Monster Island
prxnce:

Hoes say I look better in person

"I wasn’t even twenty yet. I-20 with twenty bricks."

prxnce:

Hoes say I look better in person

"I wasn’t even twenty yet. I-20 with twenty bricks."

(Posted this on Facebook and since Adam Katzman was kind enough to ask me to post more here, it’s only right.)

I’ve been listening to this Kevin Gates tape for the past week or so, but more intently the past few days on my commute to work and at the office today. He flows similar to Wayne during his late 2000s mixtape run, while his voice fluctuates between a near carbon-copy of Young Buck and a raspier B.G.. He is from Louisiana (Baton Rouge to be exact), so the influences are there from Trill Ent, No Limit and ’90s Cash Money. 

The start of “The Luca Brasi Story” is pretty fast-paced and non-sympathetic. With bravado raps detailing gun toting and trap houses, it’s nothing new to the ear, even when Gates’ flow makes it enjoyable and melodic with great hooks. When you name your project after an enforcer of The Corleone family, why would it be about emotional topics? Still, the early part of the tape paints a shallow picture of Gates until you reach songs like “Neon Lights” or “Twilight”. There, he’s discussing early love, friendships, deep relationships, life’s next steps and his belief in those above and around him. The way his voice goes up and down in pitch and raspyness, while rapping and singing, gives you a window to the emotional toll day-to-day life takes on him. It’s this part of the tape that resonates with me the most. It offers the breadth of talent he can balance on and between each record.

Even though I’ve listened to it a lot, it’s the type of project that probably takes a couple more listens to catch a rhyme or two that you missed and wonder how you let it pass it in the first place. Gates just signed a deal w/ Atlantic Records and is with Ca$h Money on the management side, so I hope those enterprises support him properly. That should mean they want to start selling his music, but “Luca Brasi Story” is only available for free at this time. If Def Jam can sell ~14,000 copies of Trinidad James’ free mixtape, I don’t see why Atlantic doesn’t follow suit, even without a single. Fans want to support.

"Couple n***s I loaned money, say that got me, ain’t never get me." - Kevin Gates on "I Need It"

Thank you to David Drake of Complex and Wesley Case of The Baltimore Sun for tweeting enough about this tape for me to take notice and become a believer. Of course, thank you to the folks at Dirty Glove Bastard for being so knowledgeable when I have questions about artists.

thefsd:

LOL Waka Flocka, Wooh Da Kid, Kayo Redd

thefsd:

LOL Waka Flocka, Wooh Da Kid, Kayo Redd

Came across The Eric Andre Show this weekend. Pretty hilarious. Not to mention Hannibal Burress is a key part of the show. Reminds me of Space Ghost Coast 2 Coast, which makes it surreal to realize Space Ghost was on 15 years ago. I remember that as when I was at sleep away camp, my friend wrote me to keep me up-to-date on what Brak was doing. 

Joe Walsh was stunting on this whole record. He bought a mansion, doesn’t recall the price, but he’s never there in the first place. Ruins hotel rooms, accountants pay for the damages. 

New York Live Rap For June 14th, 2012

Option 1: Fat Trel @ Santos NYC

Option 2: GZA @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

Option 3: Kool Keith @ Brooklyn Bowl

I’m attending option one, even though I’ve seen Trel live and have never seen GZA (Wu-Tang at Rock The Bells doesn’t count) or Kool Keith live. I’ve met Keith before and while he was drinking a bottle of Andre I told him how much I enjoyed his old freestyle on Stretch & Bob when he kept calling Xzibit “Everlast” and simply counted from 1 to 25 at one point. He asked me if I had the freestyle on me. I did not. 

Burr.

Burr.

The Ying Yang Twinz

The Ying Yang Twinz

I love this tumblr.

I love this tumblr.

GET OUT MY LANE. FERRARI BOYZ.

GET OUT MY LANE. FERRARI BOYZ.