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Tune Review - Kendrick Lamar and RZA


All day long I've been vibing comfortably with true hip hop.

TRUE hip hop, people. Eff this no-talent, making up word to force a rhyme, kitschy, popcorn rap. I"m talking about the real shit. *steps off soap box*

Kendrick Lamar - good kid m.A.A.d. city

We've all been looking forward to it and, I've gotta say, it lives up to the hype. This album is well thought and fully fleshed out. The only way to make it better would be to press play on 'Boyz N The Hood' and let this album play as you watch Cuba and Cube on silent in your basement. You would also need to be in South Central L.A., but that's a minor detail.

Kendrick weaves an engaging tale while sticking to his eccentric, slightly schizophrenic rap style. You need to listen to the whole thing, but I'll give you my faves:

Backseat Freestyle - The first thirty seconds of this song I was convinced I wouldn't like it. At a full minute in I was in love. I'm addicted to the raw nature of this track.

Money Trees - Not a good enough reason...but I like this song because I like to use the word 'bish' alot. It's really that simple. I mean, the vibe of the tune is nice. It's throwback Outkast-ish. But it's really about the 'bish'. Ya bish.

Poetic Justice - Please see my previous post. I won't bore you with more about this song. Hint: it's not one of my favorites just because Drake is in it. Kendrick raps circles around Drake. But I still love Drake. He must have been busy studying for finals or something when he recorded his verse.

RZA - The Man with the Iron Fists Soundtrack

I listened to the soundtrack and a (most of) the score. Yeah, I come prepared, peeps.
At this point it doesn't really matter if the movie is good. I'm going to see it because the music is bomb. I watch 'Almost Famous' over and over again for this reason.

It's no wonder RZA and Quentin Tarantino are friends. I can just imagine them listening to this together and blowing money on some expensive Bruce Lee artifact they find online. I'm sure that exact scenario has gone down. My faves (from the soundtrack, because I figure you aren't all nerds like me who want to hear the score):

The Baddest Man Alive - The Black Keys + RZA = wicked cool.

White Dress - Kanye West, but old school Kanye. I forgot for just a few seconds he was still dating a Kardashian.

Rivers of Blood - Wu-Tang! Wu-Tang!  Is it 1997? This song got me hype for the movie more than any other on the album.

Bonus - Fave on the score = So far I really like Gold Lion, but scores are heavily influenced by the movie itself - duh - so I'm sure that will change once I see the movie.

The movie is out November 2. Who's coming with me?!?



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