The Low End Theory Hip-Hop News Report 9.21.12: The Nothing But Edition
Although you guys only get to read me once a week, I have a bit of a secret. I write every day, and most of those days, it’s got something to do with this column. While I am big in the wrestling section (and am about to get a lot bigger), this column will always be my baby. It’s so wild to see every single comment have a positive aspect about it. For over a year, this column has been relatively troll-free, and it’s amazing to me. For that, I thank you. Anyways, this week we got the news, but we also got a new interview with a fresh face from Cali that may surprise you. Be sure to check that out, along with the rest of what we’re known for…you know, awesomeness and all that shit.
Video of the Week
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Real coo of them to get Sisqo in the music video…
- It appears that Kanye West really did meet Ex-CIA director George Tenet. Tenet’s spokesperson claimed there was no talk about Maybach’s, but he does, in fact, like black people.
- DMX came out to say that the beef with Drake “ain’t that serious.” I tend to agree. All DMX wants to do is slap some hip hop into the Canadian crooner.
- Young Buck was able to call someone and freestyle from prison. There were no Frank Ocean references, however.
- Missy Elliot claims she never left at the same time that Pitbull makes me wish he would just leave…
KANYE SPEAKS ON CRUEL SUMMER
The video above was brought to my attention by following another news story that had significantly less interest from me. Roscoe Dash is a name that is only slightly known in the hip hop world, but from many accounts, he has written hooks for some big songs. More recently, he has come out to claim that he’s written both “To the World” off of Cruel Summer and Wale’s big hit, “Lotus Flower Bomb.” He went to – where else – Twitter, to let everyone know that he is the man who wrote both tracks. In one tweet, he claims “Everybody go get the G.O.O.D album and listen to the #1 then watch @kanywest interview [shown above] and tell my why I’m not on the credits.” He says a bit more that you can check out on his Twitter, but the message he wants to get across is that HE wrote this shit.
Now, judging by what Kanye says above, it appears that the entire album was a collaborative effort, with over 30 heads involved. Maybe it’s my blind love for Kanye, but this seems like another in a long line of artists trying to come out of nowhere to claim that they wrote songs for certain people. As a writer, I know all too well the feeling of being denied the credit you deserve, but it’s hard to believe all these people coming out to say they wrote tracks for Nas, for Kanye, for Wale. Aside from that, I don’t see how Twitter is the proper way to make such a claim. With Cruel Summer being called a compilation album, I can only assume that everyone involved is getting (or will get ) paid in some shape or form, so Roscoe is only complaining about credit from the world. I’m on the fence about this.
Be sure to look for my review of Cruel Summer later this week, right here on 411mania.com!!!
Your Turn: Do you think Roscoe wrote the songs he is claiming and is going on Twitter the right way to handle this?
TIMBALAND SPEAKS ON POSSIBLE AALIYAH ALBUM
In an interview with Hot 97, Timbaland claims that the Drake produced album is blown out of proportion. He doesn’t think it’s even in the works. He also claims that the tattoo that Drake has of Aaliyah isn’t real. As for the album and he and Missy working on it, they both claim that neither have spoken to Drake. Missy was quoted as saying, “My response would be a little different because I have to respect her family and until they come and say, ‘We’re ready to do an Aaliyah album,’ then I don’t really want to try and get into that because it’s really sensitive…We’re talking about unfinished music and we don’t know her reasoning for not putting those records out. Maybe she didn’t feel like they were her best work. We don’t want to tap into that. It’s spiritually something else, very, very touchy unless her parents came in and conducted that.”
Of course, Missy would say this. I expected that both Missy and Timbaland had the old school mentality that ushered in respect, especially considering how close they worked with the young artist. Her answer is pretty much what I both expected and hoped their mentality about the new album would be, and I applaud both of them for it. While Drake may continue to assume that this is purely out of respect, Missy is right; there may very well be a reason why some tracks aren’t out there, and it ain’t up to Drake to handle the yes and the no of that.
Your Turn: Are you interested in a new Aaliyah album with Drake involved?
PUSHA VS WAYNE WCW-LITE
Hot 97 seems to get all the good interviews, mang! Anyways, Pusha T’s name has done nothing but grow in recent months, especially thanks to Kanye West. Before the Kanye influx, however, he was mainly known as the dude that was beefing with Lil Wayne. Well, Pusha went on record to let people know that it’s not that serious. In reality, he was only saying that Lil Wayne’s album Dedication 4 just wasn’t that good (and really, do you disagree?). He claims that although some of the disses on tracks are a bit more scathing, it’s simply a part of the game. I feel him on this one, especially considering Lil Wayne, who has taken more than his fair share of digs at other hip hop people, particularly those from G.O.O.D. Music. I always figured it was more because you want to hit who is hot, and Wayne does just that, so I find no fault in Pusha’s logic. I won’t go all out and side with either one of them, but at the very least, he was willing to put it out there that yeah he did diss Wayne, and yeah he didn’t like his last album, but he ain’t afraid to say that. If you look at the history of this little scuffle, it gets a bit odd. With Pusha working with Birdman in the past, Big Sean working with Nicki in the past, and all the intermingling of labels, this could very well be something similar to “Johnny down the street not liking your cousin because of something he said at school” type beef, which is to say: stupid.
KENDRICK LAMAR CLAIMS JOINT ALBUM WITH COLE STILL IN THE WORKS
With his album release date coming nearer and nearer (my birthday, October 22nd, to be exact), Lamar’s name is sure to pop up more frequently in news outlets everywhere, including this column. The most recent update on the man is his interview with MuchMusic where he claimed that him and J. Cole were in the studio two days prior, and that the proposed album is coming soon. “We constantly making music, and just the fact that he’s aware that my album is coming out and he’s aware that I’m focused on that. That’s the energy I’m exerting right now, it’s my debut. So once that’s off the ground, you’ll definitely see that.” Kendrick seems really focused on his album, and rightfully so considering it’s his first major release. As for the album itself, there’s a lot of hype surrounding it, and even the cover art seems to lend to one of the more introspective albums of the year. While I’ll never claim to be an “OG gangsta,” my familial ties have an immediate relation to the album art, and makes me extremely anxious to grab it. Here’s the back, while the front is pictured above.
Afrika Bambaataa – Renegades of Funk
Name sound familiar? I’ll tell you why it should in a bit. As for the track itself, it was released in 1983, recorded by the first rapper in history, Afrika Bambaataa and Soulsonic Force. While it speaks of revolutionaries of the past, it also connects them to present day artists, giving it a statement of validity. It’s got the typical Afrika spaceage sound, and a lot of electro and heavy percussion that was his signature sound ala “Planet Rock.” The song was overshadowed by other great songs of the past, but the implications lasted long enough all the way to the year 2000 when Rage Against the Machine covered the track on their cover album, Renegades. While this wasn’t the only hip hop song they covered on that album, it’s one of the least famous on the album yet the most famous in reference to them. I don’t know how many times people have claimed the originators of this song are RaTM, without proper knowledge of where it really came from. It came from hip hop, people. It came from hip hop.
It’s Hip Hop 101! The only place on the internet that brings new hip hop to your ears, in an attempt to blow your mind! This week, we’re talking to a gem of a rapper from California who has more layers than that onion that Shrek was talkin bout! Jayy Lee is an eclectic personality that has a unique – not just on life – but on hip hop as a whole. Few rappers come at the craft from a poetic standpoint, and even fewer come from a Slam Poetry angle. With high emotions, and a dedication to word play, I want to introduce you all to
I asked Jayy how she would introduce herself, and this is what she had to say: My name is Jay with two y’s cuz I’m super wise. I’m a white lesbian female rapper that is trying to cover all the left out categories in hip hop.
Let’s start with a more broad question: what does hip hop mean to you?
To me, above anything else, hip hop is supposed to represent each individual. Everyone’s realities. It’s got a common theme, but it’s defined by every person just a bit differently. That’s why I try to write everything I experience and hope that it connects with someone else that may be sharing the same reality as I am. I think it’s about a connection, and figuring out life through that connection.
So is there a definitive attempt to relate to other people?
I try to speak about emotions and everyone has emotions. Love, anger, hate, infatuations. Someone can relate to something that you say. I’ve related to a lot of music, and connected with it because of that relation. It may not be every single song, but eventually I will touch on a subject you can relate to and I can only hope it makes you feel good.
Considering your background is slam poetry, is there a more stressed goal of being different in terms of writing?
I’ve never considered myself different. I never seen myself trying to be different from anyone else, so it’s not that I aim to be, I just do me. If it comes off to be different, then cool. I feel like, I’m not trying to be anyone or not trying to be not anyone, but I feel a lot of people aim to be someone, you know, everyone is trying to be the next Em or Nicki, but that’s not the right way. They try so hard to be someone else that they forget to be who they are. I don’t ever want to do that.
Where would you say your inspiration comes from?
It comes from more places than I can point out. In terms of artists, though, Jean Grae, definitely. She’s just a beast with the metaphors, the flow, everything. When I listen to her, I cannot write all day. She just kills it because she’s so intimidating. It’s odd that this inspires me, but that intimidation just works. Another person that’ll get my wheels turning would probably be Apani B Fly.
I’m heavily into metaphorical rap. You seem to do a lot of that. Would you consider that forced or natural?
I would say that it’s what happens when you go through a lot of shit. People tell me all the time that they wish they were born talented, like I am. I wasn’t “born” nothin. I wish they could read the first two years of my writing; it was wack. I’ve experienced a lot and I had no one to talk to, just write. The paper was my therapy, and sometimes it was crap, sometimes it had a voice. Eventually it got better, and I think it’s just, it’s the poetry. My flow comes a lot from the poetry. With poetry there is no beat, which means you have to make your own beat. That’s where I got my start, you know; through poetry. With no instrumental in the background, with no production, it was me makin the beat in my head, messin with words and breath to make sure it sounded good.
Let’s get into the motivation behind all of this. What’s making you do this? What is your goal?
The whole reason I started even considering rap and sharing my poetry was because there was a different guy who would post stuff I could relate to. he inspired me to post my own stuff, because I figured someone would relate and I’d help them the way he helped me. The years have gone by and that hasn’t really changed. More than anything, I post to express myself, and I’ll be the first to say ‘Yeah, share my shit. It’s all love” As far as career wise, it’s very mixed at this point. I’m going to school full time so my education is my number one thing, but of course if my music helps me get somewhere along the way, great. I can’t just set aside what I have just for the music industry which is not promised. I need a backup plan. Sometimes it’s music, sometimes it’s educatiopn. Either way, I got something to fall back on.
Some claim that hip hop is dead; is it?
I think the radio is dead. As dead as the antenna that fell off my car two years ago and I haven’t listened to it since. There are a lot of very talented and real songs out there, you just have to be willing to go find it.
As a female rapper, what kind of hurdles do you think exist, and how do you deal with them?
The main issues that I have come across is that people do not take you seriously. You have to have your shit together, period. If I am trying to do a song with someone, they want to hear some good shit and they want to know that you’re prepared. Another issue I’ve come across, mainly with collaborations is a lot of the times, the want to do a love song or a break up song. I feel like half my love songs are with men, which is funny considering my tastes don’t swing that way. I mean, it’s not a bad thing, since the songs are about emotion, not necessarily who the emotions are with. There’s also a lot of comparisons that I just ain’t feeling. The fact that I’m white, and I rap gets me a lot of comparisons to Kreayshawn. That just doesn’t fly.
Haha. What bout Nicki?
Ha. Nah, I’m not trying to be compared with none of them. Nothing against them, I’ve told people so many times that I’m not trying to be signed, not trying to be on the radio, simply to evoke emotion. I have no need or want to be them. I can hardly name a few songs from Nicki or Kreayshawn. I wouldn’t see them on the same level. Not higher or lower, just not with them.
I like that. Now let’s talk about your album real quick. You dropped it not too long ago, and I recall a lot of it being deeper than usual “mixtapes” out there. What’s your favorite song on it?
“Write Back Soon” I like my flow in that one. I think it’s smooth and mellow. It has the end verse and in-verse rhyme. A while back I’d say I suck at writing story songs, but that was one of the first and I like the direction I went with it. The production is great. It’s not based on a true story or anything like that, I just like it. It makes me feel good.
It is a mellow track. The entire album is pretty sweet. Assuming that none of my readers have ever heard of you, hich song do you want them to hear, above anything else?
“Nothing But” – It’s got a good underground feel to it. It’s pretty sweet.
Any last words for the readers?
I feel like people think I’m so repetitive but I am so grateful for everyone to take the time to even read this, because I know people hate reading, especially about people they don’t know. I’m also talkin to those people who go through my poetry, people who still read them from like 2-3 years ago. it’s the same people. I do appreciate everything. I am not stuck up, I’m the easiest person to talk to. Everyone tells me imma get kidnapped cuz I’m more than willing to meet up with people. I’m just so open to it all. I don’t want anyone to feel intimidated. Hit me up anytime. I’m always on Facebook. haha
Be sure to download her mixtape, Scratching the Surface as son as possible, because it’s great and I said so.
- Chief Keef
by Joseph Paige Jr.
This week’s Douche of the Week for the Low End Theory was not all my decision. See it’s been a quiet week for douches, at least in the hip-hop world. With that being said honors this week goes to 17 year old Chicago born rapper Chief Keef. Now I couldn’t name you any of the guys songs, nor am I able to identify the kid in a line up. So I’ll have to judge solely on appearance alone and say that this kid looks like the kind I see at the bus stops with their pants sagging low and using profanities in front of old ladies. I’ll go as far as to say Chief Keef doesn’t even offer his seat to said old lady in event the bus was crowded.
I digress, to the original purpose of this column, and that’s to explain exactly why Chief Keef is in fact a douche. If you’re thinking it’s from his enthusiasm he displayed over the news of another young Chicago MC being murdered, then you are wrong! If you think it’s because he’s come after more seasoned rappers such as Lupe Fiasco and Kanye West, then once again you are dead wrong! The ultimate reason why our man Chief takes this weeks top honors is because he did what many of young people, and some older regrettably do with their smartphones. They send out explicit photos that spread on the web like a California wildfire. From what I hear… this image happens to depict Chief Keef sprawled on a dirty mattress while receiving a Lewinsky from an unidentified underaged female. Now I don’t know how well versed you readers are on your child pornography laws, but being that Chief and allegedly this girl is under the age of 18 it may be considered illegal to even distribute the photograph. So just a heads up before you all run over to Chief Keef’s Twitter and hit the Retweet button just think about one thing first. So ask yourself… Do you really want to not ever live in proximity to a school, have a seat next to a plate of cookies and Chris Hansen, or worst off end up the grand prize winner of an autographed copy of R. Kelly’s greatest hits?
Another week in the books, another week without our lovely Crystal. She misses you guys dearly, but the one two punch of work with IMKING and the OG are givin her a bit too much on the plate, and we over here fully support her hustle. Look at this spot next week for a little bit of new music – at least to me.