Review: B.O.B. Your Head to This

Many of you know how I have a tendency to talk about when southern rappers used to rap instead of chanting, talking, and instructing people to move their bodies. Back then, southern rappers talked about life's trials and tribulations. They didn't glorify wet street dreams. They talked about life-- beautiful and ugly. The imperfections of our decisions, and our desires to live in a perfect world. Southern rappers used to capitalize on lyrics like blues musicians. They also rely on jazz' rich southern heritage to conjure up the best production in the game. The south could finally hold its head up in the rap game with the consistent releases of delicious soul food. Then, the unexpected happen to the south.

Master P stepped into center stage. Percy Miller, one of hip-hop's smartest businessmen, made the decision to repackage the minstrel show and flood the market with variations of it. Master P was able to capitalize on the glorification of the African-American community's flaws. Without regret, Percy exploited his own people until he was ranked in Fortune's "40 Richest People under the age of 40." Many so-called rappers decided to take the low road and follow Percy's steps in self-degradation to produce mediocre rap music with over-the-top street tales with below average Yamaha keyboard and basic 808 drum production. When we thought lyrics could not get any dumber, then the do! Southern rappers released a million and one workout instructional songs in rapid fire succession. How many songs can one person listen to that tell you to shake it, drop it, pop it, slide, superman, batman, crank that, hop that, beat that, and any other action that makes you look like a whore or an idiot? Well, we don't know because they are still coming out.

Well, B.O.B. has released a number of mixtapes that combine what I used to love from southern rap and what I hate from southern rap. Furthermore, B.O.B. is able to combine them like legos. He uses intelligent lyrics, ignorant topics, sultry production, and bouncy 808 beats, and repetitive snares to make his masterpieces. On occasion, he jumps leaps and bounds in lyrics and production. I recognize he is straddling the lines of two worlds. He is not trying to stray too far from what is out there and expected from southern rappers, but he wants to open up in the art department. I'm giving his mixtapes a lukewarm welcome because you can see the potential in him. He also has a collaborator that appears on a number of tracks named Willie Joe. Willie Joe is witty. He is a combination of Jadakiss and Ludacris. His subtle delivery pours like syrup over the beats. The other featured artists are par to sub-par.

B.O.B. is worth a listening. I have not decided if he is going to be a hero in southern hip-hop or will he be another southern rapper fad. B.O.B. could be a force to reckon with if he continues to evolve as an artist and not become a crowd chaser.

One thing is for sure, his music is better than everything out of the "young" South.
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Review: WALE!!!!

Wale is cabbing DC into Hip-Hop. DC a place known for its drug problems, murder rate, and political criminology is finally being recognized for rap talent. Wale reaches beyond the boundaries of hip-hop and craft Common style verses with Lupe Fiasco swagger and Kanye ego. My man beats the tracks down like Mickey Congo at a Go-Go concert. I mean yun keeps it crankin'. No ordinary bama will really understand these joints, yun. I know most of you think that I've been sleeping on this dude. I just finished analyzing his sound and style.

Wale is the rapper for the trendy hipster. He doesn't rhyme about having the flashiest car, but he will tell you that is SBs are limited editions. He won't talk about his pocket change; however, he will talk about what his pockets are made of. He definitely focused on one thing and one thing only. Wale is about putting DC on the map. The entire Hip-Hop community acknowledges his swagger and is taking notice of this rising star. The only question I have will he succeed like Lupe or hit Kanye's level? Either way, he will be just fine.

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Review: Know the Facts

I know you have been wondering where are those hot ass albums that I usually post. Well, I've been listening to them. Today, we are gonna learn the facts.

Fact 1:Nas and Jay-Z are two of the best rappers out there.
Fact 2:We all anticipate someone to be better than them.

Well, how about someone that comes off as the love child of Nas and Jay-Z's style. The fact this combination will either be a total disaster or a great feat. Well, enter Mickey Factz. He is their love child. His vocal deliver is that of Jay-Z and his wordplay is reminiscent of Nas. His delivery is polished and word usage is calculated for linking his voice to the musical compositions.

Mickey's work illustrates the evolution of rap. He pushes the bar without alienating any single audience. He knows that music is for public consumption, and not just a selfish endeavor. As a result, he doesn't overly commercialize his sound or subject matter; he doesn't dumb down the content of his music; nor does Mickey push heavily to the counterculture of being underground for underground's sake. Mickey is himself. He straddles the fence of all rap genres like a tight-rope walker blindfolded over a pool of molten lava. He doesn't fall one way or the other.

The maturity of his delivery shows that he has seriously studied the great rappers not as a fan, but someone that wants to rise to their heights. I've always mentioned that rappers that are horrible in the craft listen to their favorite rappers as a fan and not as competition to the crown. I'm sure LeBron James is a fan of Michael Jordan, but he studies the Jordan tapes as an eager opponent trying to steal the crown and raise the bar in the sport of basketball. Listening to Mickey, you gain that same sense of someone wanting to steal the crown. He is someone to listen to. Check the mixtapes.


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Mtv is the Culprit

Everyone is saying Hip-Hop is dead. I'm saying if Hip-Hop is dead, then it was murdered. Who would have killed Hip-Hop? After watching Mtv's Hottest MC in the Game show. I'm thoroughly convinced without a reasonable doubt that Mtv is the murderer.

Come on. This show starts off listing Jim Jones and Ludacris as honorable mentions. The debate doesn't lead into why Ludacris isn't on the top ten list, but why Jim Jones is arguably better than Nas. That accusation is completely laughable and ludicrous. However, these so-called professionals were spewing their half-baked ideas on why Jim Jones' fashion sense is hotter than Nas' lyrics. If I recall the definition of rap music is a person delivering an intricate and clever rhyme in a pattern over a beat to produce a musical composition. Where in the definition does it state that rap also includes fashion? Speaking of defining rap music as elegant rhyme prose delivered over a beat, the table lunges into a debate over the 10th. spot for the hottest rapper. You would think choosing the top ten hottest rappers would involve some level of rhyme skill, right?

This is where hilarity meets shame. The round table of idiots decide to discuss if Souljah Boy or Andre 3000 should hold the tenth spot. I would say due to their ignorance that their comparison makes perfect sense. Nonetheless, I cannot credit them to being ignorant since they claimed to be "professionals" in Hip-Hop knowledge and the music industry. Obviously, these people don't know how to define hotness. (Insert your definition of hot rapper here. Not popular rapper- 14 year old white girls should not assist in your selection of hot rappers since they are the buying public of popular music.) You know rapping is an art of words, so that has more weight in deciding what is hot than album purchases or radio spins, right?

How in the world could you compare the G.O.A.T. with someone that plays the game on a playground? Andre 3000 vs. Souljah Boy? Are you serious? An actual comparison between someone with over a decade of experience that has never written or spit a flawed verse against a kid that doesn't even rhyme in his songs. Moreover, it is absurd to be debating them over the 10th. spot on the list. I watched in amusement and amazement as these foolish people say that "Crank That" and "Yahh Bitch Yahh" trump Andre's collection of work. Now, if hottest was clearly defined as popular, then Souljah Boy would be number 1 on this year's list. But, it is not. However, they were debating the verbal vernacular between Andre and Souljah Boy. They didn't even acknowledge that Andre's verse on "The Art of Story Tellin' (Part 4)" makes him the G.O.A.T. because it is possibly the best verse of 2008 and historically one of the best crafted verses ever. I will not spend more time debating the foolishness of these Mtv professionals' ranking methods.

The Mtv professionals completely left off Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Common, Big Boi, Scarface, Bun B, Cee-Lo, Ghostface, The Game, Busta Rhymes and Missy Elliot. Hotness incorporates the ability to excite people to want to hear you or talk about you. Any of the aforementioned names would cause a Hip-Hop enthusiasts to the casual listener to run and purchase or download their album. I mean we all love to hear these people spit their verbal venom. We get excited about their verses saying how hot it is and it is always the best verse on a song. You never hear anyone say, "I can't wait for Souljah Boy to spit the hotness with Timbaland." But, you do hear it for Missy Elliot. People love Missy and can't wait to hear her drop an album, a song, or a verse. She is completely fun, entertaining, and witty. We love her for it. These things make her hot.

Souljah Boy isn't hot, his steel drum production for "Crank That" is hot and we loved it. Seriously, we hear him regurgitating the cadence and word pattern of "Eni Meani Mino Mo" while uttering nosensical non-rhyming fantasies of masturbating and ejaculating on a girl's back and face. Can we delineate further from rap without rapping (rhyming over a beat versus talking to a cadence) and still call his raps hot or him a hot MC? I won't continue to bash this young brother for his coonery and foolishness. Hell, he isn't the first person to sell his soul to the devil for fame and shame. But, he is used in a prime example of so-called professionals elevating low quality work onto the champion's block of Hip-Hop.

When so-called professionals praise this subpar and inadequately skilled compositions such as Souljah Boy's work, it becomes representative of Hip-Hop's culture and evolution. As a result, this praise and perpetuation of ignorant low quality rap music discredits the works of solid artists in the industry. Joe Public would like better quality artists if they were presented with better quality artists. People only appreciate what they are exposed to in their lives. If a person is only exposed to shit works, then they will appreciate the best shit works. Furthermore, your average consumer doesn't have the time or energy to search or learn about better-than-shit works because they are too busy putting gas in their tanks.

Mtv, why don't you present Joe Public with the best? I know you are in the chicken and egg cycle, and you claim this is what the people want. But, no one wants shit. You have to change public opinion on quality music, they shouldn't have to change in order for you to change your programming. They will actually eat and digest anything you give them. Look at all the shit you fed them over the years. And, they still come back for more. So, stop killing Hip-Hop!