|Tue, March 25, 2014 at 8:02 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Sooo Sunday morning I wake up (after sleeping in like I tend to do every Sunday). I check Facebook real quick and notice a post from a good friend of mine John Thomas (411 Brand) congratulating his nephew (PurpDogg) on the success of his "we made it" track. The beat was originally given to Soulja Boy, then jacked by Drake (who made it famous just like he did the Versace jawn) and in the wee hours of Sunday morning Jay Electronica reappeared along with Jay-Z to deliver what is definitely the best track of the new year.
Hov & Jay Elec did what emcee's do best. Talk They S*. From Jay Elec giving a long overdue apology to his fans (stans) who have been wondering where the hell his album is, to Hov throwing a couple jabs at Drake calling him "Mrs. Drizzy" in response to Drake's comments in Rolling Stone's a few months back, this track does exactly what's it's supposed to. Create energy and excitement while remaining lyrically progressive.
I can't front, I was expecting another lazy Jay Z verse but Jay Elect definitely made him step his game. And that's not to say Jay hasn't already been at the top of his game for the past decade plus. It's interesting to see Hov reach back to some of his Brooklyn roots of 5 Percent teachings (Running with Jaz O & Wise Intelligent) now more than ever. Hopefully when he's done influencing kids to drink Dusse he can influence them to gain Knowledge Of Self.
Any who... I think I hope the same thing comes from this track (As well as the other track Jay Elect recently dropped) most Hip Hop fans out there and that's an OFFICIAL Jay Electronica album.
But while we're waiting, make sure you support other lyrical relevant emcees: Homeboy Sandman, Rasheed Chappell, Roc Marciano, Fel Sweetenberg, Boog Brown, Clan Destined, just to name a few.
Note: The original Soundcloud link has been removed, so I posted the You Tube version instead for streaming purposes.
|Mon, March 24, 2014 at 10:31 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Boog Avery takes a look at Jay Z's shocking assist in Jay Electronica's "We Made It."
Over the weekend, Jay Electronica and Jay Z released "We Made It," where the two traded verses over a Soulja Boy track. Though it's not completely out of nowhere, Jay Z created some shock buzz with some layered spiritual references. Oh, and a jab at Drake (but this isn't the point of this article).
While I'm all for this Jay Z/Electronica collab for the entertainment, I'm perplexed by Hov's verse. In his transition to spitting 5 percenter rhymes, Jay Z is actually promoting a misguided Black excellence. If you've followed his career - including his ventures outside of rapping - you're hearing the same Get Money theme but under some new terms.
Photos have surfaced in the past few months with Jay Z rocking a *7 chain, causing people to wonder if Jay is spiritually coming out as a Five Perecenter. Most of us are familiar with how long any spiritual journey can be, and something this deep for a celebrity as big as Jay Z should be a bit more personal than this.
It's feels too soon for him lyrically to drop these bombs on his tracks. In his verse, Jay says "with my arms and legs shackled, I'll still get paid," as if to preach a submission to being a slave to being a polarized hiphop artist. I don't know many 5ers who are ok with that, especially when Jay mixes in his usual bars of capitalism with little cultural context.
His references to gold and money only extend to an inspiration to be a great go-getter. And not to knock that kind of elevation, but it's hard for it to stand out as something beyond the same monetarism music we've heard from other musicians, let alone outside of Black music.
I used to hear Big Daddy Kane, GURU, Brand Nubian and plenty of others spit bars with historical references to Black culture, icons and traditions. Though hilarious, this song's opening with Eastbound And Down and cut to a strong effort of Black Excellence felt diluted. Any redemptive efforts were also toned down with lacing Islamic references with references to something seemingly opposite of such, including Jacob the Jeweler, dressing like a mobster, rocking J's, etc, etc.
Peeping the Yakub and other religious reference were refreshing, but Jay Z still failed to have me take his lyrics outside of the embedded player. I'm anxious for the part in Jigga's rap career where he raps with the elimination of his capitalizing roots and bars of substance.
Rap is just so trapped in capitalism that rappers who have taken themselves to god-like levels of abundance have trouble shifting their message outside of those capitalistic ways. And in turn, especially with how much consumers of hiphop live life in autopilot, the layers a rapper like Jay Z will use will neutralize the message because it'll go over many people's heads. All the world will hear is a new approach to materialism
|Thurs, February 13, 2014 at 7:19 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Rihanna and Drake have fuelled speculation they have rekindled their relationship after they left a nightclub together on Friday night (07.02.14).
The former couple fuelled speculation they have rekindled their relationship after they were spotted getting into the same taxi outside Hooray Henry's in West Hollywood.
The duo, who collaborated on the track 'What's My Name' in 2010, tried to keep the fact they were together under-wraps as they left the club separately.
The 25-year-old beauty left first before the 27-year-old rapper followed her out and got into her waiting taxi seconds later, according to the MailOnline website.
An insider recently told HollywoodLife.com that the 'Stay' hitmaker began seeing Drake again late last year but they aren't ready to have a ''committed'' relationship.
The source said: ''They're doing what they do on the low, and they like to keep it that way. They fill each other's needs when they can, and that's how they're choosing to roll.''
The 'Hold On, We're Going Home' singer previously admitted in 2011 that Rihanna had unintentionally broken his heart.
He said: ''At the time it hurt, but she didn't mean to. I'll never put that on her. I was hurt because I slowly started to realise what it was. I guess I thought it was more.''
The R&B star got into an altercation with Rihanna's ex-boyfriend, Chris Brown, in 2012 but the pair have since buried the hatchet
|Wed, February 12, 2014 at 4:09 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Young Money's Drake has offered an interesting take on fellow hip-hop artist Macklemore apologizing to Kendrick Lamar over winning "Best Rap Album" at last month's Grammy Awards in the new issue of Rolling Stone.
In Drizzy's opinion, Macklemore should feel no shame in dominating the Grammy Awards' hip-hop categories.
To put it bluntly, he thought "that sh*t was wack as f*ck." "I was like, 'You won. Why are you posting your text message? Just chill. Take your W, and if you feel you didn't deserve it, go get better -- make better music,'" he tells us. "It felt cheap. It didn't feel genuine. Why do that? Why feel guilt? You think those guys would pay homage to you if they won?" (Rolling Stone)
The mega rap star also said people should accept this year's winners whether right or wrong.
Drake notes that Grammy wins don't always go to the artist who made the best album. "This is how the world works: He made a brand of music that appealed to more people than me, Hov, Kanye and Kendrick. Whether people wanna say it's racial, or whether it's just the fact that he tapped into something we can't tap into. That's just how the cards fall. Own your sh*t." And in the end, if Macklemore was going to start doling out apologies, he should have reached out to more nominees, Drake says. "To name just Kendrick? That sh*t made me feel funny. No, in that case, you robbed everybody. We all need text messages!" (Rolling Stone)
On an ESPN broadcast last month, Def Jam's Fabolous acknowledged Macklemore as a great musician and noted the Grammys had unusual politics when it came to choosing its winners.
"I wouldn't say he's overrated. I think he's a good artist. I think he makes great music. And he's one of the new artists that's came in on the independent wave. So, I think he's definitely done a lot for that whole wave too as well. So, I think he's a good artist," Fab said in an interview. "I think he's more commercial and it fits in the kind of music that the Grammys celebrates and is looking for. There's guys who've had tremendous success who've never won Grammys. 50 Cent has sold millions and millions of records, he's not a Grammy winner because of maybe his style of music or whatever. But I think Macklemore fits in there." (ESPN)
Instead of complaining, K. Dot recently congratulated fellow hip-hop artist Mack for dominating the Grammys.
"It's well deserved; he did what he did, man," Kendrick said. "He went out there and hustled and grinded. Everything happens for a reason; the universe comes back around, that's how it go." While Kendrick may have grounds to feel snubbed, he's hardly the first rapper to come up empty; hip-hop legends such as Snoop Dogg and Nas have been snubbed numerous times. "I definitely feel like they should always have more of the culture up in there, for sure, because we definitely stand out just like any other genre," Kendrick said when asked if he thought the Grammys undervalued hip-hop (XXL Mag
|Mon, February 10, 2014 at 10:02 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
As BMS previously reported, rumors are swirling that Drake "impregnated" stunning songstress Jhene Aiko while on tour. But do fans truly believe the secret "baby bump" buzz?
According to various other gossip sites, Drizzy may soon become a daddy!
One of Drake's "former homies" is telling folks that he recently hooked-up with 25 year old tourmate Jhene Aiko.
A "hot and steamy" affair soon turned into something more serious, and now Aiko's pregnant! A "very credible source" insists that it's true - Drizzy and Aiko have a "shorty on the way."
But Drizzy sure isn't acting like he's preparing for fatherhood - he's still meeting up and partying with Rihanna!
RiRi & Drake were spotted sneaking out the back exit of popular Hollywood nightclub Hooray Henry's nightclub on Friday evening (Feb. 7).
They left just minutes apart, suggesting they were probably having a good time together while inside.
rihanna and drake
Plus they left together in the same car.
RiRi was also hanging out with BFF, Melissa Ford.
So what's the deal? Are these rumors just bogus, or does Drizzy really have feelings for the "Diamonds" songstress.
BMS is looking into the pregnancy rumor, but sources are telling us it is not true, the two are just friends.
Drake has yet to address anything on Twitter or Instagram, so stay tuned...
|Sat, February 01, 2014 at 11:45 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
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|Wed, January 22, 2014 at 4:22 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Aubrey Graham, better known as Drake, is sitting comfortably on the upper echelon of the rap game. The polarizing nature of the amount of love and hate he gets is overwhelming, yet understandable. Drake is most definitely a very talented artist and, with the help from his friend and producer extraordinaire, Noah "40" Shebib, he has been able to create a sound that appeals to millions.
I am normally not one to be too overly critical about artists' lyrics, however, it would be impossible to ignore the elephant in the room. Sometimes Drake includes some lyrics in his verses that demand an explanation. Over the past couple of years, I have come across some lyrics from Drake songs that have either made me scratch my head or burst out laughing. I guess you could probably compile a list with a similar concept for virtually any rapper, but it probably would not include lyrics as funny as these:
"Off a cup of C.J Gibson, man I'm faded off the brown,
And I'm easily influenced by the niggas I'm around."
- From "4 My Town (Play Ball)" by Birdman Feat. Drake and Lil Wayne
Semi-clever first line, but I cannot believe anyone would ever openly admit that they are easily influenced by their peers, especially Drake. I have never been able to understand this.
"The one that I needed was Courtney from Hooters on Peachtree.
I've always been feeling like she was that piece to complete me."
- From "From Time" by Drake
According to Drake, strippers and Hooters girls are deserving of all the romanticism available in the world.
"She just wanna run over my feelings,
Like she drinking and driving in an 18 wheeler,
And I'd allow her. Talk about pussy power."
- From "Connect" by Drake
"I want your hot love and emotion, endlessly."
- From "Hold On, We're Going Home" by Drake
What exactly is "hot love?" Not sure I would want whatever it is in an amount referred to as endlessly. That also goes for the generalized term of "emotion" that Drake refers to.
"Yeah, and if you gotta leave for work,
I'll be right here in the same bed that you left me in"
- From "In the Morning" by J. Cole Feat. Drake
A man who stays in bed all day waiting for his girl to come back from a hard day's work? That's what every woman wants right?
"REMEMBA? MO'FUCKA! WORST!"
- From "Worst Behaviour" by Drake
"I used to go to the stables and get those kids to bet me
And I would always ride the stallions whenever she let me"
- From "In the Morning" by J. Cole Feat. Drake
Is it just me or is Drake explaining his love for ass by telling an anecdote of watching horses' asses as a kid?
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