Dickie suits were a uniform. If not that, a XXL size t-shirt and your jeans of choice. That was the bulls (young and old). Philadelphia wasn’t that type of place where men concerned themselves with a six pack or any of that type shit.
Per capita, more men were husky. That was a man. Rap music, though not necessarily draped in Philly wears, was still a very masculine/heavy testosterone type of music and culture.
But a change was coming. It happened slowly, but like the constant drip of water on rock, it slowly wore down the old norms. …
Yes indeed. Basketball.
While the rest of the world looks to futbol for an escape, the US of A has basketball. You will find no shortage of rappers that also shot hoops. You got Quavo, 2 Chainz, Common, Master P, and yes…J Cole who had a wonderful album rollout with his pro stint in West Africa and that Slam magazine cover.
Basketball, if you’re good, provides the an introductory taste to fame. First in your neighborhood, then, if you play organized ball, the city, the state, and possibly the country. …
It was a different world.
Back in 2007 when the incident occurred the Razr was the most popular phone with a whopping 2 megabyte photos which you could look at on that humungous 2.2. inch screen. Myspace was the number one site but that yatch was tethered to a computer.
It was still two weeks before the iPhone was released when it happened — Remy Ma was accused of shooting her then friend. The particulars of the case are well known but we’ll only talk about the events as they relate to how it would have been now.
You may know him as Dave Maclean ESQ the two-faced lawyer for Tariq St. Patrick in Power. Maybe you know him as Cheese Wagstaff (You get real late millennial status if you remember Meth as Shameek).
For the past twenty years, Method Man has been getting his act on, but you had to be a certain age to remember what I’m fitna talk about rightchea. Let me tell you about about “Method Man.”
The B Side of “Protect Ya Neck,” “Method Man” evoked the same type of feelings that a song like “Go Stetsa” did. “Go Stetsa” ain’t have no…
Oranges grow on trees. I’m not being an asshole. In these modern times, many of us are separated from how things grow or are produced. So pardon me if I say how oranges grow.
They grow on trees. It takes three to five years. The harvesting season lasts approximately five months.
There are rappers associated with all types of shit — cars, weed, shoes, but only one is associated with Oranges — Larry June. And, for the past eleven years he’s put out countless projects. …
Before the global pandemic that shut down shit from the NBA to the Olympics, there were two things you could count on between May and August: summer songs and formulaic action movies. Those movies are called tentpoles.
The reason that they’re formulaic is because they need to pack asses into seats and make back their budgets and then some. Tentpoles are used to break new actors and they are also used to finance the more experimental, critically acclaimed Oscar-type films.
If Heavy D was the flagship artist of Uptown in the late 80s, the one that put the label on…
If you Google “Lil Wayne’s best lines/bars,” you’re liable to get a less sophisticated, certainly not as funny version of barber shop chatter. Of course, most people would pull from the Greatest Rapper Alive/Mixtape Era. Da Drought 3 and Dedication 2 are classics.
However, some people aren’t privy to those mixtapes and only acknowledge the albums. For those people, their deep love of the Carter albums are well warranted. I particularly love the line, “Looking like my Grammo, my niggas got that ammo/ We jack son then light up that L, Samuel.”
But you can look at that image up…
Kon Artis. Mr. Porter. Rapper. Producer. He met Eminem through a mutual friend. Em was looking for a producer. Denaun was looking to get better at producing.
Influenced by J. Dilla (like everyone else who encountered his music back then), Denaun’s beats were jazzy and the cornerstone of what got Eminem signed.
And, of course, he raps. Kon Artis was one component of the group D12. They dropped an EP, two albums — Devil’s Night & D12 World (both platinum), and five mixtapes (Artis was on four).
Here go some Kon Artis bars:
Honest to god I usually try to…
Recorded Rap began in 1979 and for the first five years the single was king. Run DMC’s debut gave rise to the Rap album but the Rap concept album’s watershed year would have to be 1988.
For the next two decades, a Rapper’s calling card was the album.
At least that’s the story that’s told.
The reality of it is — the hit single was and is the most important thing that an artist can have. Hit singles make people want to do business with you. Hit singles are the magnet that attracts people to your projects.
You can have…
Here’s a pop quiz.
For everyone who says they love Hip-Hop, where is the following verse from:
Now anyone can grab a mic and say “Yes y’all”
But them a real rapper you do not call
Because you can’t buy a mic at a quarter to two
And be a real MC before the day is through
Now for all you MCs who thought it was like that
Stop fessin’, take a lesson from the good old Caz
You need a voice that is clear, a DJ like Chase
You need a good imagination and a strong steady pace
Gotta have your feet both on the ground
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