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20 Midyear Hip Hop Opinions, Observances, and Opportunities

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20 Midyear Hip Hop Opinions, Observances, and Opportunities

Alright, people! It is the middle of the year and we have all seen these months construct situations of joy, pain, and “WTF”. Now, with that comes time of honest reflection.

 

1.)    So, after noticing that Macklemore and Ryan Lewis have sold almost a million copies with no help for a major label, maybe others can pay attention and work to develop their audience/brand/presence so they can reap some real benefits. You know…it WAS what labels did when they actually “did their jobs”.

Say what you will: millions of people bought a song dealing with being cheap with the fashion.
Say what you will, but millions of people bought a song dealing with being cheap with the fashion.

2.)    So, can anyone tell me if Amanda Bynes is snorting that Amy Winehouse or that Rick James? Or maybe both?

3.)    Adrian Younge may be one of the best producers out that “nobody cares about”. Meaning: he doesn’t get his props. I see that changing more sooner THAN later.

4.)    Gucci Mane has spent the majority of 2013 either in jail or rapping about beef. Yet, people don’t care to acknowledge his potential mental illness. If he goes to prison and gets his face licked, don’t blame me.

Ice cream cone, people. An ice cream cone!
Ice cream cone, people. An ice cream cone!

5.)    The word “swag” hasn’t died. I have lost more hope in humanity because of this.

6.)    Then again, Soulja Boy still seems to have time to put out more mixtapes of material that most of us don’t want to hear.

When you have to be THIS unoriginal, don' t you think it is a wrap?
When you have to be THIS unoriginal, don’t you think it’s a wrap?

7.)    Kanye likens himself to Steve Jobs and Dead Prez and my grandmother. Yet, it makes news? Y’all haven’t figured out that he whores for attention more than Karine Steffans without a penis in her mouth?

8.)    Yet, I still might buy his album if I think it is hot. Keyword: might. Then again, I heard it. And it wasn’t that hot.  So, no, I am not buying it.

9.)    I don’t care what anybody says…Chance The Rapper’s Acid Rap is that business.

This mixtape goes extremely hard.
This mixtape goes extremely hard.

10.)  I am fully convinced that Twitter is the place for self-promotion, simple messages, and pure slander. Anything else is sprinkles on the sundae.

11.) Some artists don’t exist for us to take too serious. Riff Raff and Lil B are here to entertain us. Nothing more and nothing less.

This is just pure foolishness. Nothing more to it.
This is just pure foolishness. Nothing more to it.

12.) I am wondering when artists are going to stop making mixtapes that are better than their retail albums. Listeners just aren’t as stupid as people want to make them out to be.

13.) So, when is Danny Brown’s album coming out? I don’t want people making his fellatio incident more important than the insanity of his music.

14.)  I don’t know about you, but I love how carnal and complex Mr. MFN eXquire came on Kismet. Between ratchet foolishness, meaningful songs, and even the offensively truthful tracks, you couldn’t help but feel his passion. Plus, who dedicates a track to all the “hoes he don’t remember?”

15.) Czarface, Cold Weather and Warm Whiskey II, Life Changes, and King Remembered In Time  need to be on your playlist. I’m just saying.

16.) It seems that El-P is back with a vengeance. Maybe he is in a “happier place” or maybe he has “let go of some of his demons” that have been bothering him for the past few years. Whatever the case, I’m glad that he’s back.

I'm just saying: Run them jewels, B.
I’m just saying: Run them jewels, B.

17.) Speaking of El-P, I swear that his pairing with Killer Mike has just made hip hop that much better. People can call it a “breath of fresh air”. Personally, I call it “the removal of the fog of bullshit.” Pick your position. It is all the same.

18.) So, WHEN is Jay Electronica dropping that album? Oh, wait. I heard the official date. It will be released with Detox on Neverember 32, 2010.

19.) So, I take it that Jay-Z is still winning. Magna Carta Holy Grail is the name of the album. It drops July 4th. Oh, and he has already sold a million copies due to a Samsung distribution-buy up deal. Oh, man. Some of us can win without even trying. This is one of those situations.

20.) Wait…didn’t Lil Wayne come out with an album? Oh, it wasn’t that good, huh? I figured that much.

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