Just from the title, The Beauty In All, I knew I’d be in favor of Oddisee’s latest instrumental album. Oddisee is known for his ability to tell a story and evoke emotion with each sample or key he picks, so I was looking forward to hearing how he would exhibit ‘the flaws & mistakes that give life its character and worth’ [Oddisee]. The album kicks off with the cinematic ‘After Thoughts’ track where Oddisee’s choice in quick roll piano notes and eerie synthesizer sounds sucks you right into his world leaving behind any sort of reluctance you had to follow this musical voyage. From that piece I expected to be on a futuristic ride the whole record but there was a surprising amount of throwback samples like the highly recognizable sample from The Stylistics ‘Hurry Up This Way Again’ that Jay-Z used in ‘Politics As Usual’. I’m usually a fan of sampling but I feel that in this context some of Oddisee’s choices lacked stealth and broke me away from that universe he had initially created. I was too caught up trying to identify where the samples were coming from. It wasn’t until the 8th Track, ‘Caprice Down’, that I was able to let my mind ride with the beats again. If we are just talking production quality, this album is another one of Oddisee’s best but in terms of the concept, it lost some of its depth as the tracks progressed. With such a great idea at hand, I expected more from Oddisee.
Toronto Raptors’ NBA Finals Anthem
Toronto hip-hop artist Peter Jackson has dropped a preview of his self-proclaimed and sure fire Toronto Raptors’ 2019 NBA Finals anthem.
Jackson, a rising artist from the six goes hard, dropping gems on a beat produced by Jazzy Feezy (BMG Music) and Steve Samson that is sure to have Raptors’ fans head noddin’ and cranking it out of their cars and headphones during pre-game and post-game celebrations in the upcoming NBA Finals series against the Golden State Warriors.
“Ask Kawhi what it
“I’m coach of the year, Nurse / put the Bucks in a third-round hearst / Philadelphia done got hurt / don’t forget the Magic done got murked.”
“You can feel it when you walk in the place / I can see it on Masai’s face / you got your shot, you take it / he ain’t got time to wait.”
“Nav Bhatia sixth-man / Leo Rautins with the game plan / Tim & Sido that’s ma man / I like Kate B of TSN”
“And the building can feel it”
“Let’s go Raptors”
“And the building can feel it”
The full version will be released on Thursday May 30th 2018.
LeBron James & Kevin Durant make it look easy in secret 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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