Music

Each individual has their own taste in music and that’s fine. What I will be talking about is how I feel about the quality of Hip-Hop/Rap music today.

I feel, *notice that I said that “I FEEL”* that at least 65% of today’s Hip-Hop/Rap music has no clear content, beats are of poor quality and the artist isn’t really who they claim to be. Yeah, I get it, it’s entertainment, but there has to be some sort of line of integrity. Especially when it pertains to you’re character and the person you’re portraying to the rest of the world. Before you get bored and I lose you let me talk about those 3 categories I mentioned above. They are: no clear content, beats are of poor quality and the artist isn’t really who they claim to be.

No clear content. Lyrics make no damn sense. (If your favorite rapper is the target of my example, don’t worry, it’s just MY opinion. It’s not that serious).
Example:
“I done did a lot of s**t just to live this here lifestyle
We came straight from the bottom to the top, my lifestyle
N***a livin’ life like a beginner and this only the beginnin’
I’m on the top of the mountain, puffin’ on clouds and n****s still beginnin’.
Million 5 on a Visa card
Hundred bands still look like the fu***n’ tires
N***a servin’ great white like I’m feedin’ sharks
I won’t do nothin’ with the b***h, she can’t even get me high
Somethin’ wrong with the p***y
Even though I ain’t gon’ hit it, I’m a still make sure that she douche it
‘Cause with me and my rally, only caught up like that, no way
We ain’t got time to go see doctors, J
(Who said money?)
Hop up in my bed full of forty b*****s and yawnin’
Hey, think this a show b***h you performin’
I do this s**t for my daughters and all my sons, b***h
I’m a run up them bands, I’ll take out their funds, b***h
I got a moms b***h, she got a moms b***h
I got sisters and brothers to feed
I ain’t goin’ out like no idiot, I’m a OG.”

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I’m not going to dissect these lyrics. I’ll let you do that. I feel the only thing this individual was talking about was f*****g bitches and selling drugs. How can you present a positive message and ask the rest of the world to change when you’re talking about this? Again, I understand it’s entertainment, but let’s do something new and change the topic. Let’s talk about kids graduating from high school, going to college getting a degree. Talk about how you were headed down the wrong path, but made a change for the positive. Guess What? The masses don’t want to hear that. Why? You can’t shake your ass to positive music and music that uplifts people. You can, but the masses don’t want to.

Beats are of poor quality. When I think of quality beats I think of Dr. Dre, Don Michael Jr. AKA Traxx Trigga, shit, when Diddy/Puff Daddy/P.Diddy/Puffy was doing his thing back in the day he was producing some heata’s! Now that the masses have access to programs like AcidPro, Fruity Loops, iStudio, etc. they feel they an arrange all kinds of sounds together and in any way and think it’s going to sound good. Example: Hot N***a, produced by Jahlil Beats. He has some decent beats, but that one in particular I feel was not taken seriously. It’s crazy, but this is only my opinion. I also feel that beats of poor quality goes hand in hand with songs with no clear content.

The artist isn’t really who they claim to be. Nowadays for some reason it’s cool to be in a gang. It’s okay to talk slick over social media. It’s okay to hit women. When an artist portrays that image they’re going to be individuals watching and thinking that’s the blueprint for that individual to open the door for himself/herself to make it in the entertainment industry. There’s no way for a consumer to “G-Check” every artist claiming to be apart of that life, because the individual has surrounded themselves with people that actually live that life. Whatever life that artist is trying to portray, they are surrounded by individuals that do what it is they are trying to portray. Is it right? No, but it happens. It’s impossible to vet every artist.

Good music is out there, you have to look past the bullshit and find it. We have become numb to good music so we accept whatever is played on radio and television. Is all of it bad? NO! But a very large percentage of it falls in the 3 categories I mentioned above. What people don’t realize is that we as consumers can make the change. An artist doesn’t make money unless WE are buying. Let’s make a change people. It won’t happen over night, but slowly and surely we turn that 65% into zero.

That’s my piece. Don’t take this as gospel, because I know there is someone out there that thinks I’m wrong as hell. It’s supposed to be that way. We all are not alike. Enjoy and comment.

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For The Love Of Music

This is a little different for those of you that have been following the blog for a minute, but I felt the need to vent a little about music so just follow me a little. It’s a little lengthy, but it’s not full of fluff. I guarantee you will go away with a new outlook on this topic.

I feel the need to write this post for those of us who love music. If you don’t feel that you can put yourself in that category, then I think that you should just skip this reading this post. I will go ahead and admit upfront that516f8ab6c1f876e9498c201cfc7cef5a783e702c_m this post will be a little lengthy, Why? I feel that it is needed. Music is changing every single day, but no one want’s to change with it, why? I don’t understand it. Understand, that my perspective throughout this entire post is from the Hip-Hop point of view. For weeks now, I have been going back and forth with myself on how I wanted to approach this topic, how I wanted to title it, if I wanted to specifically talk about the Hip-Hop culture, but I felt it would be unfair to single out the Hip-Hop culture due to the integration of the culture and how much the culture has grown since it started, but what other culture in music could I talk about? I don’t know any other culture like I know culture like Hip-Hop.

1159405-bigthumbnailA lot of people forget where it started and don’t pay homage to the forefathers of Hip-Hop which I don’t understand. If you ask the newest up and coming “rapper” in the game where Hip-Hop started I am willing to put every dollar I have to my name right now, they couldn’t tell you. Why is that? Because they don’t care. You know what, I won’t say they don’t care, I won’t blame it on them, I’ll blame it on the individual that brought them up. It’s the individual that brought them up and inspired them to rap. I was watching a documentary with KRS-ONE and he said that in 10 years what will they be saying about music today? The documentary took place in 2007 so Hip-Hop wasn’t doing too bad, but what will they be saying about Hip-Hop in 2024? I don’t even want to know? Will they even know who Afrika Bambaataa & Soulsonic Force, DJ Kool Herc, Busy Bee, & KRS-ONE, just to name a few?

A quick history lesson for you. Stay with me. The Un-official birthday of Hip-Hop is November 12, 1974. In the early years of the culture, the movement went untitled until Afrika Bambaataa, started calling it “Hip-Hop,” a term originated by Lovebug Starski. In the 1970s ten years prior to it gaining global recognition, Hip-Hop was a celebration of life gradually developing each of it’s elements to form a cultural movement. Due to its energy, dynamics, and momentum, Hip-Hop culture has become, ultimately, a key to upliftment and reformation, as well as a billion-dollar industry. From the 1980s on, the Rap industry and media have helped to make the terms “Hip-Hop” and “Rap” synonymous, leaving out the other elements included in the culture. In light of this enormous oversight, the Zulu Nation promotes the “5th element” of Hip-Hop, which is KNOWLEDGE, and actively tries to educate the masses about the history and foundational elements of the true Hip-Hop culture.

Afrika Bambaataa declared: “When we made Hip-Hop, we made it hoping it would be about peace, love, unity and having fun so that people could get away from the negativity that was plaguing our streets (gang violence, 6a00d8341c77b053ef010536c60a8a970c-800widrug abuse, self hate, violence among those of African and Latino descent). Even though this negativity still happens here and there, as the culture progresses, we play a big role in conflict resolution and enforcing positivity.” Hip-Hop was made to be the Vehicle to Deliver Innumerable Lessons! Afrika Bambaataa doesn’t believe that Hip Hop heads should just have knowledge of Hip Hop. He promotes and proves that Hip-Hop can be used as a vehicle for teaching awareness, knowledge, wisdom, understanding, freedom, justice, equality, peace, unity, love, respect, responsibility and recreation, overcoming challenges, economics, mathematics. Science, life, truth, facts and faith.

Another big thing that is overlooked by so-called Hip-Hop heads is the Core of Hip-Hop which is the Elements. The Elements: Hip-Hop culture is defined as a movement which is expressed through various artistic mediums which we call “elements”. The main elements are known as MC’ing (Rapping), DJ’ing, WRITING (Aerosol Art), SEVERAL DANCE FORMS (which include Breaking, Up-Rocking, Popping, and Locking) and the element which holds the rest together: KNOWLEDGE. There are also other elements such as Vocal Percussion/Beat Boxing, Fashion, etc. Within the past 20 years, Hip-Hop culture has greatly influenced the entertainment world with its creative contributions in music, dance, art, poetry, and fashion. THE 5TH ELEMENT OF HIP HOP CULTURE KNOWLEDGE, CULTURE, OVERS-TANDING, FACT-OLOGY VS. BELIEFS.

Hip-Hop isn’t just music people. Hip-Hop Culture Definition is Encompassing graffiti art, MCing/rapping, DJing and b-boying, of a minority-populated urban community during the 1980s. The 1980s also saw many artists make social statements through Hip-Hop. Now let’s look at what the Hip-Hop Culture is doing for us today: Graffiti is a lost art, Rapping is still alive and well, but almost ANYBODY can do it. Compared to the 1970s and 80s you had to have a certain “swag” to do it, but that’s a different topic, but as I said also, times have changed and everybody has put their different touches on it so things have changed. With the advances in technology DJ’ing is going to the computer and it’s more “digital” and you rarely see break dancing anymore. So, with the changing of the times, the rules have changed. So should the elements change with the times? No, I don’t think so. It’s our Core Elements.

Now looking at what looking at what Hip-Hop was supposed to be and what is has become I know you are saying to yourself it’s on two different playing fields. I would say that you are right. Some would say that it would never be able to get back to what it was created for, but I would have to disagree with you. There is already “that” type of Hip-Hop here for you, but the main stream media and Major Corporations that control the Music Industry don’t want to hear it and won’t allow the radio to play it. Most of those artist are Indie or stay underground. Why? Because they get treated better and are able to take better care of their families. Lets take Screwface for instance, there is a stable of “SICK” artist that are overlooked! I have NO CLUE WHY!! Traxx is a DOPE Producer and has some heat and has produced for some Major artist. I don’t know the in’s and outs of the business so if I said anything I would be lying so I wont say anything specific.images-3

I’m getting off topic, let get back to the topic at hand. All I’m saying is that its crazy how far how far along our genre of “music” has come. I encourage you to do your own homework and research deeper into the history of Hip-Hop. It goes deeper than just Run DMC and NWA. I mean I give props where its due, but its deeper than that. If we don’t keep these roots alive they will forever die and be forgotten. Just like the new up and coming generation don’t know anything about them now, the generation coming behind them aren’t going to know anything about them either. The cycle is just going to continue. It has to start some where. It begins with us.

 

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The Great Equalizer

equalizer40videohiveWhen you listen to music, what is it about a particular sound that draws you in? Is it the drums, the horns, the synth, hi hat? Today music is so diverse, it’s SO hard to keep in touch with what’s hot.

I remember when music was Rap (East Coast/West Coast Styles), R&B (Soul Music), and Rock (Hard, Classic or Alternative). Now you have so many sub-cultures of music it’s ridiculous. Its like every part of the country has its own genre of music. I say don’t get so locked in on a specific genre that you forget what music is made to do. Music has the ability to bridge the gap of race, ethnicity, or area of the country/world you live in. Take a seat in my time machine and let’s take a trip back to the late 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. Specifically at Michael Jackson and the affect he had on people just through his music. I don’t care how you feel about him personally, I need for you to keep an open mind and trust me for this time I have your attention. 1485072

It didn’t matter where Michael Jackson went on this planet, EVERYBODY knew who he was and knew every lyric to his music. How powerful is that? You enter a country that can’t speak your native language, but has the ability to sing along with every single lyric you sing. Amazing! I know that a lot of you probably stopped reading as soon as I mentioned Michael Jackson, but you can’t deny the fact that no matter how he was perceived in the media, he was a true showman. He knew how to get people to forget about what color they were or where they were located on the social ladder, even if it was for 3-4 hours.

Maybe Michael Jackson was taken from this world, because the world stopped caring about his gift and started to focus on everything that made him look bad. Who knows? It’s not for you or I to figure out. We will see on Judgement Day. All I am doing is saying that music can be a great equalizer, if we let it. I don’t want you to only remember that I talked about Michael Jackson in this post. I want you to remember what music can do for us as human beings, period. A lot of people use music as an outlet and some are fortunate enough capitalize from that approach. Everybody has an opinion when it comes to their specific preference of music, which is good or bad.

Its all up to the you and I, the consumer. Maybe, someday, music will return to being an equalizer instead of the polar opposite. I can only hope that I have instilled into my children to keep an open mind and not to feel, because they are a certain ethnicity, they have to stick to a certain type of music. I listen to music that makes me happy, of course, depending on my mood and what I am trying to accomplish while listening to a certain song.

MUSIC + OPEN-MIND = PEACE

Who is Sneakerbox Chock?

168352990_640“Yo Dad, I love what we don’t have couldn’t even say sorry, withcha sorry ass.” -Sneakerbox Chock, Song: Elephants, Album: Because of Yesterday

The music of today, to me, this is my opinion makes no sense. Everybody is putting together songs about “Popping A Molly” (I had to look online to see what a damn Molly was.), Strippers, Making it Rain in the club and on and on and on.

Its crazy how these individuals are supposed to be an Artist. In my eyes a Real Hip-Hop Artist is an individual that is skilled at what they do, rhyming and emboding the 4 Elements of Hip-Hop. If you call yourself a Hip-Hop head and you don’t know the 4 elements of Hip-Hop, then you Sir/Ma’am, are NOT a Hip-Hop head, you’re a fan. There’s nothing wrong with being a fan. There are too many individuals that claim they know so much about music, just because they own a lot of music. A true Artist isn’t worried about making millions, all they want to do is put out a quality product. That’s why a lot of underground Artist don’t want to go mainstream. Once you go mainstream, you have to cater to that Record Label. In order for you to keep creative rights or let alone the master mixes of your own song, you have to have a mean legal team or a label that cares about you, but how many record labels out there care about an artist? Not many. I’ve said all that to say this, about 4-5 years ago, I think, I met this individual online. I happened to download one of his songs and I commented on it and he responded back. I was excited as s***, but then again, I thought well maybe he says something to everyone. We corresponded on Facebook for a while, got closer, exchanged phone numbers and we’ve been brothers since then. You know what’s ironic? I have never met this guy in person.

The individual’s name is Sneakerbox Chock (so I don’t have to keep writing out Sneakerbox Chock, I will refer to him as Chock). Chock was born and raised in Camden, New Jersey. I know a lot of you are wondering where he got his name, which is unique. Well, as a child his nickname was Chocky and Sneakerbox is self explanatory, he’s a sneaker head. Not like 20-25 pair, I’m sure it’s probably in the hundreds. Mad sneakers! For those that aren’t familiar with Camden, it’s no Atlantic City or Newark. According to some statistics I found online, your chances of becoming a victim of a Violent Crime is 25.69%, the average for the State of New Jersey is 2.90%, the U.S. National Average is 3.9%. If that isn’t good enough for you then go look up the stats yourself. He started rapping in the early 90’s and in ALL of his music he talks about his life experiences. I can tell you that I have never listened to one of his songs and thought that listening to it was a waste of my time. Those same life experiences that he writes in his lyrics and put on a dope track keeps him motivated to keep writing. If you ask some of today’s “Artist” what was their reason for getting into the music industry, I’m sure you will get the same cookie cutter answer, “I wanted to change the sound of music” or “It was either rapping or trapping.” Before you shoot holes through that last statement, look at the majority of today’s Hip-Hop Artist, about 85% of them are talking about selling drugs or saying how much weight they were pushing before they started rapping. So, everybody that raps, was once a drug dealer? No. They put on a front for the public in order to obtain a fanbase, but that’s not the reason for this post.

SONY DSCIt takes a lot of ups and downs before you finally get the right concoction before you get it right. He has been through a lot. Done time, spent months upon months away from his family and almost lost his life. Somehow he finally found his calling, Rapping. I just wish that the rest of the world would turn off the bulls*** and listen to some good music. All that happens today is you get someone to make some tight ass beat and a “supposedly” aspiring  artist will buy that beat and put some bulls*** lyrics on it and somehow it gets heard by the right individual and he/she becomes an overnight sensation. Instead of hanging out on the streets, Chock is taking care of his family and doing what he can to put out quality music. When music becomes therapeutic, then you know, you are doing what makes you happy and you know that the product you give your fans is going to be of the highest quality. No matter what frustrations he faces, he doesn’t let him stop his grind. About 2 months ago he had to have surgery on his knee and I’m sure during that time he was perfecting his craft though he was immobilized. I get so upset some time because there are individuals out there just like Chock, but today’s music industry doesn’t want to hear what they have to say. They want something that a girl or guy can twerk to. Yes, believe it or not, GROWN ASS MEN are twerking. Underrated Artists like Chock always puts out a quality product, but they are overlooked because the music industry or the rest of the world is not ready to hear someone talk about the struggle that we as REGULAR people go through every single day. They want to hear about how much a rapper has in the bank or how big their rims are. No where in the 4 Elements of Hip-Hop does it even mention that, so how in the world did we get to this point? I don’t know. I’m still searching for the answer.

This Blog Post was to give you guys a little peak at one of my favorite Artists of All-Time. Chock is in the Top 5, to me he is on the same level as Jay-Z and T.I. A lot of you may not agree, but I really don’t give a f***, because it’s MY Top 5 and not yours. If you  guys want to hear some quality music, I highly suggest that you guys take a listen to what he has previously put out and be ready for what’s up next. Since I’m a part of the crew, I got a sneak peak at a song yesterday. All I’m going to say is that it has so much emotion to it. If you guys don’t remember anything from this post, remember this name: Sneakerbox Chock. Go to iTunes, Amazon, or any website where you can buy music digitally. If we as Hip-Hop fans want Hip-Hop to get back to where it was once before, it’s in our hands. Too many corporations have their hands in the pot. If we don’t stop endorsing the current bulls*** then it will never change. It’s all up to US.

New Album Drops February 25, 2014 make sure you cop it. I know I am. Like 3 or 4!

Before you look past this post, I want you to check him out for yourself. Give him a chance.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SneakerBoxChock?fref=ts

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SneakerBoxChock

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/sneakerbox-chock/id345348043

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The last few topics that I have blogged about have been serious in nature. So today, I’m going to change the pace a bit. I am going to talk about MY top 25 Songs that have kept me motivated throughout this year. There are a lot of different genres thrown into one that I like to call, my favorite. I will do my best to keep it under 25, but I’m sure I will get over zealous and go beyond the set number of 25.

I will not post more than 50 songs, just because it’s time consuming. Lazy way, you may say, “Shoulder shrug”. A lot of the songs you may know and there are those that you don’t know. I challenge you to look up the Artists on my list that you don’t know and give them a listen.

The majority of the songs complied in this list helped me get through 2013. A lot of these same songs have been on my Top 50 since the day they were released, with some of them being released in 2000 or earlier. The “rank” or “order” that I have the songs in, doesn’t stay in this order all the time. It all depends on the type of mood I’m in.

What are your favorite songs, or what songs helped you get through this past year? Don’t click the exit button just yet, give my list a once over and let me know what you think.  Here we go.

Rank Song Title Album Artist Album Title
1 Ali Bomaye (feat. 2 Chainz and Rick Ross) Game Jesus Piece
2 Type of Way Rich Homie Quan Still Goin’ In – Reloaded
3 Left Turn (feat. Traxx Trigga) SneakerBox Chock Left Turn (feat. Traxx Trigga) – Single
4 Walk Hard John C. Reilly Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story
5 That Lowend (feat. Nipsey Hussle) Dorrough Music Gangsta Grillz: Silent Assassin (Hosted by DJ Drama
6 Dis Ain’t What U Want Lil’ Durk Dis Ain’t What U Want – Single
7 Til’ The Last Shot’s Fired Trace Adkins X (Ten)
8 Go Get It T.I. Trouble Man: Heavy is the Head
9 My City (feat. Dallas Blocker and Yo Gotti) Paul Wall Heart of a Champion
10 Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe Kendrick Lamar good kid, m.A.A.d city
11 Trials & Tribulations Ace Hood Trials & Tribulations
12 So Dope (feat. Wrekonize, Snow tha Product & Twisted Insane) Tech N9ne Something Else (All Access Edition)
13 The City (feat. Kendrick Lamar) Game The R.E.D. Album
14 Nah Never SneakerBox Chock Nah Never – Single
15 Winning (feat. Bueller Da Don) SneakerBox Chock Winning – Single
16 No Guns Allowed (feat. Cori B and Drake) Snoop Lion Reincarnated (Deluxe Version)
17 Bama Anthem 63 Boyz Give’em Hell
18 You Don’t Want Drama 8Ball & MJG Living Legends
19 Daddy’s Lambo Yelawolf Trunk Muzik 0-60
20 The Kill 30 Seconds to Mars A Beautiful Lie
21 Young Mula Cory Gunz Son of A Gun
22 Long Live A$AP A$AP Rocky Long Live A$AP
23 Who Are We (feat. Bone Crusher) Theodore Unit 718
24 Didn’t I Montgomery Gentry We Were Soldiers Soundtrack
25 Ready for Whatever T.I. Paper  Trail
26 Slap Ludacris Release Therapy
27 Salute da Gods Busta Rhymes Anarchy
28 American Soldier Toby Keith Toby Keith: 35 Biggest Hits
29 U See Us Nipsey Hussle Crenshaw
30 Kush Cloud (feat. Krayzie Bone and SpaceGhostPurrp) Freddie Gibbs Baby Face Killa
31 In God We Trust Meek Mill Dreams and Nightmares
32 8th of November Big & Rich Comin’ to Your City
33 This Sh*t is Lit (Remix) [feat. Meek Mill] SBOE This Sh*t is Lit (Remix) – Single
34 Taylor Gang (feat. Chevy) [Bonus Track] Wiz Khalifa Rolling Papers (Deluxe Version)
35 Always Love Thy Family Busta Rhymes Catastrophic Occurrence
36 Weathered Creed Creed Greatest Hits
37 Trillionaire (feat. T-Pain) Bun B Trill O.G.
38 BK to LA (feat. M.O.P.) Xzibit Man vs. Machine
39 Worldwide Choppers (feat. C eza, JL B.Hood, Uso, Yelawolf, Twista, Busta Rhymes, D-Loc, & Twisted Insane) Tech N9ne All 6’s & 7’s
40 Hail Mary Tupac The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory
41 Smokin’ Wit My Stylist Nipsey Hussle Smokin’ Wit My Stylist – Single
42 A.D.H.D. Kendrick Lamar Section.80
43 Verbal Intercourse Raekwon Only Built 4 Cuban Linx
44 Killa Cam Cam’ron Purple Haze
45 What You Know T.I. King
46 Tool In da Pocket Big Kuntry King My Turn to Eat
47 Pressin’ Them Buttons (feat. Lil’ Keke) Paul Wall Fast Life
48 Pac Man Freestyle (Chopped & Screwed) Mike Jones Ballin’ Underground
49 Still Tippin’ (feat. Slim Thugg & Paul Wall) Mike Jones Who is Mike Jones?
50 Yeah Ya Know (Takers) T.I. Yeah Ya Know (Takers) – Single

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I realize that I have already talked about music this week, but I feel the need to talk about Mr. Kanye West. Kanye has put out some classic albums, such as College Dropout, Late Registration, Graduation, 808’s & Heartbreak, My Dark and Twisted Fantasy & a collaboration album Watch The Throne with his mentor Jay-Z. I know that a lot of people out there are not feeling his last record titled Yeezus. It took me a couple of listens to be able to understand why he mashed together certain sounds. I know a lot will disagree with me, but as far as artistically this is Kanye’s best album to date. What I don’t agree with about this album is he is comparing himself to God. Maybe I am taking it in the wrong way. Maybe he is considering himself a god because he is the creator of this type of genre. I don’t know. If someone has a better explanation, please help me out.

I can hear the nay sayers, no it’s not, its trash. What you need to do when you listen to this album is listen with an open mind. I’m not saying that I love every track on the record, but I will give Kanye credit for stepping out of the comfort zone of what a “Rap/Hip-Hop” album is supposed to be. It takes real artistic ability to do this. That’s also another reason why a lot of underground artists never make it Mainstream and I understand why a lot of them chose not to.

Hip-Hop is changing, but we as listeners don’t want it to change, because we want to hear that ridiculous base line with the rhythmic high hat and tight sound of the snare. Now, keep in mind that I said that artistically this is Kanye West’s best album, but as far as Hip-Hop he stepped way out of the genre of hip-hop. Maybe that was his purpose for this album. In my opinion, he has created a new lane for Hip-Hop. I sure everybody remembers when the “crunk music” came out, there were a lot of people giving their opinions about it. Now, it is one of the staples that represent the South as far as music goes.

I am guilty for being in that same category as others when Kanye released this album, but I listened to it over again, this time with an open mind. Don’t think about his last albums and try to compare them, because if you base it off of those then you will not understand where he is coming from artistically. I challenge each and every one of you that listen to Hip-Hop and think his last album was trash, to take another listen. This time don’t think about he has released previously.

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I like to listen to a lot of different genres of music. My favorite genre is Rap/Hip-Hop of course. This list doesn’t stay in this same order all the time. One day I might say Cam’ron is number one. It all depends on the type of mood I’m in that day. I know everybody has their own “Top 10” list of Rappers. Here is mine:

1. Jay-Z/ T.I.

2. Mos Def (Yasiin Bey)/ Talib Kweli

3. SneakerBox Chock

4. The Game

5. Tupac/ Notorious B.I.G.

6. Busta Rhymes

7. Cam’ron

8. Lupe Fiasco

9. Eminem

10. J. Cole/ Kendrick Lamar

(Honorable Mention: Wiz Khalifa)

I know you noticed that on number 1, 2, 5, and 10 there are two artists. Don’t ask me why, it’s just what I felt like doing. If any of these artists happen to change up their style instead of being themselves and start trying to be apart of what’s trending, they fall off my list.

Some of you are thinking why don’t I have certain artists on my list? I’m a big fan lyricism. If you don’t have positive content or you are trying to tell me a story in your music, then what’s the point? A lot of new Artists ease their way into the music industry by some catchy trend or some new dance. Hip-Hop has changed so much since the eighties. Yes, it has become a lot better due to technology, but there are a lot of artists that continuously speak about the same boring content on every single album they put out.(I got 500 cars, I can go into a club and make it rain, I pop bottles, etc.) You get my point. Hip-Hop is constantly changing and I’m not against that, but some artists just throw some crappy lyrics together and put a banging beat behind it and it becomes a hit. How does this happen? Have we forgotten about the 4 Elements of Hip-Hop? If you don’t know the 4 Elements of Hip-Hop I will let you know what they are: 1. MC’ing; 2. DJ’ing; 3. B-Boying (Break dancing); 4. Graffiti.

This is what I believe the definition of Rap is: it is one of the elements of hip hop as well as the distinguishing feature of most hip hop music. It is a form of rhyming lyrics delivered rhythmically over a musical backdrop of sampling, scratching and mixing by DJs. Originally, rapping was called MCing and accompanied by a DJ. Real MC’ing and the need for a DJ is a dying art, but One hit wonders are popping up everywhere. Its crazy! If you look over my “Top 10” list you can see that every one of those artists are TRUE lyricist.

Rap/Hip-Hop isn’t the only genre of music I listen to. I happen to listen to Country and Classic Rock also. First, I’ll start of with my “Top 5” Country Artists:

1. Trace Adkins

2. Toby Keith

3. Darius Rucker

4. Big & Rich

5. Craig Morgan

(Honorable Mention: Tim McGraw)

I know readers out there that don’t listen to country are like “who the hell are they?” Before I started listening to country all I thought it was about was, somebody killed my dog and my wife left me now I’m sad, I just bought me a brand new truck with a 10 inch lift (I know that’s extreme, but you see where I’m coming from). That’s a very ignorant way of thinking, right? Once I started listening to the content that the country music artist was trying to convey, I was intrigued and wanted to hear more. My Classic Rock list could be a lot longer, but here are the main 5 that I listen to:

My Top 5 Classic Rock Band/ Singer:

1. Bon Jovi

2. Europe

3. AC/DC

4. Survivor

5. White Snake

(Honorable Mention: Jimi Hendrix)

Eighties rock was awesome and that’s why I still listen to it today. I guess because I grew up in the eighties, maybe that’s the reason why I like to listen to it. Since I’m on my music kick today I will also give you my Top 5 Alternative Bands.

1. 30 Seconds to Mars

2. Green Day

3. 311

4. Breaking Benjamin

5. Disturbed

(Honorable Mention: Drowning Pool)

The reason why I also listen to Alternative is because to ME, you may think differently, but I feel it’s because no band or artist is the same. I feel that each band brings their own uniqueness and that appeals to me.

I could go on and on about music because I love music. While listening to music you can mentally go where ever you want. Just like my Blog, music is an outlet for me. I can’t play any instruments or anything, but if I put the right song on, its able to calm me down or if I am trying to get my workout on or just cleaning around the house. It’s crazy how music can affect your mood. It has a lot of power. I don’t believe that if you listen to music that talks about negativity that it makes you do bad things. I think that is an excuse that the media and sometimes parents use all the time is bull crap! It’s the way they were raised and how they are treated at home. Bullying at school could also be a reason, but I’m not trying to get into all that. I wanted to share with you some of the music I listen to. If you don’t know any of these artists on either of my lists, I suggest you give them a try. You never know, you might like it. What type of music do you listen to and who are your favorite artists? I would love some feedback from you guys. I’ll be patiently waiting!!