Maybe Hip Hop doesn’t hate Philly after all…I stole that joke, but it still applies. Whatever the case, most artists treat Philly like it has fucking cooties…cooties son…you couldn’t come up with a better joke than that. I usually end up trekking up to NY to see some of my favorite artists, and we’re not even going to talk about my beloved NJ. Hip Hop definitely hates NJ though. The Trocadero is one place that seems to pull off a great concert every now and then, since I have seen seen 2 of 3 featured acts I don’t see why this show shouldn’t be any different. In some bizarre twist during one of the craziest days ever it looks like i’m on VIP list too***shrugs***. By the way the fact that i’m saying yesterday was one of the craziest days ever says a lot, because my life is pretty crazy. I’ve been compared a couple times to something like a black Larry David…you know from Curb Your Enthusiasm. Yesterday definitely took the cake though, it ended well thanks to a couple emails, phone calls, talks, and texts though. One of which was about getting added to the VIP list, but I was definitely strongly considering hanging a lot of this shit up prior to that. It’s not the first time I have thought that either to be honest…really i’m not sure why anybody would want anything to do with music unless they are truly talented or really love this shit. It just makes me think that some people have no idea what all this shit entails and all the bullshit you have to deal with it. I like doing this shit because i’m good at it, and I was actually doing a lot of this already even though nobody knew about it. I still find myself going back and forth with this shit though, because I hate doing the same shit everybody else is doing and EVERYBODY DOES SOMETHING INVOLVING MUSIC AND/OR WHAT’S TO BE INVOLVED. However, I try to keep telling myself i’m different because…i’m different and because i’m an A&R…I mean who really wants to be an A&R. Even though I always try to be positive and learn something from every situation, dealing with the same bullshit and ignorant as people makes me want to quit. While I have gotten better dealing with some of this shit and I like to think if I can overcome those obstacles i’ll be better as result. That shit is easier said than done…I get tired of always having to prove myself because I look different, I like different things, or I sound different than the average black person. Furthermore, i’m not a fucking rapper nor will I ever be and I SHOULDN’T HAVE TO RAP TO PROVE HOW MUCH I KNOW ABOUT MUSIC TO ANYONE…ESPECIALLY WHEN I’M NOT EVEN A FUCKING RAPPER. Rappers are a dime a dozen, A&R, writers…real writers not just bloggers, and managers are few and far between. Doc Holliday…the one writing this shit is one of a kind whether I like it or not… and trust me sometimes I wish it wasn’t that way. I guess there can only be one though…Highlander…lol maybe I should rap…no drake. I definitely don’t want to be one of those cocky muthafuckas like everyone else…you know I don’t want to go on and on about my vast music collection of around 250G, my CD collection, and my record collection expanding across all genres of music. I don’t want to talk about how I know more about music than most especially when it comes to that hardcore street shit. I don’t want to talk about how I forgot more music than some muthafuckas will ever know…nah I don’t want to talk about that. So i’m going to just talk about this show i’m really looking forward to with 1 member of the XXL Freshmen 2010 Class and 2 other artists that arguable could been included in that class as well. Also it seems like Big Sant will also be performing with Big K.R.I.T. who is featuring on the first song on K.R.I.T. Wuz Here. So here’s my thoughts on Wiz from the great post I shamelessly jack from the good folks over at The Smoking Section as I try to put together my own Freshmen list. You know because I have listened to music from all of them and have seen most of them perform. You can see the whole post in it’s entirety on the 2010 Freshmen Class here by the very good writers over at The Smoking Section.
You May Have Seen Him…: Spitting verses from a Pittsburgh tattoo parlor, getting inked for the millionth time.
Reminds You Of: Wiz Khalifa!…actually as I was on the shitter trying to think of who may have inspired Wiz, Prince came to mind. Obviously, I would never say anyone is in the Purple’s League hence the capital P and L, but I think style wise there a lot similarities. They are both of mesh of so many different elements and while Wiz doesn’t have the range with subject matter lol…they are both clearly very talented and extremely different. To think I hate Prince and thought he was gay when I was kid…smh…furthermore if I was nearly as talented as Prince I would probably be just as different.
Strengths: Energy so high, you’ll catch a contact.
Weakness: Depth isn’t exactly his strong point.
Best-Case Scenario: Generally stoners are too lazy to put the cap back on the toothpaste but Wiz’s hustle has gotten him to the big stage without the hype of mainstream attention. A good eight mixtapes deep, watch his energy shift to churning out albums for the smokers to ride to in the near future. In between a million smoke breaks of course.
Doc’s Thoughts: When my cousin first recommended Wiz’s Burn After Reading I was not impressed, in fact, I told him I hated…his flow, songs, everything was so different especially from most of the stuff that I tend to like. I pretty much felt the same way about Curren$y as well, but I started to become a fan of Curren$y a lot sooner. So by the time I listened to How Fly I had started liking Curren$y, but I was still not much of a fan of Wiz. I even remember my cousin coming up to visit and us listening to How Fly and I pretty much told my cousin the same thing again…he was just so damn different. Kind of like those Belgians made Dr. Evil so damn evil…nah…I thought about that line as I was writing thought it was a stretch and then just said fuck i’m going to go with anyway. By the time Kush & OJ finally dropped I figured I would give him another chance, especially with all the buzz. I usually don’t trust the average person when it comes to music especially if they’re female. However, if I hear about something enough times i’ll give a listen. I listened to Kush & OJ and immediately loved it and understood him as an artist…it’s weird how that happens some times. From his newer mixtapes I thought that mixtape best represented him. It’s different from everything else out there, fun, stoner music that is just cool as hell and easy to listen to. So I for one am glad he is continuing to blaze his own path and create his own brand as oppose to riding off someone else’s coattails, especially the coattails of Drake and Rick Ross. It looks like i’ll get to see him in Philly this time and maybe finish up our interview since I was barred from VIP at Rock The Bells lol. I saw him perform while I was out in LA and I was supposed to interview him, but we we’re running a little late and after the show he was overrun by groupies. I have to say he is a great performer, but I was kind of surprise he is such a sex symbol lol. I mean I guess every rapper gets girls, but it’s one thing to be a sex symbol. I can relate because i’m a sex symbol as well, but it’s…kind of hard to explain you just have to see us in action. I still have the questions I intended ask him with some new ones and you never know maybe i’ll even get on stage too and we’ll both drive the ladies crazy…I guess it’s a Pittsburgh thing…but can I really claim Pittsburgh even though i’m not really from Pittsburgh. Fuck it i’m claiming it even though I know none of my family from there, and the last time I went there as a kid I wasn’t allowed outside. So to Pittsburgh…oh and Wiz’s music, he wasn’t named to the XXL Freshmen 2010 Freshman Class and named Breakthrough Artist of 2010 for nothing.
Download Mixtape:Kush & Orange Juice
Download Mixtape: Burn After Rolling
Download Mixtape: How Fly
Download Mixtape: Flight School
Download Mixtape: Star Power
2. Got Damn Love It
3. Go’on Hate
4. Should I Feel Bad
5. Gettin It
6. Be Easy
7. Poppin Rubberbands
8. Got What You Need (Feat. Lavish)
9. Shake Em Off
10. Head To The Sky (Feat. Kev Da Hustla & S. Money)
11. Gotta Get It
12. Talk To Ya (Feat. Kev Da Hustla)
13. Chewy (Remix)
15. Buss Down
16. Smokin Good
17. Who I Am
18. Time Goes By
19. I Own It!
20. I Still Remember
Download Mixtape: Prince Of The City 2
2. Ya Mean
3. When They See Me ft. Weeze
4. Talk To Me
5. Fans Takin Pictures
6. I’m That Nigga
8. Way 2 Go
9. Grammy Family Freestyle ft. Kev The Hustler
10. Told Ya’ll
11. Young Boy Fresh
13. Vato ft. Kev The Hustler
14. New Money
Download Mixtape: Grow Season
2. Oh No
3. The Realest (Featuring Smallz Money)
4. Walk Wit Me
6. Lay Em Down
7. 53rd (Featuring Kev Da Hustla)
8. Do Sumthin
9. We Don’t Need That (Featuring Smallz Money & Kev Da Hustla)
10. Soldier (Featuring Gene Stovall)
12. Niggaz Know
13. What It Is
14. Me (Featuring Kev Da Hustla)
15. Get Away
16. Self Titled
17. 40 Bars
18. Real Niggaz (Featuring Ekko)
19. Ya’ll Know
20. Life Of A Hustla (Featuring Kev Da Hustla)
Download Mixtape: Prince of the City: Welcome to Pistolvania
Download Mixtape: Trunk Muzik
Lol you have to excuse some of those last paragraphs this was written at different times. Any who lol, Yelawolf, and hopefully are far less angrier Doc…actually i’m not really angry anymore yesterday I was…today not so much. This writing is very therapeutic…hmmm perhaps maybe I should think about rapping afterall…NOOOOOO YOU’RE TERRIBLE AND YOUR VOICE ABSOLUTELY SUCKS…thanks way to keep me when i’m down…i’m just saying i’m not sure how no one hasn’t just punched you in the face yet for just talking. Moving on…Yelawolf, was another classic case of me stubbornly ignoring something that I knew was good…why I do such thing I don’t know. Perhaps so I can be really impressed like I was from the first song off of Yelawolf’s Trunk Muzik. Seriously I have listened to that song sooooooo many times since I first heard it, it is easily one of my favorite songs right now. His flow and delivery on that shit is crazy…here listen.
That’s really what attracts me to Yelawolf and a lot of rappers really, it’s not just what you’re saying but how you say it. Lyrics are a bonus for me, but obviously there are rappers that excel more than others in other areas. It’s all just about listening and understanding what makes each artist unique and great. For Yelawolf, at least for me his flow and delivery always grabs me…even from the first time I heard him on Big Boi’s album.
Really, I for one am glad he’s white…white power. The white man must take back Hip Hop…white power…and I will do my part. Look out for my group of self hating black rappers that would put Uncle Ruckus to shame, The Clayton Bisby All-Stars…white power. LMAO, but in all seriousness racist of any sort, stereotyping anyone, or judging a person without getting to know them is not cool. The same goes for music, you really miss out on same great music and people. Anyway, I haven’t even been able to listen to much else of Yelawolf’s music because Trunk Music always holds me hostage. In fact, I just cut off K.R.I.T. Wuz Here to listen to Trunk Musik again. I would really highly recommend it even though it’s a big out of my wheel house…lol wheel house. Like Big K.R.I.T some people might pass judgement on them being from the South, but not like South South…you know like Atlanta and shit…you know what the fuck I mean. That fact remains, they both make great music, different but great in it’s own rite, at least in my opinion. Here’s a couple more songs that I fuck with off of Trunk Musik…i’m not even going to lie I fucks with Lick The Cat. I could definitely see that doing well in the clubs, I need to send that to the DJs I know. Speak Her Sex is the latest song on the mixtape to hold me fucking hostage.
I really need to finish making my way through Stereo, I liked the mix of Rock and Rap I heard on it though. While were talking about things I need to do, I need to pull a David Blaine like they talked about in Big Boi’s Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty…great album too. A David Blaine is when you’re fucking a chick from that back then you let your man slide in there unbeknownst to the chick. Then, you run around and knock on the window or something of that sort depending on where you live and then hilarity ensues. Fuck you google unbeknownst is a fucking word too, for that i’m not capitalizing google. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing Yelawolf perform, i’m hoping the 3rd time is the charm. At least I did get to actually me him the last time, even though I didn’t get to see him perform.
1. Talladege Dreamin’
3. Shake N’ Bake
4. I’m The Sh t
5. Boyz In The Woodz
7. Hey Rick E. Bobby
8. My Box Chevy
9. New Shoes
10. Beer Buzz
11. Victory Circle
Download Mixtape: Ball Of Flames The Ballad Of Slick Rick
1. Stereo Intro
2. Brick In The Wall
4. Rich Like Me
5. Box Chevy Part 2
6. Break The Chain
7. Phone Skit
9. Magic Man
10. Burn Out
11. Brown Sugar
12. Run Johnny
13. In The Cradle
16. Stereo Outro
17. Take It Easy
Download Mixtape: Stereo
I really, really like this song!!!
Download Mixtape: K.R.I.T Wuz Here
Last but certainly not least Big K.R.I.T., after hearing a lot of good things about his music I finally decided to give him a listen. Similarly, to Yelawolf he probably wasn’t a rapper I would normally listen to and he also doesn’t really have the same infectious flow and delivery. So that first half as listen didn’t go nearly as good as the next couple listens. I finally gave him a fair listen on his FREE album after I heard a lot of good things about it upon he release. I believe it was before I actually met him as well, but nonetheless it liked it. Despite, not seeing him at the show found here because I had to work, I ran into him the night before during this Joell Ortiz and Jay Electronica found here but not exactly in the best circumstances. He ran into the same obstacles as STS described here, but unfortunately for Big K.R.I.T. he performed AFTER STS and Cyhi Da Prynce…how I can say this nicely…uhh he was fucked. Yes, I go to a lot of shows and yes no one also should have let this nigga find out how to hyperlink. I’LL FUCKING HYPERLINK, HYPERLINK. Anyway, one of the loudest ovation from that night came when Cyhi Da Prynce, wearing the same jacket as Michael Jackson or Captain Crunch said he had 10 more minutes left in his set. He was already getting booed pretty heavily before that, but after that it went up a notch. I didn’t boo because I respect anyone that goes up on the stage, but he kinda deserved it so I threw a tomato. Big K.R.I.T. essentially walked into the perfect storm, and it didn’t help that the first song he did was Country Shit. It’s not a bad song at all…here listen.
However, it’s definitely not the song to win over elitist, close-minded NY fans who have been waiting all night to see Joell Ortiz and Jay Electronica. After that he took a moment talked to the fans…and i’m not even sure what song he did next, but it was definitely some serious shit and he won over those same elitist, close-minded NY fans. Unfortunately, for Cyhi something he couldn’t accomplish during his whole 20 minute set…I was impressed and even more of a fan of his. The one thing I have learned about performing it’s not just how you perform but the songs you perform. You need to choose songs that move the fans and showcase your talents, so I was happen that Big K.R.I.T. had that opportunity because I personally think he is very talented. I told him as much on his way out. I have heard some comparisons to Pimp C (R.I.P.) especially since he is a pretty producer as well. I might say he is a bit deeper and more lyrical, but in all fairness I haven’t listened to nearly enough U.G.K. music. I do look forward to hearing more Big K.R.I.T. music and talking to him again. Oh yeah I did get to see him perform at the Curren$y show which can, of course, be found here a couple months back with Laws and Emilio Rojas which I also fucks with as well no homo. He performed The Hold You Down Remix which immediately became one of my favorite jawns shortly there after, I always love throwing out a jawn here and there. So here’s the video and mp3 for that along with some other Big K.R.I.T. mixtapes. Albeit poor phone reception I should have some updates from the show on twitter @ docholliday609. Sorry for any bad grammer and shit for the grammer whores out there kinda busy day.
Download Mixtape: Hometown Hero
Download Mixtape: See Me On Top III (Hosted By DJ Infamous)