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Drake: Nothing Was The Same

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Drake: Nothing Was The Same

Label: Cash Money Records/OVO Sound

I’ve always wondered how school teachers grade their students; do they base it on the child’s efforts? Results? Do they compare to other students? Or maybe all of the above?

I assume its a combination since judging Drake’s latest, Nothing Was The Same. If this album faced the greats of hip-hop, it clearly would not make the cut. Drake’s flow is mediocre at best. There is no consistent concept holding this piece together and the content is well… teenage angst/YOLO life, not exactly the components of a classic record. However let’s be real, Drake wasn’t trying to make a classic record. He wanted to make a hit record and in that respect he’s done it better than the past few times. His production team, led by Noah ’40’ Shebib, did a great job at making smooth beats to compliment Drake’s natural tempo. His rapping, though still mediocre, has greatly improved since his last album.

There are a few well-executed 64 bars on this one, and his singing actually brings an interesting dimension to this album that has clearly worked to his benefit.  There are even a few tracks like Pound Cake and Too Much that I may keep in my repertoire So all in all, barely a step forward for hip-hop, big step forward for Drake. That merits a pass right?

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LeBron James & Kevin Durant make it look easy in secret hip-hop track

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Lebron James Kevin Durant Make It Look Easy Unreleased Hip Hop Track

Who knew Kevin Durant and LeBron James could spit that fire!

If you know the history of the game then you should be well versed in the fact that athletes want to be rappers slash hip-hop artists and hip-hop spitters want to be ballers.  Like many before them, LeBron James and Kevin Durant decided to put their lyrical skills on display by coming together during the 2012-13 NBA lockout season to record one of the best joints ever released by a pair of NBA ballers. “It Ain’t Easy” recorded at Spider studios in Cleveland, Ohio, re-produced by Franky Wahoo and Stew Billionaire features Durant and James spitting some vicious bars over an ill-laced beat and a easy to digest hook that keeps your head nodding. Both NBA superstars rhyme about not being easy to reach superstar status and the sacrifices they had to make to reach their goals.

“Look, I cut me, I bleed out, dedication, hard-work, sacrifice, meditation. I meditate up on a goal that I’m trying reach/ Grinding all-day to the top and I ain’t trying to sleep / Come and get me, come and get me,  I’m an animal cutting throughout your brain like a….” unloads Kevin Durant in the freestyles opening 16 bars

“It ain’t easy… on the path I’m on, but, put the world on my back because I’m that strong / Long journey I been on / from the very start no way I die off with  thus Iron Heart”

“Single parents, just moms, dad gone /  It’s all good pops you made a King strong.” empties Lebron James

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Damian Lillard Illest splitter in the NBA

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Damian Lillard Illest splitter in the NBA

Portland Trail Blazers killed all the rumors about who is the best ill splitter in the league by dropping a mean freestyle (not off the dome) to a classic beat during his recent visit with “Sway in the Morning” at the 2015 NBA All-Star Weekend in New York City.

“Gridin in the gym / So I can live through the recession”

“I tried to y’all” – Damian Lillard

What did y’all think of the DAME’s lyric’s?

 

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