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JAY-Z RECLAIMS THRONE WITH AMERICAN GANGSTER

Posted in American Gangster, HIP HOP, JAY Z, MUSIC, RAP, RAP REVIEW with tags , , on November 9, 2007 by valentiner0918

AMERICAN GANGSTER A CLASSIC

AMERICAN GANGSTER A CLASSIC

Skeptics stand corrected, Haters are bopping their heads in the privacy of their own homes and Camron’s no where to be found. American Gangster is a project reminiscent of Jiggas Reasonable Doubt days with a blend of his Blue Print days. Jay Z managed to do what nobody else has been able to do… Have everything and rap like he has nothing.

This project has everything you look for from a street artist whose spending all his money on his own promotion and copies of his CD. You can literally let the CD bump from beginning to end. I have heard complaints on only two tracks, 2 (pray) and 6 (Roc boys) but everyone won’t like every song. Is it me or does Jay Z seek out features to the only two artist that he’s been compared to in recent years (Lil Wayne and Nas)? And is it me or does he go out on a extra limb and absolutely Burry Lil Wayne on track 4 entitled (Hello Brooklyn).  Maybe I’m feeding too much into it. The construction of the album is phenomenal and if you are one of those quick judges, listen to 5. no hook, 8. I know, 10. ignorant shit feat.Beans, 11. say hello, 12. Success feat. Nas. It’s no way in hell you won’t appreciate those tracks and if you don’t than you need to dig your head out of your ass.

The first single BLUE MAGIC is a bonus track as is the title track American Gangster, so you have to sit through 13 tracks of straight crack before you get to something familiar. I haven’t heard subject matter and lyrical content this sick and Jay with this much swag since Blue Print. With bars like, I aint no ordinary nigga/ look around this ain’t what ordinary gets ya/ extraordinary figures, im an extraordinary nigga/ and i used to give a shit/ now i couldn’t give a shit more/ truth be told i had more fun when i was piss poor/ I’m pissed off/ is this what success all about/ a bunch of niggas acting like bitches with big mouths…. JEEEEEEEEZZZZZZZZZ, tell me that ain’t classic Jay- LET DAT BITCH BREATH JAY. HAHAHAHA.

But even through being a fan of Jay as a Hip Hop fan this is a must have. This will be one of those albums that illustrate what the music is all about. One of those classics like Illmatic, Ready to Die, and All Eyez on Me and if not it’ll definitely be honorable mentions. Get this album, Get this album, Get this album, I implore you. If American Gangster not in your rotation right now you missed the boat because JAY DEFINITELY RECLAIMED THE THRONE WITH THIS ONE !!!!!!!

LYRICAL CONTENT VS. GIMMICKS N HOOKS

Posted in HIP HOP, MUSIC, RAP, RAP REVIEW on October 26, 2007 by valentiner0918

WAT IS IT

What do you call hip hop? What has hip hop become? The culture of hip hop is great but some would say the music has taken a turn for the worst and is in a bit of a omnipresent slump. With Jigga in his latter years, who is  to be at the forefront of hip hop? There is nobody who has come to the forefront that can make music for all genres of hip hop and relate to every fan. Everyone caters to a 1 dimensional audience. 2 PAC, Biggie, Nas, and Jay Z are the best for a reason. They had their thumb in the streets, their index finger in socially conscience music, their middle finger in the commercial aspect, their ring finger in the club, and their pinky swirling the mix.

No one has been able to step up to the plate and represent hip hop as a whole. 50 cents not skilled enough to do it, Kanye West not in touch with the streets enough to do it, Lil Wayne not smart enough to do it, T.I on his way to jail, Game to absorbed in frivolous beef and “the blood gimmick” and most of our top selling rappers wouldn’t be able to handle the responsibility or be strong enough to hold up to the number of challengers on deck. Rappers back down to other strong rappers when there’s a discussion on who’s the best, the leader we need would accept nothing less.

So what do we respect more nowadays, lyrical artist or the gimmick filled music. The whole i got shot, I’m a crip, I’m a blood, walk it out, pop lock and drop it, 2 step, superman music or the Blue Magic, I’m black, Why, One Mic, Big Brother etc. Mainstream has definitely took a turn towards the southern movement which I hate to say lacks creativity because it’s creative in it’s own right but the lyrical content is obviously inferior to the east coast artist. I believe artist like T.I, Ludacris, Scarface, Bun B, Weezy are lyrically inclined. Exluding Scarface, I believe their range is limited or they at least limit their range regarding subject matter.

Should we be ashamed of the turn that the music has taken…. NAW, change is always good and hip hop is a cycle that always goes back to the roots. The south, the west coast, the mid west and the east coast will all have a strong hold on the game for a period of time. So if you are a hip hop fan stay open to the different genre’s, indulge in hip hop as a whole, don’t limit yourself, understand before you criticize. Although different the music is still good, you just won’t find a whole bunch of versatility in most artist anywhere.

BUT HIP HOP IS STILL ALIVE