Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Monday, December 13, 2010
Saturday, December 11, 2010
Thursday, December 2, 2010
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
I was talking with Niema (twentysometing renaissance) the other day about that tired expression (that I've been guilty of saying too) where artists (especially rappers but artists of all forms) say: "The Bay don't support us" really? cause I see websites like 38thnotes dedicated to supporting artists, and hella people like myself that will by a box of cd's and sell it to where ever they happen to be cause they want to spread the message and see their talented Bay Artist get up. Sure we have haters and people not so willing to support others, but that's everywhere.
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Friday, November 26, 2010
I have a love and hate relationship with this girls music. I have been listening to her since Coco Peila played me her music introducing her as “my wifey rite here”. I love her song autobiography, and I listen to her songs and let them get stuck in my head but I'm not sure if I'd say I'm a fan. It hurt my soul a lil but when the middle school girls in my music workshop new more of her lyrics then a Lauryn Hill song, but also made sense and made me feel old. So the ALBUM: Despite the title on the first track “I am the best” it’s not the I eat mc’s for breakfast cocky Minaj, (well a little bit but also some vulnerability). “I remember when i couldn’t by my mother a couch…now i bought my mother a house you could never understand why i grind like i do…cuz even when my daddy was on crack i was crack now the whole album crack you ain’t gotta skip a track.” I has the characterish feeling some love and others love to hate that makes her voice sound slightly like a chip munk on her raps, as well as a I am who i am vibe and describing the feeling of viewing from the top and reminiscing when you didn’t have like that. My favorite line of the song “I’m fighting for the girls that never thought they could win cause before they could begin you told em it was the end.” This make me think she going to continue to evolve as an artist and that she has already seen how her lyrics are impacting middle school aged girl, and therefore throw in some uplifting lyrics here and there.
You guessed it ‘Romans revenge’ ain’t my favorite at all (how’d you know?). For one I don’t like the Eminem that talks about beating his girl calling her a slut and lighting her on fire, but that’s what they asked for. But besides the lyrical ludeness some of the punch lines sound like a lazy word game “cunt I’ll kick that hoe, punt, force trauma, blunt” So I wouldn’t bump it but i get it, its a crazy collaboration and it get’s your attention, (but in my opinion) it ain’t quality Hip Hop.
“Did it on em” i like the beat. I can’t help but think of Lil Kim with the line “if I had a dick I would pull it out and piss on em” (((member Just Like me “if i had a penis I’d be heartless foreal tho n***a’s start shit i’d just flash out my dildo.” The only reason i bring that up is because I usually think when people compare it’s to start beef or its just lazy. But maybe both MC’s just happen to be obsessed with pink and different color hair, playing barbie, and they have penis envy. ha! or not…”Right Thru Me” You already know. It’s catchy (too catchy?) it adds to her multi talented repertoire. And again it shows her vulnerability with paired with being a fierce emcee “who eat bitches so why even try” seems to be key. I like that Rihanna and Nikki Minaj collaborated on ‘Fly.’ “i am not a girl that could ever be defined, i am not fly, i am levitation, i represent an entire generation, i hear the criticism loud and clear, that is how is i know the time is near” She came to win on this.”Save me” has been my favorite since it leaked on Youtube. And I agree and its dope that the girl given the crown for best female emcee can make an all r&b song this good.”Moment for Life” is Fresh! Makes me wanna put it on a mix with all the music my friends make about appreciating the Here and Now, each and every moment..Drake brought it too.”Check it Out” featuring Will I.AM: Catchy as two hip hop artists that also get labeled pop would be. “Blazin” loving the spit’n “had the power to be the best be in the league yeah never to bleed but could it be lil me you was heckling me now whispering not it need now irregularly.” Kanye’s verse on there is cool too..’Here I am’ first thought is i love the beat and (paired with her vocals) it sounds like something hella familiar (ill think of it later). But solid record. Before I heard the song i like the concept of “dear old Nikki” and i thought it might disappoint, but i like the first verse, after that it a lil fillerish. “Your Love” has been out for so long and a lil played out but fits in just fine on the album. “Last Chance” is that classic girls just wanna have fun vibe, and kinda classic Nikki that even people that hate on her can’t help but shake their head to and laugh at the punch lines. So it’s only right to follow it with “Super Bass” which has that same vibe and make me want to bump it in my ride immediately. I like the beat but “Blow ya mind” doesn’t blow my mind. ”Muny” is the hip hop i gets money type record that allows her to get compared to any other emcee (despite people think lady spitters aren’t on the same level) And she’s said from the beginning she’s bout the dollar bills so its only right. “Girls fall like Dominoes” punch lines and plays with words and claims she’ll steal Drake n Lil Wayne’s girls. I might wish that Melina Jones, Jean Grae, Rocky Rivera, and hella other emcees that are women are getting as much shine as her, because of the substance in there lyrics. But I like Nikki Minaj’s ability to be completely free with her rimes, the i don’t care what the fuck im talking bout mentality it rimes and i wanna say it works for Lil Wayne and it works for her with random shit like “she might be filipino sipping palegrino.”
Left me wanting more but its might just be cuz i didn't love the last track. This album has me thinking what's next for her, which is a good thing. Regardless if i would love more substance in Hip Hop she's gonna make records and get plays, so I think my part is to organize whats in my control. I know some talented Lady Spittas and I plan to promote them to the fullest. If your a fresh lady spitta and I don't know you holler at a wrenagade...
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Here's video captured by the wonderful Mzima...such a beautiful night!
yes amani i AM MANY did have a peacock feather in his hair
Monday, November 15, 2010
Thursday, November 4, 2010
For all those that have lost someone, at times lost themselves, for believers, for celebrators of dia de los muertos, for the ancestors wishlist, listen to this:
Sunday, October 31, 2010
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Friday, August 13, 2010
Im in the studio with ST right now, witnessing the world play n flow. Hella organic just how the photo shoot went, but a lil feeling into in a way you can't help to feel. ST and his homies knock it out quit. With the "I got this" mentality. With a chuckle in the flows to keep you nodding with a smile. Feel good music that also represents the lifting energy that Oaklanders have to sustain. Look out for the projects coming out from the homie...
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Monday, July 26, 2010
Friday, July 23, 2010
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
DOWLOAD 'THE BAY ABRIDGED'TRACKLISTING:Track Listing1. "Foxy Girls"-Rafael Casal & Daveed Diggs Ft. Chinaka Hodge
2. "Slick Talk"- ST Spitta & GQ
3. "Sweet Shop"- Miss Haze, Denise Wallace, & DJ Shred One
4. "Oakland Clap"- The Swapmeet Ensemble Ft. Mr. Town & I.V.A.N.
5. "Who You Shootin At"- BRWN BFLO Ft. Rebel Diaz & JR Minister of Information
6. "Streets is Hot"- Clif Soulo
7. "Tu Gial Esta Ready"- Los Rakas Ft. Chapp
8. "Night Life"- League 510 Ft. J-Billion & 1-O.A.K.
9. "Dreamin California"- The Freshman
10. "Abrazame (UpRoot Andy Mix"- Los Rakas
11. "Glamorous Life R&Bmix"- Netta Brielle
12. "Classy"- Jay Ant
13. "Here and Now"- Sandman
14. "Right Now"- Do D.A.T.
15. "Regular Shit- Vell4Short Ft. Moe Green
16. "Cashin In"- Nio Tha Gift
17. "Can't Stop Now"- Erk Tha Jerk Ft. P-Child
18. "Spend the Night"- E-40 Ft. Laroo, The DB'Z, Droop-E, & B-Slimm
19. "Rider"- Samm Ft. Erk Tha Jerk
20. "DoYouDoNotSee?"- iLL-Literacy
21. "I Got Soul, I'm So Wasted"- Wallpaper
22. "Vibrator"- Gucci Mane Ft. The Cataracs
23. "I'm On"- League 510
24. "It's A Shame"- Raphael Saadiq
25. "Legs"- Darondo
26. "Lovin What I Got"- 1st Place & DJ Mike Czech
27. "Summer Time"- League 510 Ft. Way-D
28. "I'm Gone"- Nio Tha Gift
Take a listen to the dope and diverse offerings we produce monthly. There are a couple cuts on this June edition that came out last month, but by and large, this is what June in the Bay sounded like in our neck of the woods. To those of you unfamiliar with our steez, check us out with an open mind. Love it or leave it, you will have to respect it. In a region known for our unique everything and independent core, we continue to do us, so perhaps it's time you tuned in and took another listen.