TOP 10 LiSTS: BEST RAPPERS of 2013

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This list went thru a lot of hiccups and shii. I didn’t get all the lists I wanted (the breakdown of the votes are in the next post) and there were some rappers who I had not heard a lot about before seeing people’s lists (Vic Mensa for example. Had to go download his mixtape). Anyway, enjoy and leave your comments at the bottom.

NIGERIA (NG)

Jesse Jagz

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It has been said and repeated for years but because Jagz had been focusing on his production hustle, people seem to have forgotten: JESSE JAGZ IS THE GREATEST.  His album which was released this year has to be one of the best albums ever created on this side of the Semé border. He appeared on features and killed those features. It doesn’t seem like he is going to be resting on his oars next year too as he is releasing a joint project with Kahli Abdu. Expect the fire that is Jesse Jagz.

Olamide

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The single (Durosoke)off his album (Baddest guy ever liveth) has to be a strong contender for song of the year. It was even nominated for the Headies’ song of the year. Dude was so damn hard working this year. Seems like he released a song every other week. Also, this year marked a change in his style as he is now more comfortable switching accents, languages and flow.

MI

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Didn’t really feel him this year but the fact that not a lot of rappers actually did anything spectacular this year means that he finds his way to the list. Dude is slipping but his verses on Satan must fall and The 4 Horsemen are a sign of just how well Mr Abaga can be when he feels threatened. Ahmean, Loose Kaynon (who I hope will be on this list next year) almost killed him on the 4 horsemen.

Phyno

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Repping the east to the fullest with hard bars whose potency can sometimes be lost in translation. I didn’t even know non-Igbo dudes knew the words to his songs till he performed at the Guinness Colorful World of More concert and the crowd was rapping along. It is going to be pretty hard for him to top his 2013 acheivements but hey! He has an album coming out in 2014.

Vector

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How did this dude get on this list? He is still suffering from the after-album-blues. For some reason, Nigerian rappers just fade for some time after they drop their albums which is what happened to the Vec. His songs with Pheelz have been good tho and I think we should be expecting better things from him next year when he gets back in the funk.

Ice Prince

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This was the only selection that I saw coming. Apparently, there are people out there who believe this dude is the hardest rapper since 50 left porn and started rapping. The pun is obvious like an Ice Prince line. Mr Zamani was just grabbing awards from all angles this year, he had songs with international artistes and released an album which is more highlife than rap but still he somehow finds his way to this list.

Sinzu

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I can’t explain this selection mahn. I just cunt (that is me attempting a british accent). Even Godwon killed him during the Notjustok list fallout period.

Reminisce

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Another indigenous rapper who tries his best to emulate Nas. Ahmean, he really tries but let me not knock his hustle cos he is actually good. Dude also released an album this year after his first one flopped. He had a good year with features but has to learn how to pick those he features more carefully. That shii pretty much fxcked up his album.

Modenine

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Another choice I can’t explain. This dude is usually picked cos of that nostalgic respect we all have for him but even with the projects he released this year, dude has been caught slipping and should just retire to the land of guest appearances.

Falz

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I’m really happy that this dude got on the final 10. He has been doing his thing for a while now and it is good to see all his hardwork finally pay off. His distinct style has even been picked up by other rappers.

Phenom

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The punchline rapper who can’t tell a story. This dude is certainly one of Nigeria’s best rappers but we are going to have to chill till the release of his album to see if he can go a whole song without a punchline reffering to him being the shit. I also doubt if his punchline-every-line-till-the-word-punchline-loses-meaning style would serve him well when he wants to tell a story. Anyway, I could be wrong. All that aside, this is one of the few Nigerian rappers that I actually enjoy listening to.

US

Eminem

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Em had a quiet year till he dropped a couple of singles then an album. The album saw the death and possible rebirth of Slim Shady, maturity of an artiste who has long been accused of being stuck in the last decade and just straight up murder on instrumentals.

Kendrick Lamar

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He did not even release an album this year. Let that sentence sink in. Now think about how many features he murked. Now look back at the first sentence. Now look at your favorite rapper. Now remember his ungodly verse on Nosetalgia and the fallout from his verse on Control. Now look back at your favorite rapper. Now look at the first sentence. Old Spice.

Drake

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Someone must have really pissed this dude off last year cos he entered 2013 with guns blazing. For someone who is constantly mocked for his effeminate tendencies, this year has seen him mature both as a person and a lyrical swordfighter. I don’t even have to say anymore cos y’all know he is supposed to be here.

Jay Z

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Hola Hovito the Presidito! Dropped an album that showed that even though he still has IT, he is on the decline. Guest appearances on songs and his tours (He is coming to Nigeria soon!!!!) just go to show how much of an enigma this man is.

J Cole

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Fxck the grammys for snubbing this dude. Just when I had given up all hope in this dude, he dropped an album that was just pure genius. Ahmean, it is the kind of shii that motivational speakers get motivated by. I still haven’t deleted any songs off the album to this day. True story.

Kanye West

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I still aint got the answers but this god here dropped what has to be one of the best alternative hip hop albums in a while. Forget his relationship with the Armenian. Forget his outbursts and rants. Forget his kilts and torn shirts. Forget his claims to be Warhol, Jobs, Mandela,etc. Forget his Nike Red octobers (coming soon. Heard Nike is finally going to release them). Concentrate on the music he has brought out this year and see why he is still highly regarded by critics.

Wale

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Another dude that surprised me with an album that showed a mature and more rounded approach to his music. He embraced the live band instrumentals fully for his album and that paid off for him big time. Might have to call Wale to drop some spoken word at your funeral.

Macklemore

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Indie never got so mainstream. NEVER. Don’t you hate it when you get an album and you’re telling everyone to download it but they all keep saying “nah!” And then all of a sudden, they start acting like they were there from the start? I hate it. It got so tiring that at some point I just stopped listening to his songs and watching his videos. For crying out loud, most of the praise should go to Ryan Lewis for those beats.

Chance, the Rapper

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Chiraq really really brought the heat this year with Chance,Vic Mensa, Childish Gambino, Alex Wiley and Kembe X all representing the city well but nobody repped better than Chance who just popped out of virtually nowhere with one of the best mixtapes of the year.

Pusha T

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I really dunno why King Push didn’t get as much votes as I thought he would. This dude is prolly the realest for miles and had one of the best albums this year and that is saying a lot for a year that had MMLP2, NWTS and Born Sinner. What I’d love to see now is a Clipse reunion.

Vic Mensa

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Like I said, I hadn’t heard a lot from this guy prior to compiling the lists and the little I had heard were from his features on other Chi-town rappers’ tracks but after Ree recommended his Innanetape to me,  Dayum! I don’t even fully understand the guy yet but what I grab so far has me waiting patiently for an album

Dizzy Wright

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I first heard this dude on the XXL freshmen freestyle and I was impressed with the amount of knowledge he delivered in so little time so I downloaded his mixtape and I was even more impressed. Watch out for this dude.

Earl Sweatshirt

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The return of the big lipped monster went well with his comeback album doing even better than was to be expected from a rusty niqqa. Dude can still tear apart beats for real.

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2013 End of Year List: A Year in Review

 

Yeah, so it is that time of the year again where we grade how hard working rappers have been for the almost concluded year. This time we decided to try something different by asking people to submit their top 10 lists. These people cut across different tastes and preferences so their choices are different (plus I don’t agree with some of the choices). These are people whose musical tastes we respect (to a certain degree of course). The essence of this list is to show how rappers are rated according to the general populace. We weren’t able to get everyone’s votes on time so we ran with those that were submitted.

All the lists will be rounded up at the end into one final list. A vote as number 1 equals 10 votes and a vote as number 10 equals 1 vote and so on and so on.

The votes:

Top 10 Naija


Nedum

10) Reminisce

9) naeto c

9) sinzu

8) mi

7) phyno

6) mode9

5) ice prince

4) phenom

3) vector

2) olamide

1) jesse jagz

@Ysldavies

1) MI

2) vector

3) jesse jagz

4)  olamide

5) sauce kid

6) ice prince

7) boogey

8) phenom

9) phyno

10) naeto c

 @DamolaBond

10)Boogey

9)Endia

8)Reminisce

7)Ice prince

6)Mode

5)M.i

4)Vector

3)Phyno

2)Jesse jagz

1)Olamide

@jtoasted

1) Sinzu

2) Jesse Jagz

3) Boogey

4) MI

5) Falz

6) Olamide

7) Phyno

8) Vector

9) Modenine

10) Eva

@Slklouis

1) Jesse Jagz

2) Olamide

3) Reminisce

4) Ice Prince

5) MI

6) Phyno

7) Ajebutter 22

8) Lord V

9) Falz

10) LOS and DRB Las Gidi

@Hy_bk

1)Olamide

2)Phyno

3)Ice Prince

4)Jesse Jagz

5)Reminisce

6)vector

7)M.I

8)Falz

9)Emeka

10)llbliss/killz

 Top 10 US


Nedum

10) Juicy j

10) nicki minaj

9) wale/asap rocky

8) j cole

8) lil wayne

7) 2 chainz

6) Eminem

5) kanye

4) kendrick lamar

3) drake

2) jay-z

1) macklemore

@Ree

10) Asap rocky

9) mac miller

8) pusha t

7) wale

6) kanye

5) jay-z

4) j cole

3) drake

2) Kendrick

1) Eminem

@DamolaBond

10)CHANCE THE RAPPER

9)MACKLEMORE:

8)Wale/acehood

7)Big sean

6)Kanye

5)Jay z

4)Eminem

3)J cole

2)Drake

1)kendrick

@Mr_PantsOnFire

1) Eminem

2) Kendrick Lamar

3) J Cole

4) Drake

5) Jay Z

6) Kanye West

7) The Game

8) Rick Ross

9) Macklemore

10) Wale

@jtoasted

1) J Cole

2) Kendrick Lamar

3) Eminem

4) Drake

5) Jay Z

6) Cassidy

7) Royce the 5’9

8) Macklemore

9) Lil Wayne

10) Kanye West

@babafemi_

1) Eminem

2) Jay Z

3) Kanye West

4) Kendrick Lamar

5) Drake

6) Andre 3000

7) Rick Ross

8) Wale

9) Game

@Slklouis

1) Pusha T

2) Eminem

3) Drake

4) Kendrick Lamar

5) J Cole

6) Wale

7) Kanye West

8) Jay Z

9) Mac Miller

10) A$ap Rocky

 Top 10 US mainstream underground


@Slklouis

1) Chance

2) Earl

3) Joey Bada$$

4) Action Bronson

5) Domo Genesis

6) Logic

7) Dizzy Wright

8) Vic Mensa

9) Casey Veggies

10) Angel Haze

 

@Ree

10) Earl Sweatshirt

9) Domo Genesis

8) Alex Wiley

7) Logic

6) Chance, the rapper

5) Rockie Fresh

4) Kembe X

3) KR

2) Dizzy Wright

1) Vic Mensa


Yeah, before you start shooting us in the cyber nutsacks. Dear internet gangsters, warriors and royals, please remember that the final list is somewhat a reflection of public opinion or perception about rap in Nigeria. Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, you can all vote in the poll below for who you think deserves your vote as rapper of the year. To make the choice easier for you, we’ve narrowed down the options to the top 3 based on the lists submitted to us.

Poll Zone:

Top 3 Nigerian Rappers for you to vote from

Jesse Jagz

Olamide

MI

Top 3 US rappers for you to vote from

Eminem

Kendrick Lamar

Drake

 

The breakdown of votes (for the curious people that don’t trust us):

Votes Total


Naija

Reminisce – 18v

Naeto c – 3v

Sinzu – 18v

MI – 36v

Phyno – 32v

Mode9 – 12v

Ice prince – 30v

Phenom – 10v

Vector – 32v

Olamide – 50v

Jesse Jagz – 53v

Boogey – 13v

Endia – 2v

Falz – 11v

Eva – 1v

Ajebutter22 – 4v

Lord V – 3v

LOS – 1v

Drb – 1v

Emeka – 2v

Illbliss – 1v

Ikechukwu – 1v

 

 

 

US

Kendrick lamar – 58v

Drake – 53v

J Cole – 42v

Eminem – 61v

Jay – Z – 45v

Kanye – 34v

Wale – 18v

Macklemore – 17v

Big Sean – 4v

Lil Wayne – 5v

Pusha T – 13v

A$ap Rocky – 4v

Acehood – 3v

Mac Miller – 4v

Chance, the rapper – 16v

Juicy j – 1v

Nicki Minaj – 1v

2chainz – 4v

Ace Hood – 3v

The Game – 6v

Rick Ross – 7v

Cassidy – 5v

Royce the 5’9 – 4v

Earl Sweatshirt – 10v

Domo Genesis – 8v

Alex Wiley – 3v

Logic – 9v

Rockie Fresh – 6v

Kembe X – 7v

KR – 8v

Dizzy Wright – 13v

Vic Mensa – 13v

Andre 3000 – 5v

Joey Bada$$ – 8v

Action Bronson – 7v

Casey Veggies – 2v

Angel Haze – 1v


 

FIRE OF ZAMANI: A REVIEW

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2013 was a good year for Ice Prince, with the BET best African act award added to his other accolades, you could say he’s the man of the year and with an album to top it all off, a really great year for him. Let’s see how this album shows off if Mr Ice Prince has any Fire cos his first album was a disappointment to some of us who actually believed in his talent.

Stars and Light ft Ruby Gynang

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From the offset of this one, you know it’s just one of those tracks that has everything going for it. Though the beat kind of overshadowed the rapping on this and made the song sound a bit rough. This is still a solid offering for an intro.

Skit ft MC Longs

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If I understood hausa, I’m sure I would have found this a whole lot funnier.

Aboki

We all know this one, dropped early this year. It just has him shouting “Aboki”. Really don’t know what it’s doing on this album VIP would have been a much better choice for me.

My Life

This a well thought out song from Ice, he clearly put himself into this. Despite his questionable lines that are never going anywhere most times, the piano element on this just makes a subtle impact on the overall feel and makes a bit enjoyable.

Mercy ft Chip

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Another relaxed vibe going on here. He also gets his “Jamaican” on here for reasons I don’t know why. Never the less, Chip saves this one, not a prolific verse but considering Ice’s regular sub standard deliveries, he did well.

Whiskey ft Sunny Neji

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This started with a very cool high life thing going for it then Ice just starts with this ‘whiskey, whiskey, whiskey, whiskey” thing and I’m like “are you talking to a dog here?”. That aside, it’s a conscious track, lyrically, talking about life in the fast lane. Sunny Neji on this track is still a piece of the puzzle I can’t crack.

N Word

Probably the best beat on this album, Amean it’s Donjazzy on the beat. Oh! Such a shame when a rapper doesn’t deliver on a dope beat, Ice should be sued for this. His lines were just way below the quality of the beat. Yes he rapped from start to finish but what’s the point if the lines are weak (I’ll just stick to jamming the instrumental of this one)

Jambo

Here’s Ice from more of his first album behavior, singing and not really rapping. It even sounds like something off his first album. That said, it’s still a relatively good track but nothing special like his first album.

No Die Tomorrow

Back to the whole Caribbean thing again. I’m just really bored at this point (it’s not my fault). Don’t get it wrong, it’s not an awful song it’s just that it’s boring musically from Ice even though this might catch some airplay and the fans like it cos he talks about corruption, struggle and coming up.

Gimme That (extended) ft Burna Boy, Yung L, Olamide

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Now this my Jam! My favorite off this album from the very moment it starts. Yes I’ve complained about the Caribbean thing, it totally works on this one. All the features worked well on this and Ice actually delivered with his verse. Jam!

Komotion ft Wizkid

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Most people would agree that Wizkid is the go to guy for a hit in the industry, his delivery is mostly always on point. And this is no exception. He definitely delivered on this. Sadly, the same can’t really be said for Ice, maybe another artiste on this would have made it a tad better. It’s just an okay song.

I Swear ft French Montana

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A lot of people actually don’t know who French Montana is (don’t act like it’s not true, it is). Even though it’s supposed to be a big deal of a collaboration, the track pretty much just falls apart.

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The whole mix of the traditional highlife and guitar on this beat is really something. The rest of it is just Ice doing his usual thing.

Kpako ft MI Jesse Jagz

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If you remember Nobody Test Me, you would know that these three guys were a very badass trio when it came to rap in naija. Though they may not be together again due to label issues, they come together on this to deliver a not so hardcore track but still Jesse Jagz on this was just bliss can’t really say the same for the other two.

Pray ft Sound Sultan

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If you’re an Ice Prince fan, you’ll like this one truth be told. Ice goes about his usual business of rap-singing on an easy going good beat.

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This one was a bit of a hit when it dropped and Ice goes on to re-master it. I do like the beat and sound of it and it is nice to see Ice talk on something about relationships and all. And though this is actually a good song I’m just not feeling it.

On My Knees ft Jeremiah Gyang

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This is an indigenous track off this album, it just sounds very traditional with the help of a few synths and also help from fellow statesman Jeremiah Gyang. This sort of feels like a gospel track in some way which is alright. Not a hot way to end the album but still a good end to it.

CONCLUSION

Yeah so that’s another album signed, sealed and delivered by Mr Panshak Zamamni. And he should be given credit for releasing this album cos he didn’t have to really, and it’s not easy to release an album in Naija especially as a rapper.

Now to the album, there is pretty much no FIRE on this Amean! Is Ice prince really Ice cool to the extent that there is no FIRE in him? He should have just called this the Ice of Zamani (bad joke yeah? I apologise). But on a real tho, there is very little fire on this, you can count the number of hot songs on this with just one finger (yes one finger not one hand). That said, there were some really dope beats on this but Ice’s delivery is just lacking, most of it is just not that enjoyable.

This LP album is more of a rush-rush mixtape kinda thing the thought, time investment and careful planning just seems to be lacking on this. It just feels like a bunch of songs complied together and called an album.

Before I go all out and appear vindictive, let me just give my grade. This gets a C.

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THE MARSHALL MATHERS LP 2: A REVIEW

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The return of one of the Greatest of all time.

Why did this review take so long to be published? Well, we’re prolly not worthy enough to review this

Anyway, all Stans can drop their complaints in the comment section.

Bad Guy ft Sarah Jaffe

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Well I never recovered but tonight I bet  ya that what ya

’bout to go through’s tougher than  anything I ever have suffered

Can’t think of a better way to define  poetic justice

Can I hold grudges, mind is saying: “let  it go, fuck this”

Heart is saying: “I will, once I bury this  bitch alive

Hide the shovel and then drive off in the sunset”

This song has 4 verses and not a single line is unnecessary or wasted. Every single line goes to tell the continuation of the Stan story (the voice speaking on this song is the voice of Stan’s now grown up little brother). A great way to start the album by providing the end to a story from the first MMLP.

As much as I hate music videos, I’d love to see a video of this one.

Parking Lot Skit

Slim Shady gets killed in this skit

Rhyme or Reason

Michelangelo with a paint gun in a  tantrum

Bout to explode all over the canvas

Back with the Yoda of rap in a spasm

Your music usually has them

But waned for the game your  enthusiasm it hasn’t

Follow you must, Rick Rubin my little  Padawan

A Jedi in training, colossal brain and,  thoughts are entertainin’

But docile and impossible to explain  and, I’m also vain and

Probably find a way to complain about a Picasso painting

Puke Skywalker, but sound like  Chewbacca when I talk

The beat on this one sounds all “boy band snapping fingers and dancing”-like (but it actually samples a classic rock song) and Em plays that off so well with Pop culture references (Star Wars,Die Hard, Charles Manson) delivered in a way that just goes to show that he was having fun with this beat.

So Much Better

Bitch, where the fuck were you Tuesday

With who you say

I wasn’t at the studio bitch

What’cha do screw Dre

You went there looking for me

Boo, that excuse is too lame

Keep playing me you’re gonna end up  with a huge goose egg

You fake, lying slut you never told me  you knew Drake

And Lupe, you want to lose two legs

Verse one had me like: OH MY GAWD!!! Who is this girl? She has banged everybody who breathes. Don’t her legs ever close?

But then I jammed it again and realized that he was talking about the rap industry as a woman and how she treats him. 4 tracks in and no weak joint yet.

Only problem, I wish he’d stop saying “relapse” and “recovery”. I’m trying my best to forget that those albums were ever released.

Survival ft Liz Rodrigues

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I can see the finish line with each line  that I finish

I’m so close to my goals I can almost  pole vault over the goal post

And if I don’t got enough in the tank,  maybe I can just siphon enough

To fill up this last can, man will I survive  in this climate or what

They said I was washed up, and got a  blood bath

I’m not a rapper, I’m an adapter, I can  adjust

Plus I can just walk up to a mic and just  bust

The opening hook already had me like

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And the rest of the song just made me want to fist pump and jump around but I didn’t want to get kicked off the bus so I just did cartwheels instead…in my head. This sounds like war music ( It was even used for the Call of Duty trailer) and has Em talking about how he has stuck with the game and always come out on top even with the odds stacked against him.

Legacy

And I don’t need no goddamn  psychologist

Tryna diagnose why I have all these  underlying problems

Thinking he can try and solve ’em, I’m  outside chalking up

Drawings on the sidewalk and in the  front drive talking to myself

Either that or inside hiding off in

The corner somewhere quiet, tryin’ not  to be noticed

Cause I’m crying and sobbing

I had a bad day at school so I ain’t  talkin’

Some cocksucker shoved me into a  fuckin’ locker

Cause he said that I eye-balled him

I’m not so sure about this one. Ahmean, I’d prolly like it if the mood was right and shii (this is prolly a good time to say “no homo”). It is not weak by any stretch but it just feels like going into cruise mode in the middle of an F1 race.

Asshole ft Skylar Grey

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Quit actin’ salty

I was countin’ on you to count me out

Ask Asher Roth when he round-a-bout  dissed me to shout me out

Thought I was history

But goddamn honkey, that  compliment’s like backhanding a  donkey

Good way to get your ass socked in the  mouth

Lay ’em off it, but what the fuck is all  this thrash talking about

Woooooooo! This is some Ric Flair body slam shii. Em collaborates with Skylar again to create another sure banger. While this one prolly won’t get played on Radios, it is really awesome music with war drums and even more furious lyrics from Slim about how he has always been,is and will always be an asshole.

Bezerk

Let’s bring it back to that vintage Slim,  bitch

The art of MCing mixed with da Vinci  and MC Ren

And I don’t mean Stimpy’s friend, bitch

Been Public Enemy since you thought  PE was gym, bitch

The Beastie boys tribute sounds like exactly that with Rick Rubin working the production on this. This song just sounds like an Eminem joke reel despite the fact that he was shouting thru out. Okay track, I guess.

Rap God

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MC’s get taken to school with this music

Cause I use it as a vehicle to ‘bus the  rhyme’

Now I lead a new school full of students

Me, I’m a product of Rakim, Lakim  Shabazz, 2Pac N-

-W.A, Cube, Hey Doc, Ren Yella, Eazy,  thank you, they got Slim

Inspired enough to one day grow up,  blow up and be in a position

To meet Run DMC, induct them into the  motherfuckin’ Rock n’

Roll Hall of Fame

Even though I’ll walk in the church and  burst in a ball of flames

Only Hall of Fame I’ll be inducted in is  the alcohol of fame

On the wall of shame

“6 minute Slim Shady, you’re on”

This is a 6 minute song. I repeat, this is a 6 minute song that has Em destroying a DVLP beat with dated references(Monica Lewinsky,Kneel before Zod,Columbine) and some surprisingly weak lines. This song just goes to show why Em is one of the greats.

Jammed this again and Fxck!!! Length aside, this is one of the best Em tracks in a while

Brainless

I look like a freakin’ wuss, a pussy

This kid just took my stick of licorice

And threw my sticker books in a pricker  bush

I wanna kick his tush, but I was six and  shook

This fucker was twelve and was six foot,  with a vicious hook

He hit me, I fell; I got back up, all I did  was book

Now there’s using your head, Momma  always said

This one has Em spitting about how dangerous he’d be if he actually tried to put his brains to use (he’d prolly be a Mad scientist or some shii) over a dark beat that he made himself.

Stronger than I was

Felt like I was in for a long bus ride

I’d rather die than you not be by my side

Can’t count how many times I vomited,  cried

Go to my room, turn the radio on and  hide

Uh, we were Bonnie and Clyde

No, on the inside you were Jekyll and  Hyde

I, felt like my whole relationship with  you was a lie

It was you and I, why did I think it was  ride or die

If you’ve heard Kim from the first MMLP then you’ll notice how this song is a couple of worlds far away from the gritty and violent nature of that track. This song is a reply by Kim to Em’s accusations against her. Even though it is mostly singing I actually like this one.

The Monster ft Rihanna

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Now, I ain’t much of a poet but I know  somebody

Once told me to seize the moment and  don’t squander it

Cause you never know when it all could  be over tomorrow

So I keep conjuring, sometimes I wonder

Where these thoughts spawn from

(Yeah, pondering’ll do you wonders

No wonder you’re losing your mind, the  way it wanders)

I don’t even have to tell you that this is a sure jam! This is their fourth collab and you can almost feel the emotion reaching out thru the speakers as Em spits about trying to save himself from himself. This is the Em vs Slim Shady battle all over again.

If you’re some sort of music snob, at least download this one and jam it to the end when the instrumentals take over.

So Far…

In a public stall droppin’ a football

So every time someone walks in the  john I get maddened

“Shady, what up?” What? Come on,  man, I’m crapping

And you’re asking me for my goddamn  autograph on a napkin

Oh that’s odd, I just happened to run  out of tissue

Yeah, hand me that, on second thought  I’d be glad then

“Thanks dawg, name’s Todd, a big fan”

I wiped my ass with it, crumbled it up in a wad and threw it back and

Told him “Todd, you’re the shit”; when  does all of this crap end?

I swear I thought this was Asher Roth at first cos of the intro singing.

This is one of the things that made me an Eminem fan in the first place. Tracks like this where he talks about his troubles (here, he is talking about fame) in a way that makes it sound so so funny. Another good one.

Love Game ft Kendrick Lamar

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I’ll say it, you can suck a softball  through a straw, used to be my fiance

‘Til you sucked on Wayne, Andre, and  Kanye

Lebron, Akon, Jay, Lil Jon, Raekwon,  Ma$e

Polow Tha Don, Dre, Dante Ross, James  Conway, Kwame

Guess I’m gettin’ my g-god dang Jigga  on eh

Cause your name, I’m beyond sayin’

But fuck it, I’m movin’ on, you women  are all cray

– Eminem

And Kendrick don’t forget to buy two  pair of those

Expensive heels, you little fuckin’ ferris  wheel

Fuckin’ spinnin’ on me, fuck you think  we gon’ get married still

Fuckin’ Mary had a little lamb, this ain’t  no fairy tale

Fairy godmomma better tell you how I  fuckin’ feel

Like you should fuckin’ beat it or fuckin’  eat it while I’m on my period

Now have a blessed day”

– Kendrick Lamar

Before I actually jam this let me just say that I’m not expecting this to be any good. Ahmean, Zeus and Buddha shouldn’t be in the same skies.

Ok, this isn’t actually that bad. It sounds funny like a 1960 commercial but it is not a hardcore rap track tho. This is probably the strangest track on this.

Headlights ft Nate Reuss

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But I’m sorry Mama for Cleaning Out My  Closet, at the time I was angry

Rightfully maybe so, never meant that  far to take it though, cause

Now I know it’s not your fault, and I’m  not making jokes

That song I no longer play at shows and  I cringe every time it’s on the radio

Wait. No. WTF?! Wow.

Is Em actually apologizing to his mom here? Fxck how strange the previous track sounded, this one is weirder. Ahmean, this is an awesome track that has Em going extremely personal and apologizing to his mom for all he has said about her. Even the Nate Ruess chorus didn’t suck as much as I thought it would but hearing Eminem apologize to the same woman he destroyed on “Kill You” is as weird as hearing Marilyn Manson sing gospel or seeing Ice Cube dance.

You can almost feel the emotion coming thru the speakers as he gets really personal on this.

Evil Twin

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I believe people can change, but only for the worse

I could’ve changed the world if it wasn’t  for this verse

So Satanic, K-Mart chains panic, cause  they can’t even spin back

The curse words, cause they’re worse  when they’re reversed, motherfucker

[Shit, motherfucker] (rape your mother,  kill your parents)

And these kids are like parrots, they run around the house just like terrorists

Screamin’, “fuck, shit, fuck”

Adult with a childish-like arrogance

Wild ever since the day I came out I was like “merits, fuck that”

I’d rather be loud and I like swearing

From the first album even the gals were like “tight lyrics, dreamy eyes”

But my fuckin’ mouth was  nightmare-ish

This is prolly the hardest jam on here and it has Em trying to draw lines between Eminem and Slim Shady. This shit is hard as liquid swords. He even talks about not having any boy bands to diss anymore.

Dope way to end the album. You need to pay close attention to this to get it.

CONCLUSION

To say the truth, I was expecting this album to be kinda crappy like his last 2 comeback albums. Infact, just naming the album as a sequel to one of his greatest ever was a ballsy move in itself [though it’s not an actual sequel]. I can’t imagine Guns n’ Roses releasing Appetite for Destruction 2 and we can all remember how badly Hov’s Blueprint sequels paled in comparison to the original. That said, this album is a success. A big success infact judging by album sales (which actually don’t mean shit. Nelly went Plat and it took Illmatic years to go Plat. So numbers don’t mean shit.

This album has Em finally realizing that he is older now. His subject matter no more comes from the perspective of a teenager stuck in a 30-something year old’s body. He even apologizes to old foes and makes peace without stooping too low. This album is not as emotional or personal as his previous efforts. This album doesn’t just have him evolving as an artiste, it also shows how much he has evolved as a person.

There are no complete fails on the album. Ahmean, the production falls a bit short at times but Em’s lyrical powers save most of the tracks on the album. Also, it takes a particular mood to enjoy most of the songs on here and this album prolly won’t win him a lot of new fans but it also won’t alienate old fans too.

I’m going to have to rate this an A-

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BADDEST GUY EVER LIVETH: A REVIEW

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The latest album from Mr. Release-a-new-single-every-other-week. My yoruba isn’t that good so the potency of some of the lines might be lost on me.

Intro

Mad hype. Mad mad hype on the intro from Dotun. To say the truth, this Irritated me.

Esu Pofo

Before reviewing this album, I skipped this track so so so many times. I have no idea why but now that I’ve jammed it, it is really not a bad jam. I love the live instrumentals on this and dem bars but not really feeling the flow.

Rep Adugbo ft Pheelz & Buckwylla

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Based on how well Olamide describes his hood, you can’t even pay me to live in Bariga. This jam has Olamide at his lyrical best and Buckwylla doesn’t sound as pretentious as he normally does. Even Pheelz doesn’t go wrong on his own beat.

Anifowoshe

The sampling on this one is just straight up classy. Ahmean, you just have to feel the way the beat follows the KWAM-1 sample. This song was good enough to make me download the song that was sampled. [Wait, you downloaded a kwam-one track, please, where’s the link?]

The song itself has Olamide rapping about coming up poor , getting rich and giving back to those who suffered with him on his way up.

Skamma ft Pele Pele

If you do not want to jam the rest of the album,ja? I beg you. I plead. Jam this song [I concur]. The beat is sicker than. Fxck. I have nothing to compare this to. Pheeelz is a god among producers for this. This beat be turning nuns into hoes.

Eleda Mi

Not really feeling this one. It has Olamide cursing those that stand in his way and thanking God for his rise to the top.

Not just feeling this. [Are you okay? You could sing this track in some churches and get the whole congregation singing and dancing if delivered well tho, this is Olamide basically in a musical  element he grew up with, solid one]

Baddo Love

Fxck mahn…How does someone make a love song sound so good? The title says all there is to say about this one.

Position Yourself

This is a dance track that pays tribute to the Makossa dance craze of the early 2000s. Good dance track. Wack rap song (if it is meant to be a rap song). [Not a through and through makossa like you’ll hear from Awilo, it sounds more of the Nigerian interpretation of makossa music with just the chords and tune but not the real core elements and vibe].

Skit ft Ketchup

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LOL

Gbadun Arawa

Another Love song but while Baddo Love works because it is so unusual for a love song this one doesn’t work for the opposite reason. It sounds too damn mainstream lovey-dovey for an album from the self-acclaimed King of the Streets.

Motivation ft IcePrince,Endia and Pepenazi

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Another track that I skipped everytime it appeared in my shuffle.

Gawd! After hearing Olamide’s verse, I was praying to God that Ice Prince shouldn’t mess the track up. Oh Lord please! And thank the Rap angels that he didn’t mess this up. Even the Pepenazi dude tried. I just dunno why Endia the hitman wasn’t given more time to rap. This is probably the best rap song on this album.

Church ft Viktoh

Ok, this is not as strong as the others but that is prolly cos everything else has been so so good. This one has a soulful feel to it even with the Yoruba verses and shii.

Sitting on the throne

This samples Drake’s Worst behaviour and has Olamide spitting about how he is aiming for his own seat at the top instead of fighting other rappers for their own spots on the top. JAM!

Mu emu ft B Banks

God bless Pheelz. Another sick beat that gives Olamide the licence to just do as he pleases to on this. Ahmean, he doesn’t even have to really rap. The B Banks guy almost ruined this entirely.

Turn up

This sounds like some King Shii and serves well as a bridge to the next track. This sounds like some Calabar Carnival jam. I actually like this one. [The way this track starts, the first 16 seconds, is just bliss for me]

King Shii

Pheelz is a moffacking G for this beat [the chord progressions weren’t all too impressive tho]. Ahmean, even Olamide cannot get on the same wavelength that the beat is on. He just has to resort to shouting and trying to drown the beat in his voice [yeah he failed to deliver on the beat, bored me a bit]. Nice track tho. You just have to imagine someone like Vector on this beat. Bliss.

Durosoke

Do I need to say anything about this one. Even Hausa men know the words to this shii. Prolly the naija-rap jam of the year and this is a jam that a lot of people won’t even accept qualifies as rap. [This is actually a re-mastered version of the original, nothing much different, the re-mastering could have been much better but still a JAM!

Dope Money ft Phyno

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Put these two on a track together and you can be sure that the end result is going to be a sure jam and this is no exception. It is not as good as Ghostmode but still, this shit goes! [I really feel like these two shouldn’t have made this one, the genius of GHOSTMODE really can’t be replicated and this sounds so much like GHOSTMODE, this shit is not just as genius level as GHOSTMODE ]

Yemi my lover

Didn’t like this one bit when it first came out but I’ve warmed up to it now after seeing him perform this at that Guinness colourful world of more concert. Jam. [The ease of the beat is just soothing to the ear that’s why the song has so much mass appeal and the title is on point in terms of appeal, it’s just a really enjoyable soft song].

Rayban Abacha

This is my favorite single from the album. This just had Olamide ranting about really random stuff and he does it without sounding annoying.

Higher ft Bez

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Bez is a fxcking boss! I doubt there is a better way above and below the earth to end this album (Olamide’s H-factor aside). This is as personal as Olamide gets on this album. The beat, the chorus, the overall feel of this just combine to make it a confam jam.

CONCLUSION

My complaint here: this album is so so fxcking long. Ahmean, I was thinking to myself “when will this end?”. 22 track album in the year 2013? My nigguh, FOH with that. Also, some of the features are not needed and Olamide,like most nigerian rappers, refuses to stay with one topic for the duration of an entire track. He veers away from whatever he is talking about to spelling doom for his haters/appreciating some fine thing’s booty/boasting about just how good he is. There is no track that gives a peek into who Olamide the person is. Almost Everything on this is party oriented which is not a bad thing but it would be nice to hear him kick some knowledge once in a while.

[The great thing about this album is that it reflects the state at which Olamide is now with his career. The element of joy, accomplishment and relaxation is all too glaring. It really shows how much he enjoyed making this album, it’s safe to say his found himself and I won’t expecting anything less than the quality of beats on this album (shoutout to pheelz) and the all around professionalism on this. The album also shows how far he has come, this isn’t a hustling album from Olamide trying to make a hit and make his presence felt, we all know he’s around and we respect him. ] P.S: listen to this album in reverse.

That said, this is a really good album and the larger bulk of praise for this should be given to Pheelz for producing what should rate as one of the best nigerian album in the last couple of years and Olamide’s best album to date.

I’m giving this a B+. Drop your rants in the comments section.

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MY NAME IS MY NAME: A REVIEW

In a year that promised albums from Justin Timberlake, JayZ, Kanye West, Drake, J Cole, Wale, Eminem, A$ap Rocky, SchoolBoy Q, Childish Gambino and Jay Electronica (let’s keep the faith. Jay Elec’s album might drop on the 31st of December. Keep the faith), this was actually the album that I was really really waiting for. Ahmean, not even a Wu-Tang album could have reduced my level of expectation. At the moment, there are very few rappers that actually walk the talk and vice versa but I can remember only 2 right now and while it would be G to see a Gunplay album this year, a Pusha album (or better still, a Clipse album) is really what I need. So let’s take a dive into the album from King Push.

KING PUSH

Motivation is misguided if it hit the mark, then it’s  not needed

Carry on like a carry on, and my side bitch I let tag  along

Call me “daddy” from a complex

Cause her mother’s fucker wouldn’t marry mom

This one has that marching band majestic feel to it. add that to Push’s opening lines and you get the feel of a king walking into the room. I felt the jab at Drake and the rest of the Young Money Mafia. This is a good one that serves as an intro to the general mood and feel of the album. The beat even pulls punches on its own.

NUMBERS ON THE BOARDS

Ballers, I put numbers on the boards

Hard to get a handle on this double-edged sword

Whether rappin’ or I’m rappin’ to a whore

Might reach back and relapse to wrappin’ up this  raw

This shii sounds like a Jay Electronica jam cos it has Push rapping over a beat that is not even really a beat. Ahmean, it’s just garbage bin drums and xylophone pops but Push still gets it to work with cocky verses. This is one of those tracks that is so good mainly cos of the quotables packed in. Nice.

SWEET SERENADE ft Chris Brown

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Supreme ballers, all my niggas got ESPY’s

Triple doubles, both wrist and neck freeze

Triple doubles, two bricks and tech squeeze

Triple doubles, two hoes and check please (Wooo!)

They love me on my Ric Flair shit (Wooo!)

Do I like this one? I’m not even sure..it’s actually obvious that this track was made for the single purpose of being a charting single and it hasn’t failed in that regard so that’s pretty good. By the way, apparently there are some people who download songs based on their appearance on the billboard. That is just wrong seeing as songs get there in the first place beacause other people are jamming it. All I’m saying is: find your own songs and don’t rely on a list that has Justin Bieber/One Direction/Taylor Swift on it.

HOLD ON ft Rick Ross

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I sold more dope than I sold records

You niggas sold records, never sold dope

So I ain’t hearing none of that street shit

Cause in my mind, you mothafuckas sold soap

– Pusha T

Crack dealer living like a hoop star

Black marble, white walls in my new spot

Four chains, big studs, a nigga too fly

Top down, tank top, I think I’m 2Pac

– Rick Ross

This one has the two rappers spitting introspective and soul-searching bars over piano keys that build up and become more powerful. Not super dope for me, just good. Ross didn’t really try here. Ahmean, we all know he is fake, ja? So why is he still trying to form like he is harder than liquid swords? FOH with that saturday night behaviour J: (His name gives him the right to speak on the issue tho)

SUICIDE ft Ab-Liva

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I’m still feeding divas like I feed the meter

Holy father to em, I ain’t talking Jesus neither

Balance on the scale, I ain’t a Libra either

I’m just a name and a number with the means to  reach ya

Grim Reaper, him cheaper, him chief of

His army, MCM on gym sneakers

– Pusha T

Nothing but cash here, this sweater is cashmere

The roof is a translucent, it’s nothing but glass there

The car is a concept, what’s next is my last year

My future is bright hot, you never can last here

– Ab-Liva

This beat right here is just crazy! Not like I doubted him but this is proof that Pharrell really knows his stuff. And do you know the best thing about this? The beat on this one just pops and the emcees on this one spit some laid back rhymes. I understand that every rapper feels the need to declare he is the best but for Ab-Liva to claim top 5? I’ve never even heard an Ab-liva tape (by the way, I’m dropping my mixtape soon: The Life and Times of Jim Coker Vol 1)

J: HahaHa. Then you’ll release Reasonable Mouth and The BlueFilm 1-3

L: and I’ll prolly look for a rapper named Nasir to pick a beef with then I’ll “retire” with the almost-Black album

J: Hahahahaha. Next song

40 Acres ft the Dream

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This cocaine cowboy pushed it to the limit

You thought Tony in that cell would’ve made us  timid

We found his old cell, bitch, we searchin’ through  the digits

This is one of the few tracks, if not the only track, where the chorus overshadows the verses. Remember how Justin Timberlake’s quasi-accapella intro on Holy Grail was and how everything sorta went down from that point on that song? Yeah, that’s just how this one is. I had chills based on the instrumentals at the start of the song already and when the Dream started singing at the start of the song, it was some scaringly soothing ish. Now imagine if the Dream’s version of the Holy grail had been used.

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NO REGRETS ft Kevin Cossom, Jeezy

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Got a call from my jail niggas, said I’m doing my  damn thing

(Woo!) They see I’m doing my damn thing

Magazines, videos, they ain’t missing a damn thing

Nowadays I sell hope, what you rather I sell dope?

What I sell is a lifestyle, naked bitches on sailboats

– Pusha T

Momma had me in the ghetto, I was raised in the  slums

Every hero got theme music, guess I need me some  drums

– Jeezy

FXCK!!! You might hate hearing Pusha rap for some weird reason known to just you and you alone but you can’t deny the fact that he only works prime beats. There is no Push tape without near-perfect production and this is no different. Every single instrumental on point so far but this one takes the trophy. The beat arguably killed Pusha’s verses and even tho Jeezy tried resisting, he got it too.

LET ME LOVE YOU ft Kelly Rowland

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A ball player sold you a dream, ain’t do nothing

A couple rappers under your belt, but who’s judging

I ain’t tryna guide you, hand on bible

But Instagram pics show more than side views

30 dollar nude catsuits is not cute

And 50 comments on ass is not fluke

Meh. That is what I can describe this track as. The song is a convo between Pusha and his side chick with Kelly Rowland playing the part of the side piece.  The coolest part of this one is when PushaTon uses the Ma$e flow+voice starting with the 2nd verse. Itz still sort of Meh to me

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WHO I AM ft 2chainz and Big Sean

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Entrepenuer, strip club connoisseur

Hot fudge sundae, pour it on you hallelujah

Pour it on you hallelujah, pour it on you hallelujah

And I be on my own dick, ain’t that much room for  you, ah

– 2chainz

And I’m going ’til I K.O

Eyes closed, I’m OK

All my bitches know they roll

Even when we role-play

– Big Sean

I have to confess that prior to writing this review, I hadn’t jammed this one at all based purely on the featured artistes so here goes nothing.

Yup, I was right. The features almost destroyed this. The beat is almost as cool as the Fonz but the featured artistes are just terrible on this especially Big Sean J: (Big Sean wasn’t all that terrible).

NOSETALGIA ft Kendrick Lamar

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Black Ferris Bueller, cutting school with his jewels  on

Couldn’t do wrong with a chest full of chains and a  arm full of watches

What I sell for pain in the hood, I’m a doctor

Zhivago tried to fight the urge like Ivan Drago

If he dies he dies, like Doughboy to Tre

If he rides he rides, Throwing punches in his room

If he cries he cries, we don’t drink away the pain

When a nigga die we add a link to the chain

Inscribe a nigga name in your flesh

– Pusha T

He said “son, how come you think you be my  connect?”

Said “pops, your ass is washed up with all due  respect”

He said “well nigga, then show me how it all makes  sense”

Go figure, motherfucker, every verse is a brick

Your son dope, nigga

– Kendrick Lamar

L: Yes, you in the audience. What is your question? Someone hand him the mic

RandomRapFan: Your Highness, I just want to know who killed who?

L: well, it is not hard to spot this one. He started by asking if you wanted to see a dead body and ended by calling his verses (and himself) dope. Kendrick killed this, he built his verse up from that first question to the final declaration

Random: so you’re saying Pusha Ton didn’t show up at all?

L: who said that? I’m saying if Pusha featured someone else and spat the same bars, it would have been a bloody massacre but K.Dot doesn’t let him. Instead, he comes here to renegade him. Solid jam

PAIN ft Future

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18 wheeler gorillas

Black with gold chains, pitch bird like steelers

Hines Ward of the crime lords

Running through this money screaming “Encore”

Spending nights with the prime whore

But that’s the bitch that you’re blind for

Celebrating on a whim, nigga

Pain is Pac above the rim, nigga

I know some people don’t like this song mainly cos of Future’s chorus and the way it sounds so mainstream but I actually like this one so much that I’ve created a video for it in my mind, all artistic and shii (Push, holla at your boy if you want the video concept). This is actually one of my favorite jams on the whole album.

S.N.I.T.C.H ft Pharrell

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We used to steal dirt bikes, dodge raindrops

So close niggas thought we had the same pops

Graduated, gettin’ money on the same blocks

But things changed and we ain’t end up in the same box

First off, this is a really creative use of backronyms and shii.

Secondly, Pharrell against drops a beast of a beat and once again Push stands his ground and doesn’t get swayed as he drops lines a!out friends turned turncoats.

Another good one from the prodigal brother.

Oh wait! This is the end of the album? Fxck! I was just getting into it but all in all, this is the best way he could have ended this album. Short album? Yes. Dope end? Yes.

CONCLUSION

There is no beating around the bush for this one. It is a dope album. The production on this was first class with Pharrell and Kanye combining to replicate and modernize the classic Clipse sound.

The bars were as Pusha Ton as ever. He rarely veered away from the subjects which he is known for but when he does, he does not disappoint. What does disappoint is the quality of the features: the PAIN chorus could have been done by someone else, Big Sean didn’t need to be here, (No) Malice could have been there. The arrangement of the tracks was also sort of off. It sounds more like a indie street tape than a boardroom approved tape which is a good thing considering who and what Push represents.

Another problem is the length of this one. It could have been 2 or 3 tracks longer. It just ended too damn soon.

J: Here’s the thing, this album is pretty much in a class of its own simply because you have an artiste talking about a topic that most rappers only brag about but are rarely into it but he on the other knows it in and out. This album has Pusha just inviting you into his own house and showing you all the different things about it like on MTV cribs (hope that’s a solid analogy for you guys) even though this is more of a dark ghetto crib than an a mansion on the hill. Truth is if you really get into the element of this album, you can only but appreciate it. This is definitely one of the best solo debut albums out this year. This album is simply “audio dope” All hail king Push for this one.

With all that said, I’m going to have to give this album an A-

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