Week 10.2 – #MoreLifeMonday, March 20, 2017
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Week 10.2 – #MoreLifeMonday, March 20, 2017

Tonight, DJ Deej and DJ Winks were in the studio for more radio fun, and More LifeYes, the moment that we’ve all (especially Winks) have been waiting for, came on March 18. Within 24 hours, the playlist by Drake and the rest of the October Firm received nearly 90 million streams worldwide.

Here are the initial track reviews:

  1. “Passionfruit” was overhyped on social media prior to the album actually dropping. Both DJs expected a club banger, but instead received a chill track. This is not a complaint, just a bit of a surprise.
  2. “Can’t Have Everything” – Deej has come to the conclusion that its beat is just “Successful” (ft. Trey Songz and Lil’ Wayne) sped up. “Try reciting the chorus of “Successful” over it and see what happens,” she said. However, the ending segment was reminiscent of “Look What You’ve Done” off of 2011’s Take Carea welcome and pleasant nod to the Drake of the past.
  3. “Teenage Fever” is relaxed, but a lazy sample of “If You Had My Love by Jennifer Lopez. Totally explains why she and Drake were hanging out all the time though, if anything.
  4. Although “Nothings into Somethings” is lacking lyrically, it is a telltale PARTYNEXTDOOR production, indicated by the heavy 808. It is very similar to Party’s track “West District.”
  5. “Lose You” and “Portland” are definitely the bangers on the album.

Here’s what else we talked about:

a) St. Paddy’s 2017 — Laurier’s celebration set a record with an estimated 12 000 people on Ezra Avenue. The Spotted at Laurier tweet comparing the street gathering to Donald Trump‘s inauguration has received nearly 4000 “retweets” about 14 000 “likes” on Twitter, and nods from people like Andy Lassner, the Executive Producer of The Ellen Show. 

b) Nintendo Switch (?) — This fall, DJ Winks is moving away from home for the first time. He really wants to get his own TV and a game console for his new pad. He’s in the process of doing research, but cannot seem to decide between the new Nintendo Switch, the XBOX One S, and the PS4 Pro. We have put out a poll on Twitter to (hopefully) ease the decision-making process.

c) Two more shows??!! — We’re looking to do an all-request segment next week. Please Tweet us any requests, or write on our Facebook line (both @RLAfterClass). Watch our IG for prompts and in studio action. You can follow us @afterclazz.

This week’s track list is as follows:

  1. “Chanel” – Frank Ocean
  2. “Fake Love” – Drake ft. Travis Garland
  3. “Free Smoke” – Drake
  4. “Passionfruit” – Drake
  5. “Teenage Fever” – Drake
  6. “Portland” – Drake ft. Quavo & Travi$ Scott
  7. “Lose You” – Drake
  8. “Look What You’ve Done” – Drake
  9. “Find Your Love” – Drake
  10. “Know Yourself” – Drake

 

The Rap Up: Episode No. 11
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The Rap Up: Episode No. 11

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Young Money < No Money

Tyga celebrated his 24th birthday last week, including appearances from friends, family and a subpoena. Thats right. While its not clear if the subpoena he received is 100% related, Tyga has incurred yet another lawsuit for missed payments on his red Ferrari. The same red Ferrari that has already been repo’d twice. Either way you slice it, thats not a great look for Tyga. However, despite the numerous (almost regular) lawsuits involving Tyga’s missed payments with landlords and car dealers, he’s managed to escape them all without serious legal penalty. This leaves us with two questions; is Tyga making the lives of his landlords/car dealers hell because why not-lifestyle of the rich and famous-I’ll pay you only when i have to? Or has Tyga found himself a sugar mama in Kylie Jenner? After all, she did recently buy him a brand new Bentley truck. Perhaps he’s making quiet and smart investments, but at the very least we know all of this mulah didn’t come from Birdman during his time with Young Money (Hip-Hop zing).

Get Well Soon

We all have a type of love for Kanye West, whether it’s that we love to hate him, or just simply love him. Kanye West is arguably one of the greatest artists of this generation. Kanye recently had a mental break down and was admitted to a Los Angeles Hospital. Kanye is currently under watch and is battling mental health issues. Kanye West has been going on rants, cancelling tours, and leaving in the middle of shows. At some point we have to stop and ask ourselves, what’s going on? Dealing with mental issue can be a difficult thing on an individual, because in most cases it’s a life and death situations. We sometimes forge that some of these entertainers are actually human beings with real feelings and emotions. We haven’t seen that with no other artist, like we have with Kanye West. Keep Kanye in your prayers as he battles his demons and hopefully overcome it and come out a better individual and stronger mentally.

 

What You Should be Listening to This Week

It has been a crazy week so far in the Hip Hop world. We received great music from YG, and The Weeknd. The west coast gangsta dropped an 8 track mixtape (that should have been an EP) with nothing but bangers called Red Friday, on Black Friday. He starts off the tape with an intro of a female saying that the trilogy to his “Just Re’d Up” series is coming soon. The tape includes a part 2 track to his and Meek Mill’s “I’m a Thug”. It had features from the verse king 21 Savage, Mr. LA aka RJ and an up and coming artist named Mitch. The Weeknds album Starboy was more than we all expected. It is a soft, soulful yet edgy sound. This catchy sound track included features from Kendrick Lamar, Daft Punk and Lana Del Rey. In other album news, Lil Wayne announced a new project titled Funeral which he assures us is on the way, and Mos Def also announced his final album titled December 99th coming our way December 9th. November has been a warm month from all this heat we’re getting. We hope we get even more in December until then go check out these new albums.

(Written by TJ Mroz, Garrick Gray & Yafet Berhane)


Songs Played This Week:

Ain’t Tryna – Future

St. Brick – Gucci Mane (E)

Bone Marrow – G-Eazy Ft. Danny Seth

Patient – Post Malone

Six Feet Under – The Weeknd

Sidewalks – The Weeknd Ft. Kendrick Lamar

I Be On – YG Ft. 21 Savage

I Know – YG Ft. Mitch

Still – G-Eazy

Famous – Ray J & Chris Brown

Let’s Ride – 2 Chainz Ft. Ty Dolla $ign

Fresh – Lil Uzi Vert & Gucci Mane (E)

U Were Always – Wiley Ft. Skepta & Bellz (E)

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The Rap Up: Episode No. 10
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The Rap Up: Episode No. 10

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Kanye… What’s Going on Buddy?

Kanye West has had quite the week. Fans in attendance at his two most recent concerts in California, were left confused and frustrated. After only performing a couple songs, Kanye began ranting at length over his support for; Donald Trump, frustration with Jay Z and Beyonce, distain for Drake and DJ Khaled unfairly promoting their hit “For Free” on the radio, and his opinion that African-American individuals should stop talking about racism. It didn’t get better from there either. The next day Kanye cancelled the remaining three stops in his St. Pablo Tour for exhaustion. Last night, it was reported by CNN that Kanye had in fact been admitted at a Los Angeles medical center where he was kept under observation regarding his health and safety. CNN reports this decision was influenced by his personal doctor after evaluating West for extreme sleep deprivation. 

 

Lil Wayne Vs. Birdman

Recently Lil Wayne performed at a concert that Tyler the Creator puts on and he denounced Cash Money and shouted out Roc-a-fella. Of course Birdman had a little hissy fit about it and squashed all negotiations that were in placed for Lil Wayne to leave Cash Money. Birdman and Lil Wayne are basically like father and son, or they once were. Coming up in the rap game as a young artist there’s no denying that Birdman helped with the success of Lil Wayne. Break ups happen, we all go through it, have seen people go through it, it’s a natural part of life. In this situation Birdman is appearing to be that crazy ex wife that does not want to let go of a love and relationship that’s no longer there by being petty and dragging the divorce settlement. In this situation Birdman, who’s the CEO of Cash Money Records is holding on to The Carter 5, and wants Lil Wayne to release it under Cash Money so he can profit from it as well. Birdman is known in the industry for not paying artists and taking advantage of them. He’s even been compared to the notorious Suge Knight, except Suge would actually put Birdman to shame. For someone who he’s referred to as his son in interviews, Birdman sure do have a way of showing us how to treat your children.

 

Views Pays Off

Over this past weekend Drake has received 4 AMA awards for his hard work on the album Views. He received the awards for Favourite Rap Hip Hop album, favourite artist, and 2 for favourite songs Hip Hop and R&B for “Work” and “Hotline Bling”. While on stage accepting his award Drake throws some shade on who we believed to be is Kanye West. Due to the inappropriate 16 minute rant Kanye went on this past weekend in Sacramento. Kanye called out Drake saying him and DJ Khaled had some type of agreement with the radio to always be playing the song “For Free”. Drake while accepting his speech says “Careful how you speak my name” then later on in the evening ABC gave a congratulations post on Instagram to Drake on his wins for the night and Khaled comments ” congratulations”. Then Drake replied by saying ” stop running your mouth and make a hit”. We all assume Kanye was the guy he was talking about because it was the most recent event but it could also any other rapper Drake is beefing with. Who do you guys think he was talking about?

 

(written by TJ Mroz, Garrick Gray & Yafet Berhane)

 

Songs Played This Week:

In My Foreign – The Americanos Ft. ty dolla sign, lil yachty, nicky jam, & French Montana

Patient – Post Malone

Infinite – Eminem

Wednesday Morning – Macklemore

Party Monster – The Weeknd

I Feel It Coming – The Weeknd Ft. Daft Punk

Ain’t tryin – Future

Poppin Tags – Future

The Sing Along – Nick Grant

Luxury Vintage Rap – Nick GrantThe Space Program – A Tribe Called Quest

Buy Back The Block – Rick Ross Ft. 2 Chainz & Gucci Mane

The space program – A Tribe Called Quest

Ballerina (remix) – Belly ft. Ty Dolla $ign

The Rap Up: Episode No. 9
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FDT

Americans are trying to figure out what’s happening to their country because last week the worst of the worst happened. If you’ve been living under a rock for the past week, you will be surprised that Donald Trump is the new President Of the United States Of America. HOW DID THAT HAPPEN? we’ll tell you why. Last Tuesday on Election Day, it was a stressful day for everyone watching but mostly Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. After hours of waiting to see who would win, Hillary Clinton calls Donald Trump to congratulate him on his win. This had America going crazy. Instantly after being elected riots started everywhere in the states. Hate crimes were worse than they have ever been. Schools were spray painting Muslims don’t belong, deport immigrants & one school in specific got a black doll and hung it. Trying to imply black people should die. Hip Hop especially was furious about the decision. Rapper YG right after Donald Trump won tweets “FDT TOUR IS BACK IN DENVER” Denver being a mostly white state who knew what could have happened, but the show went smoothly everything was good. All that we can do now is pray he does a good job running this country and pray that everyone is going to be okay.

 

Lil Wayne & the Roc?

No not Dwayne Johnson. Now, we’re not saying that collab wouldn’t be amazing, but this week we discussed the possibility of Lil Wayne signing to Roc Nation. As some of you may already know, the last couple years have not been pleasant to Lil Wayne, and it doesn’t appear to be getting better anytime soon. With the lawsuit concerning his highly anticipated album  Tha Carter 5in an almost frozen state, and his relationship with Birdman melting away, its not surprising to see Lil Wayne testing his options. Recently at Camp Flog Gnaw, Wayne performed “I’m Me” to which he changed the lyrics from “I’m a MF Cash Money Millionaire”  to ” I’m a MF Roc-a-fella Millionaire”, which understandably sparked rumors of Wayne possibly seeking a new deal with Jay Z’s Roc Nation. While this would be quite the transition for all involved, the potential for new Lil Wayne material, mentored by Jay Z, is a tantalizing prospect.

 

Belly of the Beast

Rapper Belly recently released Inzombia, the mixtape. The Ottawa native has been making waves in the Canadian music industry since 2008. For many Canadian rappers crossing the boarder is a final accomplishment in their career. The Juno Award winner recently moved to Los Angeles to reach a larger audience and push his music in a way he could have never done while living in Ottawa. Belly is one of the newest members of Jay Z’s Roc Nation label. Being signed to Jay has opened a lot of doors for the Ottawa native, he’s been blessed with features on his tape from various artists like Jadakiss, Ashanti, Future, Young Thug, etc. Hopefully there’s a lot more good news in store for Belly on the music side of things, he’s been active in the rap game for almost a decade now and he’s finally getting the respect as a rapper that he deserves.

(Written by Yafet Berhane, TJ Mroz & Garrick Gray)

 

Songs Played This Week:

Me and Your Mama – Childish Gambino

Money Showers – Fat Joe, Remy Ma, Ty Dolla Sign

Congratulations – Post Malone ft. Quavo

Used To This – Future Ft. Drake

Mark My Words – Nipsey Hustle Ft. Rick Ross

Consuela – Belly Ft. Young Thug, Zack

The Space Program – Tribe Called Quest

Mobius – Tribe Called Quest

The Sing Along – Nick Grant Ft. Ricco Barrino

Talk to Me – Run The Jewels

Girlfriend (REMIX) – Kap G Ft. Ty Dolla $ign & Quavo

Crazy Brazy – ASAP Rocky, ASAP Twelvyy & Key!

The Rap Up: Final Show of the Fall Semester
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Adele & Drake Sitting in a Tree

R-E-M-I-X-I-N-G?… After going double platinum in three days, Adele is looking to have some fun and remix the song everyone just can’t seem to get enough of “Hotline Bling”. However we know someone of you hate everything about it, and to that we advise stay patient, it’ll all be over soon… let’s just all be thankful UpTown Funk has pretty much disappeared. During Drake Night at the Air Canada Center while the raptors hosted the Cleveland Cavaliers, Drake revealed he wants to anything he possibly can with Adele, even as far as doing her laundry.

 

Projects All Around

American Thanksgiving has always been a fantastic holiday to receive and acquire gifts. This is no different for those who love Hip-Hop as it seems, every year around this time the digital streets are fed. American Thanksgiving 2015 however, was no different. Fabolous, Trey Songz, Lil Wayne, Lil Bibby, and Rick Ross came through in excellent fashion and all dropped off projects last weekend. Of course we apologize for the increase in your bandwidth usage for this month but who can resist a line-up like that?

 

Your friendly neighborhood MC

A few months ago Marvel, the superhero empire, started releasing what looked like comic book covers, however upon closer inspection, it’s obvious that Marvel has a huge appreciation of Hip-Hop. Marvel has been consistently remixing famous and controversial Hip-Hop cover art and putting a superhero spin on it. Nas’ illmatic, Lil Waynes The Carter 4, Futures Dirty Sprite 2, and Drakes Nothing Was The Same, have all seen the spotlight so far. Currently Marvel has re-done over fifty cover art’s and plans on releasing a 32 page comic book showcasing 14 of the best remixes, that is set to be sold in participating stores on January 6th.

 

Songs Played This Week:

Waiting On My Moment – Childish Gambino Ft. Jhene Aiko & Vince Staples

One of Us – Rick Ross Ft. Nas

Colors & Commas – P Reign Ft. Troy Ave

Too Rich – 50 Cent

The Plug – Fabolous

Started Something – Fabolous

Walls – Trey Songz

Prayers – Trey Songz Ft. Chisanity & J.R.

Finessin – Lil Wayne Ft. Baby E

B2B – Lil Wayne

Black Friday – J. Cole

Tale of 2 citiez – Kendrick Lamar

*THE SLOWBURN*

FAN (Freak At Night) – Chris Brown

Self-Righteous – Bryson Tiller

Phone Down – Erykah Badu

Traffic Jam (Easy Bake Remix) – Jay Rock Ft. Kendrick Lamar & SZA

The Rap Up: Calm Before the Storm
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The Rap Up: Calm Before the Storm

 

Wu-Tang’s Mystery Album

Wu-tang has a new album but unfortunately you can’t hear it, not for 88 years at least. Unless of course you’re the private art collector who purchased the album package for a reported “millions” of dollars. The actual number hasn’t been released however the contents of the album package have. Along with a hand carved nickel-silver case, a leather bound book containing the albums lyrics and a set of speakers worth $55k. What Wu-Tang is trying to do here is historic, no other artist has attempted this before, and the rarity of this album makes it priceless. This will no doubt be a fantastic story in 88 years when the project is finally able to be distributed. Who knows, maybe the best album of all time is out there right now in one lucky man’s hands.

 

Preach, Jadakiss, Preach

Jadakiss is one the realest rappers in the game, theres no questioning that and fresh of the release of his most recent album Top 5 Dead or Alive he gives us his top 5 rules to live by:

  1. Take care of your family – and I agree with this one, keep the ones who love you most comfortable, after all its because of them that you might be in the position you are.
  2. Put God First – I’m not a religious person at all, but whatever helps you get through the day and be a decent human being, all the more power to you.
  3. Save Money – I think this one is self explanatory, stay in your lane.
  4. Educate yourself – This is my favourite, the reality you experience everyday is founded on your knowledge of it. The more you know the more happy you may be.
  5. Pray – we all need a little hope now and again just be careful what you pray for.

 

Thanksgiving game-plan

There’s a lot of new material about to overwhelm you this weekend so let us try and help. The headline of this weekend looks to be Rihanna’s 8th studio album, ANTI, which should be not only be the best project of the weekend, but has the potential to surpass anything released this year. The next project that should be in your download cue is Ape Shit. This of course dependent on its release this weekend which hasn’t been confirmed but fans are gearing up regardless. The Hip-Hop community can’t get enough of Future and seeing as he might have one of the best producers in the industry working the boards on this mixtape, there is a huge upside. As your bandwidth limit for the month seemingly vanishes before your eyes don’t forget to cop Lil Wayne’s, No Ceilings 2, which will arrive tomorrow. Lil Wayne’s tendency to simply remix popular songs instead of creating his own is the biggest reason why we’re not downloading this first, however we’re thrilled for some new Wheezy regardless. Finally, 50 Cent’s The Kanan Tape should be the last thing you anxiously try to squeeze into the remaining space on your music device. From what we’ve heard of the singles leading up to its release, we’re expecting this project to be surprisingly strong.

 

 

Songs Played Tonight:

Untouchable – Pusha T

Body Bags – 50 Cent

Crocodile Python – Rick Ross

Drifting – G-Eazy Ft. Chris Brown & Tory Lanez

Saved – Ty Dolla $ign

God (remix) – Jeezy Ft. Nas

Workin – Diddy Ft. Travis Scott & Big Sean

Crip or Die – Snoop Dogg

Last Breath – Future

Waiting For My Moment – Childish Gambino, Jhene Aiko & Vince Staples

Dead on – Rich Homie Quan & Young Thug

Hercules – Young Thug

Winnin – Sauce twinz & Meek Mill

Kill – Jadakiss Ft. lil wayne

Phone down – Problem & Wale

Jabroni – Mac Miller Ft. Migos