The Rap Report Episode Negative 2

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Play this shit in the hood one time lil bitch I’m back and poppin! Your favorite hip-hop critics are back! Posting a day late but it’s all good!

In today’s episode:

00:00 Intro shenanigans

Maybe one day we’ll start getting these out on time

02:00 Da Vinci’s issues with Vince Staples’ Summer 06

The point that I was trying to make here is that everyone’s definition of what makes a great emcee is different. There’s no such thing as absolute wrong or right here. So we can talk all day about what we as fans want from an artist, but at the end of the day, our opinion matters way less than his/hers. Artists should strive for their own visions of greatness, not mine or anyone else’s.

00:23:25 We finally name the albums up for discussion

00:25:45 Scarface’s memoir, Diary of a Madman

To be clear, this is a good book. But it could be so much better!

00:32:22 Netflix’ series, The Get Down

00:38:53 FX’ new series, Atlanta

00:50:36 Kiss The Mack, the possible Beanie Sigel and Jadakiss album

00:57:40 Lil Wayne’s supposed retirement

01:06:10 Ras Kass – Intellectual Property: SOI2

01:29:30 Isaiah Rashad – The Sun’s Tirade

02:02:30 Young Thug – Jeffrey

02:37:12 Winner of the week: Isaiah Rashad

02:40:00 If hip-hop is a drug, when did you last get high?

02:43:42 Next week’s new music

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The Rap Report: Episode Negative 1 | Podcast

Welcome to The Rap Report!

We finally did it! Knowledge and The Verbal Arteest made a podcast!

In this episode we discuss:

  • Sadat X – Agua
  • DJ Khaled – Major Key
  • Schoolboy Q – Blank Face

Sorry the audio quality is crap, we’re working on that! That’s why this is episode negative one, and why there seems to be two intros*. These negative episode numbers will continue for a little while until we get better. Expect another episode very soon!

*We’ve been talking about doing this for ages and now we’ve finally made it happen. But, it turns out that podcasting isn’t the easiest task in the world. So there’s a whole ~45 minute segment that we decided to cut from between the two intros. It wasn’t the worst audio ever, but there was too much dead air for us to not even be talking about the selected albums.

YG – Still Brazy | Review

I pretty much hated My Krazy Life. Let’s start there. Looking back at that review, I can only conclude that my opinion was a product of its time. I still think that DJ Mustard’s beats all sound the same, and that most of that album sounds like tracings of Mustard’s other hits from that era. Therefore, I see how the resultant cheap and haphazard sound of the album would have turned me off immediately. But maybe I was a bit harsh in not mentioning Bompton, which, now separated from Mustard’s radio reign, sounds pretty damn good.

Still Brazy cover

Irregardless (tee-hee), we’re here to talk about Still Brazy.

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Dom Kennedy – By Dom Kennedy | Review

Dom Kennedy - By Dom KennedyStupid-lookin’ ass cover be damned, I really like By Dom Kennedy. I had basically no expectations coming into this album, only being barely aware of who Dom Kennedy was: some new West Coast rapper who featured on a pretty good song from Kendrick Lamar’s early mixtape, Overly Dedicated. The song wasn’t super impressive but it caught my attention enough to bring me here, so shout out to Kendrick for helping to make this happen.

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KRS-One’s Supremely Disappointing Defense of Afrika Bambaataa

Shout out to everyone who still gives a fuck about this site. Those who know me personally know I’ve dealt with a major life change in the last several months. As a result, my time and motivation have been severely shot lately. Here’s to fixing that!

I should be able begin with “in case you’ve been living under a rock”, but as far as I can tell, even those without stones for shelter could be very unaware of the Afrika Bambaataa drama that’s been boiling for about a month*. The long and short of it is that he’s been accused, multiple times, of molesting young boys. It started with Ronald Savage, then three others came forward, then a bodyguard confirmed that incidents like those alleged have occurred, and more keep coming. Bambaataa defended himself with the classic, battle-tested, “this is a conspiracy built to tear me down” defense. KRS-One made a confusing defense of Bambaataa on Noreaga’s Drink Champs podcast, and failed to clarify himself in a blog post on his website.

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Curren$y – Canal Street Confidential

My only problem with Curren$y is consistency. He has a few different styles of music that he does and they often sound good, but the beats he chooses are very hit and miss. Meanwhile, there’s Canal Street Confidential. When I put Curren$y on, this is exactly what I want to hear! The beats are much more melodic than on some of his other albums, and the choices are just better. No forced Jadakiss and Riff Raff features, instead it’s Future flossing on Drive By, and Ty Dolla $ign on a smooth serenade that is Superstar.

Curren$y - Canal Street Confidential
Basic yet dope

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