Posts tagged Radio
Forever (Not) Young/Foolish/21?

WGM_OlderThere he goes singing 'bout chains again... all they talking about is beating someone up... that guns n' hoes type of lyrics are null and void... must we talk about cocaine like a kid talks about chocolate? That Bruno Mars song doesn't sound that bad right? What's going on?! Oh shit did I just get old?

Well it's official I'm old. Few are the days where I can kick back and enjoy some ig'nant music on purpose, if the beat is good enough or groups old (Wu) enough then I'll stick around but rare is the case. I've come to this conclusion after a few listens (albeit not serious) of T.I, Big Boi and Wiz Khalifas new albums including a few other non mainstream acts, I just don't enjoy it or feel alienated when listening to this type of stuff. I don't see musical growth if what your rhyming about in your debut album is the same in your 3rd or 4th outing, it can be the same type of material I guess but if you're stuck like a broken record I'm out. Is this a sign of growing up and being some kind of adult or a lack lyrical substance now more than ever? I'm going to say it might be a little of both because I can still sit down and enjoy anything good thats put out, I'm enjoying Wu Block with no problem as I speak errr... type and we all know what Ghostface is about.

It can also be that there are some many acts now that their personalities are as strong as dollar store paper plates holding a big ass piece of pernil, many acts blend together and don't contribute nothing more than just a new hook for the radio or are too gimmicky. I tend to find myself keeping to my "oldies" and some truly fantastic music (read all of WGM) from more level-headed indie artists, I have also reconciled with pop music and have come to terms on its purpose in this world haha. Yeah I said it earlier I enjoyed Bruno Mars ('Locked Out Of Heaven') because his music is catchy and i think the guy actually has talent. You know what tho? He can sing, dance, has style (maybe not all him) and actually performs, yes the long-lost importance of musicians and artists performing and giving a show seems to live on somehow.

I can sit and have a conversation about different types of music and eras easy but one thing I can't talk or relate to is any of this Rick Ross type stuff or that Waka mess. When I take the time out to listen to an album and all I hear are things said years ago by better emcees it turns into a skip and what's next mood. While working I tried to listen to T.I.'s latest and was let down to hear the veteran rapper still talking about how much his chain costs, you're flying around in private jets and this is what ya got? Oh I hear you smoke... album progress lacks in weed raps already but if you must then I'm expecting some D12 Purple Hills type stuff, it seems like Wiz recorded these tracks when he was about to go to bed with a head full of 'Tussin.

Seriously folks it's all glory for ya when its great music but when you constantly feed your audience now the same shtick you did 5 years ago... you might lose some. Give it some heart, work on those lyrics and make it your own. I can respect an emcee tons more when they make up words and stories than when all they do is go small-minded literal on us and it doesn't even sound good. After all is said and done I know everything has its purpose but man are these chain/car/drug raps getting lame, it's been done to death but if you want to try then create something new around it.

Regardless of everything I said let's stay hopeful and maybe one day Pusha T stops rhyming about coke... Oh yeah get off my lawn you pesky kids!

Check out the cowlick! /Rant

Word Drugs 'Rolling in the Deep' at the 'Catalina Wine Mixer'

Our favorite chill group Work Drugs is back with a couple of new tracks, the songs start the day off nice and warm for those that need a little flow in the morning to get going. The first track is a cover for Adele's 'Rolling in the Deep' which I was just talking about yesterday with a few folks on Twitter and how the radio formula has ruined perfectly good songs, and the second one is 'Catalina Wine Mixer' also if you don't know about that then... I don't know if I can help you. In all seriousness I keep coming back to the Work Drugs tracks because of the free-spirited sounds of summer that simply ooze out of my speakers when played and there is no way that I can't love that. It's one of those things that makes me want to hit the road or relax in a chair by the beach, I can't wait for my next trip to Dominican Republic and take Work Drugs with me! Rolling in the Deep (Adele Cover) by Work Drugs

Catalina Wine Mixer by Work Drugs

Not Likely: Latest from LMFAO and Pitbull

As I sit here on the fourth of July with a wack toothache and a semi-empty stomach, I decided to torture my ears instead so it softens the tooth pain. In comes the new installment of 'Not Likely' where I do some quick-shot reviews to albums that I'd normally not cross paths with. No offense to those that like these artists... after all it's just another opinion and someone that prefers something (ahem) different. Today's ammo is LMFAO's 'Sorry For Party Rocking' and Pitbull's 'Planet Pit', these will be the guinea pigs for the first 'Not Likely'. It will be swift, quick and unapologetic because it's better that way... Enjoy.

20110704-080739.jpgOff the bat it starts with an annoying fist pumping hype building disaster of a intro... "and what we do is.... Rock the beat" no, no you don't. I will admit that the bass at times was nod worthy but in no way did it help for the glittery, sweaty smelling mess of their lyrics. It's about having fun they say, guess my fun was had when I was forwarding tracks. I felt like I was stuck in a time warp with a guy that just learned how to use Reason. I can see their songs being played at parties because of their sound but I can't see myself at these parties and actually having fun, their bass is ok but everything else can go back to the drawing board.

LMFAO more like GTFOH.

20110704-084505.jpg Ahh Pitbull how you've grown in the hookman business after some albums. Yep your everywhere like T-Pain was, even in a Jennifer Lopez (yikes but it pays) song and rocking worldwide in your man-capri's and tight jackets. The man gets heavy air play no matter what Z100 is playing, rightfully so as it seems that he works hard to stay up on the latest playlist on the radio. Knowing that this was Pitbull's album I still felt like he was being featured on someone else's tracks, having the likes of Ne-Yo, Marc Anthony, and T-Pain won't help it either. Reminiscent of 2 In A Room which is good, he can still bump that bass in a good way but gets lost in the spots he has and does throughout his career. After "Culo" I think he has lost his power in retaining the alpha dog sound of party bass, guess that's what the Miami night lights do to ya after a while.

Pitbull your not horrible, just wish it felt like you really have a solo album to get the party pumpin. I applaud you for staying Latino by way, some forget they are from the block and their roots.