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 track on the low, was one of the songs of the summer. It no doubt had the club rockin’ each and every time that I heard it anyways. It has such a super chill beat, but yet somewhat soulful vibe that was perfect for just driving down the street with the windows down. Or of course, perfect for the club…on a Tuesday. It’s the kind of song that even the dudes in the corner pretending to screw face the whole night, were left with no other choice but to at least “lean back”.
I like the overall theme of what they did with the visual, using different types of people, from different walks of life enjoying this catchy ass tune. But in the end of course, it ends up in the club with the squad going up…on a Tuesday. I love this song and so, it would be pretty hard for it to be ruined by a music video. Side note, do people even watch music videos anymore? Do they still matter? Is 106 and Park still on? Where’s AJ and Free? Sorry, I got distracted there for a second. In the end, I feel like the video is ok, but the song is so dope that I don’t even care. The one thing I will say though, is that some of the opening dance moves will not be knocking off the Shmoney Dance anytime soon. Then again, at least Drake’s dance moves are better than his jump shot.
Not so much “Steph Curry with the shot” huh? It’s ok, just keep banging out hits Drizzy.
King Kendrick is back as he releases quite possibly the most highly anticipated hip hop track of the year. Coming off of 2012’s Good Kid, M.A.A.D City, Kendrick Lamar now has the unenviable task of trying top his debut album. I’m not sure what the rest of the album will sound like, but I can’t lie…I’m not feeling this song, not at all. It sounds like some Macklemore type stuff and personally I’m not about that life. This is funny to me because people were crushing Macklemore for winning a grammy that should have went to Kendrick and now Mr. Lamar’s first single off of his second album sounds like something right out of Macklemore’s Thrift Shop. Man the music industry can be messed up at times. Hopefully, King Kendrick can turn it around and get back to what made people rep him in the first place….that real hip hip. Not Hip-Hop-Pop
But let us know what you think. Are you feeling Kendrick’s new track?
As always, just my thoughts. Right or wrong, just how I’m feeling at the time.
Apparently Lance Stephenson raps? I had no idea either. But the newest Charlotte Hornet jumps on the song of the summer to put his own spin on the hit made famous by Bobby Shmurda (https://onblastpodcast.wordpress.com/2014/09/12/dude-proposes-in-bobby-shmurda-parody-video/). Lance Stephenson is AMAZING and for the record I would take him on my basketball team any day of the week. But with that said, I would also pay money to see Michael Jordan’s reaction to this video. Plus, I wonder if this is MJ’s favourite line because it’s definitely mine:
“I been ballin’ hard since like the 5th grade/Watchin’ AI gettin’ 40 wit the french braids/Love Indiana, I’ma miss dem good days/Charlotte Hornets, MJ that’s the new wave”
As I wrote last week, the beat is CRAZY good, yet simple enough that anyone can rap over it. And that’t why Bobby Shmurda won this past summer. Either way I hope this is the first of many rap videos from Lance, because he actually likes to have fun. Athletes are people too and so it’s great to see dudes that aren’t afraid to show some personality. Plus it gives all new meaning my favourite terms from last year’s NBA season. “LANCE A MAKE ‘EM DANCE, LANCE A MAKE ‘EM DANCE…”