The relationship between M.O.P & DJ Premier has always confused me from a stylistic standpoint. Premo’s soul and jazz sample laden beats traditionally keep a slow tempo and a fairly basic musical arrangement, not exactly an obvious mesh with M.O.P.’s raw, loud, hyper-aggressive, and obscenely violent flows. However, the combination has worked repeatedly in the past, and just paid dividends yet again, as the Premo produced “Play Dirty” is the second release off of Lil Fame (of M.O.P.) and Termanology’s upcoming Fizzyology release.
Kille Mike’s R.A.P. Music is widely considered one of if not the best releases this year. The creativity, care, and effort that went into making the album has carried over to the visuals. Following the grindhouse-style mini-movie that accompanied “Big Beast” and the cerebral, fine art influenced video for “Untitled”, Mike finally drops a video for the most talked about cut from the album, the razor sharp and hyper-political “Reagan”. Showing even more diversity, the video is completely animated, in a very sparse style that suits the track perfectly. Just as Mike delivers his lines in a straightforward, no frills manner to better communicate his point, the video itself is engaging, but focused, realizing that the lyrics in this piece are by far the most important part. When you’ve got a message to get across, cut the bullshit and get right to it.
In this man’s opinion, 2012 has been a great year for Rap, and there’s still 3 months left and plenty of highly anticipated releases left to go. At this point, I figured I’d post the albums that have made the biggest impression on me so far in 2012 and remain possibilities to land in my year end Top 10. If you haven’t checked out any of these albums, I strongly suggest you do so. Following that, will be the 10 albums yet to be released that have the best chance of launching themselves into Album of the Year discussion.
Who: Gregory Skyler Taylor, bka “Skyzoo”
Hails From: Brooklyn, New York
Grinding Since: Roughly 2005
Skyzoo may be the most criminally under recognized MC in the game right now. With a laid back style, buttery smooth flow, and incredibly dense lyrics, he should be at the very least one of the kings of the underground, yet his name still escapes most lists when talking about the elite lyricists in the game. On October 2nd, he dropped his newest album, A Dream Deferred, which looks to be a potential Album of the Year contender. For the people who are familiar with Skyzoo’s career, you already know the heights he’s capable of. For those who are unfamiliar, here are 5 tracks that will get you acquainted with the man they call Sky. Continue reading
My love affair with Hip-Hop started late. As a child I was a good old-fashioned rock & roll kid, raised on The Clash by my father and Green Day by my peers. Sure, I enjoyed the occasional Dr. Dre or Eminem song on the radio, but I never felt compelled to dig any deeper into the genre. I never felt like I was missing out.
It took only two songs to start me down the road to Hip-Hop obsession. The first occurred while on the way to a High-School Basketball game. I hadn’t really noticed the radio for most of the ride, and then “Oh No” by Mos Def, Pharoahe Monch, & Nate Dogg came on. The song instantly grabbed my attention, and not only did I like it, I was intrigued by it. For the first time, I wanted to know more about the artists who made this song, what else sounded like this. My curiosity had been sparked.
A couple weeks later, with my affection for Hip-Hop slowly growing, I was watching the now defunct MTV show “Direct Effect” when they spotlighted a video for a song I had never heard before. That song would be Outkast’s “B.O.B. (Bombs Over Baghdad)”. Five minutes and four seconds later, that spark of curiosity ignited and became a life-long passion. I had been exposed to the creativity and genre-pushing qualities of Hip-Hop, and I was hooked. Since that day, my love for the genre has done nothing but grow, to the point that I have now created this blog.
My goals & plans for We Do It For Hip-Hop are relatively simple. I want this to be a place where fair and reasoned discussions and opinions on Hip-Hop in all its forms are had, from backpackers to trap rappers and everything in between. Not every song or record will be discussed in a positive light, but everything will be judged as objectively as possible on the quality of the music. I make no claims to be THE authority on Rap music or anything ridiculous like that, I’m just a guy that’s passionate about the genre and enjoys discussing it with like-minded people.
With that, I’ll wrap this up. Thank you for your time and I hope you’ll stick around, and always remember to do it for Hip-Hop.
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At midnight last night, fans were able to pre-order Kendrick Lamar’s major label debut on iTunes, and with that came the release of the tracklist, and I have to say that the tracklist is a surprise in a good way.