I don’t personally stand by Chief Keef or his movement, GBE, but I give the people what they want. ChiSide doesn’t discriminate. The controversial Chicago emcee drops the video for his latest banger, “Love Sosa”. Not even going to lie, this track more listenable than a lot of Keef’s previous stuff.
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Apparently Lupe Fiasco is teaming up with DJ Sky Gellatly as music’s newest DJ collective, known as SNDCLSH. Today they, along with DJ Kue, bring you the “Letting Go Remix”. For those of you unaware, “Letting Go” was track one off of Lupe’s latest album Lasers. Give this one a shot!
Click here to download “Letting Go Remix”.
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.
I’m sure most of you hip-hop fans are familiar with Jay-Z’s latest book release, Decoded, which chronicled the basis and the meanings of lyrics from one of hip-hop’s most bright and powerful artists. RapGenius.com brings what Jay-Z brought to the table with decoded, but with almost any artist you’d like. Want to know what the hell Lupe Fiasco is rapping about in “Dumb it Down”? RapGenius has all the answers.
How does it work, you ask? Well, as the site itself points out, RapGenius is “A hip-hop Wikipedia“. Users can create accounts and get points (called RapIQ) every time one contributes an explanation to a song. If you can accumulate enough points, you may one day be able to edit anything on the site, a la Wikipedia. Additionally, if you can’t find a song you are looking for, you have the option of adding a song to the website. In no time, your song will likely be explained by the hoards of lyric “geniuses” on RapGenius.
Go ahead, try it out. I guarantee you’ll spend hours reading and finally figuring out what your favorite artist has been spitting about all this time.
“I don’t wanna care right know,” I really don’t, but Lupe Fiasco’s “Record Release Party” at the House of Blues in Chicago last night was absolutely awful. To show you just how bad it was, I’ll give you the run down.
All times are approximations
7:57 PM– Arrive at the House of Blues to find a line still outside waiting to get in, even though doors opened at 7:30. Good sign, the show is sold out. Lupe gets more hyped with a bigger crowd, and at capacity, the House of Blues is a pretty big crowd. I start drooling. Wasalu hasn’t had a show in Chicago for about a year, and I haven’t seen him for almost three. I take off my jacket to reveal my ’06 black St. Alfred “Listen to Lupe” shirt; which I chose to wear after anticipating large pit stains (which is normal for me) and hoping Lupe would spot me in the crowd and thank me for being such a dedicated fan.
8:30 PM– DJ Broadway Streetz and his hype man are doing an awesome job. Throwing on tracks such as Common’s “The Food” and Jay Z’s “Girls, Girls, Girls,” the crowd is mouthing the lyrics, bobbing their heads up and down to the beat, and waving their hands in the air like they just don’t care. This show is going to be legendary. I feel it.
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:
“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.
Below is Lupe’s “Coulda Been” – a throwback (and a personal favorite of mine) for y’all to vibe with.