Workout Songs of the Week – These are just a couple of songs I’ve added to the ipod in the last week or so. Hip-Hop is so crazy right now… i don’t even have time or desire to listen to anything else right now. So many good & “new ” artists and the resurgence of Eminem just makes me toes tingle (that sounds kind of weird…pause)
Wale – Kini Big Deal
Admittedly, I am probably the worst Nigerian on the face of the earth. I speak Spanish about 10 times more fluently than I can speak Yoruba. However, this song manages to almost make me feel 100% Nigerian, something that 24 odd years of jellof rice, fried plantain, and slave whippings couldn’t do.As a matter of fact I said “Kini big deal?” to my dad, and he looked at me like I was retarded. My Nigerian accent is that bad. The song title basically translates to “What’s the big deal?”, and Wale goes in showcasing not only his incredible lyricism but also his piss poor accent and pronunciation of the Yoruba language. Despite all that this song goes, and will definitely get spins this summer at your local Nigerian party.
T.I.- I’m Back
T.I. is back and it looks like the year in prison has done him some good. T.I. has always had the mic presence but his last few songs and features he has displayed a passion and lyricism I didn’t think he had. On this track he reminds all of us with short memories that he is to be respected in this hip hop game. On top of that he is showing some versatility with his flow. The fact that he is married to Tiny is the only knock against him. Regardless the Kaaaang is back!!!
J-Cole -Who Dat?
Pretty sure this is my favorite rapper right now, and it is int even close. He just comes so hard on every track. I don’t really like the beat on this song, but J. Cole is one of the few artists who is so nice with his lyrics that he can rhyme on Idleweiss from Sound of Music, and it would still sound sick. I can’t wait till his album drops
B.O.B. – Airplanes Pt. 2 feat. Eminem & Hayley Williams
I don’t even know where to start with this song. The original was a great track but this right here, this right here, right here, is going to be a Grammy Award winning song. In the first two verses B.O.B. ponders the negative effects of stardom and how it has and will change him and the people around him. Eminem jumps in on the third verse, and defecates all over the song. I mean B.O.B.’s verses were admirable but Eminem drops one of the greatest verses in hip-hop history ( I have absolutely nothing to base this on.) The thing about it is not even Eminem’s delivery or his lyrics, it is his ability to weave his personal pain into his lyrics. Eminem just doesn’t rap he paints lyrical portraits, and its a gift very few rappers have. Song is just effing awesome. Also buy the B.O.B. album- Adventures of Bobby Ray…its a very good debut album.