Upcoming reviews we missed in the past two years:
1) Big K.R.I.T. - K.R.I.T wiz here
2) Big K.R.I.T - Return of 4EVA
3) Everything else
Charles Hamilton has had a controversial rise to fame since he start pumping out mixtapes back in 2006. Charles is unique in that he raps as well produces his own music. He mostly samples other songs to make his beats and sometimes gets criticized for doing so. I usually download his mixtapes for the simple fact that he is doing things differently. His mixtapes can range in quality, but lately I have only really liked a track or two from each because he can get carried away on some different shit. However, This Perfect Life (which has just gotten shelved), is miles better than his average mixtapes. It’s been in heavy rotation for a bout a week now. I cant get enough of it. The album is filled with strange concepts, personal honesty, and some very dynamic rapping. This album should also be evaluated from a production standpoint and from that angle it is what I always wanted from him. Charles uses his choppy sampling technique to perfection by sampling some classic tracks like Tom’s Diner. He raps tight the whole time and was dynamic throughout the album. He even showed that he can rap with an up-tempo style such as on All Alone and Baby. This album is very consistent and flows well all the way through. It definitely rejuvenated my interest in him. The standout tracks were Three Pound Bullet, Ghosts (sick sample), All Alone, Cable in the Classroom, Baby, Tears of Fire, and Rosado, 4.25/5.
1. “Barbara Walters” - “Geronimo” by The Shadows
2. “Three Pound Bullet” - “Street Player” by Chicago
3. “Ghosts” - “Tom’s Diner” by Susan Vega
4. “Post Lynching Ceremony” - “Persuader’s Theme” by John Barry
5. “All Alone” - NO SAMPLE
6. “Cable in the Classroom” - “To the Other Man” by Luther Ingram (originally heard in “Gobstopper” on “Donuts”)
7. “Baby” - “Super Sonic” by Zodiac
8. “Reminder” - NO SAMPLE
9. “Tears of Fire” - “I Come Undone” by Jennifer Rush
10. “Long Socks” - “The Mess We’re In” by PJ Harvey
11. “Rosado”- “Kiss of Life” by Sade
Wake up bitches, Wiz Khalifa is fire. He is really growing into his own persona. I see the How Fly Mixtape collabo with Curren$y as his turning point in finding his character. Now he is running with that shit and I am loving it.
Don’t forget to check out that new Curren$y album Jet Files either. Shit is fire and better than his first in my opinion. Sorry guys for the shortage of the reviews but we’re just too fucking busy.
I have probably 10-15 Lil Boosie tapes and a few albums. I always sort of liked his shit but couldn't really get into him. However for some reason his latest mixtape, Bad, won me over. I don’t think it is even official tape (it is just a DJ collection), but I am definitely feeling his shit now. He is doing his thing rapping about real street shit and I believe him. His style is unlike anybody else in rap. If you have never given him a chance, check these tracks out and let me know if they are as good as I think they are. Lookout for the review of Bad coming soon.
Eddie Huang’s (of Hip Hop DX) opinion is that Drake is not a good representation of Hip Hop because he isn’t like Kanye; he is easily copied. He certainly brings in the pre-teen bitches aka the experts on quality hip hop. Still, I wouldn’t want to be on stage copying this. Full story HERE.
On the real though, I respect Drake’s music. Freestyling off a Blackberry or not, he can sing and rap. I bump his shit even when my lady isn’t around. I don’t need serious/meaningful hip hop lyrics all the time. Sorry haters.