Straight into this blog post like a Gurkha with a blunt knife looking to defend a past he was involved in helping build.
Hip-Hop as some of us knew it has been lost or maybe it’s just changed way too much because it’s watered down and been stretched to far. It’s lost it’s bounce, it’s ability to reach out and spring back to the streets it was once tied to… the projects where it was built don’t even know what has happened to it.
I mean .. I know some people say ‘you are living in the past man, things change’. Do they? I mean really .. do they?
Blues .. still sounds like Blues to me. Disco .. still sounds like Disco to me. Punk even .. still sounds like punk to me even when made today.
Hip-Hop though… Sold out? Rinsed for all it’s worth?
Nah .. it’s just been in the hands of the wrong people, money and fame hungry artists and labels who don’t deserve this precious thing started in the Bronx when a man who goes by the name of Kool DJ Herc turned up from Jamaica to create a small ripple which would still be felt decades later.
The artists who have bastardised the great lifestyle called Hip-Hop deserve to be forgotten about, deserve to be branded fools and those who get labelled ‘rappers’ by the media should have the decency to turn round and tell the masses who believe the bullshit ‘I am not a rapper, I am a pop artist, a shitty little pop artist with a wank tash, white suit and bald head’.
This is not just a rant people, this is a celebration… not only have I come across a present day album which is a bit special, but I have been away from the keys for a while due to a business venture and now I have the time to get into some good old publishing of fantastic articles for you all to read.
So as I said, I have come across an album of sheer brilliance. One that is 17 tracks deep on the Deluxe Version which I highly recommend because after deleting song 6, the track with the almighty wanker (aka Drake) on it, you have 16 beats with some of the best lyrics since Mos Def’s ‘Black On Both Sides’.
Ladies and gentlemen, I am talking about the new album by Kendrick Lamar titled ‘good kid, m.A.A.d city’.
This album has had plenty of hype since going straight in at number 2 in the U.S. charts but the beauty is it’s rawness which really plays it’s part throughout the long player. I can only imagine that Dre’s opinion will have caught out Mr. Lamar when he was told the album was ready to go after Kendrick passed comment to the Doctor that some of the tracks needed tweaking/working on. But as we have come to know .. if Dre thinks it’s ready to go, then it’s ready to go. That said, he can’t be too happy with the content of Detox can he.
As ever, I am not running through the album’s songs, I will leave that for your pleasure. I will on the other hand tell you some good things about it.
The album is a real treasure and takes from Compton classics of the past. There is a real taste of the old school gangster shit going on in this here 16 tracker… I mean, drafting in MC Eiht, that’s a MASSIVE plus, Dre on 2 of the tracks (Deluxe only), is a real co-sign, Mary J Blige on ‘Now or Never’ is sublime and this has my vote for a next single if he wants to reach and teach.
As you listen you can here material which has flavours of Bone, Thugs and Harmony, N.W.A (of course), CMW (again, of course), and many more influences from the foundations of 90′s Hip-Hop.
It’s been a long time coming but Kendrick’s album pisses all over the talentless Lil’ Wayne bollocks, showing the Hip-Hop youth (and it’s elders), that Hip-Hop is still alive on the American streets where we once looked for it, making it’s way from opression to the depression and talking about real life which we all like to escape from now and again.
Production is tight, lyrics bright and Kendrick’s time is now. Buy it, get involved and Enjoy the Music.
Top 4 Tracks:
- ‘Now or Never’ feat. Mary J. Blige
- ‘Money Trees’ feat. Jay Rock
- ‘m.A.A.d city’ feat. MC Eiht
- ‘Compton’ feat. Dr. Dre