Archive for Kanye West

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.

Kanye & Pusha T Bring That “New God Flow”

Posted in Audio, Media with tags , , , on Tuesday, July 3, 2012 by Tim Althaus

Well, isn’t this interesting? As many people know, I haven’t been a huge fan of Kanye’s music in the past few years. I actually submitted an opinion editorial about him to the local newspaper a few years back, and although it didn’t get published, I still felt good about it. Don’t get me wrong, I really like College Dropout and Late Resgistration, but I really don’t like any of the material that he’s put out since Graduation. I was on Facebook yesterday, and this track popped up a few times, so I figured I would humor myself and check it out; I’m really glad that I gave it a chance.

This song is truly unbelievable, and it makes me want to see a full-length project between these two. I haven’t been too keen on Mr.West’s flow as of late, but this is the hungriest he has sounded in a while, and it takes me back to the College Dropout days:

“Hold up, I ain’t tryin’ to stunt man/but the Yeezys jumped over the Jumpman/went from the most hated to the champion god flow/I guess that’s a feelin’ only me and Lebron know”

Pusha T also has some subliminal words for person(s) remaining nameless:

“Step on they necks til’ they can’t breathe/claim they five stars but sell you dreams/they say death multiplies by threes/line them all up and let’s just see/Fuck em’ Ye/Fuck em’ Ye/ I wouldn’t piss on that ni**a with Grand Marnier/their shit is shoppin’ at Tarjay (Target)/my shit is luxury gourmet”

This is the type of track that I love to hear Kanye on, and if this is what I can come to expect for the future, then I will be definitely keeping closer tabs on his music. Don’t sleep on this one.

Mighty Mos Defends Kanye…

Posted in Audio, Media with tags , on Sunday, September 20, 2009 by Tim Althaus

Can’t say I agree with you Mos, but we are all entitled to our own opinions.

Spotted @ 2DopeBoyz

Since when is the Equator the Measure for an Ego?

Posted in Life Perspectives, Music News with tags , , , , , , , , on Tuesday, September 15, 2009 by Tim Althaus

Ziegfeld Theater

I wasn’t originally going to put this up, because people always say any publicity is good publicity. I am also pretty much positive that every single person in the Blogosphere has already touched on this topic. I do, however, feel that I must voice my opinion on Kanye West (as I have many times in the past) in a more professional manner.

Many of you that read this blog might feel that I am way out of my element. This is totally fine, because living in America we are all entitled to our own opinions. What I am posting here is an Opinion Editorial that I was required to write for one of my classes in school. I worked hard on it, and I truly mean what I say in this Op. Ed. Follow me after the jump to read my thoughts.

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Jay-Z – “Run This Town” feat. Rihanna & Kanye West (video)

Posted in News with tags , , , , on Thursday, August 20, 2009 by Nolan Levenson

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Here’s Jay-Z’s brand new video for the track “Run This Town” featuring Rihanna and Kanye of The Blueprint 3 due out in September. It’s pretty dope. Enjoy!
Spotted on Okayplayer.

Updated Blueprint 3 Tracklist

Posted in Art, Media, Music News, News with tags , , on Wednesday, August 19, 2009 by Nolan Levenson

As previously mentioned by my man Tim, the album artwork and tracklisting were released for Jay-Z’s The Blueprint 3, due out September 11th. Apparently the initial tracklisting was only a rumor, and not the official tracklist. Above is the official tracklist. It looks like Kanye handles the production on all but 5 of the tracks. Kid Cudi, Kanye, Rihanna, Drake, Young Jeezy, Swizz Beatz, and Pharrell make the guest spot cuts. Follow me after the jump for a track and producer list.

Also, on a side note, am I the only one that find’s “D.O.A.” a weird topic choice for Jay-Z, especially since one of his best buds, Kanye, uses the autotune quite frequently clearly. Plus Jay has been on tracks that use autotune (“Swagga Like Us” comes to mind). Seems a bit hipocritical. Just a thought I’ve had.

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Jay-Z, The Blueprint 3 (Artwork & Tracklisting)

Posted in Music News with tags , , , , on Monday, August 3, 2009 by Tim Althaus

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I have to admit that I love the artwork for Blueprint 3. There is something about it that I just can’t put my finger on. I have to thank the homie Meka for this one over at 2DopeBoyz. I don’t know how I feel about the album as a whole though… It’s mostly produced by Mr. West & No I.D., and it seems as though Kanye’s camp is playing a predominant role in theme of this album. I’m not going to get my hopes up for another Blueprint. Follow me after the jump for the tracklisting. Continue reading