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Potholes In My Blog + Music Nerdery = Oh My God. This dude @SBTRKT does not suck. At ALL.

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Holy shit son. Holy shit. How I’m feeling about this is real. This album is The Electronic Future. The Techno Way and the light.
SBTRKT basically just came through and make me like some shit that I usually dont like. And were passing “like” status. Were getting to “playing this shit daily” type-love. Its serious. Real talk? Fuck all that Frank Ocean shit.

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Yeah. He's Back. Common Featuring Nas – Ghetto Dreams. Links and Photos Galore:

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Theres waaaay too much new Yummy Common Music dropping to be Ignored (click here).
Direct Swipe from Potholes:

We finally have the full version Common’s “Ghetto Dreams” featuring Nas. This is the first official leak off Common’s upcoming album The Dreamer, The Believer. The track is produced by Chicago’s own No I.D. When fakeshoredrive.com premiered the snippet back in late May it definitely had all of us excited for Common’s upcoming album. After dropping “Summer Madness” and now “Ghetto Dreams” Common is definitely back and I don’t mean the guy who released that Universal Mind Control album. Oddly enough it was Nas who leaked the new track. No complaints from me.You can stream “Ghetto Dreams” below and download it after the jump.

[haiku url=”http://musicnerdery.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/Ghetto-Dreams-ft-NAS-.mp3″ title=”Common featuring Nas: Ghetto Dreams”]

Stream the song up there, download by clicking here and enjoy.

 

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July 2, 2011 at 9:21 am

Potholes In My Blog + Music Nerdery = Tech N9ne: All 6s and 7s. Links and Review

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June 19, 2011 at 2:07 pm

Music Nerdery + Potholes In My Blog = Hail Mary Mallon definitely does NOT Suck. Review:

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Feeling right at home, back with my peoples over at Potholes. Thanks for letting me have that time off to regroup and focus kids. I love you guise.
Anyways, after a small pause between the last interview and this one… and readjusting to the new 350 word limit (dammit…) it feels good to be back at it. And this is why.

Click here… leave a comment for me… judge my writing and tell me what to do better. LoL.

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Music Nerdery + Potholes In My Blog = Review: Lupe Fiasco – Lasers.

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While were still working on archiving, I had to stop and post this up for you guys. This one I’m kinda proud of. It just came out right. First time in a long time where it kinda wrote itself.

As always… Glory to Potholes for thinking what I have to say is valid. You can head over there and leave a comment for me and validate my eWritings, you know I’d appreciate it. :)

Um, Yeah.

Lupe Fiasco – Lasers
Atlantic: 2011

Despite what you might have heard, Lasers doesn’t suck in its entirety. It really doesn’t.

But it’s not really that great either.

There are multiple issues that have been consistently plaguing this project from the get-go and unfortunately they are reflected within the music and the album itself.  When the oft-delayed Lasers found its way to the internet about a week before its official release, the initial feedback I was reading wasn’t positive. Perplexing, since the only reason the album was released was due to overwhelming demand from his fan base (via the Internets) after his label delayed the project for a year. Even more confusing is that the album moved 200,000 copies in its first week, regardless of the negative rabble-rousing.

After having a chance to dig into the back history of Lasers and some time to sit with the project and dig into each individual song, I really started to understand the complaints. And most of them are valid. You can start with the obvious influence that his label had in changing this project from an album that Lupe was comfortable with to something that is marketable to the average hip-hop newbie. They seem hell-bent on having Lupe play up the “Hipster Hop™” angle, apparent from the guest appearances on the album (why is MDMA on every other song? No offense) down to the important songs the label purposely left off (when you left off “I’m Beaming”, you lost at music). It looks like the label got their way.

Then there’s Lupe himself and his lyrical content. I’ll be frank: if you are a longtime fan of Lupe, then you’ve already been spoiled, and there might be little on here as far as that classic delivery or content that we’re used to.  This isn’t the same verbose and lyrically complex Lupe Fiasco of 2005 mixtape fame. It’s not even Food And Liquor Lupe. And as a result… people are a bit disappointed; myself included.  In the past, Lupe has spent an entire song describing how “they” want him to “Dumb It Down” then proceeds to deliver verses and records that aren’t up to par with previous works, which seem worded to make it a bit easier for the masses to understand. Throw that against beats that normally would not qualify as “hip-hop” music and what you have is a bunch of mad fanboys out there.

Despite these failures, the album still has some moments of glory. “The Show Goes On” is a flawless example of this indie | hipster meets hip-hop meld that’s becoming more prevalent, and is the preferred (forced?) single from the reformatted, label-cleared album. I’m actually quite fond of this song and the Modest Mouse original it came from, “Float On”. “All Black Everything” is the only track where Lupe seems to be in old form; with those historically vivid, politically fundamental punch lines that we all know and love (“Everybody’s rappin like crack never happened”). From there, most of the songs were a bit too entrenched in hipster-sounding music, or the lyrical content was such that I just… couldn’t care. (“State Run Radio”…WTF. I just don’t know. And I really tried.)

In a perfect world, Lupe would have had more control over Lasers. Important singles and their videos would have been pressed and marketed correctly, and it actually would have sounded like hip-hop music. Unfortunately, this is not a perfect world. Or album. For the outsider who has never listened to Lupe before, or for those who are new to hip-hop… this might be a great starter album for you. But for those who already know the history of Lupe Fiasco and his high lyrical standards, or those who are keen on hip-hop, you might just want to pass. For now, I’ll be over here, patiently waiting for Lupe’s return to complex, thought-provoking rhymes. I’m sure it won’t take long.

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So. How’d that sound? I think  I got my point across, save some thoughts. Hipster Hop. Trademarked. Patent Pending. (lolz.)

Leave a comment SOMEWHERE, pray for this archival to wrap itself up, and Enjoy Kids.

 

Music Nerdery + Potholes In My Blog = Review: Lupe Fiasco – Lasers.

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While were still working on archiving, I had to stop and post this up for you guys. This one I’m kinda proud of. It just came out right. First time in a long time where it kinda wrote itself.

As always… Glory to Potholes for thinking what I have to say is valid. You can head over there and leave a comment for me and validate my eWritings, you know I’d appreciate it. :)

Um, Yeah.

Lupe Fiasco – Lasers
Atlantic: 2011

Despite what you might have heard, Lasers doesn’t suck in its entirety. It really doesn’t.

But it’s not really that great either.

There are multiple issues that have been consistently plaguing this project from the get-go and unfortunately they are reflected within the music and the album itself. When the oft-delayed Lasers found its way to the internet about a week before its official release, the initial feedback I was reading wasn’t positive. Perplexing, since the only reason the album was released was due to overwhelming demand from his fan base (via the Internets) after his label delayed the project for a year. Even more confusing is that the album moved 200,000 copies in its first week, regardless of the negative rabble-rousing.

After having a chance to dig into the back history of Lasers and some time to sit with the project and dig into each individual song, I really started to understand the complaints. And most of them are valid. You can start with the obvious influence that his label had in changing this project from an album that Lupe was comfortable with to something that is marketable to the average hip-hop newbie. They seem hell-bent on having Lupe play up the “Hipster Hop™” angle, apparent from the guest appearances on the album (why is MDMA on every other song? No offense) down to the important songs the label purposely left off (when you left off “I’m Beaming”, you lost at music). It looks like the label got their way.

Then there’s Lupe himself and his lyrical content. I’ll be frank: if you are a longtime fan of Lupe, then you’ve already been spoiled, and there might be little on here as far as that classic delivery or content that we’re used to. This isn’t the same verbose and lyrically complex Lupe Fiasco of 2005 mixtape fame. It’s not even Food And Liquor Lupe. And as a result… people are a bit disappointed; myself included. In the past, Lupe has spent an entire song describing how “they” want him to “Dumb It Down” then proceeds to deliver verses and records that aren’t up to par with previous works, which seem worded to make it a bit easier for the masses to understand. Throw that against beats that normally would not qualify as “hip-hop” music and what you have is a bunch of mad fanboys out there.

Despite these failures, the album still has some moments of glory. “The Show Goes On” is a flawless example of this indie | hipster meets hip-hop meld that’s becoming more prevalent, and is the preferred (forced?) single from the reformatted, label-cleared album. I’m actually quite fond of this song and the Modest Mouse original it came from, “Float On”. “All Black Everything” is the only track where Lupe seems to be in old form; with those historically vivid, politically fundamental punch lines that we all know and love (“Everybody’s rappin like crack never happened”). From there, most of the songs were a bit too entrenched in hipster-sounding music, or the lyrical content was such that I just… couldn’t care. (“State Run Radio”…WTF. I just don’t know. And I really tried.)

In a perfect world, Lupe would have had more control over Lasers. Important singles and their videos would have been pressed and marketed correctly, and it actually would have sounded like hip-hop music. Unfortunately, this is not a perfect world. Or album. For the outsider who has never listened to Lupe before, or for those who are new to hip-hop… this might be a great starter album for you. But for those who already know the history of Lupe Fiasco and his high lyrical standards, or those who are keen on hip-hop, you might just want to pass. For now, I’ll be over here, patiently waiting for Lupe’s return to complex, thought-provoking rhymes. I’m sure it won’t take long.

______

So. How’d that sound? I think I got my point across, save some thoughts. Hipster Hop. Trademarked. Patent Pending. (lolz.)

Leave a comment SOMEWHERE, pray for this archival to wrap itself up, and Enjoy Kids.

Written by E

March 27, 2011 at 10:19 am

I didn't go anywhere. This is what had happened:

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It'll be over/I'll be back soon.

*Reformatting the site with Chris Edwards is almost done. A bit longer than we’d all like, but it’s getting done.

*Kaki is on tour, caught the bufu bird which then caught AIDS, which then caught Cancer; broke her arm. AKA: Work.

*Been focusing on reading more and my writing for Potholes. I’ve got a review on Strong Arm Steady over there right now. That one is okay, but my thoughts on Lupe Fiasco’s Lasers are due this weekend. Those are better. You can head over there for more.

*My computer caught its first death virus the 1 week I let my AVG lapse. So I gotta handle that. Obviously.

*Helping LaToiya Williams plan out her Social Media platform for a possible new album. Thatll be fun.

*I just… needed to not write for a minute. Give my brain some time to think about how I wanna phrase things. And check my diction. If I had any. Sometimes you just don’t feel like writing, dammit.

*That doesn’t mean I haven’t been thinking, hearing and obsessing about my music though. My friends are touring with Katy Perry, Anita Baker is talking about new albums on twitter, new jobs keep popping up, and I’ve got tons of news and interviews to post and things to discuss.

I’ll be back at it soon guys. Just hold on for me.
I’m worth the wait.

-E

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