Long Live Colin Kaepernick!

So, I won’t lie, son. My goal is to keep this post short today, man. I mean, at this point, I’ve written multiple articles about the movement that Colin Kaepernick has started, fam. However; I’d be remiss if I didn’t shout the dude out for his GQ cover, bruh. Now, I know there are TONS of salty people out there right now. All in all, if these folks would take their heads out of their asses, they’d understand why the magazine named Kaepernick their “Citizen of the Year.”

Ok, for those who missed it, GQ pulled a G move and put Kaepernick on one of their covers. Now, even though he took pictures for the publication, he left the actual commentary to people like Harry Belafonte, Ava DuVernay, J. Cole and Eric Reid. The way I see it, he’d much rather let his actions do the talking, son. In any case, as expected, a number of people are upset about the magazine’s choice. However; I’ve already gone into detail about the hypocrisy of his detractors in previous posts.

In the end, nothing else needs to be said here, man. Folks need to just go out and read the article, fam. Once again, congrats to Kaepernick for shifting the culture and a big shout-out to GQ for taking this type of chance. Ultimately, Kaepernick never protested for attention, bruh. Nevertheless, he sacrificed his career so he could illuminate an important message. Salute, sir! LC out.

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Big K.R.I.T. Is Grossly Underappreciated

So, I was jamming to Big K.R.I.T.’s new song “Confetti” this morning and I had a thought: why don’t more people talk about how fucking dope he is, son? I mean, this dude has never dropped a wack project and he’s still flying under the radar, man. Ok, yes, he does have a strong fan base and does well for himself, but in my eyes, he should be a way bigger artist. With that being said, why isn’t K.R.I.T. as big as his peers?

Now, to be clear, I’ve been a Krizzle fan for a long time now. I came to the fold around the time he dropped his K.R.I.T. Wuz Here mixtape. Listen, the first time I heard “Glass House” with Curren$y and Wiz Khalifa, I wanted to break things, fam. Look, that song has one of the hardest bass lines EVER, bruh! In any case, as both a rapper and a producer, K.R.I.T. consistently puts out great bodies of work. So, I never understood why he isn’t mentioned in the same class as a Kendrick Lamar or a J. Cole. Shit, to me, he’s just as talented as any of the upper echelon artists.

Anyway, if anyone wants to hear what I hear in K.R.I.T., then here’s some homework, son. Everyone needs to go listen to K.R.I.T. Wuz Here, Return of 4eva, Live from the Underground and Cadillactica. Keeping it a buck, that should prepare folks for his upcoming 4eva Is A Mighty Long Time album. All I know is, based on the aforementioned “Confetti” and “Keep The Devil Off,” this record is already sounding amazing, man. I shall definitely be there when the album drops, people.

In the end, it’s about time that this man got his just due, son. At some point, consistency and talent have to pay off, man. On the real, K.R.I.T. has already proven his worth, fam. Now, it’s time to let him cook, bruh. LC out.

Did J. Cole Diss Kanye West & Drake?

Damn, it was all good just a week ago, son. That dude Kanye West just can’t seem to catch a break, man. At this point, I’ve already chronicled a bunch of the fuck shit he’s been involved in, but now we may have to add “dissed by J. Cole” to the list. After watching Cole’s Eyez documentary on Tidal, it definitely seems like Cole took shots at both Kanye and Drake on his “False Prophets” song. If that’s the case, let the games begin!

Now, this is one of those cases where I’d much rather quote the words directly, as opposed to just paraphrasing. With that being said, take a look at what Cole said in one of the song’s verses:

“Life is a balance/You lose your grip you could slip into an abyss/No doubt, you see these niggas trippin’/Ego in charge of every move, he’s a star/ And we can’t look away due to the days when he caught our hearts/He’s falling apart but we deny it/ Justifying the half-assed shit he drop, we always buy it/When he tell us he a genius but it’s clearer lately/ It’s been hard for him to look into the mirror lately/There was a time when this nigga was my hero maybe/That’s the reason why his fall from grace is hard to take/’Cause I believed him when he said his shit was purer and he the type of nigga swear he real but all around is fake/The women, the dickriders, you know, the yes men/ Nobody with the balls to say something to contest him/So it grows out of control/ Until the person that he truly was all along is starting to show…”

Ok, so, I peeped the possible allusions to Kanye from the jump, but by the time Cole got to the “he tell us he a genius” line, I was convinced he was coming for Yeezus‘ neck, son. I mean, he would have to come out directly and say he wasn’t talking about Ye for me to think otherwise, man. Even then, I still probably wouldn’t believe him. In any case, Cole verbalized what a lot of people, including myself, currently think about Kanye. There’s no denying the man’s a legend, but at some point, his fuckery needs to stop. To me, he’s diminishing his legacy with his persistent irrational behavior. As I said in a previous post, maybe his recent hospital visit will really do him some good. Honestly, that’s all I really want, at this point.

Moving on, I also peeped the possible snipe shot he took at good ol’ Drake. As of right now, no one should be surprised by the news that Drake doesn’t write all of his rhymes. Now, if anyone is still a nonbeliever, just Google “Quentin Miller reference tracks” and have a ball, son. With that being said, when Cole rapped “but come to find out, these niggas don’t even write they shit/Hear some new style bubblin’ up, then they bite the shit,” the only person that came to mind was Aubrey. I mean, isn’t that what he actually does? Let’s be real, how many hit songs has Drake just jumped on so he can ride the wave? Whether we’re talking about Waka Flocka Flame‘s “Round Of Applause,” Migos‘ “Versace” or Fetty Wap‘s “My Way,” Drake has a history of doing exactly what Cole said, man. I still enjoy the dude’s music, but facts are facts, bro. It just is what it is, son.

In the end, I’m never mad at Rap beef, man. As long as the participants can actually rhyme and no one gets hurt, let’s have a fucking free-for-all, son. Rap is a contact sport, bro. Let the gladiators gladiate. Now, I’m positive I used “gladiate” wrong, but I don’t even care. I’m just with the shits, bro. Good day.

P.S. I also peeped how in another new song Cole dissed a bunch of young rappers with “Lil” in their names. Man, I don’t know who pissed in homie’s Cheerios, but he’s coming for everyone, son. The thing is, I support all of it, bro. Viva la punchlines! That is all.

A Message To Rappers With ‘Lil’ In Their Names

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Look, no matter how objective I am in this post, I know some people out there will call me a hater. Sadly, that’s how shit works in our current world. Any time someone has an opinion about something, they’re automatically labeled a hater. With that being said, fuck all of that because I have something to get off of my chest. So, I’m dedicating this post to some of these new rapper with “Lil” in their names.

Now, while I’ve already mentioned this on my blog before, I’ll freely admit I’m a 30-year-old Black dude. Actually, I’m lying, son. I just had a birthday a couple of week ago, so I’m 31 now. In any case, I still consume Rap music at a furious pace. Judging from my socially conscious and political material, it would be safe to assume I’m a big fan of artists like Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole. However; I’d be remiss if I didn’t speak about the virtues of Rae Sremmurd‘s sermons and also mention the fact I’m the treasurer of the FutureHive. I say all of that to say I have no beef with the current state of music. Well, I have SOME beef, but we can speak about that another time. In actuality, the main problem I have with some of these younger dudes is their plain lack of respect for the artists and producers who came before them. If anyone let them tell it, they’d probably insinuate that they’ve reached stardom completely independent of their predecessors.

To keep it all of the way trill, in this particular post, I’m specifically speaking about Lil Uzi Vert and Lil Yachty. While I’d never tell their fans to dismiss their music, I have a major gripe with the way they’ve responded to their musical elders. First, let me start with Lil Uzi. In an interview with Ebro In The Morning on Hot 97, my mind was blown when I saw Vert’s reaction to Ebro asking him to rhyme over a DJ Premier beat. Ok, I get it, this instrumental probably came out when he was a baby, but the look of disdain and confusion on his face was thoroughly baffling to me. Architects like Preemo were vital to the growth of Rap music, not only musically but also business wise. There was a time when ALL of the biggest rappers HAD to have a Premier beat in order for their album to be official. It’s perfectly ok for the sonic quality of an art form to evolve, but how dare this kid judge a legend of Preemo’s caliber! Ultimately, Uzi WISHES his legacy will last as long as his. Someone tell that dude to holla back in five years and see if he’s even still popping. By then, he’ll probably already be the “old shit” he’s looking down on now.

Next, let’s talk about Lil Yachty. In an interview with Real 92.3, Yachty went on a tangent about the irrelevance of having a “cold 16” and telling “old people” to get over the fact the music has changed. He went even further to let us know that no one was doing “spin moves on cardboard” anymore and he could make a hot song just saying “yah.” Ok, now, where do I start? First, this dude essentially said a rapper doesn’t actually need to be good at rapping anymore. Then, he randomly criticized breakdancing. Shit, that’s already two of the four original elements of Hip Hop, man! I’m surprised he didn’t turn around and tell his DJ he wasn’t shit.

Look, like I said regarding Uzi, there’s nothing wrong with progression. The issue here is these younger dudes literally have no respect for anyone who paved the way for them. Do they think they invented 808‘s or getting turnt? Hell, Juicy J had me wanting to fight people in the club since the ’90s, son. Show some fucking reverence for the people who laid the foundation. Because news flash to these newer artists: there’s literally NOTHING happening out here that doesn’t have an origin in something that preceded it.

In the end, I’ll keep playing my Trap music at ignorant levels in the car. Well, not Uzi or Yachty because I truthfully thought their music sucked even before they made their dumbass comments. Tell them to come talk to me when they’ve had a career even remotely as long as the artists they’re dissing. Good day.