I haven’t done a music post in a while. I leave posts like that to blogs that focus on music like LaLa and Reecie. *I’ve done guest posts on both blogs but I’m too lazy to find the links for the posts.*
As far as rap is concerned I’m a fan of lyrics above all before anything else. Dope beats are cool. Swag is alright. But all that means nothing without lyrical content. Which is why I can’t get behind Lil Wayne anymore. No one can tell me that he hasn’t fallen off and didn’t even try with The Carter IV. Hip hop heads only. I have a question. How many times have you listened to The Carter IV since the first week? How many times since Cole World leaked? Never mind, that’s besides the point.
Either way two of my favorite artists drop albums today (9/27). Both are North Carolina emcees. That’s where the similarities end though. Phonte is a veteran in the game. If you haven’t heard of him from Little Brother or The Foreign Exchange then you need to catch up. Today Phonte drops his solo debut, Charity Starts At Home. J. Cole is definitely my favorite rapper and has been for a while. A lot of people consider him a rookie in the game but in my opinion he’s a veteran. He’s 4 1/2 mixtapes (RocNation mixtape counts) in the game. I’ve been a fan since The Come Up. Today a Cole World: The Sideline Story drops.
Charity Starts At Home is a solid album. I don’t think there’s a rapper out there that makes the seamless transition from rapping to singing as well as Phonte. I like Phonte because he raps/sings about real shit. Its apparent in the opening track when he says “I do this for Hip-Hop. I’m lying like shit. I’m doing this for my mortgage and my other bills.” Phonte speaks on issues about the struggle to stay faithful to his wife to why he has no desire to be the best in the game. My favorite track is definitely Who Loves You More. If you are a fan of either Little Brother or The Foreign Exchange, I think you will enjoy this album.
Now on the the main event. The album I’ve been anticipating for more than a year. I’ve been defending the dopeness of Cole to people who don’t appreciate good music like DrJayJack. You know people who say that Meek Mill is a better rapper. I actually did a post about Cole on my old blog about 2 years ago. If you don’t believe me click here. Cole World: The Sideline Story finally is out. I actually downloaded the album last week but I will be purchasing it today. Its a great album and I actually give it a 4.5 out of 5 stars. I’ll start with the bad first and then move to the good. If I were Cole I would have left off Who Dat and replaced it with Bad Girls Club. I can understand his reasoning behind not putting it on the album. He produced the track himself but No I.D. produced the rest of the album. He wanted one sound for the album which is something you rarely get these days.
I had reservations after hearing Mr. Nice Watch but I will admit even that song grew on me and I like every song on the album. I’m glad he continued with Dollar and a Dream (III). I imagine that this will be a trend in future albums sort of like how Rick Ross puts a Maybach Music track on each album. The reason why I love this album is because its relatable. Cole talks about shit that I can say I’ve been through. I’m not a millionaire, I never sold drugs and I don’t shoot people with “choppas”. I can relate to going to school, getting an education and women. My favorite track is definitely Nothing Lasts Forever. Nothing is realer than the lines:
I be out here trying to raise my status up
But success bring bithces and they bad as fuck
Ass phat as fuck, with a lil ole waist
I ain’t want the whole meal, just a lil ole taste
Should have looked both ways before I crossed you
I guess I never thought I ever could have lost you
Now I’m stunting with this bitch who ain’t bout nothing
While some niggas is learning all the shit I taught you
Well that’s my short-ish recap on both albums. I’ll be picking up both albums on iTunes today and if you’re able to support I suggest you do. Support artists who grind to put out good music. If you can support artists like Jay-Z and Lil Wayne you can support artists who are still trying to make it. On that note I’ll leave you with:
Shout out to the bootleggers who supply my shit
the fans online trying to find my shit
and to the niggas listening but wont buy my shit
and catch me in the street wanna ride my dick
y’all niggas is the worst, see me like
“J. Cole homie, can you sign my burnt CD”
nigga please, an album ten dollars
you act like it’s ten G’s
this food for thought cost the same as 2 numbers three’s
so at ease with that broke shit
we all tryna get a dollar boy, no shit.