My Album Is On Apple Music, Spotify & Tidal!

So, I won’t lie, son. On the real, I’m having a hard time keeping my composure right now, man. I mean, MY ALBUM IS OUT, FAM! That’s right, my album, The Charlemagne Renaissance, is officially on all streaming services. Meaning, if anybody goes to Apple Music, Spotify, Tidal, etc., my album is ready to go, bruh. With that being said, I hope everyone takes a listen and gives me some feedback, folks.

Now, for those who remember, I was putting out a lot of music in 2017. Thanks to New Music Fridays, I was dropping a new song every two weeks. Anyway, all of the songs were just floating around SoundCloud. So, I decided to properly release them as an album, son. From there, Jevon Roché gave me some super dope artwork and Rick Torres mastered the project. Needless to say, I’m indebted to the both of them, man. Also, my guy Zeyi came through with the fire verse and blessed a song. All in all, I’m beyond hyped, fam!

In the end, there’s nothing else to say, bruh. Ultimately, I just hope that people will take the time to listen, son. By and by, I put a lot of work into this album and I hope folks enjoy it, man. In any case, to whoever is reading this, let me know what the best tracks on the project are. I’m always interested in hearing people’s opinions. Thank you! That is all. LC out.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-charlemagne-renaissance/1455501603

https://tidal.com/album/105396580

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Thanks For Supporting My Music

So, since Thanksgiving is this week, instead of tripping on the historical fuckery of the Pilgrims, I’ve decided to talk about what I’m thankful for. With that being said, I want to say “thank you” to every family member and friend who has aided my musical journey. Over the last year, I’ve been back on the right path, and over the last two months, the pace has accelerated. All in all, I don’t take anyone’s support for granted, son.

Ok, as a lot of folks may know, since early 2017, I’ve been putting out new records. Now, from March to December, I’ve released a total of 16 songs as part of my New Music Fridays series. Fast forward to September of this year, I’ve returned to performing onstage. Since September 8th, I’ve had a total of five shows, including one at the legendary SOB’s. Needless to say, I’ve enjoyed every minute of it, man. In any case, none of this would’ve been possible if my people didn’t help me. So, I couldn’t let this time pass without giving them my full gratitude. Frankly, all of these fine folks are helping me live out my dream.

In the end, I don’t know what else to say, fam. Ultimately, this is the happiest I’ve felt in years. By and by, something happens to the spirit when a dream is deferred. At the end of the day, I’m glad I’m out of that rut, bruh. Anyway, I love everyone who’s gotten me to this point and this is only the beginning, son. As of right now, I have some big things on the horizon. First, I’m going to be re-releasing my The Charlemagne Renaissance album on Apple Music, Spotify and Tidal. Side note, folks can vibe out to it on SoundCloud for the time being. In any case, be on the lookout for that. Also, I have more shows in the very near future. The time is now and I want everybody to take this ride with me. Thanks a lot! LC out.

P.S. Shout-out to Scott Morris and all of my brethren at Mor.Bookings for holding the boy down. They’re definitely the plug that I’m not going to run off on. That is all.

P.P.S. Everyone go follow @lcharlemagnenyc on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. That’s where I make all of my music-related posts. Yessir! Good day.

Should I Be Excited For A New Jay-Z Album?

Now, before I get started, let me make one thing clear: Jay-Z is the greatest rapper of all time. No, I will not debate this and I will not entertain any opinions to the contrary. Listen, the sky is blue, water is wet and Jigga is the G.O.A.T. It just is what it is, fam. With that being said, do we really need a new Hov album, bruh? Look, I may be speaking blasphemy, but I don’t know what to make of a 2017 Jay-Z album. Ultimately, I’m hoping it’s good, but I don’t want to set myself up for disappointment.

So, for me, the last great Hov album was American Gangster. In my eyes, it’s his best album after Reasonable Doubt and The Blueprint. Yeah, that’s right, I’m putting it ahead of The Black Album and Vol. 2… Hard Knock Life, son. I mean, the soulful production is perfect and his bars are immaculate, man. Fam, any emcee that can write a line like “surviving droughts, I wish you well” cannot be disrespected. In any case, that album represents Hov at the end of his prime. Now, while I enjoy a number of songs off of The Blueprint 3 and Magna Carta Holy Grail, those albums don’t hit me like Jigga at his best.

Keeping it a buck, when I first heard about Hov’s new album, I wasn’t excited. Well, not until I heard No I.D.‘s name. Apparently, the legendary Chicago producer is shepherding the entire record. Now, if that’s the case, I’ll definitely need to take a listen to the album. On the real, I don’t think No I.D. has ever missed, man. I mean, from his countless work with Common to Jay’s “D.O.A.,” he always drops fire, son. Hopefully, the same remains true for this new endeavor. While I wasn’t super geeked about the “Adnis” snippet, I’ll reserve judgement until I hear the entire song.

In the end, I just want the album to be good, man. Listen, Jay is by far my favorite rapper. I can’t have him looking super washed out here, son. All in all, I guess we’ll all see what’s really good on June 30th. Don’t let us down, Jay. LC out.

P.S. I know Hov owns Tidal, but damn, bruh! Can we chill with the streaming exclusives, fam? Look, none of us should have to pay for multiple platforms in order to hear our favorite artists. It’s fucking ridiculous, son. Ok, rant over. Peace.

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.