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Come and have a good time with G.O.O.D. Music: “Cruel Summer” Review

After releases from two of the other major camps in Hip-Hop music, Kanye West presents his crew’s offering to the world with: “G.O.O.D. Music: Cruel Summer.”

Weird album covers aside, the 12-track LP actually features some great production, clever lyrics and classy features as well. Opening with Kanye West and a re-energized R. Kelly singing “To the World.” Listening to the first song, you get the impression that Kanye feels as he and his crew are on top of the world and everyone else can only look in admiration. Never short of big boasts, Kanye proclaims himself “the god emcee” while R.Kelly proclaims “The whole world is a couch/B*tch I’m Rick James and I’m not giving a f*ck tonight.” Any Dave Chappelle reference is going to be a hit to me.

Some of the more known songs follow as Big Sean gets a feature with his two idols ‘Ye and Jay-Z. We all know “Mercy” but one of the other standouts is “New God Flow.” The original leak only showcased Pusha T & Kanye. The album cut features the man whom the song samples, Pretty Tony himself Ghostface Killah. Ghost comes through and puts the nail in the coffin with a verse reminiscent of his Supreme Clientele days.

Directly after is “The Morning,” where another legendary Wu-Tang Clan member “The Chef” Raekwon comes through and provides one of the best verses on the entire album.  On a beat that sounds more complex than you would imagine, The Chef spits some of his more hard-hitting rhymes of the past few years. “They yellin’ Chef, kill the plate with the cooks/I said ‘Ye with 2 chainz on, we Common let’s push”…..if you can’t get it, I even spelled the names out in the line.

While “The Morning” is great, it also showcases one of my biggest criticisms of the album: Common has maybe seven bars on the entire album and they’re on this song.  SEVEN BARS ON THE ENTIRE ALBUM. And here’s another shocker: Mos Def has none. How Chief Keef finds his way on the album Mos Def doesn’t is beyond me. Two of the best rappers on the roster need a little more time on the album. Not even a Q-Tip showing! And there was plenty of space for them as the album is only 12 tracks long. On my first listen, I was completely caught off guard when the album ended. If I’m going to continue to buy more albums, I’m going to need a bit more than 12 tracks.

All-in-all, the album is very solid from start to finish. Ma$e shows up with a surprising stand-out verse on “Higher” and John Legend and Teyana Taylor actually sound really good together on “Bliss.” The only artist on the roster to receive a solo track, Kid Cudi gives you another offering of basic Kid Cudi. While I’m a fan of his work and this short hymn was enough to get me excited for future releases, “Creepers” seemed more like an interlude than actual track. I felt as if on a 12-song album with no Mos Def and not enough Common, a 2 minute Kid Cudi hymn could have been left for a mixtape.

The album won’t break any new ground but it’s a nice beginning offering from the G.O.O.D. camp. I don’t think it necessarily places them above or below any other rap crew but it’s a good sign of things to come. As arrogant as Kanye West seems to be, there is no denying that the guy is a genius when it comes to music. Cruel Summer doesn’t disappoint.

4/5

Three Standouts:

Mercy
New God Flow
Bliss

 

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W.I.L.T. – What I’m Listening To 8/11/11

It’s been a big week for music. This Tuesday saw retail releases from hip-hop heavyweights Jay-Z and Kanye West, Atlanta trappers Gucci Mane & Waka Flocka Flame and another release from DJ Khaled’s protegee Ace Hood. Today, I’d like to share some of the songs that have kept my Ipod burning over the past week in a series I’d like to call, WILT. What I’m Listening to. Continue reading

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Derrick Rose adidas; New Gucci Mane mixtape; Watch the throne

Over the weekend, I finally saw this Derrick Rose-Adidas commercial that I’ve heard so much about.
“Remember this number….9.8
That’s not the time on the shot clock…
Or the seconds left in the game…
It’s not the number of times I will light you up…
Nah, 9.8 isn’t any of that. It’s ounces. And that makes this (adiZero Crazy Light shoe) the lightest ever.” Continue reading

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Big Sean: “Finally Famous” finally worth it?

"Finally Famous: The Album"

After a slew of mixtape releases and guest appearances, 23-year-old G.O.O.D. Music rapper Big Sean is “Finally Famous.” Finally releasing his debut album, “Finally Famous: The Album,” the charismatic Sean Anderson tries to woo fans and critics alike all in one take. But does this release hold a candle to the mixtapes?

In my mind, it does all of this and more as Sean proves he’s no Drag-On from Ruff Ryders in G.O.O.D. music. He’s more in the mold of a Cam’ron from his Roc-A-Fella days in that he has his own style and lane that most people can appreciate.

If you’re listening, you already know the type of artist Big Sean is. He relies on heavy, almost futuristic sounding beats to complement his unique flow and humorous rhymes. Continue reading

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Thoughts from last night’s Hot 93.7 Jam concert

Last night I attended 93.7’s 10th annual Hot Jam concert in Hartford, Connecticut inside of the XL center. Advertised for the show was YC, the New Boyz, J. Cole, Dj Khaled and friends, Big Sean, Jeremih Lupe Fiasco, Fabolous & Lloyd Banks. Although not a huge fan of any of these artists, was I excited? Claro! I’m always up for hearing new music. Underneath the many Connecticut basketball & Hartford Whalers hockey banners, the musicians performed to an eager crowd of what looked like 3 or 4,000. Here are some of my observations:

*NOTE* – I arrived late and missed J. Cole performance.

— The show opens with Jeremih singing a melody of songs that no one over the age of 12 can sing.

— Okay, so he plays the piano. I can honestly say I had no idea so that’s a +1 for Jeremih in my book.

— Jeremih is done, lets see who’s next……the New Boyz? What dance song did they make again?

— I swear I get the New Boyz and Cali Swag District mixed up. Honestly, if Travis Porter didn’t have a multitude of songs I find catchy, I’d confuse them also.

— Although I didn’t know any of their songs and they had to resort to performing the songs of other artists, I did slightly enjoy some of their newer stuff. Seemed like it was catchy and Big Sean made an appearance during one song. And they did say “R.I.P. M-Bone(member of Cali Swag District killed on May 15th) so that was a positive.

— Next up is DJ Khaled and the crowd is obviously excited more for the “and friends” billing he received.

— And his “and friends” portion was exactly who people expected: Ace Hood. I was excited because I like Ace’s new material.
Funny Moment: When Ace Hood made his entrance, he came out wearing clothes that a certain purp-sipping, dreaded, multi-platinum rapper wears and completely fooled the crowd.

— DJ Khaled should never be booked alone as a performer without at least 2 of the rappers in his group songs. Never.

— Lupe Fiasco came out next in what was a surprise considering YC or J.Cole (less popular rappers) had not yet appeared. He opened up with “Kick Push” and sadly, I was maybe 1 of 25 people who knew the song.

— I had to make a mental note to find the song “Out of My Head” with Trey Songz. Super-catchy and Trey Songz is a plus.

— He finished with “The Show Goes On.” Fitting. Although not a fan of the song personally, the crowd seemed to really enjoy it. I find Lupe’s success to be refreshing and interesting considering he’s not your typical mainstream rapper.

— Okay maybe J. Cole and YC will not be performing because it’s 10 p.m. and Fabolous is up next. F-A-B-O comes out and performs some of his hits from his underrated “Loso’s Way” album.

— Good thing I listened to “The Soul Tape.” When Fab mentions the tape, I think a ton of the crowd think he’s referring to some kind of blunt. Then again the average age of the crowd is probably 18.5. They go NUTS when he introduces his special guest Trey Songz to perform Trey’s hit, “Say Aaah.”

— Trey received the loudest reaction of the entire night. BY FAR. It is great to see him reach new heights as a musician and bona fide star. Shout-out to @sungz_on_point for putting me on Trey in 2007 before he truly exploded.

— Fab has easily had the best performance of the night. Even inspired to pull out my “Loso’s Way” CD out and play it on the ride home. Probably will have to re-listen to the “Soul Tape.”

— Lloyd Banks comes out and closes the show. Other than some of his new hits, Banks even plays some of his notable mixtape songs that only us older fans of hip-hop know.

— Banks brings out Juelz Santana for a decent ovation as they perform “Beamer, Benz or Bentley.” The night ends like this as the crowd seems geniunely upset that the show is ending. Either that or 3,000 fans really wanted to see a YC performance.

Overall I found it to be a pretty good show. I am still wondering why we never saw one of the billed performers or why Wiz Khalifa couldn’t show up so that he and Big Sean could perform “GangBang.” Time constraints probably were the issue here.
“Hot Jam 10” receives an 8/10 from me. A good time and although it doesn’t compare to Hot 97’s famous “Summer Jam,” it was a good time for hip-hop fans in the New England area. After such a tragedy in Springfield, Massachusetts only one day prior to the show, it was nice of the artists to attend and be a part of a successful show.

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