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I Hate Sensitive Rappers

 

I hate sensitive rappers. As a fan of rap music ever since I can remember, I can say with full confidence that I like my rappers tough. You don’t need to be the toughest Joe Schmo on the block, you just need to seem like every statement you spit on the microphone could be true. I don’t find people like J. Cole sensitive because he doesn’t rap over hard-hitting Mike Will/Lex Luger/Young Chop beats. Yet I find Kanye West sensitive for crying over MTV’s Hottest Emcee’s list and bringing up how he gave Sway a TV back in the day. :facepalm:

Sad thing is, it took me 10 years to realize that this is what I like most about rappers. I had always thought it was just mainstream radio that bothered me but it turns out I’d just rather not hear Drake talking about “busting a gun out” or “catching a body.”

Which brings me to the topic at hand today..your favorite rapper is sensitive. Super sensitive. A few weeks ago, Lil’ Wayne, upset that while sitting court side at Miami Heat games the players don’t acknowledge him, decided to go postal and dismiss Lebron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. He saved his harshest words for Bosh, claiming he slept with Chris’ wife…before they were married.

Now Lil Wayne being sensitive is no surprise. Who cares if you slept with her, you’re a superstar. For someone who claims to be a G, that was definitely not a gangster move.

The bad thing about liking my rappers tough, is that they realize that most people do. And because of this, they feel a need to over-exaggerate their personality. Remember Bow Wow’s “I might be from Atlanta, I might be from Ohio” stage? Chris Brown working hard each and every day to make me like him even less?  Rappers want attention and fame so they act tough, simple as that.

Once you realize this, you’ll be much better off as a rap fan 🙂

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The 70 Best Hip-Hop Tracks of 2012….According to me (70-35)

A common phrase on the internet is “Nas Lost.”  The phrase is usually seen in the comments section of any article about Nas that indicates bad luck for him, and sometimes the news doesn’t even involve him.

Well I think Nas won.

In 2006, Nas’ album Hip-Hop is Dead was released to critical acclaim as well as criticism. The title was thought to be a shot at Southern Hip-Hop and many rappers such as Ludacris, Lil’ Wayne & Young Jeezy spoke out against Nas. Six years later, I think we can say Nas won as I could argue that that album was a landmark in hip-hop music. I’m crediting the release of that album as the moment that hip-hop music began an uphill climb from the fiery pit of snap-rap.

At this point, we should be proud of this past year’s crop of hip-hop songs. The year started off with a excitement and ended with new hope for a better 2013. I’d like to present the 70 best hip-hop songs of the past year according to me.

I ranked these songs according to how much I enjoyed the songs, not lyricism or the quality of the artist. If I thoroughly enjoy a song so much that I expect to be listening to it two years from now, it made this list.

Here we go.

70. Kirko Bangz – “Walk on Green

Labeled a Drake clone by some, this feel-good single for the summer shows Kirko just might be closer to killing all of those comparisons to his Canadian contemporary.

Best line: “Throw about twenty grand in the air / Told her walk up on that green”

69. Action Bronson – “Hookers at the Point

There might not be a better rapper in the game at the moment who could craft together the world of a hooker so effortlessly. A take on the HBO documentary of the same name, the second verse features Bronson doing his best Ghostface Killah impersonation as he raps as the vicious pimp Silk aka Montel.

Best Line: “The name Silk but all my bitches call me Montel / spit the marvel with the soft top not the hard shell.”

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Lost Rapper of the Month (December 2011): Gucci Mane

It pains me to do this.

I mean it really causes me extreme discomfort to do this to a man who admittedly, is one of my favorite rappers that I’ve had the pleasure of being a fan of.

But it’s time to induct the man who had a good run as my favorite rapper from 2008-2010, Radric “Gucci Mane” Davis.

Remember this Gucci?

This was 2007-2008 Gucci Mane. Underground sensation. Creative legend in Atlanta. As Radric gained more and more success, the hits kept coming. If you were a fan of Gucci, you appreciated his work ethic. You appreciated that he never sold you any garbage;everything Gucci was saying was possibly true. From chickens cooking in the kitchen to an asphalt-colored Aston Martin being washed by a crew of crack junkies, everything coming from his mouth was believable. Secretly though, fans were worried that success might turn Gucci Mane into a lesser artist.

These fears were realized when this new “Gucci Mane” emerged in 2010:

A perfect example of what I’d like to call, “The Gucci Mane Theory.”

The Gucci Mane Theory: An artist who is loved before reaching mainstream success but hated once they reach the mainstream, even though the music quality has gotten better or hasn’t changed

Gucci wasn’t the first, but one of many artists to have this same issue. Gucci’s problem? The penal system of the United States. Gucci Mane left prison for the 47th time in January of this year and walked out into a new chapter of the book entitled Radric Davis’ career. A new chapter where he had lost most of his popularity. Where he was no longer regarded as the future of trap music, but as another troubled waste of a rapper in the eyes of “purist” fans.

Thus the ice cream tattoo…

Thus the quality of his music dramatically declining; There was a time when although he had his critics, there was a significant portion of rap music who viewed him as incredibly creative and consistent…

And now, we have a collaborative album with V-Nasty. And no I’m not lying.

I’m sure Gucci probably wants a check, Warner Brothers want a Gucci record and V-Nasty wants some fame but did this need to happen? And the worst part about it is I’m going to have to at least listen to it. Mostly because of the magic of Zaytoven beats & Gucci Mane, I’ll give it a listen. Will I like it? Probably not. But if Gucci doesn’t care enough about his career enough to stay out of a correctional facility and make better music, I doubt it if he REALLY cares if he sells more than 50,000 copies.

At this point in his career, the former So Icey boss is more concerned with a check than achieving real relevance in the rap game. This lack of passion has led me to induct Radric “Gucci Mane” Davis as the Lost rapper of the month for December.

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Future – Tony Montana – My New Favorite Video

It’s not the greatest rap video I’ve ever seen.

 

It’s not the most lyrical video of all-time.

 

But I can say this, in the past six months, no rap music video has made me feel more like a Continue reading

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Random Thoughts on Hip-Hop and Sports

Here are 20 of the most random, current thoughts I’ve had on Hip-Hop music and sports within the last month:

1. The game needs T.I. Never thought I would say that but it does.

2. Big Sean is growing into his own as an artist.

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