Don’t Ever Disrespect Big Boi, YesJulz

So, before I even begin, I’d like to ask a serious question, son. Why do people listen to YesJulz? On the real, I legitimately don’t know what she does, man. On top of that, I don’t know what her qualifications are to speak about Hip Hop. In any case, her latest hot take about OutKast and EarthGang was especially egregious, fam. All in all, don’t ever disrespect Big Boi, YesJulz.

Ok, for those who missed it, YesJulz decided to compare EarthGang, the Atlanta-based group signed to J. Cole‘s Dreamville Records, to OutKast. Now, to be fair, this is not the first time these groups have been compared to one another. I mean, since EarthGang is an eclectic duo from the A, the OutKast vibe is obvious, bruh. In any case, if she simply stated that EarthGang reminded her of OutKast, there would be no harm and no foul, son. However, she decided to take the tomfoolery to another level, man.

Now, when describing EarthGang, YesJulz hit Twitter and said “EarthGang is like the OutKast of this generation only with two André‘s. I’m so here for it. & don’t fuckin @ me.” Look, she tried to front like she wasn’t disrespecting Big Boi, but the nature of that tweet was disrespectful. Let’s be real, throughout OutKast’s entire history, Big Boi has been unfairly belittled, brethren. Listen, due to André’s skill level, fans have often overlooked how incredible Big Boi was/is. Shit, André himself has always stated that Big Boi was the one who made their albums cohesive.

Real talk, Big Boi was the one who picked a lot of OutKast’s beats and wrote a bunch of their hooks. Without Big Boi’s contributions, the group wouldn’t be nearly as legendary, fam. Frankly, he gave André the space to try out all of his off-kilter ideas. The truth is, he knew that Big Boi would be the one to make sure the song was still jamming. All I know is, if YesJulz doesn’t understand Big Boi’s greatness, then she should keep his name out of her mouth.

In the end, this situation should be a lesson to everyone. Ultimately, if a person isn’t truly familiar with the artist they’re commenting on, then they should probably shut the fuck up. So, YesJulz, kindly shut the fuck up. Long live Big Boi! That is all. LC out.

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Anderson .Paak’s ‘Ventura’ Got ‘Oxnard’ The F*ck Outta Here

So, before I begin, let me say that I’m a fan of Anderson .Paak’s Oxnard. Yes, I know that a lot of people were lukewarm about it, but that album had a couple of bangers, son. I mean, “Headlow,” “Anywhere” and “Sweet Chick” are some of the best songs he’s ever made, man. Side note, I dug “Anywhere” so much that I couldn’t help but play it on Instagram, fam. In any case, despite some high moments, the album wasn’t as great as we all wanted it to be. With that being said, he destroyed shit on this new Ventura album, bruh.

Ok, let’s address the elephant in the room, son. Listen, we all know why Oxnard wasn’t what it should’ve been. On the real, it’s Dr. Dre’s fault, man. Now, before the internet flambés me, let me explain, fam. Look, Dr. Dre is the greatest Hip Hop producer of all time. Like, everyone can have their own personal favorites, but no producer in the history of Rap has accomplished as much as Dre. Despite that, he didn’t need to produce shit on .Paak’s album, bruh. Frankly, .Paak has already established his sound. Keeping it a buck, Dre should’ve just let him do his thing, folks.

Real talk, .Paak is an incredible musician and live performer, son. Because of this, I want all of his songs to embrace his strengths, man. Why would I want to hear “Who R U?” when I can rock out to “King James”? The truth is, Ventura encapsulates all of .Paak’s abilities, fam. All I know is, I can’t wait to see him perform this shit live, bruh.

In the end, there’s nothing else to say here, son. Ultimately, Anderson .Paak’s new album is dope as hell, man. By and by, everyone needs to go out and listen to Ventura, fam. For God’s sake, he has André 3000, Smokey Robinson, Lalah Hathaway, Jazmine Sullivan, Sonyae Elise, Brandy and Nate Dogg on the same project, bruh. What else needs to be said? Nothing. LC out.

P.S.Reachin’ 2 Much” with Lalah Hathaway is my JAM right now, son. That is all.

Did André 3000 Really Diss Drake?


Well, well, well, what do we have here, son? A verse from the one and only André 3000. Now, I’m not being superfluous when I say this, but I really think 3 Stacks has only dropped two verses in my youngest son’s lifetime. Given his reclusive nature, getting two or three verses since the beginning of 2014 is progress, man. With that being said, I’d be remiss if I didn’t over analyze every line on his recent contribution to Frank Ocean‘s Blond album. Namely, did he really come for Drake‘s neck?

First, let me just acknowledge the fact Frank Ocean put out not one but TWO albums last week. After threatening to do harm to pets if he didn’t release a record, Ocean finally honored my request and flooded the market with new tunes. With that being said, everyone reading this should thank me. I made all of this happen, bruh. Side bar, as of right now, I’m not the biggest fan of either Blond or Endless, but I’ll save that hot take for another time, son.

In any case, the real news right now is the speculation behind 3000’s lyrics on “Solo (Reprise).” While he wax poetically on a variety of topics ranging from the hardships of being a woman to police violence, it was his thought process on ghostwriting that raised the world’s collective Rock eyebrow. Towards the end of the song, Dré states “After 20 years in, I’m so naive I was under the impression that everyone wrote they own verses, it’s coming back different and yeah that shit hurts me.” Immediately, social media lost its fucking mind and everyone assumed he was referring to good ol’ Drake.

Now, I have two conflicting thoughts about 3000’s intentions with those bars. On one hand, why the fuck would someone of his magnitude come out of hibernation just to take a swipe at Drake? Dré’s never been the one to do things simply for recognition, and as a longtime fan, I’ve never seen him beef with anyone. In addition, Drake ain’t the only dude who’s used ghostwriters in Hip Hop history. At this point, if anyone is shocked to learn Dr. Dre, Diddy and Kanye West don’t write all of their rhymes, I would question whether they’re familiar with Rap music at all. Hell, even the first Rap hit inadvertently had a ghostwriter, son. Grandmaster Caz wrote the rhyme Big Bank Hank said on The Sugarhill Gang‘s “Rapper’s Delight.” This practice is far from new in Hip Hop, man.

On the other hand, of COURSE he’s talking about Drake, son. Ever since Meek Mill jumped off of the ledge and called Drake out for not penning his own bars, he’s been the most public example of a potentially fradulent rapper. At this point, he’s the main guy getting called out for using other artists’ words. So, who else would really inspire 3000 to take this stance at this particular time? Either way, Drake needs to sit this one out, man. Look, I’ve already said he needed to avoid Eminem like the Zika Virus. Now, he damn sure needs to add 3 Stacks to that list. Any man who can spit the shit he did on “Return of the ‘G’” is not to be fucked with, son.

Ultimately, I’m just glad André found his way into someone’s vocal booth. While I gave up hope for a solo album a long time ago, I’m just happy to know he’s still a fucking animal. Welcome back, 3000. Welcome back. Now, just please put out another record before I have another kid. Thanks and good day.