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Reaction Editoral: The Source Ranks The 50 Greatest Lyricists of All-Time

Posted in News, Opinion Editorial with tags , , , , , , , , on Monday, August 6, 2012 by Tim Althaus

There is one thing that I have to ask before I descend any further into this post: is the opinion of The Source and its writers even relevant anymore? I personally feel like it has become one of the most watered down and bland Hip-Hop magazines on news stands; most of the articles, if not all, are full of information that is readily regurgitated without any effort whatsoever. Here’s the sad part: I remember when I was younger and The Source was my primary means of getting information on the Hip-Hop game. Sadly, times have drastically changed; magazines like Wax Poetics and Respect fuel my fire when I need some gasoline, and if I’m really hard up, I’ll go to XXL.

I was at Barnes & Noble the other day, and something on the cover on the July issue of The Source caught my eye: “Top 50 Lyricists”. I had to humor myself and take a look at what the brilliant reporters over at The Source had to say about this issue. With a tagline like “Now in an age when lyricism is taking a backseat to celebrity, The Source brings you the top 50 lyricists of all-time in an effort to put some focus back on the platform”, you would think that they actually had a great list – not quite.

I will admit that there were a lot of names that I didn’t even expect to see on the list – Pharoahe Monch, Black Thought, Guru & Big L to name a few. At the same time, there were emcees that I did not agree with at all, and the ones that I thought should have been included were very low on the list. In my opinion, some of the greatest emcees in the history of the game didn’t even get a nod at all.

Just a few of my main gripes with this fine piece of literature:

– How do you even include Rick Ross or Lil’ Wayne on this list? Aren’t they the epitome of lyricism taking a backseat to “celebrity”? I think so, and I can assure you that lyricist isn’t the first adjective I would use to describe The Teflon Don or Mr. Carter.

– Black Thought was ranked #34. What? You’re kidding right? Mr. Trotter deserves a top ten nod, especially amongst artists like Lil’ Wayne and Kanye West – who were all featured higher.

– Royce Da 5’9″ ranks in at #48 – just five spots below DMX. I don’t really think that I need to comment on this one too much further; most people reading this article probably agree that Nickel should much closer to top twenty.

– It’s great to have Lil’ Kim and Queen Latifah on the list representing the females, but in all honesty, Jean Grae and Rah Digga are both far better lyricists than the aforementioned women.

– I’m very happy that GZA & Method Man got a nod on this list, but GZA should have been higher without question; furthermore, where in the hell is Ghostface Killah? Tony Starks didn’t even make this list, and he should have easily cracked the top 15.

– Cats like Masta Ace & C.L. Smooth, and MF Doom didn’t get any recognition – not even an honorable mention.

– Although artists like Skyzoo and Elzhi are younger and haven’t garnered as much recognition as the rest on this list, they possess an enormous amount of skill, and if I had a say, they would have gotten some notoriety.

I really could go on-and-on about this list; they got a lot of things right, but outside of the top 10, they got even more wrong. At the end of the day, I can only voice my opinion and hope that people within the Hip-Hop community will open their eyes and realize that there is much more out there than what is seen on TV and heard on the radio.

You can view the entire list here.

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Video: Elzhi, “Blue Widow”

Posted in Media, Video with tags , , on Monday, July 30, 2012 by Tim Althaus

I’ve been living without the internet the past few days, and needless to say, it’s been rough. I logged on to Facebook today, and this video is one of the first things I saw. Usually I don’t bother with posting videos because of the redundancy, but if it’s something really dope I tend to; Elzhi is definitely the definition of dope. You might recall that I posted this track a few weeks back, and now “Blue Widow” is getting the visual treatment.

The video was directed by Donovan Glover, and although the concept is pretty simple, it’s extremely effective; actually, I don’t think the word whack is in Elzhi’s dictionary, and we all know that his vocabulary is pretty expansive.

Elzhi Is On That “Blue Widow”

Posted in Audio, Media with tags , , , , on Monday, July 9, 2012 by Tim Althaus

This was certainly a splendid way to end my work day. I got a text from my buddy at work, and I only read one thing: “new Elzhi track”; my eyes lit up with joy. Elzhi is my favorite rapper, and I’m guessing he’s your favorite emcee’s favorite emcee. Every adjective that I could use to describe this man is a synonym for greatness; he’s by far one of the most consistent emcees on the planet. I’ve been listening to Elmatic religiously ever since it came out, and I knew he was in the process of working on new material, but I didn’t know we were going to get it so soon.

According to a few things that I’ve read, Elzhi will be heading out on a worldwide tour, and he will be releasing his sophomore outing this fall (tentatively titled The Weather Report?). I’m really not sure if this is going to be on the new album, but I can honestly say it’s what I’ve come to expect from El: an uptempo beat that fits his witty wordplay and fast paced delivery. I don’t know who produced it, but I’m really digging the beat.*

According to the Facebook fan page, the cut is produced by none other than Detroit Heavyweight, DJ Dez

Just an example of what you can expect to hear:

“They know about how I light em’ up and blow em’ out/like a blizzy in the Benzy/getting Lewinskied and Lohan/like Lindsay/ I cause a frenzy as long as the world spins me…around/you know I stay gunnin’ for the thrown lickin’ rounds at the crown/you dumbfound/all of these bums is thumbs down”

If you’re lucky enough to be in one of these cities listed for the tour (which I’m not, of course), I highly suggest you go.

July 12 Ottawa, ON @ Ritual
July 13 Hamilton, ON @ Casbah
July 14 Toronto, ON @ Soundclash Festival
July 16 Philly, PA @ Silk City
July 17 Boston, MA @ Middle East
July 18 Providence, RI @ Fete
July 19 New York, NY @ SOB’s
July 20 Pittsburgh, PA @ 720 Café
July 21 Detroit, MI @ St. Andrew’s
July 24 Kalamazoo, MI @ Poppa Pete’s
July 25 Grand Rapids, MI @ Intersection
July 26 Chicago, IL @ Sub-T
July 27 St. Louis, MO @ Lola
July 28 Toledo, OH @ Mickey Finn’s
August 1 Phoenix, AZ @ Chaser’s
August 2 Los Angeles, CA @ Key Club
August 3 Oakland, CA @ New Parish
August 7 Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
August 8 Vancouver, BC @ Republic
August 14 Warsaw, Poland @ Miasto Cypel
August 15 London, UK @ Cargo
August 17 Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic @ Hip-Hop Kemp Festival
August 18 Biel, Switzerland @ Royal Arena Festival

Video: Will Sessions, Mix Takes: Take One & Take Two

Posted in Media, Video with tags , , , , , on Thursday, January 19, 2012 by Tim Althaus

If you don’t know who Will Sessions is these days, you might be living underneath a rock. The funk outfit from Detroit that instrumentally crafted Elzhi’s Elmatic has been doing big things over the last two years; these two videos are no different. In both takes of the Mix Takes, you will see Will Sessions re-creating some of their favorite jams in real-time on video; this is something that is a must see for anyone that is a real Hip-Hop head. Scattered throughout you will hear some Dilla, Main Source, Nas, Slum Village and even some Herbie Hancock. You can catch Take Two after the jump. Continue reading

Video: Elzhi, “Deep”

Posted in Media, Video with tags , , , , on Monday, March 8, 2010 by Tim Althaus

Here are the visuals from Elzhi’s track “Deep” off of the Leftovers (Unmixedtape). I’ve said this time and time again, but I think Elzhi is one of the best emcees on the planet; there are very few cats that can rhyme as well as he does. With the last mixtape dropping, it makes me wonder if we are ever going to see Elmatic? Either way, this video is dope as hell and so is Elzhi. The track has Black Milk on the beat, and the video was directed by Gerard Victor Atillo.

Spotted @ Hip Hop Official

Elzhi Spits it A Cappella Style

Posted in Media, Video with tags , , , on Monday, September 28, 2009 by Tim Althaus

This is the shit that I’m talking about. If you haven’t heard of Elzhi, you might as well have been sleeping under a rock. This guy is so good at what he does, there really aren’t many emcees in the game that can touch this dude. I personally would probably put him in my top 3 emcees right now without a doubt. Slum Village recently did a show out in LA, and this A Cappella is just a nice little snippet of the skill that El possesses.

Spotted @ Nah Right

Wild Style Wednesday Review: Little Brother, The Minstrel Show

Posted in Music Reviews, Wildstyle Wednesdays with tags , , , , , , , , , , on Wednesday, August 12, 2009 by Tim Althaus

minstrel1frLittle Brother is probably one of my favorite groups that I’ve ever heard. When 9th Wonder, Big Pooh & Phonte are all together in rare form on an album, they remind me of a force that nothing in this world could possibly stop. I personally am a big fan of The Listening & Getback, but I think these guys are in their top form on The Minstrel Show. Everything about this album is desirable, 9th Wonder’s beats on this album are more soulful than ever, and Te’s & Pooh’s rhymes are most definitely the most on point that they’ve ever been. Another thing that makes this album exceptional is that it’s a concept album that is done the right way. Albums like this make me think that if these guys would have stayed together they could have been one of the greatest trios in Hip-Hop history. Continue reading