The RapUp

The RapUp

A Student run radio show focused on the biggest stories, and the hottest Hip-Hop tracks of the week. Each week our hosts discuss the Hip-Hop Industry, mixtape and album news, reviews and gossip. Tune in on Monday nights from 8pm-10pm and follow us on Twitter: @RLRapUp

2012 Year In Review!
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2012 Year In Review!

What’s up ya’ll, Myself and Dj Scotty G just put on a crazy show recapping everything that went on in Hip-Hop during 2012. We looked at the best songs, albums, biggest disappointments, what and who to look out for in 2013 and even verse of the year. Our best songs list included those song that caught the attention of the Hip-Hop heads and mainstream charts. It started with Mercy and continued with Stay Schemin’, Fuckin’ Problem, Burn, No Lie, Daughters, Don’t Like, Swimming Pools, The Recipe and capped it off with everyone favourite R&B song, Pyramids. Our Album list was shorter, but had within it some classics. Compton’s golden child Kendrick Lamar set the game on fire with his debit album, Good Kid, m.A.A.d. City. Next was Kanye’s GOOD Music collective, and their first group album, Cruel Summer, Followed by Nas’s Life is Good, Rick Ross’s God Forgives, I Don’t and finally MMG’s Young Gun Meek Mill’s Dreams and Nightmares.

Although 2012 was an exciting year for Hip-Hop, every rose has it’s thorns, and there were some serious let downs. Nicki Minaj went from an underground female rhyme spitter, to a bubble gum pop sensation, with her second album Roman Reloaded. She ditched her Hip-Hop roots for the pop princess crow, earning her one of the biggest disappointments of 2012. Although, leave it up to Scotty G for giving Beez In The Trap the honour of “Glaysh’s Guilty Pleasure” . I think he wishes he was in her trap! We also saw former king of the streets, Young Jeezy, strike-out with his highly anticipated album, TM:103. He went from trap rap trendsetter, to a played out afterthought.

With that said, 2013 is gearing up to be another benchmark year in Urban Music. Taking after Hip-Hop magazine XXL, Glaysh and I compiled our own list of freshman who are sure to make an impact in 2013. This list of 9 included, in no order, Action Bronson, Ab-Soul, Lacrae, A$AP Rocky, XV, Chief Keef, Lil’ Reese, Trinidad James and even the producer turned rapper, Hit-Boy. Look out for these guys in the New Year, but these are just predictions!

It wouldn’t be The Rap Up without a healthy dose of the Realness. I had to get real with the listeners, and let them know that J. Cole shouldn’t be forgotten, and is set to have a big 2013. His album Born Sinner is due out in late January, so make sure to grab a peacoat and blanket, cause it’s still a #ColeWorld.

But, The moment everyone was waiting for throughout the show, was our competitive segment, “Verse of the Week”. Staying with our theme, we decided to choose what we thought was the verse of the year. Scotty G went with Drake’s verse of 2Chainz smash hit, No Lie, and I countered with Kendrick Lamar’s verse on Fuckin’ Problem. Both songs also appeared on our best songs of 2012 List. Tweets outlining who the listeners thought won started flying in at a crazy rate, ultimately crowing yours truly, Kamo. Check all these MC’s Swagging out in the video for Fuckin’ Problem here.

We also outlined some of the MC’s who are looking to make a splash in 2013. I recommended keeping an eye out for J. Cole and Childish Gambino, while Glaysh co-signed Pusha T and Hit-Boy. Again, if these don’t pan out, don’t come crying, but we’re banking on it.

Before we leave you leave you to all the excess food and lame christmas remixes, check out myself and DJ Scotty G practically hosting a King of the Dot rap battle, that happened November 17th in Toronto. Check the video and let us know who won by getting at us on twitter @RLRapUp.

2012 has been a lot of fun, filled with Hip-Hop beefs, bangers and bars. Make sure to check us out at the beginning of next semester, we’ve got new guests, gear and even a live show! Thanks again for listening each and every week, we appreciate all the support.

 

 

 

Peace, Love & 2 Chaaaaiinnnzzzzzz

STUDY BREAK BANGERS!
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STUDY BREAK BANGERS!

Wuddduuuupp yall?!

Us here at The RapUp were literally going insane from all the studying (we know yall were too) soo we had to take a break from the books and hit the bars.

This week we had a crazy show that ran a little longer than usual because of our open airwaves. We started things off with some new music from the wizard himself, Wiz Khalifa. His new album dropped this week called ‘O.N.I.F.C.’ and to no surprise, it was the same old Wiz. With classic marijuana induced tracks like The Bluff, The Plan and Paperbond, Khalifa serves up the same stoner goodness that we have come to love and know. Standout tracks like Remember You and It’s Nothin’ definitely make this record a definite download for any hip-hop head.

Glaysh’s Guilty Pleasure had to be extra tuuuurnt this week for those stuck in the library crammed at a cubicle. There is nothing like Chief Keef’s  latest banger ‘Love Sosa’ to bring out the ratchet in all of us.

The Realness this week was long overdue and much needed. The truth on battle MCs and how they may actually be better than your favorite rapper sparked a little debate in studio and on our Twitter, but we all came to a cohesive conclusion. We played a verse from battle rap up and comer, Arcane. This was in a title match battle versus young gun rapper Chedda Cheese. Yall can check the entire battle here. ps: check out me Kamo rocking in the crowd towards the left. #BRAPBRAP

Verse of the Week got super ig’nant as Cutz judged me and Kamo on the cockiest verse. We both picked a verse from Detroit’s own Big Sean. I picked his verse of GangBang and Kamo picked High Rise off his critically acclaimed mixtape Finally Famous 3. Safe to say… Cutz picked the best verse which was mine. With that being said, Big Sean’s verse on GangBang is your Verse of the Week.

We finished things up with some old classic from Nas, Grandmaster Flash and Tupac. But we had to close things out with Kendrick Lamar’s smash hit Money Trees… ya bish.

Next week we are re-capping 2012 in style. We will break down the best songs, worst bars, hardest beats, big moves and ratchet scraps on the year that was. Yall can find us at the same place (www.raadiolaurier.com) and same time (8pm-10pm). Thanks again to everyone who tuned in and tuuurrrned up. We appreciate the love…

Make sure to follow us on Twitter @RLRapUp and of course… keep it real.

RUNAWAY!
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RUNAWAY!

Wuddduupp yall?!

This is our first blog post due to some technical difficulties but hey, better late than never. We had a ballin’ show last night. We started things off with some new 50 Cent and some new French Montana. Yall can check out 50’s new single here and French Montana’s here.

We swerved over to my favorite part of the show which is Glaysh’s Guilty Pleasure. Of course I had to pick the usual suspects. Bad Boy’s up and comer keeps the hits coming with the second single of his album ‘Excuse My French’. The song is called ‘Marble Floors’ and its featuring Rick Ross, Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz. The song knocks and follows the formula of a 2012 banger. Safe to say we got turnt up at this point.

The Realness was kicked on ratchet rappers Chief Keef and Lil Reese. These guys have been doin’ releasing some pretty hoodrat music and backing it up on the street. Soooo dont get mad when these guys actually “bangbang” when they are literally telling you in their songs. #LoveSosa

The best part of the night is when the big homie Runaway came thru and dropped some knowledge. The Runaway is a Canadian MC/spoken word artist who is giving hip-hop some super clever lyrics along with a good dose of soul. We shot off some rapid fire questions, talked about his old and new albums and he even judged Verse of the Week. The theme this week was “positive message verse”. To my surprise, Cutz won with Eminem’s last verse on ‘Not Afraid’. That brings me to 0-4 this month. SMH.

We finished things off with a freestyle session with myself and the Runaway. And take it from me… this guy can really spit. If you guys want to get more of The Runaway you can visit his website here and get all his music for free.

We appreciate everybody who tuned in and we will be coming to live again next Wednesday at 8pm on www.radiolaurier.com

 

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