Saturday, March 7, 2015

IF YOU'RE READING THIS IT'S TOO LATE TRACK BY TRACK REVIEW

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Drake – IF YOU’RE READING THIS YOU’RE TOO LATE Track by Track Review


1. Legend

Im not sure if I necessarily agree with what Drake saying, but I definitely don’t fuck with the flow on this… shit is slow and annoying as fuck. The beat was fire tho, so the track can get a pass. Like I not all the way hating it, I would like play it in the background, while I’m like on watsapp or reading thru blogs on the internet, really not captivating enough for me to care what he is saying. It was a good intro track tho, in terms of vybe.

2. Energy

This is more Drake than Aubrey for sure this track was decent. Like it aint the best Drake shit that dropped in years, but I fuck with it like a lil bit at least. The beat was real subtle and kina needed a catchy flow to carry it, so Drake delivered where that is concerned at least enough to not make the song boring. Topic-wise I see what Drizzy sayin for sure, that boy has the world of enemies(me included). Like the general “real hiphop” community, actual rappers included, just do not FUCK with Aubrey AT ALL. Diddy slapped your boy Aubrey and sent him crying to the hospital g… I kina need not say anymore.

3. 10 Bands

Why does this sound exactly like the track before it? This album BETTER REALLY BE THROWAWAYS THAT YOU PUT TOGETHER DRAKE, because this already has no “no thought put into this” written all over it. I’m not sayin this track is bad… so take it easy, but this is basically the same melodies as the track b4 it… but i’ll let drake live. This track was bragadocious raps, which seems to be Drakes way of tryna prove he don’t only make songs for 16 year old girls n their less than manly over aged boy friends. But I kina dig it, like I will play this omw to a party easy. It was cool

4. Know Yourself

AITEEE DRAKEEEE I SEE YOU… tryna get me to like your music again na?!?!  I WAS RUNNIN THRU THE SIX WITH MY WOES!!! This track for some strange reason is all kinds of fire , too much for my liking, THIS SHIT WAS HARDDDDD. Reminded me of Started From The Bottom. Drake really crafted a good HIPHOP track here without soundin fake tough, like on Headlines n all that other trash. The beat deserves just as much plaudits, this is my favorite record on the album easy… and it, technically not a “great” song, it just so fuckin enjoyable and well put together. My only gripe is Drake “trying” to sound like Migos and the fake gangster Jamaican scene at the start and end :/  like son, that not goin on in the “6IX” -_-



5. No Tellin

This was another highlight, the flow and lyrics on this track was that Drake we kina got post NWTS. Drake kina wasting FIRE beats though… like this beat deserves more effort from whoever decides to flow over this audible fire. Drake actually putting together decent lil quotables, minus that “biggest boss other than ricky ross” BULLSHIT. The three different flows was a good idea, I dig it minus the last flow switch…, which was reminiscent of that Migos/boring ass flow from track 1. Otherwise his track was cool, good job Aubrey


6. Madonna

FUCKOUTTAHEREWITHTHISFUCKERY


7. 6 God

This track is GROSSLY overrated. AGAIN IM NOT SAYING IT IS BAD… JEEZ. When Mrs. Drizzy dropped this, the Drake Hive was havin orgasms basically. So naturally being the prudent HipHop head I am…. I hopped on ILLROOTS.COM to peep this. Honestly for a couple hours, I was convinced I hadn’t found the song… cuz I could think THIS was what the commotion was about. But then I got to my senses and remembered its Drake’s army of fairies we dealing with, so naturally they gonna think anything mildly hard is the toughest shit they heard for 2014.  Like son didn’t drop Trophies that same year… smh. Anyways, this track was okay, like it passes the time, it gets you to the next track without the urge to press skip. The instrumental was not as stellar as other tracks but the baseline damn near shattered my eardrums, I must admit. The beat kina ALSO sound like the instrumental to a boss level on any SNES or SEGA Beat Em Up game…. But it was fire nonetheless. [SIDENOTE: Obiviously you are the god of the 6 Drake, it’s fuckin Canada…. Who else is from there, JUSTIN BIEBER?]


8. STAR67

Why Drake name this song, after the digits crazy trappy girls from America dial to call back their man sidehoes? Anyways… the flow on this is terrible, Drake talking about DRUGS on a the records as well, lmaoooo…. Yo thank God for all of Drake’s producers, cuz beats is saving this album in a BIGGGG way. When the flow switches tho, the song gets kina decent. I kina get the Star 67 thing as the track proceeds, basically the whole phonecall theme throughout the song. Here we go again with the Jamaican thing, like idk if Drake got family from there or sumthing but he really been on Jamaican culture’s DICK. I actually kian fuck with the second part of this song, minus the singing, it’s an okay song


9. Preach (feat. PARYNEXTDOOR)

ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ
PARTYNEXTDOOR needs to partyneveragain and quit music. This track is TERRIBLE. I can’t for the life of me see why Drake signed this fool. He croons on autotune for half the song…. Drizzy does his best “Comeback Season Drake” in an attempt to save the song… but na, PARTYLIKESHIT comes back to erase whatever efforts Drake expounded to rescue this track… my advice PRESS SKIP.


10. Wednesday Night Interlude (feat. PARTYNEXTDOOR)

First off…. No interlude should be THREE MINUTES PLUS LONG. Secondly, I thought this was “throwaways” Drake… why you got interludes?! You throwing away those too… Thirdly, why PARTYWHATEVERTHEFUCK tryna be The Weekend, and failing?! THIS TRACK IS JUST AS HORRIBLE AS THE ONE BEFORE, NEXT!!!!


11. Used To (feat. Lil Wayne)

This beat destroyed my spearkers… I promise. This bass should be illegal. Track a little “6 God esque” I aint mad at it though. Drake put more energy into this one so I appreciate that at least. He actually got a topic, which as you may have noticed is the first for this album so far. He basically is kina playing on the words “Used To” in all the different ways it could be used, that was kina fresh. Lil Tunechi came in with some struggle bars tho… man picked up right where “Sorry For The Wait 2” left off, which is NOT a good place. Maybe  this wudda been better without Wayne tbh. Why the fuck son said “Suck a nigga for an iphone 6, fuck my nigga terry for a new blackberry”? Like yo, what kina homeless girls these rappers dealin with?! And who even says the word blackberry anymore…. Shit was wild confusing, even for Wayne.


12. 6 Man

What is this b? Track is way too annoying if im bein honest… not much else to say. The beat wasn’t much different from the description of the song. And when Aubrey started singing… jesussss christtt
if you were worried about where I've been or who I saw or What club I went to with the homies Baby don't worry, you know that you got me I'm never worried about where I'm at or who I saw or What club I go to with the homies Baby don't worry, I know that they got me” How a grown man gon pen this tom foolery?


13. Now And Forever

This is the Mrs. Drizzy type of song. If you liked Marvin’s Room or the Take Car album as a whole, you gonna all the way fuck with this track. My thing with this kind of Drizzy song is that I really do not fuck with this style of “emotional” content in no way fathomable so I can’t really give you a solid informed opinion on this kinda song. I really do not know what a quality “on your period/in your feelings” rap crooning track supposed to sound like. I would say this, you boy Aubrey kina jacking The Weekend swag here, especially with the beat selection, and why the fuck is Drake doing this Jamaican thing on the hook. “Ive been “out n bod” lmaoooo. Tha actually made me laugh out loud… track was kina meehhh apart from the beat.

14. Company (feat.) Travi$ Scott

This song is a little more tolerable than the previous emo track. Let us first take a moment to acknowledge Drake said he doesn’t wanna marry a chick who like to wake up in the morning and cook meals at 9Am every morning, because she is too perfect…. Son, HUH?! I ain the hugest Aubrey fans, so maybe the Drake hive could help me out here, but I could vividly remember Drake rapping/crooning about stripper chick who he knows can be better  etc, and he wish she would n such n such… Like g, wat DO you want? But anyways, the track not terrible, but it also aint sumn that I gon advise you listen to if I’m tryna get you to like this album. The beat drop when Travi$ came in was super fresh, n I don’t fuck with Travi$ music at all(he fuckin beats up his fans b, eem tho that aint why I don’t fuck with him I thought I should let you know). I wanna go out on a limb n say Travi$ also made the beat which is yet another banger from your La Flame, he really needs to stick to beat solo. Drake cudve done the more justice, but the I not all the way hatin it, I’ll listen to it again.


15. You and The 6

Why drake calling n complaining to mummy like a little bitch? Anyways, I’lll look past that cuz I mean, I call mums to discuss shit that I need advice on, on some grown man shit (yea I’m ONLY 23 tho) so perhaps Drake can too. He really didn’t need to say “mama” so much, n be breathing hard on the call n all that. Otherwise this track is actually fire. Great story telling from Drake, and the tone of the beat was perfect for the subject matter. I actually highgly recommend anybody who doesn’t fuck with Drake to listen to this, this is proof that son can actually RAP n make DOPE HIPOP SONGS.

16. Jungle

Apparently there was a short film titled after this record. Naturally I didn’t see eem bother giving that the time of day… it’s a DRAKE MOVIE yo, why the fuck would I? Anyways, this might shock you… but I actually fuck with this, not really subjectwise at all but for Drake’s Vocals… like he sounded good. He was super swagger jacking The Weekend style, BUT he fuckin pulled it off, props Aubrey. PS: TAKE IN THE UN-MASCULINITY OF THIS BOYS LYRICS, HE SAID: “fuck what they talkin about on your timeline, that’s cutting into my time with you” -_- my g I really don’t eem need to go into that, it speak for itself.


17. 6PM in New York


One word: BARS
This track was BY FAR the best song on the album. Like son needs to just do this, with the occasional singing in the way he did on Jungle. This is the drake I fell in love with (pause) on Comeback Season and So Far Gone. Drake kina forgot he could do this for the last 8 years, bar a couple of gems. Your boy Aubrey came all the way correct on this, no hooks just bars, mean flow and fuckin disses(WHO KNEW!). Great way to close the album.



CONCLUSION

I don’t fuck with post So Far Gone Drizzy, OBVIOUSLY. He consistently releases the softest shit hiphop has to offer. But I DO ACKNOWLEDGE that Drake is the hottest rapper in the game. I’m not fuckin sure why… but this boy sold 570K albums in 2 nights… like that shit unheard of in rap. This ENTIRE album is on Billboard’s Top 100 Singles globally… like Drake is winning. As for his legacy as a RAPPER RAPPER, he light years behind A LOT of dudes, because his catalog leave a lot to be desired. Drake needs to use is OVERWHLEMING global influence on people to fuck with whatever he does, and drop a Comeback Season meet So Far Gone, and prove me wrong. The funny thing about Drake is that I know he CAN do it, and I want him to, but till then fi he keeps dropping shit like IF YOURE READING THIS YOURE TOO LATE, then FUCK DRAKE b.

P.S. Drake if the universe ever line up perfectly and give you the pleasure of reading this, take my advice and stop with the "6" shit... that really ain't helping with the Illuminati/Devil rumors son, unless you really on that, then well... by all means carry on.

ALSO WHAT THE FUCK IS CAUSING YOU TO INFLUENCE THESE OBVIOUSLY FATHERLESS KIDS SUCH AS THIS ONE B?!






MY RATING 5.5-6 outta 10

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Top 20 Albums of 2014

Yo, what's good... it's been a minute. I've been busy and truthfully kina lost the zeal for this blog. As such I haven't reviewed for like 5 months on here at least. But I still listen to the music, more now than before. 2014 was a decent year in music, I appreciated a lot of shit and I decided to mesh all genres of this list,so you would see some Neo-Soul and RnB with the traditional HipHop. I do hope 2015 my creative juices flow more into this blog honestly, I miss feeling excited to write a review. But I'm optimistic though, I have a goo feeling about hiphopmade. So with out further adieu...


TOP 20 ALBUMS OF 2014

1. PRhyme - PRhyme

2. J. Cole - 2014 Forest Hills Drive

3. Ghostface Killah - 36 Seasons

4. Vince Staples - Hell Can Wait

5. Logic - Under Pressure

6. D'Angelo and Black Vanguard - Black Messiah

7. Run The Jewels - Run The Jewels 2

8. YG - My Crazy Life

9. CyHi Da Price - Black Hysteria Project

10. Schoolboy Q - Oxymoron

11. Pharell Williams - GIRL

12. Ab-Soul - These Days

13. Azealia Banks -  Broke With Expensive Taste

14. Jhene Aiko - Souled Out

15. Bas - Last Winter

16. Mac Miller - Faces

17. Sam Smith - The Lonely Hour

18. Common - Nobody's Smiling

19. SZA - Z

20. Stalley - Ohio

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Common - Nobody's Smiling TRACK BY TRACK REVIEW

I knew you thought I was done with this shit, but nahhh b, I still gonna be droppin reviews like once every “whenever the fuck I feel like”… or thereabout. Anyways let’s do this COMMON – NOBODY’S SMILING TRACK BY TRACK REVIEW.


1.       The Neighbourhood (ft. Lil Herb & Cocaine 80’s)
This track was a perfect intro track to the album. Lil Herb and Com were spitting vivid lyrics detailing “tales” of just the general scenes of the average Chicago neighbourhood and how they saw it from their eyes. Really smooth beat too by super producer No ID. No ID Produced the ENITIRE album FYI so when I mention beats, just bare that in mind. He flipped a sample of a Curtis Mayfield track called “the Other Side Of Town” so subtly, way really great shit from No ID. Lil Herb blew me away with is aggressive delivery and lyrics, and his story telling was on point. Great album opener!
PS. He does this interlude at the end of a Chicago news reporter giving minor reports on the raio, sort of highlighting the theme of giving you a journey through Chicago which is essentially what the album is about. This was repeated on a number of tracks throughout the record, interesting concept.

2.       No Fear
Continuing with the story-telling theme, Common details the mind set of someone (presumably his younger-self in Chicago), speaking about how he has no fear about anything he faces and talks about how he really approaches some of the ills of his past and current life, and advises that you should to. There is a sample flip here on the beat too, but I wasn’t able to track the credits… so fuck that, it was a great beat that’s all you really need to know anyways.

3.       Diamonds (ft. Big Sean)
This is the second single from the album… but ubnfortunately, sighhhh. BIG FUCKIN SEAN, why Lord why? Sean is crooning on the chorus like a frog my g. It’s terrible. Common flow and lyrics are stellar as usual though. On the bridge between Com’s first verse and second Sean absolutely FUCKS the track all the way UP with a horrid Migos flow and lyrics like a pre-schooler, yo this track apart from Com’s flow is real ASS my nigga, I don’t fuck wit it!

4.       Blak Magik (ft. Jhene Aiko)
At first I thought this was trash, to be honest. But bruh after the third listen, this shit blew me away. Common’s lyrics and flow are wayyy to on point to ignored yo. The beat is what turned me off initially, but it grew on me. Whatever lyrics are looping that is driving the beat is kina annoying at first, but once you get accustomed to it, you gonna love this track. Jhene Aiko was perfect as fuckin usual, her voice is so soothing and infectious, it kina gets my dick hard  :/ but anyway…

5.       Speak My Piece
THIS THAT CLASSIC CHI TOWN GOD LEVEL COMMON!!! This track is perfect hip-hop, the Biggie sample from Hypnotize… yooo, No ID cooked up some cocaine here. Common came so correct with his lyrics too, phenomenal track. It has no real theme just one of them raptiy rap tracks, showcasing flow and lyrical ability, so fucking raw. I FUCK WITH THIS HARD.

6.       Hustle Harder (ft. Snoh Alegra & Dreezy)
Yo this track’s theme was actually refreshing. Common put together a not really explored concept by a male rapper, detailing a female that hustles harder than most males. He really went in lyrically with the concept depicting her lifestyle so vividly. Fellow Chicago rapper, Dreezy came SUPERRRR HARDDD WAT THE FUCK. I have no idea who she is but I back tracked her entire catalogue after this verse of flames! This track was that classic, male female hip hop duo, Great stuff.

7.       Nobody’s Smiling (ft. Malik Yusef)
This is easily my favortie song and in my opinion the best song on the album. Off the bat, the beat is so fucking dark and hard… JEEZUUS. No ID made this in some kina underground MMA training facility with no ventilation or light, barely had oxygen down there or sumn yo, fuck. Common’s lyrics were 10/10 again and flow so slick too. He raps about basically that nobody is smiling in Chicago, and shit is real out there. Really embodies what the album is about essentially, clearly it’s the title track of the record. MALIK YUSEF my worddd, closes the track with a fantastic Haiku, some dense metaphors about Chicago street life, absolutely perfect… He been doing that tho. He signed to good music and he’s just a poet, so his is THAT GOOD, check him out he did a similar haiku on the track Sin City on the Cruel Summer compilation.

8.       Real (ft. Elijah Blake)
This track is clearly for the ladies, and man Common really executes it so smoothly. Basically detailing what a “real” nigga is and the he essentially is a real nigga. Elijah Blake’s voice definitely gonna get dem female panties all moist n what not. But back to the raps, I really love Common’s flown he rides the beat so perfectly, and comes with raw lyrics that makes this fee like a throwback from the “Like Water For Chocolate” era of Com sense. This track should be a single, with accompanying visuals, really top notch stuff.

9.       Kingdom (ft. Vince Staples)
LET ME GET TO THIS BEAT THO!!! Kingdom contains a sample from "O Yes My Lord" by Voices Of Conquest & "Is There Any Love" by Trevor Dandy, and it absolutely take the track to a heights I never imagined. Can somebody give No ID a fucking Grammy? This really just a story detailing a man  struggle on the streets of Chicago trying to make to, and make a better Chicago hopefully getting to what he deems the “kingdom”. He simultaneously compares this kingdom to getting into heaven and contrasting street life to what it takes to get there. Really deep stuff. Vince Staples is lowkey one of my favourite rappers right now, and yo he SHINES ALL OVER THIS TRACK. His flow was fucking GODLIKE, better than Common’s and that is saying a lot. The lyrics fit the theme perfectly, I’ll go as far as saying he outshone Com here yo. But the beat and uplifting feel of this track couple with Com’s raspy voice was something straight from a movie, fucking theatrical shit, 11/10!!!

10.   Rewind That
This track was Common detailing his come up as a rapper. Common’s lyrics are so vivid and powerful, it’s almost unfair. The first time I heard this I saw a movie in my head of exactly what I was hearing. The first verse was an ode to No ID(his cousin and first producer as a rapper) and twilight tone his manager. The second verse details Common’s days working with the late great J. Dilla, as a rapper and producer duo. He even compared them to rap super duo Gangstar. Essentially this track is Common rewinding time and reliving everything that helped him make it as a rapper in the early days, really emotionally powerful stuff. The track ends with a sample of an interview of Common talking about J. Dilla and J. Dilla talking about what Common’s music is to him. It was a perfect album closer.

BRIEF THOUGHTS ON BONUS CUTS
11.   Out on Bond (ft. Vince Staples)
Superb beat and flow by both rappers. Again Vince outshined Common, fantastic track prolly top 6 on the record on a whole.

12.   7 Deadly Sins
This track should have been on the original!!!! The lyrics on this track are so fucking relatable it’s almost as if Common wrote this for us al. He details and applies the seven deadly sins from the bible to real life, in this case street life. It was done so well yo, really one of the best lyrical Common tracks in years.

13.   Young hearts Run Free(ft. Cocaine 80’s)
Really smooth track, good as a bonus cut really, no need for this to be on the dark, raw overall.  Feel on the original tracklist. Cocaine 80’s really adds this vintage blues feel to records that I super appreciate, really nice stuff.

Finally thoughts:
Clocking in at 41 minutes, this album is short and oh so sweet. This album is the new stamp for Chicago, a new feel to Common’s music. Common is a very clear, exciting lyricist. Exciting in that he sounds so fucking raw, and good over a beat… and he paints these perfect pictures to get the emotional intangible aspect of the track to the listener perfectly. This album was really refreshing, one of my favorites of the entire year so far, second prolly to Ab-Soul’s these Days maybe. I thoroughly enjoyed this album, bar that Big Sean track which sucked global dick.

I recommend this to ANYONE, this is WILD FIRE!

MY RATING: 8.75 OUTTA 10
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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

#OXYMORON

GUESS WHO? o_0

After much absence... Hiphop-made reviews is back in FULL EFFECT! Tell your mother and her friends!
Look out for Classics Weeks in 2 weeks and more reviews on a regular basis.
Formalities out of the way, let’s dissect this Schoolboy Q  #OXYMORON. Preferred not to do a track by track for this one, you’ll understand why at the end.

The album starts off with a classic intro for the hiphop books as Schoolboy’s daughter goes, “Fuck rap, my daddy a gangster!” I mean, come on... we need not discuss how hard that first track “Gangster” is. The beat on this track starts of on a hype that lasts for the first four tracks and sets the mood for Q’s story. Los Awesome, featuring Jay Rock has a really infectious beat produced Pharell Williams, the imperial Skateboard P! Aka King of Music(right now). This track just goes into some of the general day to day activities of Schoolboy and his friends, and is very different from what we’re accustomed to from him. “What They Want” was another BANGER. The track features 2Chainz and has a stellar trap beat to accompany the braggadocious lyrics from Q and 2. “Hoover Street” is one of those tracks that really details Q’s past and what was happening during his pre-rap days. Along with “Groveline Street Pt. 2”, “Break The Bank” and “His and Her Friend”, this backdrop to Q’s mentality and why he is who is today is well painted. The singles from the album are all well crafted songs and have such a unique “schoolboy” feel to them. “Hell of a Night”, “Collard Greens”, “Break The Bank” and “Man Of the Year” serve to highlight the new schoolboy Q, the one who utilized this “Oxymoron” to make it and provide for his daughter. The oxymoron basically is Q’s doing bad to do good, in a nutshell. From selling drugs before rapping, to doing drugs while rapping all culminating in making money to support his daughter. His most introspective moment on this album come at track seven (7), though not one of my favourites “Prescription/Oxymoron” is the pandora’s box(if you will) of what this album stands for. The voals from his daughter on the track serve to invoke an emotion that really makes you understand schoolboy’s story. Following that track with “the Purge” ft. Tyler The Creator and Kurupt was damn near perfect. It also introduced you to the portion of the album that transitions from old schoolboy to new schoolboy. Though some key tracks didn’t make the record, analyzing it really makes you grasp what schoolboy wanted listeners to feel and understand. The track “Blind Threats” was in my opinion the best track on the album. Aside from the fact that rap legend Raekwon is featured on it, the lyrics are so real it’s almost scary. The track battles with religion and that fact that though schoolboy believes in God, sometimes he doesn’t get the answers that he wants from God and in turn, turns to his “gun” which is like a symbol for the gangster life to help him in life. He puts his faith in his tech and the drugs etc.. He highlights the “blind threats” that religion gives us to keep us from sinning but acknowledges that he has to commits these sins in order to make it in life. The closer to the album was perfect. Much like Kendrick’s  “Compton” track on GKMC, Fuck La is schoolboy’s ode to his city, but more in a braggadious way stating that all that he is, is what LA is, basically that the streets made him, and he is the streets.

#OXYMORON was the perfect title for this album. Schoolboy Q put his life on wax and painted a picture for us, though majority of us won’t be able to directly relate to it, especially not as much as Habits and Contradictions. We probably didn’t live the same life as Q, but his story and struggles are so real that what we can take from it are invaluable life lessons. The songwriting skills and productions on this record was top notch. Q was never known for lyrics, but he indeed turned it up a notch on this record. Fantastic debut album indeed!


My rating 8.75-9/10

#OXYMORON

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