The Low End Theory Hip-Hop News Report 11.23.12: Kendrick Lamar, Weeknd, Big Boi, More
Video of the Week
Mama Told Me – Big Boi ft. Kelly Rowland
Is it just me or does this thing feel unfinished?
Hello, and Happy Thanksgiving to all! This week will be a little different, as I am pressed for time and have some pies that I have to keep an eye on. With only about an hour’s worth of down time, I figured I’d just shoot out a couple of things that I am thankful for in this crazy world that is Hip Hop! To be honest, I think I did this last year…talk about lack of NEWNESS… haha. Some of these may be a bit personal, but it all has to do with Hip Hop. Let’s not waste any more time and see if I can finish this bad boy before the ding of the oven!
Ok, I’m kiddin, my oven don’t got no timer!
Kendrick Lamar is one such artist. The man has been around my hood for a while, now. I’ve heard the name K. Dot more than once during my time around Los Angeles. People were strong on this guy, thinking he was going to bring music superiority back to the West Coast (even though, I never thought it left). With Snoop changing his name like Puffy, and Dre promising an album that is most likely never going to come, we were waiting to latch onto something worthy of a listen. Young Money altered their decision from love for hip hop to love for money, and music was dying. Then, from seemingly out of nowhere comes this breath of fresh air that was not only refreshing but NEEDED.
Kendrick Lamar, I am thankful for you. I am thankful for you creating an album that not only necessitates a listen from Track 1 to the end, but for also making that not feel like a chore, and instead taking a trip down a story that whether new or old, is fun to hear. You have a talent that’s unparalleled and although it’s too soon to call the album a classic, it’s only a matter of time before it earns that label. Kendrick has went “mainstream” without changing who he is or altering his sound. Thank you, Kendrick.
Eminem will always be my muse. This sounds cheesy because it is. My friends call me Stan for a reason, and although I won’t be driving off a bridge any time soon, and there is no chick in my trunk (I don’t think), I can’t help but have nothing but mad love and respect for the angry lookin fella in that photo above. Some will wish for the days of the Slim Shady LP, but those same people maybe haven’t heard the awesomeness that is Hell: The Sequel and noticed the complete rebirth the man has had behind the mic. He’s more visceral, more metaphorically sound, and just an all around better writer. He’s always had the skills, but READ his lyrics and tell me that isn’t a poetry.
Eminem, thank you. For being Eminem. For failing and realizing it. For being a beast behind the microphone, and for reminding people just who the fuck you are.
The Weeknd is something new and something fresh. A friend of mine called him a wannabe Trey Songs. Another friend said he was a manlier Prince. I can’t see either of those comparisons. Trey Songs can’t decide if he wants to be a hard ass or a soft bitch, and Prince had a style all of his owns. Sure, I can see some influences, but they are minimal, and I can honestly say that The Weeknd’s sound seems like completely his own, and it’s a great one. It’s soothing, it’s convincing, it’s sexual, it’s amazing.
Thank you, The Weeknd (I should put a “The” in front of my name from now on…). Thank you for being the extra push necessary for the bang bang. Thank you for not altering yourself, even on the newer tracks I’ve heard. Thank you for bein a bad ass with bad hair.
Natalie is that chick that you wanna hang out with purely because of her music knowledge. Shortly after, you realize she’s also a cool ass chick. This year, her and I got pretty close, and the more I got to know her, the more she impressed me. Recently, she’s given me a few new artists to listen to and although we don’t always agree on music (Lil B’s cat, boo?), there’s a mutual respect that keeps that shit strong. I can always ask her what to write about (even if every week, she just says “me” as if it’s a viable answer), and although I don’t always follow through, I’m always listenin to her.
I also have to be honest, aside from the music knowledge the woman has, she’s also got an ass for days. I been tryin to have her be a hip hop hottie for months now, fellas. Soon enough, though! Soon enough! I mean, just look at DAT AZZ!!!
To anyone that has read this column before and in the future, I am thankful for you. Names like SS87, box, TheR, you guys are mainstays and I’ll give you a shoutout by name any time. Newer folks, I encourage you to spell out what you’d like in the column, what you want to hear about, anything. This column will be hitting two years come March, and I want to celebrate it with you all. Thank you all for reading, and thank you all for enjoying….hip hop.
I want to introduce y’all to a good friend of mine. He’s That SOB Kenji, and he’s an asshole. He’s a sick fuck with a twisted sense of humor, who thinks that penis pictures and ball sacs with no filters on Instagram is something you should double tap. The man is well versed in the hip hop world, though, and knows way too much, from old school to tomorrow’s new artists, this guy is someone that shits out hip hop knowledge like nothing. He’s going to be takin over for Crystal until she returns. I want to point out that I don’t always agree with his musical tastes, and this week is a perfect example, but we don’t censor anyone round these parts, so welcome his ass with open arms; or a swift kick in the nuts.
Tell me if I’m trippin or not, but CSI got weak as hell since Season 13 started. Four episodes in, and not ONE hip-hop/rap song in the show so far. Sorry, I just had to get that off my chest before I got to the real shit.
This past Monday I attended The Rej3ctz mixtape release party for their upcoming Creeztape scheduled to come out sometime this month, but that’s beside the point. While partying it up like a boss should, the Dj spun a familiar record…
“Gold all in my chain, gold all in my rang. Gold all in my watch, don’t believe me? Just watch. Nigga nigga nigga don’t believe me, just watch…”
Much to my surprise the crowd (mostly other artists, producers, and industry heads) began chanting along with the chorus! Trinidad James had found himself a nigga party anthem, awesome. What wasn’t surprising were all the ‘hipsters’ standing around in confusion, puzzled as to why they hadn’t heard of Trinidad James before us.
Trinidad James is a youngster from the south with an old soul and a ridiculous love for gold. If you haven’t heard the jam “All Gold Everything” check the video below and give it a good listen. I’m sure you’ll be hearing a lot more from Trinidad in the near future especially since MTV Jams has begun placing his single in regular rotation AND he’s been in the studio working with Trae the Truth (ABN: Assholes By Nature) & Problem (“Function”, “Potion”, “Like Whaaat”).
Whether you’re a hipster that hasn’t been cool enough to have heard this new up & coming artist or you’re a hardcore hip-hop/rap fanatic like myself, you should peep his video out and share it with your homies because I’m sure you’re gonna love it or hate it.
Have a great Turkey Day, y’all! Peace!