After completing his charity show last week in LA, Talib Kweli gave an insightful interview on the new emcees in the game. He gives cosigns to Joell Ortiz, Wiz Khalifa, Nicki Minaj, U-N-I, Blu, and Exile. He surprisingly reveals that he’s a mentor to Bow Wow. He also talks about how he momentarily lost his “Chain Heavy” verse for Kanye’s G.O.O.D. Fridays series. Other important developments include his beginning work with Madlib for Liberation 2. Kweli’s Gutter Rainbows album drops on January 25. Shout out to M-Boogie and www.lastereo.tv for the interview.
Posts Tagged ‘Soulja Boy’
Tags: Blu, Chain Heavy, Consequence, Drake, Exile, G.O.O.D. Fridays, Joell Ortiz, Kanye West, Liberation 2, Madlib, MF Doom, Nicki Minaj, Q-Tip, Soulja Boy, Talib Kweli, Wiz Khalifa
Tags: 50 Cent, Hip Hop Is Dead, Kanye West, Lupe Fiasco, Nas, Soulja Boy, Super Lupe Rap, The DeAndre Way
Soulja Boy knows that improving his lyrical skill is essential to longevity in Hip-Hop. However, the 20-year-old rapper is also promising not to deceive fans with pretentious music as he works torwards that goal.
Since beginning his career as a 17-year-old, Soulja Boy’s music has been the source of derisive comments for older rappers such as GZA, Ice-T and Snoop Dogg. Some fans have cited him as the poster boy for the degradation of lyrical skill in modern Hip-Hop.
Before, Soulja simply ignored those criticisms, or responded back by ridiculing his older peers as out of touch or bitter. But now as he approaches manhood and continues maturing as a musician, Soulja Boy has come to see some truth in his critic’s words. Recently, he told VIBE magazine that he studied Nas’ Hip Hop Is Dead album, after previously chastising his older peer for declaring that statement. Improving is one thing, but Soulja Boy doesn’t believe his fans or critics would respect him if he attempted to do a complete 180 with his style and content.
“At this point in my career, I don’t want to be something that I’m not, or give off an image that I’m not,” Soulja Boy told Beats, Boxing & Mayhem. “I came in the game as a 17-year-old kid who produced and made his own music. I definitely want to be respected as a lyricist, but I don’t want to portray like I came into Hip-Hop to be 100% pushing to be the best lyricist, spit the deepest messages, give kids knowledge to help them and all that.”
In the latest XXL magazine, Soulja Boy reiterated his point by stating he didn’t want to be “super duper lyrical” like Lupe Fiasco, resulting in “niggas not knowing what the fuck I’m talking about.” The quote inspired an old-school styled answer record from Fiasco in “Super Lupe Rap,” a lyrically dense and intricate song that laid out the different creative approaches to music between the two.
While Lupe regularly uses his music to provoke discussion on abstract concepts and social issues, Soulja Boy views himself as an artist whose primary focus is innocent fun. But he concedes that party music doesn’t have to have less technical proficiency, which is something he’s learned by collaborating with older emcees.
“I just came in to have fun,” Soulja Boy affirmed. “Now that I’m growing up, now I’m just starting to transition, as I’m rapping with bigger artists like Kanye and 50, to be respected as a lyricist. “
Soulja Boy’s next album, The DeAndre Way, will be released on November 30.
The most you can ask of any artist is that they attempt to get the most out of their talent. Soulja Boy appears to be doing just that by trying to improve his technical skills.
Soulja Boy understands nursery rhymes won’t fly for much longer with him. At 17, people could argue he was just a kid, although he was a year older than LL when he made Radio, and the same age as Nas when he made Illmatic. As someone born in 1990 who’s view of a classic album is 50 Cent’s Get Rich Or Die Tryin’, how can you really blame him if no one ever exposed him to the greats? He’s basically learning on the job, as evidenced by the fact the first Nas album he’s really delved into is Hip Hop Is Dead. To put things in further perspective, albums like Stillmatic and Blueprint came out when he was roughly 11 years old
In the meantime, Soulja shouldn’t be disrespectful to those who’ve studied and practiced their entire lives on their lyrical skills, like a Lupe Fiasco. Soulja may not have meant it that way, but I completely understand why Lupe dropped that answer record. Soulja came off as very dismissive of Lupe and others like him, whether intentional or not. As a writer, it would be like me reading a fellow journalist stating, “I want to be a better writer, but not on some super duper I love Hip-Hop and boxing forever like Ismael AbduSalaam with long ass articles.” Soulja must keep in mind that while he has one objective, some of his peers are striving for a deeper grasp of themselves and the world around them through music.
All things considered, I think Soulja Boy is on the right track. He doesn’t have to switch his content up. Some of the greatest Hip-Hop albums are full of nothing but debauchery and random tales of low morals. You can also see that in many movies, folk songs, and poetry that is considered classic. So while Soulja Boy doesn’t have to be so much concerned about turning into Chuck D, he does need to be aware that it’s not acceptable for him to be sounding on the mic like he just enrolled in pre-school.
We’ll see what improvements Soulja Boy shows on November 30 when the new album drops.
Tags: LBS, Lupe Fiasco, Lyric Boy Swag, Soulja Boy, SRL, Super Lupe Rap
“Stupid with the raps, but the raps never stupid…”
You can tell a true emcee when you question the integrity of their art. They won’t respond by talking about the vastness of their material possessions or financial accolades. They’ll passionately explain to you why their art matters, and it’s partly due to the fact it’s an extension of their very souls. And with that in mind, the latest to give such a lesson is Lupe Fiasco, who gave some food for thought to Soulja Boy on ”S.L.R. (Super Lupe Rap).”
The song it itself is an answer to Soulja Boy’s statements in the latest edition of XXL magazine, claiming that no one wants to be “super duper lyrical” like Lupe Fiasco. The lyrics are rich with imagery and nods to Malcom X, Cornel West, and Nas’ It Was Written intro. There’s nothing pretentious, just straight lyrical poetry. There are lines that directly address Soulja, but not in a combative nature. It’s more so for Lupe to clarify that he’s not just making intricate rhymes with no purpose (“Soulja calls it Super Lupe lyrical/You can’t understand me/Nor mimic my miracles…”). Lupe also throws in an allusion to one of Lil Wayne’s punchline techniques to emphasize the difference between the intellectual weight of his work compared to his peers (“Being dope is all in the muscle/ It’s more than just a pause and a chuckle/ I bench press elephants and bowling ball juggle..”).
The theme of Lupe’s lyrical exercise is abundantly clear; why would you not want to be “super duper lyrical” like him? Why would you not want your art to hold significant meaning that has a lasting impact on your peers and the culture? As I said earlier, this song is akin to a creative debate rather than a diss record. Unfortunately, Soulja Boy is probably not equipped with the means to offer an adequate rebuttal.
LUPE FIASCO “S.L.R. (SUPER LUPE RAP)” (PRODUCED BY SOUNDTRAKK)
Tags: BET Hip Hop Awards '10, BET Hip Hop Awards 2010, Big Boi, Bones Brigante, Chloe Hilliard, Diggy Simmons, DJ Drama, DJ Premier, Elise Neal, Gang Starr, Greg Street, Gucci Mane, Guru, Kangol Kid, Laws, Lloyd, Lola Munroe, Mercedes Ladies, Mr. Boomtown, Nelly, Princess, Raekwon, red carpet, Roscoe Dash, Soulja Boy, Terry Kennedy, The New Boyz, Tony Neal, Traxster, Trey Songz, Twista, UTFO, Waka Flocka Flame, Yelawolf, Young Money
The BET Hip Hop Awards 2010 is over and off to post-production editing. The annual Atlanta event draws most of the big names in urban music for a weekend of partying and networking. This was my second year covering the event for AllHipHop.com, so I knew to arrive very early. The city of Atlanta had other events like an important Atlanta Braves baseball game that added to the ridiculous amount of traffic. Luckily, BET improved this year by supplying a shuttle for media, since every street within a 2-3 block radius was blocked off.
The carpet opened promptly at 2:30 and lasted until close to 5PM. Early on things went smooth. Artists were escorted by their publicists one by one slowly across the line to speak with selected media outlets. But soon, the easygoing pace morphed into organized chaos as more artists and media arrived. Still, the BET volunteers and black carpet escorts were an immense help in getting interviews secured. Below are some of the interesting, and sometimes humorous quotes I got from some of the attendees.
The actual show airs on October 12 at 8PM. Be sure to check out www.allhiphop.com additional coverage of the show.
LOLA ”LUV” MUNROE
Best Cypher Peformer She’s Seen So Far: “I’d have to say Cory Gunz. That was a few years ago but he killed it.”
Next Project: “Being that I’m not going to rush an album, I’m going to give my fans an EP. I’ll definitely be working with different producers, even underground.”
On his return to form: “Now I’m where I need to be at. I’ve been in shape [lyrically] the last three years. Still a chubby gangster, though.”
Predicting Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Paquiao: “Wow, I’m riding with Floyd. I think Floyd is our Muhammad Ali of today.”
DJ Greg Street and journalist Chloe Hilliard on the Upcoming BET’s Top 10 Rappers of the 21st Century Show
Chloe: “What I said about Lil Wayne, you’ll have to see the whole thing. The teaser was to entice you.”
Greg Street: “She said Weezy was the greatest!”
Chloe: “I will not confirm nor deny that!”
TONY NEAL, CORE DJS FOUNDER
On today’s DJ: “I think we get more respect. It started with the DJ, but we’re kind of being recognized for that [now]. With sales and everything, artists need as much help as possible, so it’s been taken back to the DJ.”
Next mixtape: “I’m coming out with a dedication to Paul McCartney called Yesterday’s Future. So it’s a lot more ambitious than the last one.”
Two albums in six months: “0-60 is coming out November 23, my first album for Interscope. After that, I’m going to be releasing an album in March  called Radioactive.”
WAKA FLOCKA FLAME
New album coming October 5: “Flockaveli on October 5,get it! [Buy] one for the car, one for the house, and one in plastic. Flockaveli is a classic!”
THE NEW BOYZ
On new album in early 2011: “We don’t have to prove anything, but we want people to know what it really is. We’re going to keep working hard so people don’t think we’re just a jerk dance phase.”
On his next album: “You’ve never heard music like this. You’ve never heard this side of me. It’s gonna be one of the best albums of 2010-2011. I guarantee it. You are the average of the five people you are around. When you add up my five people you get Polow Da Don, Stakeboard P, Timbaland, Jimmy Iovine and myself.”
On working with Kanye West: “I listend to the finished product and that really opened my mind. I don’t even want to say as a rapper, just as a musician. It really opens your mind to different sounds, drum kicks and all of that.”
Top 5 Dead Or Alive: “Jay-Z, Nas, Tupac, Biggie, and Kanye West.”
Top 5 Dead Or Alive: “Tupac, Biggie, Jay-Z, Lil Wayne and Ice Cube. I say that because they all played a role in inspiring artists to get out there and make something for themselves, and that you can achieve you dreams.”
BIG BOI AND SON
KANGOL KID OF UTFO
TWISTA AND TRAXSTER
Emcees that kept him focused lyrically: ” That’s a good one, it was never really one person. It was different people like Jay-Z, Nas, Biggie, Tupac, and Outkast. Those type of artists that were hot from the perspective of doing their thing lyrically. Those guys kept me on my toes.”
MERCEDES LADIES, FIRST FEMALE HIP HOP GROUP
BONES BRIGANTE, 106 & PARK FREESTYLE CHAMPION
MR. BOOMTOWN, DIRECTOR
DJ PREMIER AND THE LATE GURU’S YOUNG SON
Tags: DJ Clue, Fabolous, Paul Cain, Soulja Boy
DJ Clue has announced the Twitter-based feud between Soulja Boy and Fabolous will come to end tonight (September 8) on his Power 105 radio show in New York.
“The Soulja Boy and Fabolous episode is over,” DJ Clue declared today. “All you haters that wanted to see dumb shit pop off, go jump in a lake!”
Over the last several days, Soulja Boy and Fabolous have dissed each other and exchanged borderline threats. Soulja Boy initiated the hostilities on the grounds that Fabolous previously disrespected him with comments about his relationship with celebrity Hip-Hop groupie Kat Stacks, and alleged use of cocaine. As late as yesterday, Soulja Boy was still dissing and challenged Fabolous to a freestyle battle.
“I will murder that nigga Fab in a freestyle battle he garbage compared to Soulja Boy,” he Tweeted on Tuesday (September 7). “ I tell you what Fabolous get yo’ weak ass on wax and spit them weak ass bars so I can shit on you boy.”
For his part, Fabolous has treated his younger peer as a joke despite members of his camp like Paul Cain being more forceful with their words. In his Tweets yesterday, Fabolous ridiculed Soulja Boy further.
“Soulja Boy’s biggest hits weren’t on his albums. They were on his dresser in a hotel room with Kat Stacks,” he clowned. “Thank Soulja’s coke habit. Gucci Mane and Young Jeezy are not Soulja Boy’s friends. They are Soulja’s coke habit ATL connects.”
According to DJ Clue, both men will be live on Power 105 tonight at 8PM to public resolve their issues.
In the right hands Twitter can be a very useful tools for artists. It allows for direct contact and promotion with fans. It’s also a way for artists to clear up rumors before they gain traction. But in the wrong hands, it can create nonsense and result in artists (mainly rappers) making themselves look like fools.
Twitter-beefing is always stupid. If emcees want to test their skills in a battle, that is Hip-Hop and more than acceptable. All the other BS comes off as silly. In this case, Fab never took Soulja Boy seriously while SB was obviously very upset about the whole matter.
We’ll see what both men have to say about the matter tonight.