The early 90s for Hip Hop was almost exclusively an east coast/west coast game. So when Outkast came in hard for the south with their excellently produced debut album Southernplayalisticadillacmusik (1994), it was absolutely groundbreaking. While I agree that this debut was one of the best that Hip Hop has seen, I think that Outkast’s most defining piece is their second album ATLiens (1996). For one, second albums always show more of the artist’s intention than the attention-seeking debut. With ATLiens we were able so see how relentlessly creative and well versed Outkast could be. Andre and Big Boi showed more initiative on the production for this album, which leads to an ultramodern almost offbeat sound that most people weren’t ready for at the time but fell much more in line with their innovative personalities. Abandoning much of the ‘playa’ vibe from their 1st album, Outkast delved into content that was reflective and life-affirming without being preachy, giving us a needed fresh perspective on the ghetto life. ATLiens’s highlight is that it is lyrically unparalleled; truly showcasing how masterful Andre and Big Boi can be with their tongue-twisting flow and their complex rap imagery. Never have I heard two MCs work so well together. As they trade verses their raps merge in perfect synergy leaving us with a thorough narrative. If you appreciate rap for its essential element of storytelling, you’ll understand that this is a timeless record.
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