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.
Stream/Buy “That Ol Boom Bap” ft Precise produced by Dj Tekwun
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.
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.
I’m asking @Drake to help the part of Chicago Kanye has Abandoned! Please contact @DondasHouse
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.
@Drake when G.O.O.D. Music sends the money they owe you, will you please help us rebuild Kanye’s mothers house for the youth of Chicago. I spoke to Kanye about it. His response was “fuck the youth of Chicago”
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.
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”.
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.
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.
Take a listen to “A Killer Joe” by Precise produced by Mulatto Patriot
Happy Birthday, Harriet Tubman. Thank you for your courage for your boldness and for your determination. You risked your life to free thousands many times over. Today we honor you and your legacy and hope that we continue to move with the wind at our backs with freedom as the destination.
Watch Joelle Lamarre as Harriet Tubman singing “I Am Moses” from Harriet Tubman: When I Crossed That Line To Freedom an opera in two acts by Nkeiru Okoye (composer/librettist)
Chance The Rapper recently appeared at the MCA in Chicago to take part in a discussion series called “In Sight Out”. It’s an in depth dive into the artist and has featured other artists like Solange Knowles and Mick Jenkins.
Adrienne Samuels Gibbs conducted the interview and dove right into the convo. The discussion meandered from topics such as Art collection, God, Kanye and SNL.
Chance spoke passionately about his SNL experience because of what it meant to him as a child. He was so involved in the process and takes pride in what he was able to bring to the table with the help of his friends.
We were able to ask Chance about an extremely poignant and emotional moment in his career. The 3 time Grammy award winner was unboxing his awards with his family present. His daughter helped him unpack the awards and in a highly touching moment she hugged her dad and Chance began to cry.
We asked Chance why he was so emotional in that moment. “It was such a big moment for me, I purposely didn’t sign (a record deal) and kept saying no to amounts of money that I knew I wouldn’t see for a long time because I just thought it would be cool for somebody to say I got the Grammy without a label. I got them and I’m holding the Grammy that weighs around seven to ten pounds in one hand and my daughter who is about thirty pounds and I stood there as a scale for a moment and feel the weight of my daughter and how much more important she is. It broke me down. I think it was meant for me to get three Grammys at one time, because if I had one, I’d probably be too thirsty for more. I got them in abundance so that I could see that there were many of them but there is only one Kensli.” said Chance
When asked about the recent school closings in Chicago and the new $95 million dollar Police Academy that is being built, Chance had this to say
“I feel cheated, I feel angry. I feel vengeful. There are people who are not nameless. You grow up feeling like you are fighting against “the man” or faceless entity of people who are out to get you. But these people have names. Rahm is on that (closing schools) Thats just what it is and their is no way to hide it. This is the third group closing of schools since 2013. We don’t have to dance around it. I see the inequality, I see the unfairness, I see the violation of our city, I see the sscathing department of justice review from our police department. The same one that murdered Fred Hampton. I’m seeing that this a fucked up system and this is me entering myself into it to change it all. I’m here. I’m posted. I am not going anywhere. I’m going to live in Chicago till the day I die. I’m going to travel, I’m going to do some tours so I can get that bag and then Imma lobby for y’all.”
Chicago Artist United the brainchild of Mbombock “Lambe” Songo came together to produce this inspiring and motivational project called “I Dream. I Manifest!” The song features Precise, Ugochi Nwaogwugwu, John The Author, Black Ice, Asielah, B1 Black Swagga, Limitless Soundz, Bambaye, Toiné, Bakar, and Lambe.
The message of the video is to bring your dreams to life. The music video/documentary speaks to creating this reality. Check it out below.
When I was growing up I would hear the name Malcolm X and immediately think radical revolutionary, “By any means necessary” and that he was the total opposite of Dr. King. What many of us fail to see is that Malcolm X is an example of growth and spiritual awareness. His journey was public and he was brave enough to share it with the world.
We do a disservice to the legacy of Malcolm when we liken what he has done or his stance to fictional characters. In the spotlight of the Marvel blockbuster Black Panther there are those who liken the anti-hero Killmonger portrayed by Michael B. Jordan as a representation of Malcolm. Killmonger may have a passion for his people but he is fueled by vengeance and is a murderer. That was not Malcolm.
Upon his return from Mecca, Malcolm became enlightened and recognized that spiritually we are one under the umbrella of the creator. This did not make him less adamant about fighting for freedom for our people, it provided insight and made him aware that this fight for freedom is for ALL people.
50 years ago Malcolm X was murdered in Harlem. We remember this day with reverence and insight. Physically he is not with us but the spirit of his enlightenment, his courage to challenge the status quo and stand by his ideals will always be with us. We honor him for this. Thank you Malcolm.