Hip-hop woke up. After several months of relative stagnancy and few highlights in the mainstream scene (underground heads, put your picket signs away), Kendrick’s inflammatory verse on Big Sean’s Control not only got most music fans talking, but also provoked precisely the sort of response he would have wanted from his rapping peers.
Many responded via Twitter, video or other means, and though none of those who were namechecked have taken to the studio to put out a response, several others have taken up the baton and either delivered a worthwhile response or used the opportunity to get a little bit of media coverage. The latter statement isn’t meant disrespectfully either- hip-hop is about as prominent in ‘water cooler’ and social media discussions as it has been in a rather long time, and it’s a great chance for some acts to get their names out to a wider audience. It’s tough to be mad at that opportunism.
The dust is beginning to settle, and though there’s bound to be several other rappers who are preparing responses (Joe Budden for one), now seems a good time to offer a quick recap on those who’ve offered musical replies to Kendrick’s barbed bars. Head below for a collection of the releases thus far (in no order). → Continue Reading
As per every year, the only thing we check the BET Awards for is these excellent ciphers, and this year is no different.
The 2012 edition brings you some utterly superb lineups, with the clip up here being a personal highlight as it features several of my favourite upcomers-A$AP Rocky, Joey Bada$$, Childish Gambino and Angel Haze, alongside newcomer Driicky Graham. The rest of the ciphers feature the likes of T.I., B.o.B., Talib Kweli, Jean Grae, DMX, Eve, Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar, Kurupt, DJ Quik, Xzibit, Mac Miller, Ab-Soul, Schoolboy Q, Hopsin and more.
Plenty of promise, click on below to check out all of the ciphers. Who do you reckon had the standout performance? Big fan of Joey Bada$$ with the cipher up here, and my winners for the rest are below.
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One for the heads this morning. With a heavy-hitting lineup here it’s worth checking just to see who brings their A-game. The chorus is a bit generically annoying but Ortiz’ verse is a pleasure and without doubt takes the throne on this one.
DJ Absolut-If You Love Me ft. Havoc, Sheek Louch, Joell Ortiz & Cassidy
Some of these have sat in my inbox over the past few days, some have just hit the Internets today. The pick of the bunch has to be that 50/Jada collaboration; with the one time foes teaming up for some New York heat. I’ve also dropped the new Big L single from his upcoming posthumous Return Of The Devil’s Son, but not only are the vocals recycled (Danger Zone), but the beat isn’t original either (O.C. – Jewelz).
Game – All Day, All Night ft. Cassidy
Big L – Zone Of Danger
Lloyd Banks – Finish Line
Jadakiss – Dump (It’s Like That) ft. 50 Cent
A slew of talented New York rappers for this posse cut (we’ll pretend Cassidy isn’t from Philly, as lyrically it’s like he’s from NY anyway).
No hook on this one, just each rapper with a verse to showcase their lyrical dexterity and/or street cred. Best verse I hear you ask? I’d probably give it to either Joell or Vado.
Cassidy blesses us with some nice bars, which is what you should come to expect from him by now.
Edit: Got some audio for you too now, just below.
Cassidy – Show Out (remix)
The first leak from the upcoming album from Statik and Term (under the name 1982) comes with a couple of heavy-hitters on the feature. Statik drops off an interesting production, which has some of those gritty elements mixed in with a jazzy feel. Pretty unique stuff, and nice to hear him mixing it up like that. The verses are all pretty likeable, with Termanology probably just shading it ahead of Xzibit for the best one.
1982 (Statik Selektah and Termanology)-Goin Back ft. Cassidy and Xzibit
Nice couple of tracks here, the first is off Grafh’s brand new mixtape, From The Bottom. Absolute monster of a beat here, which will be blasting the bass off your expensive speakers and with Cassidy collaborating, you have two rappers punch-lining the track away.
Grafh – So Easy ft. Cassidy
The second track is Cassidy on his own, where he raps about all the battles and beefs he wants to see happen in hip-hop right now. Pretty cool concept, as it’s the sort of subject us fans often talk about with our peers, “who would win out of such and such” etc.
Cassidy – Face To Face
Exactly as the title of this post states, here are two new tracks by Cassidy, both of which are pretty different to his most recent stuff.
Definitely more on a chilled and R&B tip which you can guess from the simple fact that the features on them include John Legend and Ne-Yo.
Cassidy – Searching ft. John Legend
Cassidy – You Got Me Open ft. Ne-Yo
For the first time in a few weeks, I’m not rushing to get this done. As great as that is for me, for you it means I’ve gathered a great deal of material and carefully sifted through it all to deliver the best stuff. Not only that, but I’ve offered a little more in terms of track reviews than in recent times. I’m alright like that.
Big names, small names, new names and old names contribute as ever to bring your weekly dose of R&B. I don’t see any reason to not grab the vast majority of the 18 tracks on offer, and as quality goes it’s one of the best episodes in recent memory. Click on to inject yourself with the goodness.
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Cassidy reminisces about his days as a juvenile on his grind with troubles with the law and compares it with his life now as a father with responsibilities, who steers away from controversy. Great beat and sample for the chorus on this track which (obviously) enhances the reminiscent subject of the track. I’ll be adding this to my playlist, that’s for sure.
Cassidy – Back In The Days
This beef ignited in the summer of 2004 when T.I. made a surprise appearance at a Summer Jam event (everyone thought he was still in prison). Not only did he perform his two hit records at that time (his feature on Memphis Bleek’s Round Here track and Rubber band Man) he also came out and started dissing Lil Flip, challenging him to come up on stage to face him (Lil Flip was also at this event). The reason for this? Well apparently whilst T.I. was locked up, Lil Flip took exception to T.I. proclaiming himself to be ‘King of The South’ and was dissing him during his own shows. This lead to many tracks and freestyles towards each other, including Lil Flip dissing T.I. on freestyles he performed as a guest on Tim Westwood’s radio show. The rivalry culminated with an altercation between the two and their entourages.
Click below for the best diss track each of these rappers brought out against each other (the Lil Flip track is actually a feature on a Game track, where Game is dissing Memphis Bleek – more on that beef here)
The Game – State Your Name ft. Lil Flip & Cassidy
T.I. – 99 Problemz (ButLil Flip Ain’t One)
No prizes for guessing who came out on top after this beef.
Alright, so only 5 other rappers but still. It’s a big number for some.
I don’t really particularly dislike anyone on this track (naturally I have my favourites though), so I’m looking forward to seeing what they all bring to the table on this one. I expect it to be a very different type of posse cut to the one a couple of posts below, but equally worth checking out.
Grafh-Bring the Goons Out (Remix) ft. Jim Jones, Red Cafe, Bun B, Maino & Cassidy
I started the week with a collection of tracks and I’m doing the same as this week ends.
Click on to grab new tracks and remixes by the likes of Drake, Rihanna, Cassidy, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony.
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A remake of my favourite song from the T.I. album T.I. Vs T.I.P. Two of the best punchline rappers in the business give us their take on this great track.
Swizz Beatz is on the track too, providing us with one of his trademark catchy choruses as well as a verse of his own. They did such a good job on this they even shot their own video for it, as you can see on the left.
As always, click the majestic red text below to grab the mp3 of this track.
Fabolous – Big Things Poppin ft. Swizz Beatz & Cassidy
Finally putting this up! 5 tracks after the click that I haven’t put up yet from my brief hiatus. Couple of decent ones in there too, so be sure to keep reading.
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Cassidy is probably one of the best punchline rappers out there, would be great to see him get back on his grind this year. He’s made a good start to 2010 with this remake of a classic hip hop anthem, go grab it below.
Whoa 2K10 ft. Jag
Three tracks from the last day or so. The Cassidy track is over Jay/Swizzy’s On To The Next One, Crook takes on Game’s Big Money and Buck drops something new…sort of. He’s back to dissing G-Unit, which is pretty played out. The track is alright though to be fair.
Cassidy-On To The Next One ft. Jag
Crooked I-Big Money Freestyle
Young Buck-Happy New Year
Some unreleased music from one of my favourites rappers ever, which was cut from one of my favourite hip-hop albums ever. Strange Fruit is a track that didn’t make Finding Forever, and Cassidy fans amongst you may recognise this beat and hook as Celebrate. Not sure how it went from this to Cass, but the Kanye production is superb and I definitely prefer this version. The beat fits Common much better.
Common-Strange Fruit Ft. John Legend
This track isn’t that old, in that it was made just over a year ago – however it makes it in this week’s Sunday’s Classic Collabo as this track is just vintage Hip Hop. Taken from Statik Selektah’s album Stick 2 The Script, this song just oozes that laid back Hip Hop vibe that first got me into the genre itself. Go check the video to your left, and then download the track below.
To The Top ft. Cassidy, Saigon & Termanology
There’s an awful lot of music that gets put out to the internet each and every day. A lot of it will be artists that you’ve never heard of, but will have big followings. Trying to follow underground hip-hop is a difficult task, and sometimes it’s best to stick to a few names and follow them. This post is dedicated to some of those names you may have missed and gives you a sample of them.
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