Legacy Track of the Week: J Cole - False Prophets
“Life is a balance, you lose your grip you can slip into an abyss no doubt, you see these ****** trippin...'" Christmas came early this year in Hip Hop, as there could be no better gift than a J Cole album period, but to have a Kanye diss record as promo is without a doubt the best gift Hip Hop could ask for. Personally I can think of about 50 reasons why Cole would come for this Kardashian, and considering he’s the only one with real clout and respect in the game to do it, that’s one more reason as to why he’s the truth in a game full of false prophets.
J Cole - Everybody Dies
“Bunch of words and ain't sayin' shit, I hate these rappers, especially the amateur eight week rappers, lil' whatever—just another short bus rapper, fake drug dealers turn tour bus trappers” like the previous record this also needed to be said. Why are some of the most celebrated artists in the genre, praised by not only radio but actual legitimate publications, rappers that can’t even rap? In fact it’s their entire niche that they actually can’t rap but somehow someway they become adored by media and ‘fans’ alike, who clearly have no respect for what this art form can potentially represent. In this record Cole sends shots at everybody without saying anybody’s name… but per usual if the shoe fits then wear it, and let’s stop caping for all these wack MC’s who will be gone by next summer.
Smoke DZA & Pete Rock ft BJ the Chicago Kid, Jadakiss & Styles P - Milestone
“When you up the hate come from left field, I'm tapped in dog, blue pill red pill, feeling like Drago on the treadmill, on the road so much forgot how my bed feel” Smoke DZA and legendary producer Pete Rock just released a collaborative project called Don’t Smoke Rock, and this one also has Jadakiss & Styles on it… what else you need to know… just press play
Smoke DZA & Pete Rock ft Cam’ron & NymLo - Moving Weight pt 1
“That's an understatement, King of the under pavement, real New York Knick fan when they was under Layden” Harlem! 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥
Smoke DZA & Pete Rock - Last Name
“Hop off planes, get change like it's the dope game, before the rap shit came I had gold chains, ***** we all got drugs, so what's yo thing? we ain't the same, I'm hustlin' for my last name” Clearly inspired by DZA’s new found mentor none other than the infamous Dame Dash, DZA raps about an honorable concept that Dame has brought to the forefront over the last few years… the idea you should hustle for your last name not your first… and spread all the love and wealth amongst those you consider real family.
Childish Gambino - Me and Your Mama
“I'm in love when we are smokin' that la-la-la-la-la” This multitalented artist just released his 3rd studio album titled "Awaken, My Love", and let’s just say this record is an experience…
Childish Gambino - Redbone
“Daylight, I wake up feeling like you won't play right, I used to know but now that shit don't feel right, it made me put away my pride…” Produced by Gambino himself along with Vinylz and Swedish composer Ludwig Goransson, this one is as pure as holy water and almost feels like a religious experience… nonetheless the instrumental and the melody are a perfect marriage, and off the first few spins this is the stand out record on the project.
Childish Gambino - Baby Boy
“Little hands, little feet, tiny heart, tiny beat… There was a time before you, and there will be a time after you, though these bodies are not our own, walk tall, little one, walk tall, let me hold you…” Certainly the most thoughtful record on the album, this one has Gambino reflecting on the recent birth of his first child, a baby boy who he loves so much that he fears for his life… considering the well known plight of being a black man in America. The above quote is also said to be inspired by Ta-Nehisi Coates’s 2015 novel Between the World and Me, further clarifying the tone and context of what’s likely Donald Glover’s most important record to date.
The Roots ft Common & Ingrid Michaelson - Who Tells Your Story
“Memories divided by perception, will it be ‘Water for Chocolate’ or ‘Resurrection?’, the path to perfection is rarely achieved, I head in that direction, I dream and believe” The artist formally known as Common Sense actually murders this record, and with Black Thought also spittin knowledge what else can you ask for… fire record from the Hamilton sdtrk that they actually did a real nice job with… so now let’s see if the Hamilton ‘audience’ shows that same admiration for the artists and the art form that the Broadway play was actually inspired from... yet something tells me they’re no longer interested… smh
John Legend - Love Me Now
“I don't know who's gonna kiss you when I'm gone, so I'm gonna love you now, like it's all I have, I know it'll kill me when it's over, I don't wanna think about it, I want you to love me now” The lead single off John Legend’s Darkness and Light album is as expected one of the better records on the project, and this one is sure to be a hit strictly based on how relatable it is.
John Legend - Right By You (For Luna)
"And even when it all becomes too much, when you're growing old and feeling out of touch, listen to this song and just take care, and know that I will be there" This record is dedicated to Legend’s newborn daughter, and along with the heartfelt lyrics the production by The Belle Brigade & Blake Mills is some of the best work on the album.