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  • Re: Asap Rocky " I didn't sign up to be a political activist, i talk about fashion and bitches"

    Rappers are actually the most qualified to speak on these issues. They're artists with a voice and a public platform who actually come from the source of the struggle with the cops. This is why throughout history hip-hip has been a mirror reflecting the harsh conditions of society's underbelly that white America has far too often ignored.

    I'm not just talking about "conscious rappers" like your Talib or Common (and, in many cases, conscious rappers actually come from middle class 'artschool' backgrounds rather than lower class backgrounds). I'm talking about the biggest "hardcore" rappers in rap history - N.W.A., 2Pac, Biggie, Mobb Deep, Nas, Scarface, Wu-Tang Clan, and Jay-Z - these artists have spun powerful narratives about struggle in the hood and police brutality while offering scathing criticisms of the system. That's the rule not the exception. This is why "street credibility" is so valuable and one thing that's missing from the game these days.

    As for A$AP Rocky, judging by his interviews and comments, he just seems confused about his role in the culture and what his art is about. But if you actually listen to his music, Rocky does get into some shit, despite the criticism that he's all just "swag" rap. Even when he's talking about his fallen friends, he's at least getting into some important issues about crime and consequence in the hood. You don't need to be politically informed and an articulate statesman like Killer Mike to talk about your own experience and engage relevant issues on your albums. Interviews don't matter to me, what matters is what you're saying on your records.

    I just wish Rocky realized how much his own struggles in Harlem are connected to these larger issues more, which would allow him to step out of the microcosm of his own struggle, compare it to others, and contemplate larger effects. His track "Pharcyde" does this to some extent, but this is something we really get in someone like Vince Staples, for instance. He's largely talking about his own experience, but he reflects on what it means to the culture. The ability to speak to a generation is what marks the distinction between a good rapper and a great rapper. Rocky isn't there, but he might have the potential if he gets more serious with his pen.
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  • Re: Happy 20th Birthday Nas's It Was Written

    I meant it, I represent it, descendant made of
    Early natives that were captured and taught to think backwards
    Trapped us in a cracker psychiatric, it's massive
    A Million Man March alert the masses
    Tan Clarks, Armani in small print upon my glasses
    Don assassins, armageddon
    The wedding of a freak and a beast
    Seven heads got the righteous threatened
    Life Was Written, the plot curves behind the settin'
    Comprehend the grammar, Math we own
    Are you the type of nigga to shoot a leg to get your name known?
    I flip the brain tone
    Niggas get hit and wrapped in plastic
  • Re: Jay Electronica Teases New Music on Tidal

    I spit on the Tidal it's tidal waves
    I spit on the Apple and kill a worm
    A fire in Cali will swallow a valley for every African village burned
    Jay Elect would've never made it
    O' son of man, O' son of man
    Who was the angel in Revelations with a foot on water and a foot on land?
    Who was the angel that rode a Harley from the project to the house of Parliament
    And opened the book in the Devil's chamber and put the true name of the Lord in it?
    Old Jerusalem, New Jerusalem
    Comes like this beast with a ball of fire
    They poisoned the scriptures and gave us the pictures of false messiahs
    It was all a lie
    Mystery babylon, tumbling down
    Satan's establishment crumbling down
    This is the year that I come for the crown
    Bury my enemies under the ground
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  • Re: Apple In Talks To Acquire Tidal

    usmarin3 wrote: »
    Niggas can't play that race card shit when it's niggas who are the main ones shitting on it at the same time. Niggas and them Silicon Valley tech nerds.

    I'm a subscriber - full disclosure - but I'm also (hopefully) a constructive critic. Why? Because I want Tidal to succeed and beat out the competition. Tidal has made mistakes, especially at its rollout, but this past year has been great for Tidal, and a lot of that is due to the fact that Jay-Z responded to the criticism. Now he's potentially in position the sell the company probably in part because of that fact.

    Nevertheless, there has been a lot of mean spirited criticism from people within the community who criticize and actively root for the company to fail. This is unfortunate and I think that black people should be more vocal in their support of the company. I think a lot of the mean-spirited criticism of Tidal is irrational and not well motivated.

    usmarin3 wrote: »
    Which is it? Maintain black owned businesses or "fuck Tidal, i ain't paying no 15 dollars", "Jay-z is already rich'',etc.

    Again, I'm a subscriber and support Tidal. Those who were rooting for Tidal to fail now probably aren't too disappointed by this news, unless they don't want to see Jay-Z get a big paycheck. Keep in mind - nearly half of Tidal subscribers are black. That's unprecedented (compare to the 16% on Spotify and presumably less on Apple). So it's probably true black people are some of Tidal's most vocal critics, but they're among its biggest supporters too. Like I said though, I generally agree that blacks should be more vocal in support of Tidal and what it represents, however.
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  • Re: gza is better then nas lyrically technically speaking imo

    GZA has Nas in the wordplay and punchline department. In terms of experimenting with different flows, internal rhyme schemes, and multisyllable rhyming, I give the edge to Nas. Storytelling and depth of content I also give to Nas. In terms of song concepts and use of metaphors, it's very close. You could make a strong case either way. Vocal tone and whose flow you prefer is more subjective, but to me it's about even. Overall, I think Nas is the superior MC.
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