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Video: Drake “Take Care” f/ Rihanna x “HYFR” f/ Lil Wayne

 

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Video: Drake “The Motto” f/ Lil Wayne & Tyga

I don’t know if these guys had a contest to see who could dress up the worst, but here’s the video for Drake’s “The Motto”.

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Video: Game “Martians vs. Goblins” f/ Tyler, The Creator & Lil Wayne

No Weezy in this one. This is something I would expect out of anything that has Tyler, The Creator, aka Wolf Haley in it. Directed by Matt Alonzo, the same guy who did this very similar video.

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Download: Drake “The Motto” f/ Lil Wayne

More and more of Drake’s album Take Care has been leaking out, this time featuring Weezy F. Baby for a song called “The Motto”. This one is a more uptempo and fast paced track. Not the best I’ve heard of the leaks, though.

Click here to download “The Motto”.

 

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What if the rap game were the NBA?

Recently I was thinking about how NBA players and the rap game go hand-in-hand. Lots of players are friends with rappers and some players even try their darn hardest to earn respect in the rap game. This got me wondering which NBA players are comparable to current rappers in today’s modern era. Here are my thoughts on who is who:

Jay-Z is Kobe Bryant

This has to be the easiest analogy one could make about the rap game/NBA. Both are living legends who are still active in their respective industries. Jay-Z and Kobe are both “winners”, as Jay has 11 “rings” (platinum albums) while Kobe has five NBA Championship rings. Oh, both are married to bangin’ chicks as well.

Kanye West is Lebron James

This one might come under fire by hip-hop and Ye fans, but the similarities are striking. It’s no lie when you say that both are disliked people by the general public. Kanye had his moment(s), Lebron has had his. However, both have proven their worth in their industries and are extremely important to both of their games. Both men have single-handedly altered each of their games in someway both for the positive and negative. It’s also important to think of both as “all-around players”. Lebron can do just about everything on both ends of the court, while Kanye can produce, rap, write, and (try to) sing.
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New music for this week

This was one of the best week’s in music releases in recent memory. Here’s my list of all the top songs that came out this week:

1. Lost Ones – J. Cole

One of the most real and powerful songs to come out this year. Cole gives you an experience you’ll never forget.

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2. Mama’s Boyfriend- Kanye West

A leak that was never supposed to drop. Kanye has said that the beat to this song was manufactured by the parties that got ahold of the vocals. Interesting.

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3. Work Out – J. Cole

J. Cole’s single off of his upcoming album.

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4. The Birds (Pt. 1) – The Weeknd

Second leak from upcoming mixtape Thursday.

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5. Dear Anne (Stan Pt. 2) – Lil Wayne

Beat reportedly turned down by Eminem as Stan Part 2, so Swizz Beatz gave it to Wayne for Tha Carter IV.

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FIFA 12 Teaser featuring Drake & Lil Wayne

EA Sports’ FIFA is a series I hold dearly to my heart. The above trailer features a plethora of stars, including rappers Drake and Lil Wayne, as well as athletes such as Cincinnati Bengals’ receiver Chad Johnson and soccer stars Wayne Rooney and Kaká. This is one of the more interesting video game teasers as it stresses how FIFA is more than just a game and how it actually can improve and teach ability on the soccer field. Look forward to a late September release for FIFA 12.

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Lupe Fiasco’s “Lasers”

Lupe Fiasco, the man who singlehandedly made my hour-long dates with my iPod on the train rides home from high school so memorable, is the type of talent that only comes around once every couple of decades.  His gift as a “purveyor of talk, seller of words, merchant of speak” – a hustler in the most literal sense of the word – is undeniable.  Lupe is truly one of a kind.  His recent dilemma, however, is not.

Every hip-hop artist worth listening to faces, at some point in their career, the decision that can ultimately define who they are as a musician.  Because of the way the music industry has evolved over the past few decades, there is now an undeniable tradeoff between achieving critical acclaim and staying true to one’s self.  The rappers who have been able to rake in mass fortune while simultaneously retaining their core fan base can be counted on one hand.  Jay-Z did it.  Kanye has done it to some extent.  Although Wayne, like Kanye, has strayed from his original sound, most fans who were with him back in the Dedication days can’t help at least giving his new tracks a listen.

All of that being said, Lupe messed up big time by signing with Atlantic, and he knows it.  He was given free reign with the production of his first album on the new label, The Cool, but after listening to Lasers a few times through, it is evident the Lupe has become little more than a brand name used to maximize Atlantic’s profits.  Lupe didn’t take up rapping as a kid with hopes of getting rich from it.  It started as a simple idea – an innocent motivation to paint a vivid picture of his surroundings.  The main ingredient in Lupe’s recipe for dopeness was an intrinsic passion that can’t be taught.  “And He Gets the Girl,” one of my favorite Lupe tracks, details a high school interaction between a boy and a chick he is crushing on.  “Kick, Push” is literally about a young boy’s love for skateboarding the streets of Chicago.  These tracks are so raw and pure – they almost remind me of a kid telling his buddy a story.

But tracks like “The Show Goes On?”  WTF?  It’s as if Lupe is a mindless robot doing Atlantic’s chores.  Like hey, Lupe, you’re good with this rapping stuff, make us a song about absolutely nothing, but make it catchy – we want this bumping in every suburb from the Valley to Long Island!  Atlantic loosened their metaphorical chokehold on Lu at least somewhat by allowing tracks such as “Words I Never Said” and “All Black Everything” to be on Lasers. These two songs stay consistent with the underlying themes Lupe has been pushing his whole career – anti-government sentiment, pro-peace activism, etc.  The bulk of the album, however, stands as a shocking display of the power a record label has over it’s artists.  How is a rapper supposed to deliver quality tracks when he’s being force-fed the material?  The following quote is from a recent interview by Complex magazine with Lupe Fiasco himself:

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“When I think about everything that I went through on this record, I hate this album… As opposed something like The Cool, which is more of my own blood, sweat, and tears, and my own control. With this record, I’m little bit more neutral as to the love for the record.”

So, is Lasers a huge disappointment to both Lupe and his fans?  Yes.  Does it change the fact the he is one of the greatest lyricists ever to bless our ears with his verses?  No.  If there is one thing I am certain of, it is this: Lu knows he did not pull through for his fans with Lasers, and he wants nothing more than to bounce back and show that the industry hasn’t changed him.  To put it simply, I am not as much disappointed with Lasers as I am straight up excited for what is coming next, because there is nothing more exciting than a dope emcee with something to prove.

-AC

Below is Lupe’s “Coulda Been” – a throwback (and a personal favorite of mine) for y’all to vibe with.

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