Super Bowl goals,
For Jay-Z it's the first bar that seems to prophesize the inevitable. A half-time performance at Super Bowl 52. Who would've guessed that after his wife performing at the previous Super Bowl that Jay-Z would be up next. The world's biggest stage with millions of eyes tuned in. For Hip-hop this would been a pivotal accomplishment in validating the genre's legitimacy and it's longevity. But as the lights dimmed and the music started to play, it became inevitably clear that this wasn't Hip-hop and it definitely wasn't Jay-Z. This was Justin Timberlake.
Here's the video if you missed it:
So Justin Timberlake is a performer. I get it. But he's not Jay-Z. He hasn't had the impact that Jay-Z has had. He doesn't have the cultural significance that would've catipulted Hip-hop forward. So why did Jay-Z knowing the importance of this performance unexpectedivly decline? Because of the same reason why 4:44 was created. LEGACY. Legacy is the last track on Jay-Z's album 4:44 (There are some bonus tracks but we're just talking about the standard version.) where Jay-Z talks about some of the barriers that have kept Hip-hop as well as a race of people in the background and always last. These are the same barriers that the NFL has long represented. So for Jay-Z he couldn't perform. Not after the talk about Black Excellence. Not after 4:44. Not after TIDAL. Not after Kaepernick.
We gon' start a society within a society,
So Justin Timberlake did the Super Bowl. And Not Jay-Z. But for Jay-Z the Holygrail isn't the Super Bowl. He's literally been selling out arenas all over the world for over a decade. Jay-Z already has his Holygrail if you don't believe me ask justin Timberlake.
No truer words express the unattainable expectations that hip-hop has seen with the Grammy's more than the song 'Moonlight' by Jay-Z. The song itself talks about the movie "La La Land" being declared as the winner of "Best Picture" at the 2017 Oscars only to be announced moments later that the movie Moonlight was the actual winner. This is a snub that the culture has seen time and time again from award shows. So is 'the culture' stuck in La La Land? La La Land often refers to a euphoric state and a land of make believe. It's this same mind-set that many people believe Hip-hop artists are stuck in as they have often measured the success of their career and the pennicle of being a Grammy award. But is this truly realistic?
But throughout the Grammy's history and since Hip-hop's acceptance as a genre. Hip-hop has always gotten the snub in categories that reach outside of the genre itself such as Album of the Year. Which one might've thought would've been a sure win for Hip-hop this year seeing that Hip-hop was the top genre of 2017 in sales and streams. But as hip-hop has seen. not every fairy-tale has a happy ending. This year Bruno Mar's album "24K Magic" took home the coveted "Album of the Year". When most would've thought Kendrick Lamar's "Damn". or Jay-Z's "4:44" would've been the two clear winners. But the Grammy's told Hip-hop "SIT DOW!, BE HUMBLE"! Even more than that is the fact that most Rap awards are not even televised. Artists like Drake and Kanye have cited this multiple times throughout there careers. As of which Drake's "More Life" project was not even submitted for Grammy consideration, citing the fact that his music is not only Rap but multiple genre's. Which he is correct. I wouldn't exactly call his song "Hotline Bling" a Rap song considering it's harmony and melodic feel is more R&B than Hip-hop. But still took home "Best Rap Song of the Year during the 2017 Grammy's. True Story.
So maybe it's true when it comes to the Grammy's "We're stuck in La La Land". The fact is that the Grammy's aren't for Hip-hop. "Even when we win, we gon' lose." The fact is that people go to the Grammy's to be seen on TV. If you win an award off air what's the point? You midest well have stayed home and let them mail it to you. But let's not be so down about it. Some people did win right?
Here's a list of the 2018 Grammy Award Winners:
Sometimes being first is all that matters. Earlier today Lil Wayne dropped the Dedication 6 Reloaded. So in light of being the first to review the whole album....... ITS FIRE.
Hip-hop has taken over. From TV, to music, to the internet hip-hop has left it's imprint in pretty much every market. So when it comes to cartoons in this new age it would only be right that hip-hop be represented as well. That's if they want to be relevant. And one cartoon that's been paying homage to the hip-hop scene is show Teen Titans Go! Airing on Cartoon Network, Teen Titans Go has become one of the stations biggest shows. Known for it's super hero characters and new style music, has become the recipe for success for this cartoon, which has quickly become become one for the most watched shows on the network. Here are a few clips of the super hero's hip-hop adventures.
Kendrick Lamar dropped another classic album. I know what your thinking. Didn't he just drop Damn.? Yes. And coming off a critically acclaimed album Kendrick Lamar is back with his new album Damn. Wait hold up. Am I reading that right? Yes, he is re-releasing Damn. again. So is there any new songs? No. Is this a bonus CD with extra commentary, or Deluxe package, or something? No. It's Damn again. But not quite. The major difference between this new Damn. and the old Damn. is the tracklist ordering. The tracklist is completely in REVERSE of each other.
Everyday Struggle was an internet hit that put Complex back in the conversation of being a relevant platform for the culture. Even with being 1 of 3 hosts Joe Budden through his hip-hop career as well as TV career on Love in Hip-Hop brought the most notoriety to the show. And with this notoriety brought the crazy, ranting, passionate about the culture monologues that became known as "Joe Just Being Joe". It was when "Joe Just Being Joe" that some of the most magical moments happened on the show and helped to make it one of the top streamed shows on the internet. Many thought even with Joe's rants that he was irreplaceable, but even he quickly realized that in the corporate world that Beyoncé was right, nobody's IRREPLACEABLE.
First Day Out was the standout track that introduced the world to Tee Grizzley. A track known for it's hard hitting drums and street feel, First Day Out left no room for error yet enough room for Tee Grizzley to paint a vivid picture. And from start to finish Tee Grizzley executed..
iSpy sparked the introduction to the artist Kyle to the world. Kyle is a light-hearted, fun loving artist who has already gained accolades such as being on the cover of the XXL '17 Freshman cover and just having the number 4 song on the Billboard Hot 100. Here's what I thought of the track iSpy.
Ma$e who? Murda Ma$e to be exact. He's back. And not with the Mr. Rodgers "Welcome Back" track. Nope! This time he's coming back with a diss track aimed at fellow Harlem artist Killa Cam aka Cam'ron. Now anyone who knows these two's history know that in the past there has been some sparring back and forth, mostly Cam'ron throwing the punches and Ma$e blocking them. But this time Cam'ron had dissed him too many times and it boiled over with Cam'ron's recent track "It's Killa" which sent Ma$e into the studio and on the offense. Let's see how the battle goes...
Fuck Post Malone. In the truest sense. Because hip-hop has saved lives, These are the very first thoughts that formulated in my mind after I heard Post Malone's comments on the current state of hip-hop. Here's what he had to say in a recent interview with the Polish network NewOnce: