What’s up everyone! Back on the blogosphere after a brief hiatus from schoolwork, Reading Week, and more schoolwork. Last week was hectic for me, coming back from the Punta Cana grad trip and being hit with 2 cases, a presentation, and another report and presentation for the Laurier Entrepreneurship Contest I entered a couple months ago. In case anyone’s wondering, me and my buddy made it to the top 5! Not bad at all for a random idea thought up one night (humblebrag). Congrats to the other contestants from Edgar Bruce Eyewear, The Smile Epidemic, Afr-I-Can Jewelry & Accessories, and MyCareerCity and good luck growing your businesses further!
Last night I had my first real opportunity to get back to doing what I love and sharing some of my favourite music with you. I started off with a song that makes me laugh every time I listen to it, as J. Cole, Wale, and Curren$y profess their love for the ladies, or should I say, a specific female anatomy. J. Cole steals the show in my opinion, listen to it here and try to guess what they’re talking about.
I got into some new music coming out from some of my favourite young guys in the business today. In the past couple weeks new music has dropped from the likes of The King’s Dead, Shelton Harris, Logic, and the Pro Era crew. All of these guys are making a name for themselves, especially the Pro Era guys that seem to be gaining fans by the second now. The first time Joey Bada$$ showed up on my radar was back a year ago on Mac Miller’s ‘Macadelic’ mixtape on a song called “America”, and even though I liked his flow on that song I refused to look into him further until September based solely on his name. Well, they say don’t judge a book by its cover, and the same goes for not judging a rapper by his ridiculously dumb sounding name. (In some cases. I still refuse to listen to anyone with Lil in their name. What is this, 2003?). Whatever his name may be, the fact remains Joey Bada$$ and his crew can spit, and crew members Capital STEEZ (R.I.P.), Rokamouth, and Dirty Sanchez (really? REALLY??? that’s what he settled on?) tear up a sample from R&B singer Maxwell on their newest song. Also, here’s a list of 120 of the worst rapper names that must have been hilariously fun for Complex to put together. For example, one guy’s name is ‘Trademark Da Skydiver”, which I can’t even come up with something to diss it about right now. I just don’t know.
I also managed to find something new from Blu, who has been one of my favourite MC’s for a while now. When I heard Blu & Exile’s ‘Below The Heavens’ mixtape back in grade 12 it instantly became one of my favourite projects of all time. Now, he’s worked together with legendary Los Angeles producer Madlib and another L.A. emcee named MED on a 9 song EP called ‘The Burgundy EP’ and it shows he’s still got it on the mic. I even found out a few days ago that him and Exile came out with another mixtape in late 2012 called ‘Give Me My Flowers While I Can Still Smell Them’ which I absolutely love as a title and it’s got some great music on it too. Look out for a song or two off the mixtape in coming shows, and here’s the download link if you want to grab the whole mixtape for yourself, and I highly recommend that you do.
Finally, I paid my respects again to J. Dilla on the show, as he has quickly cemented himself as my favourite producer ever. For some reason I never had much of his music on my computer, even though my favourite artists have always been guys who are affiliated with him in Common, The Roots, Talib Kweli, Mos Def, and A Tribe Called Quest to name a few. His biggest work was done with his own crew Slum Village, who still carry on the Dilla legacy years after he has passed away. They have had a revolving door of artists since Elzhi first replaced Dilla back around 2002, and they are still putting out new music in 2013 with a group consisting of original member T3, Young RJ, and Dilla’s younger brother Illa J. I’m a big fan of every era of Slum Village but I have to say lyrically I like them best when Elzhi was in the group because he can spit for real.
That’s all from me this week, you can check out the full playlist on my Facebook page. Eventually I’ll figure out how to upload a download link for the shows that I record each week so you can listen to them later if you don’t get a chance on Monday nights. Also, listen in next Friday the 15th at 11-12pm where I’ll be joining The Rap Up for the long anticipated meeting of the opposite spectrums of the hip hop universe. It will be a show worth listening to for suuuuure and I’ll finally get to judge a Verse of the Week I hope! If anyone can figure out what the theme for the verse should be hit me up on twitter at @t_rev91 so we can make it a great show!
– Swaggy T Da Busrider