This video went maaad viral for obvious reasons and I was thinking, "Welp, this man got the biggest lawsuit in the world coming." I would've never thought this man would be doing a few months behind it though...
Crazy when you consider the charges that people *coughs* cops in particular *cough* are getting off on. I mean I've seen CDV cases that were way worse with a lighter sentencing. To make this clear, I in no way or form condone what he did at all. And maybe if he had gotten a month or two I probably wouldn't have thought twice about it. The fact that the judge tripled the time that the prosecutor asked for is what trips me out. DJ Akademiks is saying he feel it's because Gates was too nonchalant in court, but I know it's just cause Gates is a rapper...a gangsta rapper to be exact because again I know that's how he got portrayed. Not to say he isn't but they most likely used everything they could against him. It's kinda fuq'd in my opinion cause he had to pay the victim, got 6 months, and still gonna have to do a year's probation, and who knows what that'll entail...most likely more ways to fuq up his money, name, and relevancy.
Real Life Internet
This pass week has been pretty interesting hiphop news wise as DJQuik took to Twitter and demanded that he be paid owed money for producing/engineering the YG record 'My Ngga'. Quik hinted at suing YG and management behind the whole ordeal but YG's only reply was
I almost spit my drink when I saw that sh*t I ain't gone lie. I thought nothing of this at first but after a chat with some fellow fans in the forums of The Coli and realized why this is really at all. The fact that DJ QUik chose to take it to Twitter is what makes this noteworthy. Quik and YG are from the same set/basically claim the same gang, but yet this situation made it to Twitter. Now we're in the age of internet gangsters so to a newbie this would seem typical, but to a real hop head who knows Quik is not what you'd call an internet gangster, it sort of makes you scratch your head; for two reasons. Why Quik ain't just catch this man out somewhere, or went to the management company directly? Yea maybe he's taken that approach to no avail and this is his last approach. I could see that, but still why take it to Twitter? Especially when you can be ignored and treated the same way as if you texted set person. Nothing else has developed with the story but when it does it will be here>>>
What'd We Have Back Then That We Don't Have Now?
Too often we debate about how much better music was back in the day (preferably the 90's) than it is now. Personally I've had many convos on the subject but the last one I had shed some really good light on the subject. This dude insisted that there is always about just the same amount of trash music being circulated as it is now, and people are going to always make that statement about the quality of music. That was the best explanation I'd heard; until now. While sitting back listneing to some Curtis Mayfield I realized that not only were the 90's the best years for music, but that it was because of what they had to work with.
Most 90's hiphop was pure samples. Rather it be a simple kick, or snare. To full 10-20 second loops!
See from the 80's on back most beats were mostly live instruments so anyone that called themselves a musician had to have some type of skill being they had to play a real instrument. I guess as beat machines (mainly the MPC) were utilized more and more, live instruments slowly faded more and more. Not saying that these technologies didn't spark a new creative genius it just happens that they also sparked some ingenius.
We listen to songs like this and disregard the lyrics in a way not really thinking of how simplistic the lyrics were. Maybe cause it's been so pounded into our head (much like how it is with music now). Plus like I said they samples they had were already hits!
I've been listening to music from back in the day and it's like every other song I could hear a sample that's been used somewhere, sometimes over and over. And the samples were so clean and easy to grab cause there were less vocals more bridges and breakdowns instead of reiterating the same lyrics over and over. And the music is so pure you don't mind. Fans wouldn't stand for that now though, they'd exclaim that the artist listerally was saying nothing. The irony of it all is that the same fans that would say that would turn around and say, "I don't listen to lyrics tho, I like the beat!"
So yeah I feel the fact that they had so much to work with, it was nothing to drop a dope beat especially with the masterpieces that were created the years before. But sampling records slowly faded out I guess there was an urge for more originality. Whatever the case people experimented more and more and the current state is where we're at now. And unfortunately most of it is like this...(Thanks Tyler)
Higher Infinite Power Helping Our People....Or Is It?
"Cops are shooting people with their arms up/and your main focus is trying to harm us?" When I heard Drake say this line for the first time, it resonated deeply within me, because it's exactly what I felt. About all the rapper beefs going on in general. And almost a year later that feeling is stronger than ever. Because Meek & Drake are still at it, cops are still shooting people, and entertainment beefs are trending way more than issues that actually matter!
For instance Meek got into it with 50 (via internet of course) which lead to 50 Cent posting an onslaught of funny memes, & videos ridiculing Meek. After a few exchanges Meek resorted to squashing the beef in order to use the energy for a better cause. As you should know there is a water crisis in Flint, Michigan right now, where basically there whole water supply is contaminated. Meek told 50 to put the petty beef aside and to match his 50K that he was donating to the cause. Rapper Game donated all his tour money thus far, which was supposedly $500K, but before the news of these good deeds could even spread thoroughly Kanye West & Wiz Khalifa were at each other's necks' on Twitter
These rappers, though they spread positivity from time to time, they tend to spread negativity just as much, and it spreads faster. Too many mixed signals if you ask me. Its like saying fvkk the governmen/police, they can't kill us...but we can. Or they constantly tell you "Fvkk these haters", but show hate for one another. Too much contradicting...definitely not the message you wanna send in times like these
Now though most these rappers have probably donated way more money than me & you to righteous causes I feel their vocal reach is even stronger. Hip-hop influences everything from fashion to even the mentalities of people, so if more rappers actually did their best to advert attention to matters like the Flint Water Crisis or the Boko Haram these issues would easily be top priority. Since they don't though these issues are more like fads. People care for a week or two then it's onto the next current event. Back in the day rappers did things like this to keep the people aware....
The star power in these songs were so huge that you had no choice but to pay attention and follow suit. Imagine 50 Cent and Rick Ross teaming up with other big names like Drake, Wayne, and Game, to do a new millenium Fvkk the Police. Or Chris Brown, Rihanna, Drake, and several other big names teaming up to do a We Are The World 2016; yea they did re-do it for Haiti, but it wasn't near as grand as it could've been. They basically just voiced over the old song. I'm talking a brand new Pharell inspired beat, 100K video, the whole sh-bang! Then these videos need to be ran on MTV, MTV2; as well as other music channels & radio as much as they run that mindless garbage that people call music now-a-days. See awareness is key here. No one seems aware of the seriousness of these situations, they're too busy scanning social media for rap beefs...
What up peeps? Today’s piece is really special to me. If you follow me then you know I rarely talk about my life or it’s woes rather. I find no reason to complain about life when we have it so good. But I got a it of news this past week that hit sort of hard. If you listen to my music then you know that I pride myself on the fact that I was born with my father’s hustler genetics. He wasn’t in my life nearly as much as I wanted him to be, but the little time that I got to spend with him was magical. Me and my brother basically got whatever we wanted. He had a driver, multiple women...maan I’m talking about a young, black, man havin’ thangs. All these memories came rushing back this Tuesday when I found out about his death...what’s worse is he’s been dead for months now. I honestly didn’t know how to take it at first…
See we have to backtrack first to last year of so when I tracked him down on Facebook...you know everyone has Facebook. I quickly sent him a friend request & never got an answer. That lead me to posting this depressive rant about how my own father denied me, but people around the world were accepting me. Added more fuel to my fire...the passion I have for my dreams. I mean I had a planned out speech of what I’d say to him when I saw him. How I’d eventually forgive him though, and the whole sh-bang. There’s nothing like death to make you re-evaluate yourself though. Like I was making preparations for a dead-man, instead of continuing to reach out to try & remedy the situation...given there was one. This is what makes me feel the worst. I was sitting there thinking that he was trying to avoid me when all the while up until his death he was trying to find me! I felt like such a
but what’s more important is I got to thinking about family members who were far more accessible who I hadn’t spoken to in forever for the simple fact that I take it for granted that they’re living , and will be for a very long time; when in actuality none of us have that privilege of knowing if/when they’ll die. Needless to say life has a new meaning for me, but I won’t get all soul searchy right now, rn I just wanna reminisce