I’m back to listening to actual music! If you don’t know I took a break for a couple of years from rap/hip-hop music. Mostly because everything sounded the same and I was frustrated with the lack of originality. So I started listening to a little Jazz, but mostly talk radio.
Well if you know me than you know, I need to peek behind the curtain of my past to see what’s going on sometimes. In the age of mumbling buffoonery and incoherent babble running the airwaves I think the game is changing back to the real.
I discovered a group of cats that have restored my faith in the genre I grew up loving. These are dudes that combined charisma with actual bars! Because at the end of the day that’s what I want: Bars! Substance. I missed music! But I’m back.
So without further ado:
Repping: Los Angeles, Ca.
I was listening to this dude before I took my break, so he was definitely someone I wanted to tap in to, and check the consistency on. Yup, still killing the game! I love that his videos are like mini movies. Here’s a link to School Boy’s Vevo so you can check out his work.
Repping: Fayetteville, NC.
We talking Bars? Ok cool.
This generations Nas ( yeah I said it!) never disappoints. The best part about Cole is, he doesn’t give a shit about changing his style to get the attention of casual fans. You fuck with Cole or you don’t. And if you don’t it’s probably because you like dumbed down mumblers.
Nef the Pharaoh
Repping: Vallejo, Ca.
This kid be grinding! I love work ethic. Pumping out video after video. Nef reminds me of a young Mac Dre. In style and work ethic. I definitely see and hear the influence.
Repping: Los Angeles, Ca.
Nipsey makes me want to get up go make money, and be a G ass CEO! This is another rapper I was listening to before I quit rap. So he was definitely one of the guys I purposely came looking for. I love work ethic. This dude owns his company, is killing independently and has a store on Slausen slanging clothes from HIS clothing line.
Repping: Sacramento, Ca.
Come on man. What can I say about the guy? Mozzy been grinding for years, and virtually put himself on. Who else you know without any major backing getting millions upon millions of views on YouTube, and everybody in the country talking about him. Mozzy got a mean buzz? How many street cats you know with mean bars? Straight outta Sacramento at that.
Rappers I plan to give a chance to
Chance the Rapper
I hear nothing but great things about this Chicago rapper. Bars is his speciality. So I’m tapping in soon as I press publish! Plus he just donated $1 Million dollars to the Chicago School district. And that’s big. He recognizes there’s no true progress as a people without educational progress.
He’s had a mean buzz for a couple of years. But it happened around the time I gave up on rap. But I’ll give him a solid listen, and see what it’s all about. I did hear him freestyle on the Sway show. So I’m all ears.
The hottest thing out of Detroit right now, with the hottest song in the country. Hands down. Only 22, and the sky is the limit. I wanted to put him on the list, but I want to see a body of work first, to know I feel justified about this cat.
That was my guy before I stopped listening to music. But I’m definitely looking for anything new he may have.
I need to get up on game quick! I do. I heard his freestyle on Sway in the morning. I’m eager to see his written shit.
I keep hearing great things about this cat too. Plus he rep Oakland, so I need to see!
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