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:
Album Review: Syre by Jaden Smith
A Syre Searching for his Own KingdoM
When Jaden Smith first burst on the scene as a rapper it was hard to take him serious. The formula actor turned rapper has rarely worked, with the exception of Drake. Furthermore, few actors could shake the image left from being seen as a certain character. If you don't believe me ask Orlando Brown who played Eddie on that's so Raven. Jaden Smith has seen this same thing happen to him because of movie roles from movies like "The Pursuit of Happyness" where even in his acting debut he was overshadowed by his father. A shadow he has been looking to get from out of ever since. Even in his rap debut from the movie soundtrack The Karate Kid Jaden being taken serious as a rapper was a hard thing to do. By the time Jaden had returned for his second attempt at a rap career the damage had already been done. The acting, the controversial outfits he wore, and the modeling magazine career cumulated into Jaden's return to rap more like a gimmick or parody act than a charting topping rapper. Add on top of this his father is the unanimous prince of hip-hop, and it's easy to see why Jaden Smith has been seen as a young kid always searching for his crown and more importantly his kingdom. But with Jaden's recent release "Syre" Jaden proves that his book on rap royalty is far from being finished.
Tis the Season for ClapBacks
It's that time of year again. The turkeys in the oven, the rolls are baking, and families are roastin. For tis the season for the almighty Thanksgiving Clapback. So we collected a few from the internet to help you out should you end up in any of these situations:
Happy Thanks Giving and may the Clapback be with you.
And a message from Kevin Hart:
The Get Down is OVER. Not only is the season over but the show is over. Cancelled. Finished. But at the same time unfinished. Because there were plenty of stories that were left unfinished. What happened to Boo-Boo? Did Ezekiel go to Yale? Did Shaolin have to have sex with Fat Annie again? Well that's a yes. We know that. But these questions are also the reason why after only 11 episodes into the first season that the Get Down was cancelled. Why was it cancelled? Who knows why. But I feel like the producers did not help the Get Down's case for being brought back for another season.
"Only from Exile Can We Come Home"
Damn it's finally here. Episode 5 of Part 2. The season finale. Let's see how it all goes down. We start off with Cadillac looking for Shaolin because Shaolin pistol whipped his momma. Yea that happened. But Shaolin and the Get Down Brothers are far gone, they are all forced to leave their homes. And where do they head to? They headed to the Zulu Nation and get are protected there as long as they are down with peace and unity. This is where Ra-Ra comes up with the plan to unite the 3 kingdoms which are made up of Grand Master Flash's crew, Cool Herc's crew, and Afrika Bambaataa's the Zulu Nation crew to stop this novelty record from happening. While all this is happening Mylene is burring her father, while Papa Fuertes is in trouble for arson for burning down buildings he owned and collecting the insurance money. But he doesn't get far because the police arrest him at one of his old construction projects that never happened. At least leave the city.
Episode 4. Not too many episode's left. But this one here!!! This one here!! Got that action! The story starts with Dizzee and his brother Boo-Boo talking, Dizzee is still recovering from that overdose if you remember. They both make some slick comments to each other. They both know that the other has a secret. One's gay and the other sells drugs, but they leave their secrets hidden.. for now.
"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."
"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.
THE GET DOWN CHEAT SHEET: PART 2
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.