Good Evening, check on your left for a dope new sampling of whats playing in my itunes right now. Shout to Kevin Youkilis for rocking Biz Markie as his walkup song.
Dont tell DHarris, but we gotta throwback special for you even though its not tuesday. Anyways, my man @cdaprille showed me this interview last night. Even though its about a year and a half old, you still get Curren$y and Wiz Khalifa before they had any kind of fame just completely mess around with this reporter. Without a doubt one of the funniest interviews, if not videos I’ve ever seen.
In an interview with Complex Magazine a few days ago, Lupe Fiasco sat down and shed some light on the “process” and sacrifices he had to make just to get a release date for LASERS. As one might’ve expected, Lupe claims that he wasn’t a big pusher for “Show Goes On”, even claiming
I didn’t have nothing to do with that record. That was the label’s record. That wasn’t like I knew the producer or knew the writer or anything like that. That was one of those records the record company gave me, [they even gave me] stuff they wanted me to rap about. It wasn’t like, ‘Hey I did this and I went to a mountain and found inspiration and it was this.’ [Last April] I was backstage at a show at the House of Blues in L.A. and the president of [Atlantic Records] came to me and said, ‘Hey check this out, I got this song.’ He played ‘Show Goes On’ for me on the iPod. I was used to it because they presented me like ten other songs in the same fashion or via email. So for me, at that point, it was just another record like, ‘Is this a song you want me to do?’ There was nothing special about it for me at that point. It was like, ‘You know we still want off the label, right?’ That was the conversations we were having.
While I anticipated that Lupe had to give up a little of what he wanted for the album to get Atlantic to put it out (throw a club banger or 2 on the record), I never could have dreamed about it going down like the way Lupe describes. Even though the interview goes on to push the article in the ways of “Lupe hates everything about this album”, Lupe admits that he is happy to be getting the album out, especially after all the hard work his fans put in to get it to happen. Additionally, Lupe got a couple of his tracks in (He called the recently released “All Black Everything” his favorite track ever) and I think more than anything, Lupe doesn’t “hate” the album so much as he is “disappointed” by it. After having read the interview (which I would highly recommended doing), I feel that I know exactly what is coming from this album. Like boys and girls at a middle school dance, this album will be as seperated as oil and water: half the tracks being senseless club bangers, and the other half being overly-political tracks like “words I never said” to compensate for the pop songs.
As disappointed as Lupe is, I think his fans will be more so. With The Cool (Which i firmly believe to be one of the best albums of the decade), Lupe achieved what has become rarer and rarer by the year; a record which appealed both to the common listener and to the hip-hop heads so listened to every syllable. Unfortunately with fame comes pressure, from the radio stations, from the record labels and from the agents. Just as Wiz and B.o.B couldn’t get popular via their stoner personas, Lupe had to give up his incredible intellectual rhyming abilities to put food on the table. What puts him above the many before him who have done this? The fact that it seems that hes not doing it to put another beamer in his garage, but because he wants to give his fans more of his music, any way that he can.
Here is the link to the complex interview-Interview: Lupe Fiasco Hates His Own Album
And here is a throwback track I heard from The Cool while I was driving today. Listen to the words and try and imagine this song ever getting put through as a single…
Album cover for Rolling Papers dropped today, looks like the movie poster for some B-grade horror film. Awesome nontheless. Album drops 3/29
Oh you thought there was gonna be new cool kids and I was just gonna let it fall through the cracks? Anyways, today Mr Inglish and Mr Rocks dropped the first single from their Oft-Delayed (is 2 and a half years oft-delayed, or worse?) album, now set to drop next month, When Fish Ride Bicycles. This track comes almost a year and a half after they premiered the song live, but you know what I always say “Late CD-Qual is better than no CD-Qual”. Anyways, head over to greenlabelsound.com to download the track for free, or just stream it below. Enjoy.
Mac Miller jusssst released another track from his upcoming mixtape Best Day Ever. The track is “She Said” and the tape drops 3-11-11. Stream and download below
I’ve really been trying not to be offended that 3 separate people sent this to me on the day it came out, but after seeing it blow up my mini-feed the the school paper, I’ll just blame it on the popularity. Anyways, 3 dudes from Psi U here at Mich made this parody, and anyone who went to camp or has ever lived anywhere near Westchester or Long Island will appreciate this, Michigan or not.
Reminiscent of Adam Sandler coming to us live courtesy of Billy Idol in a class “original 5″ Sandler Flick, B.o.B decided to go HAM on a Delta Airlines flight headed to Los Angeles while one of his boys played the instrumentals from his iphone. Probably not something you’ll see every day.
The time is now, Gilbere Forte’s mixtape “Eyes of Veritas” drops today. Gilbere has easily been one of my favorite artists that Ive been able to discover through this blog. Download below.
EYES of VERITAS Tracklist
1. The Eyes – [prod. by Raak & Forte']
2. Veritas – [prod. by Raak & Forte']
3. The Exports feat. Emilio Rojas, Reek Da Villain, Murda Mook, Joell Ortiz – [co-prod. by Don Cannon with Raak & Forte']
4. Born In ’87 – [prod. By Don Cannon]
5. Train Lights – [prod. by Bink!]
6. Tonight feat. Sean Rose & Selina Carrera – (prod. by Raak & Forte’)
7. Karma feat. Droop-E & Raak – [prod. by Raak & Forte']
8. Lights On feat. I-20 – [prod. by Bengie]
9. Die For You – [prod. by Lex Luger]
10. Unbreakable feat. Selina Carrera – [co-prod. by Ben Pramuk with Raak & Forte']
11. What They Talkin’ Bout feat. Peedi. & Raak – [prod. by Raak & Forte']
12. We Do This feat. Don Trip – [prod. by Bengie]
13. Time Life feat. Reese – [prod. by Boi-1da]
14. Ballot Or The Bullet feat. G*Lee – [prod. Raak & Forte']
15. Three Words feat. Selina Carrera – [co-prod. by Joshua Long with Raak & Forte']
Download: Gilbere Forte – Eyes of Veritas
Whatup ladies and gentleman. Take a look to your left and open up your ears for this week’s playlist of the week. You may notice the first suck, “Barbra Streisand”, is a touch different than some of the normal music that comes through this site. What it does offer, aside from an insanely catchy beat and chorus, is an awesome video (featuring some Hip Hop heavyweights such as Kanye West, Pharell, The Roots and DJ Premier). Peep the video here and make sure to check out the playlist.