Ben Shapiro a well known political commentator who hasn’t steered away from his dislike of Rap Music decided to voice his opinion during his “The Ben Shapiro Show” Sunday special. During a lengthy discussion with indie rapper, Zuby made it known he isn’t a fan and voiced his unpopular opinion on rap music as a whole during his show that aired Sunday (Sept.15) on his youtube channel.
Fact: rap isn't music. And if you think it is, you're stupid.
“In my view, and in the view of my music theorist father who went to music school, there are three elements to music. There is harmony, there is melody and there is rhythm,” Shapiro said. “Rap only fulfills one of these, the rhythm section. There’s not a lot of melody and there’s not a lot of harmony. And thus, effectively, it is basically spoken rhythm. It’s not actually a form of music. It’s a form of rhythmic speaking. Thus, beyond the objectivity of me just not enjoying rap all that much, what I’ve said before is that rap is not music.”
Shapiro would also add some more context to his opinion as well stating “From the outside, when I listen to hip-hop, I don’t hear a bunch of family-oriented messages. In fact, I hear a lot of messages that are degrading to women, I hear messages that push violence, that are disparaging to the police. I hear messages that treat relationships between men and women as something disposable and glorify mistreatment of women…The art form overall, which not only has an impact on not just Black young people, but is disproportionately listened to by White young people. I don’t particularly like a lot of the messages I hear.”
Now before that comment, Ben did say he didn’t have a firm knowledge regarding the difficulty of mastering the craft of rap but I think that’s where his disconnect of the rap music world lies. There is a truth to his statement that there is a lot of degrading messages within rap which a lot of it is pushed towards the mainstream. I Zuby explained it the best where he voiced it’s just “entertainment” it gets people going whether it be during a workout, working on a project, or simply just party music.
I think Shapiro just needs to be guided towards the enlightenment of Rap music that does push positivity out there like Chance The Rapper just dropped a whole album about loving his wife and family with “The Big Day”. Whether his mind will change about the genre of rap will be up to him picking and choosing what artist he decides to listen just not whats brought to mainstream media.
How do you feel about Ben Shapiro’s comment? Catch the full interview below at the 30:00 minute mark is when they discuss Rap not being real music.
Nicki Minaj shocked Twitter this past week with her sudden announcement that she would be retiring from music. The Trinidadian born star took to Twitter to share the news with her global fan-base. Fans and artists alike were stunned at the revelation, seemingly out of nowhere, although not without explanation:
“I’ve decided to retire & have my family,” she Tweeted, “I know you guys are happy now. To my fans, keep reppin me, do it til da death of me, ‘X’ in the box- cuz ain’t nobody checkin me. Love you for LIFE”
Thankfully Nicki’s Tweet gives us some context as she made some replies to her twitter fans. She hasn’t been shy lately to speak on her relationship with Kenneth Petty, whether on social media or in interviews. She even mentioned wanting to get married and maybe have kids.
I’m still right here. Still madly in love with you guys & you know that. In hindsight, this should’ve been a Queen Radio discussion & it will be. I promise u guys will be happy. No guests, just us talking about everything. The tweet was abrupt & insensitive, I apologize babe ♥️🙏 https://t.co/eS0oHipwtg
The response has been overwhelming with many emotionally inclined Tweets in response to Nicki herself. Unfortunately for fans, it’s not the announcement they were hoping for, especially with her statement made in February that her 5th album was already finished. Fans would have anticipated a release date rather a sudden retirement.
Now although her fanbase maybe bittersweet regarding her retirement, we need to look at the bright side of her retiring. Now first we all know when a rapper state’s they’re retiring it’s usually temporary for example when Jay-Z dropped “The Black Album” back in 2003 he stated that it was his last album only to come out with two joint projects (Unfinished Business & Collision Course) a year later and than his own solo project “Kingdom Come” the following year.
So with that said Nicki retiring is bs and me at least in agreement with Queen Latifah believe that “Once you’re a rapper, you’re always a rapper. [Nicki will] be back, let her live first, let her live some life first” she stated in a quick run-in with TMZ. She’ll be back and we’re probably going to get a more mature Nicki who soon to be wife maybe a mother in the future. So let’s take in that we may see growth in her future projects which I think is what she’s been lacking at this point in her career.
Her supporters are hoping she changes her mind and returns to making music, and she probably will as TMZ reported sources close to Nicki believes she’s just taking a step back due to all the criticism she’s received over the past year due to a few incidents (Joe Budden podcast debacle and Cardi B alleged beef). Most seem to be skeptical regarding her retirement thinking she might just be trying to create hype for a new album.
Whatever the case we will always remember Nicki for her iconic career and her fearless persona. We hope to have a release date for her 5th studio project in the near future and get more details on her next Queen radio segment.
Just the other day while participating in Cassonova’s Social media challenge, Papoose reminded everyone how serious his worldplay is, in what appeared to be a freestyle the rapper spit while driving his car. Since Pap dropped alphabetical slaughter well over a decade ago, he cemented himself as one of the best MC’s. No one wants smoke with Pap, and while he might lack the discography of other artist on this list, Papoose is still making music and his Album “Underrated” that dropped earlier this year shows that he is a Top Tier Lyracist.
Lupe Fiasco is a lyrical genius. Fiasco would bless the Music Industry forever back in 2006 when he dropped “Food and Liquor” one of the greatest Rap Albums ever recorded. Throw in “The Cool” and “Lasers” both of which went gold, Fiasco has an impressive discography. But it’s his raw talent with words and ability to reflect some of the most complex social issues into his music that seperates him from the average rapper, and catapults him into that top 15 all time teir. His Last Album Drogas Wave sold only around 4,100 units its first week, but is a great listen.
I still remember coming across a video on Worldstarhiphop claiming that this 16 year old rapper is bringing that 1999 NYC flow back. That video titled Hardknock Featuring “CJ Fly” was my introduction to joey Bada$$, and that was when I became a fan. He proved with two great mixtapes 1999 and Summer Knights that his rise to popularity wasn’t a fluke. Like almost ever other rapper on this list Joey has his devout following but more respect needs to be put on his name as a top lyracist and artist, Especially following his highly underrated Album “ALL-Amerikkan Bada$$”.
Jaden Smith is becoming more popular and garnering more attention both in the US and Internationally. After surprising almost everyone with “SYRE” back in 2017. Jaden returned with his 2nd studio album ERYS in july of 2019. While the ablum sold just short of 24,000 units. Peole are starting to realize that they can no longer brush Jaden off as Will Smith’s son from the Pursuit Of Happiness. Jaden’s actually one of the most creative rappers around at the momnet and continues to produce great music. Apart from making great music and carrying himself like a rockstar Jaden Smith also does so much for the enviornment, and people in need which endears him to his fans ever more. The future is bright for this young artist.
What seperates Fab from most rappers is his longevity. His ability to stay relevant for almost 20 years in the rap game is something only the legends can accomplish. Not only does fabolous have multiple platinum and gold albums, but he has dominated the mixtape era from 2006-2013. Almost every year since 2001 fabolous has given us a hit single/anthem that dominated the airwaves. His consitency puts him at legendary status. Word is that Fab’s 7th studio album “Summertime Shootout 3” should be released this month. We cant wait.
Cyhi Da Prynce
Cyhi is a lyrical artist out of Atlanta who is signed with Kanye West’s G.O.O.D Music. As far as punchlines he can go head to head with any rapper, which is likely why Kanye had Cyhi write for him several times. Like Lupe Cyhi is adept at conveying history and “reality” in his rhymes, which regardless of what anyone says, that is talent in it’s truest form. Cyhi is often overlooked when it comes to artist comparisons but I wonder who really is the best MC in G.O.O.D?
Jeezy is arguable the most underrated Hip Hop legend of the 21st Century. The Pioneer who helped birth Trap Musik has so many hits. With 2 Platinum, and 2 Gold albums his discography is legendary. It includes classics like “The Recession”, “Thug Motivation 101”, and “The Inspiration”. Last month Jeezy released his latest album TM104 The Legend Of The Snowman and it’s been on of the best albums realeased this year, providing a fitting end to the Classic Thug Motivation series. His name deserves to be mentioned when people discuss who the GOAT rappers from the South are.
Curre$y is also a rapper who deserves way more respect than he gets. First nationally bursting onto the scene with Lil wayne back in 2008 with his single “Where the cash at” also ft remy ma. Since then Curre$Y has gone through many phases of his career, all the while staying true to himself, and his sound. Instead of alterning his music he decided to remain underground and start his own lable. It worked and now almost 12 years later Curre$y has a loyal fan base, 12 Studio Albums, and 57 Mixtapes. The amount of music he’s put out alone makes Curren$y a rap legend.
Unfortunately because of many factors including misogony female artist usually don’t recieve the recognition they deserve. However it won’t take long to figure out how skill and talented of an artist Rapsody is, once you hear almost any song she’s ever made. Her previous and 2nd studio album Laila’s Wisdom was classic in my opinion, and while it didn’t sell great, it was nationally recognized and awarded with a Grammy nomination. Rapsody is one of if not the best female rappers in the game right now. She definitely desereves more credit that she gets.
YBN Cordae has definitely exceeded expectations. Everyone should respect that Cordae is not only lyrically gifted, but he knows how to make provacative and impactful music at such a young age. YBN Cordae’s debut album “The Lost Boy” ended up selling about 25,000 units its first week and opened at 13th on the Billboard 200 chart. Cordae showed his lyrical superiorty to not only artist in his age group but many older rappers as well. Between YBN Cordae, Jaden Smith, and Joey Bada$$ the future of HipHop is in great hands. Time to put some respect on this young man’s name.
Today marks the 1st Anniversary since we lost one of the most down to earth artist to grace the Hip-Hop scene. For a lot of us, we grew up with Mac and seen growth in his music, especially Post “K.I.D.S.” and “Blue Slide Park” era. Although this growth would ultimately be drug-driven escapes knowing that Mac wasn’t scared to be vulnerable is what made his music much more touching and gave a feeling someone who can relate was battling their demons as well but wanted to continue to inspire.
In Honor of his death here are ten of his most prominent psychedelic tracks with Genius.com illustrations of each one.
10. Suplexes Inside of Complexes and Duplexes ft. Jay Electronica (Watching Movies With The Sound Off)
A Trip through the wacky wonder mind of Mac with a Story from the Caveman who doesn’t come out Jay Electronica.
9. Colors & Shapes (Faces)
“This song is about LSD and the perception of life it gives to those who take it. The man in the introduction is Timothy Leary, who was one of the inspirations for the psychedelic movement of the 60’s”
8. Grandpa Used To Carry A Flask (Delusional Thomas)
“This track sums up the Delusional Thomas tape. Mac feels that his drug use is a portal to death, and eventually he will die from it. However, he lives life in the moment because he is so successful.”
7. Angels (When She Shuts Her Eyes) (Macadelic)
“The syrup is a gateway to where ever he wants to go. He personifies the syrup, the syrup is a woman that can get him high and take him as far away from reality as he wants to go, even if the distance she can take him can be dangerous hence “ don’t be afraid”.”
6. Grand Finale (Faces)
“The hook and the title of this song, can be seen as a double entendre.”
“Grand Finale is the last song of the mixtape Faces, which would constitute the idea of this being its “Grand Finale” “Grand finale” also refers to Mac’s death. Mac wonders what it would be like when he dies, and hopes he’ll leave in style.”
5. Jump (GO:OD AM)
“Mac takes in a positive world vision, and he compares life to a dream. When you’re falling in a dream, a fall can seem to last forever, like a free fall. Mac encourages to take the “jump off the edge” in life; to take risks; to live life to the fullest.”
4. Clarity (Macadelic)
“An interesting song where Mac raps either about the sense of tranquility and peace that love brings him….or drugs, a recurring theme throughout this mixtape.”
3. Youforia (Watching Movies With The Sound Off)
Mac revealed in an interview with Billboard that this song is about a vagina:
“Youforia” is a song about a vagina. I swear to God. Because I realized that fucking everything is about the vagina. That is the mecca of life, is the vagina. Think about it, it’s the most powerful thing in the world”
2. Funeral (Faces)
“In Funeral, Mac explores the concept of death and the idea that every second could literally be our last on this planet. Mac spends some time reflecting on his childhood in the first verse and then takes some time to explore life’s meaning in the second verse. This is similar to the descriptions of a man’s life flashing before his life moments before his death. The power and meaning behind this track are amplified by the fact that Mac has presumably had some close encounters with death through his drug use.”
Polo Jeans ft. Earl Sweatshirt (Faces)
The Question ft. Lil Wayne (Macadelic)
Angel Dust (Faces)
Ascension (GO:OD AM)
Friends ft. Schoolboy Q (Faces)
1. Festival ft. Little Dragon (GO:OD AM)
“After all God has exclaimed of Mac persevering through life and how his actions would sadden saints, she gives Mac one more chance to say if he really wants to come to heaven or not. Not only the song, but also the album end on this depressing note (other than the outro), leaving us to wonder what Mac’s final decision is to be.”
The announcement of a Xxxtentacion new album in the works has many of his followers elated. At the same time, many have strong opinions on a second posthumous X album and for many reasons.
The new album is intended to be titled ‘Bad Vibes Forever’, and is rumored to release around Fall. Unsurprisingly it’s going to feature several artists though the names are quite interesting; Lil Nas X, Blink 182, Lil Wayne, Tory Lanes (with Stefflon Don and Vybz Kartel on ‘Royalty’) are all announced as features on the album. Where some of them will fit is beyond us, and is quite disappointing because X probably would never have worked with these artists had he still been alive. In the same breath Blink 182 was said to be one of his favorite bands, although still standing as a flimsy excuse. Besides, Lil Wayne himself stated that he didn’t know who X was (before he died), making the motivation for his track ‘Don’t Cry’ featuring X even more clear.
Not long after X’s passing was the release of the ‘Skins’ album. The album features a mere 10 tracks with a run-through time of around 20 minutes. While the album was a good listen, featuring many new avenues of X’s creativity, some tracks felt unfinished and slightly out of balance from what X would’ve wanted it. The main reason behind it is mainly because of some of them being unfinished at the time of X’s passing. While the album was a great listen for fans mourning the artist, the problem might run a lot deeper with this next project. X’s former label themselves stated that tracks X left behind were mostly, demos and unfinished ideas. Assuming all of X’s ‘finished’ and more fleshed-out ideas have been put onto ‘Skins’, we’d be a little worried to know what’s been left for Bad Vibes Forever.
It’s been a year since the death of Jahseh Onfroy. Since then, his label and many other artists have capitalized on his tragic death. Unfortunately, this has been common practice in the music industry, ever since the death of rappers like Biggie and 2 Pac, and even singers like Kurt Cobain, Aaliyah and Michael Jackson. All of these artists had something in common; phenomenal talent, an enormous fanbase and a mass of album sales. When knowing the facts, it’s not hard to see why they were so easy to capitalize on. In X’s case, he signed a record deal in the area of $10 million shortly before passing, at the same time it’s quite possible the label was able to recoup over that amount at this point in time.
All in all, it’s not a negative venture because fans will be able to hear what X was working on before he passed. We would just hope that they’d keep his vision alive, rather than watering it down just to peak sales and interest.
Tyler-Justin Anthony Sharpe is a young rapper, singer and songwriter well known by his stage name Lil Tecca. He was born August 26, 2002, representing Queens, New York.
He grew up listening to artists such as Chief Keef, Speaker Knockerz, Fredo and Lil Reese and other Chicago based artists. Artists with quite a distinct style from his own which share attributes with the likes of modern melodic rap. Unlike many other viral artists of this era, Lil Tecca had an extremely unconventional start in music. In many interviews, he explains how he and his friend used to diss each other back and forth over Xbox Live. Eventually, he got tired of the setting and decided to change the dynamic of their feud, so he decided to record a diss track as the ultimate comeback. This marked the start of Lil Tecca’s interest in music.
It was in early 2017 when Lil Tecca started taking music more seriously, collaborating with other artists in the studio. He started gaining recognition online with the track ‘Tectri’, where he collaborated with his friend ‘Lil Gummybear’. His popularity grew after releasing songs like ‘Molly Girl’ and ‘Did It Again’ giving him more motivation to make music, despite his self-criticism.
It all came to a peak earlier this year when Cole Bennet shot a music video for Tecca’s track ‘Ransom’, which featured a simple melodic beat, with a vibey hook. Lil Tecca can be seen emotionlessly delivering lines to the camera, which weirdly forms part of the recipe to a global hit. The music video has thus far reached over 100 million plays on Lyrical Lemonade Youtube Channel and over 200 million plays on Spotify since its release in May 2019 and was the number 1 streamed song of the summer. The track itself peak at number 5 on the Billboard Hot 100, further showing just how viral this hit has become.
Lil Tecca himself stated that the track was a few months old when Cole Bennet contacted him to show interest. This shows that hits don’t always surface overnight, with the possibility of ‘Ransom’ just ending up as another deleted Soundcloud track down the line. His sudden fame at his age shows what can happen when an artist stays consistent.
Lil Tecca is currently balancing his school and music life, taking classes at home, and doing music on weekends. While some Instagram posts show that he might be overwhelmed with the product of fame being random people constantly contacting him for favors.
Lil Tecca is determined to stay focused and learn to deal with whatever comes his way and is planning to do so with his debut project “We Love You Tecca” dropping in the near future checkout the cover art below.
Nick Cannon and Eminem’s feud has been running for years. From Eminem dissing Cannon’s former wife Mariah Carey on his track ‘The Warning’, to Nick Cannon ‘fearlessly’ dissing Eminem on a lesser-known diss-track of his own. Somehow Nick Cannon is still able to call Em “One of the greatest if not the greatest” when in the public eye. The beef has toned down in recent years especially from Em’s side, although Cannon still mentions his name from time to time in interviews. Most recently in his sit-down with VladTV.
Cannon’s interview with VladTV included the discussion of Eminem’s impact in the industry. Cannon expressed his opinion of Eminem not being a ‘hood favorite’: “There’s nobody in the hood riding around to an Eminem album. That’s just facts. I’m sure Eminem know that. He okay with that,” explained Nick. While Nick may have a point, it seems like yet another attempt for him to get publicity for his statements like he has in the past.
Cannon goes on to say, “It’s capitalism at the end of the day,” Cannon said. “Hip hop music—the people who buy hip hop music are white people. Specifically, are white girls. If you look at the demographics, the way it all breaks down…well, music in general…even when you look at the streaming numbers, women, number one, are the biggest connoisseurs of music when it comes to consumption. And then when you break down demographically how it all works from the fanbases to the girls who buy tickets and screaming in the front rows. They create the stars.”
“Us as guys, we sit back and we respect cats,” he continued. “We respect Nas, we respect Hov, we respect [E-40 ] and [Ice] Cube. We can sit and talk about ’em, but we ain’t gon’ go out and fanboy for [them]…”
On the logical side Cannon may be speaking some truth, the possibility that people from the hood may not be bumping Em. The case would be slightly unfortunate because Em himself grew up in the hood, and has a story more relate-able than most rappers who fit the mold. In the end, we all choose to follow, who we choose to follow, and Eminem’s impact won’t be changed as a result.
The aftereffect of a drive-by shooting has Detroit Rapper Tee Grizzley mourning the death of his aunt Jobina Brown who was shot and killed in the incident.
According to a TMZ report, Law Enforcement revealed the incident took place Tuesday night as the rapper was exiting the passenger side of his Cadillac Escalade. At that moment, the gunman approached the vehicle on foot and opened fire, striking Brown on her left side as she occupied the backseat. Tee Grizzley and the driver of the car were left untouched by the gunfire. The 41-year-old was pronounced dead shortly after she was rushed to the hospital.
Many not familiar his Aunt was also the rising rapper’s manager, Tee Grizzley and his camp have yet to make an official announcement on the incident. In the wake of this tragedy, we offer our condolences to the Rapper and his family as many local fans and artist have already shown an abundance of prayer and positivity in this time of grievance.
We’ll update you as more information comes of this incident.