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[Video] Dave East ft. Nas – “The Hated”

Posted: January 17, 2018 by Ismael AbduSalaam in Music News
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For his latest video, Dave East looks back to 2017’s Paranoia EP for a tale of friendship, murder, and betrayal on “The Hated.” The 10-minute clip tells the story of two hustlers named Anthony and Cory. Once close friends, their bond is forever altered by the unforgiving realities of the streets.

Dave East’s latest body of work, P2, is available on all streaming outlets.

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To continue building the anticipation for the February 16 release of Marvel’s Black Panther, Top Dawg has dropped the second offering from the soundtrack in “King’s Dead.” It’s billed as a Jay Rock track and you’ll understand why when you hear him spazz on the opening verse. Future goes into strange territory when he begins using weird voices (was that supposed to be some type of homage to Kendrick?). And Kenny plays the closer and gets the benefit of a beat switch.

Since this is also being billed as the first single from Jay Rock’s next project, it would have made more sense for his verse to go last. However, it’s a small nitpick for an overall solid track. The soundtrack will be available February 9.

Skyzoo Previews New LP “In Celebration of Us”

Posted: January 11, 2018 by Ismael AbduSalaam in Music News
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Skyzoo is ready to kick off 2018 with his most layered and ambitious album to the date. On the aptly named In Celebration of Us, the Brooklyn emcee is addressing the many realities of being black in America, ranging from social protest and love to gentrification.

“On this album, I wanted to tap into the present, more so than any other album of mine as far as full projects. Music of the times is the best way to describe it” Skyzoo told Billboard. “From cultural appropriation and gentrification to police brutality and the irony of motives behind bigger motives, it’s an album that explores who we are and why we are where we are in society, as a people. What’s been done to us and what we’ve done to ourselves, mainly out of confused necessity, all while celebrating us in the process.

Conceptually, this is Ta-nehisi Coates meets Chappelle’s Show, The Autobiography of Malcolm X meets Black-ish, the case of Sandra Bland meets the birth of Air Jordans. It’s intense, and it’s beautiful. I’m honored to be able to give my take on our story.”

The album boasts production from !llmind, Apollo Brown, Daringer, Cardiak, Ave. Prod, Seige Monstracity,  Marc Nfinit, Tuamie and Arte Mitchell. In Celebration of Us drops on February 2.

Tracklisting For Skyzoo’s ‘In Celebration of Us’:

1. Everybody’s Fine
2. Sound Like…
3. Baker’s Dozen f. Raheem Devaughn

4. Crown Holder
5. Heirlooms & Accessories
6. Forever In A Day
7. Remembering The Rest (Interlude) f. WordsNCurves
8. The Purpose f. Kay Cola
9. Love is Love
10. Black Sambo
11. Parks & Recreation f. Saba Abraha
12. Collateral f. Jake&Papa
13. The Stick-Up Tape From “Menace”
14. Hoodie SZN
15. Honor Amongst Thieves

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You that ghostwriter that couldn’t write a hit for yourself…

We didn’t think Uncle Murda would take the Skillz diss lying down, did we? Using Biggie’s “Long Kiss Goodnight” as a backdrop, Murda brags about taking Skillz’s wrap up and his “washed up” career. Like I said earlier, Murda would have some issues crafting a detailed response since their isn’t much bad info out there about Skillz. This is probably the last disses we’ll hear from either side until the 2018 Rap Up. And if so, I give Skillz the W.

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Time to pull out your favorite Cross Colours outfit. Bruno Mars and Cardi B are bringing the heavy nostalgia in their new video for “Finesse (Remix).” After grooving in a painting room, Bruno and Cardi take it to the In Living Color set for some throwback routines.The only thing missing was JLo showing up for old time’s sake. Bruno has been channeling the New Jack Swing sound since the 24K Magic album, and that trend continues here. You could literally place this song on the Strictly Business or Boomerang soundtrack and it would fit perfectly.

As for Cardi, her album rollout is being handled masterfully. This song will undoubtedly be another Top 10 hit for the Bronx princess.

 

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You a comedian/ We don’t come to you for bars/ We straight/ On top of that you fake/ You signed to G Unit 10 years too late!

A sleeping giant has awakened. After Uncle Murda threw some shots on wax with his version of the “Rap Up” and then took it further with a disrespectful DM, Skillz has decided to unleash some lethal bars on “Murda Gram.” He breaks down the full origin of the beef while deconstructing Murda’s style and standing amongst the legacy of Brooklyn emcees (and goes on to name a bunch of past and present rappers better than him).

Uncle Murda has an uphill battle (no pun intended) with this one. He doesn’t have the high ground since he shamelessly bit the “Rap Up” concept, and there’s really not any dirt on Skillz out there. And Murda’s not witty enough to put together a diss like this and frankly, empty gun talk threats and adlibs ain’t gonna cut it.

Not even a week into the year and a body has already been caught…

Mad Skillz vs. Uncle Murda – “2017 Rap Up”

Posted: January 1, 2018 by Ismael AbduSalaam in Music News
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For another year, we have dueling “Rap Ups” with Mad Skillz and Uncle Murda both dropping versions to close out 2017. In a way, it’s pretty foul that Murda bit Skillz’s idea that he’s been doing faithfully since 2002. On the other hand, Hip-Hop is based on competition and steel sharpens steel.

Skillz has the better production going over the Power theme and covers a lot of ground. But for sheer audacity and funny bars, you can’t go wrong with Murda’s version, where he throws shots at everyone from Russell Simmons and Bobby Valentino to K. Michelle and even Skillz.

Check them out and decide on the winner.

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