Category Archives: Hasty Generalization

Hasty Generalization: The Game – Documentary 2

Honestly, I’m not sure why The Game exists. If all art should have a purpose of some sort, then I’d love for someone to tell me what The Game’s reason for being is. Why does anyone need this music? Granted, that’s a question that should be asked of many rappers before we volunteer our time listening. And there are loads of rappers who deserve this question much more than Game. But while listening to The Documentary 2, his sequel to his debut, I realized that I still don’t know who and, more importantly, why exactly The Game is.

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Hasty Generalization: Puff Daddy – MMM

Puff Daddy - MMM
Somewhere out there, one of you asked for new Puff Daddy music. This is your fault…

Once again, I’m playing something that I didn’t expect nor want. Why spend the time? Mainly, because I need the clicks! No Way Out was DOPE! So Puff Daddy  decided to drop this MMM (Money Makin’ Mitch) mixtape, and a forthcoming sequel to No Way Out, before turning his de facto retirement into an official retirement. Apparently, music has been holding him back from moving on to the next thing that God has destined for him. Coulda fooled me…

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Hasty Generalization: Dave East – Hate Me Now

This post marks the second and final leg of my get familiar with Dave East mission [btw, th’fuck happened to Clinton Sparks?!]. The first stop, his Straight Outta Harlem mixtape, had some high points but was so unfocused that it ended up getting a mediocre score. Now, with about a year’s worth of added experience, let’s see how Dave did on his latest mixtape, Hate Me Now

His eyes are fucking scary!
His eyes are fucking scary on this! And why the hell is “NFL” tattooed on his chest?

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Hasty Generalization: Guilty Simpson – Detroit’s Son

Guilty Simpson - Detroit's Son

When I think of Detroit hip-hop, people like Elzhi, Black Milk, and Slum Village come to mind. Not Guilty Simpson. While I’ve known of Simpson since first hearing him years ago on Elzhi’s Fire remix (his is the second to last verse), I’ve never been compelled to explore his music beyond features and the Random Axe album. So Detroit’s Son, his fifth album on the Stones Throw label, is my first experience of Guilty Simpson as a solo artist. And, having now played it for a few weeks, I can safely say that I’ve been sleeping on this guy.

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Hasty Generalization: Dr. Dre – Compton

Dr. Dre - ComptonI’ve spent about half of my life waiting for Dr. Dre’s final album, Detox. Along the way, battered by numerous setbacks and teases, I gave up hope. It was becoming foolish to believe that Detox was still coming, especially given Dre’s preoccupation with his protegés and business deals. It became clear that, while hip-hop was still somewhat a passion for Dre, his solo career was not the desired vehicle for exploring it. In fact, solo work has never seemed to be Dre’s focus. Even his own rare albums were always used more as launching pads for other artists rather than for Dre himself. Given this lowered (to below sea-level) expectation for new music, I welcomed Dre’s new focus on the NWA biopic, Straight Outta Compton. Since no music was coming, at least I could console myself with the story of Dre’s legendary group, rather than constantly read news about his overpriced Beats headphones or the Beats deal with Apple. But Dre totally surprised me with the release of the album, Compton, which was inspired by the making of the movie. I was weary about new Dre music after such a long hiatus from solo music, but I went in with as open  a mind as possible…

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Hasty Generalization: Tip (fka T.I.) – Da Nic EP

Though I haven’t been paying him much attention lately,
T.I. has been one of my favorite southern rappers since his début. His voice was what grabbed me but his catchy hooks and rarely-displayed lyricism kept one of my eyes on him throughout his career. He never had much to say that majorly interested me, but at least the music was fun. Having started as a gangsta rapper, then somewhat shifting towards more pop-friendly songs, Da Nic marks T.I.’s return to his roots in trap music, signified by using his old nickname, Tip. It’s also part of the lead-up to his next full release, The Dime Trap, which will also be a trap music release care of Tip. Too bad that even with just five songs (like a nickel bag, get it?), Da Nic still managed to bore me to pieces.

T.I. - Da Nic
This cover won a gold medal in the Generic Olympics

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