Longtime readers know the phrase “Father Your Sons” coined right here on Front-Free, but we can’t forget our brothers out here struggling to raise daughters responsibly. Nas recently dropped this joint detailing his own struggles with the subject. Dope vid.
El-P brings us visuals for “The Full Retard” off the super-dope recent album Cancer For Cure. An out-there video to accompany an out-there type of song. Because the run-of-the-mill is basically running sh*t right now.
Pusha T gives the streets the video treatment for “Exodus 23:1”, the controversial shot at Drake and Li’l Wayne that’s had the Internet bussin’ for about a week now. To me, the video actually made the song better…which doesn’t happen often for me.
Happy Memorial Day from Front-Free. This calls for a classic joint from Noreaga, dedicated to deceased friends. I recall this track as part of the soundtrack to the film Belly and it’s still a dope song to ride to today.
Like I’ve said many times before, CRU’s one lonely album Da Dirty 30 is one of the greatest, most slept-on hip-hop albums of all time. It also featured one of the first appearances of Black Rob, who I always thought was dope..still is if you’ve heard his recent material (see below).
Bonus: Ventilation (2011) x Black Rob
There’s some beef sizzling between Pusha T and Li’l Wayne & crew in response to a new Pusha joint that was taking a few shots. Apparently, there are still those who doubt Pusha T’s skills so instead of posting the diss record that every blogger is posting, I decided to post this classic joint from the Re-Up Gang, the collective that included The Clipse and Philly’s Ab Liva and Sandman. Quite simply, Push and crew gave away bars upon bars for free that are of a quality no one has seen from the Young Money camp to date. Li’l Wayne’s gonna need to put away the leggings and see if he can dig up another one of Gillie Da Kid’s rhyme books if he expects to go toe to toe with Pusha, while Drake should just tiptoe around the fray in the name of all that’s holy.
Re-Up Gang to me was one of the last great hip-hop groups that the mainstream never really got to hear of (which is cool with me). The competition between the four of these MCs is apparent on every record and it’s clear they actually wrote together. That kind of cohesion is lacking these days.
Honestly, rap beef doesn’t thrill me. The work speaks for itself and all the mud-slinging is just effeminate to me in a lot of ways. However, in the case of Pusha, I do understand the need to speak one’s mind about certain things going on in the industry and wake people out of the coma. Mainstream hip-hop is complacent with fluff and people are actually putting guys who make club music in the lane of capable MCs. It’s sickening and I’m sure, insulting, to be an MC of quality in this day and age.
I think it’s amazing the amount of hate I’ve seen all over the Internets directed at this guy Riff Raff…from guys whose iTunes catalog consist of 10,000 Drake and 2Chainz songs. Sometimesyoujustgottashutthefuckupdawg. He’s not claiming to be some superthug or to be a superlyrical MC. These guys are having a great time, period…what happened to that in hip-hop? It’s still around, but they don’t let you on the radio these days unless you’re taking yourself way too seriously and people wanna arbitrate who gets a pass in the underground market based on some screwed up principles. I don’t know…I found this to be a fun record…Action never disappoints, Riff Raff was just Riff Raff…and it’s a good time. Just spark this joint up and live a little.
Reconnected with this brother I remember from Howard U via Facebook and came across this powerful spoken word. This is food for the soul and mind right here. Respect.
“What the f*ck is this?!?” Yeah, sometimes it be like that. Lifted this off the homeboy’s website Recording Live From Nowhere (always a good source for stuff I wouldn’t normally stumble across) and had to share the gospel. Definitely some off-the-beaten-path stuff, but well done.