Tag Archives: Kendrick Lamar

[Visual] Memories Back Then x T.I. + B.o.B. + Kendrick Lamar + Kris Stephens

I had to post this video because this is my ish. T.I.P., B.o.B. & Kendrick Lamar link up to share memories of past females in their lives while the beautiful songwriter, Kris Stephens, lays smooth vocals over beat produced by Maurice ‘Kenoe’ Jordan. T.I. has always had a great delivery so him opening this record was perfect. He explained the story of the hood jump I’m sure we all are familiar with.  B.o.B. did his thing  explaining how the one that got a way dipped because of groupie love and Kendrick came in for the finale with the bust down gold-digger  Shouts to that guy rippin’ everything. Every day I thank Compton for the sacrifice.

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[Visual] Kendrick Lamar – Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe |Director’s Cut|

 Kendrick Luh-Mahr drops a visual to the crowd’s favorite. Loving the all white everything for the funeral, turn up scene (always celebrate life), open field shots & of course Mike Epps. Oh dear, he would be the one to actually attempt to baptize someone in alcohol.  At the end of the video, “Death to Molly” appears in white. Could this be the b*tch that kills vibes? Who knows considering the MDMA’s popularity has been skipping hand-in-hand with Mary through this hip-hop lane. I hope it dies soon. People get influenced much more easy now and I’m tired of the alleged Molly sweats. (woo!) And since shorty can lead you into other things that won’t just kill your vibe, I’d be careful.

But hey, whatever your vice.

However, peep Schoolboy Q‘s snippet of Man of the Year at the end.

Ouuuh.

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[Let’s Rap] Robin Thicke on The Breakfast Club

The incredible Robin Thicke graced the Power 105.1 studio  this morning. I must mention that waking up to him speaking with my favorite breakfast crew turnt up my morning.

Peacefully commenting on the much talked about  Justin Timberlake comparisons (both white, with similar soul music influences and married to actresses), his comical relationship with Kevin Hart (gun on my waist! straight face!), the gorgeous Paula Patton (“that’s my girl! my girl fights harder than I do. You’ont wanna mess with her”) and an upcoming short film, Mr. Thicke shared some great things with The Breakfast Club.

Most importantly was his take on R&B music right now:

“R&B has lost a lot of it because it’s not soulful anymore. everybody’s popping bottles and getting girls… no one has any invulnerability and soul music and what R&B was always about was being vulnerable for love, being vulnerable in society and talking about those problems and trying to find hope within it.”

PREACH! Shouting out Miguel for being great at delivering soulful music as well as mentioning Drake, Kanye West& Kendrick Lamar (“I think is the new god of lyricism right now.”) as his inspirations.

Love the fact that after dibbling into the pop side more, Robin Thicke appreciates and wants to create more of his original sound. I think it works extremely well. Excited for Blurred Lines.

 

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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.

Simple.

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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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Jheni Aiko @ SOBs 10/19

:Emoji praise hands 10x:

AHHH!! I have been waiting for this moment for too long. I remember the B2K Remixes Vol.1 and Jhene Aiko had some records on that jawnt. I vividly remember though,  her on Pandemonium! features and “Dog” and No L.O.V.E. was. my. shit. Now recently this beautiful being has been the songstress of the West Coast collaborating on tracks with Schoolboy Q, Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul, and others. Sailing Souls melts me every time. A mixtape that was written from the heart of a sailing soul. With her late big bro Miyagi‘s angel right beside her, Jhene’s strength and perseverance is on the high. And the talk on the low is that the Souled Out Queen will be at SOBs in NYC this Friday night!

Ugh. uh. Ah. (I’m dramatic, you’ll get used to it, trust.) NYC has been anticipating this and I’m sure it will please us all. Special guest that night will include Roc Nation’s Bridget Kelly and the dynamic music duo, Christian Rich.

Shouts to CMJ Festival! The lineup is love. Appreciate your team for appreciating new talent.

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[Up Next] SelfMade 2 – MMG

Some new faces cover the untouchable empire’s second album.  I guess we will see how well this goes June 26. For now, here’s the tracklist.

1 Power Circle: Gunplay, Stalley,Wale & Meek Mill featuring Rick Ross & Kendrick Lamar

2 Black Magic: Meek Mill featuring Rick Ross

3 This Thing Of Ours: Wale & Omarion featuring Rick Ross & Nas

4 All Birds: Rick Ross featuring French Montana

5 Actin Up: Wale & Meek Mill featuring French Montana

6 Fountain Of Youth: Stalley featuring Rick Ross & Nipsey Hussle

7 I Be Puttin’ On: Wale featuring Wiz Khalifa, French Montana & Roscoe Dash

8 The Zenith: Wale & Stalley featuring Rick Ross

9 M.I.A.: Omarion & Wale

10 Bag Of Money: Wale & Meek Mill featuring Rick Ross & T-Pain

11 Let’s Talk: Omarion featuring Rick Ross

12 Black On Black: Gunplay featuring Ace Hood & Bun B

13 FluorescentInk: Stalley & Wale featuring Rick Ross

14 Bury Me A G: Rick Ross featuring T.I.

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