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Monthly Archives: August 2013

MUSIC WORLD: A$AP Ferg Responds to Kendrick + A$AP Rocky Voices His Opinion

After the verse heard round the world dropped, Kendrick had every veteran and freshman rapper pondering whether a response was necessary. For the record, none of the artists he actually named as a challenge to him have issued a lyrical response. Until now. Well, kinda. Kendrick mentioned A$AP Rocky. And since the A$AP Mob moves as a unit most of the time, Ferg took some album promo time to spit his shit. Check the verse. It’s actually good.

A$AP Mob and TDE are homies, so I appreciated the lyrical response that didn’t feel too nice or too personal. This is the culmination to A$AP Mob invading Hot 97. Check A$AP Rocky‘s interview response to the Kendrick verse below. I’m so over Funkmaster Flex, but I loved this interview.

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MUSIC WORLD: Play Juicy J’s Stripper Game To Unlock Songs

In true Juicy J fashion, he’s created an online stripper game where you essentially make it rain on cartoon strippers to unlock songs from his new album, Stay Trippy. Not exactly safe work, but fun as hell. See screenshots and how to play, below.

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I love a good and appropriate marketing plan. And since Juicy J makes songs for the strippers, this is perfect. Play along by visiting http://staytrippy.thejuicyj.com. Press the spacebar to throw the cash and the arrows to move Juicy J to aim. Stay Trippy in stores next week.

Thanks to Jenn for the heads up!

VIDEO WORLD: Chris Brown x Nicki Minaj “Love More”

Seizures aside, Chris Brown has released the video to his new single “Fuck Love More” featuring Nicki Minaj. It features Chris’ lackluster acting but stellar dance moves. Check the video below.

I actually like this song and Nicki’s feature. I’m here for Nicki’s new makeunder. This track is set to be featured on Chris‘ album X due later this year.

ALBUM REVIEW: A$AP Ferg’s “Trap Lord”

A$AP Ferguson stands as the second member of the A$AP Mob to release a solo project. As an early standout on A$AP Rocky and the A$AP Mob‘s mixtapes, it only makes sense that he’d be the next to blow. Following the surprise success of his single “Work” along with the subsequent remix, A$AP Ferg wasted no time getting his debut project together. Check my full review below.

The overall feel of the project is not far from what you would expect from the A$AP Mob. Southern influences. Trippy production. Haunting themes and undertones. And A$AP Ferg knows exactly what he’s doing and who his audience is. The opening track, “Let It Go” is a great introduction to new fans of A$AP Ferg. The first line of the entire project is, “Trap Lord season begins, now repent your sins…” The album continues with my personal favorite song that I’ve heard from him so far features A$AP Rocky. “Shabba” is referring to exactly who you think it is. But it’s a great party song with a sing-along hook. The video is just as entertaining. Check it below.

A$AP Ferg taps another group that is familiar with sinister beats for his first non-A$AP feature on this project. Bone Thugs-N-Harmony make an amazing appearance. It doesn’t leave you wanting new music from them, but it leaves a sense of nostalgia for those of us that grew up when “Crossroads” was being played on The Box. Krayzie Bone closes the track like only he can, reminding everyone he was one of the standouts from the group. The next track, “Hood Pope” follows the theme of the album title. He switches up his flow to almost harmonize with the beat detailing how he acts as an advisor to the young trap lords. Check the song below.

“Fergivicious” sounds like the title of a song that would be on Fergie (from The Black Eyed Peas) album. In contrast to the previous track which details his mentorship-like stance with the young trap lords, this track details his own experiences as a hustler in Harlem. The track haunts but gives you a peek into Young Fergivicious’ life with lyrics like

“Fuck your opinion nigga, I be killing/Pimping white bitch on the penicillin/Getting all the bad bitches I be feeling/Thing a nigga trapping? Yeah, I’m drug dealing.”

“4:02” details a threesome between Ferg and his girl. One is chocolate, one is caramel. Every man’s fantasy, right? And where did the new girl come from? It’s explained in the next track “Dump Dump.” Which honestly is full of cliche rhymes, though entertaining. He’s partying in the club, fucking your bitches, and chilling next to Meek Mill. No big deal. Then “Work Remix” shows up and reminds you why you’re listening to the album at all. A$AP Rocky, French Montana, Trinidad James, and ScHoolboy Q all serve their purpose. So much so, the original “Work” track doesn’t even appear on the album, though far superior, lyrically. If you’ve never seen the video, check it below.

The rest of the album slows back down with “Didn’t Wanna Do That” reminding us that A$AP Ferg named his album Trap Lord because he’s lived that life. He details retaliating against another crew that robbed a member of his crew. It’s cautionary tale as much as it’s a peek into A$AP Ferg‘s young life. Waka Flocka Flame makes a memorable appearance detailing trap violence in the next track “Murda Something.” The theme continues with “Make a Scene.” Ferg employs a similar flow style that he used in “Hood Pope.” It’s an effective track detailing a near death experience that flows directly into “Fuck Out My Face.”

 

Maintaining his theme of grabbing 90s rap groups for features, Onyx and B-Real from Cypress Hill make appearances in this track. A$ton Matthews, an upcoming rapper from the West Coast also appears. Though not as hard as the title suggests, “Fuck Out My Face” has great production. Again, you don’t exactly miss Onyx or Cypress Hill from listening to this track, but it’s nice to listen to.  A$AP Ferg closes the album giving an overview of his experience in a Carter-like environment. “Cocaine Castle” shares the type of people that you see coming in and out of a dope spot trying to cop their hit.

As a whole, A$AP Ferg‘s project stands well against other debut albums. We’re not talking about a Kendrick-level debut, which all future debut albums are now measured against. Instead, this album fits perfectly into the overall A$AP catalogue. In comparison to A$AP Rocky‘s debut, it’s a much more “traditional” rap album with familiar themes that feed right into the title of the album. Solid effort. It’s exciting to see these new rap posses (A$AP Mob, TDE, etc.) actually be fill with talented rappers outside of their leader (St. Lunatics, Disturbing Tha Peace).

Standout Tracks:  Let It Go, Shabba, Lord

Forgettable Tracks: Dump Dump, Make a Scene

 

 

 

MUSIC WORLD: Janelle Monae x Miguel “PrimeTime”

As Janelle Monae preps the release of her album The Electric Lady, she let fans in on her new single “PrimeTime.” The airy track features Miguel. Listen to the official audio below.

Just as I was getting sick of Miguel, Janelle reintroduces him to me in a sound that I absolutely love. I can’t wait until her album drops.

VIDEO OF THE WEEK: T.Gaines “Better Than Hov”

Thank based god he didn’t say he was better than Kendrick Lamar. As I continue paying attention to the noise that T.Gaines is making in Chicago and beyond, he dropped a video to his single, “Better Than Hov.” Check it below.

Are those the Dan Ryan woods? Don’t forget, his sophomore project The Groove God hits your speakers next week. Be early, not late.

VIDEO WORLD: Big Sean x Jhene Aiko x Lil’ Wayne

Riding high off the release of his non-single which featured the verse heard round the world, Big Sean drops the cartoonish video for his real single. Jhene Aiko and Lil’ Wayne offer the assist for “Beware.” Check it below.

Still not the biggest fan of this song, but it’s growing on me. The highly anticipated Hall Of Fame drops August 27th. You copping?