Caught a vibe at the lake – We♥Soul

The plan for the day was to hit the dealership, return some shoes and catch a vibe at the lake. Ran into the homie Kevin ‘KMax’ Maxey and he told me about the We❤️Soul’s event at the pier. Definitely caught a vibe at the lake. S/O to Kwest_on, Sean Alvarez,  Joe Kollege, JayToo and Duane E Powell.

Chicago is so dope!

-Precise

The top 5 rap songs that sampled Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin’s rap influence (Artwork by Eddy “Precise” Lamarre)

The world is celebrating Aretha Franklin because of who she is and what she represents to music and Black culture. Her talent has stretched across many genres of music and affected many soundscapes. Rap music is not absent from that discussion. Many of the driving rhythms and melodic music of Franklin’s have added to the tapestry of this art form we call rap and the culture of hip-hop. Let’s take a look at the top five rap songs to sample The Queen of Soul.

While the world is singing “Respect,” arguably Aretha Franklin’s greatest hit, the song that resonates with this writer is “Rock Steady.” The rhythm is timeless and has made for one of the perfect breakbeats for rap.

EPMD sampled “Rock Steady” on their classic release Strictly Business in the song “I’m Housin.” The funk is preserved and still remains hip-hop.

 

Ms. Franklin’s song “One Step Ahead” is an ode to avoiding heartbreak and preserving a love.

Ayatollah produced “Ms Fat Booty” which contains elements of “One Step Ahead” for Yasiin Bey, formerly known as Mos Def, and appears on his album Black On Both Sides. This song is arguably Yasiin’s biggest hit. The song tells the story of a young brother shooting his shot to a beautiful woman.

The way Aretha addressed the subject of love you can tell that it comes from a heartfelt and emotional place. Her song “Call Me” is a song of anticipation, a song where you find a woman yearning for her love just by asking for a phone call.

The Kanye West-produced “Selfish” borrowed a bit from “Call Me” for Slum Village’s album Detroit Deli. Slum approaches their song as a moment to praise all the beautiful women they love. Kanye makes sure not to miss out on this dope production with his own verse. “This one here is a heat rock spit like a beat box the way the beat rocks new version of Pete Rock.”

On “Young Gifted and Black” we find Aretha steeped in her gospel roots. She celebrates the beauty of Blackness at time when Black Power was the mantra of the culture.

DJ Premier sampled the song for Gang Starr’s Daily Operation album on a 30-second joint called “92 Interlude.” I always felt like that would be an awesome song. Most recently you can find the vibe on the 9th Wonder-produced “Laila’s Wisdom.” It appears on Rapsody’s debut project by the same name.

“Oh Baby” is yet another song where we find the Queen lamenting over love.

The producer Ski skillfully plants her vocals across the production of Jay-Z’s song “In My Lifetime (Big Jaz Radio Mix) from The Streets is Watching soundtrack. This is rap at its essence, and the soul was able to traverse the genres effortlessly.

 

-Precise

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Jill Scott and The Roots light up Ravinia night sky

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Summer and Chicago are having a hard time finding each other right now, but Jill Scott and The Roots were able to bring some heat with them to Ravinia Friday, June 22.

I think I’ve seen The Legendary Roots Crew more than 10 times over the years, and it feels like their show gets stronger with every performance. Black Thought commands the stage with a presence that is all hip-hop. Every solo — from the Jeremy Ellis on the beat box, to guitarist Kirk Douglas blacking out during “You Got Me” — garnered standing ovations. It was easy to forget that The Roots were the opening act and the thought of anyone following The Roots after such a masterful display of showmanship didn’t seem likely.

Jill Scott proved she is more than capable to bring the house down in her own right. Chandeliers hung from the ceiling as Jill sashayed onto the stage and launched into a rendition of “Watching Me” that seemed more timely now than it was when it was originally released. She seemed to have been overcome by emotion as a tear streamed down her face. She gathered herself and preceded to bless her fans with a vocal presence that sounds like honey.

Her voice seems stronger, and she does not shy away from sharing her personal experiences, which pulls her fans in. In the midst of all of her emotion, her smile shined brighter than any light in the pavilion. Watching her perform is like watching a greatness in action.

We spoke to concert-goer A. Jason Lloyd and asked him what he thought of the show.

“The Roots were incredible,” Llyod said. “I think they showed why they are who they are. They are a supergroup. Each solo from their individual members showed they are all superstars, but they can pull together, play together and rock a crowd like no other. Black Thought is the glue that makes everything stick, but I was a bit disappointed that I didn’t see a drum solo from Questlove.

“Jilly from Philly was very powerful and emotional. She took us on a ride that she was in herself,” Lloyd added. “It’s incredible to think that she performs with that same emotion and passion every time she touches the stage. You walk with her on her emotional journey — the highs and lows. At one point, I could see the tears from her eyes. It was really, really a true representation of artistry.”

Check out a few photos from the concert in the gallery below.

 

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Kanye wants ALL SMOKE in interview with Big Boy in Wyoming

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Ye has dropped and after 2 days of taking it in I can honestly say its a great release. An in depth review is coming soon. Big Boy was fortunate enough to be in Wyoming for the official listening party and interviewed Kanye. We find a very happy and lucid Kanye in this setting. Check it out.

-Precise

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What do Kanye and Wyoming have in common?

After the all the rants, drama, racial tension and MAGA hats dozens of influencers and media have descended upon Wyoming to listen to Kanye’s newest project. The release is also being streamed on an app called WAV. The stream started at 9pm CST. If you were expecting music you were disappointed. The stream focused on the Wyoming landscape with horses in the background while you listened to crackiling a campfire.

Chris Rock introduced Kanye with a few jokes and mentioned that hip-hop is the first art form created by free black men. He also said that Kanye has taken full advantage of his freedom and to listen to the project without prejudice.

The name of the project is Ye and the first lyric you hear behind a brooding vamp is “The most beautiful thoughts are beside the darkest. Today I seriously thought about killing you. Premeditated murder.” The production is classic Kanye and lyrically it plays like a journal he has been keeping for the past few months. A few well placed lines speaking on current issues lace the project. “Russell Simmons wanna pray for me too. But imma pray for him cause he got #metoo I wonder what if that happened to #metoo”

The inspirational Kanye that we all know and love enters with a Slick Rick sample assisted by the unmistakable vocals of Charlie Wilson. The campfire is LIT literally and figuratively and all of the people who flew out to hear the project seem pleased and content under the Wyoming sky.

Considering that Kanye has spent the last year in Utah and Wyoming it makes more sense why he has been espousing these middle America sentiments. He doesn’t get a pass for it, it just makes sense. When it all comes down to it when it comes to Kanye its all about the music and always has been.

After two listens it is safe to say Kanye delivered once again. He has captured the attention of the world and given an insightful heartfelt and honest project. Fresh off of Pusha T destroying Drake the G.O.O.D music wave continues rise with the release of Ye. Cudi and Kanye are up next. Lets see how he will top this release.

-Precise

Why is Rhymefest mad? What did Kanye say about the youth?

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Photo source: instagram @rhymefest

The internet is a blaze once again. Per usual Kanye West finds himself in the middle of the heat. His Good Music CEO and artist Pusha T recently dropped his 7 track album Daytona. The project is a solid effort, but just like anything else these days a few lines are chosen and become the focal point of the project. Pusha takes a jab at the streaming king Drake on his song “Infared” “Niggas beats is bangin’, nigga, ya hooks did it The lyric pennin’ equal the Trumps winnin’ The bigger question is how the Russians did it It was written like Nas but it came from Quentin”

That specific lyric alludes to the fact that Drake has a few hired pens out here helping him write his verses. Drake in true champagne papi fashion responds with “Duppy Freestyle” where he goes in on Push and Kanye equally. “Must’ve had your Infrared wrong, now your head in the beam Y’all are the spitting image of whatever jealousy breeds Don’t push me when I’m in album mode You not even top 5 as far as your label talent goes You send shots, well, I got to challenge those But I bring Calicos to the Alamo I could never have a Virgil in my circle and hold him back ’cause he makes me nervous I wanna see my brothers flourish to their higher purpose”

Drake managed to become the newest trending topic on twitter and all of his loyal fans have claimed victory. This is great for hip-hop, but something else has arisen from this battle.

Rhymefest, Kanye’s estranged friend and co-writer of “Jesus Walks” from Ye’s college drop out chimed in to the battle because he feels that Kanye has abandoned Chicago and the not-for-profit created in the name of Kanye’s late mother Donda’s House.

In response to Drake saying in his battle that he will send Kanye and invoice. He actually did send him an invoice by the way. Rhymefest had this to say.

Then in a tweet that has since been deleted Rhymefest shares what Kanye thinks about Chicago youth.

This has definitely opened up some doors and is shining the light on a foundation that was created to showcase the best of Chicago and add value to the lives of the youth. Donda’s recently put out a statement asking for people to not confuse Kanye’s statements with the mission of the foundation.

-Precise

‘Stand Up Nigger!’

The N.F.L will now fine players who kneel during the singing of the national anthem before the start of football games. The other option is to stay in the locker room during the tribute.

We are witnessing an aggressive stance against those who wish to exercise their freedom. To participate in anything N.F.L. at this point is to look away while this passive aggressive micro aggression spits in the face of our ancestors and denies a human the right to protest in the space they are in.

No. I won’t be watching football. If you have any pigmentation or the slightest amount of common sense you wouldn’t either. This is a moment. A bunch of millionaire ‘good ol’boys’ basically told roughly 80% of their employees to “Stand Up Nigger”.

-Precise

Andre 3000 remembers his mom with new music on soundcloud

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Andre 3000 blesses the Internet with new music to celebrate Mother’s day. Andre took to SoundCloud in the middle of the night to bless the world with his talents. He release 2 new songs “Me&My (To Bury Your Parents) and “Look Ma No Hands”.

The first of the two surprise releases is an emotional trip down memory lane as 3000 laments over memories he had with his mom when he was growing up. The second song is a somber jazz instrumental filled with melancholy and moodiness. A horn blares in every direction as a piano provides the solid foundation to the expression.

Andre 3000 has been pretty quiet as it relates to music lately. He resurfaced in 2017 to announce his partnership with Tretorn shoes. The always eclectic and artistic 3000 lent his artistic vision to the designer and added some of his sketch work to the brands shoes. Lets see if this art wave flows more into the music in 2018.

 

Take a listen to both of the songs below

Drake pretty much Kanye’d Cardi B with new video ‘Nice For What’

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Drake pretty much Kanye’d Cardi B ala Taylor Swift at the VMA’s with the surprise release of his song and video “Nice For What’. It’s like he said “Yo Cardi, I’m really happy for you Imma let you finish but right now I’m dropping one of the best videos of all time.” I have no idea who is on the OVO marketing team but they deserve a raise. Just one month ago Drake was lamenting “God’s Plan” and passing out One million Dollars. Today he did what he does best. He cakes for the ladies and they love him for it.

The video for “Nice For What” directed by Karena Evans is star studded and a nod to the #MeToo movement showcasing powerful women in the entertainment industry.   Olivia Wilde, Misty Copeland, Issa Rae, Rashida Jones, Jourdan Dunn, Tracee Ellis Ross, Tiffany Haddish, Yara Shahidi, Zoe Saldana, Elizabeth Lejonhjärta, Victoria Lejonhjärta, Letitia Wright, Bria Vinaite, Emma Roberts, Syd and Michelle Rodriguez all make cameos. The most visible woman in the video is Lauryn Hill who doesn’t make a cameo but is the voice you hear consistently during the song.

So Drake breaks the internet once again. Check out the video below. Tell us what you think.

 

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