On this date in 2001, NYC kings of crime rhyme Mobb Deep released their fifth full-length studio album entitled Infamy on the Loud/Columbia imprint.
As the QB duo’s first album following their publicized beef on wax with Jay-Z, the controversy helped to bolster the album’s sales, recognized by the RIAA as certified gold, despite being created during the advent of the internet, in an era that will forever be known as ringtone music.
As one of the last full-length projects from the Mobb, Infamy offered up one of the few albums during that era that was approved by the streets as well as the industry. Tracks like “Get Away” and “Hey Luv,” which featured Bad Boy R&B group 112 spearheaded the album to commercial success with a more “acceptable” sound, while tracks like “The Learning (Burn)” featuring Rapper Noyd and Vita is an example of their ability to show you that the Mobb is still “Infamous”.
Salute to Prodigy(RIP), Havoc, Noyd and the rest of the Mobb who helped create this timeless piece of Hip Hop history!
New York rapper Young M.A sees the bigger picture. The hip-hop entertainer has vowed to strategically level up her finances in 2020 by not throwing money down on jewelry and designer clothing. Look and comment below!
This is the 4th studio album from Detroit rapper Bizarre, who is widely known for being a member of the now defunct D12. He was one of the first members of the group to already have an established solo career, as his 1998 EP Attack of the Weirdos as well as his 2005 debut album Hannicap Circus are hometown classics in my eyes. Last time we heard from him in a full-length capacity was in 2010 with Friday Night at St. Andrews but after years of focusing on mixtapes & more recently the duo L.A.R.S. with King Gordy, he’s back with his first studio album in 9 years with Rufus.
The opener “RIP Bizarre” talks about how wild he is over a woozy instrumental, but then it cuts into a spoken word piece where he announces that the Bizarre character will be out the window for a while. The intro is an auto-tune trap ballad about all the drugs he does while the song “Day in the Hood” talks about what it’s like living in Detroit over a haunting trap beat. The track “Puffin’” with Danny Mellz & Wack Rac sees the 3 of course talking about weed over a nocturnal beat while the song “Grandmom” is an endearing tribute to Biz’s late grandmother.
The track “Wish I Was High” is an hallucinogenic banger about wanting to be under the influence & while I like the bass-heavy instrumental on the song “Dope Fiend”, Biz’s whispery delivery doesn’t do it for me. The track “Leatherface” finds L.A.R.S getting with Lazarus & Hopsin to deliver an epically grimy horrorcore cut while the song “Get Hi” talks about his love for weed over an intoxicating beat. The track “Treat Yourself” talks about appreciating the simple things in life & not letting the world bring you down over a skeletal instrumental whereas the song “Late Night” with Oba Rowland is an awkward attempt at a “sexy” radio hit.
The track “Lose Weight” talks about wanting to live a healthier lifestyle after recently being diagnosed with diabetes over a soulful instrumental while the song “Man on a Mission” with Danny Mellz & Tay Kova sees the 3 talking about ruff riding over a druggy trap beat. The track “Petty” with former D12 bandmate dEnAuN sees the 2 talking about being just that over a stripped back instrumental while the song “Step Father” is a dedication to all the stepfathers out there backed with a rich instrumental & while the song “Free” talks about being relieved, the beat is nondescript.
The track “My Daughter” talks about not wanting to be a bad father over a vibraphone-inflicted trap beat whereas the song “Breathe Deep” talks about being on the verge of a panic attack over a grim instrumental. The track “Marijuana” needs no further explanation lyrically although I do like the vibrant production while the penultimate track “Bizarre Back / Have You Ever” starts off with a spoken word piece announcing the return of the Bizarre character & then he busts in asking rhetorical questions over a dazing instrumental. Then there’s the closer “Fans”, where Biz invites a handful of independent rappers on to showcase their talents.
This is actually a pretty solid effort from Biz overall. Sure it’s 80 minutes long & there are some cuts on here that I can personally do without, but it’s a nice change of pace as he spends a good 95% of the time telling you who he really is as a person & where he’s at now.
Canadian hip-hop artist Tory Lanez is speaking big words of motivation and inspiration. The rap crooner went to Instagram Tuesday to share a slideshow of pics draped in Louis Vuitton and encouraging fans to get up, get out and get something no matter what rests ahead. Look and comment below!
Tech N9ne – “Green Lit” ft King ISO & MAEZ301
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Green Lit – Episode 1 of Kathartic Season 2 finds Tech N9ne and company
clashing with Sheriff William Ricci once again as the group works
to prove their innocence once and for all.
Kathartic Season 2 begins now!
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Last Wednesday, TVLineshared a pic of a very much alive version of James “Ghost” St. Patrick interacting with his on-screen son Tariq St. Patrick.
After Episode 10 aired in November, showrunner and creator Courtney Kemp told TVLine not to count Ghost out just yet. “He got shot. I didn’t see him die,” she asserted. She added that the last five episodes — which get underway Sunday, Jan. 5 — were inspired by the movie Rashomon, in which several characters provide differing accounts of the same event. Of course, Powerhas been known to throw figments of imagination (hello red-dress Angela!) into the mix, so it’s possible that the photo above shows Ghost in a flashback, a dream or some other incarnation. (TVLine)
This is the brand new collaborative album between New York emcees Mooch & Rigz. Who’ve been doing songs together on various projects for a few years now, but are now teaming with Big Ghost Ltd. to take it to the next level.
After the “Stuck” intro, we get into the first song “77B Savage”. Where Mooch & Rigz vividly detail life in the hood over an eerie boom bap beat. The track “3am” with M.A.V. sees the 3 describing what goes on in the late night hours over a spine-chilling instrumental while the song “Re-Up” talks about selling drugs over a boom bap beat with some twinkling keys & an orchestral sample to add the grittiness. The track “Custom Shit” lyrically speaks for itself over a psychedelic guitar lead while the song “We Took Ya Licks” gets violent over a funky bass-line & the drum playing on here is epic.
The track “Summer School” reflects on everyone who doubted them as kids over a jazzy instrumental while the song “Another Day” is somewhat reminiscent of the classic Biggie joint “Everyday Struggle”. The track “Deadbents” talks about how the duo met over some a boom bap beat with some icy keyboards while the song “Sleep wit It” gets mafioso over a grim instrumental. The track “Fall Outs” talks about learning from your mistakes over a gloomy instrumental while the song “Tit for Tat” with Tekk9 sees the 3 talking about trouble with the law from their own perspectives over a cold-blooded beat. The album then ends with “Flag Day”, which is a decent posse cut backed with a triumphant-sounding instrumental.
Personally, this is Mooch & Rigz’ best work to date. The natural chemistry between the 2 is showcased fantastically & the production that Big Ghost Ltd. brings to the table enhances their lyricism to the point where the album plays out like a movie. Really looking forward to where they’re gonna take things in 2020.
“No you debate and hated and viewed in America as a motherfucking drug addict/You’ll never be a legend/Now when you stop and start to stare at who’s in the mirror/Look at all that f*cking botox, b*tch I know you embarrassed” (“Pray For Him”)