Oven Fresh: Drake

Another gem from Canada’s wonder boy thanks to his two daddies. I’m digging it but I’m sure a comparable remix is in the works.

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The only people who should be shedding any tears over this crack head are close friends and immediate relatives. I don’t know her struggle and I’ll do my best to refrain from judgement but all this R. I. P. Amy Winehouse propaganda is uncalled for. I’m not saying she deserved her fate but she definitely should’ve gone to rehab.

Watch The Throne

Jay-Z and Kanye West are amongst the most influential men in hip-hop and urban culture. Truthfully, I’ve never been a big fan of Jay-Z but there is no denying Hov is a boss so I can’t knock the hustle. As for Kanye, as much as I praise his work and respect his genius, he is real hit or miss with me sometimes. That being said, Watch The Throne is set to drop in about 2 weeks and we’ve been blessed with 2 singles. From what I’ve read, my opinions seem to concur with those of the masses, albeit the so-called “experts” seem to think otherwise.

“H.A.M” sounds like a B-Sides track that should’ve never left the vaults. It’s a great acronym and its definitely worked its way into everyday use but the elementary rhymes and grandiose Rick-Ross beat doesn’t suit Ye-Z.

“Otis” is promising but doesn’t meet the standard of quality we’re all accustomed to.

In summary, I’m not expecting alot from this project;  2-3 gems, a few tolerable album fillers, and then 2-3 tracks that will be unchecked in the iTunes library. I’m generally not this pessimisstic but I’ve learned to brace myself and prepare for the worst when it comes to hip-hop releases.

Kendrick Lamar

It’s taken me awhile to warm up to Compton native Kendrick Lamar. To be honest, prior to his  recent J. Cole collab I didn’t have any of his music. I copped his latest release, Section.80, after Pharrell’s stamp of approval and I’m equally impressed. His rhymes are vicious and his content is on a hiiigher level than most veterans. Big ups to K.Dot.

Be wise: ACCESSORIZE

From a distance I may come off as superficial and highly materialistic but I’m actually not that kinda person. I simply enjoy fine clothing and feel its important to be presentable to the world. That being said, I’m a big a fan of accessories. Although rocking accessories is a bit feminine in nature, all guys have their token auxiliary items of dress. Hats, watches, belts, and sunglasses are the conventional add-ons for most guys. Of course the list runs way deeper for women; make-up, jewelry, nail-polish, HAND BAGS, etc. (Ask any girl and she’ll tell you just how essential a hand-bag or purse is to an outfit). Like most men, I don’t  think I’ll ever understand the hype over hand-bags but I’m proud to say I’ve found a close equivalent for bros and nerds alike: The Backpack. As a student, the backpack is often overlooked as a possible means of accessorizing. This prevalent lapse in judgement is the reason why campuses world-wide are brimming with excessively bulky and boring backpacks with unduly compartments and appendages courtesy of The North Face. On occasion you’ll run into one that is pretty crispy but thats a rare site. I know its a little too early to start thinking about class but its a good time to gear up for the fall semester. For $85 you can customize a backpack on NikeID. I’ve been throwing together some fly designs for like 4 months but I’m yet to place my order. Don’t be a lame, go to class with some style.

OVEN FRESH: Common + Colbie Caillat

Other than the fact that it’s poorly written and endorses any and every frat-rap artist, Goodmusicallday is a decent blog. I’m not hatin’, just throwing that out there. Anyway, this is a “GMAD track” so download at your on risk. Its a rare collaboration so I decided to throw it up.

Download: Colbie Caillat- Favorite Song ft. Common

Big Sean: Doin’ it

Finally Famous has been the soundtrack of my summer. Its a perfect blend of the college-rap I can’t escape and the progressive-mainstream hip-hop that I often gravitate towards. Other than some Kanye and Mike Posner collabs, I wasn’t really into B.I. before this debut album. I decided to backtrack and give his mixtapes a listen and I wasn’t disappointed. The second mixtape, Finally Famous Vol. II :UknowBigSean is my personal favorite of the series (other than the album). Well worth a download, pretty much an album.