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:
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.
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.