RIP Craig Mack

Damn, son. *Sigh* Here we are again, man. Another day, another rapper from my childhood facing an untimely demise. Look, all I know is, Craig Mack never got the credit he deserved, fam. I mean, if we’re being real, he jumpstarted Diddy‘s career, bruh. Ok, yes, I’m well aware of Puff’s tenure at Uptown Records and his work with Jodeci/Mary J. Blige. However; Puff laid the foundation for Bad Boy Records on Mack’s back. Frankly, if it wasn’t for Mack, there might not have been a Bad Boy empire.

Ok, before I continue, let me get one thing out of the way, son. Listen, 46 years old is WAY too young to die from heart failure, man! Now, I have no idea what Mack’s health was like in his final days. But, as a 32-year-old dude, the thought of dying in 10 or so years is frightening, fam! Real talk, that’s one of the main reasons why I started getting back in shape, bruh. Yeah, looking good is nice and all, but I’m more so petrified of dying in poor health. So, stories like Mack scare the fuck out of me, folks! All in all, we need to make sure we’re taking the best care of ourselves.

Moving on, let’s talk about Mack’s legacy. Now, for those who are unaware, Mack legitimately started the Bad Boy run. I mean, not only was/is “Flava In Ya Ear” a classic song, but it was also Bad Boy’s first release. That’s right, people, The Notorious B.I.G. didn’t put out the label’s first music. Ok, yes, Ready To Die ending up coming out a week before Mack’s Project: Funk da World. But, Bad Boy’s momentum began with Mack. Real talk, if “Flava In Ya Ear” never took off, we might not have ever gotten the rest of the label’s discography. With that being said, everyone needs to put some respect on Mack’s name, son.

In the end, I don’t want Mack’s influence to go unrecognized. Ultimately, he’s important to Hip Hop‘s history, whether people know it or not. By and by, Rest In Peace to Craig Mack! At the end of the day, he died too young, man. That is all. LC out.

P.S. For anyone who’s in the dark about Mack’s music, go check out Project: Funk da World. Shit, “Flava In Ya Ear” is a given, but “Get Down” is also supremely fire, fam. Good day.


Nipsey Hussle’s Album Is HARD!

So, I’m going to keep this post short today, son. Basically, there’s only one thing people need to know, man: Nipsey Hussle‘s Victory Lap album is HARD! I mean, Nipsey has always put out high quality music, fam. But, he took his shit to another level on this record, bruh. All I know is, this entire album makes me want to slap innocent people for no discernible reason.

Now, I was inspired to write this post after a convo with my homegirl LeShay. She brought up the fact that on “Rap Niggas,” the hard ass bass line switches to a hard ass 808 and it got us HYPED! Shit, the entire album has moments like that, son. From a production standpoint, I can’t find one wack beat on here, man. Hell, regardless of how musical any given song is, the knock is ALWAYS there, fam. In addition, Nip is rapping his ass off on all of these tracks, bruh. All in all, he was able to successfully make a West Coast album for 2018.

In the end, I don’t know what else to say, son. Ultimately, the album rides, man. So, everyone needs to do themselves a favor and get acquainted with the chunes, fam. With that being said, folks can peep a couple of my favorite songs below. By and by, if anyone sees me outside gooning for no cotdamn reason, just blame this record, bruh. That is all. LC out.

I Need That Black Thought & 9th Wonder EP NOW!

So, I’m going to keep this post brief, son. I mean, I just have a simple message to relay to the masses, man. Basically, I need that Black Thought and 9th Wonder EP NOW, fam! Good Lord, this is some of the best news I’ve heard in a while, bruh! On the real, 9th is known for making gloriously cohesive projects and Thought is one of the best rappers ever. With all of that being said, that record can’t come soon enough, folks!

Ok, for those who missed it, over the weekend, Black Thought told us the good news. Now, the story broke while Thought was hosting his Black Thought Cinema Presents event at the Gramercy Theater in New York. Anyway, while the event was focused on the viewing of Spike Lee‘s School Daze, Thought decided to drop a bomb on us. Apparently, not only is an EP with 9th coming, but it’s supposedly part of a series between them. Son! What else needs to be said about this?! I’m fucking excited, man!

In the end, I’ve said all I have to say, fam. Ultimately, this is GREAT news for Hip Hop, bruh! Frankly, I LOVE The Roots, but it’s about time that Thought got his just due, son. By and by, I already know this record will be motivation for me to get back in the studio. At the end of the day, I can’t wait, man! That is all. LC out.

P.S. If anyone is confused about why I’m so hyped right now, then go back and watch this freestyle. At this point, the entire world should know about the damage he did on Hot 97 with Funkmaster Flex. Good day.

The End Of ‘New Music Fridays’

So, we’ve come to the end of an era, folks. First off, I want to thank everyone who’s supported me through my New Music Fridays experiment. Since March of 2017, I decided to put out a new song every two weeks. This is mainly because I’m a crazy person who likes to overwork himself. In any case, I might’ve missed a couple of weeks over the course of a year, but I’m happy to say that I still put out 16 songs I’m proud of. With that being said, I’ve decided to piece all of my songs together into one compilation album.

Now, without further ado, everyone can listen to The Charlemagne Renaissance below. Keep in mind, this is an unmastered version of the album. Ultimately, I’m going to get it mastered and put it on all of the streaming services. For now, folks can get a basic gist of my brand of music. Anyway, the album can be streamed on SoundCloud below. All in all, I would love to get everyone’s feedback, so feel free to drop a note or a comment, son.

Lastly, this isn’t the end of my musical journey. Basically, I felt like this series had run its course and I want to move on to other plans. By and by, I have big goals for 2018 and I’ll definitely share them as things start to happen. Ok, I think I’ve rambled enough, man. Let’s just get to the music, fam. Yessir! LC out.

New Music Fridays: LC ‘A Blind Eye’

What’s the word, good people? Yes, I know that I’ve been gone for a week or so. Look, I’m on vacation, son. Every now and then, a brother needs to breathe, man. In any case, I couldn’t let this year end without one last post, fam. In addition, it’s only right that my last post for 2017 is a New Music Fridays thingamajig. With that being said, let’s get to the music, bruh. As always, folks can listen to “A Blind Eye” below. Per usual, the track can be streamed/downloaded on SoundCloud and streamed on YouTube. Now, let’s keep the proceedings proceeding, people. Happy Holidays to everyone! LC out.

RIP Combat Jack

So, for those who don’t know, I’m a big podcast guy, son. Like, for someone who’s a musician, I spend waaay more time listening to podcasts, man. In any case, out of all of the podcasts in the known universe, the Combat Jack Show is always one of my go-to listens. With that being said, I’m sad to hear about the death of Reggie Ossé aka Combat Jack. Now, while I was aware of his cancer diagnosis, I didn’t expect him to go so soon, fam. All in all, Rest In Peace to one of Hip Hop‘s podcast pioneers, bruh.

Ok, back in October, Jack came out of the blue and told the world that he was recovering from colon cancer surgery. At the time, that news was shocking because us fans didn’t know he was sick. Anyway, in my eyes, even though I’ve personally seen the affects of cancer on loved ones, I thought Jack was going to be alright. Now, my sentiments were mainly based on Jack’s own demeanor. I mean, even though he knew he was in a precarious position, he still had a good attitude about everything. Real talk, he refused to let the cancer dim his light, son. All I know is, his outward composure was commendable as fuck, man.

Moving on, although Jack is now gone, his influence can’t be denied, fam. Listen, outside of his history as a prominent lawyer in Hip Hop, he founded one of the culture’s most recognizable podcast brands, fam. Hell, as of right now, who isn’t on the Loud Speakers Network, bruh? Currently, they have The Read with Kid Fury and Crissle, The Brilliant Idiots with Charlamagne Tha God and Andrew Schulz, Lip Service with Angela Yee and many more. In addition, they also had Tax Season with Taxstone before his unfortunate legal situation. Now, when I add on Mogul, his Chris Lighty documentary on Spotify, it’s clear that this man had a MAJOR impact on the zeitgeist, son.

In the end, shout-out to Mr. Ossé for everything he’s accomplished, man. Ultimately, I hope he realized his impact while he was here, fam. By and by, he was a real torchbearer for Hip Hop and that should never be forgotten. Once again, RIP to Combat Jack. LC out.

Black Thought Is Better Than All Of Us

So, I’m a firm believer in giving someone their flowers while they can smell them. With that being said, let’s talk about how Black Thought is one of the greatest rappers of all time. Keep in mind, I’m not just saying this because he went hamburger while freestyling for Funkmaster Flex on Hot 97. Nah, I’ve known about Thought’s prowess for like 20 years, son. Frankly, I’m just happy that folks are finally starting to catch up, man. All in all, Black Thought has been a better emcee than all of us for a long, long, LONG time.

Ok, before I continue, let me talk about my personal fandom of Black Thought. Now, at this point, everyone out there should know that I make music. Hell, in 2017 alone, I’ve dropped 15 songs on this very blog, fam. In any case, I’ve also mentioned the fact that I was in a band during my college years. Truth be told, The Roots were a MAJOR influence on the music we made as a group, bruh. On the real, outside of the virtuosic rapping, their Jazz-influenced compositions were a template for what my band, Melodesiac, could accomplish. Needless to say, Black Thought, Questlove and the rest of The Roots set the bar for live Hip Hop.

Now, I say all that to say that Thought has been the man since the early 1990s. Real talk, when I first heard “Proceed,” I knew that dude was different, son. Also, he continued to grow with each album. Keeping it a buck, anytime I thought he couldn’t get better, he did, man. He was better when “Concerto Of The Desperado” dropped. He was better when “Ain’t Sayin’ Nothin’ New” dropped. Shit, he was better when “Thought @ Work” dropped. Basically, he’s never slowed down, fam. I mean, he’s been a lyrical genius every step of the way, bruh.

Listen, with all of that being said, he absolutely blacked out on Hot 97, son. Fuck, he completely mangled Mobb Deep‘s “The Learning (Burn)” beat, man. Look, he started rapping as soon as the snare hit and he didn’t stop murdering shit for 10 minutes, fam. Keeping it a buck, I won’t even disgrace the man and try to quote any of his lines. All I know is, everyone out there should watch the massacre for themselves, bruh. By and by, THIS is how a rapper is supposed to rap, folks. All I can say is, I don’t want to hear anything to the contrary.

In the end, viva la Black Thought! Ultimately, everyone should take a second and watch the video below. As of now, nobody out there can claim ignorance about the ability of this man. Ok, yeah, some folks may recognize him because of Jimmy Fallon, but give this dude his proper respect, son. From what I see, legends never die and skills never diminish, man. That is all. LC out.