|Mon, December 02, 2013 at 8:42 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
It took him a while, but J. Cole has finally responded to Kendrick Lamar's "Control" verse.
Cole used his guest spot on Justin Timberlake's "TKO" (Black Friday Remix), also featuring A$AP Rocky and Pusha T, to officially go at Lamar and the hype surrounding his bars on Big Sean's record. Young Simba opens JT's re-up spitting bars of fury over the Timbaland-produced single. "I was home alone, next thing I know, that long a-- verse from a song called 'Control' was on/The room got nearer, the tomb got clearer," Cole raps. "That's when I seen the s--t playin' on your phone/Girl, what is that? A ringtone?/S--t, not you too. Man, that hype done got you too."
"Control's reach hit closer to home than we thought," Cole reveals on the next line. "Even my momma asked what I'mma do. Decisions, decisions/In case this is war, then I load up on all ammunition/If a n---a want problems, my trigger's on auto. I'll make sure that nobody miss him/Now pack up your s--t. You don't believe in me?/I don't need you, I got me, b---h."
Pusha - also named among Lamar's competition on "Control" - sidesteps the opportunity to lyrically pummel Lamar on "TKO." Cole however, clearly had some pent up frustration over the whole thing, likely because his rap relationship with Lamar pre-dates the TDE rapper's newfound stardom. The North Carolina native is among the producers on Lamar's 2011 Section.80 debut and has collaborated with him in the years since.
On "Control," K.Dot raps about wanting to musically "murder" Cole, Drake, Pusha, Jay Electronica, Wale and others he sees as competition. The aftermath initially launched tons of reactions from rapper's unnamed on the track, yet virtual silence from those actually called out.
Drizzy, who previously collaborated with Lamar for "Poetic Justice," seemed disappointed by the treatment. "I don't know if it was worth it," he told Hot 97's Angie Martinez in September. "Because there's a lot of people that were mentioned that I feel like can't really go back and f--k with that guy after that."
Lamar's attempt at lyrical annihilation may have ruined some of his friendships but had an opposite affect on his career by dominating the rap news circuit and being the partial focus of his GQ magazine "Rapper of the Year" feature
|Tue, November 26, 2013 at 8:17 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
The Marble Cake Diaries Cover Art
The album Marble Cake Diaries is now available from Sean Armstrong. This album features work from Khrysis, Da Beatminerz Roddy Rod, Marc Nfinit among others. The first single and video Took Control was posted here earlier the song features Tajai (Souls of Mischief). If you are not familiar with Sean Armstrong get ready to hear his name he has already performed across the world and shared the stage with artists like The Roots, Pete Rock, Little Brother, and EPMD. Here is a line from Sean describing the creation of his album from the track Foundation.
"...hours, days, weeks, months, #*&% it took years / for me to be heard and gain respect from my peers / but the way that it appears I affected your ears..."
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE MARBLE CAKE DIARIES
|Sat, November 23, 2013 at 9:20 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
If you live in ATL, perhaps you've seen the various art splashed walls around neighborhoods like Edgewood, 4th Ward, & Little 5 Points. Last month during the 9th annual A3C Hip Hop Festival, the Heineken brand partnered with the A3C Festival to launch the Heineken Mural Project. Read more about it below.
After a successful run in Miami during Art Basel 2012 and in DC during the G40 Art Summit, the Heineken Mural Project launches in Atlanta as the official art partner of A3C Festival and the A3C Art Campus.
The Heineken Mural Project will feature six renowned street artists creating five new murals across the city, pop up parties, music concerts and more. The Heineken Mural Project artists include some of the most talented veterans in street art. Tasked with the mission and creative freedom to interpret Heineken's Open Your World message, the murals will take a life of their own and inspire all who bear witness. Celebrity-status street artists like Chor Boogie hailing from San Francisco, Clogtwo and Inkten from Singapore along with Marka27 based in Brooklyn, NYC, and Atlanta-based artist Paperfrank with more artists to be announced.
The Heineken Mural Artists will paint five new murals alongside some of the top hip hop talent during the A3C Festival, through out some of Atlanta's Most exciting art districts and neighborhoods. Old Fourth Ward, Little 5 Points and Castleberry Hill will each shocase a new Heineken mural adding vibrant colors to the community. A3C [All 3 Coasts] is one of the largest hip-hop festivals in the US and takes place annually in Atlanta. As the official art partner of the A3C, Heineken Mural Project will host several parties at the mural locations where the Heineken Mural Artists will paint live with top hip hop talent such as Questlove, Ghostface Killah, Too Short, Bun B, A$AP Ferg, Rich Homie Quan and ScHoolboy Q.