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Kingpen Slim “Life After Doubt” (album stream)

Life After Doubt (released: November 11, 2016), is the latest and possibly greatest album/project to date from Uptown DC’s independent heavyweight, Kingpen Slim.

I say possibly greatest, solely because I’ve been a fan of the kitchen magician for a minute. And I don’t throw out grandiose proclamations all wild.

But to be clear…#LAD is dope.

From past projects, Slim has shown himself as an MC that does two things really well. Rhyming and talking that slick shxt. And LAD does not disappoint on either of those fronts. Easily checking both boxes as a complete and cohesive piece of work, from top to bottom. As an unapologetic super fan of his The Beam Up 2 tape, I’m still trying my hardest not to be THAT guy. The stuck in the past listener comparing everything to older work. I mean but keeping it 💯, I use “Big” as an alarm on my phone and “The Win” as my ringtone. But I digress.

Life After Doubt, an homage to iconic hip-hop titles Life After Death (Biggie) x Reasonable Doubt (Jay-Z) is a throwback to the type of lyrical storytelling popularized on the mainstream level by the aforementioned projects.

For those scoring at home, Slim has painted a sonic backdrop to memories of the old DC (before heavy gentrification and smarttrip cards). So if you can’t rock with that or your ears are averse to slick wordplay, this is not the project for you.

Since it’s release, the 14-track project with production from Mark Henry, J Buttah and The Directors to name a few, has been reviewed favorably by the likes of The Crew2Dope Boyz, ThatsEnuffBrightest Young Things, Dirty Glove Bastard and Fashion Citizen.

But judge it for yourself.

After the jump, roll thru the album stream + visuals for one of the standouts on #LAD, “Bad Guy”. Thank me later.

 

 


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Summer Over Everything (audio stream)

From somewhere in the land of bowties, Timbs and fudge rounds, comes my latest playlist:

“Summer Over Everything”

The latest installment in my newly coined, what urban radio should sound like series, contains the usual suspects plus some, found on most contemporary urban-leaning radio formats thru the beginning of August 2016.

Current work from DJ Khaled, Kevin Gates, Rihanna, Ro James, Joey BadA$$, Dreezy and Meghan Trainor are a few of the names found throughout the UNEDITED 23-track stream.

#parentaladvisory #notadultcontemporary #urwelcome

[press play after the jump]

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Prince Rogers Nelson, found dead at 57

“Dearly beloved
We are gathered here today
To get through this thing called life

Electric word life
It means forever and that’s a mighty long time
But I’m here to tell you
There’s something else
The after world

A world of never ending happiness
You can always see the sun, day or night

So when you call up that shrink in Beverly Hills
You know the one, Dr. Everything’ll Be Alright
Instead of asking him how much of your time is left
Ask him how much of your mind, baby

‘Cause in this life
Things are much harder than in the after world
In this life
You’re on your own

And if the elevator tries to bring you down
Go crazy, punch a higher floor”

The above are the opening lyrics to one of Prince Rogers Nelson’s, many recognizable hits, Let’s Go Crazy off of the Purple Rain album.

It’s almost eerie, how these opening lyrics read as a lasting message from the ‘genreless’ musical icon, to his fans. A group of people in something far more hard to explain, than a mere state of shock at the news of his passing today.

Here’s to you resting peacefully in a higher realm of consciousness Purple One.

because she released a video for a single that included a pro-black lyric or two and visuals that spoke to issues being faced in black America today– that spotlight the abhorrent ugliness of this country, she’s being “thinkpieced” to death. Still. Three weeks later mind you.

“Formation”…why you mad?

Beyoncé.

Formation.

S U P E R B O W L 50.

Black Panthers.

Insanity, hysteria and faux outrage…ACTIVATE!

Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter, simply put, is one of the baddest motherfuckers human beings walking the planet.

The singular monikered, iconic (had to slide that one in for her detractors lol) megastar, has transcended the normal feats of what we consider the modern day superstar.

She, of drop an album in the middle of the night with no warning or pre-released single, fame…released a brand new song on February 6th entitled “Formation”. Then performed that again, brand new song, on February 7th– on arguably one of the biggest stages an artist can perform on.

HALFTIME AT THE S U P E R B O W L!

And ever since she performed this new song on that massive stage, all hell has broken loose. Formation, a song that contains lyrics about:

  • discrediting the typical illuminati rumors
  • liking black features, widely viewed as negatives
  • being a Texas bama (not to be confused w/a DC bamma)
  • liking hot sauce
  • rewarding wonderful sexual encounters, with some fi’ Cheddar Bay Biscuits from Red Lobster
  • working hard for what she wants
  • slaying

 

THIS song, has America in a collective uproar! Not white America, not black America, not rich America, not poor America…but all of America. America as a staff, record label, and as a motherfucking crew. You understand me? See the video for yourself after the jump…

 

 

Ah, it’s the imagery that’s the problem.

The same visuals that were not depicted anywhere in the song, save for cute little Blue Ivy, running around in her afro, that was once slandered by people of all colors when she was younger. Got it.

But she wasn’t on top of a cop car, or in what appears to be a city under water at SB50. She was just singing and dancing. There wasn’t a little boy dancing in a hoodie in front of a line of police officers. So what triggered the outrage from the performance?

A photo posted by Beyoncé (@beyonce) on

Her dancers? Women, dressed in back up dancer attire has the country shook to its core? Not a businessman with zero political background, even hinting at some semblance of a plan to make America great again. But some backup dancers in afros and black berets?

Ohhh, it’s because their outfits depicted a homage if you will to the Black Panthers, on the eve of the 50th Anniversary of their being founded in Oakland, CA. Which is a part of the Bay Area, which is where SB50 was held earlier this month. Gottttttt it.

A false narrative of who the Black Panthers were and are x Beyoncé’s style of dress during her halftime performance = ANTI-POLICE!

It all makes sense now, :jozydead:.

Why does it make some, so uneasy whenever a black person says aloud, “I love and am proud to be black”?

Look, Beyoncé is an amazing entertainer, who is also a shrewd businesswoman. And because she released a video for a single that included a pro-black lyric or two and visuals that spoke to issues being faced in black America today– that spotlight the abhorrent ugliness of this country, she’s being “thinkpieced” to death. Still. Three weeks later mind you.

On one side, she’s anti-police and has police unions voting to not follow thru on their duty to protect and serve, when she visits different cities on her upcoming tour.

On the other side, you have ultra pro-black individuals, taking her to task for using the culture and black plights for economic gain. Saying, this isn’t a political song, you’re no activist.

But…she never said she was. She never claimed this song to be a political song. It’s a Beyoncé song. Listen to the lyrics. Red Lobster, Jackson 5 nostrils, I’m kind of a big deal, slaying.

For some reason, we as a people are so constantly on edge and ready to attack any and everything, that we go in half cocked at ALL times. So because your auntie whose a Bey fan saw the vid and listened to the beat, texted you that Bey got political– YOU took it as her saying I’m the new celebrity face of the cause?

And because you, are so unable to think for yourself, you half listened to a song, watched the clip of a video or her performance, listened to what politicians and talking heads fed you…now you’ve fully embraced the false narrative– that the song is anti-Police?

Because heaven forbid an artist or any regular Joe who isn’t a card carrying member of (insert name of preferred cause/movement here), ever spotlight an issue directly or indirectly. There’s no benefit to that ever.

WTF is wrong with you people! Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. But every now and then, just step back and voice it out loud, then revisit your stance. Do you have the receipts for it?

“You know you that b_tch when you cause all this conversation…” – Bey

^^^ #FACTS #notOPINION

 

“Thanks for Nothing” [PLAYLIST]

#Thanksgiving…check!

#BlackFriday…check!

Soundtrack for the remainder of the final quarter of 2015…check!

Courtesy of my podcast found on podomatic.com:  RLW presents…”Thanks for Nothing.

A playlist arriving just in time for that second plate of Turkey day leftovers and Black Friday ridiculousness that you hopefully didn’t jump in. Welcome to the last quarter of 2015.

#T4N #urwelcome

 

 

 

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Brave’s Original, Makes “Fearless”

Brave Williams

Formerly of the group Richgirl, more recently recognizable from her time spent on R&B Divas: LA (season 3)— released her debut EP Fearless last week (May 21st).

And for those unaware of the aforementioned group’s talent, Ms. Brave is far more than another pretty face playing artist in 2015.

The Baltimore bred, blonde tressed songstress easily glides across bpm soundscapes, moving from “OMT”, to the infectious ready for summer “Ooh (Luv Ya)”, to the club ready “Road Trippin'” or the easy to vibe to “Day & Night”. Yet right before you write the project off as merely a very solid, solo R&B debut…

Here come the interludes and the pièce de résistance, “Original” (the final track). Sidebar: why the industry got away from interludes in the first place, I have zero idea.

The positivity that resonates from the speakers on “Smile” (interlude) is a :50s breath of fresh air, in this age of negativity and backbiting. And the honesty and self-reflection found in “Original” (interlude), is something I’m sure any boy, girl, man or woman can relate to to some degree– even though geared towards her female fans.

After the jump, check for both the interlude & song titles for “Original” which close the EP. IMO, I think “Original” could be one of the more important records of the year, because of the message of self-love it promotes in this age of constant ridicule. See for yourself…

Fearless, is perfectly titled for it to be Brave’s debut. As it isn’t solely packed full of radio-friendly singles that are either club records or unimaginative oversexed anthems. Here’s to hoping she’s wildly rewarded for her efforts in releasing a very well-rounded piece of work.

FEARLESS is available for stream x download:

 

Jay-Z B-sides Concert [freestyle]

Don’t go with the flow, be the flow” – Jay-Z

This past Saturday (5/16/15), Jay took the first major step towards delivering on a campaign statement if you will– when he first laid the groundwork for his latest major venture, Tidal (the high fidelity music streaming site).

SC, put on a 2-hour concert consisting of his greatest B-sides, including guest appearances of which the biggest IMO, had to be Beans (Beanie Sigel) giving their history.

I did not see the show, but as a Jay fan, a concert of B-sides had to be dope. How could it not be, right?

That said, I caught video of the freestyle he dropped off at some point during the show, this morning. And the crowd’s at times overly emphatic OOH’s and AAH’s aside, it’s a must hear. Facts and substance over everything, listen closely. Check for the vid after the jump (not the greatest quality, but it’s the words not vid you need in your life– respect due to “itsonlyhalftime666X” on the upload).

 

 

“And I don’t need no middle man to talk to my n—as
I understand if you don’t understand, I figure I’m Jigga
That’s where we differ
I take what’s mine, you accept what they give ya, I get ya
I don’t take no checks, I take my respect
Pharrell even told me go with the safest bet
Jimmy Iovine offered a safety net
Google dangled around a crazy check
I feel like YouTube was the biggest cul-prit
Them n—as pay you a tenth of what you’re supposed to get
You n—as die for equal pay right?
You know what I’m worth? I ain’t ya slave right?
You know I ain’t shuckin’ and jivin’ and hi-fivin’
You know this ain’t back in the days, right?
Well I can’t tell the way they killed Freddie Gray, right?
Shot down Mike Brown, how they did Tray, right?
Let ’em continue choking n—as
We gonna turn style (turnstile), I ain’t ya token n—a
You know I came in this game independent right?
Tidal, my own label, same difference
Oh, n—as is skeptical when it’s their own sh-t
You bought nine iPhones and Steve Jobs is rich
Phil Knight is worth millions, you still bought them kicks
Spotify is nine million, they ain’t say sh-t
Lucy you got some esplainin’ to do
The only one they hatin’ on looks the same as you
That’s cool, I know they tryin’ to bamboozle you
Spendin’ millions on me to tryin’ to confuse you
I had to talk to myself, Hov you should be used to it
It’s politics as usual”

props to  Rob Markman on the transcription
 
 
 

“Fxcked Up” (Official Video) – DC Don Juan f/Issa

This shit creams, FRIDAY (night)!

I stumbled across this new visual from DC Don Juan today, off of his latest project Writer’s Bloque

Bruh, I watched it three times in a row.

I first heard of Juan, thru his affiliation with Topp Dogg Hill (DC), some years back. Since then, his career has really taken off– signing to a major, walking away from a major, touring and more recently– placements and writing for other artists.

Enough on that though. If you google him, you can find more than enough info. Right now, I want you to jump off into this new vid featuring his cousin Issa, for “Fxcked Up”. Simple vid, shot in a hi-quality form, and the track is dope. What grabs you though, is the hook. See for yourself, after the jump:

hook:
why would you hate on me…gettin’ money, no wait on me
shout to the plug, for throwing this weight on me
(you got me FXCKED UP) hell nah y’all can’t sit at my table
(you got shit FXCKED UP) on the phone for your bitch, but you ain’t able
(you got shit FXCKED UP) yup wanna hear me flow, ni–as betta hand me dough, when I drop that top in a drop everywhere we go, why not have a big ego
(ni–as got shit FXCKED UP) hell nah y’all can’t sit at my table
(you got shit FXCKED UP) you on the phone wit my click, but you ain’t able

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DC Don Juan (@iamdonjuan)
Issa (@ISSAIAM)

Writer’s Bloque – AVAILABLE NOW for stream x download » datpiff.com

 

 

“The Matrimony” – Wale f. Usher

Wale dropped his new single “The Matrimony” (Making Plans), from the upcoming The Album About Nothing (#TAAN) project today.

And if you’ve been paying attention to any of his comments on what to expect from the album, this track definitely falls right in line.

One of the major themes Folarin has repeated during the buildup to the release date, is how personal this work is. And with it being no secret of how passionate and introspective the young spitter from the DMV area is, one can only venture to wonder just how revealing #TAAN (due to be released on 3/31/2015 on MMG/Atlantic) will be.

Even in 2015, there still is a tendency for a man to not bare his soul, at least not in hip-hop. Instead, choosing to hide behind false bravado at any and all cost. But with a single like “The Matrimony”, which you can tell from the opening chords of the track, is something of substance, something real– Wale once again displays how unafraid he is to go left of the masses in this hip-hop thing.

hook:
“If there’s a question of my heart, you got it, it don’t belong to anyone but you / if there’s a question of my love, you got it,  baby don’t worry I got plans, for…you” – Usher

Oh yeah…and the music is dope too. Spin it!