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10. J. Cole – Return Of Simba (Prod. by Elite)

Cole released the third part of the simba series (Simba & Grown Simba). Cole starts it off with the perfect sample from Lion King which sets up the anticipation this song is built on. His overall message follows the simba story line because Cole debut has been two years in the making and simba is finally returning to his rightful place on top of rap.

Favorite Bars:

“It’s like I’m fuckin’ Oprah, well worth the wait
Maybe over your head, I’m ahead of my time
Niggas scared of my future, I know they dreadin’ my prime
‘Cause I only made classics, now what that take? Timing
Cole under pressure, what that make? Diamonds”

9.  Richie Cunnings – Pure Imagination

Richie flipped this same-titled classic song from WIlly Wonka in this inspirational track. He flips between explaining the harsh realities of working shitty jobs to just get by and his fantasy of a perfect life & his aspirations for his musical carrer. Starting every versus with his miserable days of working part time jobs than he leads us to the chorus of him walking us through his daydreams and fantasies. phenomenal track.

Favorite Bars:
“Woke up, couldnt remember what my dream was,
but it was probably the same one,
where im sittin at an easel in the rain,
with the masterpiece, tryin not to let the paint run”

8.Big K.R.I.T. – The Vent

Off the Mixtape Return of 4Eva K.R.I.T. expresses his struggles of dealing with the loss of his grandmother, he starts the track with K.R.I.T. himself comforting a women for lost her child yet K.R.I.T. help is useless. throughout the song he finds himself doubting himself and God because of neither stopped these people close to him from leaving.  When his grandmother left he lost the one person he could vent to.

Favorite Bars:
“I put my problems in a box beside my tightest rhymes, under lock & key buried deep off in my mind
& when it gets too full and I can’t close the lid I spaz on my family and my closest friends”

7. ElZhi – Memory Lane (Prod. Will Sessions)

Elzhi walks us through his trip down memory lane in this vivid story on his “train of thought”. His storytelling is evidence in this straightforward story when Elzhi describes his childhood by taking us from his family reunions to friends lost along the way. What propels this song into the top ten is how perfectly Elzhi’s flow fits the beat perfectly, but what keeps it this low on the list is its unoriginality.

Favorite Bars:
“I threw the deuces up to Dilla, dapped up, ‘Tin, than i hugged my momma slow”

6. Common ft. Nas – Ghetto Dreams (Prod. by No I.D.)

Common and Nas’ flows are on point with this smooth track produced by No I.D. Common starts it off describing his dream women and the life they would live than it switches off to Nas explaining his dream ghetto life with him rapping and “African Queen”

Favorite Bars:
“the type of bitch that big said he would die for
is the type that i would rather stay alive for”

5. Nas – Nasty

Straight fire from Nas. No need to explain.

Favorite Bars:
” I’m skinny, but still I’m too big for a Bentley
You are your car, what could represent me?
Too Godly to be a Bugatti, you honestly
Must design me somethin’ Tommy Mottonic from Queens had before the ’90s”

4. Kendrick Lamar – F*ck Your Ethnicity

Kendrick starts off his first album Section.80 by staight up saying f*ck your ethnicity. This song fits the model for this album by saying that everyone has to get rid of a all prejudices & racial thoughts and search for that higher power that we are capable of reaching as a group. Kendrick is showing that he sees things as they are and doesn’t care what color your skin is.

Favorite Bars:
“I recognize all of you
Every creed and color
With that being said
FUCK your ethnicity “

3. Pharoahe Monch – Evolve (Prod. by Exile)

Amazing flow, lyricism, and wordplays mixed with exiles dark production team up to make this perfect song.

Favorite Bars:

“So phenomenal with mics I don’t like myself
Sadomasochist MC, I bite myself”

2. J. Cole – Lost Ones

What separates this song from other storytelling storys is that Cole came up with the idea to rap from a new perspective, the perspective of a women. Jermaine takes us through the discusses between him and a girl he impregnated, J wants to discuss their options including apportion. What makes this song even better is the fact that he recorded this in his dorm room back in college.

Favorite Bars:
“but what about your seed nigga?”

1. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – Wings

Macklemore goes through his childhood explaining the way he let nike’s consume his thoughts. Ryan Lewis’ production really takes the song to the next level with it’s captivating chorus. Unbelievable song.

Favorite Bars:
“So much more than just a pair of shoes
Nah, this is what I am
What I wore, this is the source of my youth
This dream that they sold to you
For a hundred dollars and some change
Consumption is in the veins
And now I see it’s just another pair of shoes”

Cannot wait for the new album.

Nas preforming his Jay-Z diss “Ether” back when the feud was at its high. Nas’ passion is evident in this one. I consider Ether one of the best diss songs ever.

Part One : Eternal Sunshine

Part Two: Rules

Part Three: Voodoo Man

Part Four: FYI

Clearly these are all classic hip-hop song with Jay Electronica proving why he is one of the most talented MC’s in the game with his strong flow, clever wordplays, and his overall handling of the mic. I’m torn between Eternal Sunshine & Voodoo Man, but Eternal Sunshine wins with his fast, powerful flow, mixed with his mind blowing lyrics spreading from a range of his views of corruption within religion to his created gerne of “God-Hop”.

-CL

Waking Up to Jay Elec

Posted: October 6, 2011 in What We're Listening To

One Be Lo

Posted: October 5, 2011 in What We're Listening To

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