Times like these

It’s become de rigueur in the past six months or so to note that hip-hop is in an incredibly fucked up state. Rap albums these days are selling as if they had AIDS on them. That said, not everyone is having such an awful year. In fact, some people are doing quite well, quiet as it’s kept.

Without further ado, the winners and losers of hip-hop circa 2006.

Winners

’80s babies. Hardly any hip-hop albums are doing particularly well these days commercially. But if you notice, the year’s top-selling rap album so far is by an ’80s baby. And random-ass ’80s baby weed carriers like Young Dro are outselling the likes of once-prominent artists such as Method Man and the Roots.

Producers. Hip-Hop album sales may be on a monumental downswing, but I can’t imagine that erstwhile hip-hop producers like Timbaland, DJ Premier, and Will.i.am are doing particularly worse than they did in, say, 2005 – or any year, for that matter. Pop albums they’ve produced for acts like Christina Aguilera, Justin Timberlake, and Fergie are flying off of shelves while rap albums mostly collect dust.

Bloggers. Ironically, the more fucked up hip-hop gets, the more shit bloggers such as myself have to write about. In fact, I’m halfway hoping shit only continues to get worse just so I won’t have to do any real work. Granted, I’ve yet to make a million dollars (or anywhere close to it) from this, but I make more than I’ve made in any of the other 24 years of my life, and I don’t even roll off of the couch until noon most days.

White people. Similarly, a cracka-ass cracka like RJD2 is going to do well no matter how fucked up hip-hop gets. After that last Soul Position album, which had its moments, only sold 119 copies (you need at least 300 to recoup on Rhymesayers), he just said, Fuck it, and decided to become some sort of techno artist. Meanwhile, where do you think Blueprint is mopping floors these days? Slug’s mansion?

Diddy. Has anyone else noticed that Diddy tends to do really, really well in times when hip-hop is in a fucked up state? Coincidence? As far as I know, you can’t buy stock in rappers (I’ll have to check with my broker), but if you could, I’d urge everyone to dump all your Nas and the Roots and invest heavily in Diddy. 2007 could be an even better year for him than 1997.

Losers

’60s and ’70s babies. If you don’t count Jay-Z, who was born right at the tail end of the ’60s, and who’s still semi-retired anyway, I can hardly think of anyone born in the ’60s who still has a viable career in rap. And even most ’70s babies (OutKast, DMX, etc.), who have run hip-hop for a good 15 years now, are beginning to fall on hard times.

Rappers. As I mentioned before in this piece, hip-hop producers aren’t having a bad year at all. Ironically, it’s the rappers themselves who are hurting the most. While the RZA is out in LA sniffing blow off of hookers and cashing checks for his numerous shitty scores to kung-fu movies, Method Man is on the radio in New York whining like a little bitch about why they won’t play his records.

Weed Carriers. Obviously any bad year for rappers is going to be a bad year for the guys who are paid to carry around their stash, but who could have guessed that 2006 would be such a tragic year for weed carriers. The likes of Proof, Israel Ramirez, and Philant Johnson have all been tragically gunned down in the line of duty.

Black people. The thing about being black in times like these is that no matter how fucked up hip-hop gets, you’re pretty much stuck with it. For every jig like Cee-Lo, who lucks out and strikes it big with a bullshit rock side project, there’s the three or four other members of the Goodie Mob who are stuck playing the strip club circuit and forming weed carrier super groups with members of the St. Lunatics.

So-called conscious rappers. And at least the rest of the Goodie Mob (except for maybe the guy with one leg) can still play to those kinds of audiences. Frequent XXL Blogs punching bag Phonte and the rest of Little Brother had to find out the hard way that no one below the Mason-Dixon line wants to hear anything remotely intelligent. Even T.I.’s weed carrier sold more copies his first week out than the Minstrel Show has sold to date.

  • gully gullito

    1st bitch

  • gully gullito

    detroit in tha house I mean in tha workhouse(traphouse) whateva you call it

  • Eastside Bread Maker

    First…

  • e

    Nice post, minstrel show was a classic. Mixtape dj’s aren’t having a great year either. Rappers turned actors are doing decent Mos Def, Luda, and Xzibit all did well in the box office.

  • tHe tRaNsIeNt

    u a faggit ass nigga. bol

    young dro cd takes a big shit all ova da new outkast..which isnt hard..but it’s a suprisingly dope cd

    i would ask u 2 do da shoulder lean, bol, but yo man tits would get in da way u obese turd-with-eyes lookin’ faggit

  • Eastside Bread Maker

    Bol I have tried to refrain from insulting you or anyone else on this blog as a matter of fact, but i must say, and i mean this with all due respect… You’re an asshole. Its a shame that there is even an opportunity for you to run ya mouth or should i say rumble your keyboard aimlessly.

    I guess Big L said it best, “You aint shit, ya mother should’ve swallowed you!”

  • I Fux

    Bol good post, I think you hit the nail on the head, by the way I have been listening real hard to the Best Thang Smokin’, I will be picking up Food & Liqour and by the way the 4th quarter is looking hard

    Jay-Z
    NaS
    Clipse
    The Game
    Styles P
    Eminem Mixtape

  • http://www.sickamore.com Sickamore

    Viva La 80′s Babies!

  • thoreauly77

    and how sad is that? the minstrel show is an excellent album. likely it is the fact that the world is super fucked up right now and people dont want to have to think about anything substantial when they listen to music, they (the majority at this point) would much rather just lean and snap to it, close their eyes and hope the bad stuff goes away…..

  • http://MINDSTATELA HELTAH SIN SAY

    hip hip is the new disco, and what happend to disco? it died and only came back for back yard parties!
    whats going to happen for rappers is everyone is out for delf, thats right! cant depend on your homies no more, like mack 10 did on Ice cube, like d-12 do slim, now you have to be like a real artist no matter what genre rock, dance, country, you have to be just like any other aspiring artist that makes it, cant depend on faggot puffys projects such as the “band” cant depend on american idol you need to make the good old fashion way by earining it.

  • e

    666 Mafia(except crunchy black) had a good year they won an oscar, got mainstream exposure, and Project Pat got out of jail.

  • I Fux

    YO I guess Wamp-Wamp What it due has cleared and Foxy will be on the remix, by the way I am not feeling this particular song

  • 5 STAR X-E-Q-SHUN

    damn bol, this boring

  • e

    thoreauly77 I think people wouldn’t mind listining to Little Brother just not enough people know of them. They make good music and even though it’s full of substance it’s entertaining.

  • http://www.allhiphop.com Rey

    80s babies are making the majority of the shit music out there, and the retarded latter half of the 80s babies as well as the 90s babies are buying it, so fuck all of them right up sickamore’s ass. (nullus)

    This post was pretty on point, Bol. That being said: Sugar, We’re Going Down & Dance Dance > Hey Jealousy & Found Out About You

    UNO!

  • http://XXLmag.com Brendan

    The guy with one leg from Goodie Mob (khujo) is great

  • soopadoopa

    U forgot Mobb Deep… They shit aint sell enough 2 get prodigy a booster shot!!!

    100

  • tHe tRaNsIeNt

    “the minstrel show” sucked

    c’mon now..the beats were borin’ wannabe pete rock type shit with da same weak ass fruity loop drums in e’ry song and da rappers have no style wutsoever and are technically no better than da likes of young dro and all da other young buc southern cats u faggits constantly complain about

    dat otha “the listening” cd by little brother was pretty nice (for what it was) but “the minstrel show” really wasnt a good cd

  • thoreauly77

    i agree e, but i was using that as an example to illustrate what is perhaps a much larger issue. when our country is currently at war across the globe and it is difficult to make enough money to live comfortably, it is not terribly surprising that many people would prefer to not be saturated with “messages”.

  • http://www.myspace.com/16kingz thebestout

    it’s all 360 my nigga, ill shit reigns supreme den’ whack shit takes ova’ and vice versa I wish niggas would stop actin’ like we ain’t seen this shit before for very dope ass mcee thats come out theres been a whack follow up niggas! niggas just won’t admit some dat 80′s shit wasn’t poppin’ but thats on the lo do’(no jim jones+kat williams)

  • Belize

    Mayne i done realized I cant take u too serious..haaaaa

    U forgot to mention about Flava though..that dude is cashin in on his hiphop pass WITHOUT A SOLO ALBUM EVA

  • Belize

    #1 HIPHOP WINNER: VH1 (who thought)?

  • http://www.allhiphop.com Rey

    Thoreau–That’s true. After 9/11 Hip-Hop was in a love song’n'party mood for a good year & change until 50 came out and brought that heavy gangsta shoot-’em-up stuff back.

    However: Love Song’n'Party rap > snap’n'crack rap.

  • http://www.allhiphop.com Rey

    They should rename “Flavor of Love” to The Minstrel Show.

    Young white people are watching that show and laughing at Flav N Fetchit. I’m not even black and I’m fuckin’ offended.

    Fuckin’ Jigaboo Ass Coons clownin’ for dollars.

  • DJ N-CREDIBLE

    Your perception of the South is shot…take Nas’s advice when he sayed,”southern niggas aint slow but they crazy”…i forget which song that is on…you know the one where he talks about them passing dipped blunt to him…but anyways Bol I have to say you had me up til the point you started sounding like a hater…a good journalist, moderator, or what ever you wanna call it is not bias and states the facts…and if you dont know you do your research…so dont go poppin off at the mouth about the south when you probably never even been down here…I just dont under stand why you north niggas hate on the south…when we aint hate on yall when yall were doing yall thing…it goes to show a lot of you northern niggas have no character…

  • e

    I don’t complain about southern cats. Z-ro will probably have one of the best album of ’07, its just southern rappers like mike jones and dfb that I hate.

  • Belize

    I can see killer mike chokehold’n 2007

  • e

    album=albums

  • thoreauly77

    the only thing i miss about not having television is hbo and rap city. the sole purpose of my television now is to play elmo’s world and whatever damn meditational buddhist documentary my lady netflixed. other than that, tv pretty much eats fuck.

  • DJ N-CREDIBLE

    [Lil Wayne]
    I think they want me to surrender
    But no, I can’t do it [2x]

    So many doubt ’cause I come from the South
    But when I open up my mouth, all bullets come out
    Bang! Die bitch nigga die I hope you bleed a lake
    I’ma play x-ray, helpin’ y’all see the fake
    I’m just tryin’ to be the great, tryin’ to get a piece of cake
    Take it offa your plate, eat it right in your face
    They got a whole lot to say but I don’t listen
    Call me automatic Weezy bitch I keep spittin’, pow

    And to the radio stations, I’m tired o’ being patient
    Stop bein’ rapper racists, region haters
    Spectators, dictators, behind door dick takers
    It’s outrageous, you don’t know how sick you make us
    I want to throw up like chips in Vegas
    But this is Southern face it
    If we too simple then y’all don’t get the basics

  • I Fux

    mike jones sux balls, but i do like the Slim Thug album that shit mashed

  • http://www.allhiphop.com Rey

    4th Quarter ’06 and all of 2007 are gonna be good for Good music.

    Most of the shit music out now is one hit wonder stuff anyway. The only reason it gets so fucking annoying is cuz radio (which sucks) plays the same 10 songs 24/7, so you hear that bullshit that much more. (someone had an article, comment, or blog going into that–like how “Just a Friend” woulda been just as insipid as “Lean wit it” if it got played as much–just co-signing that for all you Biter Police out there)

  • I Fux

    does anyone agree with me that the 4th quarter is going to smash

  • I Fux

    Best Thang Smokin’ buy it that shit is super nice

  • http://www.allhiphop.com Rey

    That Lil’ Wayne verse is fuckin’ bullshit.

    I’ve heard more Weezy on Hot 97 than any 3 NY rappers combined the last few times I listened.

    Motherfuckers were playing “Lean wit it” on March fucking 9th during the afternoon drive. That’s bullshit.

    Fuck outta here, man.

  • Belize

    Hell Zeah 4th quarter is ‘gonna real interestin

  • Belize

    Im out

    ~Puff~Puff~~~

    B eazy

  • I Fux

    Yo I dont listen to the radio that much but on wednesdays over hear they have west coast wednesday and they pretty much play all westcoast shit all day, which I find interesting

  • Combat Jack

    That Young Dro ish is pretty slick.

  • XRAY3000

    I happend to like St.Elsewhere…we need Andre and Cee-lo to collab on an album..that would def cater to the white people

    *and me

  • DJ N-CREDIBLE

    Is it just locally here in the boot or does every radio station play Young Joc every three songs

  • I Fux

    Ya here in San Diego, I can count 3 songs I will hear every hour, One Blood, Young Joc both songs, Shoulder Lean, Cassie …….

  • Meka Soul

    the peg-leg gimp from goodie mob can do strip club tours. he can stash gipp’s izm in the glove compartment installed on his thigh.

    no jo from the facts of life.

  • http://www.allhiphop.com Rey

    N-Cred– Na, Homey. If I hear “I knoooooww you see iiit” one more time on Hot 97, Power 105 etc etc…I’m gonna strangle some program directors.

    Ya know, I was gonna say “No Natalie” but I couldn’t remember her name. She was a sea-hag of Rosie O’Donnell proportions.

  • e

    young joc, any ciara song, any sean paul song, one blood rmx with mitchy slick, another young joc song.
    ^^^^
    Thats pretty much the playlist on most hip hop stations in so cal

  • washington

    I’m busting up over the banner ad for that FI’s (Fat Israeli) book. I’m gonna have to check out a few chapters of that at B&N.

  • DJ N-CREDIBLE

    is Diddy paying the radio stations…hmmm…what is it called payola…givin the DJs sidekicks, phones, and gift baskets…things that make you go hhhhhmmmmmm

  • http://www.allhiphop.com Rey

    They also play alot of Yung Buttplug on Hot 97.

    The “I’m yo’ prison bitch” remix feat. Bow Wow & Chris Brown is on like every 5 minutes.

    (no alfonso ribiero)

  • thoreauly77

    i am listening to lupe’s f&l right now and so far its pretty tight. (no uncle joey…. “cut it out!).

  • thoreauly77

    oh wait he wasnt an uncle, he was just sagets snuggle buddy. my bad.

  • http://www.allhiphop.com Rey

    Thoreau–You actually “cop” the album or did you Kris Ex it? How is it?

  • latinpistol

    i think its just the artist themselves fuckin up. songs these days are just wack compared to lets say 2003 and below.

  • thoreauly77

    i rhapsody’d it and i am going to be heading to morning glory this afternoon to officially “cop” it. right now i am on “hurt me soul” — five tracks left. quality hip-hop for people who give a shit about the artform is how i would describe it, but i think we already knew that…

  • http://www.dmcworld.com/technics2004/video/2004dj1-100k.wvx UV

    I TRIED TO DENY THIS FACT…BUT CONCIOUS, “BACK PACK” RAP IS TRULY DEAD….THE ONLY ARTIST STILL TRYING TO GET ON W/ THAT 90′S SOUNDING ‘BEATS’N'RHYMES’ ARE DUDES THAT ARE IN DENIAL…USUALLY SOME 70′S BABIES WHO’S RECORDS SOUND LIKE THEY SHOULD BE DROPPED ON CASSETTE INSTEAD OF FOR IPODs..IE: ANYTHING COMING OFF OF DEF JUX, FAT BEATS, OR PRODUCED BY 9TH (NO LONGER A)WONDER

  • frankwhite45

    true that lol times are changing

    myspace.com/ninohnewjack

  • Big Jake

    thoreauly77 Says:

    September 19th, 2006 at 3:52 pm
    i am listening to lupe’s f&l right now and so far its pretty tight. (no uncle joey…. “cut it out!).

    ^^^american terrorist is my shit

  • http://www.allhiphop.com Rey

    Thanks Thoreau.

    “quality hip-hop for people who give a shit about the artform is how i would describe it” works for me.

  • The DJ Formerly Known as N-CREDIBLE

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    MY NEW NAME EVERYONE…LMAO

  • thoreauly77

    “the instrumental” is currently my ish. but this album is definitely a longplayer. “american terrorist” is ill though. things are looking up gentlemen, and you too cthulhu.

  • http://xxlmag.com Bol

    >That being said: Sugar, We’re Going Down & Dance Dance > Hey Jealousy & Found Out About You

    That’s just dumb. Not even Fall Out Boy itself thinks that.

  • e

    So is “food and liquor” worth copping? I am not convinced, Lupe has skills but the fact that Jigga is the executive producer and Mike Shinoda is on it leaves me indicisive.

  • e

    Smells like Teen Spirit & Heart-Shaped Box >Sugar, We’re Going Down & Dance Dance > Hey Jealousy & Found Out About You

  • Prince Of The South

    Rapper’s don’t get rich off of rap anyway, most of them, because most of those idiots sign messed up contracts. Other than that, yeah hip hop has been horrible this year, really hasn’t been much to get excited about, but it isn’t over yet. You got Jay, Nas, Jeezy, and Em new cd(Shady records cd The Re-Up) comming during the 4th qt so right there it could be a big pick up because Jay and Em always do big numbers. Watch Jay outsell all the other hip-hop cds that came out this year. He said it on black album Hip would be nothing if he walked away. He walked away and only a handful have taken advantage.

  • from damitten (where the water is lovely)

    Dilla, Dilla, Dilla.
    http://msnbc.msn.com/id/14587861/from/ET/

    I have no choice but to post this
    for those that don’t know or need to be reminded.

    Respect

  • http://xxlmag.com Bol

    Smells like Teen Spirit & Heart-Shaped Box > Hey Jealousy & Found Out About You > Sugar, We’re Going Down & Dance Dance

  • http://www.dmcworld.com/technics2004/video/2004dj1-100k.wvx doitbig

    >> USUALLY SOME 70′S BABIES WHO’S RECORDS SOUND LIKE THEY SHOULD BE DROPPED ON CASSETTE INSTEAD OF FOR IPODs..IE: ANYTHING COMING OFF OF DEF JUX, FAT BEATS, OR PRODUCED BY 9TH (NO LONGER A)WONDER

  • Young A. Simmons

    Alice in Chains > Nirvana > The Blossoms > FOB.

    step your rock game up.

  • Meka Soul

    >Smells like Teen Spirit & Heart-Shaped Box >Sugar, We’re Going Down & Dance Dance > Hey Jealousy & Found Out About You>

    “under the bridge” > all of those mentioned above.

  • Danja29

    Welcome To The Jungle & Paradise City >>>>>>> all that shit Bol and Rey are on about.

    And yep, niggas are losing this year. but this last quarter should be a good clean-up, and hell- it might even convert some of the hipsters and MTV back over to hip-hop for a minute. Hopefully ’07 doesn’t fuck it up. Hip-hop needs SOMETHING right now, cause it’s gettin’ so desperate I’m startin’ to see threads with topics like ‘who in the game can go platinum?’ Years ago, that kinda shit wouldn’t have even been a question.

  • NoMamesBuey

    Shinoda is unfairly shitted on by rap fans, the same ones that ironically complain that rap sucks now.

    Listed to “The Rising Tied”. Dude is an A level producer, and his beats are unique & all live instrumentation. Whereas many producers are just knockoffs of other legendary ones, such as Pete Rock knockoffs

    Also, dude’s rap skills are B level. He suffers from the “thug bias” in rap. Yeah he’s not top level like say Black Thought or Jay-Z or Chino XL, but he can outrap many of today’s MCs such as Jeezy or Little Wayne, who don’t get critized because of dumb ambiguous shit that has nothin to do with actually rapping such as “street credibility” or “swagger”.

    This same formula (A producer, B rapper) is what Kanye has, but people embrace him but not Shinoda for some reason

  • NoMamesBuey

    oh btw Pearl Jam, Stone Temple Pilots, & Lenny Kravitz >>> these 00s rock groups like cold play or fall out boy or whomever

    perhaps rap’s quality has fallen off bt early 90s to mid 00s, but rock’s fall off seems to be much worse.

  • Spark

    Whittey’s rjd2 -ill minstrel show-crack 80′s babies-on crack bol is aiiight.

  • Spark

    Producer’s du jour : Dangermouse-madlib-rza(always)-doom- most overrated- S.Storch

  • Spark

    slept on : mf grimm’s American Hunger

  • http://xxlmag.com Bol

    >“under the bridge” > all of those mentioned above.

    Pffft!

  • Spark

    presidential m.c.!!!! RZA is back mofo’s

  • Spark

    presidential m.c.!!!! RZA is back mofo’s

  • Spark

    pffft

  • thoreauly77

    first, nirvana wouldnt exist were it not for a band called the pixies. that being said, all these rock picks are definitely the most obvious ones = you guys dont listen to rock, just radio rock. but who really gives a shit anyways? i still think we should start a petition to bring mens clothing back to rock and roll!

  • http://www.allhiphop.com Rey

    I liked The Rising Tied. M. Shinoda might be a B Level rapper, but his song concepts and production round him out as an artist. I also don’t care enough about rock music to keep this up, but I do think that Pearl Jam was way, way, way better than Nirvana.

  • I Fux

    “bulls on parade”>“under the bridge” > all of those mentioned above.

    Pffft!

    ^ Now we are talking by the way Best thang smokin’ I am listening too right now

  • http://www.allhiphop.com Rey

    Word, rock needs to stop dressing like madonna wannabes in 1984. Still though, if one more rapper mentions Louis Vuitton, I’m gonna throw up like Eminem in the first reel of 8 Mile.

  • Spark

    remember glamour rock? thats exactly what rap as become

  • LONZO

    Don’t give a fuck but NIRVANA was the best rock band of late 80′s and 90′s and now. No one will ever get close to the way they changed rock music……..NEVERMIND is one of the best Cds ever made!……..Rey FOB really suck, they’re an MTV produced band……step ur ur rock game up homey!

  • Spark

    all its missing is the fucking hairspray faggots

  • Spark

    chili peppers-most important “rock” band in the last 15 years

  • I Fux

    How about Rage against the Machine, I had a song The Roots w/Zach de la Rocha, Burn Hollywood Burn: that shit still bangs hard

  • LONZO

    Chili peppers are good but not on Nirvana level……Rage Against the Machine is on another level also.

  • Spark

    true lonzo what about the 4 first Metallica lp’s now that shit waz loud

  • Spark

    rage’s 1st lp fuckin rip into the rock scene like when “50cent” let say dropped in03!!!

  • Freshman_Woes

    Why you gotta dis Blueprint!?!?!?!

  • http://www.myspace.com/jawzbeatz JawZ

    for months i’ve followed bol’s blog…always makes me laugh, pissed, and think at the same time

  • Julio Catorce

    Here you go with the Little Brother hate , again. Get over yourself, Byron! You blog, they rap. They did make an impact i.e. you sure jock them hard.

    You make some valid points though..

  • e

    Nirvana > Rage > Ramones > any other rock band

  • Spark

    e ur on it?

  • http://dallaspenn.com/weblog/?page_id=291 BILLY SUNDAY

    Bol,
    what about letting Pimps reside in the winner category and Ho’s on the loser side.

    Pimp = 3-6-Mafia songs + Katt Williams

    Ho’s = Remy Ma + that chick from the Black community college that tried to scam the Duke LaX players

  • Spark

    ill give u nirvana but ramones? dont think so. no disrespect but cmon

  • Spark

    lol-Remi Ma!!!!

  • http://www.myspace.com/briandawsonmusic BDawson

    The white people line is str8 truth. and thats coming from my extra-white ass. natural.

  • e

    Ramones influenced everyone I know they are sort of basic but still. I guess its like putting Rakim in your top 5 mc list.

  • Belize

    “Duhast”from that german group is the best rock song eva homothugs..ahahahahah (my sinister laugh) ahahaah..blah blah blah

  • I Fux

    ” sleep now in the fire” bangs super hard

  • Heat_Seeker

    Bulls on Parade, greatest rock song of the 90s!!

    R.I.P- Rage against the machine

  • Mr. Dick

    To gain intelligence one should get a higher education not listen to assholes with IQs lower than the speed limit.

  • Mikey Ess AKA SukedowN

    CORRECTION:

    Although Young Dro’s name contains ‘Young’ in it, he is a 70s baby.

  • Tha Hood

    Bol, get real aint nobody paying your fool ass for this bloggin shit!!

    ROTFL at the notion that you caking off of a fucking blog!! Nigga I know EXACTLY how much you make dont make me put you on blast you fat fagg

  • killabees

    I used to hate on you BOl when i first started reading your articles.

    I have seen the light and now a fan of yours.(no limp rist)

    Keep doing your thing hommie.

    Fuck the haters keep on blogging!

  • Shortylightskin

    311 bitches!! Outside of hiphop, its all bout some 311.

  • e

    riding on the metro > under the bride

    blink 182 > FOB > 311

  • http://www.dmcworld.com/technics2004/video/2004dj1-100k.wvx EMORAPSUX

    “BACK PACK” LABELS SPEND LESS SO THEY JUSTIFY LOW SALES THIS WAY…SO REALLY WACK, UNIMPORTANT ALBUMS (WHICH ARE REALLY JUST UNSIGNABLE ARTIST DEMOS W/ GOOD GRAPHICS)SELL LIKE 3K AND THEY BECOME “UNDER GROUND” CLASSICS WHEN A BETTER TERM WOULD BE HOMO-GARBAGE!

    THEN, THEY GET IN A BUMMY VAN AND “TOUR” FOR LIKE GAS $ OR LIKE $50/SHOW AND THEN THEY FEEL GOOD ABOUT THEMSELVES FOR “KEEPING IT REAL” AND NOT “SELLING OUT” – THEY LOVE J. DILLA, BULKY VYNIL CRATES, AND GARBAGE WEED…

    OH, DID I MENTION THEY NEVER HAVE GREAT GROUPIE SEX? THEY DON’T….NO GROUPIES (BITCHES DON’T JOCK BOKE -ASS NIGGAS THAT LIVE @ HOME W/ MOMS).

  • H-Man

    Diddy goin back 2 his rootz…Harlem…good move…Timberlake got a good CD…#4 is fokin smokin…Hey Bol, get over here…Got one chalked up on this bitch right now…Thatz how we do it!!!

  • RJ

    Stop talking about fucking rock on a rap website.

  • Projectnrm

    LOL at “weed carrier supergroups”.

  • Diggy Doc (aka Lil Louch)

    NIGGAS IS COMIN OUT WIT SINGLES 3MONTHS BEFORE THE ALBUM DROPS AND IF THE SHIT DONT LEAK, U STUCK IF IT GOES TO LONG THEN NIGGAS GET TIRED OF IT AND THE SECOND SINGLE COMES IF THE 1ST DIDNT DO WELL THEN U GOT ABOUT 3-4 MORE JOINTS ON A MIXTAPE, SO NIGGAS DON JUST ABOUT HEARD YO WHOLE ALBUM. SHIT I COPPED THAT METHOD MAN. THE SHIT IS DOPE, BUT ITS THESE LABELS THAT HAS EVERY BIT TO DO WITH IT. IF U SET A NIGGA A BUDGET FOR HIS ALBUM, INCLUDE MONEY SO HE CAN PROMOTE HIS OWN SHIT, CUZ ITS OBVIOUS THE SHIT THEY DOING AINT WORKING AT ALL. I CANT FRONT, ALL THAT DOWN SOUTH SHIT I COULD CARE LESS FOR UNLESS IM CLUBBIN CUZ THE BITCHES LIKE IT, IT GETS THEM RIGHT AND I B UP ON THAT ASS, BUT THEM NIGGAS WIT ALL THE CLUB BANGERS REALLY ONLY HAVE 1-2 BLAZING SINGLES. WHEN BUN B CAME OUT LAST YEAR, HIS SHIT SHOULDVE WENT PLAT WITHIN A MONTH. FUCK ALL DAT SNAP AND POP SHIT. THIS SHIT IS ALL ABOUT SETTIN A TREND. THESE YOUNG PUNKS OUT HERE FOLLOWING SUIT TO THE BULLSHIT. I HEARD YOUNG JOC ON RAP CITY THE OTHER ANSWER A QUESTION ABOUT LYRICISM IN THE SOUTH NOT UP TO PAR AND BASICALLY WACK (NIGGAS WIT KINDERGARTEN FLOWS)OR SOM SHIT AND HIS RESPONSE WAS THE LIL KIDS UNDERSTAND BETTER. WHAT?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?LIL KIDS?!?!?!?!?!?!?!? NIGGA ALL U TALK ABOUT IS PHAT ASSES AND SELLING DRUGS. I AINT HEARD U SAY ONE THING ABOUT PUTTING A CONDOM ON YO DICK, WATCH WHO U FUCK, SELLING DRUGS BECAUSE I SAY I DO IT AINT RIGHT OR NONE OF THAT SHIT, BUT U SAY SO THE KIDS CAN UNDERSTAND. I WONT FEELIN HIM AT ALL ON THAT SHIT. THATS WHY I ONLY FUCK WIT D-BLOCK AS FAR AS HEARIN SOME REAL SHIT, CUZ TRU THEY TALK ABOUT GUNZ AND DRUGS, BUT THEM NIGGAS GON SAY SOME SHIT TO MAKE U THINK ALSO. PRIME EXAMPLE IS “LISTEN” ON GANGSTER AND GENTLEMAN. THAT SHIT SHOULDVE MADE THE RADIO, BUT INTERSCOPE AINT PUSH IT CUZ EVEN THO WE CANT BE USING THIS AS NO EXCUSE IN 06-FOREVER- WE STILL IN A WHITE MANS WORLD
    “I GOT A FEW THINGS I WANNA ASK THE LORD, Y MY PEOPLE GOTTA BE SO POOR, AND Y IS SO ROUGH, WHEN U YOUNG AND BLACK,THEY SAY U GO TO JAIL OR GET STRUNG ON CRACK.Y THE GIRL HAVE A BABY, SHE WAS 12YEARS OLD.ASK THE STATES WHY THE CELLS GOT2B SO COLD, AND THESE NIGGAS HERE WIT SO MANY YEARS, WHOLE FAMILY IN COURT, CRYING SO MANY TEARS. CAN U PICTURE US LIVIN WIT HOPE?(HELL NAH)WHEN THE SAME NIGGAS THATS HANGIN US IS GIVING US DOPE, SHIIIIIIIIIT!ITS HARD TO GET BY, I PRAY TO GOD ITS HARD TO GET BY.JUST WANNA HOLD MY SON(MY LIL MAN), BUT I CANT LEAVE THE HOUSE TIL I LOAD MY GUN.I GOTTA GRAB MY SWORD.AND WHEN I DIE, I GOT SOME THINGS I WANNA ASK THE LORD LIKE, (CHORUS)Y WE DYING FROM AIDS?,Y ON TV ITS AIGHT TO B GAY? AINT DAT SORTOF LIKE MY GUN GOTTA RIGHT TO BE WAVED IF I CAN SIT BACK AND WATCH A WHOLE CYPHER OF SLAVE?(CHOURS ENDS)
    ASK MY MAN WHERE THA BLESS AT?ASK MYSELF WHERE THE NEXT MALCOLM X AT? IS HE MAKIN SALOT? OR UPSTATE WIT LIKE A 8 IN A BOX? AM I HUMAN OR FALLEN ANGEL? GOT 2PRAY BYSELF CUZ IM AT AN ANGLE. I AINT FACIN THE EAST, TELL THE BROTHERS I WAS SHAKIN DA BEAST. HAD THA 9AND DA 8 INDA STREETS, OPEN YA EYES STAY WISE CUZ EVEN SATAN IS DEEP.GOTTA PRAY FOR A BETTA LIVIN,EVEN THO I THINK IM BETTA DYING. CUZ ID RATHER SEE THE ANGELS SINGING, AND I DONT WANNA HEAR MY PEOPLE CRYING.FEEL ME BLACK(CHORUS AGAIN)
    GOT THE P ON SOME CLEVER SHIT. I THINK IF THE PRESIDENT IS PREJUDICE. THEN THATS ANOTHER 8-YEARS DOWN,A 500HUNDRED YEAR WARN, THATS A 8-YEAR ROUND. I DONT REALLY MEAN TO SWEAT IT, BUT THE WAR BEEN ON, B4 THEY CAME ON YO TV AND SAID IT. THEY DONT NEED LED TO SHOOT-YA, Y WOULD A MAN MAKE A COMPUTER, TO HEAD THE FUTURE? I THINK ABOUT IT IN THE WEED SESSION.THEY SAID BETTER TECHNOLOGY,ALL I SEE IS REGRESSION. BLEW UP OUR BUILDINGS IN FACT(BLOW US ALL UP)BUT IF THEY LIVE UNDER THE SUN THEN THEM CHILDREN IS BLACK. B4 THE DEVIL GET MORE TIME ID RATHER SEE THE WORLD CEASE. HIT AFTER LIFE AND WORLD PEACE. WHERE BLACK MEN DONT DIE, THE WOMEN DONT CRY AND LIL KIDS GET PROVIDED FOR ‘EM PLAY INDA SKY WAT?
    WE AINT GOT TO DIE NO MORE, I SAID WE AINT GOT TO DIE NO MORE, BLACK WOMAN LISTEN, U AINT GOT TO CRY NO MORE, I SAID U AINT TO CRY NO MORE. BLACK CHILD LISTEN, WE GOTTA PROVIDE FOR YALL I SAID WE GOTTA PROVIDE 4YALL.DEVIL MAN LISTEN. WE GOTTA SURPRISE FOR YALL I SAID WE GOTTA SURPRISE FOR YALL FEEL ME BLACK

    S.P. THE GHOST. LUV THAT NIGGA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://www.allhiphop.com Rey

    Co-Sign the fuck out of Diggy Doc. That’s that “real talk” shit everybody claims to do right there.

    That song was hot too, I’ve never heard that before.

  • Eastside Bread Maker

    Diggy Doc that was my second favorite song on that album. Good times is still my shit, cuz thats what i used to get high to every morning or night, and sometimes both!!!

    But thank you for shedding light on what real lyrics are!!!

  • Stray

    The reason why “cracka-ass crakas” menage to do “well” with hip-hop it’s because some of those “crackas” like Slug, Aesop or El-p ACTUALLY bring some of the most innovative music out there. Even if most people don’t even know they exist, mouth to mouth word keeps their fan base growing, specially when mainstream hip-hop is in the state it is. I doubt Slug has a mansion, but he surely would deserve it way more than Young Joc.

    Oh and by the way, that’s why Slug came to Portugal and was well received and came out of stage and talked to the people there while mighty Busta Rhymes (who I’m a fan of) got like 200 people in his show here.

    Guess why European people give way more love to Jurassic 5 then to 50 cent.

  • The DJ Formerly Known as N-CREDIBLE

    Jada Kiss had a similar song…WHY…it got ma dair play…SP is not about getting his shit on the radio and 106 and park…he is one of those cats that get his rewards by getting a good response from the streets…thats who he makes his music for…he does care if a white kid wants to buy his album…frankly he doesn’t care about sales…he does it out of passion and love for the streets and the game…fuck sales…its albout conveying a message…true hip hop

  • Diggy Doc (aka Lil Louch)

    i bet he wanted to release that song as a single but got turned down by interscope cuz it controversial as hell, but the thing is that it wont no stunt at publicity but actual facts.hey Rey…..feel u dog!

  • Diggy Doc (aka Lil Louch)

    POINT BLANK, IF IT AINT ABOUT SHAKIN YA ASS OR SOME KIND OF SEXY SHIT THEN IT JUST AINT GON WORK, BUT THE LABELS MAKIN ALL THIS MONEY CAN DAMN SURE DO SOME ABOUT IT IF THEY WANTED TO. STYLES WAS LOCKED UP BUT HE ON INTERSCOPE SO THEY SHOULDVE TOOK THAT SHIT INTO CONSIDERATION.

  • Eastside Bread Maker

    Ok, I have fully digested this Lupe Fiasco F&L album and I must say, that he is better than i once gave him credit for and i’m in love with his album. His concepts are definitely refreshing as compared to the popular rap thats coming out now. I still dont think that he is lyrically dominant to some other rappers, but his ability to rhyme about the average, normal everyday things and thoughts do seperate him from alot of rappers. My fav songs on the album are Daydreaming, Hurt Me soul and American Terrorist. And I gotcha has grown on me, but thats more because of the beat that P lacced him with, that shit is a head-nodder (no brokeback)

  • Mr.Me

    Rather be a weed carrier like Young Dro then be a condom runner like Gay Bol. You better have givin the 80 babies propz cuz you know were the majority aroung here (You aint stupid.lol)

  • Belize

    OHHH SHYYYTTT!

    lol at the DJ formally known as Ncred…

  • http://XXLmag.com southside chi

    Man face it, most of the south shit is trash- Diggy Doc I feel you on Young Joc he is the worst rapper everrrrrrrr. Now you do have a couple of cats like Weezy and Jeezy who are decent, but if you put their lyrics up against say a Fabolous, Weezy and Jeezy are sub par- and the sad thing is they are the South’s great hope. But you know what Bol i’m a 80′s baby and it has always been like this, remember MC Brain’s(Oochie Coochie La La La), Hammer- and they were at their height at the time of the Native Tounge’s movement. There will always be people in the game trying to get fast money with subpar skills- unfortunately for Southern Cats all these people are from your region- Hip Hop will get better- and as was mentioned before the end of this year should be tight.

  • Diggy Doc (aka Lil Louch)

    “she tried to diss Kiss to the world, and its her fault cuz she said she saw u kissin a girl. The hood was behind her for her whole career, but now they slightly startin to disappear. Some about that, shes always angry, mightve been when them girls tried to push her scout back. Needed some headroom. So she went out and bought Tyson’s mansion wit 18bedrooms.DIESEL DOMESTIC BARS.THAT DONT LEAVE NO MARKS THO. U GOTTA DIGEST THE SCARS. IN FACT, THINK U BETTA TELL-HER TO GET BACK,CUZ EVERY KISS RAP SIMILAR TO BITCH SMACK. TOO HARD, SINCE WAY BACK IN THE SCHOOLYARD. SHE HOLLYWOOD THO, ALL SHE NEED IS THE BOOB-JOB.GIRL IN THE BUBBLE, DIDNT MEAN TO TROUBLE HER, MAN, BUT IMA CALICO IM DOUBLE HER. REALLY THINK U SHOULD TELL-HER TO CHILL CUZ, MY RESUME’S LONGER THAN HER DOCTORS BILL WAS. I DID THE SONG WIT JA RULE BIGGIN THE CITY UP(NEW YORK), SHE DID THE MAGIC STICK REMIX WIT OLIVIA (CANDY SHOP), SHE GOT MORE MONEY, BUT I GET BUSIER. THINK SOMEBODY IS GON END UP KILLIN HER.AND WHEN ITS ALL SAID AND DONE, AFTER THEY SAID I WON, ALL IM GON SAY IS……………SORRY MS JACKSON(OHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH)I AM FOR REAL. NEVER MEANT TO MAKE YO DAUGHTER CRY, I APOLOGIZE A TRILLION TIMES

  • Diggy Doc (aka Lil Louch)

    Hood had love for this bitch, cuz she came from South Side Queens, with a thug-ass clique.bitch got change then she changed.Now she dont fuck wit da hood. Probably givin niggas brain. Bitch got bougie on nigga. went from the hood to hollywood, got mooooooovie on a nigga. Bitch talking greasy like New Yorks thing. Sucking down south dick thats wat New York think. and the bitch used to be cool. Hood even liked the Bitch, we used to listen to her gettin the weed, she had stories of many men, times in da club and niggas that was wanksta but the true will receive. bitch aint shit, she was real good at bluffin it, order protection from the nigga she was fuckin wit. now thats a hoe, that u just cant trust, hire COPS, thats a hoe, that u just cant touch. Bitch moved out New York when they was slinging them glocks. Bitch gotta deep voice but she be singing alot. And the bitch will sell her soul just to get on the charts. wanna front like she gangsta but she got no heart. and she gon get hit with mack-in, all in the back-in, and this time i bet the jaw be crack-in, she gon get broke into fractions, D-BLOCK IS THA FACTION, ALL I CAN SAY IS IM SORRY MS JACKSON, IM SORRY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  • Harlem G

    wow did he just blame the failure of little brother on the south? let me make this straight conscious rapper does not equal good rapper. just because u have a so-called message doesnt mean that makes u an autmatic “good” rapper…

  • Diggy Doc (aka Lil Louch)

    so true but the minstrel show was a damn good album

  • Hollywood

    That’s ignorance to speak of those resting in peace as weed carriers. You don’t know these people, and they sure as hell don’t know you. You speak(type)foolisly, my friend.

  • Diggy Doc (aka Lil Louch)

    inquiring minds wanna no. everybody wanna blow, every nigga dat hustle wanna o. every r&b diva’s freak, on tha low. take a real special nigga to grind and get it slow. most dudes get caught in dey feelins. then react off emotions, damn near result to a killin. c me, im strictly bout my bread. niggas and family, everything else is dead. after the state, everything else is feds. after the hawk, everything else is lead. outside of da bentley coup, its milk-white, wit chrome stocks, everything else is red. yea KISS shit blazin, and i copped ya new shit, i hated the songs, but the skits was amazin. back by popular demand of the hood. mean outfit, half-ounce, hammer and im good. betta start using ya head. and i cant name 10 hot rappers without includin tha dead. i can move the haze and hard-white and be fine, but after 10years i should jus want wats rightfully mine. its a shame that i feel like, and truth is dat nigga ki-double…………he filled that gap, one

  • DUB

    BLACK PEOPLE FUCK SHIT UP PERIOD.

  • DOG

    What the fuck is a weed carrier!?

  • jrs-one

    Everyone should peep that Weird Al “White and Nerdy”…. I’ve been down with Al since 88.’ Dude’s funny as hell.. and he can flow.

  • bmort

    @bol
    you are one ignorante dude. How can you categorize everyone in the south and say we don’t want to hear conscious rappers. NY aint supporting their asses and neither is the west coast. Also, when you say that rappers weren’t doing good, I wouldn’t be so sure because the south is eating from the looks of things. It’s just NY rappers that lost lol. Anytime something bad happens to NY you wanna generalize it by saying the entire hiphop genre. If NY hiphop died don’t say Hiphop died. be sure to specify that shit because like I said homie the south is eating good.And I can see why Young Dro sold more (the nigga’s album is hot). there’s no other way to put it. And the only reason Diddy stayed relevant to hiphop was because of yung joc. Even the west is doing they thing and i hear no hate from them or about them, BUT as soon as they start selling they will catch hate too, just like in the mid 90′s.

  • Magic

    What trips me out is how captivated everyone’s minds are by young dro’s cd which talks mostly about flossin and all the cheese he got, and puffy know how to do a great promo job(the new don king)Stop being sheep!!!Learnin need to be a new fad and artist need to keep makin that real shit. Sometimes drug sales pimpin and pandering, and occasional domestic violence is neccessary for rap lyrics because it does depict real life for some individuals, but for others its fabricated stories which dillutes the product as a whole. Its just the way that hip hip glamorizes death is what will be the inevitable end of hip hop. people will evolve and realize one day and say “i don’t have to pick up a gun to settle a feud, im a man and a real man will go toe 2 toe”, “i’m not a video hoe i can earn money without depicting black women ass just ass shakers and superheads” This is our people and our own culture is killing each other. Its just like the nigga sellin crack on the corner, do you wanna be the hand that feeds death or the hand that feeds life? ask yourself then you’ll know if you a real nigga or not. remember, Never Ignorant Getting Goals Accomplished.

  • Shortylightskin

    a Yo “E” , imma big blink 182 fan(even got the “buddah” album)but didn’t know how folk would react to that. They somehow became too “TRL”. But they still make good music period. Better than 311 whose about a “quiet”8-9 studio albums deep NO. For hip hop headz, Blink is like my ATCQ to the Leaders of the New School back in the day. IF u said A Tribe called QUest was better, i couldn’ t argue but it was all about LONS. Big ups to the black folk expanding they mind on some other types of music!

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  • jihod1

    Hiphop-2006
    Ghostface-fishscale
    Lupe fiasco-food & liquor
    Murs-murry’s revenge
    Median-path to relief revisited
    Busta rhymes-the big bang
    Rhymefest-blue collar
    Masta killa-made in brooklyn
    The roots-game theory
    Method man-4/21 the day after

    These are all the quality albums this year! The real winners, the biggest dissapointmet was that j.dilla album & I’m just waiting for jay-z, nas, talib kweli, the justus league, and the ghost doom album to come out. The game will be the biggest dissapointment

  • http://www.myspace.com/honey_dip520 Jade Starr

    I feel you wholeheartedly. I think we are coming into the age that now we are where our parents were talking shit to us about what we listened to and now we are talking about the shit that comes out now. Hip Hop has shifted and become polluted and diluted with bullshit ass rappers, opportunist ass producers, incompetent CEOs and Presidente’s