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Create Your Own Label Seminfinals: Winner - Renaissance Rocafella Records 3 - 1

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edited February 2014 in AllHipHop.com Music
Labels will be evaluated on the following criteria: future sales, future critical acclaim, longevity, album covers/tracklist, and cohesion. The goal of the game is to make the best label possible, I auction artist and players bid on them.

Tournament matches will be best of 5, Judges must give reasons why they chose a individual's label.

@supersoaker : N.R.A. (National Rap Association) - 0M
Kendrick Lamar - 115 M
AbSoul - 15M
Schoolboy Q – 170M
Isaiah Rashad - 1 M
Blu - 9M
Jay Rock - 28M
lupe fiasco
lauryn Hill
Danny Brown

Lupe Fiasco - Earth, Wind, & Fire
*Triple LP
February 25, 2014*

Lupe Fiasco - Earth
1. Hazardous Tide (Produced by Digi+Phonics) (2:22)
2. Total Rekal (Produced by Digi+Phonics) (4:19)
3. 🤬 our Resources (feat Jay-Z)(Produced by Kanye West) (3:54)
4. The 5 Disciplines of Hip-Hop (Produced by Digi+Phonics) (3:59)
5. The Storm before the Calm (Produced by Digi+Phonics) (2:19)
6. Ghetto Birds Sings Caged Tunes (feat J.Cole) (Produced by J.Cole) (3:45)
7. Blue Ball in the Sky (feat Ab-Soul) (Produced by Digi+Phonics) (3:28)
8. Greenhouse effect (Produced by Digi+Phonics) (3:42)
9. Earth (Produced by Digi+Phonics) (2:47)
10. Revelations I (Produced by Digi+Phonics) (5:20)

Lupe Fiasco - Wind
1. Clipped Wings (Produced by Digi+Phonics) (3:00)
2. Black Little Angel (Feat J. Cole) (Produced by J. Cole) (3:28)
3. In the Breeze (Produced by Digi+Phonics) (4:17)
4. Echo into the Future (Feat Jay-Z) (Produced by Kanye West) (7:16)
5. Vortex Freestyle (Produced by Digi+Phonics) (1:11)
6. Going against the Wind (feat Big Krit) (Produced by Big Krit) (5:33)
7. Nomadic People with No Choice (Produced by Digi+Phonics) (4:11)
8. Higher than Hip-Hop (Produced by Digi+Phonics) (3:09)
9. Wind (Produced by Digi+Phonics) (3:59)
10. Revelations II (Produced by Digi+Phonics) (4:25)

Lupe Fiasco - Fire
1. 9 Levels of Hell (feat Wu-tang) (Produced by RZA) (9:18)
2. Beware of the Man with No Conscience (Produced by Digi+Phonics) (3:55)
3. 🤬 (Produced by Digi+Phonics) (3:11)
4. Combustion (Produced by Digi+Phonics) (3:47)
5. Deal with the Devil (feat Jay-Z) (Produced by Kanye West) (3:25)
6. Lupe’s Inferno (Produced by Digi+Phonics) (5:55)
7. Land of the Damned (Produced by Digi+Phonics) (4:02)
8. Infinity Gauntlet (Produced by Digi+Phonics) (3:13)
9. Fire (Produced by Digi+Phonics) (2:00)
10. Revelations III (Produced by Digi+Phonics )(4:17)

Lauryn Hill - Leeza the Vilified American Super-Hero
*Audio Story Album
March 11, 2014*

1. Lee-Za, our only Hope (22:17)
2. A Curious Case of Corruption (21:06)
3. Wanted Dead or Alive (33:02)
4. Self-Shunning (17:01)
5. Symbol of Good & Evil (12:11) (Alicia Keys on Piano)

Artist: Blu
Title: Tax Write-off
Release Date: April 15, 2014

1. Intro (:59)
2. Johnson Barnes (Produced by Digi+Phonics) (3:01)
3. The Boys in Blu (Feat Schoolboy Q) (Produced by Digi+Phonics) (3:20)
4. Only 🤬 Knows… (Produced by Digi-Phonics) (3:45)
5. Now Everybody Want to Claim Their Kid (Produced by Digi+Phonics) (3:22)
6. Interlude (Financial Advisor) (1:33)
7. Broker than a Joke (Produced by Digi+Phonics) (3:47)
8. With All Due Respect (Produced by Digi+Phonics) (3:02)
9. Tax Write-Off (Produced by Digi+Phonics) (3:51)
10. Freedom of Jail (Feat Ab-Soul) (Produced by Digi+Phonics) (3:07)
11. Cash 4 Food Stamps (Produced by Digi+Phonics) (3:12)
12. Skit (Spiritual Advisor) (:56)
13. Blu Skies through these Red Eyes (Produced by Digi+Phonics) (2:56)
14. What is it all worth? (Produced by Digi_Phonics) (2:55)
15. Once in a Blu Moon (Produced by Digi+Phonics) (6:04)

Kendrick Lamar
Release Date: May 27, 2014

1. Hii-Powered Intro (Produced by Digi+Phonics) (:31)
2. It’s STILL DRE DAY (And Every Year We Celebratin’) (Feat Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre) (Produced by Dr. Dre) (3:32)
3. Detox (Produced by Dr. Dre, Digi+Phonics) (3:18)
4. O.N.I.C (Only 🤬 in Charge) (Produced by Digi+Phonics) (3:02)
5. Swapmeet Beats (Skit) (1:17)
6. Let me hol’ a 5 (Produced by Digi+Phonics) (2:55)
7. Master Piece (Tha Taggers Anthem Feat. Ab-Soul) (Produced by Digi+Phonics) (8:44)
8. 187 ova 808s (Produced by Digi+Phonics) (4:08)
9. Played Yo’self (Feat Schoolboy Q) (Produced by Digi+Phonics) (3:57)
10. The People’s Champion (Produced by Digi+Phonics) (3:52)
11. The 1 Million Dollar Sack Pyramid (Skit) (2:45)
12. 3 Strikes (Produced by Digi+Phonics) (3:33)
13. Delirious (feat Eminem)(Produced by Digi+Phonics, Dr.Dre) (4:01)
14. Demons & Fiends (Produced by Digi+Phonics) (3:01)
15. Sherane’s Revenge A.KA the return of Master Splinter (Produced by Digi+Phonics) (6:02)
16. Ghetto Superstar (feat Game) (Produced by Digi+Phonics, Kanye West) (5:02)
17. Trick or Treat (Crazy Sexy Cool 🤬 ) (Produced by Digi+Phonics) (3:19)
18. Best Muthafuckin Rapper Alive (Produced by Digi+Phonics) (3:11)
19. Lamar 3:16 (Produced by Digi+Phonics) (2:37)
20. Final Episode (Produced by Digi+Phonics) (3:17)

Isaiah Rashad
Engaged to the Game (Mixtape)
June 10th, 2014

1. The Proposal (Produced by Digi+Phonics) (2:47)
2. Writing Vows (feat Lupe Fiasco) (Produced by Digi+Phonics) (4:07)
3. Mama’s Blessing (Produced by Digi+Phonics) (3:01)
4. Zulu Queens (feat Beyonce) (Produced by Timbaland, Produced by Digi+Phonics) (3:22)
5. 3 Months pay (Produced by Digi+Phonics) (3:58)
6. Can I get a Witness? (Produced by Digi+Phonics) (2:59)
7. Guest List (Produced by Digi+Phonics) (Feat Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Ab-soul) (4:12)
8. Forever ever, forever ever (Produced by Digi+Phonics) (8:13)

Jay Rock
Color Blind (Mixtape)
June 10th, 2014

1. Green on my Mind (Produced by Digi+Phonics) (3:48)
2. Red Beams (Produced by Digi+Phonics) (3:56)
3. Black on Black (Produced by Digi+Phonics) (3:01)
4. Blue 🤬 (Produced by Digi+Phonics) (3:36)
5. Pink Lips (Produced by Digi+Phonics) (3:57)
6. Purple Hearts (Produced by Digi+Phonics) (3:59)
7. Brown Sugar (Produced by Digi+Phonics) (3:43)
8. Grey Area (Produced by Digi+Phonics) (3:25)



  • GovernmentCheese
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    edited February 2014
    African-American History X
    July 2nd, 2014

    1. Meeting of the Minds (Feat Kendrick Lamar, School Boy Q , Jay Rock, Isaiah Rashad,) (Produced by Digi+Phonics) (5:49)
    2. Sickle Cell 🤬 (Produced by Digi+Phonics) (3:11)
    3. Ab-Soul X (Produced by Digi+Phonics) (4:01)
    4. F.B.I Files Pt. 1 (Produced by Digi+Phonics) (3:27)
    5. Momma’s Lessons (Produced by Digi+Phonics) (2:58)
    6. Blasphemy (Produced by Digi+Phonics) (3:00)
    7. Peaceful Rebellion (Produced by Digi+Phonics) (5:41)
    8. Death is Sweet, When you Stand on Your Feet (Produced by Digi+Phonics) (7:23)
    9. Promises Un-Broken (Produced by Digi+Phonics) (2:55)
    10. F.B.I Files Pt. 2 (Produced by Digi+Phonics) (5:09)
    11. Dr. Ab-Soul Jr. (Produced by Digi+Phonics) (3:46)
    12. I have a Dream/By Any Means Necessary (Interlude) (1:19)
    13. Purgatory (Produced by Digi+Phonics) (4:44)
    14. Souls of the Un-dead (Produced by Digi+Phonics) (5:17)
    15. F.B.I Files Pt. 3 (Produced by Digi+Phonics) (3:39)
    16. Father’s Lessons (Produced by Digi+Phonics) (2:37)
    17. Black History Month (Produced by Digi+Phonics) (4:03)

    Danny Brown
    Don’t You Ever Touch A Black Man’s Radio
    August 26th, 2014

    1. Loud (Produced by Timbaland) 4:11
    2. Na Na Na Na Na, Hey, Hey, Hey (Goodbye 🤬 ) (Produced by Digi+Phonics) (3:59)
    3. Funky Junky (Produced by Digi+Phonics) (3:18)
    4. Pop Rocks & Soda Pop (Produced by Digi+Phonics) (3:00)
    5. Don’t You Ever Touch a Black Man’s Radio! (Produced by Timbaland) (3:36)
    6. Cowabunga (Produced by Digi+Phonics) (3:52)
    7. Eenie Meenie Minie Moe (Produced by Digi+Phonics) (2:12)
    8. Louder (Produced by Timbaland) (4:54)
    9. Yo Momma! (Produced by Digi+Phonics) (5:07)
    10. Detroittttttt Basketball (Interlude) (:55)
    11. Stepping on Big 🤬 (Produced by Digi+Phonics) (4:37)
    12. Overdose on Normalness (Produced by Digi+Phonics) (3:49)
    13. Black Power Ranger (Produced by Digi+Phonics) (3:52)
    14. Intro to the Outro (Produced by Digi+Phonics) (4:00)
    15. Loudest (Produced by Timabland) (5:39)
    16. Outro after the Outro (Produced by Digi+Phonics) (2:14)


    @Icebergtaylor : Renaissance Rocafella Records - 6M
    Jay Z - 184M
    J. Cole - 69M ( Owner of Dreamville)
    Swizz Beatz - 15M
    Jhene Aiko - 16M
    Pusha T - 22M
    Lloyd Banks - 7M
    Mannie Fresh
    Chad Hugo
    Iggy Azaelia
    Juelz Santana

    Sub Label - Dreamville
    Label Owner - J. Cole

    The Dream
    Kid Cudi

    La Familia Principate
    1. First Family [Intro] (Jay Z, Dame Dash) (🤬 . By Bink!)
    2. Among Equals (Wale , The Dream & Pusha T) (🤬 . By Swizz Beatz & The Dream)
    3. More Guapo (Jay-Z, Currensy, Pusha T, Wale & J. Cole) (🤬 . By Mannie Fresh & Swizz Beatz)
    4. Honor (J. Cole, Wale & Kid Cudi) (🤬 by Bink!)
    5. Get Busy (ROC) (Lloyd Banks, J. Cole, Wale, Juelz Santana) (🤬 . By Mannie Fresh)
    6. Whats Your Name (Kid Cudi, The Dream, Iggy Azaelia, J. Cole) (🤬 . J Cole)
    7. I Love You Baby (Currensy, Pusha T, Lloyd Banks & Jhene Aiko) (🤬 . By Bink!)
    8. Beauty & Beast (Jhene Aiko & Pusha T) (🤬 . By Chad Hugo)
    9. YMH&H II (Jay Z, Pusha T, Lloyd Banks, Currensy, Wale, J. Cole, Juelz Santana & Iggy Azaelia) (🤬 . Bink!)
    10. Dynasty Forever (Jay Z, J. Cole, Wale Ft. Rihanna) (🤬 . Mannie Fresh)

    Jay Z- IV: The Pax Augusta
    1. Intro/Dear Winter (🤬 . By Bink!)
    2. Rise (🤬 . By Chad Hugo)
    3. Tell Em’ (Brooklyn’s On The Way) (🤬 . By J. Cole)
    4. Feelin’ Bad (Fire) (Ft. J.Cole & Rihanna) (🤬 . By Swizz Beatz & Mannie Fresh)
    5. Golden Void (ft. Pusha T) (🤬 . By Chad Hugo)
    6. On My Soul (🤬 . By Dr.Dre & Rick Rubin)
    7. Still Aint A Thang (Ft. Jermaine Dupri) (🤬 . By Jermain Dupri)
    8. Check Me Out (🤬 . By Timbaland)
    9. Fadeaway (Ft. Wale) (🤬 . By Mannie Fresh)
    10. Exodus (🤬 . By Swizz Beatz & Mannie Fresh)
    11. MyOutroToLetUKno (🤬 . By Kanye West)
    12. And You? (ft. Jhene Aiko) (🤬 . By Bink!)

    J. Cole - Take It In Blood
    1. An Intro Like That
    2. Wack Emcees
    3. Sweet Dreams (ft. The Dream)
    4. Mixed Up Moods & Attitudes
    5. Imagine That (Ft. Jhene Aiko)
    6. Blue Symphonies (Ft. Wale & Kid Cudi)
    7. Ease Up
    8. Room 187 (🤬 . By Bink!)
    9. Natural (Ft. Drake & Rihanna) (Co-Produced by The Dream)
    10. Made It Like That

    Nightmares EP
    1. Night Demons (J. Cole, Kid Cudi & The Dream)
    2. Cold Winds (Cole, Cudi, The Dream)
    3. She Don’t
    4. Hard to Handle

    Curren$y - Last Flight To Rome
    1. Take Off (🤬 . By Harry Fraud)
    2. Cashmere Clouds (🤬 . By Harry Fraud)
    3. UWantItIGotIt (🤬 . By Mannie Fresh & Chad Hugo)
    4. Super Cold (🤬 . By Chad Hugo)
    5. Caesar Flow (Ft. Wale) (🤬 . By Mannie Fresh)
    6. Shorty Wanna Ride (Ft. Jhene Aiko) (🤬 . By Mannie Fresh)
    7. First Class [Ft. Iggy Azaelia, Juelz Santana] (🤬 . By Chad Hugo)
    8. Red Eye Snacks (🤬 . by The Dream)
    9. Off That (🤬 . by Mannie Fresh)
    10. Touch Down (🤬 . by Mannie Fresh)

    Pusha T - Dante’s Winter

    1. Chaper I [Limbo/ The Cold Push] (🤬 . By Bink!)
    2. Chapter 2 [Your Appetite] (Ft. The Weeknd) (🤬 . By Chad Hugo)
    3. Chapter 3 [Keys To Indulgence] (Ft. Jay-Z & Currensy] (🤬 . By Chad Hugo)
    4. Chapter 4 [Numbers Game] {🤬 . By Chad Hugo & Mannie Fresh)
    5. Chapter 5 [Judgment Day] (🤬 . By Chad Hugo)
    6. Chapter 6 [He Say She Say] (Ft. J. Cole & Justin Timberlake) (🤬 . By Chad Hugo)
    7. Chapter 7 [3500] [Ft. Jeezy & Lloyd Banks)(🤬 . By Chad Hugo)
    8. Chapter 8 [The Coldest Lies] (Ft. The Dream) (🤬 . Kanye West)
    9. Chapter 9 [Skyfall] (Ft. John Legend) (🤬 . By Kanye West)
    10. Caine is Forgiven (🤬 . By Dr.Dre)

    Jhene Aiko – Songs For The New Heartbreak
    1. Best Of Me (Reprise) ft. Jay-Z (🤬 . by The Dream & Swizz Beatz)
    2. For Him (🤬 . by The Dream)
    3. Thursday Nite (interlude) (🤬 . by Kid Cudi)
    4. Bad Boy (Ft. Kid Cudi) (🤬 . by The Dream)
    5. The Sweetest Taste (Ft. Iggy Azaelia) (🤬 . by Swizz Beatz)
    6. Better Love (🤬 . by Chad Hugo)
    7. Sugar/Spice (🤬 . by Timbaland) (Ft. Justin Timberlake & J. Cole)
    8. Don’t Need U (🤬 . by Timbaland)
    9. Summer 🤬 (ft. Juelz Santana) (🤬 . by Timbaland)
    10. Last Nite (🤬 . by Jermaine Dupri)

    Wale – Greatest Revenge Story Ever Told
    1. Diary of a Mad Black Woman (🤬 . by Bink!)
    2. Single (Ft. Jhene Aiko) (🤬 . by Bink! & J. Cole)
    3. V-Day (🤬 . by The Dream)
    4. Change Up (🤬 . by Bink!)
    5. Best Girl (Ft. J. Cole) (🤬 . by J. Cole & The Dream)
    6. The Set Up (Skit)
    7. The Hit (Ft. Pusha T & Currensy) (🤬 . by Chad Hugo)
    8. Relationsh!t (Ft. Iggy Azaelia & Kid Cudi) (🤬 . by Bink! & Jermaine Dupri)
    9. Diamonds (🤬 . by Swizz Beatz) (uncreditted guest verse)
    10. Regrets (🤬 . by Bink!)
    11. A Story About Nothin (🤬 . by Swizz Beatz & Bink!)

  • GovernmentCheese
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    edited February 2014
    Cole & Drake- Sooner Or Later (Rocafella Deluxxe)
    1. Symphony of Kings (🤬 . Bink!)
    2. Sins of the Father (🤬 . T-Minus)
    3. Maybe (Ft. Jhene Aiko) (🤬 . by Noah 40)
    4. Heat (🤬 . by Mannie Fresh)
    5. Dreams of Greatness (🤬 . Noah 40)
    6. The Runner (🤬 . Bink!)
    7. Lapdance (🤬 . by The Dream & Noah 40)
    8. Little Bit Ft. Rihanna (🤬 . by 40 & Chad Hugo)
    9. Can I Get A… (🤬 . by T-Minus & Mannie Fresh)
    10. October 24th (Drake Solo) (🤬 . by Boi-1da)
    11. Tape You (🤬 . by 40 & J. Cole)
    12. Let It Go Ft The Weeknd (🤬 . Noah 40)
    *Deluxe Tracks:*

    *13. Is This The End (Ft. The Dream) (🤬 . by Noah 40 & The Dream)*
    *14. Friend (🤬 . By The Dream)*
    *15. I Got The Power (🤬 . by The Dream)*
    *16. F**kin Crazy (🤬 . by Mannie Fresh & Boi-1da)*

    Kid Cudi- Moon Taxi
    1. The One aka Neo’s Song (🤬 . By The Dream)
    2. Ride With The Rager (🤬 . By Kid Cudi)
    3. Pray For U (🤬 . by The Dream)
    4. Good Die Fly (Ft. Jay Z, Currensy & Kanye West) (🤬 . by Kanye West & Chad Hugo)
    5. Hey Girl (🤬 . by J.Cole & The Dream)
    6. From The Stars (Jhene Aiko interlude) (🤬 . by The Dream)
    7. Heaven at Midnite (ft. Pusha T) (🤬 . by Kanye West)
    8. Any Love? (🤬 . by J. Cole)
    9. The Cruise (🤬 . by Bink! & The Dream)
    10. The Rager Vs The Jedi (Ft. Lupe Fiasco) (🤬 . by Bink!)
    11. Sanctified (🤬 . by Kid Cudi, The Dream & Mannie Fresh)

    Curren$y - Spitta Andretti Presents: Jet Life Sleepless in El Segundo
    1. Push It (Currensy, Izzy Azaelia, Wale, Juelz Santana) (🤬 . by Chad Hugo)
    2. Lucky Lefty (Wale & Juelz Santana) (🤬 . by Chad Hugo)
    3. The Brakes (Currensy) (🤬 . by Mannie Fresh)
    4. Blow Up (Juelz Santana & Iggy) (🤬 . by Chad Hugo & Swizz Beatz)
    5. Green Eggs & Ham (Currensy, Wale) (🤬 . by Mannie Fresh)
    6. Buggin Out 2014 (Currensy, Wale, Iggy) (Mannie Fresh & Chad Hugo)
    7. NU Bonita (Iggy Azaelia) (🤬 . by Swizz Beatz)
    8. Crusin on 44s (Currensy, Juelz Santana) (🤬 . by Bink!)
    9. Planes Deploy (Currensy, Wale, Juelz, Iggy) (🤬 . by Mannie Fresh)
    10. Foolprints (Currensy, Wale ft. J. Cole) (🤬 . by J. Cole)
    11. Electric Rhythm (Currensy, Juelz, Swizz Beatz) (🤬 . by Mannie Fresh, Swizz Beatz & The Dream)

  • GovernmentCheese
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    edited February 2014
    Match is now up!
  • GovernmentCheese
    GovernmentCheese Members Posts: 2,976 ✭✭✭✭✭
    @sion can you sticky this when you have the time? Thanks again fam.

    Alright, y'all can drop a vote whenever y'all have the time.
  • FyHunnit
    FyHunnit Members, Writer Posts: 9,699 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Best out of 5?
  • _Goldie_
    _Goldie_ Members, Moderators, Writer Posts: 30,349 Regulator
    ^^Yea, he wrote it at the top fam

    This is an interestin match up, another close one.
  • GovernmentCheese
    GovernmentCheese Members Posts: 2,976 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Da Riddler wrote: »
    ^^Yea, he wrote it at the top fam

    This is an interestin match up, another close one.

    Yeah, I like @supersoaker "less is more" approach. He's been riding with that strategy since day one. I feel like I'm in a art museum when looking at @icebergtaylor work. He does a good job at staying true to his label's identity too.
  • nillerthekid
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    Future sale: Iceberg – probably one of the easiest categories to judge, Jay could practically outsell the entire NRA roster by himself. Soaker has Lauryn Hill who, with the right project (not sure Leeza the Vilified American Super-Hero would be the one) could put up some big numbers, and Kendrick and Lupe could definitely do good things here too, but they aren’t seeing Jay, and I also believe Iceberg’s second tier will do better numbers than Soakers.

    Future critical acclaim:
    Supersoaker – at first this one seemed quite easy, the talent is better at one label imo, but Iceberg put some amazing tracklist/covers together. Pusha could definitely deliver a classic, especially with the concept of the album, I could see the Currensy projects doing good with the critics, and Wale just might be able to win over those people with the kind of project Iceberg has planned.
    On the other Soaker really got creative with his stuff, I belive I mentioned it in his last round, but I absolutely love the Jay Rock and AB-Soul projects, I can easily see those to get highly acclaimed. The Lupe trilogy is also a potential classic, something critics would eat up, and even with the somewhat cliché title of the Kendrick album, the tracklist looks very promising, and it’s Kendrick, it will almost certainly be dope. And while the Lauryn Hill album might come off as a little too abstract for the average fan, it looks like something the critics would love.
    In the end it comes down to the lesser known acts on the two labels. While I could see pretty much everything on NRA get critically acclaimed, I can’t say the same for RRR, with people like Juelz Santana, Iggy A and Jhene, and that drags the overall score down, even though not all of them has released on deck.

    Longevity: Tied – This one also seemed easy at first, but the more I look at it the more even it gets. NRA is pretty much filled up with young hungry emcees ready to make a name for the self, sprinkled with a Lupe who still should have something to prove.
    RRR doesn’t really hit you in the face out the same way, so to speak, but the roster could definitely be beneficial here. Pusha, Lloyd Banks and Currensy have all proved they have what it takes, but they haven’t hit the point where they could relax a bit and make subpar music, which forces them to continue to make dope 🤬 . RRR could also be the place where Wale really grows into a superstar, as I briefly touched upon in the previous category, which would give him some renewed inspiration. And lastly we have Jay. At first I would say he has served his time, and would probably step back from the spotlight, but with the relatively young roster, I don’t believe it to be farfetched he would find new inspiration, and maybe hit a second golden age where he get on a 96-01 type of run.
    Both labels have a lot of potential here, and it’s too close to call for me.

    Album covers/tracklist: Tied – both came with some really dope work here. I liked Icebergs cover art better, it was overall probably the best work I seen so far in this tournament, it had a common theme throughout, but at the same time it was creative work, and a few of them broke the overall theme, which ended up being a nice change, and kept it from being redundant.
    Soaker had the better tracklists to me. It’s not like Iceberg was slacking here though, but Soaker really appears to have put a lot of thought into those, and a minor detail, the song lengths, really appealed to me, and secured him the victory here.
    Being the category is judged on two criteria, and they each take one, it has to be an overall tie.

    Cohesion: Soaker – another real close matchup. It’s easy to see the thoughts behind Soakers label, but I got a feeling RRR would work really well, with a good mix of rappers and singers who goes well together. One of the things that end working really well for Soaker is the in-house production crew with Digi-Phonics, who can pretty much handle all the production the label needs, and they wouldn’t need to step out of their own ranks to complete projects. Black Hippy obviously secures high cohesiveness, and Blu and Danny Brown fits right into the lane I see the label taking, as does Lauryn Hill.
    RRR lacks a little as far as producers go, and has been outsourcing a little more work because of this, compared to NRA. Furthermore RRR has a couple of names that sticks out in a bad way, mostly Iggy Azaelia, and Juelz Santana, and while they don’t have releases on the label, they are still a part of it, and those two ends up costing Iceberg the victory.

    Vote goes to: Supersoaker

    Incredibly close competition here, both contestants are worthy winners, but a few details gives soaker the win
  • IceBergTaylor
    IceBergTaylor Members Posts: 19,167 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I'm just seeing this thread. Damn Cheese should have made the switch. Anyways @Soaker may the best man win
  • _Menace_
    _Menace_ Members, Writer Posts: 26,613 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I wanted to see Riddler vs Taylor since they had an exchange of words last thread.

    I like this match up tho. Taylor's album covers are amazing.

    What site/program do you use?
  • IceBergTaylor
    IceBergTaylor Members Posts: 19,167 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I use photoshop for everything. The rest is just doing research, choppin up, color correcting & flippin tons of different images. The artists & titles I occupy are crucial to the design. I never work without having the title first.
  • GovernmentCheese
    GovernmentCheese Members Posts: 2,976 ✭✭✭✭✭
    @nillerthekid Thanks for the vote

    @supersoaker with the early lead 1-0, best of 5!
  • SuperSoaker
    SuperSoaker Members Posts: 1,459 ✭✭✭✭✭
    real 🤬 i got that inspiration for the lauryn album from Bill Clinton. I was researching past grammy winners and saw he won one for a storybook album so i was like 🤬 it Mrs hill could probably tell a better moreooriginal story.

    good luck @icebergtaylor your covers are dope. that currency is crazy but i put my heart and soul into these tracklists and tried to deliver full length projects rathertthan 10 track lps
  • mr.october
    mr.october Members Posts: 340 ✭✭✭✭
    I just seen these threads. Dope idea in general with the fantasy league 🤬 but this match up in particular is dope. Yall both r creative. Covers n tracklistings that would work in real life mostly which makes it hard to say who's a winner. Tough 4 those of who judge I'm sure.
  • SuperSoaker
    SuperSoaker Members Posts: 1,459 ✭✭✭✭✭
    @niller thanx for the vote! im glad somebody took into account the song lengths, 🤬 i even got release dates im letting each artist have there own shine lol

    im getting yammed in every sales vote this game so far thats a hard balance!
  • FyHunnit
    FyHunnit Members, Writer Posts: 9,699 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited February 2014
    Future sales: Renaissance Rocafella Records. Jay pushing units, period. I would think his influence alone would bring in higher numbers with his lablemates. Could K.Dot do the same for NRA? I'm not sure. He'll bring in numbers, though. Lol.. Interesting .. Lupe's album is like x3 right? Still going with RRR.

    Future critical acclaim: I'm really on the fence here. NRA got the production camp that can create classics for the rappers. I think that chemistry gives NRA the upper hand.. However, we can't overlook the potential of Jhene Akio. I think she's going to be a star soon. Put her around Drake, J.Cole and Wale, and she's going to shine bright and get that acclaim. This match up is tough cause there's so many things to factor in. I'm edging this toward NRA, just because I know how most of those albums would be classic worthy today. I mean, look at Ab-Souls album. Core Hip Hop fans will always remember those projects even if it didn't get the credit it deserved. An album receiving mass appeal does not mean it's classic.

    Longevity: Which makes this criteria an easy W for Rocafella Records. J.Cole. Wale. Kid Kudi have made hit records already. All of them, and most of the other artists on RRR are the same age as NRA. The more they work together, the more the chemistry will grow through the years. They'll crank out hits on each project, and possibly start a dynasty.

    In NRA, we know the artists he got are talented. But are they marketable enough to top charts? Could they stay on the radio? Stay with hella Twitter and Facebook followers? Throw Jay-Z back in the discussion, and they are grabbing awards over NRA even if they didn't deserve it. Rocafella would be at a height were it would be okay that a particular song out shined a whole album. At least it banged in more whips. I know NRA got Kendrick, but man..it's the General Public who decides who get a picture in the history books.

    Album covers: NRA selling cassettes? Lol..Nah, i kid. Did somebody already say that joke yet? I missed out on the last round..

    Rocafella Records got the best collection of album covers in this whole game. Berg did an amazing job showcasing his label in a luxurious manner. Each cover just grabs your attention, and make you want to buy the album.

    Tracklist: Too bad some of the tracklists ain't that appealing. I think the production credits give NRA the advantage. It's hard to judge against something you know work. I'm not sure how Jay-Z would sound over multiple Mannie Fresh beats. Maybe swap some of those with J.Cole producing? I can't call it. I like Lupe working with Digi+Phonics, with a few collaborations with Jay-Z and production from Kanye. I also like the concept on Isiah's album. It's creative and RRR did the some dope stuff with Pusha's. I'm going with NRA because his tracklist too consistent.

    Cohesion: NRA. I think his label was put together the best. He didn't even need the non-TDE members.

    This was a tough decision but I'll go with Renaissance Rocafella Records.

    I just think @Iceberg put a Championship roster together and deserve that Championship push.
  • Peezy_Jenkins
    Peezy_Jenkins Guests, Members, Writer, Content Producer Posts: 33,205 ✭✭✭✭✭
    future sales: for future sales i gotta go iceberg, once again with NRA kendrick and lupe may go gold but its hard to tell who else can sell besides them on the label, NRA has more of a label with artist that can achieve underground acclaim but Renaissance has several artist throughout the label known for plat and gold sales

    winner: Renaissance

    future critical acclaimboth teams have a large amount of potential for great critical acclaim, im not sure i see a weak link on either side, like i stated NRA has a more underground vibe, and that can achieve plenty of critical acclaim but renaissance can achieve just as much acclaim with its mainstream flavor


    longevity: once again a tough and difficult category, i can see both teams having a large amount of longevity whether on the mainstream or underground side, on both sides there is an artist that has been around and had a great career but probably doesnt have much longer(Jay and Lauren), but with both sides having several young guns carrying things on their labels, i think this is a


    album covers/tracklist: like i said b4 NRA has covers that are really good and definitely fit the artist and what they are going for, but as good as NRA's covers were, renaissance were that much better, they fit the artists concepts well and are just so abstract, i gotta give renaissance the edge there but i must ask, whats up wit every artist getting the sensitivity advisory lol. and with tracklists id say both sides are very strong and fitting to the particular artists, i think the jets album is a new addition that wasnt in the last round and i like the tracklist, the tribe called quest vibe seems like something currensy and the jets would do. i would give tracklists a tie but with renaissance winning album covers ill have to go with

    winner: Renaissance

    cohesion: when it comes to cohesion NRA once again is rewarded for his selection for digiphonics working with mostly TDE members and several other artists that seem to mesh with them well, not saying renaissance wasnt cohesive, in fact they were very cohesive with producers like bink working with wale and jay, mannie working with currensy, i can easily see chad hugo or dream working with cole or cudi. there were also a couple unique collabs that were put together that may be dope but im not totally sure if they are more cohesive than NRA, such as iggy or juelz santana's appearances on the jets album. overall renaissance has great cohesiveness but i just barely have to give the edge to

    winner: NRA

    it was a tough match up to judge but imo

    overall winner: Renaissance
  • DarthRozay
    DarthRozay Members Posts: 20,570 ✭✭✭✭✭
    🤬 @ these album covers. both labels have dope 🤬 , but RRR has a slight advantage since his are bigger nh lol
  • Michael_Malice
    Michael_Malice Members Posts: 17,415 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I can drop a vote when I get off tonight.
  • dj pre-k
    dj pre-k Members Posts: 1,604 ✭✭✭✭✭
    nras covers are some of the 🤬 attempts at album artwork ive ever seen

    and in real life, ya record company would flop
  • _Goldie_
    _Goldie_ Members, Moderators, Writer Posts: 30,349 Regulator
    TDE plus lauryn hill and lupe would flop?

    Step your troll game up
  • _Goldie_
    _Goldie_ Members, Moderators, Writer Posts: 30,349 Regulator
    Man I hope yall dont have me waitin for multiple days for the votes,

    have a 🤬 lookin at the laptop allday like...

  • _Goldie_
    _Goldie_ Members, Moderators, Writer Posts: 30,349 Regulator
    @tonydubbz , we need a vote fam
  • Michael_Malice
    Michael_Malice Members Posts: 17,415 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Okay. I'm off work. Let me grab a Scotch on the rocks and I will work up a vote.
  • _Menace_
    _Menace_ Members, Writer Posts: 26,613 ✭✭✭✭✭
    You're an alcoholic Malice how much times you must have scotch after work? Is you're job that stressful? Lol