Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Sunday, October 14, 2007
Friday, October 12, 2007
Okay, so I meant to make this post yesterday, but... I crashed.
Anyways, Kanye's official sales are placed at 1,409,400 copies, Fif is at 956,800 copies. So who really won? Neither of them, because Kanye and Curtis both moved substantial units, sure Kon is at almost 500k more than Interscope Jackson. But, the real winner? The suits at Universal Records. Interscope is under Universal, Def Jam is under Universal. So there wasn't really any competition. The same guys won in the end. They still received substantial profits, Curtis and Kanye both hyped up a non-existent beef. What do I think they would've sold without the Rolling Stone Cover or any of that. Kanye: 720,000 and Curtis: 420,000. (I'll finish later).
Thursday, October 11, 2007
No Stopping Soulja Boy On Billboard Hot 100
Soulja Boy's "Crank That (Soulja Boy)" begins a fifth non-consecutive week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in a week when his debut album, "souljaboytellem.com," debuts at No. 4 on The Billboard 200. Kanye West's "Stronger" and Britney Spears' "Gimme More" hold their spots right behind, at Nos. 2 and 3, respectively.
I GOT THIS FROM THE BILLBOARD WEBSITE! PEOPLE, WHAT THE FUCK?!
As I was reading through the most recent issue of The Source with my dude David Banner on the cover at a stop-over in Raleigh, NC I noticed one detail that disgusted me. McDonald's has officially dropped Twista from their nationwide tour because of his "controversial lyrics". Bull. Shit. Personally, I don't take the Oprah stance (every rapper is the spawn of Satan) or the Russell Simmons stance (RESPECT THE POETS) I stand that rappers are entertainers and that people aren't so simple that they go kill someone after listening to 50 Cent or go sell cocaine after listening to the Clipse. Because, a rapper chooses what they say, and you choose what to listen to. So if you don't want to hear Hip-Hop then don't watch Hip-Hop shows, we don't care. It's when people decide to attack us that people get interested... Anyone else watch Neil Cavuto making an ass of himself on FOX debating with M-1. My other problem: DON IMUS. He said something, I agree it was disgusting, yes, but mainstream media just used that as an excuse to continue their assault on rap culture. Do you really think Don Imus sits at home listening to Too $hort and screaming "BIOTCH!" in his spare time? No, Don Imus figured he could get some shock value out of what he said. Would he have said the same thing if rap music didn't exist, I don't know. In todays increasingly PC culture where everything has to be upbeat and perfect. Essentially, reflecting a darker reality is no longer "in" for mainstream culture. When I see rap being blamed for the acceptance of words like "bitch" and "ho" I am appalled. You really think that if rap music didn't exist everything would be perfect and happy and there would be no crime? No. Do I think that some bad has come from hip-hop, yes, who doesn't? But, much more positive has come through. What will you have to hate when rap is dead? Concerned for the welfare of the American youth? Offended by the harshness of it all? Fine, but there are much bigger problems than Twista's lyrics to deal with right now...
(If you have a problem with what I'm saying, leave a comment)
All in all it's actually a decent song. "Sunset", got it from a DJ Skee tape... Probably on The Mirror. Okay, so I say he'll sell 27,000 first week and like 130k over all... Any guesses? Oh and by the way, who the fuck names their child "Brittney" with two T's?
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Honestly, I haven't downloaded this song, it's from "MADE" and I refuse to even listen to it... Because, I need that album like a crackhead needs to occasionally scratch their teeth/teef. All I've read was the "Train of Thought" article on it...
LINK OFF. BUY THE GODDAMN SONG
Don't get me wrong, Papoose's flow is official. But this video is so stale, it's that same "Straight-To-Youtube" video concept. A few pseudo-celebrities, a few real ones, two or three alternating shots. I know that Pap just left Jive (allegedly) and he's trying to get some more promotion, but "Victory 2007" was fire, and one of my favorite tracks of the year... So I don't understand, you could've done a video for that song which would've been HUGELY SUCCESSFUL. Why do one for a bizarrely popular freestyle you made 2 months ago? Then again, he did come up under a dude who spends part of his time smacking other DJ's in the face....
Unrelated news: This man is amazing and you should all watch this video like 15,000 times...
Everyone thought that "Kingdom Come" was so important in the progression of H.O. But realistically, we all knew that that album would sell based off of it being his comeback album. Why American is so significant is that it proves whether Jay has the ability to accurately convey a steady concept throughout an album. From what I've heard the album has some shining moments. My question is will it be a real match of the album or a Dark Side of the Moon/Wizard of Oz match.
(for all you Black Republicans out there, Nas is supposedly on Success, Jay wouldn't let anyone hear his verse)
TRACKLIST ACCORDING TO WIKIPEDIA:
Title Producer(s) Featured guest(s) Time
"Blue Magic" Pharrell Pharrell 4:12
"Fallen" Jermaine Dupri
"I Know" Pharrell
"Ignorant Shit" Just Blaze Beanie Sigel
"American Gangster" Just Blaze
"No Hook" Diddy & The Hitmen
"Pray" Diddy & The Hitmen
"Sweet" Diddy & The Hitmen
"Party Life" Diddy & The Hitmen
"Roc Boys" Diddy & The Hitmen
"Say Hello to the Bad Guy" DJ Toomp
"Success" No I.D. Nas
"This Shit Right Here" Marvin Gaye (sample)
"When the Money's Gone" Jermaine Dupri
I post music in order to encourage you to become a fan of that artist and so you can go out and LEGALLY buy their music.
Keep the music alive...
UPDATE: I STOPPED POSTING LINKS.... IF YOU WANT THE TRACKS GOOGLE IT YOURSELF... I will still have video links and news.
Weezy F. Baby's "La, la, la". Anyone else notice it's the same sample as Rhymefests' "Tell A Story". Anyways, one of my favorite songs of the year... Though he loses it on the third verse for a little it's still pretty official... I don't know who produced it, but it was on "The Drought is Over" that The Empire mixtape, and it was the best track he's done in a while... Carter Tres coming 2007/8, Blood Brothers/I Can't Feel My Face coming, (?)
To be perfectly honest, I'm not too familiar with Midnight Marauders either... And to be honest, at first I didn't realize he did mess up... But now that he's had his hall of fame hissy I'm VERY AWARE. Brought up on Gangster-Rap my ass, when you're gonna pay tribute to a group like ATCQ and you mess up I'll tolerate it, when you mess up and SPAZ!!!! We have a problem...
Lupe's The Cool drops in October(?)
“The label brought the idea to me and I told them that I didn’t think it was cool because I didn’t grow up on them. People are going to think that’s phony,” Fiasco stated. “I think people who know that I haven’t listened to the Midnight Maurauders album are going to look at me and say its phony. They gave me mad press kits on Tribe and I was like ‘I know who they are!’ but now this was becoming (even more) phony because I had to beef up and play a role that I know them. Just for the sake of putting on a facade for my fans? I’ll never do that.”UPDATE: I don't hate Lupe anymore, at least he man'd up...
To reitorate a point, what Russell Simmons is doing is taking a stance that rappers don't choose the way they are, essentially that they are completely void of free will and are shaped like a piece of clay. That's just not true... Three examples: Talib Kweli, Saigon and Pharoahe Monch. These three individuals all grew up in the 'hood... But do they thrive on that "I'm street" point until it just becomes white noise like some artists? No, of course not... Now I know what you're thinking, Russell Simmons is an important figure in Hip-Hop, and yes, he is, you're right... But he's regurgitating the same crap every interview without changing his vantage point... If people like Oprah and Bill O'Reilly are one extreme, then Russell Simmons is the other, he's refusing to accept the faults that have occured within the music and the culture, and that's wrong too....