OnBlastPodcast.Wordpress.com for old episodes as well as video content. In this episode, Sheldon and Webster break down Jay-Z’s 13th studio album 4:44, try to get you to watch HBO’s The Defiant Ones doc and try to make sense of The XXL Freshman Class Cypher.
00 – Our review of Jay-Z’s 4:44
41:00 – HBO’S The Defiant Ones (Dr Dre/Jimmy Iovine doc)
45:00 – XXL’s Freshman Class
Pusha T and Kanye West have done it again. “On paper” this beat and King Push shouldn’t really work and yet the track is straight FIRE. But that’s why Kanye West is Kanye West, his musical genius is so far beyond the rest of the game. And that’s why he is by far hip hop’s foremost trendsetter. He thinks of things that others don’t deem possible. While Eminem sets the internet on fire with his same old tricks: (https://onblastpodcast.wordpress.com/2014/11/12/eminem-pokes-fun-at-ray-rice-situationdomestic-violence-people-surprised-for-some-reason/) Kayne continues to raise the bar, while changing the restrictions that are placed on the genre of rap music. People like Kanye West are needed in all walks of life, to challenge the norm, to challenge the traditional way of thinking. Without it, things would remain stagnant and eventually die. Think of most things that you see on HBO/Showtime…and compare that to everything on say, NBC.
I mean, how do you even begin to describe this Lunch Money beat? I think it has that “laser quest” type sound we were blessed with on Yeezus’ “On Sight”, mixed with some Sega Genesis sounding samples. By the time the beat flips to a more soulful sounding feel near the end of the track, I’m already completely lost in Kanye’s musical wonderland.
“If the crown ain’t mine, tell me who am I behind”
And then there’s King Push. I’m honestly wondering if there’s a better duo right now in the game. One might think linking up with Kanye West would stifle your career. Yet, Ye has taken Push to a whole other level. I would love to be a fly on the wall for their studio sessions. I can just picture Kanye convincing Push to give this new beat a try. Push may hesitate, but eventually trusts Kanye, who he knows just wants to provide the dopest, most innovative beats possible…and in the end wants to let Pusha T…be Pusha T. I think Kanye described this perfectly in his BBC interview last year.
Kayne is amazing and all he wants to do is let Push COOK. With that said, I’m still always amazed by the ease in which Pusha T can make the grimiest shit sound so “mainstream”.
“America is still abusing us and 9/11 is the Ku Klux. So why wouldn’t I fire back, when everyday them n****s shooting us. True enough, I’m outta line. You better stand for something before you outta time. This is crime by design, If the crown ain’t mine tell me who am I behind”
This was actually pointed out to me a few days ago by one of my friends. He simply asked if I had seen the Clipse interview on CNN. I said no, but asked what exactly it was about and my boy’s response was simply…”naw, I’m gonna let you watch it for yourself”
Now normally I would do a full write up on what this interview is about. But I honestly found that I enjoyed it so much more, because I had no idea where it was going.
Full disclosure I love the Clipse and I love Pusha T (as mentioned in our 2013 Hip Hop Album of the year review: https://onblastpodcast.wordpress.com/2014/01/08/hip-hop-album-of-the-year-pt-1-pt-2/ ) I left a bar during the 3rd Quarter of the Super Bowl (thanks Peyton), because Pusha T was performing down the street. And loved every single second of the King Push show. The only thing that was weird was Push performing the group’s biggest hit “Grindin”, without his brother Malice. I’ve heard the rumours of why they aren’t together and of course the endless rumours of them getting back together. So for me, this interview was a wheelhouse must watch, as it cleared a lot of things up. And so that’s why I think my boy just simply said “I’ll let you watch it for yourself.
If you’re familiar with The Clipse then this is a must watch, as it goes into detail as to why the group is no longer together. But even if you are unfamiliar with their music or with rap music in general, this is an inside look in to the world of the Thornton Brothers. A world that included drugs, guns, money and women, but most importantly in the end…brotherly love.
As always, just my thoughts. Right or wrong, just what I’m feeling at the time.
So with the NFL Draft taking over popular culture, its needless to say that Drake’s words “Draft Day…Johnny Manziel” have been repeated over and over again by music fans all over the world (I swear the sample is just so damn soulful). But here’s the thing that no one saw coming, apparently Jay Pharoah from SNL can spit? Did anyone else know this? I mean we knew that he was super funny from his work on Saturday Night Live and all of his impressions. But his bars on Drake’s hit Draft Day proves that “Jay-P” is also kinda nice as an MC….well either that or the Draft Day beat/sample is SO DOPE, that anyone can jump on it and the song would still bump….I’ll let you decide: