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The Rap Music Plug Podcast

Rohan Patra

My name is Rohan Patra. I am The Rap Music Plug, at your service. The Rap Music Plug Podcast is the remedy to the “I don't have anything good to listen to” problem. This show is your one-stop shop to knowing what to add to your queue, play next, or pop into your record player.  Are you a rap music fan? And not just any fan... but a true rap music fan that wants to move past the surface level discussion, and get into the nitty-gritty of what makes rap music so great? Are you someone who loves the feeling of discovering new music, but find it hard to navigate through the thousands upon thousands of new albums that get released every single day? If any of this applies to you, this show is EXACTLY what you need.  My absolute PASSION is music. So I gladly do the dirty work of virtual crate digging, searching for the next great rap album... so you don’t have to.  I am into all kinds of music, bringing you fresh album and song reviews, and passionate commentary on all that the mainstream and underground rap scenes have to offer. I LIVE for this. Nothing makes me feel better than expressing my thoughts and feelings about music. -- For music submissions and/or private feedback, DM me @rapmusicplugpod on Twitter and Instagram, or shoot me an email at qlctv.podcast@gmail.com Let's stay connected! Find me here: https://rmpp.carrd.co/
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#86 - Defcee INTERVIEW
Video animation by: Big Flowers Intro/Outro beat by: BLOODBLIXING Beginning of Episode (0:49). In Episode 86, we are joined by a true lyrical tactician, teacher, and newest signee of the ever-impressive Backwoodz Studioz label, Defcee.  Defcee discusses being embraced by the Chicago hip-hop community as an outsider, and what he appreciates about the Chicago scene (4:01). Defcee opens up about the reasoning behind taking a break from music, following 2015's Damn Near Grown (26:30). Defcee details how he's been able to consistently improve his craft into his middle-age, and gives his take on the health of rap game currently, given the fact that so many other rappers have been producing quality music well into their "senior" years (31:52). Defcee discusses how he sees competitiveness in hip-hop, and when that competitive spirit can turn destructive (39:38). Defcee speaks on how vital graffiti is to the overall hip-hop culture, and how he tried to approach We Dressed the City with Our Names (44:38). Defcee explains the influence of Backwoodz Studioz on his first album as a new signee of this groundbreaking label (51:05). Defcee details the significance of the Trapdoor album title, and the overall intention behind the record (56:37). Defcee reflects on the therapeutic nature of creating Trapdoor (1:01:36). Defcee speaks on the importance of teaching the youth, and drops knowledge of some of the ills afflicting the modern education system (1:06:00). Defcee gives his take on the complementary soundscape of Trapdoor, created by Messiah Musik, and why Messiah is such a great producer (1:19:03). Defcee gives props to Nick Arcade and August Fanon's amazing talents, and waxes poetic about Messiah Musik once again (1:24:49). Defcee gives a sneak peak to upcoming projects he has in store for us (1:29:03). Support Defcee's music here: https://defcee.bandcamp.com/  Follow Defcee on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/defcee?s=20  Follow Defcee on Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/defcee/?hl=en  -- Fiending for some more quality rap content? Visit the RMPP website: https://rmpp.squarespace.com/ Want to support and help us grow? Become a RMPP Patreon, and gain access to exclusive content: https://www.patreon.com/therapmusicplugpodcast  Looking to connect? DM me @rapmusicplugpod on Twitter and Instagram, or shoot me an email at qlctv.podcast@gmail.com
Yesterday
1 hr 34 mins
#85 - DøøF INTERVIEW
Video animation by: Big Flowers Intro/Outro beat by: BLOODBLIXING Beginning of Episode (0:49). In Episode 85, we are joined by Virginia's effortlessly funny, multi-talented, rapper, producer, skater, and model, DøøF. On the heels of his tremendously dope new album with NCL-TM, SWAMP PHONK, he has dropped straight heat for the past year. His work includes his previous collaboration with NCL-TM, Hoodrat Noir, as well as Radioactive Spinach with none other than the talented Graymatter. Getting to know DøøF's style and story is a must, if you want to stay updated on one of the underground's brightest stars.  DøøF details the catalyst that led to him pursuing his music career more seriously in 2020 (7:43). DøøF breaks down how he developed his one-of-a-kind rapping style (12:37). DøøF gives his take on what defines the Virginia rap scene (26:19). DøøF breaks down why he gravitates towards the warm, dusty, and warped sound that his beats feature (32:13). DøøF details what he needs to see in another producer, in order for him to relinquish beat-making duties for a project (35:43). DøøF explains why he messes with Graymatter's production style, as well as the backstory behind the lengthy recording process for Radioactive Spinach (39:25). DøøF details what he learnt from working with NCL-TM on Hoodrat Noir, and how he applied any learnings to their latest album, SWAMP PHONK (43:37). DøøF explains why SWAMP PHONK ended up being double the length of Hoodrat Noir (50:25). DøøF gives a peak at what he has in store for fans in the near future (1:15:39). Support DøøF's music here: https://safdoofus.bandcamp.com/music  Follow DøøF on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/757doofus  Follow DøøF on Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/safdoofus/  -- Fiending for some more quality rap content? Visit the RMPP website: https://rmpp.squarespace.com/ Want to support and help us grow? Become a RMPP Patreon, and gain access to exclusive content: https://www.patreon.com/therapmusicplugpodcast  Looking to connect? DM me @rapmusicplugpod on Twitter and Instagram, or shoot me an email at qlctv.podcast@gmail.com
Dec 1 2021
1 hr 20 mins
#84 - GENG PTP aka King Vision Ultra INTERVIEW
Video animation by: Big Flowers Intro/Outro beat by: BLOODBLIXING Beginning of Episode (0:49). Speaking with GENG PTP, aka King Vision Ultra, was a deeply rich and knowledgeable journey into hip-hop culture, and the coalition of hip-hop that he builds with, from a man who clearly treats the art form with the utmost respect that it deserves. There is a lot to learn and engage with in this conversation, so sit back and enjoy! GENG breaks down the reasoning behind his strong affinity towards hip-hop culture, and how he grew up embedded in the community (3:08). Why GENG feels a sense of duty to give back to the hip-hop community, in a myriad of different ways (18:11). GENG gives his perspective on the foundational traits that underpin the PTP umbrella (26:20). GENG provides the backstory of the genesis of PTP, and its overall mission (34:25). GENG walks us through his key inspiration behind his unique visual design work (41:45). GENG expands on this idea of the importance of language, as it relates to to the way we consume and discuss music (57:18). GENG gives his perspective on how recent underground waves have developed over the years (1:10:22). GENG details the process of collaborating with AMANI, and executing the complex ideas they cultivated on An Unknown Infinite (1:27:08). GENG discuses the reception and high praise An Unknown infinite received, from the likes of Ka and more (1:38:15). GENG talks about his FOUND SOUND art of sampling course, and the importance of this concept to music generally (1:45:28). GENG details what he has in store for us in the near future (1:56:29). Support GENG's music, and PTP label here: https://purpletapepedigree.bandcamp.com/artists  Follow GENG on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/purpicide  Follow GENG on Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/genggrizzly/  -- Fiending for some more quality rap content? Visit the RMPP website: https://rmpp.squarespace.com/ Want to support and help us grow? Become a RMPP Patreon, and gain access to exclusive content: https://www.patreon.com/therapmusicplugpodcast  Looking to connect? DM me @rapmusicplugpod on Twitter and Instagram, or shoot me an email at qlctv.podcast@gmail.com
Nov 24 2021
2 hrs 2 mins
#83 - Wiki - Half God REVIEW
Video animation by: Big Flowers Intro/Outro beat by: BLOODBLIXING Beginning of Episode (0:49). In a myriad of different ways, Half God explores Wiki's home of New York through multiple angles, giving the listener a consistent thematic backdrop to discuss every way the city influenced and shaped the man he is today. By discussing New York's deep hip-hop roots, gentrification, and growing up as a child in such a busy and often chaotic city. All in all, giving us his most focused and developed lyrical performance of his entire career. Wik has always been a better than average storyteller. But on Half God, Wiki doesn't just paint you a picture... he teleports you into his shoes to roam the NY city streets in his place. His growth as a lyricist allows him to accomplish so many different things on a given track. The song Roof is a vivid personal peek into Wiki’s childhood home. Throughout this track, it's incredible how great he’s become at one, giving you pieces of himself, amidst a flurry of sometimes, funny, dark, and harsh pictures that his almost stream of consciousness style provides. It’s a style of lyricism that flexes how loose he can get rapping, while not actually falling off track. The subject matter seems so organic and spur of the moment, while still maintaining a focus that is incredibly sharp. More than anything, Half God is intentional. It knows exactly what it wants to be, which I believe positively affected Wiki's ability to stay focused, while not losing the loose flair he's been known for. Wiki always had this consistent North Star on the record to guide him... home. RMPP Preferred Cut: "Grape Soda" Buy/stream Half God here: https://wiksetnyc.bandcamp.com/album/half-god  -- Fiending for some more quality rap content? Visit the RMPP website: https://rmpp.squarespace.com/ Want to support and help us grow? Become a RMPP Patreon, and gain access to exclusive content: https://www.patreon.com/therapmusicplugpodcast  Looking to connect? DM me @rapmusicplugpod on Twitter and Instagram, or shoot me an email at qlctv.podcast@gmail.com
Nov 18 2021
17 mins
#82 - Westside Gunn - H***** Wears Hermes 8 REVIEW
Video animation by: Big Flowers Intro/Outro beat by: BLOODBLIXING Beginning of Episode (0:49). As he has done on many Westside Gunn albums in the past, AA Rashid provides some words of wisdom at the beginning of both sides, but I want to key in on what he did on Side B. This was probably my favourite contribution of his to-date, because it applied so well to Westside Gunn as an artist. Rashid speaks about revolutionizing, shifting the paradigm... and what has Westside Gunn, BUT shift the paradigm? Two key waves I believe Gunn has spearheaded over the years are the following. The first being that Gunn has shifted large factions of the rap game to not only accept, but celebrate the "curator" role that he has now settled so comfortably in. Before him, the idea that an artist could have this many features, and not always be the focal point of his own album, would be a negative to many. Now it is revered as one of the most admirable traits of Gunn's music, taking what I think an artist like Kanye West has historically been great at, in selecting the best collaborators and getting the best out of them... and taking it even further in this direction, where Gunn's presence doesn't always need to be on one of the songs if it doesn't need to. The second wave he has led is popularizing the minimal dusty boom bap and drumless beat movement, which is now incredibly popular in the underground. Again there are others who helped push this style to prominence... but part of being influential is being able to successfully make a certain level of impact. Gunn as the mastermind behind Griselda, certainly did that. H***** Wears Hermes 8 was a fitting curtain call for Westside Gunn, and properly showcased all that has made his artistry so impactful to the art form. RMPP Preferred Cut: "Free Kutter" Stream H***** Wears Hermes here: Side A - https://open.spotify.com/album/0M5cyXHBV0en8q02019vaC?si=GayzT-xiR4KMibj_rJO9og  Side B - https://open.spotify.com/album/0KtFP56RU7bd32pcvdeWOU?si=F9OROMjJRQWG3ZNuvcBsvQ  -- Fiending for some more quality rap content? Visit the RMPP website: https://rmpp.squarespace.com/ Want to support and help us grow? Become a RMPP Patreon, and gain access to exclusive content: https://www.patreon.com/therapmusicplugpodcast  Looking to connect? DM me @rapmusicplugpod on Twitter and Instagram, or shoot me an email at qlctv.podcast@gmail.com
Nov 11 2021
16 mins
#81 - Injury Reserve - By the Time I Get to Phoenix REVIEW#80 - Curly Castro INTERVIEW
Video animation by: Big Flowers Intro/Outro beat by: BLOODBLIXING Beginning of Episode (0:49). The Backwoodz Studioz invaision continues in Episode 80, as we are joined by fiery lyricist, Curly Castro. Castro has been on a tremendous run in recent years, from his collaborative LP with PremRock, ShrapKnel, his scorching-hot feature on Armand Hammer's Haram, to his powerful Bobby Hutton-inspired record, Little Robert Hutton.  Curly's perspective on how it feels being part of the impactful Backwoodz Studioz movement (2:26). Curly discusses how working with greats like ELUCID, Prem, woods, helps him hone his craft, and sets an unspoken standard of excellence (9:10). Exploring the crew dynamics of The Wrecking Crew (11:35). How the idea of ShrapKnel materialized (20:58). Castro speaks on his bold outspokenness in his music, and not being afraid to say how he feels (27:23). What Castro aimed to achieve with his Black Panther, Bobby Hutton-inspired album in Little Robert Hutton (31:46). The vision behind this boldly explosive sound for Little Robert Hutton (41:40). How Castro manages to weave in many guest verses into his lyrically-heavy albums (49:57). The inspiration behind the Call Out Culture podcast (56:52). Castro gives his take on the health of indie artist scene in our current music landscape (1:01:31). Curly's future plans (1:06:22). Support Curly Castro's music here: https://curlycastro.bandcamp.com/  Follow Curly Castro on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/curly_castro?lang=en   Follow Curly Castro on Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/curlycastro/?hl=en  -- Fiending for some more quality rap content? Visit the RMPP website: https://rmpp.squarespace.com/ Want to support and help us grow? Become a RMPP Patreon, and gain access to exclusive content: https://www.patreon.com/therapmusicplugpodcast  Looking to connect? DM me @rapmusicplugpod on Twitter and Instagram, or shoot me an email at qlctv.podcast@gmail.com
Nov 3 2021
1 hr 12 mins
#79 - Steel Tipped Dove INTERVIEW
Video animation by: Big Flowers Intro/Outro beat by: BLOODBLIXING Beginning of Episode (0:49). In a very special Episode 79, we host our first Backwoodz Studioz member, producer/engineer/mixer/masterer, sound mastermind Steel Tipped Dove. Dove is a phenomenal artist, who has graced the best works in hip-hop, from Haram and BRASS, to his own work in 2021's great Call Me When You're Here LP. De-mystifying what audio engineering, mixing, and mastering actually means (2:49). Steel Tipped Dove's views on the emergence of more care and attention being put on engineering and mixing in recent years (11:23). The role an audio engineer, mixer, or masterer, plays in the creative decisions of a record (14:58). How Dove's deep passion for music begin, and how his work evolved from beat-making to post-production work (19:30). How Dove initially linked up with Heems, Big Bay Gandhi, and Lakutis, which jumpstarted his career and garnered him an initial buzz (22:21). The importance that his home studio in Brooklyn played in Dove's career (25:06). The meaning behind the Steel Tipped Dove moniker (29:26). Steel Tipped Dove recounts how his relationship with Backwoodz Studioz first began (32:57). What about the Backwoodz Studioz camp inspires Dove (36:57). Dove explains the unique vision and structure behind his 2021 instrumental album, inside.outside.inside.outside (41:23). +57 The conception of Dove's new album, Call Me When You're Outside (49:36). Dove describes the sound that he attempted to create on his latest LP (54:16). What Dove looks for in potential collaborators (58:40). Why Dove is content with being in the background, and why he felt it was time to put out an album like Call Me When You're Outside (59:52). Dove's favourite record to be a part of (1:04:43). What Dove has in store in the near future (1:08:15). Support Steel Tipped Dove's music here: https://steeltippeddove.bandcamp.com/  Follow Steel Tipped Dove on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/steeltippeddove?s=20   Follow Steel Tipped Dove on Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/steeltippeddove/  -- Fiending for some more quality rap content? Visit the RMPP website: https://rmpp.squarespace.com/ Want to support and help us grow? Become a RMPP Patreon, and gain access to exclusive content: https://www.patreon.com/therapmusicplugpodcast  Looking to connect? DM me @rapmusicplugpod on Twitter and Instagram, or shoot me an email at qlctv.podcast@gmail.com
Oct 27 2021
1 hr 12 mins
#78 - Lukah - Why Look Up, God‘s in the Mirror REVIEW
Oct 21 2021
24 mins
#77 - Little Simz - Sometimes I Might Be Introvert REVIEW
Video animation by: Big Flowers Intro/Outro beat by: BLOODBLIXING Beginning of Episode (0:49). UK's Little Simz released the GREY Area back in 2019, which was a very thoughtful album. However, her perspective felt, as the title would suggest, not fully realized and fleshed out… like she was still working things out, and was more combustible as a result. Sometimes I Might Be Introvert on the other hand, sounds like someone who has gone through those mental struggles, and came out the other side. I basically see this album playing out like a coming of age story for Simz, seeing her embrace her womanhood, understanding who she is, her introversion, and being comfortable with it, and feeling herself a little bit now as a result. The thoughtful subject matter though is supported by an even more ambitious soundscape provided mainly by Sault producer, Inflo. This album is the closest to baroque rap we’ve gotten since Kanye West's Late Registration. Except in the presentation of this album, it’s even more grand and ambitious in scope, with different styles being explored incorporating Simz's Nigerian roots. The production is so beautifully mixed, organic, and big in feel, with a really natural energy that doesn’t sound forced. It's no surprise that Simz remarks in a recent NME interview, that her chemistry with Inflo is unmatched. The beats and rhymes are in lockstep, seeing Simz and Inflo perfectly working together on SIMBI. RMPP Preferred Cut: "I See You" Stream Sometimes I Might Be Introvert here: https://open.spotify.com/album/0DBoWQ52XUHtrZQdfAqOVj?si=SGT8FragSlqEnrkTLIkprQ  -- For artist development/writing services, DM me @rapmusicplugpod on Twitter and Instagram, or shoot me an email at qlctv.podcast@gmail.com  Let's stay connected! Find me here: https://rmpp.squarespace.com/
Oct 20 2021
14 mins
#76 - Teller Bank$ INTERVIEW
Oct 13 2021
1 hr 14 mins
#75 - Kanye West - Donda ”REVIEW”#74 - Lync Lone INTERVIEW
Video animation by: Big Flowers Intro/Outro beat by: BLOODBLIXING Beginning of Episode (0:49). In Episode 74, we were joined by talented rapper, producer, visual artist, and rolling paper creator, Lync Lone. Lync first discussed the aspirational aspects of Lync's music, and how being a rapper was his dream since day 1 (2:07). The key influences that helped Lync develop his style (2:58). Lync talks about how his distinctly cool and chill rapping style developed over the years (12:13). Lync details how he maintains such a positive outlook on life, and why he finds it important to promote that perspective in his music (17:18). Lync explains why his number 1 goal in music is to synthesize his own thoughts and feelings, so that he can better understand them (22:36). Hear the hilariously natural way Lync and BLOODBLIXING created Decibelz, one of my personal favourite Lync project (25:40). Lync discusses his Iceberg Theory collaboration in Acid Jazz, and how Guru's Jazzmatazz inspired that project (31:33). Lync dives into the concept behind his latest and greatest project to-date, Lost & Found: In Paradise! (35:41). Lync talks about his visual art design work, and the importance of being self-sufficient as an artist in 2021 (49:40). Lync talks about his new line of rolling papers, GONZO (55:25). Support Lync Lone's music here: https://lynclone.bandcamp.com/music  Follow Lync Lone on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/lynclone  Follow Lync Lone on Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/lynclone/?hl=en  -- For artist development/writing services, DM me @rapmusicplugpod on Twitter and Instagram, or shoot me an email at qlctv.podcast@gmail.com  Let's stay connected! Find me here: https://rmpp.squarespace.com/
Sep 29 2021
1 hr 1 min
#73 - greenSLLIME INTERVIEW
Video animation by: Big Flowers Intro/Outro beat by: BLOODBLIXING Beginning of Episode (0:49). In Episode 73, we had the pleasure to welcome Chicago's own rapper, producer, DJ, TV host, greenSLLIME to the show. How SLLIME's magnetic personality of sorts developed over the years (3:51). What inspired greenSLLIME to get into hip-hop when he was younger (7:01). SLLIME details partnering with SolarFive to open the 406 studio in Chicago, and the thought-process behind taking this bold move (12:26). SLLIME's unique relationship with Mick Jenkins, and how it helped develop his craft (20:54). His relationship with Qari, collaborator on the 2019 project Operation Hennessy, and how that album helped "kill the doubt" for greenSLLIME (25:40). His creative process (32:09). The importance of Chicago to SLLIME's artistic journey (36:51). SLLIME on the vision behind his Broke Ass Low Budget Show, as well as some upcoming visual ventures for greenSLLIME (40:53). How SLLIME navigates some interesting combinations of vibes in both his lyrics, and his production (58:14). Meaning behind the title of his latest project, and how greenSLLIME entered 'monk mode' to create it (1:13:07). What the future has in store for greenSLLIME (1:18:22). Support greenSLLIME's music here (including monk.'s deluxe vinyl set to release on September 24, 2021): https://sllime64.bandcamp.com/music  Follow greenSLLIME on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/sllime64?lang=en  Follow greenSLLIME on Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/sllime64/  -- For artist development/writing services, DM me @rapmusicplugpod on Twitter and Instagram, or shoot me an email at qlctv.podcast@gmail.com  Let's stay connected! Find me here: https://rmpp.squarespace.com/
Sep 22 2021
1 hr 29 mins
#72 - Drake - Certified Lover Boy REVIEW#71 - Ka - A Martyr‘s Reward REVIEW
Video animation by: Big Flowers Intro/Outro beat by: BLOODBLIXING Beginning of Episode (0:49). Ka is one-of-one, and is easily one of the best lyricists in the game. With Ka albums, the commonality to them all is that Ka is consistently committed to giving the listener true wisdom that come from a place of tried and true lived experience... with A1 level wordplay, with clever turns of phrase in almost every line. The lyrical detail he brings makes every situation he paints feel remarkably surreal and urgent, where the gravity of a single decision, or thought of a character in a Ka song, feels like life or death. This lyrical picture he paints is devoid of hyperbole, devoid of any romanticism... its the cold hard truth. Yet, with most or all of his albums... the wisdom in learning and the concept of growth is always present in his music, which never makes any of Ka's albums come off as cynical. This brings us to Martyr's Reward, which I think communicated this complex idea of hope better than any of his previous work. RMPP Preferred Cut: "Subtle" Stream A Martyr's Reward here: https://open.spotify.com/album/5MOODX5ZNXcbIyMLSluNbw?si=k4Z5aXwDQLaaPdjunH0xUQ&dl_branch=1  -- For artist development/writing services, DM me @rapmusicplugpod on Twitter and Instagram, or shoot me an email at qlctv.podcast@gmail.com  Let's stay connected! Find me here: -- For artist development/writing services, DM me @rapmusicplugpod on Twitter and Instagram, or shoot me an email at qlctv.podcast@gmail.com  Let's stay connected! Find me here: https://rmpp.squarespace.com/
Sep 9 2021
16 mins
#70 - Boldy James & The Alchemist - Bo Jackson REVIEW
Video animation by: Big Flowers Intro/Outro beat by: BLOODBLIXING Beginning of Episode (0:49). Boldy James continues on his hot streak with his latest Bo Jackson album, which features production from the legendary Alchemist once again.  Boldy is in top-form, blending his blunt and cold delivery with evocative imagery in his street tales that give Bo a strong sense of surrealism.  However, it is the legend in this case, The Alchemist, that doesn't hold up his end of the bargain to the best of his abilities. Alc left earth on Haram, brought exotic textures and decadence to Fetti, but on Bo Jackson he keeps things to one relatively formulaic lane. I have no problem with straight to the point, more simplistic production... but these beats are all super clean, and don't have that rugged grit that an album like this could've benefitted from. I think Boldy improved on all fronts from A Price of Tea in China from a rapping perspective. However, although I think Alc brought some good production to this album, the sound was too tame for my liking and didn't leave enough of an impression on me. There just lacked an instrumental bite that makes me wanna go back to this album. RMPP Preferred Cut: "Fake Flowers" Stream Bo Jackson here: https://open.spotify.com/album/1KHFw3hsKvNGGCkXKQMrbT?si=h-WGm0BIR7SfWuoSZR_Ipg&dl_branch=1  -- For artist development/writing services, DM me @rapmusicplugpod on Twitter and Instagram, or shoot me an email at qlctv.podcast@gmail.com  Let's stay connected! Find me here: https://rmpp.squarespace.com/
Sep 8 2021
17 mins
#69 - Nas - King‘s Disease II REVIEW
Video animation by: Big Flowers Intro/Outro beat by: BLOODBLIXING Beginning of Episode (0:49). Making hip-hop music well into your 40s and 50s is an astonishing feat to accomplish on its face, especially within a genre where many of the greats have sadly passed away. Legends in Black Thought, Jay-Z and Nas are not only still breathing... but are still making music at the forefront of the hip-hop scene. With Nas, his technical ability is still mostly intact, but with most or all of Nas records post-It Was Written... there has always been something off. The common gripe with his music is his beat selection, but I think that's a lazy argument. Nas has picked good enough production for the most part, just not to the level that his rapping ability has demanded. For me, I think what has kept Nas' modern output at arm's length was his music's social commentary, and the inconsistencies between that and his personal life, and my personal socio-political opinions. The core issue I have with King's Disease II, and most of Nas' later releases is that Nas merges black excellence/liberation ideas with what I call “mimosa rap”... where the end-point of all of this struggle is the accumulation of obscene levels of material wealth. Nas makes all of this content sound super decadent and well painted lyrically, but it lacks the depth that I am looking for. At some points, Nas does offer some solid commentary on issues in his community related to poverty, violence, etc. But then seems to make these disjointed jumps that connect his career and rise to glory, as the righteous end-result that all people in his community should have the opportunity to achieve as well. In reality, we all know this is not true and is a gross simplification of how the world works. But more importantly, what Nas paints on the other side of this journey to success, is just a bunch of material wealth of brunches and island getaways that lack self-awareness in the fact that he's participating greatly in the same system that is keeping his people down. This all makes this brand of social commentary not resonate with me all that much. RMPP Preferred Cut: "Nas is Good" Stream King's Disease II here: https://open.spotify.com/album/6CM5qhYBvpgYNek5kYwuOJ?dl_branch=1&si=jAPZLalOT76CB0nOTn6J_w  -- For artist development/writing services, DM me @rapmusicplugpod on Twitter and Instagram, or shoot me an email at qlctv.podcast@gmail.com  Let's stay connected! Find me here: https://rmpp.squarespace.com/
Sep 1 2021
18 mins
#68 - Pink Siifu - GUMBO‘! REVIEW#67 - Isaiah Rashad - The House is Burning REVIEW
Video animation by: Big Flowers Intro/Outro beat by: BLOODBLIXING Skip intro (0:49). The title of this album initially suggested to me that this would be a very urgent and emotionally visceral album. Instead, Isaiah Rashad is like that character in the burning house meme. Isaiah is genuinely so calm and relaxed on this album, while being enveloped in significant turmoil that is going on in his personal life. I'm really happy for Zay. It seems like he's genuinely in such a better place mentally... However, I feel like my issues with THIB can be summed up by that meme. I feel like we hear "this is fine" from Isaiah without the necessary reasoning that explains why. I think Rashad was attempting to illustrate the peace he has now achieved after these years of turmoil, through a catchy and wavy rapping style.  Unfortunately, I don't think he gets this done because I feel like there's an entire chapter of Rashad's recent years that is more or less missing, or roughly sketched at the most on THIB. He doesn't give me enough pieces of that trauma... in order for me to understand the context surrounding this tough road he's been on, and fully connect with the music. To top it off, generally, I don't find he's lyrically specific enough to glean a lot of feelings from this album. This is especially disappointing considering how tumultuous his life has been recently. I feel like there was a lot of stories, and personal anecdotes he could've gotten into, but we don't get much of it. He certainly brings a level of emotion and intimacy in his vocals that I do like, but it's not nearly evocative enough to affect me to a significant degree. RMPP Preferred Cut: "Headshots (4r Da Locals)" Stream The House is Burning here: https://open.spotify.com/album/6TQ8nqw43uUOWu7Yqp58ko?si=Rag_Mz8rSlqOxDZgS6WGeg&dl_branch=1  -- For artist development/writing services, DM me @rapmusicplugpod on Twitter and Instagram, or shoot me an email at qlctv.podcast@gmail.com  Let's stay connected! Find me here: https://rmpp.squarespace.com/
Aug 25 2021
15 mins

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