MUST HAVE Upcoming Projects

Touching on the last comment in the previous post, I just wanted to point out some upcoming projects that any avid hip-hop fan is probably going to need to cop in the next couple months.

First up on my list:

June 12th

Summer Knights

Joey Bada$$: Summer Knights

June 18th

Yeezus

Kanye West: Yeezus

Born Sinner

J. Cole: Born Sinner

Watching Movies With the Sound Off

Mac Miller: Watching Movies with the Sound off

June 25th

The Gifted

Wale: The Gifted

July 16th

Pusha T

Pusha T: My Name is My Name

Ace Hood

Ace Hood: Trials & Tribulations

Unscheduled release dates include:

Fabolous: Loso’s Way II: Rise to Power
Big Sean: Hall of Fame
Juicy J: Stay Trippy

This looks to be a very promising summer.

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#ExcuseMyFlop #HANNNN

French Montana

I know some of you are thinking that this blog may be to only promote new albums/mixtapes and say how good they are, how much talent the artist has, how good the production was etc. etc.

However, that is not the case. We keep it real. And so what better way to do that than to call an album exactly what it is: trash. I mean seriously, this album has 28 features for 18 songs (Deluxe Edition). I think that in itself should say that French can’t make a real hit without a TON of help. I will say that there are a couple songs on the album that are legitimate. “Pop That”, which has been out for what seems like forever, has been on rotation in probably almost any nightclub in America. But even on that, he has by far the worst verse. Ross, Drake, and Wayne killed him on his own song. The second single “Freaks” ft. Nicki Minaj wasn’t really for me but that’s a personal taste preference so I don’t wanna hate on it too much. The sleeper on here to me is “Gifted” ft. The Weeknd which actually is a solid song.

The point is, if you’re looking for any kind of lyrical content, you’ve come to the wrong place. I know the hip-hop/rap community needs guys like French, Gucci, Waka etc. for the fun, entertaining, hype songs that we love. But jeez. If it weren’t for some of these beats and an assload of features then who would really listen to this? JUHEARDD??

We’re being generous giving this a 5/10. Commercial sales of 56,000 in the first week tend to support us on this.

Don’t worry, the months of June and July are going to provide us with some extremely good music.

#TheLifeIsSoExcitingTour

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Another concert in the books. Another #TurntUp night that I won’t be forgetting anytime soon. This past Thursday, May 2nd, yours truly made the journey to the House of Blues in Myrtle Beach, SC. (#DirtyMyrtle as I’ve come to know it. It’s never a good choice but always the right thing to do).

This time the headliners were Pusha T and Fabolous.

After crushing some red bull vodkas (go juice) and some anxious waiting, it was time. TURNUPTIME. Pusha T came out first and the crowd erupted. Push did mostly new material but he did perform “Popeye’s” originally by the Clipse. His newer songs performed included “Blocka”, “Millions”, “Exodus 23:1” and my personal favorite – his verse from “Mercy”. At that point in time when that beat dropped I entered gorilla mode. The crowd seemed to be in the same mindstate because when the Ric Flair “Woo!” came on the music cut and that’s the only thing you could hear.

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Not to be outdone, Fabolous came out next and was #Niiiiiice. Too much Nice for one man to handle. Fab is probably one of my top 5 favorites even though he may not get as much publicity as some of the younger upcoming guys in the game. This was the first time I had seen him and he was everything I hoped he would be. He performed for honestly between an hour and an hour and a half just by himself. New school, old school, everything. He played “Young’N”, his verse from DJ Drama’s “Oh My”, “Breathe”, “Diamonds” (Soul Tape 2 song), “BITE”, “Only Life I Know” and “You Be Killin Em” among others.

The duo ended the night by playing the title track for the tour “The Life Is So Exciting” and it was icing on the cake.

Check these guys out if they’re coming to a city near you. They will shut the city down.

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4/24/2013 Providence, RI – Lupos Heartbreak Hotel
4/25/2013 Boston, MA – Wilbur Theatre
4/26/2013 New York, NY – BB Kings
4/27/2013 Washington, DC – Howard Theatre
4/28/2013 Baltimore, MD – Soundstage
4/30/2013 Norfolk, VA – TBA
5/2/2013 Myrtle Beach, SC – House Of Blues
5/3/2013 Raleigh, NC – Long Branch Ent Complex
5/4/2013 New Paltz, NY – SUNY New Paltz
5/5/2013 Cleveland, OH – House Of Blues
5/8/2013 Indianapolis, IN – Egyptian Room
5/9/2013 Minneapolis, MN – Epic
5/10/2013 Milwaukee, WI – Rave
5/11/2013 Detroit, MI – Royal Oak
5/13/2013 Kansas City, MO – The Midland
5/14/2013 Denver, CO – The Ogden
5/16/2013 Phoenix, AZ – TBA
5/17/2013 Los Angeles, CA – Club Nokia
5/18/2013 Ventura, CA – Majestic Ventura Theater
5/19/2013 San Francisco, CA – Mezzanine
5/20/2013 Portland, OR – Roseland
5/21/2013 Seattle, WA – Showbox
5/22/2013 Vancouver, BC – Gossip
5/23/2013 Edmonton, AB – Encore
5/24/2013 Calgary, AB – Flames Central
5/25/2013 Saskatoon,SK – Odeon
5/28/2013 Winnipeg, MB – TBA
5/30/2013 Montreal, QC – Club Soda
5/31/2013 Mississauga, ON – Famous
6/1/2013 Oshawa, ON – Marquee

#TrulyYours2 – 9/10

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Fresh off of the heels of #TrulyYours1, North Carolina’s own J. Cole dropped #TrulyYours2 this past Wednesday night. During the previous week Cole had dropped the single “Cole Summer” which led listeners to wonder if they should expect that track on the upcoming album #BornSinner, dropping June 25th. However, Cole came back to let fans know via twitter that he would be letting go a 2nd EP prior to the album drop, and he followed up with this promise.

Quite honestly, I didn’t give Truly Yours 1 as much listening time as I should have so it’s hard for me to really give it a fair shake when i compare it to Truly Yours 2…..but I’m gonna do it anyways. Personally, I think TY2 blows TY1 away. The tracks put together on this new EP are so damn good.

The lyrical wordplay skill that Cole has is arguably the best in the game. Arguably. For anyone that was under the impression that Cole had fallen off, or for the listener who perhaps didn’t think that, but instead thought that he had cooled off for a while: The wait is over. Where are the naysayers now? Cole is back (not that he left), with a vengeance.

This is an EP for the fans. the DreamVillians. Songs you won’t see on the album, but songs that can still be appreciated.

I don’t even want to try and explain some of the lyrical wordplay in some of the songs because you should honestly listen for yourself. And in untypical Cole fashion, there are 2 high profile features in Young Jeezy in “Kenny Lofton” and 2 Chainz in “Chris Tucker”. Don’t sleep on “Head Bussa” either, i can’t stop playing it. The only negative about this EP was simply the fact that it was only 6 songs. June 25th can’t come quickly enough.

“J. Cole – Truly Yours 2”

Triad Music Festival

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Hello world,

Last night the city of Greensboro, NC hosted it’s Triad Music Festival and quite simply: we were blessed. The headliner of this event was none other than Compton’s own Kendrick Lamar. Never one to disappoint, Kendrick brought the heat. He came out right off the bat to “Westside, Right on Time” and from there things only got better. I do have to say for such a large crowd (I’m guessing in the 5,000 range) the crowd participation was excellent. People were standing the entire time and going word for word with K.Dot. One of the best moments in the show as far as crowd involvement goes was when Kendrick did his verse from A$AP Rocky’s “Fuckin Problems”. I mean seriously, I’ve never heard more people say “GIRL, I KNOW YOU WANT DIH DICK!”. Kendrick even want back after he finished his verse and did it again, acapella with the crowd.

But by far, the best moment of the show came when Kendrick addressed the crowd and let us know we were the loudest, most turnt up crowd he’s had – i was thinkin right, i’m sure you don’t say this at any other shows – but he continued by saying that he had a special surprise for us….

and then out comes NC’s very own J. COLE

at this moment in time all hell broke loose. The crowd lost their minds, everybody started jumping up and down, screamin, standing on chairs etc. It hit the fan.

Cole performed both verses on his new single “Power Trip” and we were singing the hook in place of Miguel.

This show was definitely one for the ages. These 2 are part of the core of young rappers who will be the future of hip-hop/rap and they continue to impress me, even though I’ve seen them both 5-10 times combined.

Only lowlight of the show was when they cut alcohol sales at 9:30. I wasn’t upset bc I was driving home, but there were some PISSED individuals behind me lol. they were not allowed to Pour Up, DRANK.

Here is the entire set list as well:

Westside, Right on Time
Hol’ Up
Fuckin Problems verse
RIP Remix verse
Money Trees
Backseat Freestyle
Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe
Poetic Justice
Chapter Six
The Recipe
HiiiPower
m.A.A.d City
J. Cole – Power Trip
Swimming Pools (Drank)
Cartoons & Cereal