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Watch the Throne II

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According to multiple sources and people who have analyzed every single lyric on 4:44, there is a rift between Jay Z and Kanye West. In the first track on Jay’s 13th studio album he says:

But you got hurt because you did cool by ‘Ye
You gave him 20 million without blinkin’
He gave you 20 minutes on stage, fuck was he thinkin’?
“Fuck wrong with everybody?” is what you sayin’
But if everybody’s crazy, you’re the one that’s insane

Jay is probably referencing one of Kanye’s many on stage rants last year right before West hospitalized himself.

From the perspective of someone who is a Kanye West apologist and defends him to people who call him a sell out or crazy, the deterioration of this once great partnership hurts.

Selfishly, I want a Watch the Throne II and another Watch the Throne tour. I want Kanye to run to the studio to put together another Takeover if its needed. I want another This Cant Be Life. Ideally, I want them to understand that the art they create together is inspiring to their fans and needs to be shared with the masses. However, it seems like the wounds are too deep for both to heal. When you really think about it, were they a good match to begin with.

Kanye eccentricities and Jay’s laid back demeanor were bound to clash. Regardless of their chemistry in the studio, Dame Dash is the guy that always championed the talent of Kanye while Jay was always hesitant to put his full support behind Ye. Until the Rocafella empire fell and Kanye decided to go with what he perceived to be the winning team. Seven albums into his decision to ride with Jay, Kanye is considered a trendsetter for artists who chose to incorporate relevant topics and social issues into their music. Ye has also gotten super personal in a lot of songs, something Jay did in his most expressive form in 4:44.

Kanye has been attacked for his inability to fully grasp the lost of his mom, who he has chosen to marry, where he has chosen to live and now for seemingly being ungrateful for all Jay has done for him. Ye seems like he really wanted to be best friends with Jay, without realizing their differences were too big for that to ever happen. In the midst of all these Kanye attacks, the guy he wrote Big Brother about piled on.

Jay is my favorite rapper ever and he wouldn’t be that without the production and support of the all time great Kanye. I just want them to get along again, make some great music and cut the top off of another luxury vehicle.

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Drowning in Drake

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Turn on your local hip hop radio station right now and its very likely that there is a Drake song playing. Stations have Pop StyleHotline BlingToo Good, Controlla, Childs Play and One Dance to choose from and that does not even include the remixes. All of these chart topping singles are from Drake’s fourth studio album, Views, which was released earlier this year.

This past Sunday night Drake announced on his Beats 1 show that he will be releasing another collection of music in December called More Life. During this announcement Drake also played four new singles from the upcoming mixtape and made two of them available to stream on Spotify and Apple Music (Fake Love and Sneakin).

Drake is without a doubt the hottest rapper in this universe and the next. However, the amount of music he has put out and plans to release real soon has to have one considering if this is too much Drake. Is it possible for a rapper who is hotter than July to over saturate the market with his product?

There are two ways to think about Drake’s history releasing music.

The first, quality over quantity, which means having the best or perceived best of something rather than a lot of cheap or less valuable versions. Since 2013, Drake has released Nothing Was the Same, If You’re Reading This Its Too Late, What a Time to be Alive and Views. Each album/mixtape had an average of about 5 singles that were on consistent rotation on every hip hop station in the world.

The flood of music and the frequency of its release makes music critics question the time, energy and detail put into each track.

Also, since Drake is hotter than the sun, radio stations have to play about two or three songs each hour. There are 24 hours in a day. That is a lot of Drake. Getting some sun at the beach is great, but too much will turn you into a crispy slice of bacon.

The second way to approach the tidal wave of music that we get from Drake is to be grateful for it.

Hip hop fans can always count on Drake to put out music. The knock against a lot of hip hop artists is that they just do not put out music. After the legendary hip hop producer/artist Dr. Dre released The Chronic in 1992, his second studio album did not drop until 1999 when he released 2001. And its does not seem like we will get The Detox until we walk on Mars. The great Lauryn Hill had no credible follow up the classic The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, released way back in 1998.

Even current hip hop artists that we love have had trouble provided content to their fans. Jay Electronica and Andre 3000 are great examples. Andre 3000 ranks very high when considering hip hop’s all time great lyricists. However, we have not had packaged music from him since 2003. The few and far between verses that he has had pop up on other artists albums is not enough. Hip hop fans want 20 songs of pure Andre 3000 creation that he has been unable to provide for them.

Drake lets you consistently bounce it like whoa, while making you feel like you won the grammy. Regardless of anyone’s opinion on the quality or quantity of Drake’s music, he always seems to give the people what they want.

Prince, Innovative and Influential Music Legend, Is Dead at 57 | KTLA

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Legendary, innovative and hugely influential musician Prince has died at age 57, the Associated Press reported, citing his publicist.

Source: Prince, Innovative and Influential Music Legend, Is Dead at 57 | KTLA

Love & Hip Hop: Relevant Edition

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I admit it, I’m a fan of ratchet reality. The first step in fixing a problem is admitting you have one. I am well aware of the drama and negative images that ratchet reality displays. But its just so damn entertaining!!!

Lately though, the plot lines and drama have become a little monotonous. The champagne throwing, hair pulling, parking lot fighting and unfaithful men/women in relationships can only stimulate my college educated mind for so long. The best cure for this fading reality show formula is to put people in these shows who are actually relevant.

The Love & Hip Hop: Relevant Edition (LHHRE) cast should include:

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 20: Beyonce (L) and Jay-Z attend the New Jersey Nets vs New York Knicks game at Madison Square Garden on February 20, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/FilmMagic)
(Photo by James Devaney/FilmMagic)

Jay Z & Beyonce: The most accomplished married couple in the history of hip hop should definitely be cast in the most relevant edition of ratchet reality. Cameras will follow around Jay and Bey as they sit at home and watch awards shows they are too good to attend. Also as we get a sneak peak into their home life, we get to find out how Blue Ivy really feels about the fact that her hair has never been combed. Finally, we get to see the conflict between Jay and Bey as Memphis Bleek spends one too many nights sleeping on the couch. Bleek tries to make it up to the Carters by making his famous Memphis meatloaf and babysitting Blue Ivy as Jay and Bey dance on a random beach.

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Drake: The hottest artist in the industry lets us follow him around as his hotline bling’s and he coats his bread with truffle butter. Drake’s main story line will include his new goal of trying to bench press more than Serena Williams. Their relationship takes a turn for the worst when Serena catches Drake working out with Ronda Rousey as Worst Behavior plays in the background. The fight that ensues between Serena and Ronda rivals that of Iron Man and the Hulk. The ground shakes and buildings collapse. Drake tries to break up the fight but ends up with a horrible spinal injury that confines him to a wheel chair (sound familiar).

Rappers Fetty Wap poses on arrival for the 2015 MTV Movie Awards on April 12, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. AFP PHOTO / FREDERIC J. BROWN (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
(Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

Fetty Wap: The New Jersey native with the permanent wink, lets us follow is meteoric rise in the hip hop industry. Fetty lets cast mate Beyonce help him find his Trap Queen after a lifetime of casual dating. On one of Fetty’s first blind dates (couldn’t help it) he is set up with Taylor Swift. Fetty and Swift connect instantly. Trap Luv ensues as the couple playfully argues over who’s song was number one on iTunes the longest. Unfortunately, like many ratchet reality relationships, Swift leaves Fetty when she finds out his eye has been wandering. Swift pops up unexpectedly at 1738 Trap Avenue and finds Fetty in bed with one of the girls from the Hotline Bling video.

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Dej Loaf: The female version of Big Sean rounds out our cast. Dej will let us into her remarkable ability to rap off beat and still sell records. Deja is introduced to Lil Kim by Jay Z to help her find her way in the industry as a rising female star. The relationship sours when Dej spends the night drinking Hennessy and mistakes Kim for a human size cat like alien creature. Dej is brought back to reality by being shown pictures of Kim from 1996.

(Meek Mill and Nicki Minaj did not return phone calls to join the show once they discovered Drake had already been cast)

Bobby Womack Dead: Soul Singer Dies at 70 | Music News | Rolling Stone

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Bobby Womack Dead: Soul Singer Dies at 70 | Music News | Rolling Stone

Soul legend Bobby Womack died today at the age of 70. I find myself listening to artists like Bobby Womack more than I listen to todays popular R&B singers. Womack’s voice and originality made him a stand out artist for over 50 years. RIP to one of the greats.

More info here: Bobby Womack Dead: Soul Singer Dies at 70 | Music News | Rolling Stone.

Angie Martinez Joins Power 105.1

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Angie Martinez Joins Power 105.1

Angie Martinez abruptly announced her resignation from NY hip hop station Hot 97 yesterday. Today, Clear Channel communications, the parent company of Hot’s rival hip hop station Power 105.1 announced that Martinez will host their late afternoon music/talk show. I’m sure Angie is getting more money and will get the kind of exposure to bigger opportunities that Power’s personalities like Charlamagne, DJ Prostyle and DJ Envy have earned. Or it could be a lateral move but I think Angie’s smarter than that.

More info here: Angie Martinez Joins Power 105.1.