"Stay Far From Timid, Only Make Moves When Your Hearts In It, and Live The Phrase: Sky's The Limit..."
© Christopher "Notorious BIG" Wallace R.I.P

Monday, August 30, 2010

Kanye/Rae Collabo...

Looks like the two came through for this Justin Bieber remix.  I'm sure I wasn't the only one concerned and skeptical about this collaboration especially since its on a Justin Bieber track.  No disrespect to Bieber but, most fans like myself would rather find Rae and Kanye collaborating on a classic hip-hop cut rather a Pop record. But, with this release I have to admit it's actually DOPE.  The idea to use the "Wu-Tang Clan Ain’t Nothin’ To Fuck With" was genius.

Hopefully a collabo between the duo could be seen in the near future, possibly including Ghostface.

"Runaway Love" (REMIX) (Featuring Kanye West & Raekwon) - Justin Bieber

Live at Rock The Bells 2010 in MD

Looks like God's Son is officially making his return soon...#EPIC moment below...

"Clap On, Clap Off..."

Fab drops his latest visual for the forthcoming There Is No Competition 2: The Grieving Music EP which releases tomorrow.

SideBar: Overall, after listening to the EP, the mixtape was waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay better.  This EP reminds me much of '03's Street Dreams, where Fab includes mostly commercial friendly tracks while displaying no signs of lyrical maturation.  He seems stuck on killing the competition through his braggadocio lyrics of money instead of lyrical intricate wordplay. Hopefully, Loso's Way 2 proves different. 

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Never Can Say Goodbye...

Elvis Presley, John Lennon, Marvin Gaye, Jimi Hendrix, James Brown, The Notorious B.I.G., Tupac Shakur. These are just a few of the many artists that have captivated the ears and hearts of many through music. Whether it was showcasing their electrifying stage presence, ability to croon such soulful-esque vocals, or by even lyrically providing vivid imagery for the inner dwellings of many urban communities.

Although their tragic deaths, it is the legacy of these artists, brought forth by their music, that have and will continue to keep their spirits blooming.

It was only a year ago when the world lost an artist that could only be described as quintessential. One of one. A man that captured our hearts with his melodic voice and touched our soul with the assist of that signature glove. The man that proved what almost seemed impossible, possible on the night of March 25th, 1983 (Motown 25) and made the world come to a complete halt on June 25th, 2009.

No one has ever witnessed such groundbreaking charisma and jaw dropping talent all in one artist. But, then again no one has ever witnessed a star as brighter than Michael Jackson.

Saturday, August 28, 2010


This post is indeed late but, yesterday (8/27/10) in the G.O.O.D spirit of things Kanye decided to  drop his "Monster" of a single. Previously released as a snippet, the G.O.O.D Friday selection features Rick Ross, Jay-Z, and Nicki Minaj all on one track, with Nicki stealing the best verse hands down.

Monster (Featuring Rick Ross, Jay-Z, Nicki Minaj,  & Bon Iver) - Kanye West

This is also suppose to be the second track off this...

SideBar: With Nicki having the best verse will it still make the EP? When will this EP drop? Will this already hip-hop wet dream of an EP, really exist????? Suspense is a mother***....

Hip-Hop's BabyGirl

It's still hard to imagine that its been 9 years since the death of Aaliyah Dana
Haughton, better known by her stage name, Aaliyah. The late R&B songstress that was also an actress and model, was able to accomplish many feats during her lifetime, making her one of R&B's most proficient talents. From taking part in the popular television show, Star Search, the young vocalist from Detriot was able to grasp the attention of Jive Records. At the age of 12, Aaliyah was officially signed to a recording label.

With her debut, Age Aint Nothing But a Number, Aaliyah was able to sell three million copies throughout the United States, achieving double platinum certification. As controversy arose about her marriage to R. Kelly, Aaliyah signed to Atlantic records where the alliance with rising producer, Timbaland, and female emcee, Missy Eliott was built.

By 1996 her sophomore album, One in a Million, released dropping hit singles "If You're Girl Only Knew", "Hot Like Fire", and "4 Page Letter". Although reaching number 18 on the Billboard 200, One in a Million was able to garner another three million copies sold in the United States, while 8 million worldwide. Her talents were beginning to grasp major attention. Furthering this attention was her appearance in her first major film, Romeo Must Die, alongside lead actor Jet Li in 2000, which scored huge success at the box office.

"Get You're Self Up and Try It Again..."

After the release of the film and its accompanying soundtrack (in which she executive produced), Aaliyah landed her major hit with "Try Again" which gained a Grammy nomination and several VMA awards including Best Female Video and Best Video from a Film.

In 2001, her eponymous album released and soon tragically became her last. The album, executive produced by Timbaland, gave leeway to a newfound and well deserved fame/recognition for Aaliyah. The album spawned several hits including the self-empowering "More Than A Woman", "We Need A Resolution", and "Rock the Boat". The latter fatally became her last video.

Since her passing, millions of fans continue to have trouble coming to realization of her death. The young singer had so much of an impact to both her fans and music. Her abundance of musical contributions to both hip-hop and R&B has placed her in an eternal limelight. A limelight that's only given to the best of the best. Although the evident void in R&B remains since her loss, Aaliyah will never be forgotten.

You Are One in a Million...


     We Love and Miss You

Monday, August 23, 2010


"Nothing Move" (Featuring June Summers) - AZ

This here is nothing new, classic AZ material.  One of the greatest of all times, AZ, drops a 15th Anniversary digital version of his magnum opus, Doe or Die on October 10th. Stay Tuned...

#SideBar: What's happening with Doe or Die 2?

Friday, August 20, 2010

The Pick of the Litter...

The late '90s, post Biggie/Pac and Bad Boy Era, was undoubtedly the golden age for New York/East Coast hip-hop.  Not to take away from the East Coast as a whole, but New York indeed held the spotlight. 1998-99 is still the year that  many hip-hop heads look back on,  due to its 
abundnce of many unforgettable classics. 

From  Jay-Z (alongside Dame and Biggs)  officially starting the Roc-A-Fella movement by bringing in the "Broad Street Bully", the entry of the LOX, to Big L's Lifestylez of tha Poor & Dangerous still being 
in heavy rotation, can't forget about Lauryn Hill owning both the charts and radio with her magnum opus debut, and Canibus generating that huge underground buzz. Hip-Hop made a transformation from pop 
and flashy to raw and street and there was all but one label that made sure it didn't turn back around. 

Thursday, August 19, 2010

"I've Got the POWER!!!!...."

No word, explanation, reason, or any other choice of literal expression is necessary, just LISTEN...

Power (REMIX) (Featuring Jay-Z & Swizz Beatz) - Kanye West

SideBar: Are you still skeptical on Kanye's WELCOME BACK campaign...? We thought not. Kanye straight SPAZZZES ON THIS, almost reminiscent of his College Dropout days.....

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

It Won't Be Long...

It definitely won't be long until the homey J.Cole makes his prompt debut to the masses...

"It Won't Be Long" - J.Cole

"J. Cole not Jay-Z but this that Blueprint feel..."

Saturday, August 14, 2010

1,000 Grams Vol. 1

For those that are skeptical of listening to Jeezy's latest mixtape offering, 1000 Grams, Vol. 1, stop.  To the many fans that felt like Trap or Die II (which I still believe is one of the best mixtapes to release this year, if not the best) didn't successfully follow up to its predecessor or felt like it was missing a few screws, say no more.  1000 Grams provides fans with what they craved for in Trap or Die II, Jizzle talking that blow sh*t over other rappers' instrumentals.  It's strictly an offering of Jeezy tackling this years' many favorable instrumentals from Lex Luger's "Hard in the Paint" and Kanye's "Power" to The Neptunes' "Popular Demand", not to mention the recent "B.M.F" instrumental (also produced by Lex Luger).  Each track definitely goes hard but then again, that's just what Jeezy does best right?

It's indeed a must listen while we await TM103

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Jeezy & Ross...

What's up with these recent moves by Jeezy?  First, you get the real Big Meech on a track titled "The Real B.M.F." just to prove your affiliation, then you come up with this recent "Death B4 Dishonor (BMF Freestyle)" throwing very obvious subliminal shots..."C'MON SON!!!" (Ed Lover voice).

Rick Ross without a doubt has this summer on smash, releasing both a great body of work with Teflon Don and favorable street anthems/Billboard singles.  I mean, of course if you look it from a musical point of view, Ross did take Mr. 17.5's spotlight.  But, I mean it's like the common saying we all grew up to hear, "you snooze, you lose..." It's been a year since we had a Jeezy album and sometimes waiting too long for something presents a bittersweet. Either an anticipation will build or some will lose patience.

As both a Jeezy and Ross fan, a beef between the two would be a complete waste.  Instead of throwing subliminals and retracting them, lets get that TM103 movement going again...

You're better than this. Let's GO!!!!

UPDATE: As of August 12th, 1:03pm...

Ross dropped another summer banger too...

Money, Money, Money...

Apparently after signing with Bad Boy, you're recession-proof...

The Street Fam soldier, Red Cafe, delivers a gem with this track which will indeed spark up the clubs around the country boosting a feature by both a ghostwritten verse for Diddy and of course Fabolous.  If you follow the homey well enough, you'd know that Red Cafe almost never disappoints when it comes to making quality hit street records.  This here is no different.

"Money, Money, Money" (Featuring Diddy & Fabolous) (Produced By Jahlil Beats) - Red Cafe

SideBar: Cafe finally got one over on Fab.  

"Blocka, Blocka, Blocka..."

The Blow Up...

First he came up, then warmed up, now...

"The Blow Up" (Produced By J.Cole) - J.Cole

Did we ever post a questionable track by the homey? Didn't think so.  This track follows suit with his prior releases, nothing less than incredible.

SideBar: No word on whether or not this will be featured on his upcoming debut album.   Congrats also goes to him on "Who Dat" being placed at no. 3 on BET's 106 & Park Top 10 Countdown...

"Bitch I Got That Flame..."

"Wake Up Mr. West..."

Okay, that title again has nothing to do with this post except for the fact that it's Kanye and that's one of my favorite tracks from the G.O.O.D homey (get it, G.O.O.D.?)

Yesterday Mr. West took it to Hot 97's Angie Martinez to drop this gem...

"See Me Now" (Produced By Kanye, No I.D. & Lex Luger) (Featuring Beyonce & Charlie Wilson) - Kanye West

This track is almost reminiscent to  '07's "Good Life" but on a whole other level which ultimately in the end, alongside "Power", officially begins Kanye's WELCOME BACK campaign.  It's classic Kanye that we've all grown to enjoy or (for you haters) hate...

"Imma let you finish but I got Beyonce on the track..."

SideBar: How can you come up with such a line up like that; talk about power moves.

"It's Not A Video...it's A Painting!"

Last week, Mr. West released one of his most anticipated videos yet.  No, it wasn't any of his previous studio sessions with RZA, DJ Premier, or Pete Rock. Instead, it was for his current single that is currently burning up the charts, "Power."  If there was any word to describe the Chicago emcee that blessed us back in '04 with his classic debut, College Dropout, and his very forthright facade, it would have to be eccentric.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Back to the Basics...

On February 13th, 2009 the most talked mixtape since 50's 50 Cent is the Future released via internet creating a massive buzz. So Far Gone introduced the world to a 22 year old Canadian male by the name of Drake, who previously gained television fame on the teen drama filled Degrassi.

The tape found the Toronto native discussing many issues in his life from aspirations of becoming "Successful" to reminiscing on the "Best 'he' Ever Had." Initially at already million+ number of downloads, the mixtape eventually entered the Billboard 200 album chart with sales of about 453,000 and garnered phenomenal reviews from critics alike. From that point on, the Young Money Entertainment signee was able to be featured on tracks with many of hip-hop's heavyweights including those from Jay-Z to Kanye West, Eminem, Lil Wayne, and many more.

"Dropped a mixtape that sh*t sounded like an album, who woulda thought a countrywide tour would be the outcome..." ("Forever" Drake)

The significance of such a compilation like So Far Gone is that it not only transformed the former Degrassi star into the most talked about man in music (not just hip-hop and/or R&B.) but, its ability to shake up the music industry because of its musical content that was ultimately put out for free 99. So Far Gone undoubtedly resembled an original full-length LP, from its mastered production to its mainstream appealing records; not to mention the numerous guest appearances. "I'm here feelin' like 50 back in '02..." ("You Know, You Know" Drake).

This leaves one to question? Are mixtapes the new albums?...

We're Right Above It...

"Right Above It" (Featuring Drake) (Produced By Kane Beatz) - Lil' Wayne 

Off Weezy's upcoming I'm Not A Human Being EP that is set to hit iTunes & Amazon on his B-Day, September 27th...

"Bun B For President" (Produced By J.Cole) - J.Cole 

Trill O.G. aka The Source's newly inducted 5 Mic album (after 5 years) is in stores now...get that

SideBar: Yeah, it's a J.Cole track that was suppose to be included in Bun's latest album.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

The "Post" About Nothing...

The homey Wale drops his highly anticipated Mixtape About Nothing sequel titled More About Nothing...

We have nothing (get it...More About Nothing) else to say but download it NOW.

More About Nothing (Mixtape) - Wale

SideBar: It's great when artists stick to their scheduled mixtape (or other project) release date without any push backs.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Gunz N' Butta...

The first official single that has the clubs and N.Y radio going crazy, "Speakin' In Tungs" from Cam & Vado's Gunz N' Butta is finally here.

Damn, I Love Miami...

SideBar: Gunz N' Butta in stores August 31st

"I'm Bout to Kill'em this Summer..."

Move over "All Black Everything", that was sooooooo Fall '09.  Jeezy officially starts the "All White" movement and don't forget TM103 is on the way...September 28th.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

"Please Don't Blow My Fly..."

There's been a lot of talk about this years newcomers in hip-hop.  A lot of talk because each of these artists are bringing something new to the rap table.  From J.Cole's impressive lyricism almost nostalgic to AZ and Nas, to Vado's impeccable street knowledge, can't forget Big Sean's notable punchlines/wordplay, and Nipsey Hussle's signature lazy but attention grasping flow; these artists are looking to bring some much needed fresh air in this cluttered hip-hop circle.  On this site, much light is shed on Cole and Vado out of the whole roster of freshmans but, the homey from Pittsburgh, PA is creating a strong buzz outside the PA parameters...better yet outside the country.