Monthly Archives: October 2012

Loso x Soul Tape II

Street fih-didididaaam! After Fabolous kind of blew me with There Is No Competition 3, I kinda put him in timeout (I believe the first T.I.N.C. murders them all.) However, “So NY” is not bad and according to the Bad Guy (say hello!),  Soul Tape II will be dropping Nov. 22. I’m anticipating this one because Soul Tape was pretty well done. Already in love with the Soul Tape series style and context, I”m sure Fab has pulled some nice beats and samples for this second go ’round. We shall see.

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[Bars of the Day] Money Trees x K. Dot xx Jay Rock

I’ve been waking to this song for some days now and it’s so necessary to be today’s pick. Last night during the last Presidential debate, one of my followers mentioned Mitt Romney saying “you just lost another debate, ya bish” so it was only right I quoted Kendrick ,“A silver spoon I know you come from, ya biishh.” (BTW Please vote, don’t fall into the art of peer pressure when it comes to “not caring” about your future in this country/world because you do count and WILL be affected.) With that being said, here’s los bars:

Hot sauce all in our Top Ramen, ya biiishh (ya biiish)
Parked the car then we start rhymin’, ya biiishh (ya biiish)/
The only thing we had to free our mind (free our mind)
Then freeze that verse when we see dolla signs (see dolla signs)/
You looking like an easy come up, ya biiishh (ya biiish)
A silver spoon I know you come from, ya biiishh (ya biiish)/
And that’s a lifestyle that we never knew
Go at a reverend for the revenue/

Besides me loving every song in the movie, this one gets a lot of repeats. This record is one that screams relative situations in our culture. Hustle by any means necessary. Jay said, “if I need it, imma get it however, God help me.” Banks shouted, “I die for a bill, believe in the dolla’, for the chips, anyone gets it, even Estrada.”  And K. Dot explains it in a song with the most nonchalant, but straight-forward attitude with a hook letting us know a dollar can easily influence a decision.

It go Halle Berry or hallelujah
Pick your poison tell me what you doin?/
Everybody gon’ respect the shooter,
But the one in front of the gun lives forever/
And I been hustlin’ all day, this a way, that a way
Through canals and alleyways, just to say/
Money trees is the perfect place for shade and tha’s just how I feel
A dollar might, just fuck your main bitch that’s just how I feel/
A dollar might, say fuck them niggas that you came with tha’s just how I feel
A dollar might, just make that lane switch tha’s just how I feel/
A dollar might, turn to a million and we all rich tha’s just how I feel

Shouts to DJ Dahi on the beat and Jay Rock‘s verse was cool. Gotta appreciate the way Money Trees explains the motive of the situation in “Art of Peer Pressure.” I am grateful for artist who make all of their music connect and Kendrick is so amazing at telling his story in a way that you must listen to it all to circle back to the connections so it can hit you like, “ohhhhhhh.” (Not saying other artist don’t; if you listen to Kendrick like I do, you know what I mean)  But I mean what do I know? I just live this hip-hop/music shit.

tha’s jus’ how I feel.

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[Bars of the Day] Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe x K. Dot

I tried to pick a song that I’m sure you all have played on repeat a couple times already, so Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe was the winner (though mine is M.A.A.D. City). This record is so fitting; that song that you throw on when you want to have “me time” and no fucks to give to anything else. I love how Daddy Kenny  introduces the track (end of Sherane A.K.A. Master Splinter’s Daughter); impatiently waiting on his Domino’s, moms couldn’t be just killing the vibe too.

Fell on my face and I woke with a scar
Another mistake living deep in my heart/
Buried on top of my sleeve in a flick
I can admit that it did look like yours/
Why you resent every making of this?
Tell me your purpose is petty again/
But even a small lighter can burn a bridge,
Even a small lighter can burn a bridge/
I can feel the the changes…
 I can feel the new people ‘roun’ me just wanna be famous…/
You can see that my city found me then put me on stages,
 to me that’s amazing
To you that’s a quick check. With all disrespect let me say this…/ 

Kendrick is one stone cold lyricist (and I will fight this to the death; for you people who really say you do not see why others appreciate the sounds of Kendrick. But I’m sleep because I’m getting upset typing this) and I pulled these bars because this is one of many reasons I admire GKMC and somewhat (because I’ve never been to Compton or lived that specific life) understand K. Dot.I’m sure you have seen or experienced yourself living in an area or being surrounded by people who decide to stay stagnant and have no passion for anything else but remaining as such. Or even you were that settling homie that just happened to get the molasses out ya ass. Though being a part of the same environment, some may believe you are “too good” or “selling out” when you just want the best for your situation. Kendrick expresses how he appreciates his trials and tribulations and more appreciative of his blessings that pulled him out of the dark. For those who look at his success as a get-quick money fix, fame and who constantly put down his accomplishments for petty reasons, he’s explaining “I love my life. I’ve gotten far and still soaring. I’m coolin’. Bitch, don’t kill my vibe.


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Good Kid M.A.A.D. City x Kendrick Lamar

The day has come (officially that is) for the world to tune into the best audio short film I’ve heard. Hiiighly anticipated, Kendrick Lamar has carefully sculpted his angry adolescence  in Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City. A  caravan ride  that should have taken 15 minutes tops, took us through the life and times of a young K. Dot. With skits that flow perfectly for the situations, I am in love with this album. With that being said, all week, the Bars of the Day will be dedicated to Compton’s own.

Track list and producers below.

What’s your favorite track? Lemme know.

1. Sherane a.k.a Master Splinter’s Daughter (Prod. By Tha Bizness)
2. Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe (Prod. By Sounwave)
3. Backseat Freestyle (Prod. By Hit-Boy)
4. The Art of Peer Pressure (Prod. By Tabu)
5. Money Trees (Ft. Jay Rock) (Prod. By DJ Dahi)
6. Poetic Justice (Ft. Drake) (Prod. By Scoop DeVille)
7. good kid [Prod. By Pharrell]
8. m.A.A.d city (Ft. MC Eiht) (Prod. By Sounwave & Terrace Martin)
9. Swimming Pools (Drank) *Extended Version* (Prod. By T-Minus)
10. Sing About Me (Prod. By Skhye Hutch + Sounwave) / I’m Dying Of Thirst (Prod. By Like of Pac Div)
11. Real (Ft. Anna Wise) (Prod. By Terrace Martin)
12. Compton (Ft. Dr. Dre) (Prod. By Just Blaze)
Deluxe Edition:
13. The Recipe (Ft. Dr. Dre) (Prod. By Scoop DeVille)
14. Black Boy Fly (Prod. By Rahki & Dawaun Parker)
15. Now Or Never (Ft. Mary J. Blige) (Prod. By Jack Splash)
16. Collect Calls
17. Swimming Pools (Drank) (Prod. By T-Minus)

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[Watch Out Now] Shawn Morris

Harlem’s own Shawn Morris took some time out of his day to speak with the Q Gawd and AVision Magazine about his vision, his influences, and why Phli Hi Club is the next to put in work. Make sure to cop

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Getting off the F train at 57th street, the breeze was heavy and cold. Although it’s was June 5, it feels like the first week of October. Thankfully, there was a Starbucks on the corner for warmth and a customer friendly outlet. My phone is on its last and I am linking up with Shawn Morris. After ten minutes and a phone battery charge of 89%, I spot the young Harlem dude walking into Chase Bank through 6th avenue’s crowded street. I text him letting him know I seen him. You’d know Shawn and I were cool before the interview because his first response is, “you the feds? Lol” Ha! I could see how that could be a little lurky. After realizing that I wasn’t the Matlock, Shawn and I meet at the corner to go to Chipotle.

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[Bars of the Day] Drag-On x Spit These Bars

Now if you don’t know me personally, you don’t know how much of a thug I am. Duh. But today’s pick for Bars of the Day solidifies my G. When I think of songs like this, it reminds me how much I live and breathe hip-hop culture on all of its levels. The whole Ruff Ryders movement had most of us screaming “Ruff Raaahhduuhhhz” and trying to pop wheelies on whatever allowed us. I remember always bumping my mom’s Opposite of H2O heaavyyy. To this day, I spit “Spit These Bars” off the top as if it was released within the last two years. Swizz blessed the hook and it was perfect for our 8-10 year old asses to sing along considering mothereffer would have easily fit perfectly.  Drag-On’s voice was similar to DMX, but a bit calmer; flow was nice nevertheless. The record was just…. Double R. Daws really it. Slick lyrics, raw beat, hood party track.

A-yo I spit these baaars to make ya head shake
Fuck bitches ’til the bed break/
Let’s see how much lead you can take
Never let a nigga pay for what I give away/
We can all share
Clip to my waist it’s all spare/
So run dammit, run 
When I bust my gun/
I miss none-
Put y’all in critical condition/
I’m the-talk’uhduh town when it comes to fuckin’ bitches
Or- layin’ niggas down/
Drag bust the most rounds

It took me so much not to write out all the lyrics and the video got me excited. *looks for a four wheeler.* Check it out.

Sings *do my laydaays, run this uhh-uhh? yes-they-do-run this mutha-uhh-uhh.*


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[Mood Tune] Buddy x Musiq Soulchild

Of course the ultimate shuffle daddy, Pandora, laid this throwback track on me. Automatically giving that summer crush vibe, Buddy by Musiq Soulchild is a great song. The Taana Gardner sample from Heartbeat makes me want to hit the wop instantly every time.  You hear so much about the ninja cuff, but Buddy was kind of the anthem for that cuff on the low.

Of course you start off willing and ready to become the boo:

(Sometimes) and maybe I can call you up (sometimes)
And maybe I can take you out sometimes/
So let’s exchange digits and later arrange visits
Either your place or mine, yeah/

But there’s no titles so you can’t be trahn wild out on the other person:

But, but wait, let me explain it
A buddy is an equal beneficial arrangement/
A buddy is a buddy that don’t be complaining
When his or her buddy ain’t the buddy they came wit/

After you get past that (which is usually where shit gets tangled and amnesia sets in), you swoop in for the snatch, 

Baby, what I’m really tryna say is that
The definition of a real buddy is that/
She’s that one down to have fun
And ride shotgun through the city with me/
Together, there’s no limit to what we can do
And once we in it, girl, it’s all about me and you/
So baby, what you say? Don’t pass this by

Or na? Hmm.. #TheTunesBeKnowin

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