Alrighty folks, it’s time to get to the best of the beat snatches for this week. But as always before we begin, there are a few things I must share. Did you know T.I. got out of prison just in time to transfer whatever was left on his books to Gucci.
So this time no big party buses and reality show chatter I guess because T.I. actually made it to the halfway house today. He passed go and everything. I wish him many days of the straight and narrow.
Also, Cons and Kanye are buddies again. Consequence told Sway over at MTV that he and Yeezy emailed it out. There was some i-screaming and some e-fussing, but in the end Ye told Cons he loved him and that was enough to squash it. Now I don’t know the behind the scenes to the situation, but I’ve never had anger that could be totally fixed with one email. But I don’t know Kanye. He must have mad digital emotion skills. I guess all Cons really wanted was to be loved. That’s kind of sweet in a manly Hip-Hop way of course.
Anyway, on with the show. First up is Bow Wow with a freestyle over Game’s “Martians vs. Goblins.”
I’d ask if Bow wrote this, but that joke is so old. I just wish his baby momma would be content enough to stop throwing cryptic jabs at him on Twitter. It’s so tedious. Bow Wow continues to claim underrated status and then compares himself to a line of up and comers like Kendrick Lamar and J Cole. Umm… Okay.
Next is Fitz and the Tantrums covering The Raconteurs’, “Steady As She Goes.” You know I couldn’t get past dudes skunk stripe to enjoy this tune as much as I should have. Even with the soulful vibe, they stick pretty close to the sound of the original, but no one beats Jack White at his own game. No one.
Moving on we have Kendrick Lamar over Foster the People’s “Pumped Up Kicks.” As the original clogs the airwaves I really hope all the listeners managed to understand the lyrics. The song may have that certain pop bounce that makes radio stations swoon, but the song is about a boy who finds his dads gun, takes it to a place lots of other children inhabit and starts shooting. Just a friendly FYI people. Anyway, Lamar does a great job as usual. Take a listen.
Now we have Pill over Scarface’s “In Cold Blood.” Can Freddie Gibbs really take this? I’m not sure. This is pretty dope.
Catherine AD is up next with her cover of Lady Gaga’s Telephone. The paired down piece is actually very pretty. It also puts the inane lyrics front and center. This foundation begs for something more substantive. Smell me? Who wrote this? I guess anything sounds good over layers of synth and thump.
Last up is the man of the week, J Cole. Dropping some bars over Ima Boss and Otis. He’s heavy. Sounds familiar huh? lol@ the day our lives change. This kid man. Oh, at the top is Bobby and Whitney’s daughter trying to deliver some Adele. She’s not her mom, but she sounds better than me, so I have to respect.
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