RIP Little Richard, Andre Harrell & Betty Wright

So, let’s just skip the formalities and get straight to the point, son. On the real, when we’re talking about Little Richard, Betty Wright and Andre Harrell, we’re talking about pioneers, man. I mean, between the three of them, damn near every genre of music was touched, fam. All in all, this past weekend was SUPER trash, bruh. Needless to say, rest in peace to all of these legends.

Ok, for those who missed it, Richard, Wright and Harrell all passed away over the weekend. Now, in the cases of Richard and Wright, both singers unfortunately died from cancer. On the other hand, we’re still not sure about what claimed the life of Harrell. According to his ex-wife, Harrell had heart problems for years. So, logic would dictate that this may have been a catalyst for his demise. Regardless, all of this news is incredibly sad, son. Like, it’s hard to put into words how influential all of them were on music.

First, let’s talk about Little Richard. Look, it’s easy for people to think about “Tutti Frutti” and “Long Tall Sally” when discussing his legacy. However, his shadow looms LARGE over the game, man. Real talk, when we’re talking about Little Richard, we’re talking about one of the main building blocks of Rock and Roll. From the intensity of his songs to his stage presence to his outfits, COUNTLESS artists took inspiration from Richard. On top of that, he gave a lot of subsequent legends their starts. Shit, from James Brown to Ray Charles to Jimi Hendrix to The Beatles to The Rolling Stones, scores of artists owe a portion of their success to Little Richard. Sadly, I don’t think he really got all of his flowers while he was alive, fam.

Next, let’s talk about Betty Wright. Now, outside of having one of the strongest voices ever, she was also one of the most sampled artists ever. From Beyoncé‘s “Upgrade U” to Color Me Badd‘s “I Wanna Sex You Up,” a bunch of other artists tried to get some of her sauce, bruh. In addition, Wright was an individual who marched to the beat of her own drum, son. Hell, NO ONE could tell her what to do with her career, man. She was determined to be her authentic self and she succeeded, fam.

Last, but certainly not least, let’s talk about Andre Harrell. Now, based on the music that I grew up on, Harrell might’ve had the biggest influence on me. Listen, his label, Uptown Records, was the springboard for so much shit that impacted Black culture. From Diddy to The Notorious B.I.G. to Mary J. Blige to Jodeci to Guy to Heavy D to Al B. Sure!, Harrell had his foot on the neck of an entire era, bruh. On top of that, his artists worked with producers like Teddy Riley and Timbaland, which further led to the rise of entities like The Neptunes. Basically, Harrell is responsible for A LOT of Black music in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Frankly, his tentacles were on EVERYTHING, son.

In the end, RIP to the legends, man. Ultimately, all of this shit is garbage, fam. By and by, 2020 is the meanest motherfucker I’ve ever seen. At the end of the day, I can’t take anymore bad news, bruh. For God‘s sake, can this year chill already? Please and thanks. LC out.

Jay-Z’s Verse On Meek Mill’s Album Is Incredible

On the real, I don’t know where to begin, son. I mean, today’s post could either be three sentences or three novels, man. Real talk, Jay-Z BLACKS OUT on Meek Mill‘s “What’s Free.” Like, Mill’s Championships album just came out today and I’ve already played this particular record like 11 times, fam. All in all, from the subject matter to the wordplay to the flow, Hov is reminding everybody why he’s a fucking legend (and the best rapper ever, in my opinion).

Now, keeping it a buck, I’m not sure I can fit all of my thoughts in one article, bruh. Shit, Hov has so many gems in this verse that I don’t know how to kick my analysis off, son. Like, we could talk about his indictment of anyone pitting him against Kanye West. We could talk about his continued championing of Black ownership. We could talk about his criticism of the music industry structure. Hell, we could talk about the metaphors and the flow. All in all, Jay checked all of the fucking boxes with this verse, man. But, don’t take my word for it, fam. Everyone can listen to the song below. At the end of the day, Mill put out a dope album AND let Jay go napalm on a record. Needless to say, I’m with all of it, bruh. 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.

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.