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|Mon, February 27, 2017 at 5:58 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
A lot of people get paid every two weeks. Now you get Dead End Hip Hop's "Two-Week Review," the column where some of your favorite DEHH writers get together to talk about who picked up wins and losses these past couple of weeks in the hip hop universe. Imagine that. And what's even better-this is the first one in the series. So let's get started...
Paul: The obvious choice has got to be Chance. There's no question how big 2016 was for him. Even the Grammys got this right. The beloved rapper bagged three Grammys and was nominated for several more, especially if you include the songs from The Life of Pablo that he contributed on. With so much social and political tension in our world right now, we need Chance's spirit. Chance is just an inspiring dude who makes genuinely feel-good music and he deserves all of the praise he's getting. You really think anyone came close to what Chance accomplished, Jake?
Jake: Here's my winner: I definitely agree that Chance picked up a dub this past week at the Grammys. My winner this week is also Grammy-related. A Tribe Called Quest killed it with their performance on Sunday making a huge political statement. Therefore, I gotta give em the W. It was a huge statement for hip-hop and a good showcasing of why Tribe is one of the greatest hip-hop groups to ever touch a mic. I also gotta give a shoutout to Anderson .Paak, he also performed with Tribe and, like Tribe, slayed his performance.
P: Can't go wrong there either. I think you and I would both agree that .Paak had more of a breakout year last year than Chance, who was more established at that point. Also, is there a more exciting drummer in hip hop ever than .Paak is already? Shout out to Questlove too. And Tribe was good at the awards, obviously. They were inspired.
J: Both definitely broke out. But I actually think I would give the edge to Chance, just for fact that he made such a splash in the mainstream. And the fact that he made free music Grammy eligible.
P: Chance's ascent to the mainstream has been groundbreaking, but I'm not sure what door it opens exactly. Chance capitalized on an opportunistic time in hip hop. He's been a fairly accessible indie artist with colossal talent for pretty much this entire decade. All of his projects before Coloring Book were also free. And who is even buying albums anymore? It was the perfect risk to take.
J: I feel you. For me, it was just nice to see an independent artist get so much acclaim in the mainstream. But his music was already very accessible for sure.
P: Ready to assign some Ls?
J: My biggest L of the week has to go to Desiigner for that awful single he put out, "Outlet". Dude has been taking L's since he dropped New English, it's only a matter of time before he's a distant memory
P: I haven't listened to it and probably won't. It's funny how people get so upset at guys like Desiigner or Yachty or Uzi. These kinds of trendy rappers never last more than a year. Speaking of trendy rappers, my biggest L of the week has to go to any and all Future haters out there in the wake of one of Future's patented shooting binges. It's fair to criticize Future for being repetitive. It's fair to say that maybe we don't want to hear the R&B stuff. But you can't stop this man. He's good for at least a handful of bangers on every project he's released in the post-Honest era (and even Honest had a couple). It may not seem apparent, but Future is building something here. Yes, when Future drops three projects in what feels like a week, there are plenty of misses to go along with the hits, but over time those bangers do add up. Imagine the playlist or the live show where you get to hear thirty of Future's most fire songs. Future is smarter than you think. Some people need to stop complaining on Twitter.
J: I 100% agree with you. There's a time and place for Future. He makes music for a particular type of vibe (hedonistic/ignorant). Obviously if that's not your type of vibe, then Future's music most likely isn't for you. I think hip-hop "elitists" get a little carried away with all the anti-mumble rap jargon. It's not like anyone takes artists who are "mumble rappers", seriously. They make bangers and aren't even trying to be lyrical in the first place. However, the reason I don't like Desiigner is because he executes the vibe he's going for poorly. He is merely a copycat of those who perfected that particular sub-genre of hip-hop (ex. Future). Not only is he a copycat, but he isn't even good at making a good banger (I'll give him Panda but that got old real quick).
P: There's a reason Future has stayed relevant this long. It even took me a while to recognize it. Same people hating on Future are the ones drunk in the club singing along to "March Madness." There must be a meme for that. I suppose I could've awarded an L to Nicki Minaj too for this past week. If only I cared enough.
J: Yeah I respect Remy Ma for coming through with a decent diss track, but yeah, at the end of the day, it's a Nicki Minaj beef so we'll see what happens
P: Something with Nicki's signature brand of zaniness. That's for sure.
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|Mon, February 27, 2017 at 6:56 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Boston Hip-Hop mainstay Lucky Dice has been a force in his hometown's scene for more than two decades, dropping a slew of notable mixtapes, singles, and guest features. And with M.O.S.A. (Memoirs of a Starving Artist), he channels his experience and discerning talents into a passionately crafted project that serves as his proper debut album.
Fans got a taste of the record in the first half of 2016, when Dice dropped his fantastic street single, "The Underground," featuring Chi Knox and frequent collaborator REKS. From there, the rap community was waiting on what was next while the emcee continued toiling away and perfecting M.O.S.A. The arrival of this winter's raw and honest "Memoirs" revealed that Dice was ready to bring his album to the masses-and yes, it's finally here.
The end result is an early contender for one of the year's best rap releases, because Dice weaves a gripping tale across these 11 tracks. Beyond "The Underground" and "Memoirs," other instant standouts include the mafioso raps of "No Message" featuring Phinelia, the shuffling one-two step of "No Time," and the uplifting journal scriptures of "Better Life."
As Dice raps on hard-hitting banger "What You Do It For," dude has "been rappin' for a minute, 20 years plus a little mo'"-and it shows. This is an artist with a clear vision who's eager to share his message, and the world is definitely ready to listen. Like music blog Ohestee wrote about "Memoirs": "All you hip-hop lovers are gonna vibe hard to this one."
M.O.S.A. (Memoirs of a Starving Artist) is now available through all major digital retailers and streaming outlets via Beantown Bullies.
• iTunes: http://bit.ly/iTunesMOSA
• Amazon: http://bit.ly/AmazonMusicMOSA
• Google Play: http://bit.ly/GooglePlayMOSA
• Spotify: http://bit.ly/SpotifyMOSA
• Tidal: http://bit.ly/TidalMOSA
Lucky Dice Online:
• Twitter: https://twitter.com/LuckyDice1
• Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/luckydice1
• Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/luckydicehiphop
• SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/lucky-dice-music
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|Fri, February 24, 2017 at 5:59 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Notion has come a long way since his debut EP "Pride On My Cufflinks" back in 2013.
The Australian born, Toronto based MC, producer and engineer has been practically living in the studio, putting his plethora of skills to work on releases for his label The Movement Fam along with a constant string of clients across the globe.His main focus over the past couple of years has been his long-awaited debut LP "Heart On My Sleeve", a well-crafted follow-up to his EP both in name and sound.Initially released in late 2015 as a teaser, lead single, "Holdin' Hands" grabs you as soon as the snare hits with its heart-wrenching sample and Notion's personal, introspective lyrics where he tracks his musical journey and professes his gratitude for his fam and his supporters. Crafted by production team DiazSima based out of Budapest, Hungary, the slick video - expertly shot + chopped by King Richard and tirelessly directed + produced by Andrew Cameron - sees Notion deliver his passionate lyrics alongside his brother Cee with support from the 701 Squad b-boy crew.
"Heart On My Sleeve" is slated for Q2 2017, and features production from Remot, KidEight, Durban Poison and Clarity with the vast majority coming from Notion himself. With heavyweight guests Skyzoo, Canadian Hip Hop pioneer Maestro Fresh Wes, Ghettosocks, D-Shade, Cee and Jonathan Emile, the LP will most certainly cement Notion as a mainstay in the North American Hip Hop landscape.
Stream "Holdin' Hands" on SoundCloud, and keep an eye out for the single in all your favourite digital stores, including Spotify.
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