The Zeitgeist of Hip-Hop: Migos’ Culture
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The Zeitgeist of Hip-Hop: Migos’ Culture

Donald Glover, a.k.a. Childish Gambino, set social media ablaze with all things Migos on January 8th when he shouted out the Atlanta hip-hop trio and their single “Bad and Boujee” during his first Golden Globes acceptance speech. The big ups to Migos increased Spotify streams of the single by a staggering 243 percent and it didn’t stop there—Glover confirmed an upcoming collaboration with the group and proclaimed Migos “the Beatles of this generation.” Currently, “Bad and Boujee” is the number one song on the Billboard 100.

Migos, no strangers to the charts, have ruled the past few years with singles such as “Versace” with a feature by Drake, “Look at my Dab,” and “Fight Night,” but would the string of successes continue for the trap trio upon the release of their latest musical effort?

With much hype and anticipation, Migos released their sophomore full-length album, Culture, on January 27th with features from heavy-hitters like Gucci Mane, Travis Scott, Lil Uzi Vert and 2 Chainz. Upon listening to the album through, I could not help but notice the vocal seamlessness of Qauvo, Offset, and Takeoff—a melodic and literal representation of their growth since their 2013 mixtape, Y.R.N. (Young Rich N****s). Migos’ growth spurt did not leave their signature catchy hooks and undeniable chemistry in the dust, but played on these strengths and set the bar for the future of hip-hop.

Most of the 13 songs on the album feature a heavy bass line without sounding indistinguishable from one another as unique songs. Being said, Migos has gone from mastering the art of the single to mastering the art of the album.

The Migos, without hesitation, have launched beyond notoriety into superstar status.

 

If you’re bad and boujee, you will (probably) like these tracks from Culture:

  • “Get Right Witcha”
  • “Slippery (feat. Gucci Mane)”
  • “Deadz (feat. 2 Chainz)”
  • “Out Yo Way”
Grand Analog “Roll Dub Soul Rap” Album Review
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Grand Analog “Roll Dub Soul Rap” Album Review

Grand Analog released their newest album, Roll Dub Soul Rap (A Collection) back in October 2015. The album is a compilation of all their best tracks from previous albums, including Calligraffiti (2007), Metropolis is Burning (2009) and Modern Thunder (2013). They originated from Winnipeg, Manitoba, as the likes of The Weakerthans, and moved to Toronto which is where they are currently based.

Their music is mostly categorized within the Hip Hop genre but includes influences from reggae, R&B, rock, and jazz. Some tracks have a more retro vibe and others are more modern. The track order makes it flow perfectly, and it makes sense together, even though they were all initially from separate albums. The Album artwork keeps to the theme of their previous albums and is my personal favourite out of all of them. As someone who really values the artwork artists put on their work, I can really appreciate this one because I feel that it really represents the music they make.

Howl (Like Wolves) is the first track on the album and was originally a single released in 2013. It has a cool vibe to it and sounds really familiar in lot’s of different ways. It’s definitely the most “feel good” track on the album and I haven’t been able to turn it off lately because of how catchy it is.

Wild Animal Print is track eleven on the collection and has a really dope beat. The sound is great and overall really upbeat and makes a really great dance track. The song combines funk and afrobeat vibes and is definitly one of my favourite tracks overall.

The Great Rhyme Dropper appears on the album as track fourteen. This track shows off the skill and pure talent from Odario and Olfield and has some great rhymes. It’s got a similar vibe to their song Cassettes from the album Modern Thunder. Which is also an amazing song that you should check out if you can find it.

I was very concerned when I didn’t see People People  from Modern Thunder on the collection, as it is one of my personal favourites, however I believe they did a great job in curating the tracks on the newest album. It shows the diversity in their music and you get an idea of all the different places they gather influence from.

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Taking Lunch Money!
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Taking Lunch Money!

Wuddduupp friends?! Hope all is well and everyone is avoiding the snowmagedon happening outside. We’ve been all bundled up on some eskimo type ishhhh but our Timbs are still soaking wet. Can anyone help? No? Okay. Anyways, we’ve had two really dope shows back to back with some crazy music, videos and cyphers.

First things first we NEED to talk about this Shady XV thing. So Shady Records is celebrating their 15th year anniversary this year and to do so they are dropping an album next week featuring a whole whack of different people from all over the record label as well as the industry as a whole. On top of that (probably to promo the album) Eminem, Yelawolf and Slaughterhouse got together for an 18 minute acapella cypher. Everyone remembers the BET Awards Shady 2.0 Cypher and this new one gives it a run for its money. Check it out below as well as a new track off their upcoming album.’ ______ vs. Everybody’ on the way?

On top of that we talked about J Cole’s upcoming album, YG’s movie and of course the whole Kim K naked photoshoot.

Lastly, we took a look at Your Old Droog’s new LP. If you don’t remember YOD, let me give you a little reminder.  Way back in the summer time we talked about this unknown rapper from New York who sounded EXACTLY like Nas. Like, almost 100% like Nas. A lot of people thought that he was actually Nas. However, we eventually found out that he wasn’t but the raps are still amazing. Anyways, he recently released his full length self titled LP. There is really no other rapper right now doing what he’s doing. His use of boom baps and jazz samples makes us feel like we are back in the 80s/90s. Peep our faves below!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tLjkboWzp10

Well, that’s it from us this week. Check us out same time same place. Make sure to check us out on Twitter for all the updates and so on and so forth.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peace, Love & Eminem’s Rhyme Books

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The Pull Up!

Wuddduupp friends?! I know y’all been sweating the fact that we haven’t been in these online streets for a few weeks. Sorry. We’ve been working hard to give you guys the best of the best on the air. There has been a ton of new music so be sure to keep your eyes and ears peeled as you read below.

We have really been digging this new Theophilus London album entitled ‘Vibes’. Executive produced by Mr. Kanye West himself, the Brooklyn rapper gives us a new feel to his abilities as an emcee. The last we heard from Theophilus was back when he had that 2012 hit with A$AP Rocky. (you can peep it below). But in all honesty, the album is pretty tight. It has a real medley of sounds from different genres. Some songs sound more like slow building, progressive EDM than authentic hip-hop; but it works. Check out his previous hit and new cuts below. Good vibes only!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8YMZGYsNKtA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AvZlYSlT9S0

Up next we touched on the BET Hip-Hop Awards that happend a few weeks back. The best part about these awards are their, well, awards. They have all different kinds of awards ranging from fan faves to more technical accolades. Check below for a full list of winners.

Best Video: Drake – Worst Behavior

Best Collab: YG – My Hitter

Best Live Performer: Kanye West

Lyricist of the Year: Kendrick Lamar

DJ of the Year: DJ Mustard

Producer of the Year: DJ Mustard

MVP of the Year: DJ Mustard

Album of the Year: Drake – Nothing Was The Same

Who Blew Up: Iggy Azalea

Made You Look: Nicki Minaj

Hustler of the Year: Dr. Dre

Best Club Banger: Future – Move That Dope

Track of the Year: YG- My Hitter

Sweet 16: Kendrick Lamar – Control

Best Mixtape: Wiz Khalifa – 28 Grams

People’s Champ: Drake

Impact Track: Common – Kingdom

Best Hip-Hop Site: WorldStarHipHop

Obviously some suspect winners but it will play. Not to mention the cyphers were fiiiiiiiire, so all is forgiven.

Well, that is it from us this week. TUNE IN every Wednesday. Get at us on Twitter (@RLRapUp) for all that good good!

Peace, Love & Eminem’s Extraterrestrial Rhyme Schemes

Way More Fresher, With Way Less Effort
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Way More Fresher, With Way Less Effort

Wudddupp friends?!  Hope you guys aren’t drowning in midterms and such because lord knows we’ve been keeping a low profile when it comes to school work. I mean, I like class but… Anyways, put on a really dope show for you guys whether you were pre drinking for Phil’s or studying for midterms. Either way you slice it, it was a good look.

We kicked things off with some new Childish Gambino. Donald dropped a new mixtape hosted by Atlanta OG, DJ Drama. It is essentially his very own Gangsta Grillz mixtape. It features all existing beats in which the ATLien himself spazzes on them with no holds barred. His lyrics are sharp and his delivery is cunning. It isn’t the most conventional project from Gambino who has typically been more of a “make my own beats and hooks and verses” kind of guy. However, on this tape, he gets on his 2006 Lil Wayne tip and murders other people’s beats. There are a few original tracks on the project which balance it out. Peep our faves below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S4QKfIcZgZo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KFaRFPgktcw

In other news, Drake is a sending threatening texts, Wu-Tang’s got the bars back, Dej Loaf is getting a deal and Cassidy is a dead man walking.

We then stumbled on a conversation that has been on the back of our minds for a while. With the recent announcement of TI coming to Toronto and London, it brings up the question: Is he a GOAT? I mean, on paper, TI has had just as many hits and longevity in this game as a Kanye or a Weezy. So then why is he performing for 55$ at a small venue in London, Ontario? For one, he isn’t as relevant now than others but there is no doubt he can be considered the greatest (at one point). What do yall think? Is TI one of the greats? Should he be playing these smaller venues? Let us know via Twitter.

PS: check his new song with Pharrell below.

Well, that’s it from us this week. Make sure to tune in next week because guess what? WE ARE HERE FOR READING WEEK! We may be coming at you a bit later but hey, we’re back up in this thaaang; it’s a go.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peace, Love & BeenTrill’s Stock Price

Where We Been At?
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Where We Been At?

Wudduupp friends?! Hope all is well in school-land. Over here in radio-land we have been busy. Apologies for not being on the web in a minute but we are back now with that real real. We are going to recap you on the past three weeks. Get ready, this may take you a while.

Three weeks ago we had a few friends on the sho. TJ and Rafey from our very own newspaper, The Cord, came on and shared their thoughts on the current state of hip-hop. We chopped it up about Big Sean’s recent releases and how salty he is about Naya Rivera breaking his heart. Peep his obviously directed track below. #StrayShots

We also had an interview with New York rapper, Sammus. She has been killing the local circuit for a while now. Her tracks mix all different kinds of flow, beats and delivery but the message is very concise; girls have bars too. Her summer mixtape Another M got some real attention from major hip-hop publications so naturally, we had to get her on the phone. We talked about everything from the state of females in hip-hop to Kanye’s influence on her music. She may spaz on tracks but she’s extremely down to earth and easy to talk to. Did we mention she currently goes to Cornell as well? Pretty dope mi; a rhyme slinger and a scholar. Check out our fave track below and remember to follow her on Soundcloud.

Last week we had some real Gs on the show. The entire KTDA family came thru and updated us on what they’ve been up to. They literally stepped on the plane and came to Waterloo after a three week studio bender in Dallas, Texas. Konfident and the gang have been busy promoting their latest release Liberty which dropped back in May. They are between shooting videos, doing remixes, making clothes and living it large. Kon’s also got a hit on his hands. His coming of age track ‘Everything I Wanted’ is getting some serious plays on local stations in Canada and in some American cities. Be on the lookout for new music really soon but for right now peep the video below. vaaaaMMMMosss.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D5IB6ECblec

Now, this past week we took it slow. After a crazy month, we just relaxed and talked that real. We played some new music from Mr. Childish Gambino who just dropped a fire mixtape called STN MTN. It is hosted by DJ Drama so you know he is going over some other rappers’ beats. He legitimately murder some old school beats like ‘Go DJ’ and ‘Southern Hospitality’ but also got busy on beats like ‘Money Baby’.

We also ran thru a list of the 10 best auto-tune songs of the last five years. T-Pain mastered the auto-tune effect back in 2006-2009 but recently years ago, he has fallen off. There are a ton of reasons why this happend but one of the most prominent reasons is because he didn’t evolve with the vocoder. These days, hip-hop sing/sung tracks are more spacey and foggy, T-Pain was sticking to his ‘Buy U Drank’ flow which didn’t fly. That being said, we recapped some tracks that are doing it right. Peep the full list below and let us know what you think via Twitter.

Tony Montana – Future

Turn On The Lights – Future

Citgo – Chief Keef

Blood On The Leaves – Kanye West

Guilt Trip – Kanye West

Dis Ain’t What You Want – Lil Durk

Up Down – T-Pain

Money Baby – K Camp

Danny Glover – Young Thug

We Dem Boyz – Wiz Khalifa

Anyways, that is it from us this week(s). Our dearest apologies for not updating you sooner and we promise to keep up with the blogs each and every week so you guys can get all filled in. In the meantime, make sure to follow us on Twitter * @RLRapUp* and tune in next week for more of the same!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peace, Love & Amber Rose’s alimony cheques.