is jay-z a biter and a writer?

2 09 2009

jay-z has a famous line from his song “what more can i say” that goes “i’m not a biter / i’m a writer / for myself and others…”  interestingly enough, i just saw the album cover for the jigga man’s long-awaited and must hyped new release “the blueprint 3” and couldn’t help but wonder if perhaps he is a both a writer and a biter.

exhibit a: jay-z “blueprint 3” cover (2009)

Blueprint_3

exhibit b: delirious?’ “kingdom of comfort” cover (2008)

delirious

i’m not exactly saying he bit it… but i’m saying it’s awfully similar.  it’s not a dead ringer, but i’m just sayin…

what do you think?





word to your grandmother

16 11 2008

wow! i guess you’re never too old for hip-hop… word to your grandmother.





love lockdown

11 09 2008

a lot of folks hate on kanye west because he is so freaking arrogant, and i’ll give them that… he is incredibly freaking arrogant. but the dude is amazing.  he is one of the most progressive, creative and innovative artists in the game… in any genre!  well, ladies and gentlemen, kanye west has raised the bar and flipped the script once again.

after a steady string of innovative hits and ridiculously addictive jams like “jesus walks”, “gold digger” and “stronger”, most would expect mr. west to emerge with yet another blazing musical expedition that would blow minds and move booties everywhere it’s heard.

but instead of butts, this time around it sounds like he is aiming to move minds and challenge his listeners with… *gasp* change!  change is amazing.  change is vital.  if you’re going to stay on top of your game, remain relevant, and be effective in whatever it is you do, you must accept, embrace and be an agent of change.  my homey brewster just wrote a killer blog about change that you should go read right now!

so, instead of putting out the the next club banger, ‘ye has pulled a janet jackson/that’s-the-way-love-goes on ’em and dropped something that no one was expecting… and it’s crazy hot.

“love lockdown” is the new single from kanye’s new album, reportedly titled “808s and heartbreak”, which is due by the end of the year.  he performed it at the vmas this week (one of the only 2 memorable moments in an otherwise lackluster show) and the performance was great.  it’s not what anyone was expecting from him. it is surprisingly and refreshingly low key and subdued compared to many of his other more hyper-edged material.  it sounds like what’s next.  it sounds like innovation.  it’s strength is it’s simplicity.  it sounds like change… and it’s about to be everywhere.

kanye west “love lockdown”





i can ride my bike with no handlebars

1 06 2008

looking for some fresh new music? check out flobots. their joint “handlebars” is killing. musically, it is equal parts eminem, gorillaz, rage against the machine, beastie boys and linkin park… flobots are bringing the heat.

looking for more fresh sounds? check out my nifty little music blog, flava in ya ear, while you’re at it. 😉

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flashing lights #3

29 05 2008

for those keeping track, this would be the third official video for kanye’s “flashing lights” track. (check out versions 1 and 2) this joint is one of my faves from the graduation album. i love the song and love this video. the creativity is bangin and the visuals are sick.