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The Rap Report Episode Negative 6, Part 2

The Rap Report is finally back with Episode Negative 6, part deuce! We’ve got discussions of albums from J. Cole, Common, and A Tribe Called Quest.

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00:00 J. Cole – 4 Your Eyez Only

49:35 A Tribe Called Quest – We Got It From Here…Thank You 4 Your Service

1:33:23 Common – Black America Again

1:35:04 Back to the Tribe album for final thoughts

1:36:32 Black America Again…again

2:04:25 Comparing the three albums, declaring Common the Winner of the Week

2:22:05 Upcoming albums

The Rap Report Episode Negative 5

…shit happened. Schedules shmedules. Anyway thanks for listening, be back soon. If you loved it, share it.

Reasonable Shout/Doubt

01:57 Jidenna – Long Live The Chief

07:15 Eminem – Campaign Speech

12:36 Sho Baraka – The Narrative

14:03 Common – Black America Again

17:02 Kxng Crooked – Good vs Evil

18:10 D.R.A.M. – Big Daddy DRAM

20:56 Gucci Mane – Woptober

24:06 21 Savage – Savage Mode, also Drake  – Sneakin ft 21 Savage

32:12 A Tribe Called Quest – Conrad Tokyo

40:16 Pryhme – Deluxe Edition

43:52 Solange – A Seat at the Table

News

48:43 The Election

01:03:28 All Lives Matter Weezy

The Albums

01:11:17 Mr. Lif – The Life and Death of Scenery

01:24:34 The Game – 1992

01:39:40 Joe Budden – Rage & The Machine

02:12:58 Winner of the week: Joe Budden

02:13:30 Recent/upcoming releases
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Common – Nobody’s Smiling: As Good For You and as Bland as Water

I’m discussing the deluxe, 13-track version of this album

Common - Nobody's Smiling

Off the top, I gotta walk that title back a bit. I just can’t commit to the click-bait maneuver. Nobody’s Smiling isn’t all that bad. In fact, it’s just like water in that sense. Cool water is the most refreshing thing on Earth when you’re dehydrated, and a select few love the taste regardless of hydration concerns. Like them, there will be people who love Nobody’s Smiling. It’s refreshingly different from mainstream hip-hop, it’s not too energetic, and it’s at times very grounded in reality. Unfortunately, it’s also just…not…super-exciting.

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Can Rappers Form Worthwhile Groups?

In writing the review of the Demigodz’ great album Killmatic, I realized that it’s pretty rare for a rapper to have a group of his own that’s actually decent. I’m talking about groups that people came up with like Eminem’s D12 and groups they created like Snoop Dogg’s Tha Eastsidaz. Not supergroups where the roster is full of already-famous people. Let’s face it, being successful doesn’t speak to your ability to judge other people’s talents, at all. In fact, I’d venture to say that the average rapper is a horrible judge of talent in others. For evidence, see 90% of rap/sung collaborations. Or maybe these cats are just bad at nurturing the talent they find. Either way, hip-hop history is littered with bad groups fronted by good rappers.

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