Okay – the rundown. Production from Kanye, Jay, and the Neptunes (Pharrell and Chad Hugo), released through Atlantic, and dropped in ’06. Wow…this project never fails me. As referred to in the project’s intro, Food & Liquor describes the constant mental battle between the goods and evils of life. The project gained traction as single […]Read more "Project Reviews: “Lupe Fiasco’s Food & Liquor”"
Nearly a decade after its initial release, it is necessary to discuss the effect that West’s fourth studio album, “808’s & Heartbreak” had on the industry as a whole. The project culminates into a ranging mix of West’s emotions, consistently leaving the listener anticipating a surprise. The reasoning behind this album came from the demise […]Read more "808s & Heartbreak: The Influence"
The year is ’92. The likes of the Beastie Boys, Pete Rock & CL Smooth, Eric B. & Rakim, and Common are each putting forth projects that were the result of countless studio hours. As late-November rolls around, a group by the name of The Pharcyde will slip a debut album into the mix by […]Read more "Project Reviews: “Bizzare Ride II the Pharcyde”"
Deemed as one of rap’s most unforgettable personalities, Brandon Christopher McCartney or Lil B has been a name among the genre for quite some years now. The Based God’s name was once again tagged across the Internet’s headlines this week, as he sparred with fellow rap artist Post Malone in an otherwise laughable Twitter confrontation. […]Read more "Assessing Lil B’s Influence"
Phonte Coleman and Matthijs Rook. These two names together: The Foreign Exchange. The project suggestion here comes with their 2004 album, “Connected”. A sophisticated, brilliant blend of beats, hooks, and pure bars, with a backstory of absolute fantasy. A duo that started with a message exchange on Okayplayer, led to a wave of influence that […]Read more "Rap Sleeper Picks: “Connected”"
DMX, Isaiah Rashad, Joe Budden, Kid Cudi, Future, Kendrick Lamar, Notorious B.I.G., Kanye West. Here is a list of some of rap’s all-time and modern-day deities. What also remains common among this list is those who have been victimized by some form of mental illness along their career. From subtle references to the pain and […]Read more "Rappers & Mental Health"
Here we go again. Kodak Black’s second joint of 2017, following his March 31st release of “Painting Pictures”. Okay, let’s break it down. The project begins with a lengthy intro in the form of ‘Versatile’. On this track, we witness many references to his self-doubts, along with doubters of his career as a whole. ‘Change […]Read more "Project Review: Project Baby 2"