Hip-Hop Is In A Good Place

So, I know the title alone will have some people in their feelings, son. I mean, I can already hear some of the comments, man: “fuck Mumble Rap” or “these new artists can’t rhyme” or “Hip-Hop isn’t what it used to be.” Look, I’m going to be real, fam. I don’t have time to focus on shit I don’t like, bruh. Real talk, I give everybody a chance, folks. Now, if I don’t like an artist’s music, then I just don’t come back to that shit, people. With that being said, I’d rather take a moment to give credit to the artists who are doing great things. All in all, Hip-Hop is actually in a good place at the moment.

Ok, to begin, let’s talk about Kendrick Lamar, son. Now, for those who missed it, this motherfucker just won a damn Pulitzer Prize, man! Listen, his DAMN. album took home the prize for music. To be clear, Pulitzer started giving out awards for music in 1943. Lamar is the FIRST rapper to ever win that award. On the real, that’s fucking insane, fam! Look, I’m not one of those people who believes that Black culture needs validation from White America in order to be treasured. But, it’s still dope when they recognize the influence we have on the world. Good shit, Lamar!

Now, let’s talk about Drake, bruh. Keeping it a buck, during my wedding week in Nevis, my boy Fabian and I had a candid conversation about Drake. Essentially, we talked about the fact that NO rapper has ever dominated mainstream music the way that Drake has. Look, I’m well aware of the success of artists like Eminem, Jay-Z and Kanye West. However; if we’re being honest here, Drake has been at the top of the charts for damn near a decade now. Son, So Far Gone came out in 2009, man. It’s 2018 now and this dude is replacing his own number-one Billboard Hot 100 song with another hit. Listen, “Nice For What” just replaced “God’s Plan” at the summit and his winning streak continues. All I know is, this type of success should be celebrated, fam.

Next, I want to talk about Cardi B, bruh. Now, I’m 100% a homer when it comes to Cardi, son. Look, I’m a Bronx dude to the core so I have to champion one of my own, man. In any case, we’ve all watched her make a steady transition from stripper to social media star to reality television star to Rap star. On top of that, her Invasion of Privacy album is actually dope, fam. All I can say is, I have no idea how someone could hate on her story, bruh. By and by, she elevated her situation while remaining true to herself. That type of shit is admirable, folks.

Lastly, I want to talk about Nicki Minaj. Now, I’m well aware of the fact that I gave her a hard time the other day. Honestly, that’s because I believe she’s above the petty shit she’s doing right now. Anyway, her new songs are tough, son! Look, I still favor “Chun-Li” over “Barbie Tingz,” but both songs knock, man! Despite all of the nonsense, she’s back to rapping and I’m happy about that, fam. In my eyes, it’s always better when the biggest artists in the game embrace lyrics. It helps to create an atmosphere where other artists will try to live up to that bar, pun intended.

In the end, instead of wasting energy on wack shit, let’s pay attention to the dope shit, bruh. Ultimately, I have nothing else to say, son. By and by, there’s a lot of good music out there right now, man. Let’s just focus on that, fam. That is all. LC out.

P.S. J. Cole is dropping a new album on Friday, bruh. This is yet another example of Hip-Hop being in a good place, son. Anyway, we’ll see what his K.O.D. album is hitting for when it drops. Good day.

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So… Nicki Minaj DOES Have A Problem With Cardi B

Well, well, well, what do we have here, son? After all of the speculation, theories and innuendo, it DOES appear that there’s tension between Nicki Minaj and Cardi B. However; the way I see it, the beef is one-sided, man. On one hand, Cardi seems to be steering clear of any potential conflict. On the other hand, Nicki is telling us that she’s been hurt by Cardi. All I know is, after her interview with Zane Lowe, no one can tell me that Nicki didn’t drop these new songs out of spite, fam.

Ok, so, where do we start with this story, bruh? Now, every since Cardi broke out on the music scene, she’s been compared to Nicki, son. I mean, it makes sense because Nicki is the biggest female rapper in the game. Frankly, she’s the beacon that every other woman gets compared to. Shit, with all of her hits, she’s earned that right, man. However; this feud always seemed weird because it never appeared like Cardi was shading Nicki. On the real, it always looked like Nicki was salty towards Cardi, fam.

Look, if I’m being honest, I can’t recall one time when Cardi said anything negative about Nicki. Hell, even when it came to the “Motorsport” debacle, all Cardi said was she never heard Nicki’s entire verse and that Nicki couldn’t make it to the video because of scheduling. Now, maybe I’m dumb, but I don’t hear a diss anywhere in there, bruh. But, while talking to Lowe, Nicki said that Cardi and Migos made her “look like a liar” and that Cardi was “[playing] the victim.” Please note, all of this was said days after Cardi told Ebro Darden that the beef between her and Nicki was fictional and made-up by the media.

Listen, let’s just cut through all of the bullshit, son. Keeping it a buck, everyone knows what this is really about, man. Look, Nicki also told Lowe that she never felt like Cardi gave her “genuine love.” Now, in layman’s terms, she believes that Cardi should be paying more homage to her. The funny thing is, this is EXACTLY the same issue that Lil’ Kim had with Nicki about a decade ago. Shit, it’s amazing how cycles just repeat themselves, fam. Nicki has now become the veteran that craves reverence. However; people thought Kim was a clown for wanting the same damn thing, bruh. *Sigh* All of this is hypocrisy at its finest, folks.

In the end, Nicki is waaaaay too successful to be this bitter, son. Ultimately, her spot in history is solidified, man. By and by, she should just let Cardi cook, fam. In addition, despite everything I’ve just said, Nicki’s new “Chun-Li” song is hard as fuck, bruh. Now, I may be a little indifferent to “Barbie Tingz,” but I’ll definitely keep that “Chun-Li” in rotation, people. At the end of the day, there’s room for everyone to eat, brethren. Just make good music and let nature take its course. That is all. LC out.