J. Cole spoke. Then it was G-Unit. Now it’s The Game who is making his feelings known about the death of Michael Brown. But he is not alone as Game has brought in a lengthy list of MC’s to raise their hands and say “Don’t Shoot”.
With the impact of the events of Ferguson capturing the nation, it is no wonder the list of rapper on “Don’t Shoot” is prolific. Joining The Game on a track which mixes “Be Free’s” heartfelt emotion and “Ahhh S**t’s” aggressiveness is Rick Ross, 2 Chainz, Diddy, Fabolous, Wale, DJ Khaled, Swizz Beatz, Yo Gotti, Curren$y, Problem, King Pharaoh and TGT who all have their own points-of-view on these trying times.
He has gained a serious number of fans in his illustrious career but Puff Daddy has certainly earned his fair share of haters. Now that he is not the young man he once was Diddy is done with all the animosity and simply is yearning for acceptance on “I Want The Love”.
While “I Want The Love” has been floating around for days now, the official version was finally dropped today. The second single off Puff’s upcoming album MMM, “I Want The Love” features Meek Mill and his flow has really rubbed off on Diddy as aggressiveness flows through this track from start to finish.
He brought Day26 and Danity Kane to stardom and even had success with Diddy – Dirty Money but now the real Puff Daddy is back. Under his old moniker once again, Puff is ready to prove once again that he is truly the “Big Homie”.
From his first completely solo album since 2006’s Press Play, “Big Homie” serves as the first single from MMM. A track which celebrates his status as one of the few moguls of the rap game, “Big Homie” is boisterous and bold. Rick Ross and French Montana join Puff on the track to only add to the braggadocio.
In the rap game becoming a star may not be an easy task but as many have shown it is completely possible. However, there is something about what happens to MC’s popularity when they are taken from this earth too soon. As Rick Ross proclaims, it seems like you are “Nobody” until you are six feet under.
The latest leak from Rozay’s upcoming project Mastermind, “Nobody” is fittingly produced by Diddy who has first hand experience with how an artist’s fame can increase even after their death because of his relationship with the late Notorious B.I.G. French Montana handles the hook on “Nobody” which may prove to be one of the more thought provoking tracks off Mastermind.
Although they chose to be rappers, men like Chinx Drugz were not pigeonholed into being an MC. In fact, they had many options from doctors to lawyers but in the end they knew that “I’m a Cokeboy”.
The official remix of Chinx Drugz breakthrough hit, “I’m a Cokeboy (Remix)” touts some big names who all have gone beyond just rapping in their careers. Rick Ross, French Montana and Diddy all join Chinx Drugz on the track and remind everyone that while they can put solid bars together, they have external endeavors which are blossoming as well.
Watch the official video for “I’m a Cokeboy (Remix)” below.
While Ne-Yo was trying to reinvent himself on his most recent album R.E.D. with more pop tracks, it’s the tracks which possess his old school R&B sound which are standouts from the album. “Let Me Love You” and “Forever Now” may have gotten the dance floor packed, but it was tracks like “Should Be You” which had devoted Ne-Yo fans smiling the widest.
All about reminiscing and hoping for different situations, “Should Be You” is another slow-jam which has Ne-Yo completely in touch with emotion. To supplement Ne-Yo’s performance are Fabolous and Diddy, two MC’s who have dominated the breakup track for hip-hop. It’s airplay may have been minimal but “Should Be You” is the sound Ne-Yo is fit for and one he needs to not forget about in his future endeavors.
While you can no longer count the number of years Tupac and Notorious B.I.G. have been gone on one hand, their influence is still felt in hip-hop today. It is hard not to find an artist or producer who has been not been influenced by these two legends. This includes DJ Khaled who now claims that “I Feel Like Pac, I Feel Like Biggie”.
While some listeners may quickly jump to the conclusion that DJ Khaled and his bevy of collaborators are claiming that they have the same status in the game as Pac and Biggie on this latest single from Suffering from Success, they have a different meaning of what it is to feel like these two. Swizz Beatz, Rick Ross, Meek Mill, T.I. and Diddy are all claiming they “Feel Like Pac” and “Feel Like Biggie” because of the heat they are feeling in the streets because of their success. Hopefully none of these MC come to the fate of their idols and “I Feel Like Pac, I Feel Like Biggie” stays as only a claim.
Listen to “I Feel Like Pac, I Feel Like Biggie” below.