Posts Tagged ‘Top Dawg Entertainment’

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If you have been following this blog for a while now, you probably know my feelings on Black Hippy. And those feelings are that they are my favorite group in the game today (just ahead of Slaughterhouse, The Dean’s List and Pac Div). For those of you who aren’t familiar with Black Hippy, they are a super-group consisting of Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul, Schoolboy Q and Jay Rock repping the west coast to the fullest. Despite only have released only five tracks as a group, they have made waves individually. They have all done huge things on their own, but it’s time you got introduced to the group as a whole.

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Black Hippy member, Jay Rock is ready to release his debut album, Follow Me Home, July 26th after numerous delays. The Watts rapper is signed to the two most successful independent labels, Top Dawg and Strange Music. As I stated above, Jay is a member of the west coast collective known as Black Hippy, also containing rappers Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul and Schoolboy Q. They are my favorite group in the game today (sorry Slaughterhouse), however I think think Jay Rock is the weakest link in the group by far. He is just too “hood” or “street” for my liking. I feel like they should switch out Jay Rock for Dom Kennedy or H.O.P.E. or Fashawn, but that’s an argument for a different day. Well how did Jay Rock’s debut stack up with other releases from Black Hippy? Check out the review of Follow Me Home below!

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It’s finally here!!!!! Section.80 by Kendrick Lamar has been one of my most anticipated releases ever as evident by my preview of it and it being number one on my Top 10 Albums of the Summer article. I don’t want to ramble on about how much I’m looking forward to it (if you want to read that, check out my preview) so let’s just get into it. The question everyone has been asking: did it live up to the hype or not? Check it out below!

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The west coast is on the revival with is a hotbed for up and coming artists. The biggest of those artists may be the Black Hippy group, made up of Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul and Jay Rock. As a collective they haven’t dropped much together, but individually they are dropping hits after hits. Kendrick Lamar has dropped O(verley) D(edicated) and has worked with Dr. Dre, Ab-Soul has dropped the critically acclaimed Longterm 1, 2 and 3 albums, Jay Rock is signed by Tech N9NE and has worked with artists such as Lil Wayne and The Game, the outsider of the group is Schoolboy Q. He is probably the least known of the Black Hippy collective but without a doubt, the most underrated. Q brings the aggressive, witty lines that standout in his songs. With the release of his first big time mixtape, Setbacks he hopes to step out from behind the shadows and into the spotlight.

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In late 2009, Kendrick Lamar (formally KDot) gave us the Kendrick Lamar EP. It was a solid representation of what to expect from this up and comer out of Compton and garnered acclaim from the online music world. With stand outs such as Is It Love and P & P, it was a hit. Kendrick Lamar has been tearing up the music industry and his release of O(verly) D(edicated) solidifies him as one the leading MC’s to bring the West Coast back to the promised land. OD has been on rotation for about 10 months now with about 1,652 total plays. Let me state that this is possibly my favorite album of the year (maybe ever), and that’s saying a lot with releases from artists such as Kanye West, T.I., Eminem, Drake and Rick Ross. The album bangs from start to finish and the lyrics themselves have stories in them, but the beats on each track flow and in a sense tell a story. With that said, I highly recommend you just sit back and listen to this album and let the music wash over you.

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