Archive | January, 2013

Throwback Thursday: A$AP Rocky Takes Us Back

31 Jan


There are few things on this earth I love more than seeing/hearing a bunch of talented MC’s display their talent on one track (this kind of track is called a “Posse Cut”, FYI). A$AP Rocky’s debut album Long Live A$AP brought us one of the more memorable posse cuts in recent history. “1 Train” featured an all-star cast of A$AP Rocky, Kendrick Lamar, Joey Bada$$, Yelawolf, Danny Boy, Action Bronson, and Big K.R.I.T.
After listening to such a star-studded cut, the historian in me couldn’t help but reflect on some of the classic posse cuts I’ve heard during my time on earth. In keeping with the spirit of Throwback Thursday, let’s take a moment to look back at a few of the greatest team efforts ever

-Chisom Uzosike

*Posse Cuts are a team effort. These tracks are special because EVERYONE shines…however, someone always manages to pull off a special MVP performance. Those individuals will be acknowledged.*

5. “Bitch Please II” – Eminem, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Xzibit, Nate Dogg

MVP – Eminem spazzed out in true Slim-Shady-In-His-Prime fashion. At this point in Eminem’s career, you only jumped on a track with him if you were totally cool with being outdone.

4. “It’s All About The Benjamins (Remix)” – Puff Daddy, Jadakiss, Sheek Louch, Lil’ Kim, The Notorious B.I.G.

MVP – Lil’ Kim went all the way in. I know you’re thinking, “But what about Biggie??”. He was dope too, but he got the added benefit of an epic beat-switch. Kim’s verse is boastful, vulgar, confrontational, and catchy all at the same time. You’ve gotta love a rapper who threatens to throw a hex on your whole family. I know I do.

3. “Flava In Ya Ear (Remix)” – Craig Mack, The Notorious B.I.G., Rampage, LL Cool J, Busta Rhymes

MVP – “N*ggas is mad, I get more butt than ass-trays (ashtrays).” Mr. Smalls calmly stepped in and stole the show before anyone else got a chance. This was one of Biggie’s first introductions to the Hip Hop world…before Ready To Die dropped.

2. “Protect Ya Neck” – Inspectah Deck, Raekwon, Method Man, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Ghostface Killah, The RZA, The GZA

MVP – This one is tough…every MC present stands out for one reason or another. In the end, the award goes to ODB, ’cause he be “stickin’ pins in your head like a f*ckin’ nurse.”

1. “I Shot Ya (Remix)” – LL Cool J, Keith Murray, Prodigy, Fat Joe, Foxy Brown

MVP – The entire starting five of this Eastern Conference All-Star Team deserves the MVP Award. Who didn’t snap on this beat? This track is the perfect example of what a classic posse cut is all about. If I HAD to choose an MVP…it’d be a tie between Keith Murray and Foxy Brown.

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“Nothing But Excellence” – Lux Vie De Luxe

30 Jan

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It’s pretty difficult to imagine Hip Hop without fashion. For all you people who enjoy looking good (That should be everyone), I strongly encourage you to check out Lux Vie De Luxe. Lux Vie De Luxe (which means “Life of Luxury”) is a clothing/lifestyle brand based in the DMV. “Our mantra is ‘Nothing But Excellence’ because that is the only thing we will accept out of life and from ourselves.” Check out Lux Vie De Luxe‘s Spring ’13 line at http://luxviedeluxe.com/.

-Chisom Uzosike

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Twitter: LuxVieDeLuxe, Instagram: LuxVieDeLuxe, Tumblr: LuxVieDeLuxe.tumblr.com

On The Come Up: Articulated Genius

29 Jan

AG. JR, Mic Taylor, Quis Money

One of the most important purposes of Sicker Than Your Average is to share previously unheard/unseen talent with the masses. I proudly present to you…the Articulated Genius collective. Articulated Genius is a group of young lyricists hailing from Chicago’s Southside. The group consists of artists Mic Taylor (@MTarticulatedG), Quis Money (@QuisMoney130), and J.R. (@JamesRenell). These MCs display their lyrical dexterity while painting a picture of life in Chicago. The group is currently preparing for the release of Mic Taylor’s first project, Write-N-Wrongs.
-Chisom Uzosike

“Our goal is to bring back real hip-hop music while steering other youngsters in the right direction…” – Articulated Genius

*Sneak Peek* I find myself chanting the hook when I listen to this. I love this track. Look out for this track on Taylor’s upcoming project.

Check out more of Articulated Genius here: https://soundcloud.com/mic-taylor

Update: Pusha T’s Wrath Of Cain

28 Jan

So my partner in crime Christine (@CleanYourNyash) told me something about Pusha-T’s much-anticipated Wrath Of Cain mixtape coming out. I decided to do a little searching, and while I didn’t find the actual mixtape, I have a little something for anyone who’s interested…

Here’s a leaked track from Pusha-T’s tape. It’s called “Only You Can Tell It”, and features a guest verse from MMG’s very own Wale.

-Chisom Uzosike

Tell Me…

26 Jan

I’d love to know what YOU want to see on Sicker Than Your Average. Let me know!

Joey Bada$$ – Unorthodox (Prod. by DJ Premier)

25 Jan

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I’m a little late (11 days to be exact) to this, but it’s cool…after all, this site just came into existence a couple days ago. This track is special, as it features one of my favorite new MCs teamed up with my favorite legendary producer. I proudly present to you: “Unorthodox”.

– Chisom Uzosike

 

Tyga & Ross Pay Homage…

25 Jan

Tyga & Rick Ross join forces on a new track entitled “Dope”, which is set to appear on Tyga’s upcoming album Hotel CaliforniaIf the beat sounds a little familiar to you, it might be because it pays homage to the classic “Deep Cover” by Dr. Dre and Snoop Doggy Dogg (which came out WAY back in ’92). In 1998, Big Pun and Fat Joe made their own version of “Deep Cover” entitled “Twinz”. Which duo goes the hardest? Snoop/Dre, Pun/Joe, or Tyga/Rozay? You decide.

Chisom’s Personal Pick: Big Pun & Fat Joe

Throwback Thursday: Nas – Illmatic (1994)

24 Jan

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In keeping with the spirit of Throwback Thursday, let’s take a moment to appreciate one of the greatest and most influential Hip Hop albums of all time. How many rappers would rap about “dead presidents” if it weren’t for Nas? Not quite as many, I can imagine. There’s really nothing that hasn’t been said about Illmatic. It’s timeless. It’s been quoted, smoked to, bumped in the car, and used as a standard of perfection for almost twenty years…and the man is STILL doing his thing (Check out his album Life Is Good if you haven’t already). If you haven’t heard this album yet, do it NOW before anyone else finds out you haven’t.

-Chisom Uzosike

Here’s my personal favorite song from Illmatic…the song that inspired me to become a producer (Shout out to the legend, Pete Rock). “The World Is Yours”.

*For The Heads* Here’s a documentary from 1991…Sort of like a “behind the scenes” of Illmatic. If you haven’t seen it, enjoy!

 

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Spike Lee Was My Hero – Skyzoo Feat. Talib Kweli

24 Jan

I was finishing up some WOW wings at the punchout yesterday when I looked up at the big TV and saw Talib Kweli in a ‘New Joint’ on 106 & Park. I thought, “Is that Kweli??” I saw the title of the song and had to check it out, since Spike Lee is my hero too and all (Do The Right Thing = Must See Movie). Enjoy this song and video. It’s got classic written all over it.

It Begins (1/23/13)…

24 Jan

What’s good? My name is Chisom Uzosike, a sophomore Journalism major at The Mecca (Howard University). Just so you know, the purpose of this site is to show off everything dope about Hip-Hop. There will definitely be some non-Hip-Hop-related things posted here as well (everyone likes some variety). That’s pretty much all I have to say for now. Thank you! Peace.

-Chisom Uzosike

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