Wuddduuup yall?! I know that most of yall were busy getting back home for
egg day Easter but we decided to hop in the studio and give yall the goods anyways.
This broadcast was super special for a lot of reasons. Hip-hop was heaaaaavy these past two weeks sooo we had to bring yall up to date. We kicked things off wit talking about Odd Future front man, Tyler The Creator’s new album. The LP is called ‘Wolf’ and is the last installment of his “trilogy” which includes 2009’s Bastard and 2011’s Goblin. The album is actually pretty strong with tons of personal tracks and of course some crazy crew cuts. Kamo was a big fan, however, I am still waiting for that Yonkers-Cockroach-Eating-Flow Tyler but it’s all good. Some standout tracks are ‘Bimmer’, ’48’ and ‘Colossus’. make sure to check out the lead single right here. We also quickly touched on Weezy’s new album, I Am Not A Human Being 2. Since this one is fairly close to my heart I did a full review and breakdown. Yall can check out what I had to say right here. Sorry Wayne.
Ever wonder what helped rappers like Wale, J Cole, Wiz Khalifa, Kendrick Lamar, Big Sean and Meek Mill head straight to the top of the rap game? Well, a little magazine called XXL puts out a annual list of 10 rappers who are sure to blow. Pause. This list is used to shine light on rappers that have been underground grinding for a minute and deserve some mainstream attention. This list has accurately predicted some top notch rappers that are currently controlling hip-hop culture. Buuuuut, it has also picked some real flops. Word to Fashawn. Ha!
This year’s freshmen class was very well picked and is being debated as the strongest one yet. Personally, I think 2011 was the most promising. But without further ado, here is 2013’s XXL Freshmen Class: Ab-Soul Schoolboy Q, Joey Bada$$, Action Bronson, Dizzy Wright, Angel Haze, Trindad James, Logic, Kirko Bangz, Travi$ Scott and Chief Keef. Who do yall think will blow up? Who do yall think will bust? Let us know on Twitter @RLRapUp
Kinda keeping the XXL Freshmen theme, Glaysh’s Guilty Pleasure featured one of this year’s freshmen. Houston’s very own Kirko Bangz blesses us with a smooth banger called ‘Drank In My Cup’. The song got released back in late 2011 but is easily one of my faves. Hopefully XXL didn’t get this one wrong and Kirko can bang out a successful 2013. Check the track right here.
Next we kicked The Realness on a very interesting article posted on www.rapgenius.com . The article was entitled ‘Joey Bada$$ & Kendrick Lamar: This Generation’s Biggie & Pac?’ The article made the case that Joey and Kendrick show signs of having the same impact/outcome that Big and Pac had back in the 90s. Even though they made some valid points (east coast and west coast themes, age, relevance, potential) I really don’t think they could ever totally embody Big and Pac for one simple reason. RAP IS TOO FRIENDLY! In hip-hop today, everyone is cool with everyone and the blue moon beefs that do actually occur are usually weak and have zero substance. Definitely worth a read but please don’t be on the look out for another ‘Who Shot Ya’ and ‘Hit Em Up’. Give it the once over right here.
Finally, Verse of the Week was a little different this time around. We felt as if we have been judged too often. SOOO, we decided to judge everyone else’s verses. We asked the listeners to tweet us what they thought was an extra hot rap verse and then Kamo and myself would judge the winner. We sifted thru the tweets and found a top two. The big homie @ryanlittle13 picked J Cole’s verse off ‘Simba’ and @t_rev91 dropped Blu’s verse off ‘Backboards’. After much debate, we gave the win to Blu. Check out the winning verse right here.
Anyways, that is it from us this week. Make sure catch us next week for another scenic journey thru modern hip-hop. ALSO! Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter and join in the conversation. @RLRapUp so you know it’s real…
Peace, Love & OJ da Juiceman’s Career