To whom much is given, much is required and Hip-Hop’s reigning king, Drake seems to always fulfill his musical obligations. In 2016, Views broke numerous records (Most weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, Most streamed arts on Spotify, etc.) and now we find ourselves in the midst of Drake season again with his sixth album, “More Life.” This album also is his last under his contract with Cash Money Records.
The world practically goes into panic mode every time Drake releases a new project and judging by Twitter, this time is no different. Since Drizzy’s first album, “Thank Me Later”, he’s been experimenting with a plethora of sounds ranging from hip-hop to reggae. Noah “40” Shebib has played the role of Quincy Jones on every single project Drake has dropped and he has yet to disappoint in the production lane especially with the heavy soca and calypso influences on More Life. Drake manages to also squeeze some bars in here and there on certain tracks.
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More Life is not an album, but a playlist, as indicated by Drake himself. He delivered a playlist for all occasions so be expecting to hear More Life for the next six months from every phone, car, and Instagram post from social media celebrities.
I’m like a broken record when it comes to talking about great music. Beautiful music is the closest thing to heaven which is why many artists have such God given talent. I hope that wasn’t too much of a spiritual stretch.
One day while browsing for music, an artist by the name of Oddisee came up on my feed on Youtube which prompted me to click on the funky single, Want to Be. Oddisee’s rhyme schemes flirt in and out of distressed piano chords, guitar licks, and faint horn sounds. This song comes straight from the vault of the legendary jazz band, Jamiroquai. It also evolves around the concept of being happy, which is easier demonstrated than orchestrated. If you haven’t already, please check out this track for your own listening pleasure. Thank me later.
One of the most memorizing things about Kendrick Lamar’s 2015 masterpiece, “To Pimp A Butterfly,” is the intricate bass-lines that each song contained. It felt like Dilla, sprinkled with Madlib, and other great musicians. If you ever wanted to give credit where it’s due, thank no other than bassist- vocalist, Thundercat.
Thundercat’s new album, “Drunk” is the perfect mesh of Hip-Hop, Jazz, and Trance Music. Tracks such as “Bus In These Streets,” “Lava Lamp,” and “Show You The Way,” showcase Thundercat’s ability to transcend multiple sounds and vocal extensions. Thundercat spoke to Howl & Echoes about the album’s humor and witty nature.
“I’ve always been into the details of things, and I felt like it was very important to connect art in the manner that I did. Everything down to the album art, I feel like it was very important for people to see what it was all about.”
Although this was a task in itself, “Friend Zone,” is probably the funkiest song on the album. The fleeting bass-line, polygraph sounds, and context make this an instant repeat track.
“I mean, listen, we’re talking about practice. Not a game! Not a game! Not a game! We’re talking about practice. Not a game; not the game that I go out there and die for and play every game like it’s my last, not the game, we’re talking about practice, man. I mean, how silly is that? We’re talking about practice. I know I’m supposed to be there, I know I’m supposed to lead by example, I know that. And I’m not shoving it aside like it doesn’t mean anything. I know it’s important. I do. I honestly do. But we’re talking about practice, man. What are we talking about? Practice? We’re talking about practice, man!”
Allen Iverson’s mid-2000’s post game rant was deeper than rap if you do your research. His outlook on practice was very direct because more important things were occurring in his life at that time. But no matter what the issue is, a practice can never be overlooked. After all, it’s the foundation for a successful journey.
In an 82 season game, NBA stars have thousands upon thousands of practice sessions. This isn’t including training, conditioning, and tedious film sessions. All of this “practice,” for 82 games. The mere act of practice builds confidence and it ensures that in case anything goes wrong, the blueprint is there to go back over again. Don’t overlook practice. It’s a necessary evil if you’re on the quest to become a master at your craft.
I know, I know. The sting of Barack Obama’s departure from The White House hasn’t eased up yet, and that’s okay. We as people have been through the unimaginable, and this Trump presidency should serve as a wake-up call. As a people, we must fight, and voice our opinions. One man can’t stop an entire show, no matter how much money and influence he may have. But for now, to ease your anxiety, check out this hilarious mash-up video of Barack Obama rapping Kendrick Lamar’s “Alright.”
Nobody wanna get it up from the dirt forreal just handshake and befriend y’all way to the top.
I can guarantee you your favorite rapper isn’t tweeting gems like this.
Chavis Chandler, the man, the myth, the legend, is one of the most diverse talents that Detroit has inhabited. If you click on his Soundcloud page, there are too many styles, lyrics and too may nuances to choose from. You feeling like you need to let some steam off? Turn on Trap Now, Die Later (Presented By Corner Goods). In the mood for something sensual for you and yours? SANGFOME or SANG2ME will do serve your chord-driven, soul-filled desires. But if you’re in the mood for all of the above, “Dark Skin Jermaine: The Legend of the Leather Britches” or “The Call of The Wild” would be best suited for your needs.
The East-Side born artist knows no boundaries when it comes to the type of music that he makes. He has an impeccable ear for sound, a constant thirst to deliver the grungiest lyrics possible and a heart of a lion. The man knows his way around the booth and boards which is why the anticipation for his next project is at a peak right now amid his fans and supporters.
He hasn’t dropped too many hints about his upcoming project but it is expected to be released in 2017. Until then, we shall follow his Tweets for updates.
Just a month ago, rapper Kid Cudi checked himself into rehab to deal with his depression and was met with a lot of encouraging words from many of his peers and fans. This made a lot of people realize that even their favorite hip hop artists may be plagued with everyday problems like depression. But we should see signs of depression in some of these artists music.
Lil Wayne, the self-proclaimed best rapper alive, is not always happy about his place in life. From The Drought is Over 2 Weezy’s song I Feel Like Dying illustrates his depressive state that causes him so much agony that living sometimes does not seem worth it. He raps “I can mingle with the stars, and throw a party on Mars. I am a prisoner, locked up behind Xanax bars.I have just boarded a plane, without a pilot and violets are blue, roses are red daisies are yellow, the flowers are dead. Wish I can give you this feeling… I feel like buying and if my dealer don’t have no more, then I feel like dying.”
Even some old school hip hop artists expressed their battle with depression. The Notorious B.I.G.’s song Suicidal Thoughts is a tale of him calling up his friend Puff Daddy, laying all his woes on the table, and killing himself. He says “When I die fuck it I wanna go to hell cuz I’m a piece of shit it ain’t hard to fucking tell.”
So many people identify with these raps because they deal with their own depression, but seldom have we taken full songs crying for help and discussing urges to die seriously. Not every artist has been bold enough to address their suicidal tendencies in a full song, but plenty have brushed on the subject in ordinary rap songs.Continue Reading