Verse of The Year: 03 Greedo – “Vroom”

“Vroom” was the first time I ever heard 03 Greedo rap. I couldn’t have chosen a better guest verse to have as an introduction.

For a few months, I’ve kept seeing the name 03 Greedo on my Twitter timeline, mostly from writer Jeff Weiss and mostly about Greedo’s case. I never paid too much attention to him until I ended up reading an article saying Greedo was next rapper from Los Angeles. Continue reading Verse of The Year: 03 Greedo – “Vroom”

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Music Discovered in 2018, Pre-2018: Game – Bloody Moon

As the year comes to a close, you begin to see content related to the best “x” of 2018 everywhere.

Now, there isn’t anything wrong with that. I, in fact, am working on my own best of material at the time of this writing. Reminiscing on the past year is fun but it can become repetitive and exhausting. That’s why I decided to add some flare to the year-end lists. I already stay away from the typical best albums of the year and instead focused my attention to individual records.

In 2018, the music was overwhelming.

A lot of great music was released this year from the very beginning (Evidence’s Weather or Not) through today, that it was hard to listen to everything. It was easy for something to fall through the cracks. I am guilty of that but I did listen to a nice amount of music this year.

While I am currently working on my best of year-end lists, I decided on a side project a while back. I thought it’d be cool to listen to old music I never got around to, and identify those that I thought were interesting.

I was going to write down music I’d come across that was:

  1. Dope,
  2. Released prior to this year, and
  3. Not previously heard by me.

With an iTunes library of over 25,000 songs, I knew I was bound to find something I had not heard that I would love.

I put a bunch of stuff on my iPad and hit shuffle on the thousands of songs on there. Over the course of a few months, I had developed a small sample size of songs that I genuinely enjoyed.

Now, please find below one of those records I recently discovered that is dope.

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Nelly and Alchemist

One day I was casually scrolling through The Alchemist’s Wikipedia page, when I clicked on his production discography. I must have been looking for backup for a certain song when I stumbled across the year 2004. Mobb Deep’s Amerikaz Nightmare dropped that year, which I was bumping back then. Plus, Alchemist had credits on both Jadakiss’ sophomore album, Kiss of Death, and Snoop Dogg’s latest effort, R&G. Neither of these production credits surprised me.

I scrolled a bit further down and saw Nelly’s name.

I was dumbfounded.

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Welcome to Alchemist Week 2018

Welcome to my annual weeklong dedication to The Alchemist that doubles as a celebration of the man’s birthday (October 25th).

It’s been five years since I started dedicating a week/more than a week to Alchemist and each year my fondness for him grows. He might be the G.O.A.T. producer in rap when he decides to stop making records. He already is my G.O.A.T producer.

As Alchemist continues producing in his early forties, his productivity does not stop. His output is impressive. In fact, it keeps increasing, as new collaborative EPs, instrumental albums and other side projects are becoming the norm. The man is a machine and he does not stop. Even with this much material, I, and many other fans, still fiend for more music. It’s insane.

Enough of the chit chat, hopefully you enjoy the content, as I do creating/thinking of it.

And happy g day to Alchemist.

Why “Inseperable” is Joe Budden’s Best Song

New annual series where I talk about a record and try to make a claim for it being Joe’s best record.

I know “best” is subjective but if it can be nearly universally recognized as a great, dope record than that gives it some merit to join the “best” category for that artist.

This record deals with relationships: those with your friends/peers, parents and significant others. Three big verses but none quite as powerful as the second one.

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