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“Young California Got That Mass Appeal”

Posted in Hip-Hop, Hip-Hop History, Music, Print Media, Rappers, YouTube Classics with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 26, 2010 by mattyfresh697400

GAME “THE RED ROOM” MIXTAPE

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So I am sitting at my desk at home after another rainy monday , and was feeling like I need some new music in my world. Now the rapper GAME might not be your answer to a brighter outlook on the day, but today GAME and DK Skee released a free mixtape on XXLMAG.com , but then I got to thinking and although The Game has his fair share of detractors, and as a NY Hip-Hop fan with a steadfast dedication to East Coast MC’s , I have to say Game is the real deal.

So I fired up the Itunes and threw on “Scream On Em” produced by Swizz beats from “The Doctors Advocate” album. That song is about as hard as Brock Lesnar. Also not the best song to sit at your laptop and write, yet here I sit (how lazy am I?) So then I scroll down to “One Love /Its Okay” ,  you can look up the definition of HARD in a Websters dictionary and that song might just start playing , flipping Junior Reid’s “One Blood” ….thats genius. Opening line , you know you remember it…”Dre, I see dead people” then  Junior Reid comes firing in… I can recall in the summer of 2006 being in Las Vegas when this song first dropped and being on the Westside the DJ was only too glad to spin this one back at least 10 times……IN A ROW!!!

Now is he the worlds greatest rapper, certainly not, but he def knows what he is doing. He has clearly always had a solid team of marketing people behind him (sure being on Interscope never hurts), But from his single selection , to ALL His artwork and branding, the fonts he uses , I am feeling him. Just look at the artwork for the new tape.

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One of things I love about Game is his ceaseless promotion of his West Coast affiliation and his blatant gang affiliation (sup BLOODS). Game has the ill LA DODGER Logo tattoed on HIS FACE in RED INK. Yes, THE GAME is HARD. I mean he practically marketed himself as the second coming of NWA and reps Compton harder than  Eazy E, and you know what…it workes well. But you can tell he means it. His affiliation with Dre aside, this man bleeds California RED. HE is an NWA lifer for sure.

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Huge Shout to my boy Lester at WEST NYC for hooking me up with the classic NWA photo above. It is spring time people so go buy some damn KICKS (at West NYC of course)

You can tell GAME has a deep respect for the history of Hip-Hop, he names drops rappers constantly but rather than diss , he gives props. I mean he has his beefs for sure, but take one listen to “Games Pain” featuring Keisha Cole . The song is a sweet history lesson on the genre. And while you’re at it listen to “My Life’ Feat Weezy and “Wouldnt Get Far” featuring Kanye. Straight HITS!!!!!

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Now of course putting out a free mixtape and dropping it on the internet is about as original as breathing, but when GAME does his thing , it feels like an event. Enlisting XXL as the distribution platform is also not rocket science but they have done their thing in executing it. And of course this is pre-cursor to the forthcoming proper “ALBUM” coming this summer. But this Mixtape has all the feelings of a real LP. I mean this tape features Lil Wayne, Diddy, Jim Jones, Just Blaze, Nippsy Hustle, Busta , Pharrell, Jadakiss and Birdman. Like I said The Game gets his respect in the industry.

So is the tape any good, I have no idea!!

Since its still D-Loading…..

But while I wait… I spit my lyrics, cuz typing this blog is about as close to rapping as young matty gets! ….holla at ya boy.

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“They Reminisce Over You” by Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth

Posted in Hip-Hop, History, Music, Rappers, YouTube Classics with tags , , , , , on April 22, 2010 by mattyfresh697400

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Start your Thursday with what is certainly one of my TOP 5 all time favorite songs….Summer of 1992.

“Worst Comes To Worst” by Dilated Peoples

Posted in Hip-Hop, Music, Rappers, YouTube Classics with tags , , , , , on April 21, 2010 by mattyfresh697400

Feeling a bit nostalgic these days, although this track is not that old, it is still a real banger. With some ad-lib by GURU (RIP) and production by Alchemist. We need more joints like this. Dilated is a great example of a group that was signed to a major and is now, indie as hell. Hope they continue to put out material.

Enjoy the video!

The DrakeOver

Posted in Hip-Hop, Music, Rappers with tags , on March 5, 2010 by mattyfresh697400

I make no secret at all that my man Drake is a beast , a real triple threat. He can rap, He can sing and he can…well I dont know maybe he is simply a double threat…I will say this, Its been a minute since there has been a debut album (No his itunes ep does not count) with this much anticipation. Reminds me a bit of waiting for Snoop to drop in 94 (but that might be taking it a bit far) The good folks at HypeTrack got the first single for our listening pleasure….Looking forward to hearing more Drizzzzzzy!

Drake – Over

Click on the link to HYPETRACK and peep it.

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After months of sharing verses with today’s top-selling recording artists and constantly postponing his long-awaited debut album “Thank Me Later” Drake is finally ready to present his first single. Entitled “Over” Drake is in full Drizzy-mode giving a recap of his eventful past year over the Boi-1da laced track. This is certainly not the radio-joint people have expected, but it is a solid effort that leaves one wanting to finally hear his full opus that is slated to appear in May.

Addict.

Posted in Fashion, Hip-Hop, Rappers, Sneakers with tags , , , , on March 4, 2010 by mattyfresh697400

There Is No Cure!

Jay Electronica …The best??

Posted in Hip-Hop, Music, Rappers with tags , , on February 22, 2010 by mattyfresh697400
They call me Jay Electronica
Fuck that.
Call me Jay ElecHannukah.
Jay ElecYarmulka.

All you have to do is sit back and listen, hear the voice , listen to the depth of the lyrics and enjoy the sniper like delivery. Jay Electronica is incredible.

I can not say enough about this guy, he makes me believe in hip-hop again and in todays market that is no small task.

I first met Jay at Just Blazes’ baseline studios in the spring of 2007, we were putting the finishing touches on the next KIDZ album and Jay blessed us with a verse for  “Cool , Relax” which  we released on the deluxe itunes only version. As soon as I heard his voice I just knew he had it. A throwback voice that might remind you of 94 and “Illmatic” and lyrics that just did not sound like someone who was new in the game, the poise of a veteran with true life war stories that you simply can’t make up. Me and my partner D. tried to get Jay to sign a a deal , but Jay was on his own path. Impossible to lock down for a meeting and even tougher to book for a session. Jay was in and out of NY constantly.  I never stopped following Jay as the internet began to catch on, before I knew it he was one the cover of URB yet had NEVER RELEASED A SINGLE.  Soon after a tour with Nas would follow and Jay Electronica just kept on pushing.

His talent is undeniable, and his New Orleans roots make his flow and his story all the more compelling. He is on that down south sh*t , but sounds like he is from the “Bridge” . Truly a worldly rapper that has seen so much turmoil and drama in his life that he can’t help but spit flames.

So now Jay Electronica finally has himself the serious buzz and hit single he deserves. “Exhibit C” is just the tip of the iceberg. If Just Blaze continues to produce I cant imagine what they will come with next and I really cant wait to hear it.  I put Jay Electronica against any rapper out there and Jay wins. Dont make us wait another year for the next single…

Here is to the future of hip-hop!

Drake….still on FIRE!!

Posted in Hip-Hop, Print Media, Rappers with tags , , on January 26, 2010 by mattyfresh697400

I really dont care what people say, Drake is sick. Truly an Amazing Talent. Drake along with J. Cole and Jay Electronica will help keep hip-hop burning for the next 10 + years.

Check out the new COMPLEX with my man DRAKE on the cover.

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For their Feb/March issue, Damien Scott sat down with Drake to discuss what has come up since the last time they’ve spoken to each other. Obviously there was the backlash from the Best I Ever Had video and how it slowed down his momentum, his knee injury. addresses how Kid Cudi may have felt slighted because Kanye was directing his video while Cudi was coming out. He also addresses the competition between all the young/new rappers, as well as his old friend Nickelus F.

Around the time that Kanye directed “Best I Ever Had,” it seemed like there was strife between your camp and Cudi’s camp because Kanye was so enamored of you while Cudi’s project was being worked on.

Drake: I wasn’t aware of that. Even so, I could understand. If Wayne were to be enamored—which is a great word—of another young artist, I would be like, “Damn, I’m here too!” But at the same time, it happens in more than one situation. It happens with ‘Ye, and I have a great relationship with Jay, and Jay’s got Wale and J. Cole, who’s one of my favorite dudes rapping right now. I’ve happened to have had more success. I made the most money, I have number-one records, those guys don’t have that shit. And it’s just facts, it’s not even my feelings or that I feel I’m more talented. That’s what the game is about, making great music that earns profit. When it comes to my relationship with the new dudes, I’m just excited for them. I get to sit back in a cool position and be like, “Yo, I’m excited to see you do it now because I know what it’s like, it’s gonna be so much fun for you…”

You feel like you’re at the finish line?

Drake: I’m at the starting line. Those guys are at home, putting on their tracksuits, getting ready to make their attack. When J. Cole gets it super-right, I think he’s gonna have a place as a Nas-type character who really stands for hip-hop, but still makes ill records that everybody fucks with.

If J. Cole is Nas, then who are you?

Drake: [Laughs.] I’m the young big homie!