Sunday, 27 March 2011

Lyrical Geniuses Xposed - Hip-Hop Is NOT Dead!

Today, I wanted to take this time to appreciate, and evaluate a few lyrical geniuses of hip-hop. Lovers of this genre know, the lyrics in these songs are just as important as the beat. I don’t know about you guys, but when I turn up the volume on a hip-hop track, I tend to focus more on the lyrics, than the beat. Of course, as I said, the beat is just as important. Lyrics, and the beat make the perfect marriage.

I wanted to present you with some of the best verses from our favourite rappers – 2pac, Eminem, Ferrari F Fiddy, DMX.

The first verse comes from the legendary Tupac Shakur, from ‘Keep Ya Head Up released in January 1993 from Strictly 4 My N**** album.

“Since we all came from a woman
Got our name from a woman and our game from a woman
I wonder why we take from our women
Why we rape our women, do we hate our women?
I think it's time to kill for our women
Time to heal our women, be real to our women
And if we don't we'll have a race of babies
That will hate the ladies that make the babies
And since a man can't make one
He has no right to tell a woman when and where to create one so will the real men get up
I know you're fed up ladies, but keep your head up”

The next verse comes from Eminem’s ‘Till I Collapse’ taken from his 2003 album 'The Eminem Show':

“Soon as a verse starts I eat it at MC's heart
what is he thinking? How not to go against me? Smart.
And its absurd how people hang on every word.
I'll probably never get the props I feel I ever deserve
But I'll never be served my spot is forever reserved
If I ever leave earth that would be the death of me first.
Cause in my heart of hearts I know nothing could ever be worse.
That's why I'm clever when I put together every verse
My thoughts are sporadic, I act like I'm an addict
I rap like I'm addicted to smack like I'm Kim Mathers.
But I don't want to go forth and back in constant battles
The fact is I would rather sit back and bomb some rappers.
So this is like a full blown attack I'm launching at them
The track is on some battling raps who want some static
Cause I don't really think that the fact that I'm Slim matters
A plaque of platinum status is whack if I'm not the baddest.”

Up next is DMX with Trina Moe From ‘The Greatest Depression' Album released November 2001.

“It's Dark and Hell is Hot, Flesh of my Flesh, Blood of my Blood
And Then There Was X
Got n***** like what's next and then
Hit 'em again, you cats aint never gon' win
I was here before most of y'all careers were born
I'll be here when y'all careers are gone, still strong
Difference between right and wrong is me
Niggas talk shit, but you can't MC
we already know how much your watch is worth
talk about, helpin the hurt, savin the church
won't you brag about helpin out where you come from
and give brothers a job that really want one
gotta think about that shit you said, you don't mean it
I done listened to that shit you said, but I done seen it
most of you cats is type funny
but when it comes time to feed the hungry, gon get type ugly”

Get Rich Or Die Tryin’ 2002 – Many Men from G-Unit soldier 50 Cent

“Some days wouldn't be special, if it wasn't for rain
Joy wouldn't feel so good, if it wasn't for pain
Death gotta be easy, 'cause life is hard
It'll leave you physically, mentally, and emotionally scarred
This if for my n***** on the block, twisting trees and cigars
For the n***** on lock, doing life behind bars
I don't see only God can judge me, 'cause I see things clear
Quick these crackers will give my black ass a hundred years
I'm like Paulie in Goodfellas, you can call me the Don
Like Malcolm by any means, with my gun in my palm
Slim switched sides on me, let n***** ride on me
I thought we was cool, why you want me to die homie?”

That’s It for now! Obviously there are so many other verses that deserve a place in this article, but this is my opinion. What do you think? Do you agree? – Just remember Hip-Hop is not Dead!

Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Kings Of Cash - Hip-Hop's Richest Listed

Yes I know, it’s been a while since my last post, but now I’m back. Today, I want to introduce you to the wealthiest hip-hop artists of today. Whether you love it or hate it, it doesn’t matter, because hip-hop is everywhere you turn. It’s because of these artists, who I’m going to highlight now that made hip-hop what it is today. So let’s get to it than shall we? Here are my top five richest artists in hip-hop.

Coming in at #5 Bryan ‘Birdman’ Williams $100 million – co-founder of Cash Money Records (Grammy Nominee US rapper) who has collaborated with Lil Wayne, Young Jeezy, and Rick Ross.

#4 Curtis Jackson aka 50 Cent $100 million - G Unit le ader, with four solo albums to date and a new album set to release later this year.

#3 Dr. Dre $125 million- the ultimate hip-hop producer/rapper of all time is getting ready to release his long awaited studio album Detox.

#2 Jay – Z $450 million – the ‘Big Pimpin’ rapper and Roca – Fella boss is almost the king of cash.

#1 P.Diddy - $475 million – it’s no surprise, Diddy gets money from all over the place, from music to frequencies and fashion.

So, what do you think? Was the list what you expected or did it surprise you?