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Falside the Beatsmith

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Provi based Beatsmith who goes by the name of Falside has made his catalog of psychedelic hip hop beats available for FREE Download, today only, so get on it! Props to Tim for the tip.

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On My Playlist: Beastie Boys – Super Disco Breakin’

Top 40 Hit Take 28

Dog jammin out to “Damn it Feels Good to be a Gangsta”

Throwback Jam – Fantastic Voyage

 

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Been Playin’ w/ That Green Long as Paul Pierce

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Grammy Nods (continued. . .)

In December I said Best Rap Album 2013 should go to either Nas‘ Life is Good or The RootsUndun. I still can’t decide. . . Shall I flip a coin? The Roots did some real different stuff on Undun, but Life is Good is a helluva comeback album for NasUndun is more dark and cynical, with political and social consciousness, which is a nice contrast to the big booty hoe / foreign car same old bag of shit coming from guys like 2 Chainz for example. Musically, it is varied, even containing elements of classical music at points, which is pretty damn innovative for a hip hop album. Life is Good is more personal. A sort of a breakup album for now divorced Nas, blended with some reminiscent reflection of the glory days of hip hop. Both concepts for an album are worthy of a Grammy win, but if I had to pick a winner, I guess I’d go with Life is Good. Nas gave it his all this go ’round lyrically, so tip of the cap.

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Now for some predictions for the other categories:

Best Rock Album

  • El Camino by The Black Keys
  • Mylo Xyloto by Coldplay
  • The 2nd Law by Muse
  • Wrecking Ball by Bruce Springsteen
  • Blunderbuss by Jack White *:D big grin

How liberally the Grammy people use this term “Rock.” Muse going against Springsteen for the same award? That’s just bizarre. And since when is Coldplay Rock? Nothing against Coldplay, its just they’re not Rock. They have been mislabeled here. The Black Keys album got old fast to me, but still has a chance to win, Muse definitely has a chance of pulling this one off, but I think Blunderbuss will take this one down.

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Best New Artist

  • Alabama Shakes
  • Fun.
  • Hunter Hayes
  • The Lumineers *L-) loser
  • Frank Ocean

I don’t care who wins this. I’m guessing it’ll go to The Lumineers. Read this if you care to learn my opinion of those hipsters. The Lumineer’s rival for the best display of Hipster Nonsense, Fun., could just as easily take the Grammy home, though I wish it would go to the under-appreciated Alabama Shakes.

Best Rap Song

  • Daughters by Nas
  • Lotus Flower Bomb by Wale ft. Miguel
  • Mercy by Kanye West ft. Big Sean, Pusha T & 2 Chainz
  • The Motto by Drake ft. Lil Wayne
  • Niggas in Paris by Jay-Z & Kanye West *:| straight face
  • Young, Wild, and Free by Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa ft. Bruno Mars

ugh. mostly terrible. hopefully it goes to NasLotus Flower Bomb is actually a nice lil jam. the rest is shit. Niggas in Paris was good the first time I heard it, which seems like an eternity ago. it’ll win. those crazy bastards played it live like 11 times in a row in Paris right? weirdos.

Best Rock Song

  • Freedom at 21 by Jack White
  • I Will Wait by Mumford & Sons
  • Lonely Boy by The Black Keys *:| straight face
  • Madness by Muse
  • We Take Care of Our Own by Bruce Springsteen

Song of the Year

  • The A Team by Ed Sheeran
  • Adorn by Miguel
  • Call Me Maybe by Carly Rae Jepsen
  • Stronger by Kelly Clarkson
  • We Are Young by Fun. *:puke! puke

Please, anything but Call Me Maybe, please.

Record of the Year

  • Lonely Boy by The Black Keys
  • Stronger by Kelly Clarkson
  • We Are Young by Fun. *:puke! puke
  • Somebody That I Used To Know by Gotye
  • Thinkin Bout You by Frank Ocean
  • We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together by Taylor Swift

I think Fun. will take them both home yes. I’m not happy about it, just tellin it like I see it ya dig?

Album of the Year

  • El Camino by The Black Keys
  • Some Nights by Fun.
  • Babel by Mumford & Sons *:| straight face
  • Channel Orange by Frank Ocean
  • Blunderbuss by Jack White

I’m thinking Babel sneaks in and takes it. But that doesn’t mean I’m impressed. Oh and Country and Electronica don’t count if you were wondering. But I’ve gone and bored my fucking self with this post. The Grammys Suck. Hopefully some of the performances are cool.

Notable Performers for Tonight’s Grammy’s

  • Justin Timberlake
  • Alicia Keys *:x lovestruck
  • Jack White
  • Travis Barker
  • Chick Corea
  • Tom Morello

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Toofer

 

Dave Grohl Interviews Nas on Chelsea Lately

Nas and Dave Grohl on Chelsea Lately

Click to watch Nas and Dave Grohl on Chelsea Lately.

Wait what? How did this happen? Who’s idea was it? and on Chelsea Lately of all places? Great idea. I love both of these dudes. Grohl is my hero and Nas is my favorite rapper. Convos like this should go down way more often.

Nas and Dave Grohl

Black Thought ‘NY State of Mind’ Freestyle

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Black Thought from the Legendary Roots Crew has a new freestyle over an “NY State of Mind” instrumental from Nas’ illmatic.

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Video Of The Day

Method Man & Redman

Meth & Red

Unsung Heroes & Gamechangers in Rap: Volume 2

guest blog by Chachi Googs

So it’s been a bit since I did volume 1 of this on Jay Electronica. In thinking about who I thought is worthy for the blog in terms of underrated, unsung heroes that are true game changers, I couldn’t help but think of Redman & Method Man. I’m not talking about anything that either of them made individually. There is no question that Red and Meth both have solid, prolific solo careers, but in terms of underrated I don’t think Redman and Method Man get enough credit as a duo/group.

It’s tough to say who the best duo in rap is, because some of the best have completely different styles. The first to come to mind is Outkast, which is comparing apples and oranges when comparing with the blackout crew. Black Star is another one that comes to mind, but how can you even compare Red and Meth to Mos Def and Talib Kweli? You can’t, but I never even here Method Man and Redman mentioned when it comes to best duos.

Here’s the thing, I’ve seen Meth and Redman live and they are straight insane. They have a ton of energy and are known for playing smaller venues, so the crowd is packed together and almost everyone there is a true fan, you don’t just go to a Method Man / Redman concert if you don’t listen to them.

Possibly the best part about this duo is that they couldn’t be any more different. I think the only common trait they share is that they both spend each waking hour of their lives high. Redman provides the in your face, upbeat, cocky style, whereas Method Man gives you the smart, cool, calm, humbly arrogant (if that even makes sense) type of style. It’s mixing hot and cold, and it truly defines them. They are true game changers and deserve more props than they get.

 

 

 

Just for shits here’s my top 5 rap duo’s of all time.

  • Black Star – This is a no brainer, in terms of pure lyrical talent Mos Def and Talib Kweli take the cake.
  • Outkast – Big Boi and Andre 3000 are two of the most talented rappers in the game, mix this with their unique style and you’ve got a close second.
  • Method Man and Redman – Got to give them the honorable mention.
  • Boogie Down Productions – KRS-One is a founding father in rap, ask any of the best and they will tell you that they grew up bumping KRS-One and that he is a huge influence. They have to be in the top 5.
  • UGK – RIP to the PIMP! Bun B is probably the best southern producer ever as well, so I think they deserve a shout out.

Good Morning.

Good morning Boston, world. Comin at you live from lil Chinatown (North Quincy). How are your miserable lives?

Some of you may have your own blog and thus you already know that platforms like “WordPress” (the best one of them all right? 😉 ) have nice little navigation tools, w/ which they display your site’s stats for the day /week or whatever. So bright and early on this fine January morning, I discover on my site stats for today, one token view.

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So my lone view for the day so far came from someone googling

Whose is d greatest hiphop rapper dead or alive of all.

Well lad, I dono what to tell ya. The answer is what we call an opinion.*  There isn’t a clear-cut definitive answer. I’m sorry you had to refer to a search engine to find out “whose is d greatest hiphop rapper dead or alive of all,” but luckily enough, it brought you to the right place!!! (due to this older post about Eminem and Nas).

D greatest hiphop rapper dead or alive of all is . . .

Andy Milonakis. Duuuuuuhh!

*opinion – similar to a butthole

 

Grammy Nods – Best Rap Album 2013

In honor of the Legendary Roots Crew’s Undun being nominated for the 55th Grammy’s Best Rap Album, here are Make My and Kool On from Undun.

 

They’re goin up against albums from Drake, Lupe Fiasco, Nas, Rick Ross, & 2 Chainz. 

I think Nas’ Life is Good or The Roots’ Undun should win. Undun might be a sleeper pick as a concept album that tells a story in reverse. I’m hopin the award goes to either The Roots or Nas, but I also might be equally hoping that it just doesn’t go to 2 Chainz. That would be a travesty.

Roots throwback for good measure.

Grammy Nominees 2013

Can We Talk Eminem’s “List” Real Quick?

I got a list here’s the order of my list that it’s in. It goes,

Reggie, Jay-Z, Tupac & Biggie, Andre from OutKast, Jada, Kurupt, Nas & then me.

One of the greatest hip hop songs of all time “Til I Collapse” from one of the greatest hip hop albums of all time, The Eminem Show, in which Eminem shouts out to several rappers that he deems to be some of the greatest of all time. How modest of you Slim, putting several rappers ahead of you on your best rappers list. But what was he talkin about?

Jadakiss

Sorry nope. Not in the Top Ten of all time, dead or alive. Not even the Top Twenty. Its funny to me that Em likes him. Its out of nowhere if you ask me.

Kurupt

Though Kurupt isn’t bad at all, he’s not even the best rapper in Tha Dogg Pound. I’d put Daz and Snoop ahead of him if the three of them were on my list, but they’re not. I get that Em likes him though. Decent flow, overt misogyny, comical vulgarity, that’s Slim Shady‘s bread & butter. Still a little odd to me that Em gave him such props.

Reggie “Redman” Noble

I love Redman. He is severely underrated, and obviously an influence on Eminem so this one makes sense. The only thing is, how can you shout out to Redman and not Method Man? And I think Eminem is actually better than Redman, but ya gotta give props to those who pave the way for ya. Like Pink Floyd wouldn’t just come out and admit they’re better than The Beatles ya know?

Keep in mind this song is from 2002. The hip-hop scene was much healthier, and you couldn’t foresee the differences in longevity and relevance of all these guys’ careers, but I wonder how much credit Andre 3000 still deserves on everyone’s best rappers of all time list. I’d say he is one of the Top Ten best rappers of all time, but at this point, in 2012 with Nas droppin Life is Good, and Andre leaving hip hop for acting, there’s like no question you have to reward Nas for his hunger in the game. You also gotta feel for Big Boi always gettin overlooked, while he’s still droppin new stuff in 2012.

Biggie and Pac. Forever linked. Such different styles too. But I think its pretty safe to say both of their positions on our lists of greatest rappers of all time are a bit overhyped due to their murders. But Eminem is clearly heavily influenced by both of them, so ya gotta give them props.

Jay-Z is slightly overrated, but you can completely understand why Em would put Jay ahead of him on his list. Nas being 2nd to last on the list has me wondering if he was just spittin them in no particular order. Fuck if I know right? All I’m sayin is that it’s a bit crazy to put Jada and Kurupt on this list, but I guess he likes them so whatever. Here’s my list (as if anyone cares).

10. Tupac

9.  Andre 3000

8. Biggie

7. Jay-Z

6. Q-Tip

5. Method Man

4. Mos Def

3. Black Thought

2. Eminem

1. Nas

Its hands down Nas for me. Its all opinion I know. Best to ever do it, Nas, unequivocally, Nasir Jones, Best Rapper of All Time.

It’s Friday. Time to Get Weird.

Top 40 Hit Take 16

Beat’s so smooth.

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