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GOOD Music or Young Money??

Since every rapper nowadays wants to have their own label, we need to distinguish who has legitimate artists and not just have a label where they are the only good artist (i.e. Game and Black Wallstreet, or 50 Cent and G-Unit Records). To me, the two labels that stick out the most right now in hip hop are Lil Wayne’s Young Money, who spawned stars like The Young Money White Knight, Former child star Drake, and the Queen MC, Nicki Minaj. Or is it Kanye West’s GOOD Music who has the cosmic Kid Cudi, Common, Pusha T, Mos Def, John Legend and more.

Wayne’s Young Money to me didn’t really make much noise until Drake joined the team. Before it was really just Wayne. I mean they had Jae Millz who is like the king of the battle rap in New York, and they also had the underaged Tyga. But, when Drizzy came through Young Money exploded! When he dropped So Far Gone, he single handedly shut the game down. Then came what I’ve been waiting for since my introduction to hip hop. Fellas I am going to admit, I love me some Nicki Minaj. The female whose “pants are mighty fitted” can rap circles around most dudes. I first saw her in the BET Hip Hop awards cypher, and heard he wreck Joe Budden and who ever else was there. Then I became a fan when she wrecked Ludacris on “My Chick Bad”. She is the only female MC that I just jam. I see some similarities with Lil Kim, but Nicki has better lyrics, a better flow, and one of the crackers deliveries in the entire game. So once I heard those two MCs and then heard the ‘We Are Young Money’ album. I applauded Wayne for snagging two of the next big things in the game. I kept this opinion until I heard about this thing called “GOOD Fridays”.

When Kanye West announced he was dropping a new album I was excited. I was actually a fan of his 808s project, but I still missed the old Kanye. Not the Kanye on songs like “Forever” but the Kanye from Graduation. I hears Power and I was disappointed. The beat was crazy but lyrics left something to be desired. Then Kanye announced that he was going to leak a new song every Friday until his album dropped. Therefore GOOD Fridays led me to GOOD Music. I began looking into the label and look at it’s roster (according to wikipedia) and I was amazed. See for yourself…. Kanye West John Legend Common Consequence GLC Tony Williams Kid Cudi Fonzworth Bentley Big Sean Malik Yusef Mr Hudson Really Doe Sa-Ra CyHi Da Prynce Pusha T Clipse Mos Def Charlie Wilson

That’s a heavy line up. Here’s YM’s Roster….

Lil Wayne Drake Mack Maine Nicki Minaj Tyga Gudda Gudda Jae Millz Lil Chuckee Lil Twist Shanell T-Streets Short Dawg Cory Gunz

So my question is, who has the better label??

That’s right, the legendary Mattress Mack wants to have some lunch with me. Haha.

That’s right, the legendary Mattress Mack wants to have some lunch with me. Haha.

Untitled by Nicholas Middleton

Untitled by Nicholas Middleton

Drake, Kanye, Eminem, Wayne.

Drake. Kanye West. Lil Wayne. Eminem. These are four of the biggest names in Hip Hop music right now. The four recently collaborated on the hit single “Forever”. 2010 is a big year for all of these artist. Lil Wayne released the worst decision of his music career in February, also known as ‘Rebirth’. It was Lil Wayne’s experimental rock project that, umm let’s say didn’t go over very well. It wasn’t a total failure though, it did spawn the single (and only good song on the album) “Drop The World” featuring Slim Shady. The song had two of Weezy’s best verses (to me at least) and after Wayne did his thing, Eminem came through and “snuck up and pretty much butt-f**ked this game up”. But Wayne isn’t the only one. I have a feeling that a certain Young Money artist’s highly anticipated debut album, Thank Me Later, may not do so well either. Drake has blown up on the rap scene with his 2009 mixtape, “So Far Gone” and since then he’s working with the hip hop greats like Jay-Z, Timbaland, Mr. West, Weezy, and Slim Shady. But with his quick rise to the top of the hip hop game I believe he has to much hype to live up to and I feel that I will be thanking Drake much later than he wanted me to. The first single off the album is called “Over”. The first time I heard it I wasn’t a fan. The verses seemed like he is running out of things to say, almost as if he used his best rhymes on So Far Gone. The second time I took another listen and game then song my seal of approval. I mean c’mon “I could show you how to speak my language Rosetta Stone” it shows that there’s still a little left in the tank. Unfortunately the second single, the Kanye West produced “Find Your Love” is a step down. To be completely honoest it sound like a left off track from 808’s and Heartbreak. The early signs of Thank Me Later point to another Young Money Flop. Kanye West has had quite an interesting couple of years. After his mothers passing, the epic fail that was 808s & Heartbreak, and making a little white country girl cry on MTV, he’s been falling off a little. He’s changed his style up too. He’s now fallen to the stereotypical “punchline rapper”. I’m not saying that it’s a bad thing, but he’s lost some of my respect since College Drop Out and Late Registration. How ever you spin it his new album titled “Good A** Job” is promising to be a classic album. He’s worked with Drake and GOOD Music label mate Big Sean on the album with production from DJ Premier, RZA, Q-Tip, and of course Yeezy himself the album is turning out to be a good one. Although Kanye’s new album might be the return of the old Kanye, it seems like Eminem’s new release “Recovery” is going to butt rape everyone’s new albums. With accidently slaughtering Drake, Lloyd Banks, and Juelz Santana on his ‘Despicable’ freestyle on their “Over”, and “Beamer, Benz, and Bentley” beats, and then releasing the craziest lead single from any Eminem album I’ve heard, “Not Afraid”. This Eminem records is going to be epic and he is at his lyrical peak. I will go on the record and say that Recovery by Eminem will be better than Tha Carter IV, Thank Me Later, and Good A** Job combined. So come June when Em, Drake, and Kanye drop we shall see who has the best records. Who do y’all think it’s gonna be??

Setting Sail by Richard Stout

Setting Sail by Richard Stout

Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.
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New Blog!!

So I made the switch from Blogspot to Tumblr today. On my new blog I will review music (singles, albums, bands, rappers) basically any kind of music local and mainstream. I will also talk about pretty much whatever comes to me. Hope you enjoy my new blog!! Haha.