When Jay and Kanye come together on stage …
… it becomes one of the greatest hip-hop shows ever. Period.
Jay Z headlines at Radio 1’s Hackney Weekend 2012 in London and brings some guests along (including Rihanna).
*Beyonce going ham & cheese when “Niggas in Paris” drops … priceless.
Let’s face it. Rappers love their Givenchy right now. Trends in hip-hop clothing aren’t new, and history has been known to repeat itself (what up Versace!). Let’s take a look at the hot shit in the game right now …
Super Producer. Music Artist. Fashion/Style Icon. Creative Genius. The resume is impressive. Here we’ll put a spotlight on three aspects to Skateboard P’s career: music production, his discography and the mark he made on street wear. *Neptune sound*
Yeah, He Makes Beats
Chances are that at least one of your favorite songs had something to do with the Neptunes. Together with Chad Hugo,
they have created hits for artists ranging from Britney Spears and Justin TImberlake to Jay-Z and Ludacris.
The Neptunes’ sound is a distinctive brand of off-kilter, stripped-down electronic funk with sounds from Middle Eastern and Asian music including percussion and woodwind. – Wikipedia
With 24 Top 10 songs from ’98 through the 2000’s, it seems deserved that Billboard would call them the best of the decade in 2009. The Neptune sound was distinct, original, and many of my favorite songs growing up (“Grindin”, “Drop It Like It’s Hot”, “Frontin”) are all still relevant today.
… But I Can Rap & Sing Too
Forefather of Modern-Day Swag
Many of the styles Pharrell was rockin’ in ’03 are popular today. That whole “I’m a rapper that’s gonna try to skateboard” thing? … He created that lane. Let’s not forget he was deemed “Best Dressed Man” by Esquire in 2005, and co-founded BBC and Ice Cream. He’s also got ‘collabos’ with Hermes, Louis Vuitton, Domeau & Pérès (dope!), G-Shock and the list goes on …
OH HELL NO!
Yung Buck (._.), Birdman (*hand-rubs), and Memphis Bleek (._. ) drop new music?! ALL IN THE SAME WEEK?!!?!! This … is upsetting.
I have nothing against any man or woman creating and enjoying the craft of music. However, I do take issue with these tracks being circulated around the blogosphere because of the name recognition or because they’re part of some network that forces them to do so (there is simply too much talent out there that hasn’t been discovered yet). Who will rise against this evil? Who will live long enough to see himself become the villain? …*slow-motion head nod* hmmm … I think I’m on to something!
I give you … TEN RAPPERS THAT NEED TO LEAVE THE GAME!
10. Iggy Azalea
Okay let’s be real with each other for a second. Iggs’ is pretty damn sexy. She has a booty and she’s Australian. Let’s continue to be real … her music sucks. My little sister (no offense if you read this) has a better ear and she’s not even a teenager yet (or is she? please don’t get offended by that either). T.I did something dumb and signed her, attempting to ride the wave she had going from being on the cover of XXL and a growing internet buzz (this is also the same guy that couldn’t develop Meek, go figure). I’m not going to act like there is a surplus of female talent in rap, but there has to be more than Azalea. (For the record, “rival” Azealia Banks shits on Iggy to a point where it’s ridiculous to compare the two).
9. G-Unit (excluding Lloyd Banks)
I’m surprised at myself for not including Lloyd Banks, but I’ll admit he can still create a banger every now and then. The rest of the gang? Nah bro. Tony Yayo ain’t been poppin since I was doing the “Yayo Dance” in high school. Yung Buck used to be my boy, but come on … and 50? He’s so paid that music is an afterthought. Next.
I have the most respect for Birdman … *handrubs* … AS A BUSINESSMAN, NOT A RAPPER. Stop it. He’s got enough soldiers in Cash Money and YMCMB. Whatever though, “it’s Bir’man daddeh I fly in inna weatha” …
7. Lil Wayne
Enough. Is. Enough. I gave up wishing that mixtape Weezy would come back, you should too.
One day you’re a pastor, the next you’re a rapper “making a comeback.” It’s like a sequel of a movie that keeps getting remade. What part of the game is that? How many times are we going to let this happen? You had ya’ chance, you left the game while you were hot … Don’t act like it’s our fault.
5. Soulja Boy
Outside of Zan Wit Dat Lean Pt. 2 (classic, trust me and go listen if you never heard it before), you can take everything else SODMG affiliated and I wouldn’t even be mad about it (besides a couple instrumentals and Gucci’s verse on “Pretty Boy Swag”). Oh and “Donk” too, that’s a classic party track. Girls will forever shake it to that. Soulja is a parasite at this point. He takes other people’s sound and makes tracks with it (Lil B, Gucci Mane, etc.) Nice touch on the iced out remote control car too. I am ashamed, but I want one.
4. Yung Berg & Chingy
I feel as though no explanation is needed. *For your entertainment* … Continuing on …
It’s Hard Saying Goodbye
The next three artists all hold a special place in my life from what they did with their music. I’ll continue in a second …
Now … before the trolls come out and try to get the government to seize our new site … Let me start by saying that watching these guys still put out music is like watching Michael Jordan play for the Wizards. You understand he’s one of the best to ever do it, you still like watching, but you know the best days are way past him. Honestly, I listened to a new track Luda put out the other day, and I turned it off and put on Chicken and Beer. Has anyone been listening to anything Snoop’s been putting out? … and Jiggaman … he can still do it clearly with Watch The Throne being a certified banger, but do we really need the Blueprint 4? Let’s be real.
I’m not saying the game doesn’t need these three, but as godfathers, leaders, and moguls … not for more albums necessarily.
Just missed the list
1. Nelly – He’s lucky I once saw a video where he swiped a black card through some butt cheeks
3. Busta Rhymes
4. Fat Joe
5. Kreayshawn & White Girl Mob (specifically V-Nasty)
6. Jim Jones
… Don’t worry this is just the first list.
Directed by Romain Gavras (who also directed what may be the best video of the year “Bad Girls” by MIA), the video for Kanye and Jay’s single “No Church In The Wild” is pretty dope. Jay & Ye don’t make an appearance in the actual video, and neither does Frank Ocean or The Dream, but it does include a lot of powerful imagery.
To me it resembles the riots in London that took place last summer. Some people suggested the Occupy movement on Wall Street in NYC that Kanye had a small interest in. Regardless, the video shows protesters throughout Prague (where the video was shot) fighting police in a battle for the streets. The videography for ‘No Church’ is amazing. Simple as that.
Am I the only one that thought of the “Run This Town” video after watching this?