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There are three major things I want to address with my first post from NYC. They are in order of importance. First, in honor of the start of the USA campaign in the wold cup; here's a rap video Clint Dempsey with nike a while back. Also when I say rap video, its not just Dempsey playing soccer in a rap video; he's spitting verses while tipping in his car with Texas sized rims. The team proved again today that its often better to be lucky than good.
The second is Eminem's album which is coming out next week. Here is a retail quality copy,
The music industry has changed forever because of the internet. With the conversion of mixtapes from street to blog based distribution, a wider audience than ever has access to the work of emerging hip-hop artists like Bobby Ray Simmons. Over the last three years I've watched the ATL native grow from an enthusiastic upstart with boundless talent into a more mature musician, lyricist, and social commentator. His official debute album (even if its a debute in name only) boasts a list of features as diverse and well respected as one would expect from a well established industry titan like Hova. However unlike some of the weaker songs on Blueprint 3 or any song on Rebirth, these genre crossing collaborations all resulted in coherent, organic, and innovative songs. This mixtape is my attempt to place this album in the larger context of Bobby Ray Simmons growth from B.o.B to Bobby Ray and back. Track list and zshare link below.
With his debute album already due shortly, tracks off B.o.B Present: The Adventures of Bobby Ray have been leaking daily. Out of respect for Bobby Ray I'm not going to post all the leaked tracks and I encourage you all to get the album when it comes out. However, the Grand Hussel Wunderkind noticed the positive response to early leaks, and decided that he wasn't going to let anyone steal his thunder. To make sure no one beat him to the punch, he personally leaked Airplanes Part 2, featuring an insane verse from Eminem, via a link on his twitter. Then, this afternoon, shake leaked a cut which will not be on the album. It's a shame this won't make the release. Those who follow B.o.B closely know he has an affinity for flipping Coldplay samples, in this case he uses an interpolation of Lost. This is likely also the reason the track won't be commercially released. (I'm speculating they couldn't get the rights cleared by Coldplay's label). Official release or not, any T.I. and B.o.B collaboration is worth a listen. I'm guessing this will quickly be in heavy rotation in my car.
Two joints off the upcomming Damian Marley and Nas project, Distant Relatives, have leaked in the last two days. We got a snippet of the first track "As We Enter" several months ago. I listened to it more times than I should have and the final version is dope.