sequels are never as good as originals, but its still an interesting song.
Rihanna feat. Eminem – Love The Way You Lie – Pt. 2
This song will be on Rihanna’s album that drops on the 16th supposedly.
Eminem’s Relapse album kinda sucked. It was all raps done in his stupid joking voice and there wasn’t more than a moment or two of that greatness that he is known for. That moment where you can’t help but smile and say “shit, maybe rap music is art.”
Em’s coming out with a new album though. Recovery. And from the first single and this ridonculous freestyle over Drake’s and then some other beat that I am sure is famous and i just dont know it, is f’ing incredible. That entire freestyle makes you say “Whoooooooaaaaaaa” and in the album cut, he actually says the line “we all know that last album Relapse was ehhh”. That takes balls. and Eminem clearly has some.
I am stoked for the new record. I think its going to be a return to old.
Eminem – Not Afraid
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Eminem – Discovery (freestyle?)
It’s been an interesting decade and I think its pretty clear that hiphop had the greatest impact on top 40 radio in the past 10 years. It’s changed a lot though. It’s not a format that has been around for very long and it quickly changed in the 00′s from being something “from the streets” to being something from the studio. There is no more NWA. It moved slowly from music about a simple beat and a message (whether thats a message you enjoy or not) to being music made for the club and for pop music stations. So, let’s look at a few of the hit songs from the past decade.
Eminem released his masterpiece, The Marshall Mather’s LP in mid 2000. To this day, Eminem still places more emphasis on his lyrics and his rap rhythm than on dance beats. He probably has the most recognizable voice in the rap industry, or at least top 5, and it’s simply a joy to listen to him rhyme over a simple beat.
Eminem – Stan (released in May 2000)
In 2001, Jay Z released one of his greatest albums, an album that spawned two sequels. The Blueprint. While this record definitely had club hits on it, it was still a lyrical album. But the hooks were clearly becoming more about dancing than rapping.
Jay Z – Izzo (H.O.V.A) (released September 11, 2001)
Now let’s jump ahead a couple of years. This isn’t a rap record, but it is HipHop. Usher dominated the airwaves in 2004 with help from the incessant shouting from Lil John on his track “Yeah.” This song was inescapable. I’m surprised it ever wore out. This song is for ladies in the clubs, frat guys on a house boat and everything in between.
Usher (feat Lil John and Ludacris) – Yeah (released in 2004)
To save us, slightly, in 2004, was the man who would eventually become inescapable…Kanye West. He debuted with an album completely different from the one that will be mentioned further down this list. It was lyrical, it was fresh, it was awesome.
Kanye West – Jesus Walks (From ‘College Dropout’ released in 2004)
In 2005, this happened.
Black Eyed Peas – My Humps (from “Monkey Business”, 4th best selling album of 2005)
In 2007, T-Pain created a phenomenon that would continue until today. He used autotune to help him sing. And we all thought it sounded pretty damned cool.
T-Pain feat Justin Timberlake – Can’t Believe It (remix)
2008. The year where T-Pain continued to dominate the world with the autotune concept, but through a zillion other hip hoppers. The radio was dominated by two men. Kanye West, back with his 808′s and some heartbreak, and a little man with as many baby mama’s as he has tattoos, Lil Wayne. They did two different things really. Wayne is a lyrical rapper (though he is on a zillion dance tracks as well) and Kanye is just weird.
Lil Wayne feat Jay-Z – Mr. Carter (August 2008)
Kanye West – Amazing (November 2008)
And of course, one of the top tracks right now on iTunes, a cool sample, super hot production and autotuned average singing by Jason Derulo. What a combo!
Jason Derulo – Whatcha Say
Not unexpectedly, Eminem will be putting out a second half of his Relapse album. There was a hint to it on one of the skits on the last record where there was mention to two discs.
I love Eminem, but his last album kind of sucked. He used that fake “funny” voice on almost every song and it just didn’t resonate with me. There were no songs that really seemed to mean anything. He just rapped for the sake of rapping and without his natural tone, it isn’t as fun to listen to.
So far, I’d say the two songs that have leaked from the new album are already better than what we heard on the first half of the Relapes records, though they aren’t amazing either. I definitely have some hope for this album though. Hopefully it lives up to what everything Eminem ever does should be.
Eminem – Drop The Bomb
Eminem feat Dr. Dre – Hell Breaks Loose
hot new track from Lil Wayne’s upcoming release. It’s called “Drop The World” and is produced by a couple boys from Surf Club whose beats I always love. They give their music a lighter than air ambiance while keeping the beats hard, providing the perfect backdrop for rappers with intriguing vocals like Wayne to flow over.
PLUS, Eminem is on the last verse of this song and as has been the case for the past year or two, every time he is on someone else’s track he spits rhymes so ridiculous that it just eats up everything before and after it. You know Eminem is awesome because he’s sort of like going to dinner at an amazing French restaurant. You get this little piece of steak that is the most succulent, delicious thing you’ve ever had and you just pray the entire time that you are eating it up that it would last forever. When Eminem throws out a single verse, it is the biggest tease there is. It makes me crazy that I can’t just listen to him flow for an hour.
Definitely excited to see what the rest of Wayne’s album is gonna sound like. Good start so far.
Lil’ Wayne feat Eminem – Drop The World
Kick off is now! Game on! Let’s go Trojans!! Fight On and Win Forever!!!
for the last few years the Trojans have been storming the field to the sounds of Eminem’s Lose Yourself. Blast this!
i dont really have a hip hop wednesday theme, but why can’t today be hip hop wednesday anyhow? it’s my fucking blog. i can write whatever i want. and since i now am the proud owner of white patent leather sneakers with an image of Soulja Boy Tellem on the soul (thanks LF!) i think i should be blogging about more hip hop music. especially mix tape shit from the streeets.
ok, so this track is actually about to blow up huge and isnt really from the streets anymore. i think its going to be on the More Than A Game soundtrack. If you don’t know, thats the movie about Lebron James’ high school basketball team. It also stars 4 other starting players who you’ve never heard of, but it looks like they get equal screen time, thats nice of the director. I guess that’s kind of like this song. It has Drake on it, it has Kanye on it, it has Lil Wayne on it, and while I guess you’ve heard of those guys, per his usual, Mr. Mathers aka Eminem completely destroys everyone else on this track. Clearly Em still has skills, so why did his solo album kinda blow? I don’t think he should be allowed to ever make a song alone again because clearly he only blows shit up when he competes with others.
Hip Hop it.
Drake feat Kanye West, Lil Wayne and Eminem – Forever
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