Nas and Jay Z perform tracks from Illmatic together at Coachella 2014
Nas has, as we have all heard, has made Illmatic XX to commemorate 20 years of Illmatic. Their performance is available for stream all over the internet and I HIGHLY recommend giving it a look. It was pretty cool to see the vets going in like that. Seeing Nas with Hennessy in hand Jay rockin the ‘BK’ snapback just gives hip hop heads a euphoria they don’t get to experience everyday without sparking something.
With a production deal with G.O.O.D. Music (wing known as Very G.O.O.D. Beats) and a record deal with Grand Hustle for rapping, Travis Scott is quietly influencing the game more than you even know. With ties to both groups (Hustle Gang and G.O.O.D.), you gotta wonder where he’ll end up 5 years from now artistically. If you haven’t already, check out his catalog…gotta support somebody with two deals and a lot of potential.
The many faces of Cudi. This guy is an artist. I know you’re like ‘well duh.’ But no, really, Cudi is an artist; not just a rapper but an artist like Kanye or Pharrell. He uses his emotions to create art whether it be empowering or revealing, deep or superficial, he makes things people can relate to and bond over. Even if they only bond with his presence through the track I would argue Kid Cudi has prevented as many suicides and violent outbursts as any cop or hotline. His art allows people to feel vulnerable to not only the world but to themselves. Man on the Moon and every album since has been able to take a listener through the thick forest of their subconscious and emerge on the other side stronger, fitter, happier for the experience. In fact, that’s it! His work is art because it gives you an experience. Not just a listen, but an experience. Similar to that of Pink Floyd or Outkast. That’s some impressive company.
….Of course even Cudi admits this is all easier to embrace if you partake in the Green. Burn Baby Burn.
Cube is by far one of the greatest artist to ever come out of the West Coast. His laid back but dangerous persona worked well with the heavily funk influenced beats coming from Dr Dre and other producers of the time. Ice Cube made some of the most recognizable songs ever: it was a good day (above), check yo self, Wicked, the list goes on and on. Not to mention the Friday series. All of them, classics.
Ice Cube has gone into more family friendly territory in entertainment as of late. I mean, the guy is middle aged with a family. I don’t think we would take him seriously if he hadn’t changed. If you not a Cube fan….I probably don’t fuck with you….. YAY YAY!
Hip Hop crosses all barriers. The far reaching influence of the genre makes it easier for people from different walks of life to relate to music they otherwise may not have even known of. This inspires people to experience other things they maybe wouldn’t try and may even help them find a truer part of themselves. Thats a beautiful thing.
He wasn’t a ROLE model he was a REAL model…