorite artists.” – Talib Kweli
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.
Rick Ross feat. Dr. Dre and Jay Z – 3 Kings Official Video.
I know this is not new new, but its a real dope video (they call it a “Maybach Films Visual Piece“). I love the flashbacks to Dre and Jay’s pasts (Ross doesn’t do that as much but he doesn’t have 20 years in the game to build upon). The song (and video) are part flossing, part autobiographical storytelling, with a touch of street knowledge and politics. I know, some argue that Ross hasn’t earned the title of a “King” yet (though some think he has), but if you don’t give that to him lyrically, you have to admit he’s heavy on the business acumen. As for DreÂ (for beats, career) and Jay (lyrics, career), they definitely got it. Ross ain’t on their level yet, but he’s workin’ on it and this song with both giants certainly brings him one step closer.
This has been around the Internet for a few days now but every where I saw it it’d get taken down for copyright violation so I stayed away from it for a second. I guess they weren’t planning to leak this one originally but it seems to have settled, so I think it’s all good. Drake’s albums sales were great so it did what it was supposed to do. I haven’t listened to the whole album yet, but this song is tough.Â Thanks to LA Leakers for the hook up.
Wow. this is hilarious! I haven’t seen anyone clown Rick Ross this hard since ShaStimuli put out Unsung (I’ll include that after the jump if you aint heard it). Some folks thought that was aimed at Drake or southern rap in general, but Stimuli denies it (Check out this interview on Hip HopDX), saying it was about nobody in particular. To me it’s gotta be Ross.
Anyway, this next joint is DEF-initely aimed at Ross. It’s a straight parody. The planking part doesn’t come until the very end if you’re looking for that. Shout out to @JettWilson, @PlusDaddy_wl @success_jr and @Jizzlemarley_wl, they went in on this one.
ShaStimuli’s joint “Unsung” after the jump! (more…)