Category: Music


Sade

There are many songs/albums that I was raised on, songs that I would hear so much that I would hear them even if they weren’t playing. Reggae was always a constant – The list of artists was endless. Rap was played in handfuls – I remember the first time my uncle showed me the “Paid in Full” album and an NWA tape. R&B was played at my Mother’s house, a lot of Janet Jackson, R. Kelly, Brownstone, New Edition, and everything new that came out in the genre. One artist that I wasn’t raised on was Sade. Sade was an interesting cover to me, an interesting video, and a hypnotic melody. “No Ordinary Love” was the first Sade song that I heard, and I was hooked, hooked, hooked. When I was a little older I remember people saying that Sade’s music was what you listened to when you wanted to go to sleep. I understood what they were saying but seeing as I starting listening to her at a young age I saw her music as anything but something that would put you to sleep. My mother had her first four CD’s and I listened to them religiously. Her sound was something that I never heard before, a combination of words and music that I couldn’t get enough of. I currently still listen to her second, third, and fourth albums — while not being biased I’ve noticed that her overall sound hasn’t changed, she hasn’t really pushed herself as an artist — but is there anything wrong with that though? If no one is in your lane, if no one is able to do what you can, and you do what you do real well while being praised and making a living off of it, then why change? Overall I love her music, and I have written lots of material using her songs as inspiration.

Blender

Listening to this new Wiz Khalifa tape… can’t front he has picked some hypnotizing beats to make you forget he’s saying the same thing on every track hahah. After this tape I’m on to the Obie Trice mixtape “Watch the Chrome.” Been listening to Fiend on my I-pod, not the “womp womp” Fiend from the No Limit days, but the laid back Fiend that flies with the Jets. The more I listen to music is the more I am obtaining the fact that a solid producer/beat can push your music so much. I’m bouncing to this Khalifa track “Never Been II” and it feels like the beat was custom made for Wiz/Ross/Amber Rose…. She isn’t even needed on the song, but this beat is so crazy that I don’t even care lol.



1 a.m. – still working on this staying up late thing…. So far so good… Wed, my fav day. We will see what it holds.

Music (Cory Gunz)

Downloaded the Ace Hood and 50 cent tapes (one of the few things in hiphop that hasn’t changed, calling them mixtapes) and decided to give them both a listen… Never been a huge fan of 50, though there are things he puts out that i enjoy- (like Biggie) so it showed when i couldn’t listen to it as a whole.  I’ve always been a fan of Ace Hood and this tape bangs hahah! I feel dude can rap, and he destroys beats, period. A tape that went under the radar was the Lupe Fiasco one he dropped on Thanksgiving– he’s experimenting / transitioning with a new sound, but he’s still a lyrical woolly mammoth. I named this blog Cory Gunz because “amilli” was playing in my head, and he’s always an artist i enjoyed listening to- it feels like he’s been in the game for yrs but technically still a rookie. I always wondered what made him sign to young money- the lil show that he had didn’t really answer any questions as to why he signed to young money and he didn’t even capitalize off of it in my opinion. A mixtape was dropped some months back, but other than that its been dead silence.  so why sign there, cause you get to hang with lil Wayne?  hopefully he gets some shine in 2012…

Watch the chairs

I have been listening to both the Game and Wale CD’s nonstop—- top notch effort on both parts… (not going to write a whole review on them, got work to do lol)

Wrinkled Coins..

Wayne dropped another single to his “highly anticipated” Carter 4 album… “She Will” — first listen I was like “O lord another one of these” —- Wayne has a certain style that he now uses with his songs which includes everyday lines that we use and adds a twist to them … it’s cool, but he does it with every song – the lyrics are average, but it’s the beat and drake on the hook that makes the track addictive (so addictive that I have gone from “what is this?” to playing it every day) — a day after it dropped a version with Rick Ross was released – he actually makes the song better because his verse goes with what Drake is saying…. Carter 4 is supposed to drop at the end of the month —- it will sell, but it won’t do Watch The Throne numbers….. HA!

Besides Watch The Throne (which looks like it may receive an even bigger boost in sales with the video for Otis being released last night) two other albums were released this week — Ace Hood and Royce Da 5’9’’ — Ace hood has been out for awhile, his first album didn’t do too well but I always thought he was nice with the lyrics — My opinion is that there wasn’t any room for him at the time. Though he could spit, there were a handful of artists that were already established and/or coming up doing what he was doing as far as rapping – I always joked that he could replace Lil Chukee and be on young money lol. When I saw him on the BET awards I was like ok maybe he can get a boost from this, but nothing materialized —- then Hustle Hard came out (I have a knack for spotting hits before they become a hit – Kick Push, Overnight Celebrity, Hotel, I’m a Hustla) and I was like ok ACE HOOD hahah — the video took forever to come out though, and it took forever and a day for Def Jam to realize they had a hit on their hands



Hustle Hard and Go N Get it are basically fraternal versions of each other and I’m still wondering why they were released back to back of each other – both had the ability to stand on their own. (I especially liked both videos) There are some other Lex Luger sounding songs which don’t really do anything for me – where Ace is at his best is when he acts human, songs like Lord Knows, and Bitter World; that is when you can feel the hunger and honesty in his music. Just recently there was an interview where he was saying that he was on the verge of losing his place and he asked DJ Khaled for help to which Khaled told him to make some hits – Tough love, but obviously something clicked… there is the usual female track in Body to Body with the resurrected Chris Brown that anyone could have rapped on and had the same effect. The album overall is decent – Ace carries his signature flow throughout most of the album, and there are times which he sounds exactly like Wayne… both aren’t a good thing… hopefully this album keeps him around for a bit longer so he won’t have to go back to the hood.



Royce dropped an album in Success is Certain …. I like how it was released after the collab album with Eminem, which should help with sales. I can’t say that I love the album, but I don’t hate it either — I can’t really get into it, but it felt more like he released it to fulfill his contract obligations… he’s obviously spitting “legendary, Writer’s block(almost broke my neck listening to it one time)” but there aren’t any tracks that made me say he’s ready to be in that spotlight, or to handle the top spot — and that’s always been the problem with his albums (other than Street Hop which is a solid-solid-solid album). Eh…

WTT

I usually don’t give my full opinions on albums unless writing a review for a paper, but I felt like doing so for this Watch The Throne Album. With two artists as big as Jay-Z and Kanye, the world is expecting the greatest album in the history of albums; with that being said, nothing that was presented would have pleased everyone. Back in the day I never understood fully what Jay-Z meant when he said he stripped a song down, or “dumbed down his lyrics”- In my head I kept thinking, “you’re Jay-Z, show these fools how to rap!”



Watch The Throne is just a beautifully carved album, one that I think came at exactly the right moment for hip hop, and for the two artists in their careers. Jay-Z being 40+ and still showing he can out rap most if not all of his competition (1. With hip hop, our culture thinks that it is something only young people can do, often brushing to the side those that the younger rappers wanted to be like. 2)Making music isn’t a sport, where your talent deteriorates overtime, if anything I feel it gets better, having more experience at crafting material and also having more to talk about/ different ways to approach concepts/ideas) and Kanye keeping the momentum of his return to music after just releasing Dark Fantasy. My opinion is you have to give it more than two listens to really let the music sink in. There are a couple tracks I skip over (unfortunately the track with beyonce, and Why I love you)—Gotta Love It, Niggas In Paris and No Church In The Wild get played all day lol



Estimates have it going gold in its first week of release, and this is merely off of I tunes (the physical release is Friday) . I know we are quick to call albums classic, but this album is nothing less than one.

Tammy’s Song

There is a simplicity to this video/song that makes it great – from the (super mario underwater scene as someone said), to the lyrics to the video — it was strong – the twist was abrupt but it fit as far as the outline of the song — looking forward to watching the growth of Kendrick Lamar

Let em know…

This section of the blog was supposed to be for my tracks/video, but you have to pay extra to upload music on here — so I might just put links to direct you all to where the music is — anyway, I am a fan of hip-hop, so as well as my stuff I will use this part to talk about the music of others —- not just hip hop (just changed my mind right at this moment) —

Through the years i’ve been an off an on again fan of Jim Jones — haven’t bought his last few albums though, just lacked my interest —- he does have this song, I think it’s called “a new day” and a video with it also where he has a lady doing sign language and he himself does sign language…. love the video, simple positive and I feel it works…. at his age and point in his career I wish he did more of that —

Sometimes you want to hear some hard hitting music, something to nod your head and make the screw face, but these rappers are always killing or selling drugs — who are they killing ? who are they selling these drugs to ? and why are they still doing it ? or if it was all in the past, 1) how have they been so elusive and why are they incriminating theirselves and 2) with all this money they have and all this traveling and things they do why not rap about something else ?

listening to his track now called “crash” where he is talkin about a recent accident he was in — unfortunate situation but I love this song —-

I guess I just like hearing music that I can relate to… I can’t relate to killing the next man for whatever reason, or selling someone a drug that can do permanent damage to them… I dunno…