"One by One, Into the Dark"
It's here Part 2, Episode 3. Let's go! We start out with Ezekiel and Ra-Ra getting approached about coming to one of Afrika Bambaataa show by these two chicks. Will they go? Who knows. Moving to the next scene Ezekiel goes back to the boss of his internship (remember Shaolin pulled a gun out at his Yale party). Well the boss is talking to Ezekiel about how men in power can get anything forgiven or better yet their way. No matter if a gun was involved. Ask Trump if you think I'm lying. So the boss tells Ezekiel that any friend that pulls out a gun isn't a friend at all. So he wants Ezekiel to rat out Shaolin and if does that and then all will be forgiven. Rat out the homie! This ain't First 48 so that ain't happenin. Plus I watched Juice and it ain't too many people with a gun who are willing to be told on. So the boss gets upset and says to Ezekiel, "Don't Bite the Hands that Feeds you.". So Ezekiel stayed true to his hood and his people decides to quit the internship with the unforgettable words,
"Sometimes the means doesn't justify the end."
But the day doesn't end there. Ezekiel goes home and his aunt starts trippin' on him talking about curfews and he can't perform anymore. But he ain't bout to quit music. So his aunt kicks him out the house. That's a hell of a choice. Doing what you love and kicked out the only house you've known. OR not doing what you love and hating the life others want you to lead. But luckily Shaolin let's him crash at his spot. As he reply's, "Books, you in the streets now!".
The next day Papa Fuerte comes bustin through the door talking about, "You can't date Mylene" this and "You don't deserve the opportunity to go to Yale" that. You know bulshit you say when your mad, Then Ezekiel tells him how the mayor and his boss was playing him just to get the latino vote and then they were gonna drop his ass anyway. Meanwhile Mylene is getting the cold shoulder from the label. They ain't returning her calls or answering her telegraphs, or what ever they had back then. The record company seriously is tired of the religious act and are ready for her to do some Madonna shit. So they promise her a part in a movie as long as she sings at the ratchet club and gets ratchet. Like twerk before it was called twerking.
Back to Les Inferno you know Fat Annie's club. But even before that Cadillac is still hating on the Get Down Brothers. So he told his dealer to lace the angel dust that they sell at the clubs so that there would be bodies on the floor. And Dizzy almost dies because of it. And the weird ass cartoon shows back up. That shit sucks.
The ONLY hip-hop lesson we get from the episode is when Fat Annie started talking about novelty records and how there's money in them. This was true, In fact one of the first big rap records was a novelty record called "Rapper's Delight" by the Sugarhill Gang. The ironic part of that is that when Boo-Boo is riding in the limo they are listening to a Grand Master Kass song which is stolen and used in the very same song (Rapper's Delight on the 9th verse by Big Bank Hank).
Ya never let a MC steal your ryhme.
But wait there's more episode's of The Get Down. So just chill til the next EPISODE...
"THE BEAT SAYS, THIS IS THE WAY"
So we're back. And if you enjoyed episode one's drama then episode two is jam packed with it. We start with the story line of Miles aka Boo-Boo, also the youngest and shortest of the Get Down Brothers. His pockets is low and he wants to get put on by Shaolin. Not because his family is about to get evicted or nuthin like that. Why you ask then? To impress a fucking girl. So Shaolin does just that, he puts him on, thinking he can look over him if he's in his crew better than if he was in a rivals. Then we jump to Mylene. The record company is satisfied with her hit but now they want something a little more edgier. So basically the religious songs ain't cuttin it, they wanna sell sex. And just for historical reference Ezekiel and Mylene go to see the Wiz, which was released in the fall of 1978 for you fact checkers.
"UNFOLD YOUR OWN MYTH"
Here we are again. The Get Down. Back for Part 2. So let's jump into the first episode. The story starts in the Fall of 1978 with our main character Ezekiel aka Books. He is still at his internship in Manhattan high risers where he starts out reminiscing on everything that had happened and everything that had changed in the last year. His girl Mylene is now a disco star which he loves and every other dude also loves too. Still true is the fact that Ezekiel and his friends "The Get Down Brothers" want their own kingdom in New York like the great hip hop crews that have already made their kingdoms in New York.
It's back by popular demand. THE GET DOWN. Part 2!! Nas is back with his storytelling and our main character Ezekiel and his friends 'The Get Down Brothers'. This second part of of the first season is sure to be filled with relationships, drama, and hopefully some lessons in hip-hop. But I know everyday your HUSTLIN, so you might not have a lot of time to watch the show. So for the 2nd time here's your cheat sheet to 'The Get Down' Part 2, minus the Hollywood love bullshit. OK Maybe a little Hollywood love bullshit.
With the recent release of "4eva is a Mighty Long Time" Big K.R.I.T has been receiving some great reviews from both critics and casual fans of hip-hop. Anyone that knows of Big K.R.I.T. knows that this album has stayed true to his lyrical southern style as well as has shown K.R.I.T.'s willingness to experiment with different sounds and styles. One of the best tracks on the album is "Subenstein (My Sub IV)" which is a continuation of the "My Sub" track series that has shown up on a few of his projects. So let's look at this story more in detail, the story of "My Sub".
So Twitter is always a good place to find some pretty interesting stories. Baller Alert, Black Twitter, Kevin Durant's fake profile, the list goes on. But one story that caught my attention was one from a Tweeter named "Kiran the Nomad" which I have coined as "Step Up 4: The Responsibility". But it ain't no Channi-ng Tatum in this one either just a kid telling the story of how sometimes things are a little more complicated than you think. So here you go, Kiran the Nomad and his twitter story I call, The Step Up.
The reviews are in and there are plenty of reaction videos on YouTube going around about the '17 XXL Freshman class. And with the dust now settling I had to let you know that not everybody got my seal of approval. But here are 3 that did. My Top 3 '17 XXL Freshman:
Just got a pound of that boof, ayy
Here we are the end of the road. The 10th and final spot. Voted for by you the fans is no other than XXXTentacion. What? We've been over the name thing and weirdness so yea that still applies. So how? Why? Name.... XXXTentacion. The XXX part stands for his belief that porn is art and he plans actually pans to have his own porno. The Tentacion part is Spanish for temptation. He believes that the purity, the imperfections of a track are what makes a track great, and in many cases has chosen lower quality mixing instead of the higher quality techniques like reverb to clean up a track. Being from Florida XXXTentacion has linked up with ULT with famous '16 XXL Freshman Denzel Curry. He says his music is honest, it's the things people want to say but feel like they can't because of societies disappointment. So here are some facts about XXXTentacion:
Rap Name: XXXTentacion
Born: January 23, 1998 (age 19), Broward County, Florida, FL
Record Label: Empire
Latest Mixtape: Revenge
Otay, pray them niggas go away,
We've been talking about how unique the '17 XXL Freshman's names have been. We've seen hoodie's to Playboi's, to PnB's. But one rapper who's name will turn heads, not for it's weirdness, but it's uniqueness, is Kyle. I know what your thinking. A rapper named Kyle.?? Yes Kyle, which happens to be his real first name, and he happens to have a smash hit called "iSpy", with the '16 XXL Freshman, Lil Yachty. But he hasn't always had smash hits. Rap started for Kyle when his dad introduced him to rap when he was 10. 10 really??. And since then he had made 2 projects, but after 2015 and the dropping of his project Smyle, Kyle was at a crossroads in his career. He realized he hadn't blown up like he had expected. So what did he do that changed his whole career? He said fuck it, and started dropping singles every month of which "iSpy" was one of them. 2017 has gotten off to a great start for Kyle only time will tell what's next for him. So here are some facts about Kyle:
Rap Name: Kyle
Born: May 18, 1993 (age 24) Northridge, California,
Record Label: Atlantic / Indie-Pop / INgrooves
Latest Mixtape: Beautiful Loser
And I swear I had these thots before I got the fame,
Probably the biggest star of the XXL Freshman '17 cover has to be Playboi Carti. So far he has been putting out hit after hit. But as much as he is a star, he also has a mysterious and reserved personality. Anyone who knows hip-hop knows that Atlanta is where it's at, but for Playboi Carti it wasn't until he moved to Brooklyn that his rap career really took off. Playboi Carti wasn't his first rap name, like all rappers there was an evolution, and the first rap name he used was Sir Cartier. But rapping isn't all he wants to do. Like his A$AP label mate Rocky, Playboi Carti has aspirations of getting into fashion and acting. So here are some facts about Playboi Carti:
Rap Name: Playboi Carti
Born: September 13, 1996 (age 20) Atlanta, Georgia
Record Label: Interscope / AWGE
Latest Mixtape: Playboi Carti