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Top of 2010
02/13/2010, 12:31 am
Filed under: In Review, On the iPod | Tags: , , , , , ,

So, I was over on rapup.com reading about their anticipated albums of the year. About half of that list I can identify with.

Here are my top seven [random number I know. Hush]:

Ciara:

Didn’t know the big homie Ci was coming out with an album in 2010. Jeas. I love Ciara, her dancing is ridiculous… like a modern day Janet.

Usher

[Since being let off his leash] Usher is coming back with something a lil bit better than Confessions [rumors say] which I think will be a hard task. Confessions was the shit. I’m anxious to see what his next album Raymond vs Raymond is all about [hate the title though but oh well]. Hey Daddy and Little Freak are some dope songs so hey… Both ended up growing on me…

Erykah Badu

I love me some Ms. Badu. On & On, Rimshot and Apple Tree are always on repeat booooy…   New Amerykah Part II: Return of the Ankh is supposed to be dropping soon. Jump In The Air has been on this blog twice [check the entry below]. Window Seat is on the pod as well. Will definitely be in line for this one shawty.

Drake

Ok so Heartbreak Drake, Drizzy, Wheelchair Jimmy [however the hell you know him] has been on my iPod for the longest. Ever since I heard Replacement Girl with Trey Songz I’ve been a fan and that was a while ago [when Trey still had braids]. A lot of people are just now hopping on the bandwagon; I’m glad to be able to say that I’ve been a fan. I even had a crush on him when he was in Degrassi [before he became Wheelchair Jimmy, how many of ya’ll can say that? lmao].

Big Boi

1/2 of my favorite rap group Outkast will be dropping something this year. My favorite half of the group [no diss to Big Boi cause I love him too] is just chilling somewhere. [Andre where are you?!] Anywho, I am very excited for Sir Lucious Left Foot to hit shelves this year. Boi’s joint Tangerine with T.I. is fye! from the snippet that’s been posted on the internet. I’m anxious to see what ‘Twan’s got planned for this one. Jeas.

J. Cole

Now, this dude was introduced to me through a friend. I heard him on Hov’s A Star Is Born and thought he was ill. My homeboy was in my ear about him before hand and I kind of blew him off. Then after checking him out [after hearing him on BP3] I decided my friend was right. Cole is ill. The Warm Up is on the pod on constant replay. Can I Live, Light’s Please and Grown Simba are my favorites. I wasn’t there from the beginning but I’m riding till the end lol. [There’s this whole debate about Drake vs. Cole… Um… I’ll go with Cole for 200 Alex… No diss to Drizzy but Cole’s semantics are ri-dic-u-lous.]

Last but not least:

Lupe The Muther Effin Fiasco

Yes ladies and gentlemen this is the number one anticipated album. Enemy Of The State had me on the edge of my seat waiting on Lasers to drop. Kid needs to quit playing and just drop some shit. Real. Talk. Fiasco said on his blog that the majority of EOTS was done in one day. One day?! He shit on so many tracks in a DAY?!

But wait Lupe….

You can’t just drop something that serious and shrug it off like it ain’t nothing…

When Lasers hits the stores… I. Will. Be. In. Line.

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Ranting on the Track

Every now and again I get annoyed with what people consider good music. [I’m sure everybody heard about Kanye backing Soulja Boy talking about how SB’s music was real hip hop. I consider it real bullshit to be honest, but that’s just me.]

So, I was wondering (show of hands) does anybody remember what good music is? To me, good music is: a dope beat, something with sustenance, something to make you think, or even if the song didn’t make you think the lyrics to the song were crazy and had some meaning to it. 

Prime example, Pete Rock and CL Smooth’s T.R.O.Y. Basically CL is telling a story about his childhood and his family over a beat that’s guaranteed to shake your car with its heavy base. Give it a listen and tell me if this isn’t better than half the bullshit on the radio. There are plenty more I could name off but for the sake of length for this post I won’t go off on another tangent.

Now as far as feel good music, or music you can dance to in the club, that’s all fine and dandy, ok I understand. I won’t lie, when “Donk” comes on at Club Miami (in Atlanta for those who don’t know) on Saturday night I shake my ass. But you won’t catch it on my iPod. (Hell you won’t catch ANY Soulja Boy on my iPod.) I keep bringing up Soulja Boy because he’s the front runner of bullshit music. You can’t knock his hustle, I applaud him on his hard work but as far as his music goes it’s all garbage, especially Turn My Swag On. Ugh… (See post below about how I feel about that damn word ‘swag’.) 

To be honest it’s not just hip hop that’s on that bullshit either, R&B is starting to sound monotonous as well. It’s all about sex, one night stands, being at the club or a relationship gone awry or that damn autotune bullshit completely messes up the song. [Tpain and Ron Brownz would consist of another post.]

I’m just asking, could we get a real love song please? I mean I hate to sound like I’m bitching about the entire music game but, c’mon, every old school love song was truly about love. Yeah, every now and again you get a Mario, Usher or Ne-Yo song that is good but you have to admit, a lot on the radio sounds the same. Not everything, just a lot. (Thank God for Raheem DeVaughn and Chrisette Michelle.)

Excuse my ranting by the way, my friend Brian (a friend who I believe knows what good music is, and someone’s opinion I respect) asked me to post about this. And, it’s not completely out of whack considering I just posted about this not too long ago, but in a much more compact composition.

And I’m sure Brian wants me to bring up Lil’ Wayne. He can’t stand him, and personally I think Lil’ Wayne sometimes has a clever way of putting lyrics together but it’s all about the same stuff: Money, hoes and more money. Same shit, different day, different beat, different metaphors and similes to talk about the same shit. Yeah, I’ve got some of Wayne on the Pod, I won’t lie but… He’s mediocre at best. He claims he’s the Best Rapper Alive buuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuut I doubt it. Highly. 

I won’t list off all the musicians who get little credit because they’re not rapping about all the crap you hear on the radio now. We all know who they are in the back of our minds.

I’m not claiming to know everything about music. I don’t. I can’t recite every old school song word for word, I just know good music when I hear it, and what people consider good music sometimes irks me. We’re all entitled to our opinion but… I guess it just amazes me the attention span of people who (for example) believe Gucci Mane is the shit. He’s got some songs for the club but nothing more than that.

I swear the theme song for this post is Dumb It Down by Lupe Fiasco. But then again, for similar posts like this I think that song is always the theme music.

Ok, I’m done ranting. What do you think?

Peace.

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