Is ‘8 Out of 10’ Supposed To Be A Response?

Nah, son. I can’t let this shit rock, man. I mean, is this what battling has come to, fam? A rapper ducking DIRECT smoke and going back to subliminal dissing? Look, I’ve always acknowledged that I’m a Drake fan. But, I can’t fuck with how he’s handled this Pusha T situation, bruh. On the real, someone get “8 Out of 10” the fuck outta here, brethren! All in all, I can’t respect the jabs he’s throwing when the battle is already waaaay past that.

Ok, as I’m sure everyone knows, Drake just dropped his Scorpion album today. Now, for those who don’t know, the record is a double album. Basically, the “A Side” is more Rap-influenced, while the “B Side” is more R&B-influenced. Side note, am I the only one who noticed that Big K.R.I.T. already treads similar water with his 4eva Is a Mighty Long Time album? Yeah, Krizzle doesn’t have a straight R&B side, but he definitely breaks up the harder songs from the more melodic songs.

Anyway, on my first listen to Scorpion, I came across a song called “8 Out of 10.” In it, Drake is definitely throwing shots at a couple of people. Now, based on some of the bars, I can tell that he’s trying to get back at Pusha. Shit, when Drake says “the only deadbeats is whatever beats I been rappin’ to,” he’s definitely talking to Pusha. When he says “Max said they only blessed when they attached to you,” he’s definitely talking about Pusha. Here’s the thing, son: these jabs ain’t good enough now, man!

Look, here’s why I don’t like how Drake has approached this beef. Real talk, if he ignored Pusha from the jump, then all of this might have been acceptable. However, Drake jumped in the ring with him, fam. Keeping it a buck, when Drake put out “Duppy Freestyle,” he was basically saying that he wanted all of the smoke, bruh. So, if that’s the case, he can’t go back into the shadows when shit gets real, son. Hell, when “The Story of Adidon” dropped, there was radio silence from Drake. Like, instead of a diss track, J. Prince was going around copping pleas for Drake and Drake himself addressed the blackface issue.

With all of that being, I can’t accept these subliminal disses now. If the beef is supposed to be over, like J. Prince said, then let it go, man. All I know is, Drake can’t engage with Pusha, duck the heat and THEN throw subtle shots after that. All I can say is, that’s not the Hip-Hop I want to see, fam. Either it’s beef or it’s not, bruh. There is no in-between, folks.

In the end, I’m still digesting this Scorpion album, son. I mean, it’s 25 fucking songs, man! Ultimately, with my schedule, it’s going to take me forever to get through this shit, fam. By and by, I’m still a Drake fan, bruh. But, I just don’t like the way he handled this shit, people. At the end of the day, none of this shit is going to matter to the DrakeHive. Look, homie can do no wrong in their eyes, brethren. It just is what it is. LC out.

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Say It Ain’t So, Childish Gambino

*Sigh* Say it ain’t so, Childish Gambino! Look, someone PLEASE tell me that Donald Glover didn’t steal “This Is America,” son! PLEASE tell me that he didn’t jack Jase Harley for his “American Pharaoh” song, man! I mean, after all of the praise we gave Glover for his record and video, it would be HIGHLY unfortunate if he robbed another artist. All in all, I just hope that all of the biting rumors are nothing more than internet shenanigans, fam.

Ok, before I continue, let me be clear, bruh. Listen, I have no idea if Gambino “took inspiration” from Harley. As it currently stands, Glover’s team has officially disputed the story. According to them, “This Is America” is three years old, which would put its creation a year before the release of “American Pharaoh.” However, folks on Reddit couldn’t help but run with the story, son. Namely because of the sonic similarities between the two songs.

Look, from the subject matter to the flow to the chanting to the percussion, I can kinda understand why some people think Gambino ripped Harley off. With all of that being said, this topic could all be hogwash, man. Shit, if the song is really as old as Glover’s team claims, then there isn’t anything to discuss, fam. But, they could also be saving face, bruh. Frankly, it would be a TERRIBLE look if Gambino stole his first number-one hit on the Billboard Hot 100, folks. Hell, in that case, I’d have a hard time separating the song’s message from it’s alleged creation, brethren.

In the end, I’m going to try and look at the bright side, son. Ultimately, I found out about a good new artist thanks to this tomfoolery, man. By and by, I can’t decipher whether or not Glover pulled a jack move. So, I’m going to keep on vibing to his music while becoming more familiar with Harley’s. At the end of the day, that’s all I’ve got, fam. But, everyone else can judge for themselves below. Is Gambino a thieving ass thief? LC out.

Black Thought Is Way Too Good At Rapping

So, the EP is real, son. The collaboration between Black Thought and 9th Wonder is actually real, man. All I know is, even though the EP has only five songs, it’s EXACTLY what I want to hear from both of these gentlemen. Now, as expected, 9th holds down the production side. However, it’s still awe-inspiring how fucking great Thought is at rapping, fam. All in all, damn near EVERYONE’s favorite rapper isn’t fucking with this dude, bruh.

Ok, for those who missed it, Thought and 9th put out Streams of Thought, Vol. 1 last Friday. Apparently, this EP is the first in a series between the two legends. Anyway, four of the five songs are produced by 9th, and one is produced by Khrysis. Basically, the EP is a collaboration between Thought and 9th’s Soul Council. In any case, despite only being 17 minutes, Thought manages to pack an insane amount of vocabulary in each verse, son. Like, I’ve never heard a rapper say a name like Dostoyevsky which such ease, man. Keeping it a buck, there’s NO WAY a person can absorb everything that Thought says in one listen, fam. Frankly, this EP needs to be on repeat to catch all of the gems, bruh.

Listen, a rapper is really good at rapping when I don’t even notice that there aren’t really any hooks in the songs, son. Somehow, Thought is getting better and I don’t understand it, man. Like, how can one man be so damn good for so damn long, fam? For reference, The Roots‘s debut album, Organix, came out in May of 1993. Meaning, Thought has been an upper, upper echelon emcee for 25 years, bruh. *Sigh* What the fuck else needs to be said, folks? Not a cotdamn thing!

In the end, salute to that man, Black Thought. Salute to 9th Wonder, son. Ultimately, even though I’m a fan of today’s music, I’m still hyped that lyricists like Thought still exist, man. By and by, we should continue to applaud and champion emcees who’ve mastered the art of rhyming, fam. At the end of the day, that’s what Hip-Hop was founded on, bruh: saying the dopest shit possible. That is all. LC out.

Is The Drake & Pusha T Battle Already Over?

So, I won’t lie, son. Unless Drake puts out a diss to Pusha T this week, this will probably be the last time I speak on this subject. Now, to be fair, I’m only rehashing this topic because of a recent interview with J. Prince, Rap-A-Lot Records founder and Houston legend. Anyway, according to Prince, he made an “OG call” and told Drake not to respond to Pusha. All I know is, if this is true, these dudes just ruined a perfectly good Hip-Hop beef, man. *Sigh* It’s only Rap music, fam. Just fucking rap!

Ok, before I continue, let me give everyone a brief recap of Prince’s background. Now, as I stated above, Prince founded the legendary Rap-A-Lot Records. So, he’s responsible for bringing artists like Scarface and Devin the Dude to the forefront. In any case, his son, Jas Prince, is the one who discovered Drake on MySpace. In addition, Jas is the one who brought Drake to Lil Wayne. Needless to say, the Prince family has been very instrumental in Drake’s career, bruh.

With all of that being said, I can understand why Drake might take Prince’s advice to dead the beef with Pusha. However, it’s a fucking rap battle, son! Drake willfully engaged with Pusha and Pusha got the upper hand on him. All in all, it’s only right for him to respond and try to rectify the damage that Pusha has done to his name. I mean, that’s the whole fucking point of a battle, man! The entire objective is for rappers to go at each other until there’s a winner. Frankly, Prince is only calling the beef a “pigpen” thing because Drake took an L. Shit, no one was saying that when he was roasting Meek Mill, fam.

In the end, I just want to hear good bars, bruh. Side note, I don’t know which rumor is worse, son: the idea that Prince killed the beef or the rumor that Drake already recorded a response with help from Wayne. Look, ain’t no getting backup in this shit, man. On the real, this is mano a mano shit, fam. In any case, people are taking all of this way too seriously, folks. Ultimately, just let the men battle, people. This is precisely what Hip-Hop was founded on. That is all. LC out.

Rap Beef Has Always Been Disrespectful

Man, I’ve been talking about Pusha T for almost a week, son. All I know is, between his album, Daytona, and his beef with Drake, all of his moves have been good for Hip-Hop. So, I don’t regret a cotdamn thing, man. In any case, today’s post isn’t exactly about Pusha, fam. If anything, his recent diss to Drake has brought out all of the sensitive people, bruh. Listen, for those who are new to Rap music, battling has ALWAYS been disrespectful, brethren. All in all, if anybody thinks that Pusha went too far on “The Story Of Adidon,” then CLEARLY that person doesn’t know Rap history, folks.

Ok, before I continue, I want to give everybody a little homework, son. Now, it’s impossible for me to highlight every diss song ever released, man. I mean, waaaaaay too many muhfuckas have been snapped on, fam. However, there are three particular songs that are strong enough to prove my point. So, I want everyone to go listen to Tupac Shakur‘s “Hit ‘Em Up,” Jay-Z‘s “Supa Ugly” and 50 Cent‘s “Back Down.” The first song came out in 1996, the second came out in 2001 and the third came out in 2003. Basically, in that decade alone, three of the most disrespectful diss tracks were released, bruh.

Now, let’s examine these songs, son. To begin, let’s talk about “Hit ‘Em Up,” man. So, in the span of one verse, Tupac talks about smashing The Notorious B.I.G.‘s wife, Faith Evans, he calls Lil’ Kim all types of “bitches and hoes” and he threatens to kill the entire Junior M.A.F.I.A. In “Supa Ugly,” Hov talks extensively, and grossly, about how he and Allen Iverson had sex with Nas‘s baby mama, Carmen Bryan. In “Back Down,” 50 explicitly talks about murdering Ja Rule‘s mother, father, wife and children. Shit, he literally says that he would “erase” Ja’s “dirty ass kids,” fam. My God, that’s another level of beef, bruh.

So, in light of all of these songs, is Pusha’s diss to Drake really that disrespectful? Ok, yes, it is, but it’s still not the harshest response in Rap history, son. Look, individually, we all might taken offense to certain punchlines. However, at the end of the day, this is Hip-Hop, man. The entire objective of beef is to demolish the opposition, fam. Needless to say, Pusha is doing EXACTLY what it takes to come out on top, bruh.

In the end, folks need to lighten the fuck up, son. Ultimately, as long as no one is throwing hands or busting shots, let the beef cook, man. By and by, a little verbal gymnastics never hurt anybody, fam. With that being said, I’m still looking for Drake’s response, bruh. All I can say is, he’s going to need to come five times harder than “Duppy Freestyle,” people. That is all. LC out.

Pusha T OD’d On Drake

Sheesh, it was all good just a day ago, son. I mean, I JUST wrote about how Drake got the upper hand on Pusha T, man. Well, it was good while it lasted, fam. All I know is, Pusha’s “The Story of Adidon” is one of the ROUGHEST diss tracks I’ve ever heard, bruh. Shit, it was direct and HIGHLY disrespectful at the same type, brethren. All in all, this is Hip-Hop, folks. Clearly, battling isn’t for the faint of heart, people.

Ok, for those who missed it, Pusha responded to Drake’s “Duppy Freestyle.” Now, when I say he responded, I mean Pusha went for EVERYONE’S jugular vein, son. My God, I don’t even know where to begin with the disrespect, man. In one long verse, Pusha talked about the frayed union between Drake’s parents and he talked about Drake having a son with a porn star. Hell, he even talked about the fact that Drake’s producer, Noah Shebib, is dealing with a lifelong illness. Side note, I won’t lie, fam, I took offense to those bars about OVO 40. Listen, my mother has multiple sclerosis, so I’m sensitive to that. But, if Drake can make fun of KiD CuDi‘s mental health and if Jay-Z can talk about leaving condoms in Nas‘s babyseat, then I guess all is fair, bruh. But, it’s still insane to say, folks.

In any case, this beef just got VERY personal, son. Apparently, Pusha took it there because Drake simply mentioned Pusha’s fiancée, Virginia Williams, in “Duppy Freestyle.” On one hand, I get it, but I still didn’t expect Pusha to OD the way he did, man. Real talk, if those bars were about me, we’d have to fight, fam. On the real, fuck a rap song, bruh. We’re ABSOLUTELY throwing hands after this, folks.

In the end, I don’t know what else to say, son. Ultimately, if we’re comparing “The Story of Adidon” to “Duppy Freestyle,” then Pusha won this round, man. Shit, I feel like a hypocrite because I was just giving Drake his props yesterday. However, I didn’t expect Pusha to come back like THIS, fam. By and by, Drake MUST respond, bruh. Keeping it a buck, he can’t let Pusha cook after this, people. The impudence is WAY too crazy now, brethren. At the end of the day, we have a REAL battle on our hands, folks. All I know is, Pusha is a MUCH different adversary than Meek Mill. Good day. LC out.

P.S. All jokes aside, Drake needs to explain that photo, son. Seriously, why the fuck was he wearing blackface, man? Look, unless Drake was an extra in Spike Lee‘s Bamboozled, I can’t condone this shit, fam. *Sigh* We need answers, bruh. That is all.

I’ve Got Anderson .Paak’s ‘Bubblin’ On Repeat

Keeping it a buck, I like days like this, son. I like the days where I don’t have some soul-crushing current event weighing me down, man. Real talk, on these days, I just get lost in the music, fam. In any case, when it comes to dope artists, Anderson .Paak is high on my list, bruh. I mean, I’ve already written about my fan-dom in a previous post, people. Anyway, after dominating 2016 with two fire albums (Malibu and Yes Lawd! with Knxwledge), .Paak is back with his new joint “Bubblin.” All in all, I’ve had this jam on repeat since it dropped, folks.

Now, I won’t take up too much of everyone’s time today, son. Basically, everybody needs to familiarize themselves with this song, man. On the real, the shit is high energy and makes me want to relive my college days, fam. Side note, my body literally wouldn’t be able to handle that level of alcohol anymore, bruh. Shit, sometimes I wonder how I’m still functioning, people. For God‘s sake, I drank A LOT, brethren! In any case, the song was produced by Jahlil Beats and AntMan Wonder. In addition, the record was mixed by Dr. Dre, so the bass is HITTING, folks. All I know is, the joint will keep on spinning until .Paak drops his next album.

In the end, there’s nothing else to say, son. Ultimately, all of the fine folks out there can’t peep the music video below. By and by, no one can say that I didn’t look out for my supporters, man. That is all. LC out.