3.July – { “Beyonce Better Have My Money” a ballad by Robyn Fenty }

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So…I get a text from Tina – and all it says is “You’re welcome” – and it has a Youtube link with it.  Now most of the time Tina puts me on to stuff that she knows I’m a stan for.  She doesn’t listen to me when I try to put her on though…

*coughs while saying “GAME OF THRONES”

I click the link and Rihanna’s video comes on…my final thought on the video was “bruh”

Now I have this ongoing thought about how Bey switched her MO a little bit towards the bad side attempting to resemble the persona of Rihanna.  Think about it for a second.  Rihanna has been with Jay since she was like 5 years old, you gotta know that Rih has a special place in Jay’s mind (and possibly heart) that Bey hasn’t conquered.  How else would you explain Bey’s self-titled album with songs like “partition” and singing about being drunk- some may look at it as her maturation surfacing, her being comfy with her sensuality within the construct of her marriage.  I say she’s reaching.  Everyone knows who the original and real bad-girl is; Robyn Fenty.

From 2007’s “Good Girl Gone Bad” to “Disturbia“…to “S&M” to cake cake cake cake cake cake…to her showing up to award shows nakey (yes nakey) ……all the way to #BBHMM and the video, where you got a look at slight genius resting in her macabre art.  The girls body was swinging from the ceiling, and Rih slightly moved her head while she was on the phone as if she was irritated by said swinging body.  And the end, where’s she’s once again nakey in a chest full of money, with money on her chest – to the final shot with Beyonce’s blood on her face.

Robyn won.

– Kenneth.

15.Mar – { An Emcee on Emcees }

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So…

As of late, I have been compelled to listen to either a lot of 90s RnB, or earlier rap.  This is not a “school v. school” piece where I rant about the lack of depth and/or skill set of today’s artists.  Truth be told (as I would normally tell) the young cats today actually have a lot of “go” on the mic.  The cadences and delivery aren’t so predictable that I can’t tolerate it, unless it’s a MIGOS type flow – but…something is missing, and I can’t put my finger on it. The rappers that do get frequent rotation usually fade into musical obscurity as it pertains to what I see as relevant or moving.  Often times they become really annoying and I just can’t deal with them anymore.

This happened with Mr. Folarin a couple of years back when he signed with MMG but hopefully his next “nothing” album is reminiscent of the old DC, heart-wrenching rapper that I grew to love to listen to.  Which brings me to the latest person that I can’t seem to WANT to listen to anymore – Mr. Lamar.  My thing with him is namely his “respectability politics” stance and how it is falsely portrayed in his rhymes combined with my petty hipster attitude to want to move on because everyone raves about him any time he does anything – but no one is listening to what he’s actually saying.  This sheepish waltz to the new school tune usually leaves me standing as a wallflower, shaking my head in the same manner I would after listening to OG MACO……YOU WAS RIGHT!!!!!!

(OG Maco pictured below)

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Now….J. Cole has been the one that has consistently poured his soul into his music, and you can hear it.  He speaks truth from the heart and you can tell he loves what he does.  If it was purely about the fame and money he would’ve made some different choices to get him off of the B-LIST but he has remained true.  On his born sinner album, his song “Let Nas Down” literally left my mouth open.  And when Nasir responded, I had to pull my car over and take it all in.  It touched my emotion as an artist.  I could only imagine how Cole felt when he heard Nas respond to him.  THAT IS WHAT IT’S ABOUT.  These other songs leave me with a feeling…especially drake – but I usually don’t feel like a CIS when I listen to his music.  Makes me question my entire existence.

So if you’re wondering who I think is on top with the new kids?

COLE.

22.Nov – { Aye Bey-Bey }

 

soo……..I don’t want what happened to Sydney and Tina, to happen to me.

They’ve been attacked by the Bey-hive.

Bey is fine….I mean…like….she’s really…..fine.

But that does not excuse her…at all, from what I just saw.  She valmorphorized into a hybrid of Future, Lil Jon, a kid at Christmas, a random ratchet at a house party and Nicki all in 3 minutes and 27 seconds.  Looked like she had fun tho…I love the calculated candidness **sips Reisling and Kool-Aid** – but the first time I see stans “spinning and clapping” or talking to the bottom of their foot, I’m slapping the first old lady I see.

To quote one of the beloved contributors to kennethology.com; Sydney Charles “That’s not art…that’s mindless, robotic, brain washed following” – she nailed it.  For someone that delivers songs like “Love on Top” to be bouncin’ in the kitchen with red cups…is nonsensical.  But we watch, we emulate and then pay her.  It’s business.

Ironically as I type this, Flocka is playing in the background….and it hit me….Beyonce Flocka Flame one hood *** *****

She still fine though.  *goes to watch again…

– Kenneth

11.Oct { Mick Jenkins ::: Chicago’s New }

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soo……

One of my lil homies from work put me on to Mick’s song “Martyrs” …and I listened to that song like 22 times in a row.  The video was pretty provocative…his words had some gravity, and he was putting on for his city – but talking about the ills of the “go”.

Mick Jenkins – “Martyrs”

I downloaded his project “Water(s)” – he features some pretty good singers…Joey Bada$$ makes an appearance on a record as well.

Another good song on his album was “Dehydration”….the soundscape for his album has a very dark tone…very contemplative.  This kid is definitely not about popcorn rap.  Recently he did a record with Super BWE in regards to the current police state called “Treat Me”…which in my mind has a modern day Chuck D & PE feel to it – just sans the the boombap.

Give this man a listen. – I thought enough about him to write about him – so that should tell you something.

– Kenneth

 

6.May { HipHop by Valmore Gold }