This is my first try at this blogging thing, so we'll see how it goes.
Here we go...
We could all use some more cowbell in our lives... How great would it be if this were actually true? Christopher Walken would scare the hell out of any world leader...
Is this the last sign that Jay-Z has officially lost all hood status? I think so...Speaking of music and such..
How about that new Lupe album? It's definitely one of the top hip hop albums I've heard this year. It's up there with The Roots' Game Theory, Outkast's Idlewild (I loved it. Don't care what anyone says), Aloe Blacc's Shine Through (if you haven't heard this, you're doing yourself a disservice), Murs and 9th Wonder's
Despite Lupe's album being leaked (How Do You Review A Leaked Album?), and that some feel that some of the leaked songs should have been included, he has come up with an extremely refreshing take on music. Lyrically there aren't too many rappers that can see Lupe right now and yet, it still appears that he should be commercially viable ("Kick, Push"). Lupe didn't load up his album with guest stars or super star producers which says a lot about the confidence that Jay-Z (Co-Producer who makes an alright guest appearance) has in him. Apparently Jay told Lupe to not worry about radio play, but to just make music he wanted to make, and that's what he did. Although he does have The Neptunes ("I Gotcha") and Kanye ("The Cool") produce a track each, his in house producers do an excellent job. We've all seen "deep" rappers come out whose beats can't hang with them (Canibus, Ras Kass, etc.), but this is not the case with Lupe.
The best track on the album, "American Terrorist", shows that Lupe is pretty conscious of what's wrong with the world today, and really showcases his lyricism:
don't give the black man food, give red man liquor
red man fool, black man nigga
give yellow man tool, make him railroad builda
also give him pan, make him pull gold from river give black man crack, glocks to teens, give red man craps, slot machines
Pretty deep... Anyway... Go out and cop that album. Its about time we start supporting people that really care about their music.
On another note... Was there anyone else that was sick of T.O. saying he didn't commit suicide? I swear, I saw that press conference like 20 times. I mean... there is obviously a lot wrong with the dude, but he appears to love himself a little too much to go taking pills. This is the same dude that did pushups in his parking lot for the world to see... just doesn't quite add up. He really does know how to cause a scene though.
And the Poor Choice of the Day goes to Terrence Kiel of the San Diego Chargers: Sippin on Some Syzurp... Hope this doesn't effect my fantasy football team...
(picture from: http://www.deadspin.com/)
Honorable Mention: Dustin "Screech" Diamond... just awkward.
What I'm Listening To:
Lupe - Food and liquor
Talib Kweli - The Beautiful Mixtape Vol.2
Vast Aire - Look Mom... No Hands
Nicolay - Here
SkyZoo & 9th Wonder - Cloud 9: The 3 Day High
J-Dilla - The Shining
Aloe Blacc - Shine Through