Paying Homage: K’naan & J. Period Present..”The Messengers”

Somali born rapper K’naan has teamed up with DJ/producer J. Period to release a mixtape intitled “The Messengers.” The mixtape pays homage to three legends of music Bob Marley, Bob Dylan, and Fela Kuti. It is set to be released during a 5 week period. The first installment is a 3 song EP and was released on tuesday, August 18th. During Septemeber a new track will be released every tuesday paying tribute to the legends individually. Fela Kuti’s tribute will be released September 1st, Bob Marley’s tribute will be released September 8th and Bob Dylan’s on September 15th. Then on September 22nd “The Messengers” will be released in its entirety with additional tracks and album artwork. I think that this mixtape is exactly what hip-hop needs its always great to see musican’s paying homage to those that paved the way for them, I’ve heard the first three tracks and I’m quite impressed cant wait to hear the rest of it!! to get more information on “The Messengers” and to download the first three tracks click here. Post your thoughts below on how you feel about this project and the first three tracks.


“Beef” is it Really Worth it?

Whenever two artists of the same genre gain similar attention chances are that they will have some sort of rivalry or "beef." Now there is nothing wrong with a little friendly competition I myself think that it helps artists push themselves more to produce better music and to become better artists, a prime example is in September 2007 When 50 Cent and Kanye West battled it out to see who would sell more records since they both where releasing their albums on the same day. The rivalry never got out of hand and even after my dude Kanyeezy won the battle 50 Cent was never disrespectful but we all know that this isn't always the case. Their rivalry could have easily taken an ugly turn and become the same type of "beef" that Tupac and Biggie had. The events that occured between the two of them affected hip-hop as a whole, it started a beef between not only them but those that listened to their music it became a war between the East and West coast that ultimately took both of their lives. Another famous beef was the one between two of the most controversial female rappers, Lil Kim and Foxy Brown. It all started when Sean "Puffy" Combs suggested that Foxy Brown swagger jacked Lil Kim, the beef then carried over to Lil Kim's sophomore album "Notorious K.I.M” from there it perpetuated into a beef that still exists between the two of them to this day. So the real question is, is beef really worth it? on one hand it attracts publicity and pushes artists to be on their top game but on the other hand it could turn ugly and even end someone’s life. So instead of artists gaining recognition through “beef” I think that its safer for them to work on their sound/orginality and stand out that way rather than risking you career and potentially your life on a few record sales and seeing your name on a few blogs………..similar to this one 🙂 (lol).

Hot Downloads!: Southern Music Round Up

Pic Via reatalknyT.I.- T.I. Live From The Forest City Correctional Facility Mixtape [datpiff]

Ester Dean- Drop it Low [Straight From The A]

Rich Kids- Wassup [GreenHitz]

Lil Wayne- Major [RealTalkNY]

Yung Joc- The Grind Flu album [StraightFromTheA]

Soulja Boy- Successful remix [Zshare]

Why They Hatin’ On Soulja Boy?

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We all know about the things people say about him, “he has no flow,” “he is a bubble gum rapper,” “his music has no meaning,” and other things of that nature. But I had somewhat of a different thought about the dude and it wasn’t until someone said something that really caught my attention that I decided to speak on it. If you look through the archives you will see that in July I did an interview with Spokenword Artist Michelle Mosely. In the interview we where discussing the state of hip-hop and she made a very interesting point, “people are mad at Soulja Boy and I don’t understand why. The youth need something to dance too every song cant be about drugs, guns, hoe’s and pain that’s not everyone’s life. I’m not going to lie that boy makes me mad sometimes with some of his actions and words but his music is what teenagers need (fun rap).” I couldnt agree with this more! I mean sure his music doesn’t have the deepest content and his lyrics arent the best, but that doesn’t make him any less of an artist. Soulja Boy makes music you can dance to just like the 69 Boyz, Tag Team, and Wreks n Effect did back in the day but you didn’t hear people complaining about them now did you? what makes me laugh the most is that the same people that claim not to like his music are the same ones that are gettin’ loose to “She got a donk” in the club (lol). By me saying this doesn’t mean I like all of his music or that I agree with all of his actions because I dont, but what I am saying is that Soulja Boy has earned his place in music. So please give that anti-Soulja Boy talk a rest.

Def Poetry: “Erykah Badu”

This woman right here is just too profound! Erykah Badu has been killin’ the game ever since she released her first album in 1997 “Baduizm.” She is currently working on her 6th album “New Amerykah Part Two (Return of the Ankh).” Aside from music Erykah Badu is also a great spokenword artist, I’m not sure of the title of this piece but its one of my favorites her preformance was so unique peep the poem below.

Also check out this video of her preforming her song “Annie Dont Wear No Panties” Ms. Badu is def a badd chick pow!

Artist Spotlight: “Star Child”

Amir Abd el-Fattah AKA “Star Child” is a rapper from the DMV area. His sound is heavely influenced by his heritage which is of east african descent. Star Child is a revolutionist in his own right, with songs like “Continent on my back,” “Hold your flag up,” and “Horn of Africa” he is bringing awareness to the struggles and injustice minorities face as well as showcasing pride for his african heritage. Not only is he a rapper he is also a singer and a poet. With his many talents Star Child is sure to go far. But dont just take my word for it listen to his music for yourself via his myspace page here.

The Female Addition: Keri Hilson, lil Kim , Teyana Taylor- Turn My Swag On

If there ever was any doubt that I was a lil kim STAN then now here is proof that I am, this has got to be like the third post I’ve done on the notorious K.I.M( lol). Anyways lil Kim, Keri Hilson, and Teyana Taylor teamed up and released their own version of Soulja Boy’s “Turn My Swag On.” I loved the way Keri sang the hook and Teyana’s verse at the end of the song was the business but I cant say the same about Kim which is quite shocking. I usually love everything she touches but I couldn’t say the same about her verse on this track; so of course I had to take it to my twitter people and see what they thought of it here are some of their responses.

dreaontv@PoeticRymes I could do without the squeaky voices ON TOP of the auto tune..not the move.

DariusAmore@PoeticRymes i think kim is foolin herself.. keri sounds good. and taylor is not so bad. its a younger song. OGs like lil kim shud stay away

Daboisnick@PoeticRymes it was cool I liked it

After listening to the track a few times I could see why I wasn’t feeling Kim it was the autotune! so Kim baby I know your reading this please leave the autotune for Tpain and Kanye you are so beyond that level 🙂 hehe. On a side note all three of these women got swag for days! Peep the track and download it here.