Yo Gotti, The Art of Hustle © Epic

What’s The Deal With The ‘DM’ and the ‘Gram’?

Rap trends tend to come and go – this has happened year after year after year. Remember that God awful, irresponsible AF Molly rap trend? Rick Ross got into some hot water when he took it too far in Rocko’s “U.O.E.N.O.” (“Put molly all in her champagne, she ain’t even in know it”). Even Miley Cyrus got in on that with “We Can’t Stop” (“So … Continue reading What’s The Deal With The ‘DM’ and the ‘Gram’?

Drake, Views © Cash Money

Drake, ‘Views’: By The Lyrics

Drake helped to make April 2016 sweeter by releasing his fourth proper studio album Views. While Views wasn’t ‘monumental’ in regards to its themes or overall content, as always, it’s very much a Drake album. What better way to examine Views than a commentary on Drake’s deep lyrics? Leggo!!! 

1) “All of my ‘let’s just be friends’ are friends I don’t have anymore / How do you not check on me when things go wrong / Guess I should’ve tried to keep my family closer / much closer / all of my ‘let’s just be friends’ are friends I don’t have anymore / guess that’s what they say you need family for / cause I can’t depend on you anymore” – “Keep The Family Close”

Commentary: Basically, a girl doesn’t supplant family or close friends, at least a girl that’s not dedicated.

2) “And I turn the six upside down, it’s a nine now” – “9”

Commentary: First of all, unless you’re living under a rock, you realize that the “6” is Toronto. Throughout his career, Drake has made a huge deal about the “6.” Since he’s “king” in Toronto, he’s figuratively “turned it upside down.:

3) “All these hand outs, man it’s getting outta hand / I’mma start telling n***as ‘get it how they can’ / I got it right now so I’m everybody’s friends / if I ever lose I bet we never speak again” – “9”

Commentary: Drake is making bank – he’s one of music’s hottest stars. Now he has “friends” who are shallow that won’t to share his wealth. He knows that if he does fall from his perch, those friends will turn their backs on him.

4) “On some DMX shit / I group DM my exes / I told ‘em they belong to me, that goes on forever” – “U With Me?”

 Commentary: Drake is literally “on some DMX shit” on “U With Me?” which samples two DMX songs, most notably “Where My B*tches At?” As far as the last part of the lyric, Drake doesn’t forget his exes.

5) “I try with you / there’s more to life than sleeping in / and getting high with you / I had to let go of us to show myself what I could do / and that didn’t sit right with you “ – “Feel No Ways”

 Commentary: There’s more to life than taking drugs and hooking up.

6) “Done / look what I’ve done in my life / I had to count it and count it again / to make sure the money was right / they love to talk / me, I’m just done in the hype…” – “Hype”

Commentary: Drake is tired of people expecting “the world” from him essentially. When he “blew up” he really “blew up.” In some regards, while Genius intelligently points out that the “I had to count it and count it again” line may reference Cash Money’s troubles as of late, it also seems to references just how big Drake is as well. 

7) “Feel like the difference between us really startin’ to show / I’m lookin’ at they first week numbers like what are those / I mean you boys not even coming close” – “Weston Road Flows”

Commentary: Drake BIG, other rappers NOT big.

8) “Why do I settle for women that force me to pick up the pieces? / Why do I want an independent woman to feel like she needs me? / I lost my way” – “Redemption”

Commentary: Girl troubles. Typical Drake.

9) “You hit me like ‘I know you’re there with someone else’ / that pussy knows me better than I know myself / On my way from the studio so get undressed / let’s do the things that we say on text / I want to get straight to the climax…” – “Faithful”

Commentary: “Sex in the kitchen, over by the stove…” 

10) “Did it, did it, did it by myself, by myself, dog / Blew up and I’m in the city still, I’m still here, dog” – “Still Here”

Commentary: Drake is Toronto’s big thing. He’s “kind of a big deal.” 

11) “Right, my yiy just changed / you just buzzed the front gate / I thank God you came” – “Controlla” 

Commentary: While the part about the front gate is probably literal, the way that it is written also makes for perfect innuendo…  Continue reading “Drake, ‘Views’: By The Lyrics”

Christon Gray, The Glory Album © RCA

Christon Gray Sounds Glorious On ‘The Glory Album’

Christon Gray is quite an interesting musician. Who is Christon Gray? He’s an urban artist who sings, raps, and incorporates gospel and inspirational messaging into his music. He’s not a household name, but on his latest album The Glory Album, Gray shows he has plenty to offer both secular and religious music fans. Need a musical blessing? The Glory Album has got you covered! Following … Continue reading Christon Gray Sounds Glorious On ‘The Glory Album’

Kanye West, The Life Of Pablo © G.O.O.D./Def Jam

Albums That Are ‘On’ and Albums That Are ‘Off’ Two Months Into 2016

After two-months (and a week in March), we’ve had some ferocious new albums in 2016 as well as some that aren’t nearly as beastly. To help you sort out the brilliance from the BS, here’s a brief list of albums that are ON…FIRE that is and albums that are OFF…this needs no explanation. Continue reading Albums That Are ‘On’ and Albums That Are ‘Off’ Two Months Into 2016

Nick Weaver, Prowler © Nick Weaver

Nick Weaver Brings The Heat On ‘Prowler’

Often, us as music lovers – and sometimes critics too – tend to flock to major-label or big-named indie artists are the first source for reviewing music. Why? It’s easy and these artists are well established or moderately established. Sometimes, however, the biggest “gems” come with burgeoning artists, many known or establishing themselves at the local level and gradually or consistently building their careers. That … Continue reading Nick Weaver Brings The Heat On ‘Prowler’

Kanye West, The Life Of Pablo © G.O.O.D./Def Jam

Kanye West’s’The Life Of Pablo’ By The Lyrics

Kanye West’s new album The Life Of Pablo is a trip. After listening, some of the lyrics are as outlandish as albeit. Would we expect any less from Mr. West? Of course not – it is THE Kanye Omari West – Yeezy! Here are some of the more memorable lyrics from The Life Of Pablo, with a dash of commentary from yours truly!  1) “We … Continue reading Kanye West’s’The Life Of Pablo’ By The Lyrics

Kid Cudi, Speedin' Bullet 2 Heaven © Republic

The Downfall of Kid Cudi: A Sad Tale

As a music critic, one has to master the art of judgment, specifically which albums to review and which ones to pass on. In December 2015, something spoke to yours truly in regards to passing on a particular album. What was the album worthy of skipping – prejudging before judging it via review – Kid Cudi’s mysteriously dropped Speedin’ Bullet To Heaven. Having previously reviewed … Continue reading The Downfall of Kid Cudi: A Sad Tale