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Editorial: The Top 5 R&B Groups of Our Generation

July 16, 2010 9 comments

This is something I wrote back in 2007, but I figured I would add it to my blog just to have it in the archives.

For clarification: “Our” generation would include all us who were born in the 80’s. The artists on this list must have released their 1st album during or after that decade, had a career that lasted at least 5 years, and had at least one multi-platinum selling album. The groups will be judged on the following: 1. The Music (Overall quality of music, hit singles, lyrics, harmonies, albums sold, etc.) 2. Influence (impact on other groups, culture, and fashion) 3. Longevity (Legacy and Staying Power) 4. Individual Member Impact (Outside/Inside work by each member). “Wrote a song about it, like to hear it, hear go..”

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Editorial: Leaders of the New School -The Truth League

April 28, 2010 1 comment

A few weeks ago, while working on the remix for “I’m Beaming”,  Lupe Fiasco tweeted that he was in the studio with The All City Chess Club. Now I’m sure an album will never surface with the artists he listed, but the names on the list were very similar to the new artists I’ve been praising over the last few years who are finally getting their shine. It’s been said over and over again that Hip-hop is dead, and sometimes I find myself wondering why “I used to love H.E.R.” However, if you look and listen you will find some exceptional talent in hip-hop. Artists who are saying something in their music and bringing back the vibe of times past.

About two years ago, I was talking to a friend and I was telling him that I wished I could create a label that had all of the new underground artists that I loved and surprisingly a few of those names are reaching the level of success I knew they would with the proper backing (I really think A&R was my calling lol). Anyway, below is the list of  artists I consider to be the future of hip-hop. Those who I feel are saying something and represent the art the way it should be.

SN: You won’t find Drake on this list. Even though I respect the commercial success he’s had, the verdict is still out for me.

If you’ve never heard some of these albums/mixtapes/songs.. please act accordingly.

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The Soundtrack To My Life

March 30, 2010 Leave a comment

Music is my life. I eat, sleep, and breath it. So over the last couple of years I’ve been creating a soundtrack to my life. After a lot of thought I finally came up with songs that I feel define me. I have added and subtracted songs over the years and some have remained from the beginning. The track listing is in order, not from favorite to least favorite, but more like music that tells a story of my life from beginning to end.

The soundtrack touches on everything from love, to family, to faith, to songs dedicated to my wife and children.  I’m sure the list will change again at some point.

So take a look..if you havn’t heard some of the songs feel free to download them.

Track list after the jump…

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My 10 Favorite Storytelling Hip-Hop Records Part. II

February 18, 2010 1 comment

Recap:
10. Eminem – “Guilty Conscience” from The Slim Shady LP
9. A Tribe Called Quest – “8 Million Stories” from Midnight Marauders
8. NaS – “Rewind” from Stillmatic
7. The Notorious B.I.G. – “I Got A Story To Tell” from Life After Death [Disc. 1]
6. Ice Cube – “It Was a Good Day” from Predator

Part I

Part II of My 10 Favorite Storytelling Hip-Hop Records after the jump. Feel free to add your favorite songs or songs you think should have made the list.

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My 10 Favorite Storytelling Hip-Hop Records Part. I

February 17, 2010 Leave a comment

A good story can be told by the least literate amongst us. Stories range from films, great plays, novels, and everyday conversations. From the very beginning of Hip-Hop’s creation “the story” has played an important part of any MC’s resume. In the industries current ringtone, bubblegum, thoughtless days of rap, storytelling has been forced to the lost & found bin. After scrummaging through my favorite albums I created what I would consider the best storytelling records counting down from 10-1. Most you’ve heard, but if you haven’t look them up. “Wrote a song about it.. like to hear it, hear go…”

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