In the realm of hip-hop, Lupe Fiasco suggested Mos Def had the best album of the year (he’s up for two Grammys, including Best Rap Album) and that Drake should be up for Best New Artist (he only received a nod for Best Rap Solo Performance).
“I think he’s deserving of it,” Lupe said of Drake. “As many accolades as he can accumulate, pre-album, is a phenomenal task. I think that should be rewarded. He has the potential to do great things — not good or mediocre, but great things.”
I just wanted to post this up for those of you who respect Lupe but maybe don’t know about or aren’t ready for Drake. That’s right…that’s what i’ve been saying…not good or mediocre things for music and for hip hop…but GREAT things. watch out.
Also i like how highly Lupe talks about Mos.
mixtape daily interview video with Lupe after the jump…
peace, and respect introspection AND extrospection love.
“I’m a writer man, I appreciate the elements of Hip Hop. I appreciate a guy like Common who goes city to city and just spits at the crowd for ten minutes about everything he sees. I admire talents like that because…That’s not really my creative process.”
Vodpod videos no longer available.
here’s the crackberry recitation he’s referring to…
he just sounds like a basic up and coming rapper in the freestyle i.m.o.
he’s still really dope and in my top 4 favorite new artists…he’s a writer!
peace, and remember to smile, love.
here’s a sweet series of recent blogs from codename #WEARELASERS…
apparently shining down was just the first leak but not the first single. perhaps army girl? (see below)
the following video:
…Lupe perform at an underpromoted fraternity Step competition Sprite was sponsoring on campus.
Here’s a video I took on my iPhone of Lupe performing his new joint “Fire”; he gives a minute-long intro explaining the track and what it has to do with MTV’s recently released 2009 Hottest MCs List. I believe this is the first time he’s performed the track.
Also, he performed a new track, “Army Girl”, off of his upcoming album Lasers. -WeDoItRight
He talks about how (as previously posted) he’s ok with the list being “right now”…but he’s gonna have to be “two straight solid years” where he’s “like 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 on that mothafucker.” he says he’s just going to put in the work.
i respect a hard worker more that about anything else…so…let’s go!
Peace, and laser love.
Not a diss of the list…knew I wasn’t gonna make it ha!…but I’m using the fact that I wasn’t on it as an excuse to just start wrecking shit on a frequent basis so by the time the next one comes out I’ll be number 1,2,3,4 and 5…
he sampled jimi hendrix’s “fire” which is ironic because i’m taking history of jimi hendrix music class this semester. he pretty much just goes off…he’s a laser.
“my mind was a sponge, but now it’s shamwow”
peace, and fire love.
Here’s a short interview clip of Andre 3[stacks] talking the lists they make for the “hottest mcs.”
Vodpod videos no longer available.
“The thing about these hip-hop lists… it’s like, ‘How can you make a list because it’s so many people you leave off that a lot of people may disagree with?’ If you have 10 guys in a room [debating], that’s their list. It can’t be a world list, ’cause it’s a lot of people… I’m surprised Ludacris is never on there — he’s one of the dopest. Black Thought ain’t on there — he’s killin’ a lot of people. Then you got too many opinions. You have people that come up to me in the streets and say certain things. I’m like, ‘Well, that’s their opinion.’
I just say, ‘Man, everybody do your thing.’ I’d rather be #2 and everybody know I should be #1, than to be #1. Then I have somewhere to go.”
I like that he mentions very specifically BT and Luda. The new thing is doing these lists online (which is exactly what sparked this)…but then you’re just getting the opinion of internet nerds like you and i (assuming we both vote…ya see?). I’m with him on this topic…it’s very difficult to get an actual list…the problem is, right now, no one (or few) place(s) mark the population of hip hop heads. It should be a representation of anyone who may have an opinion, ya dig?
Anyways…how about Andre 3000 actually acknowledging Hip Hop! [chanting] NEW ALBUM! NEW ALBUM!….ok sorry.
Peace, and mc love!
Here’s a few new Jay-Z tracks from the Blueprint 3 coming September 11th, 2009.
Jay-Z feat. Kanye West – Haters (prod. by Kanye West)
This song is really dope. DOA though?? Ye’ def used some autotune on that sample (which sounds like he sampled himself). Hypocrite? Ok i’m sorry…cause the song is dope so i guess it doesn’t matter.
Jay-Z – Thank You (Prod. by Kanye West and No I.D.)
I like this beat aLOT (No I.D. is reeeaaalllyy doing work right now. See recent videos of him in the studio.) But the whole “Thank you thank you, far too kind” thing Jay does is super played to me. Whatever though. Decent song overall.
Jay-Z – Venus vs. Mars (prod. by Timbaland)
Eeek…actually the link died already. :-\ Sorry about that ya’ll. Here’s a youtube of the song. But honestly…I’m not even that big on it. Sounds like maybe Timbaland leaked this too…like…without permission. Disclaimer: It ain’t my fault!!!
Jay-Z – Ghetto Techno (not on BP3)
Not real big on this song. It’s just a little buzz song he released, but it has to compete with other (read better) buzz songs of his (see “Dear Summer”)
Also…here is the illest commercial i’ve seen in a while! If you know Jay-Z’s catalogue well, this is official…they (Rhapsody) reproduced all his album covers and made it (feel) seemless.
One more Jay update…he showed up at a Grizzly Bear show this weekend which is dope as eff! They are one my favorite new bands this year. If you haven’t heard GB yet, please google them. He mentioned it in an MTV interview saying
“When rock was the dominant force in music, rap came and said, ‘Y’all got to sit down for a second, this is our time.’ And we’ve had a stranglehold on music since then,” Jay said. “So I hope indie rock pushes rap back a bit, because it will force people to make great music for the sake of making great music.”
I like that…for the record. Here comes Indie rock!!
Peace, and hip hop art love!!!