THE MASTER HAS BECOME THE STUDENT

Today might be the official beginning of Wayne sounding like an old rapper.  Just like when Jay-Z released his first post-retirement single sounding more than a little rusty, or his grumpy old man-sounding “D.O.A.” from Blueprint 3, or maybe most appropriately when he tried to sound like every young, new pop rapper in “Tom Ford“, there are those moments where it’s hard not to feel like a rapper has lost touch with him/herself but is still trying to stay relevant in the industry by putting out “new-sounding” material.  Wayne’s is even more interesting than Jay’s though, because the rapper he’s emulating on his newest single got his start imitating Wayne (by his own admission even).  Just watch this progression:

2009:

Lil’ Wayne – Wasted

2011:

Young Thug – We Are

2013:

Young Thug – Danny Glover

Today:

Lil’ Wayne – Grindin’ (feat. Drake)

I’ll always love Wayne – I’ll always love Jay too – but let’s be real.  If you really listen to what’s coming out of their mouths recently, there’s really no other way to describe it but old.

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WAIT

Chief Keef – Wait

Chief Keef – Wait

Chief Keef – Wait

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GOOD GOODBYE

Tree – Goodbye Summer

It’s funny because summer’s just starting in the Bay, I’ll definitely be saving this for November though.

Oh right, the original

Misun – Goodbye Summer

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BARE MINIMUM PART FIVE – YOU KEEP ASKIN’ ME

I’ve posted almost everything this man has ever made for one reason or another, but it would be wrong to leave him out of this series.

Alpoko Don – Married to the Game

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WHO’S C/KRAZIER?

Both of these videos came out in the past week and it’s interesting how the artist and titles are just a couple syllables away from each other but COMPLETELY different in every other way.

Lil’ Wayne – Krazy

Lil’ Boosie – Crazy

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RAP JOURNEY #22 – FROM STARLITO & DON TRIP TO ATLANTIC STARR

I could never be a hip-hop producer.  My culture’s ideas about “originality” are far too strict and entrenched in my artistic life to allow myself to to do what Lil’ Lody did here.

Starlito & Don Trip – Life

It’s silly once I think about it, because when I actually analyze this song, there’s no reason to see anything but a well-crafted beat that inspired some very talented rappers to say some beautiful, real things.  It doesn’t have to be any more complicated than that.  If I’d started to make that beat though, there’s no way I could have gone through with it after listening to this track the amount that I have.

Nate Dogg – Nobody Does It Better (feat. Warren G)

I would have told myself, “Warren G has made this perfect, beautiful instrumental, what makes you think you have the right to go back and make another version?”  It’s a good thing Warren G didn’t think that way though, because this more obscure, upbeat New York interpolation actually predates the G-Funk classic by about 2 years.

A+ – A+Z (feat. AZ)

This is a good lesson for me in creativity and the limitations we self-impose.  All of these songs are actually very different from each other, and none could be said to be any more or less “original” than the others.  Just because the foundation of a piece of art is the same as another doesn’t mean its essence is.  I’m glad the imaginations of all these producers aren’t as uptight as mine, or we’d never have had as much musical progress as we’ve had.  Maybe it wouldn’t be so bad though, as long as we could still vibe to this, the “original” track that inspired them all.  But then again, who inspired Atlantic Starr…?

Atlantic Starr – Let’s Get Closer

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BARE MINIMUM PART FOUR – STICK TO THE PROMISE

This raw percussion + vocals format is far from unique to rap music, as Nina powerfully evidences here.

Nina Simone – Be My Husband

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KISS ME THROUGH THE EVERGLADES

Add this to the extremely short list of ternary form rap songs.  I actually can’t think of any others.

RiFF RaFF – The Neon One

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SO LOUD

I didn’t expect to come back from India with fresh material for my rap blog, but

Kalyanji Anandji – Dharmatma Theme

Jaylib – Champion Sound

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WE DON’T LIKE YOU

Not that you shouldn’t just watch the whole thing, but to me this was the most memorable moment from Ice T’s “Something from Nothing – The Art of Rap“.

Nas – Response to: “Why Do You Think Rap Isn’t Respected?”

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