Bust a Rhyme
Exploring the men, women, and motivations behind your favorite hip-hop music.
Igor Igor Igor
My favorite tracks of the album (right now): "A BOY IS A GUN" and "WHAT'S GOOD." Producing, writing, and performing a whole album is no small feat for one man to undertake. The risk and the hard work, however, have evidently paid off with the stellar release from Tyler: Igor. Producing your own album alone gives you a large amount of room to experiment creatively with your music, without the limits that a record label places on artists. It seems that after the successful release of Flower Boy, which was also solely produced by Tyler, Sony music gave Tyler the trust to produce Igor alone. Tyler has always been known for his experimental sound. Some of his ventures, however, such as Cherry Bomb not always garnering glistening reviews.
'Igor' - The Greatest Creation Tyler Has Ever Made
Disclaimer; I am not a critic. I am just a guy who loves music and wants to talk about it. My opinions are my own. I don't normally believe in quantifying art, but I want to open a discussion and it makes it easier to do so if I put a couple numbers in this. If you disagree with me, please pull up. I want the smoke.
Reason First: Is Kodak Black Too Much for Hip Hop?
Though he has not been charged with a March 7 shooting in his hometown of Pompano Beach, Florida, rapper Kodak Black has certainly garnered negative attention for his alleged wicked ways. With fingerprints on an illicit firearm attached to the “ZEZE” rap artist, it seems as if the young man just can’t get right. Kodak Black has attracted bad press like a magnet draws iron filings.
MC Britney, Brazil's Funk Queen
"We are the voice of many women. We are independent and secure women who run after our goals and dreams. Showing that we can get out of the ghetto with music and win the world with our funk music." - MC Britney
25 Nipsey Hussle Lyrics
For those who might don’t know, Nipsey Hussle was an independent American rapper, songwriter, and businessman who got shot and murdered outside of his clothing store The Marathon last month, on March 31.
Jay Park: Hip-Hop’s Underrated Mogul
Some artists, despite being uber-talented and possessing the skill set to shake the music industry, are simply “slept on.” It’s a clichéd phrase nowadays, but the truth is, in modern music, some musicians aren’t given enough credit for their craft, nor are their works treated with the attention and courtesy they deserve. Sure, the artist or band may be able to sell-out festivals on their own, but there’s still the lingering feeling that the mainstream media doesn’t quite give them the respect they deserve. However, despite this, they still manage to carve out their own legacy, and become trailblazers of their own movement, inspiring generations to come.
Cardi B, "Be Careful..."
"Be Careful" — Belcalis Marlenis Almanzar. "Only a fool learns from his own mistakes. The wise man learns from the mistakes of others.” —Otto von Bismarck
All Genres Allowed - J.O Rocks on Amazon Prime, iTunes & YouTube
What a time for J.O. The wild and outspoken artist has a documentary on Amazon Prime, a new album on all streaming platforms, and a music video on YouTube. She's been performing since 2007 but this is the most productive time of her career.
Album Review: Glasses Malone – 'Beach Cruiser'
Glasses Malone’s debut album, Beach Cruiser, was originally scheduled to come out in 2006; however, numerous setbacks and label changes kept the album from seeing the day of light for a long time. Finding a home at Suburban Noize Records, Malone has finally released the album to masses, who were anxious to see how it would turn out. So was it worth the wait? Well, that’s going to depend on what you’re looking for.
"Going Bad": Music Video Review
"Going Bad" is one of the top charting singles from Meek Mill's album Championships. It’s a very boastful record that doesn’t have a much deeper meaning or context. It mainly is championing the success of Meek, who has gone through so much. This is the peak, the “Championship.” Seeing that he’s won against so many past struggles. And these struggles have motivated him to get to this point.
Incapsulating the essence of "Hip-Hop Culture," firstly, this shoot was completely impromptu or was it? When one thinks about hip-hop culture, one thinks about its sheer authenticity, meaning this is how you woke up—no pretentiousness or attitude intended. It is as real as a tree growing from its roots. I’m a female, so looking at it all from this perspective is strange. I guess since women/girls wake up having a whole routine put together: Makeup, men/boys—don’t always have to think about this. Yeah, I guess I’m lucky I don’t suffer from teenage breakouts. I feel for those that do though. OK, I digress, back to hip-hop culture!
My Life and Rap
What Hip Hop Has Helped Me Understand That’s typically how these things start right? We pose a question to the audience, then proceed to answer it. Well sure, but why? See what I learned from hip hop is that no matter how much things change, they will undoubtedly remain the same. That is the core tenant behind hip hop’s philosophy of what the Japanese call Champloo/Chanpuru a dish crafted through the mixing of different foods in a sort of stir fry. The anime hip hop fans will understand the reference.