Remembering Nellyville

Nellyville is Southern Hip-Hop artist Nelly’s sophomore album. Unlike his debut album, Country Grammar, this second go at things resulted in a much more successful and praised attempt. Honestly, I love Country Grammar but Nellyville has managed to remain relevant to this day.

Till next time.

 

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Bankroll Mafia Review

So just watch this here video if you want to see my video review, which is of course set to me playing Star Wars: Battlefront.

A written review though? Well, let me do that right now. What do I think of the debut album from hip-hop’s latest supergroup? I liked it, I really liked it. Is it a classic though? Maybe. That all depends on where these artists go from here. However, who are these artists? TI, Young Thug, Shad da God, London Jae and MPA Duke. If you know nothing about rap, you still probably know those first two names, and let’s face it, those are the names that make this a “supergroup”.

You probably don’t know who Shad da God is and this album probably won’t change that. As a member of Grand Hustle Records, Shad da God is no Travis Scott but he tries his best to make an impact here. You probably will be wanting more of London Jae, and the truth is, you probably will be getting much more of him in the future. Why? Well, I’m guessing B.o.B. will be releasing an album soon, probably late this year or early next year and London Jae will feature on that given that he’s part of Label No Genre – a subsidiary of Grand Hustle, I believe.

Young Thug does as Young Thug does, delivers best in a limited capacity. Songs where he and MPA Duke are prevalent, well, let me just say I don’t really enjoy them. Especially Neg 4 Degrees, that’s just not my kind of song and is my candidate for worst song of the album. Here’s the thing, though, why is MPA Duke on this album, he’s honestly the guy you call in to finish Young Thug’s lines when Thugger can’t (see T.I.’s Peanut Butter Jelly). If Young Thug is bad, then this guy is worse because at least Young Thug excels at what he does and makes for a good feature artist. This guy, not so much. Does T.I. owe him money or something?

The best track on this album has got to be No Color. Hands down, this is the best song. All the verses are delivered excellently, delivery is top notch and damn, that chorus. That chorus is what seals the deal. Sometimes a song can be good just from the verses but the chorus ends up being shit and just ruins it (see most of the songs off of the recent Eminem albums). Everything about this song just works.

Where does this album succeed though? Well, artists and songs both delivered middling performances. The production quality though is amazing. Whoever mixed and mastered the tracks off of these albums deserve an incredible amount of credit. Once I figure out who they are, I’m going to look to see what they’re doing next. Even the songs I did not like had an amazing beat. That is hard for an album to do, deliver a mediocre song that features amazing beats. Even if everything on this album was shit, if it had this production quality, it would still have one redeeming aspect. If this album was shit, it would be Benicio del Toro’s Wolfman – where despite being middling it still get’s an Oscar. It’s not shit though, it’s fairly good.

Consensus:

You get the best out of TIP and London Jae in this album, Young Thug does as Young Thug does while Shad da God and MPA Duke flop. While there are songs like No Color, there are also songs like Neg 4 Degrees. What could have, and really should have, been an average album is saved by an incredible production quality that trumps everything we have seen thus far in 2016.

8/10

 

 

 

Puff Daddy is the Worst of All Time

You know how you can tell what kind of hip hop fan somebody is? Not by who their favorite rapper is, no, by who they think the worst of all time is. I personally think that the worst is Puff Daddy. In fact, I’ve made an entire video about it. I have a new video which continues this topic coming out today, so stay tuned for that as well.

Short Version? Puff Daddy is a crappy rapper.

 

 

A Look Back at It Was Written

The second album Nasir Jones, when he went by Nas Escobar, was none other than the critically and commercially successful It Was Written. His best selling album, this was released in the height of the East Coast-West Coast feud and despite being the King of New York, Nas included work by Dr. Dre on it. It was longer than Illmatic, better selling than Illmatic and much more divisive than any album released that year.

In this video I take a look back at this amazing album and why it was not received as well as it should have been when released.

Fetty Wap-Young Thug Joint Album

So apparently Fetty Wap and Young Thug are doing a joint album. A little while ago, I would have said – if true, get ready for the most incoherent, garbled album of all time. However, given that ColleGrove is out I will simply say that they will have trouble in that regard. Now let me straight up say, that while I find Fetty Wap’s songs to be complete trash – I have enjoyed Young Thug.

I have not enjoyed any single one of Young Thug’s solo songs at all, but as a feature he’s always pretty good. He’s like 2Chainz in that regard, I don’t care for any of his solo songs but he always rips it up on a feature. The best example of this would be “Peanut Butter Jelly”, which was released on the TI EP Da ‘Nic. While Da ‘Nic was TIP’s EP, I will say in full confidence that “Peanut Butter Jelly” was the first time I listened to the Thugger and say, damn that was good.

Anyways, on to this actual joint album. It’s a possibility. Fetty Wap has not straight up said that it is something he will do, but it is a possibility. For the Thugger fans out there, I say have fun. To everyone else out there, just pray it doesn’t get any radio hits.

 

Ill Mind of Hopsin 8 and Goodbye Chief?

So a lot of news hitting rap stands this week. First and foremost, is Chief Keef really done? I mean, he put up two tweets on Twitter announcing it. Why? Other people are stealing his style. Now I’ve got a video coming out that talks about this very thing, well, addresses it. The Chief is cool but he’s not in my top five, or my top ten, maybe my top fifty. You know, if you’re done I’m cool, if you’re trolling I’m indifferent.

Hopsin on the other hand has dropped the ILL Mind of Hopsin 8. Remember when Hopsin really started to become a name? I used to have people tell me “Hey man, you should check out Hopsin. He’s got the style of Tupac but the flow of Eminem”. I had three different people tell me that and I overheard two other people saying it. That same line. Unchanged. That line exactly. No difference. That same line. It was by the third time I heard someone say it that I was wondering, is this guy a chain email? You know, tell one of your friends about Hopsin and tell them that if they don’t tell four other guys about him, they going to die! Yeah, check out the track though, which has dropped right after he left Funk Volume.

 

Untitled Unmastered Review

What better way to start off this blog than by posting the review of Kendrick Lamar’s latest album, the impromptu Untitled Unmastered. This is a great album and we see Kendrick doing some unexpected stuff, some exciting stuff and some dope shiet as well. Now, here’s me, reviewing this album while playing Star Wars: Battlefront, ain’t that a trick?

Remember, we real.