this is Soulja Boy’s new video, for his song “Turn My Swag On”. I am posting it up here without even watching it, because I know it’s going to be god-awful. Here are my reasons:
1. Soulja Boy < Moist Bread
2. Working with Pop and Hip Hop Rappers/Writers/Producers every day, the amount of times I hear the word “Swag” in any given week is rivaled only by the amount of times I hear the word “Nigga.” So many times that both have lost all meaning.
3. I hate you
Gangster-Rap Freestyle Battle, Translated
if you are so inclined, watch the original after the jump
Here we go with part 2, numbers 5-1 of the best early 90s Hip Hop songs:
5. NAS – REPRESENT
NAS was huge as soon as Illmatic came out. Fresh out Queensbridge (also home to Mobb Deep), NAS would help transform hip-hop into Gangsta rap. If you were to map out the lineage of this music he’d be in the center, the bridge from Big Daddy Kane and Rakim to 50 cent and Jay-Z (although Jay-Z would disagree). Most people would have put “life’s a bitch” as the selected single, but I’ve always felt this track has something more.
In honor of greatness that was THE WACKNESS, I’m going to do a quick list of the top 10 early 90s must know hip hop tracks. Some of these songs are in the soundtrack, others are too great to not acknoledge. enjoy. WRITER NOTE: there’s definitely an east coast bias in my selections, I bet you west coasters would have a very different top ten. My choices were also influenced by artist’ overall work so don’t expect a 1 hit wonder. All song are PRE-1995. ENJOY:
HONORABLE MENTION: AMHAD – BACK IN THE DAY
This track didn’t make the final cut because AMHAD fell to the wayside but its a great song. I don’t remember the video but here it is:
This is the first video off of Dizzee Rascal‘s newest album Maths and English. It’s a pretty cool idea. Dizzee is a hip hop, grimey, garage type rapper from the UK and this is his third album. Turtledog says: listen to Dizzee Rascal (but not when you are hungover or you will want to kill yourself).
Uh Oh. We are about three weeks from the release of Tha Carter III and a week or two ago I wondered if there was going to be another single before it dropped in addition to “Lollipop.” Well the good news is that there is a second single, but the bad news is that it really is not very good. The song is called “A Millie” and without really splitting hairs here, it’s just pretty weak. It doesn’t sound like a song at all. It sounds just like a mixtape freestyle. Now I am a HUGE proponent of Wayne’s freestyles because they are usually pretty tight. But this song sounds like Wayne just mails it in. It does not even have the positives that “Lollipop” had, which was a dope beat and a catchy hook. “A Millie” plays the same repetitive beat over and over again, with no production value or creativity. Plus, the song is actually one of Wayne’s weaker offerings, even as a freestyle. With the exception of a couple cool lines, for the most part this song is forgettable and unextraordinary. The best part of the song is the second verse which is provided by Cory Gunz (not on all versions). Not good Weezy…I’m actually starting to get pretty nervous that the album is not going to be very good. I hope this isn’t prophetic about things to come and I am really surprised that this was even chosen to be a single. The lead single off of Tha Carter II was “Fireman” and that song is STILL HOT. Maybe I am being too critical so you can click here to listen to the track. This week I will bring you back to a better time where Lil Wayne made sense. This song is called “Gossip” and it is off of Tha Leak that came out around December. Click here for the song.
Drag my name through the mud, I come out clean/cast away stones, I won’t even blink/A gun is not a math problem, I won’t even think/just leave you dead like the mink, under my sink/don’t believe in me, don’t believe me/I graduated from hungry and made it to greedy/my flow is like pasta, take it and eat it/but I’ma need cheese if I’m bakin a ziti/you niggas want beef, I want a steak and a weed beat/lost in Amsterdam or Jamaica where weed be/hard body nigga, just takin it easy/all about my paper, bout my paper like Eazy/why do rappers, why do rappers lie to fans/why do rappers, lots of rappers, lie like actors/cut the motherfuckin cameras/cut they checks and tell them fuck they props/and when you see them, tell them I am Hip Hop – And I’m not dead I’m alive
So by now Wayne’s new single “Lollipop” is gaining lots of popularity and the controversy seems to be dying down, although as I mentioned the lyrics are still pretty wack. But I was in Vegas on Saturday night and as soon as the DJ played the track people were going crazy and the speakers were booming. So if Weezy was going for a club banger, I think he got it. It is a damn catchy song and if you hear it once it is definitely going to be stuck in your head for awhile. Check the video if you want, it is pretty tight.
One more thing before I drop the hotness this week. A lot of Wayne’s absolute most sickest verses have been dropped on mixtapes. And a lot of these mixtapes are put together by just random DJs, some are sick as hell, and some are wack. But if you like hip hop you know that the mixtape is one of the age old staples of getting your voice heard in the streets by the fans. There is this great site that allows you to stream thousands of super tight mixtapes, and if you join the site you can download any of them that you want. Plus there are a bunch that you can check out for free. The site is called www.datpiff.com and is pretty legit. I just listened to Lil Wayne’s mixtape called “Da Drought is Over 5 (the closing)” and the quality is pretty good for a streaming site.
Today’s selection for Weezy’s lyric of the week is from the song “This is Tha Carter” off Wayne’s first solo album that hit major numbers Tha Carter. As always, get that shit, roll that shit, bump this shit.
Who am I/young wizzle, fo shizzle/flow sicker than a third floor in hospitals/my charm starburst, my watch is skittles/I’m hot, sizzle, what up hot bizzle/holla at a playa, I’m sorta like BD/ya’ll can’t stop the dribble, or block the lay ups/soft top the coupe, mami pop her’s too/don’t chase the feeling baby girl, let it come to you/remove the ceiling on the girl, now she’s comfortable/I’ma world class G, mami fuck wit dude/I got Lazy-Boy bank, dat’s comfort loot/I’ma offensive coordinator, run the shoe/you watch your grill is what you ought to do/before your ribs get barbecued/and my ribs is showing, I say I’m starving dude/this, this, this, this, this is tha Carter dude
Weezy F. Baby and please say the baby.
Lil Wayne from the hot block, you know that boy, here’s some more fire for you all to enjoy.
Weezy’s mentor Brian “Baby” Williams aka the Birdman introduced Wayne to the rap game. In 2006 the two of the them released the album “Like Father Like Son” to decent acclaim selling about 760,000 copies. The song Cali Dro features a really good verse by Weezy, to really appreciate it, I suggest that you get that shit, find some green, roll that shit, smoke that shit and enjoy the genius which is Wayne’s verbage…YA HEARD!
I get my kush from California/I get my dro from Arizona/I can get it cross the border/I gotta rider named Winona/and I calmer than a Soma/Inside of the Phantom, and it’s lookin like a sauna/and I still stay high, and I still got my diploma/and I keep the Maggie, on me like Homer/and I’m too sick, man, I’m spittin out a coma/and I’m still lettin the money Pyle like Gomer/and I smoke that kill, y’all blowin on begonias/and I keep a fill of that grass like a farmer/and I keep that armor, try me and I’ll spin you round/I’ll be with the stars and I ain’t talking tinsel town/that’s right the present town, bitches tear the fences down/like Prince is in town/boy I shits a pound, of that Purple Rain on the Marvin’s day/you wit me know?/too high you can’t set me down
This week’s selection is one of my personal favorites from the Lil Wayne catalog. If you still haven’t got up on Weezy F. Baby then what the hell is wrong with you. Communist. This verse is from last year’s platinum selling album Tha Carter II, and the song is called “Fireman.” Download this shit and bump it, preferably at high volumes while sippin syrup.
Ain’t nobody fuckin with me man, heatman/ski mask, spending next week’s cash, he fast/and I don’t even need a G pass, I’m past that/I’m passin em out now, you can’t have that/here’s my chain, toucan sam that/tropical colors, you can’t match that/gotta be abstract/you catch my gal’s legs open, betta smash that/don’t be surprised if she ask where the cash at/I see she wearin them jeans that show her buttcrack/my girls can’t wear that, why, that’s where my stash at/I put my mack down, that’s where you lack at/she need her candle lit, and I’ma wax that/I rekindle the flame/she remember the name/It’s Weezy baby, January December the same/Mama gimme that brain/Mama give me that good/Cause I’m the fireman/hear the firetruck
Weezy F. Baby and please say the baby….
Lil’ Wayne is hot to death, every track he is on sells better and his solo songs just kill it. So in order to spread the gospel of Weezy with those who aren’t up on him yet, I have decided to take it upon myself and post some of his dope lyrics here. This week’s selection is from the “Walk it Out Freestyle” off of Da Drought 3 Mixtape.
The microphone wet cause my words like seduction/and when we on the jet you don’t come up in discussion/and if you say you ballin’, we probably don’t trust ya/and I know plenty freaky hoes that probably won’t fuck ya/even if you payin, boy, they probably won’t fuck ya/only if I say that she can touch you like busta/but she might touch ya and burn ya like usher/me and my click we in red like blusha/I shit these rappers out and sometimes I forget to flush ya/grand daddy purp or bubble kush crush ya/explode in a bitch mouth like a gusher/cash money, young money check the production/I am just a martian get prepared for abduction