Back in 1995, a UK TV show titled “Passengers” decided to profile then up-and-coming rapper, Notorious B.I.G. Fresh after the release of his debut album, Biggie takes the interviewers around his hood with some cameos from Lil’ Kim, Faith Evans, and his mom. Check it below.
Faith Evans on camera smoking weed and holding Biggie‘s gun. Voletta Wallace discredits his “Christmas never missed us” line from “Juicy.” Just chock full o’ gems.
Kanye West still has his Kardashian voice on while sitting down with Zane Low for a one-on-one for BBC 1Xtra. Check part one of the interview where he discusses radio, Yeezus, reactions to his art, and production. Check it below.
It’s an interesting interview and part 1 of four. I’ll update as the rest of the videos are released. Thoughts?
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.
The saga continues… Drake decided to address some recent chatter about he and Chris Brown and Rihanna, his music, and all types of ish. Full interview, in 4 parts, below. Check it.
Second: Two new songs this week? One with DJ Khaled.
Third: Discussing his working relationship with The Weeknd, Kendrick Lamar, 2 Chainz, and Future.
Four: The juicy shit… He talks Chris Brown and Rihanna and the media.
I appreciated the honesty, but I’m cool on Elliott’s laugh though.
Chris Brown can’t stop talking about he’s out in these streets being a model polygamist. He recently stopped by Big Boy’s radio show in LA to discuss a few things about his life, namely his relationship with Rihanna. *heavy sigh* Check it below.
You know you care. Honestly, I’m kinda over this whole story. They should just stop talking about it. Drop the music, keep pop locking, and life moves on. And if you don’t know what video they’re referring to, you can watch it HERE.
Brandy‘s sixth album, “Two Eleven” hit stores, iTunes, and Spotify today. Anchored by the success of her lead single, “Put it Down” featuring Chris Brown, fans have been eagerly anticipating her return to music. Ahead of the release, I listened to the full album and my full review and a download link are below.
Prior to pressing play on the full album, a number of tracks had already been circulating. It’s clear that Brandy is confident and happy after listening to the entire album. If you enjoyed Afrodisiac (her best album, to me), then you’ll likely find some delight in this project as well. You’ll find Brandy crooning about love and happiness, no Al Green. The album opens with the previously released track, “Wildest Dreams.” It finds her talking about finding the love that she’s been looking for. This standout track is set to be her next single.
The album continues with the same feel, heavy bass and stellar songwriting. Sean Garrett is to thank for that. This album feels fresh and new, yet familiar. Brandy toes outside of the box just enough to pique our interest. But this album is rooted in R&B more than a lot of her counterparts’ recent albums (except Elle Varner). Timbaland is noticeably missing, from a production standpoint. Bangladesh helms the majority of the album’s production. But it works. Brandy‘s raspy voice is on full display in the best way possible with tracks like “No Such Thing as Too Late” and “Without You.” After listening to the entire album, I actually think “Put it Down” is one of the weaker tracks on the project. I don’t mean that to say that song isn’t the jam, I love that song! But in the grand scheme of the album, she has better tracks.
My overall review of the album, it’s definitely solid! I rate this album a solid 3.5/5 stars.
Standout Tracks: Wildest Dreams, So Sick, Do You Know What You Have
Skippable Track: Without You
You can listen on Spotify for free or download HERE.
Brandy also stopped by my favorite morning radio show, The Breakfast Club, to promo her new album. Per the usual, the interview was entertaining. Check it below.
Since I first came across Kendrick Lamar (1/4 of the Black Hippy Movement), I thought he was booooring. I felt like in this era, you have to buy into the artist’s personality as much as their music to really be a fan. And Kendrick‘s personality was like watching paint dry. And then you press play on his projects and his features and realize that he expresses himself best on a track. And I swear, since that first interview I caught a couple months ago, I’ve noticed he’s opened up way more. Check his interview with DJ Whoo Kid where he talks about his fans, his music, and starting trends. Check it.
He’s so much more likable after watching this. And it’s so funny to me how “Swimming Pools (Drank)” has become a drinkers anthem when it’s really a cautionary tale. I also had the pleasure of attending Kendrick‘s concert last night. He brought out Lupe Fiasco. Check out my cellphone picture and official footage of that moment below.
His new album good kid, M.A.A.D. city drops October 22, 2012. I will be copping.