Is Post Malone Hip-Hop?

Look, off rip, let me be clear, son. This post has nothing to do with those “Real Hip-Hop” debates, man. I mean, I don’t think any person has the authority to define what “real” Rap is, fam. The way I see it, if the music is real to the rapper, then it’s real, bruh. But, that doesn’t mean I have to like the shit, folks. All in all, that’s why music is considered to be subjective. With all of that being said, I’m only questioning the Rap credentials of Post Malone for one reason: he doesn’t actually rap, people. So, why is his music categorized as Rap music?

Ok, let me be honest, son. Listen, I actually like Post Malone, man. Now, I’m well aware of the fact that he’s made problematic statements in the past. I’m aware of the fact that he stated there’s no substance in Rap lyrics. Real talk, I don’t even need to explain why those were some idiotic fucking words, fam. On the real, any man who made the song “Rockstar” can’t talk about substance, bruh. For God‘s sake, he’s talking about doing cocaine and smashing groupies in the fucking chorus! Frankly, he doesn’t have the clout to make those kind of assertions, people.

In any case, despite his occasional fuckery, I actually jam out to his tunes, son. Keeping it a buck, although “White Iverson” is meh, “Deja Vu” is dope and “Congratulations” is dope, along with “Psycho,” “Ball for Me” and “Sugar Wraith.” Moving on, regardless of my affinity for those tracks, they all have one thing in common: he doesn’t rap at all. Hell, he sings on EVERY song he makes. So, why do media outlets and streaming services label him as a rapper? Shit, I guess the bigger question is, in 2018, what the hell is Rap music? I ask because these newer artists are making it harder to define, man.

Listen, I had a similar question after listening to Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight by Travi$ Scott. Now, I know that he’s dropped bars in the past. But, on that particular album, it was damn near all harmonizing. So, what makes it Hip-Hop? Is it the 808‘s? Is it the fashion? Is it the jewelry? All I know is, I can’t put my finger on any of this shit anymore, fam. Look, I’m not complaining, especially since I’m a fan of some of these newer artists. However, I’m just pointing out something that’s a little weird, bruh.

In the end, I’m just thinking out loud, son. Ultimately, I’m not trying to tell anyone what to listen to, man. By and by, I just let people do whatever it is they do, fam. At the end of the day, it’s not my call, bruh. Anyway, let me get back to this Gospel, folks. Fred Hammond keeps me from assaulting people at work. Good day. LC out.

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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.

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.

Damn, Meek Mill

So, Meek Mill is in a world of shit right now, son. I mean, there’s no way else to cut it or slice it, man. On Monday, Meek appeared in court to face the music for violating his probation. Now, even though the prosecutors recommended no jail time, Judge Genece E. Brinkley had a different plan in mind. After overseeing Meek’s case from its inception, she appeared to be over all of the shenanigans. With that being said, she sentenced Meek to 2-4 years in prison as punishment. Damn, Meek Mill.

Ok, so the question is, how did he get here? Now, while I do think the sentence is harsh, Meek didn’t make any of this shit easy on himself. Listen, if we’re keeping it a buck here, he was constantly getting into some type of tomfoolery. Look, I see several news sources pointing to his recent arrests being the culprit. But, that’s only half of the story, fam. In reality, there were more underlying factors that contributed to Meek’s situation. Shit, let’s go through some of them, bruh.

First, he was arrested back in March for a fight at a St. Louis airport. To be fair, those charges were dropped, son. Then, he pleaded guilty to reckless driving in October after he recorded himself riding a dirt bike here in New York. Look, as a lifelong NYC native, I could’ve told him that was a bad idea, man. The NYPD has a strong disdain for bikes in this city. On top of that, he kept doing shows outside of Philadelphia, even though the judge specifically told him not to. Frankly, Meek and his team made it easy to helm him up, fam.

Now, with all of that being said, does he deserve 4 years in prison? Nah, I’m not co-signing that shit, bruh. However; we can’t front like he didn’t put himself in a bad spot, son. On the real, if I knew I had a judge like Brinkley, I would sit my ass down, man. Look, there’s no need to end up on the wrong side of the law if it could be avoided, fam. All in all, there’s already enough of us in prison, bruh. There’s truly no need to add to the numbers, folks. Especially not over some dumb shit, people.

In the end, this shit is wack because I’m actually a Meek Mill fan. Real talk, he’s never dropped a bad project, son. Ok, yeah, people had jokes during the Drake debacle and the breakup with Nicki Minaj. However; the music never suffered, man. Ultimately, I’m going to be playing Dreams Worth More Than Money, Dreamchasers 4 and Wins & Losses at ignorant levels, fam. *Sigh* He was on a fucking streak before this shit happened, bruh. By and by, that’s all we’ve got until he’s free again. LC out.

Cardi B Ethered Azealia Banks

Listen, can Azealia Banks please go away? I mean, for someone who actually has talent, she’s spent her entire career sabotaging herself. At this point, I can guarantee that people know her more for her fuckery than her actual music. Shit, just take a look at this list of tomfoolery, son. With that being said, she jumped out of the window again when she came for Cardi B. *Sigh* I really used to champion this chick, but now she needs to disappear forever (Cardi B voice).

Now, for those who missed it, while people like me were hyped that “Bodak Yellow” went number-one on the Billboard Hot 100, Banks was hating. Out of nowhere, Banks turned Cardi’s success into a race issue and her argument made no sense. She claimed that Black men were “too hype” for a Latina woman, but didn’t support artists like Remy Ma and Nicki Minaj in the same manner. In addition, when it comes to Nicki, Banks stated that Cardi is just a “poor man’s” version of the Queens rapper.

Ok, there are NUMEROUS things wrong with Banks’ logic, man. First, Cardi is half-Black. Common sense tells us that racism isn’t a good argument when the person being criticized has Black DNA. All in all, Cardi may be Dominican, but she’s also Trinidadian, fam. Meaning, Banks’ entire dissertation was invalid from its inception.

Second, when haven’t people supported Remy and Nicki? Hell, Nicki has a top 10 hit on the charts RIGHT NOW as part of Yo Gotti‘s “Rake It Up.” Also, Remy just had a major hit last year with “All The Way Up,” bruh. Ok, yeah, those two women have issues with each other, but that doesn’t have any impact on the fans supporting their music. So, what the fuck is Banks even talking about, son?

With all of that being said, Cardi had the perfect response to Banks’ nonsense. After all of the hate, she posted a video of Banks jamming HARD to “Bodak Yellow,” with the caption “one of the reasons Bodak Yellow went #1! Cuz even the HATERS love it!” Now, how can Banks justify her idiocy after that? She came out of left field to hate on Cardi and was a fan this whole time. All in all, stupid is as stupid does, man. Forrest Gump dropped that jewel back in 1994, fam.

In the end, hating is not a good career choice, bruh. Ultimately, Banks looks like a clown and has further sullied her already tarnished reputation. *Sigh* I guess some people really don’t want to prosper, son. By and by, Banks is hopeless now. LC out.

So… Nicki Minaj Finally Responded To Remy Ma…

Welp, the beef between Remy Ma and Nicki Minaj got wack very quickly, didn’t it? Look, it started off with a bang when “ShEther” came out. However; every subsequent event after the release of that song has been trash. I mean, Nicki was galavanting all over the world like she wasn’t thinking about this, while Remy put out the uber-basura “Another One.” In addition, Remy hit the interview circuit, talking to anyone who would listen about her gripes with Nicki. *Sigh* I was hoping for more, son. I was hoping for a helluva lot more, man. With all of that being said, Nicki’s response on the newly-released “No Frauds” can’t save this feud, bruh. It’s already dead.

So, in the middle of the night, Nicki decided to drop a trio of records. She put out the aforementioned “No Frauds” with Drake and Lil Wayne, “Changed It” with another Wayne feature, and “Regret In Your Tears,” a Meek Mill takedown. All in all, I guess these songs make sense since pictures of the recently-reunited trio started circulating around social media. I mean, it’s all cool in theory, but none of these records move me, man. Now, in regards to Nicki’s replies on “No Frauds,” they were good enough to beat “Another One,” but definitely not “ShEther.”

Moving on, after listening to that record a few times, it’s evident that Nicki is responding directly to “Another One.” This further proves the point that Remy’s second diss track was a terrible idea. If she just left it at “ShEther,” I doubt Nicki would’ve ever responded. Remy let her back in the game with that corny ass follow-up record. Shiiiit, everyone on her team should be fired for letting her release that garbage. In any case, Nicki made a couple of references to record sales and plastic surgery, but nothing hit hard for me.

Ultimately, this battle was not what I envisioned, son. I won’t lie, man, I’m disappointed in both Remy Ma and Nicki Minaj. On the real, both of these women can actually rap, bruh. I just wished they brought bigger guns to the shootout. This whole shit ended up being a waste, man. *Sigh* LC out.

P.S. Did Nicki really drop a diss song with features on it? Did Nicki really drop a diss song where the hook is a “No Type” ripoff? Man, this shit is an obvious ploy for radio play. When she enlists Drake and Wayne, she doesn’t even have to have a good song. The record will sell based on the names only. Look, either battle for real or don’t, Nicki. I can’t stand the tomfoolery, son. That is all.

P.P.S. Nicki’s Instagram rant was harder than the damn music. Man, what part of the game is this? She must’ve learned about “Twitter fingers” from Meek. Good Lord, this is fucking corny, son! For the last time, numbers don’t fucking matter! KRS-One was a nobody when he took down MC Shan. 50 Cent was underground when he destroyed Ja Rule. The game is soooo fucked up, man. *Sigh* No mas.

Remy Ma Just Played Herself

*Sigh* Man, didn’t I JUST give Remy Ma her just due? Didn’t I JUST proclaim that she bodied Nicki Minaj? Everything was all good less than a week ago when “ShEther” was the only diss track floating around the internet. However; just like that, Remy let Nicki back in the game, son. After the release of “Another One,” her second diss track, Remy might’ve killed her own momentum. Yeah, the song was that bad, man. It was that damn bad.

Now, ever since the weekend, everyone has wondered if Nicki would respond. In addition, social media has broken out into a civil war, with Nicki’s Barbz in a deadlock with Remy’s… Wait, what do we call Remy’s fans? Nah, I’m not being a dick, son. I’m asking a legitimate question. I have no idea what’s applicable here. In any case, I’ve seen hoards of people argue over wholly irrelevant details. Listen, Nicki’s looks, net worth and chart success have nothing to do with Rap skills, man. Anyway, people talk about hits as if “All The Way Up” wasn’t ringing off all 2016.

Moving on, instead of joining in on the festivities, Nicki has made it her mission to act as if nothing is bothering her. She’s posting pic after pic on Instagram as if we’re not looking at her with The Rock eyebrow. All I know is, filming a video with Future won’t stop the slander, son. It’s real out here on these internet streets.

With all of that being said, Remy had the upper hand, man. Well, that was until last night. I’m sorry, but this “Another One” song is weak as hell, son. The beat is meh, the flow is meh, the punchlines are meh and she makes too many references to Drake‘s “Back To Back.” Look, bringing attention to another artist’s diss song doesn’t make a new diss song any more effective. Instead of stealing Drake’s swag, she should’ve thought of more heinous shit to say to Nicki. The way I see it, Remy wasted all of her ammo in “ShEther.” It doesn’t seem like she has anything else to say about Nicki.

Ultimately, Nicki’s in a good position right now. On the real, I wouldn’t be surprised if she finally fires back at Remy. Instead of directly responding to “ShEther,” Nicki can just respond to “Another One” and catch a W. All in all, Remy’s clearly never heard the phrase “quit while you’re ahead.” Damn shame, son. In any case, back to our regularly scheduled program. LC out.