Black Panther is undoubtable a classic when it comes to movies that are culturally impactful. The movie has won countless awards and has broken numerous records. But the true measure of how impactful this movie is, is still yet to be known. This undoubtedly puts a lot of pressure on the soundtrack to not just be a regular soundtrack, but a soundtrack guided by artists who themselves drive culture and influence. This is where the label TDE and most notably Kendrick Lamar comes into to play. Listening to the album there is no doubt that Kendrick has left his mark all over the album by appearing on 5 of the 13 songs on the soundtrack. But it falls short of having that one truly impactful track.
The album incorporates a lot of african inspired sounds such as the drums which can be heard on tracks like "All The Stars", "Opps", "Redemption", and "Pray For Me". The great thing about the album is that it touches on many of the deep issues that plague the black community. These issues are something that Kendrick has touched on numerous times throughout his career. But even with all of that being said there still is not a track that sticks as powerfully uplifting or inspirational. This is where Wale’s “Black Heroes” should’ve come into play.
Black Hereos is a song that appears on Wale’s 2013 junior album release “The Gifted”. Throughout the song Wale touches on the troubles of black people and the absence of a black hero to help inspire and guide the youth. This is what Black Panther is about and is why the movie was championed throughout the black community. This movie was created to inspire and put the “Black Hero” front stage and center. Many would say “Finally”. And Wale says:
Ain’t no hope for a young nigga
Reading between the lines and the various wordplay and double entendres in the verses, Wale is able to capture moments that explain the options that young black people are presented and glorified. The options presented seem limited because people in the community only see drug dealers who have the things things that they want, like cars and clothes. And the only other image that is projected is the image on TV of rappers or ball players who also have the things that they want.
This cold poet just throw up quotables to give em hope
Wale continues this theme of black success being seen as only “the football player” having instead of politicians or doctors. Which in Black Panther the movie presents numerous figures such as T'Challa’s sister Shuri who is the scientist / engineer. Images that are needed. As Wale explains:
And they Marion Barry, yea I have Barry Sanders
With all of this said the Black Panther soundtrack needed this song to create the same impact that the movie did. And it would've been a great fit as the last track on the soundtrack. But looking at the actual song that did become the last track called “Pray For Me”, which seemed counterproductive to what the movie was. It was too commercial. This is for a soundtrack that needed to match the look and feel of such an important movie. A movie that black people have been waiting to see because of the absence of Black Hereos as Wale explains:
And I wrote this album without a care in the world
So sit back and listen to Wale's Black Heroes and let us know if you think this song should've made the Black Panther soundtrack:
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.
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?
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...