[curating the culture] //. LONDON

Posts tagged HIP HOP

[dave east – what is the hold up]

i’ve just started listening to dave east and i’m becoming a fan. this guy always sounds nice on a track. he brings a rawness that we don’t hear much of nowadays in hip hop.


CARDI B //. *red barz*

cardi needs to rap over more beats like this. the beat is cold. I think this might actually make it into my car [might!]

in terms of lyrics and flow everything sounds good for this track but I think cardi needs more time to establish her rap style and work on her delivery. I don’t think rapping is something that comes naturally to cardi but it’s obvious she has a passion for it and as a music consumer I can appreciate that

what I did like about the video is cardi’s choice of clothing. it’s nice to see a female rapper putting out music fully clothed and not half naked. i think this is definitely going to change some peoples perceptions of cardi  in terms of her being taken more serious as a credible artist. now I’m not saying she wasn’t credible before but in a world where sex sells, cardi clearly chose to opt for the covered up look and drop real bars

finally, very cheeky of me to say but i would like to know whether offset [migos] had a helping hand with this track.. no i’m not trying to discredit cardi’s lyrical talent [disclaimer; i did not mention ghost writing] but what i mean is, i’m wondering if offset is helping cardi in terms of maybe mentoring her, kinda like biggie did with lil kim and jay z did with foxy brown….just a thought

[to all my illuminati conspiracy theorists, yes i do believe they are getting cardi b ready to take over nicki minaj’s spot – lol]

//. comeback [NOUN]

I finally had a chance to watch MISSY ELLIOTT’S new video ‘I’m Better’ (currently with 8.1M views in just over a week) and I’ve read so many comments calling this a comeback, which from my perspective I wouldn’t call it that, as MISSY will always be a relevant artist. But in terms of the video and song, I was a little disappointed.

Firstly, let me address a comment that I read in Fader which stated that MISSY was “going in with a vintage-Migos triplet flow and harmonizing”. *sigh

MISSY has been in the game for so long that the above comparison/description was not necessary. Now don’t get me wrong Migos are cool and I like them but that comment just didn’t feel quite right to me. We are talking about MISSY ELLIOTT here! The woman who gave us SUPA DUPA FLY, BEEP ME 911, THE RAIN, HOT BOYZ, ALL N MY GRILL, TWEET, NICOLE WRAY, AALIYAH, I could go on but you catch my drift.

Now the video was artistic and I loved the part where it switched to everyone dancing underwater but the video itself, wasn’t as sharp or as smooth as we’ve previously seen with MISSY videos.

Now the song….who is LAMB? My cousin said to me that if you didn’t know his name and never saw the video you would have thought it was Timbaland and to be fair she was right. Now you guys will think I’m crazy but I think Meek Mill would have been the perfect choice for this song because he has so much energy and this song needed energy and hype, which all comes with Meek. So MISSY, please collaborate with Meek because I think it would crazy and I wanna see him win so bad in 2017.

See the ‘I’m Better ft. LAMB video below and as always let me know your thoughts.