Saturday, May 18, 2013

Juicy J - Boss Nigga (Music Video)

Shortly after it's release, Juicy J gives his newest track "Boss Nigga" some visuals. The video is what you'd expect, one of the first shots has him downing an entire bottle of Xanax and on stage with two bottles in his hand. While I'm not a fan of his "trippy" brand, I have to admit this is more entertaining than most songs I've heard from him. 

He sounds better with a sped up flow (to make up for some of his lyrics) and the beat is not his usual strip club sound but more of something I'd expect Young Jeezy or T.I. to spit some hard shit over. Juicy J does a pretty good job with the tough talk while still keeping his signature comedy. This line from the song sums up Juicy J's entire style, "my Benz got a whole in the top like a dolphin/I'm on this codeine cuz this weed got me coughin" and others are just as funny like "Pull out them toasters, turn you to a pop tart". His album Stay Trippy is set to be out July 2nd. 

Check out the video below. 

The Cost of America's Gun Fetish

A 5-Year-Old Kentucky boy accidentally shot and killed his 2-year-old sister recently with a .22 Caliber rifle he received for his birthday last year. The rifle is specially made for kids and is called a "Crickett" with the tagline "This is my first rifle". You can add "first accidental murder" to that list too. All jokes aside, the Southern Kentucky community has spoken and boy are they outraged by this horrible story. The county's coroner said quote"It's a little rifle for a kid...The little boy's used to shooting the little gun" which resulted with a little coffin for a little corpse.  He was later caught saying "What is more unusual than a child having a gun, is "that a kid would get shot with it." 

Kentucky Police Trooper Billy Gregory agrees saying, "In this part of the country, it's not uncommon for a 5-year-old to have a gun or for a parent to pass one down to their kid." If that doesn't scare you enough, the county judge also said "there's probably not a household in this county that doesn't have a gun". The family admits it's a tragedy but hold no regrets as they said "it has a child safety" and "he just picked up the gun before he realized it". Of course! He should have realized it. I mean come on, 5-year-olds have been through their share of armed conflicts to know if a gun is loaded or if the safety is on. I'm pretty sure it was covered in the latest issue of Toddlers and Tommy Guns magazine.
But Coroner, Gary White is wrong in his assertion about the "usualness" of kids getting shot. In 2010, "29 people between the ages of 1 and 19 died in gun accidents. Another 749 took their own lives using a firearm, most of which were owned by a parent". On top of that, "almost 120,000 children/teens have died from gun violence since 1979, nearly three times the number of military deaths during the Vietnam war, and over 17 times the number of deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan" so think twice before thinking that terrorism is a bigger threat to our country. The Children's Defense Fund (CDF) also reports gun death rates in America are more than seven times higher than they are in other high income countries. So why are kids in America more likely to die from gun violence than other countries? Is it just because we're a more violent culture or is it more likely because we have the most guns?

The victim's grandmother thinks she has the answer as she let out this religious vomit, "It was God's will. It was her time to go, I guess," she told WLEX. "I just know she's in heaven right now and I know she's in good hands with the Lord." If she died by the hand of God, don't you think his hands are the last place you want her to be? (Maybe Grandma ordered the hit...yea...there's only one person who can shit their diaper in this family!) This delusional thinking is another example of illogical thinking and making almighty God the answer for this preventable death. 

The fact is that before this decade ends we will have enough guns for every citizen (see chart) and more guns—which are likely to fall into the hands of unstable and criminal citizens— equal more deaths. American's currently have the most lax gun laws despite death rates not declining. According to CNN this is the 3rd incident in recent months regarding young children shooting others and with America still holding the highest gun fatality rate in the world so what is there left to prove?

Gun activists and NRA members will continue to use the second amendment as an excuse for these incidents and how it's their constitutional right, but what people fail to understand is the amendment was created only to protect the citizens from a militant government over 200 years ago! The "right" to bear arms doesn't excuse you from responsibility. Congress recently voted down stricter gun laws and mandatory background checks with the fallacy that crime and murder will still exist regardless. Right, but that doesn't make laws pointless or murder legal for that murder. The 5-year-old wasn't at fault in this situation, his parents and the gun were. The NRA also opposes mandatory gun locks in the home, which could have saved this little girl's life. 

On Jon Stewart recently, he notes these hypocrisies on FOX News where the anchors seemed adamant in throwing away every amendment when talking about the fate of the Boston Bomber guessed it, the second. Jon Oliver also brilliantly interviewed the Prime Minister of Australia who implemented stricter gun laws 15 years ago after a massacre, and their fatality rates have decreased significantly with ZERO gun massacres since then. Watch the interview below. 

Gun advocates think having more guns promotes more safety against outside threats and that deaths only occur because of weapon owners more than guns, but it's not a coincidence that the country with the most guns (over 300 million) has the most massacres. There is no evidence that supports owning a gun makes you safer in hostile situations, in fact, "armed civilians attempting to intervene are actually more likely to increase the bloodshed".

The laws easing on gun control make it easier than ever to illegally purchase guns with over 99 laws in favor of carrying guns in public places like schools and churches! (You can never be too safe against God's will) If people think criminals illegally purchasing guns is the problem look at Mother Jones' study which found nearly 80% of killers purchased their weapons legally. Gun reform is favored by 90% of Americans but Republicans in the Senate continually think any reform is violating their second amendment rights.

In the past year alone America saw Newton, Christopher Dorner, the Sikh temple and the shooting in Colorado. Approximately 4,000 Americans were killed by guns in the past four months, including a friend of mine from grade school, surpassing lives lost in 9/11 and there has not been even mild gun legislation. I guarantee these tragic deaths will continue if people continue to sit on the sidelines and watch it happen. I advise people to speak up against the legislators to protect someone you love from being another statistic.

R.I.P. Sam "The sun will set for you."

Friday, May 17, 2013

Statik Selektah - 21 & Over (feat. Sean Price & Mac Miller)

"21 & Over" is the second single from Statik Selektah's upcoming album Extended Play coming out June 18th. Last time he brought together new and old school with Joey Bada$$, Raekwon and Black Thought and he does it once again by bringing Sean Price and Mac Miller together on a song. 

Twitter was both shocked and disappointed by this seemingly random collaboration between Duckdown legend Sean Price and the increasingly annoying Mac Miller. In case fans forgot, Sean Price is a big fan of Mac Miller and last year,when he was a guest editor for HipHopDX, he had a chance to interview the Pittsburgh artist.

Since the song dropped, Price has been blocking swarms of people on Twitter for trashing Mac Miller's corny music and it was pretty funny to see a lyrical veteran defending someone like Mac Miller when there are plenty of new artists who can run laps around him. It wasn't even about race until Sean Price tweeted "wait till y'all hear my song with Macklemore" and "Riff Raff is dope" so I think he knows what people are saying because they're all in the category of "corny white rappers" (Riff Raff is the only one who accepts it). For those who think I don't listen to white rappers, my library has Aesop Rock, Apathy, Asher Roth and Eminem among others and they all have dope material. 

As for the song, the chorus is a sample of Styles P instructing "if you under 21 you shouldn't listen to this". P goes on to body the song (surprised?) and is there any producer in rap right now working harder than Statik Selektah? He uses the horns to smoothly transition to the chorus and menacing bass lines to build the verses which is becoming his signature. Mac Miller's first line is "light the crack pipe so I know it's real" right before calling himself the "young Bill Murray". Why anyone likes this kid? The world may never know. 

Listen to the song below:

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Joell Ortiz - "Open Letter" Freestyle

On Real Late Sessions with Peter Rosenberg Joell Ortiz came through and bodied the "Open Letter" beat Jay-Z rapped over recently. The volume is painfully low thanks to Rosenberg on the turntables but Ortiz saves it with his hard lyrics. 

There are several quoatables like "they ain't fuckin wit ya boy/I give rappers this work who currently unemployed" but my favorite was when he addressed his recent weight loss when he said, "these broads likin me slim better, but I ain't workin out so my clothes fit better/I'm training so when I go in the booth my wind's better". Ortiz is spitting hungrier than ever and his new mixtape "Yaowa" is coming soon with an album after that. Check out his newest video "Roll Deep" and his latest freestyle "5 AM In Brooklyn". 

Demigodz - Raiders Cap (Music Video)

East coast underground rap group Demigodz are back with another video from their new album KILLmatic which is available now. Group members include Apathy, Celph Titled, Ryu and Esoteric who receive good production from Apathy, DJ Premier, and The Snowgoons, and features from Termanology, Scoop De Ville and RA The Rugged Man. The crew has released several music videos including "Dead in the Middle", "Demigodz is Back", and "Worst Nightmare". "Dead in the Middle" (prod. by Apathy) includes a Scooby-Doo sample originally done by MF DOOM, "Demigodz is Back"  (prod. by Apathy) samples "Gonna Fly Now", or the theme from the movie Rocky and "Worst Nightmare"was produced by hip hop legend DJ Premier who sampled Rah Digga and Inspectah Deck. 

Their new video "Raiders Cap" is another one cut produced by Apathy who sampled Black Oak Arkansas's "Hot and Nasty" and is a tribute to west coast culture like N.W.A., who always wore L.A. Raider's caps, and the movie Boyz N' The Hood, where Ice Cube also donned one. The video features the posse in the famous hats dissecting the beat one by one. Check it out below.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Kendrick Lamar - Bitch, Don't Kill My Vibe (Music Video)

Arguably the biggest rap song of 2012, "Bitch, Don't Kill My Vibe" has been through several freestyles, a Lady Gaga version, a remix with Jay-Z and now it gets an official music video which dropped today. The video takes a very unexpected approach with Kendrick at an all-white funeral, Mike Epps as a priest baptizing Kendrick and obvious product placement. Kendrick's videos have never been outstanding except for "Hiii Power" and I think it's because K-Dot's lyrics are already cinematic and paint a picture so when the visuals come along and don't match the story it's distracting. 

The song itself is a celebration of his success and not falling victim to criticism, but the video transforms it into a "death to molly" message which seems insignificant but he makes it clear he is in his own lane of music.  I can't recommend the video but his album is one of the best releases of last year and if you're looking for a more fitting video I suggest "Backseat Freestyle" featuring Sherane twerking "that ass that a ruler couldn't measure". Try not to get whipped and tricked like Kendrick did though.

Update: Not long after this post Kendrick tweeted a link of an extended version of the video with about a minute of extra footage and a cameo by Juicy J backed by an unnamed song from Schoolboy Q's new album Oxymoron. It's pretty ironic how right after the "death to molly" message is put up Juicy J, who is known for his raps about molly and lean, comes out to celebrate. Not sure what that means, but maybe that is why it's not in the original video. 

Joell Ortiz - Roll Deep (Music Video)

Joell Ortiz had a notable guest spot on Funk Flex's latest mixtape, Who You Mad At? Me Or Yourself?, and it made my list of the best tracks from the tape. Superproducer Statik Selektah equipped the instrumental with samples from Big Pun and M.O.P. and booming guitar strums and Ortiz's flow fits flawlessly. The video features a slimmed down Ortiz next to rapper Tego Calderon, some animal footage PETA would cry over and a large crew rolling with him, which fits with the chorus.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Happy Mother's Day!

American's spend money every year on pointless holidays, but Mother's Day gets a certain respect from guys and the rap community. It's an honorable day, but one day is not enough to pay respect to the woman who raised you from birth. However, in honor of Mother's Day and Ghostface Killah's birthday this week, this is the perfect song for today. It's often overlooked compared to the amount of rap songs dedicated to moms but Ghost's storytelling and Mary J. Blige's vocals make it one of the gems from GFK's debut album, Ironman

"But I remember this, moms would lick her fingertips/to wipe the cold out my eye before school with her spit."

Word up mommy, I love you. 

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