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Maroon 5 “Pay Phone” f/Wiz Khalifa
The new guard of producers is here, and Elite is perhaps one of the least known. Except you do know him. For those that don’t well he’ll be dropping a mixtape entitled Awaken. The title obviously plays on the idea of this known, but unknown producer wanting you to wake up. The first record off the mix-tape enlists J. Cole aptly titled ‘Elite’. For your music enjoyment, you can download, as well as check out the song listing on the cover. I like the design concept, clean, and dramatic.
Asap Rocky continues his asault on all things Hip-hop and culture. The ambassador the new look New York City is carving his own digging into his influences which are wide ranging with no real boundaries. He links up with Â producer Hit Boy for his debut single “Goldie”. The fine folks over at J-Records/Polo Grounds are on it…Mean. Will this dog hunt folks? Shouts to illroots.
It’s interesting to see producers whom are also rap artists do their thing. Scram Jones is one of those producers in the game that has respect, and successes under his belt. Coming back with a new mixtape titled ‘The Hat Trick’. There have been spot releases of tracks off the mixtape. You can take a listen, and feel where Scram’s been crafting for a while.
The travesty that is Penn State this week of November 11-11-11 is quenticitally the most depressing. With a legend of sport lore going down like a greek hero, a tragic fashion paramount to any Epic tale created by ambitious poets. Joe Patterno’s impact on a university, and sport, The ambitions of a university such as Penn State. It is no wonder the entire world of sports from media to next year’s little league champion’s will remember that greatness can end in disgrace. No matter what you have done, you could have done more. This is what the victims of a sadistic man will say, as they cope with a life of transformation stalked by a predator they must evade at all costs. It is not the fault of many young victims, but rather the man/men, and women culpable who must face a demon in the mirror. Asking, ‘why didn’t I do more’? Drake can’t wipe away the disgrace, hurt, and viciousness of what we have heard/read about Penn State football. Except, he damn sure can bring levity. As he does with ‘Make Me Proud’ Live.
With a Heavy heart it’s sad for me to write that one Hip-hops best ambassadors, and rarely praised MC’s has passed us. Heavy D. This week marked the rising passing of a pioneer who at the young age of 44 still had much to live, and give us. God has a plan, and reasons. He needed Heavy. Heavy gave us dancing, and rapping, all with class like no other artist. The handsome Caribbean artist was a signing of music mogul Andre Harrell. Heavy was Biggie before Biggie in the sense that he had an impression, and grip that you loved to lean into. G’ ing up the ladies, talking slick, confident, and charming. The big guy didn’t walk as much as he glided. Perhaps because he never did much hardcore, or street records with huge stories, and concepts about a life he never lived. Heavy D made music. Stuff you could dance at the same time showcasing a prowess on the mic that few would dare touch. You never tested Heavy D. Never. There always an impression he gave out that if he wanted to, lyrical bars were not far behind. Needless to say, the music Heavy D did create, along with the image he displayed. Where positive, and fun. Just what the genre loved.
Cookin Soul offers up a great Video Tribute to Heavy D. Kudos also to VH1 Video dedicated urban music we’ve had a chance to relive what some have forgotten, others loved. Thanks Heavy D. We know Hip-hop is fun in heaven with you there. Keep dancing.
The ‘Other White Boy’ Asher Roth is set to release hisÂ Pabst & Jazz mixtape/album (You never know these days). In the mean time we may perhaps be in the midst of the first generation of dope white boy rappers/artists. This week Mac Miller broke records with his independent album “Blue Side Park”. In Asher Roths case he is gearing up fro a second course to give fans. Lyrical, and charismatic, Asher has something to not prove, but improve in terms of showing us how much more he has to show as an artist. The fun part of the wait is the fact that Asher is blessing us with new music. Since his opus with prodcuer wonder kind Nottz it’ll be pretty cool to see where Asher’s new project goes. In the mean time hit the link, and sink in slow with his new jawn ‘Common Knowledge’.