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.

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.

How Does Spotify Choose Who To Ban?

So, before I begin, let me make one thing clear: I am in no way caping for XXXTentacion or R. Kelly in this post. Frankly, if both of them got the Thanos Infinity Gauntlet treatment, I’d be perfectly fine with that. In any case, I’m only bringing them up because Spotify‘s new “Hate Content & Hateful Conduct” policy is a little weird, son. I mean, why were those two particular artists picked out? In addition, what does that mean for other similarly-accused artists? Lastly, will any of these changes actually stick?

Ok, for those who missed it, here’s what’s going on. So, based on their new policy, Spotify is removing the music of R. Kelly and XXXTentacion from their playlists. Now, their songs will still be available on the streaming service, but they won’t be visibly promoted. Apparently, this is a way for them to choose who they support, based on their “values.”

Now, in theory, I see what Spotify is trying to do here. Look, both XXXTentacion and Kelly have been accused of some heinous deeds, man. Shit, XXXTentacion has had a myriad of legal issues, including the alleged assault of a pregnant woman. In addition, we ALL know what Kelly has been accused of, fam. Now, here’s my thing: why were these two artists selected? Hell, if we’re being real here, A TON of musicians have been accused of some dastardly shit, bruh. So, where do we draw the line exactly? Is Spotify going to remove EVERY artist that’s been accused of something? If so, it’s going to be SUPER quiet for all of their playlists, son. Keeping it a buck, a lot of these musicians are just terrible people, folks.

Side note, can Black people NOT pull the race card in this circumstance? On the real, I HATE when our community does that, man. Look, I just saw Akademiks try that shit on social media. Listen, can we not use racism as a way to protect abusers, rapists and murderers? Ok, yes, I know there’s a double standard when it comes to justice. However, I’m not about to march or take a stand for a certified dirtbag, fam. It just is what it is, bruh.

In the end, I’m just trying to understand what the end game is, son. Ultimately, Spotify has to come up with a clear methodology on how to choose who to ban, man. Also, I wonder if they can even maintain this initiative long-term. By and by, I’m not necessarily mad at them for removing XXXTentacion and R. Kelly. At the end of the day, I just want to know how far they’ll try to take this and if it’ll actually work. That is all. LC out.

Did André 3000 Really Diss Drake?


Well, well, well, what do we have here, son? A verse from the one and only André 3000. Now, I’m not being superfluous when I say this, but I really think 3 Stacks has only dropped two verses in my youngest son’s lifetime. Given his reclusive nature, getting two or three verses since the beginning of 2014 is progress, man. With that being said, I’d be remiss if I didn’t over analyze every line on his recent contribution to Frank Ocean‘s Blond album. Namely, did he really come for Drake‘s neck?

First, let me just acknowledge the fact Frank Ocean put out not one but TWO albums last week. After threatening to do harm to pets if he didn’t release a record, Ocean finally honored my request and flooded the market with new tunes. With that being said, everyone reading this should thank me. I made all of this happen, bruh. Side bar, as of right now, I’m not the biggest fan of either Blond or Endless, but I’ll save that hot take for another time, son.

In any case, the real news right now is the speculation behind 3000’s lyrics on “Solo (Reprise).” While he wax poetically on a variety of topics ranging from the hardships of being a woman to police violence, it was his thought process on ghostwriting that raised the world’s collective Rock eyebrow. Towards the end of the song, Dré states “After 20 years in, I’m so naive I was under the impression that everyone wrote they own verses, it’s coming back different and yeah that shit hurts me.” Immediately, social media lost its fucking mind and everyone assumed he was referring to good ol’ Drake.

Now, I have two conflicting thoughts about 3000’s intentions with those bars. On one hand, why the fuck would someone of his magnitude come out of hibernation just to take a swipe at Drake? Dré’s never been the one to do things simply for recognition, and as a longtime fan, I’ve never seen him beef with anyone. In addition, Drake ain’t the only dude who’s used ghostwriters in Hip Hop history. At this point, if anyone is shocked to learn Dr. Dre, Diddy and Kanye West don’t write all of their rhymes, I would question whether they’re familiar with Rap music at all. Hell, even the first Rap hit inadvertently had a ghostwriter, son. Grandmaster Caz wrote the rhyme Big Bank Hank said on The Sugarhill Gang‘s “Rapper’s Delight.” This practice is far from new in Hip Hop, man.

On the other hand, of COURSE he’s talking about Drake, son. Ever since Meek Mill jumped off of the ledge and called Drake out for not penning his own bars, he’s been the most public example of a potentially fradulent rapper. At this point, he’s the main guy getting called out for using other artists’ words. So, who else would really inspire 3000 to take this stance at this particular time? Either way, Drake needs to sit this one out, man. Look, I’ve already said he needed to avoid Eminem like the Zika Virus. Now, he damn sure needs to add 3 Stacks to that list. Any man who can spit the shit he did on “Return of the ‘G’” is not to be fucked with, son.

Ultimately, I’m just glad André found his way into someone’s vocal booth. While I gave up hope for a solo album a long time ago, I’m just happy to know he’s still a fucking animal. Welcome back, 3000. Welcome back. Now, just please put out another record before I have another kid. Thanks and good day.