Hip-Hop’s new go-to guy

Since when did will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas become the go-to producer for so many ostensibly hardcore rappers? Last year alone he contributed tracks to three of the year’s most highly anticipated rap albums – Busta Rhymes’ The Big Bang, The Game’s Doctor’s Advocate, and Nas’ Hip-Hop Is Dead. Who knows what he’s got in store for 2007.

What’s even more bizarre is that DJ Premier, one of the consensus best producers evar, especially when it comes to hardcore hip-hop shit, hasn’t had a beat on a prominent rap album in a minute. (Unless I’m forgetting something.) If it wasn’t for Christina Aguilera – clearly God’s gift to humanity – he might be back working at UPS or some such.

I think it’s pretty obvious what’s going on here. The Black Eyed Peas sold several gozillion copies of both 2003′s god-awful Elephunk and 2005′s god-awful Monkey Business, if not last year’s Fergie solo album. Meanwhile, who else in hip-hop’s career has been doing nearly as well. Nas, Busta, and the Game were all at fairly tenuous points in their careers in 2006.

And I say this because I can’t imagine any of them (not even Nas) sitting around the listening to “Let’s Get Retarded in Here” and thinking, “Wow, that’s exactly the sound I’m looking for my next album!” Presumably, if the Kevin Federline album had gone triple (which is the new diamond), every rapper would be clamoring to get him on their next project.

Here’s the thing: I don’t know that anything will.i.am did last year production-wise was especially successful either creatively or commercially. The track he did on the Game album was a decent enough ’80s-era Dre knock-off, but it wasn’t a single, and probably couldn’t be, which makes you wonder how it came about in the first place.

“I Love My Chick” from the Busta Rhymes album and the title track from Hip-Hop Is Dead were his two most prominent rap singles released last year, and neither of them really did anything – er, at least they weren’t nearly as popular as the crap he’s done with the Black Eyed Peas. Plus I don’t know anyone who’s that crazy about either of them.

As such, it’ll be interesting to see what the new year has in store for will.i.am. My guess is that not as many rappers will be returning his phone calls, but what do I know? Supposedly he’s got a solo album coming out; will it be as huge as his work with the Black Eyed Peas, or will it be a huge embarrassing failure like the various Pharrell Williams side projects?

  • Danja29

    FOIST!

  • Danja29

    YEP! NUMBER 1!

  • Erik

    Premo did produce Termanology’s “Watch How it go Down”
    But it isn’t on a “prominent” rap album

  • Danja29

    YEP! NUMBER 1!

  • Belize

    Hip hop is dead > Thiefs theme

    Think on that for a second Mr. B.O.L.

    (also…he’s prob the reason Nas did so well..what im sayin is white folks saw will i. am and then they concluded that this guy called “nas” is ill)

  • Belize

    WTF!

  • Belize

    WTF!

  • Germ

    Will.i.am does good work.

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

    L@@K, RAPPERS ARE SO DISPERATE TO SELL WELL THEY WOULD GET ELTON JOHN TO DJ THEIR TOURS IF IT MEANT SOME REASONABLE CROSS-OVER APPEAL…LET’S FACE IT, RAP IS A TIRED SCHITK AND NEEDS A NEW NARATIVE TO BE EVEN REMORELTY CONSIDERED REALEVANT ANYMORE.

    GO ON TO MYSPACE AND SEE WHAT THE ‘FUTURE’ OF HIP-HOP LOOKS LIKE – WOOOOOOOW!?!?!?

  • http://www.TRIGGASTATE.com TRAPPIN-N-MADDEN

    bol = the ultimate hater

  • http://www.TRIGGASTATE.com MoneyMatters

    b.o.l. = bitchin’ out loud

  • flava dav

    everbody needs a timberland beat point blank!!!!!!!!!!

  • jacquez
  • thoreauly77

    something weird happened after “behind the front”. BEP started sucking cojones. being thrown into the neo-native tongues movement seemed their goal, and upon releasing “bridging the gap” and featuring de la and mos def, seemed poised to really break above ground as well as maintain integrity. well, neither happened and when i first saw the dr. pepper commercial i knew that it would never happen. who cares really, but it seems obvious to me that being a corporate whore, and in fact incorporating a whore into the group, were more appealing than staying “underground”.

    as for prominent rappers featuring will.i.am as the producer, yet not as a guest emcee, well, it’s clear that they are interested in his commercial appeal as a producer and not as an actual artist with any credibility.

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

    that nigga beats is lame I ain’t and neva’ have gave a good cotdamn about that nigga as a producer and he ain’t that ill of a mc niether to be truthfully speakin’! shit this nigga fuckin up hip-hop classics wit dat’ fergalicious shit! fuck outta here you neo-soul hippie back pack faggit!

  • Incilin

    And I say this because I can’t imagine any of them (not even Nas) sitting around the listening to “Let’s Get Retarded in Here” and thinking, “Wow, that’s exactly the sound I’m looking for my next album!” – LMFAO

  • http://xxlmag.com Bol

    >Hip hop is dead > Thiefs theme

    Oh really?

  • http://richardliriano.com/ Richard Liriano

    According to Billboard Magazine:

    Black Eyed Peas principal will.i.am was ubiquitous behind the boards in 2006, producing tracks for Justin Timberlake, Fergie, Snoop Dogg and Nas and earning a producer of the year Grammy nomination.

    But his sights are now set on Michael Jackson’s comeback album, which is tentatively due before the end of the year on the Bahrain-based Two Seas Records.

    In closing, at the end of the day it’s all about moving units.

  • derfla

    Will.iam is actually a good producer he’s not new to the hiphop game Bol he’s been there ever since Easy-E was putting all that grease on he’s hair..

  • Tyler

    Sad 2 say but Will. I . Am getting beats on these big time true hip hop albums just goes 2 show how political the music industry has become over the past 15 years. It’s a whole bunch of who knows who not who is has the best heat for the jobs.
    Peep the musical heat and vibes at:
    http://www.myspace.com/marcmaysrockandrollthug
    http://www.myspace.com/marcusorealiusmusic

  • Meka Soul

    aside from sergio mendes’ “timeless” album, will.i.am hasn’t impressed me too much. i’m more surprised by the fact he hasn’t been shot, stabbed or robbed when he dresses like a dutch mountain climber.

  • http://rashadlogic.wordpress.com UnFaded Disciple

    Thief’s Theme > Hip Hop Is Dead

  • thoreauly77

    a dutch mountain climber with an affinity for pink track suits of course.

  • Meka Soul

    >as for prominent rappers featuring will.i.am as the producer, yet not as a guest emcee, well, it’s clear that they are interested in his commercial appeal as a producer and not as an actual artist with any credibility.>

    i couldn’t imagine a “compton” remix with willi.i.am or [even worse] the rest of the atban klan.

  • thoreauly77

    well meka, he did get in a fight in germany. it seems as though the netherlands/germany beef is still in full effect.

  • E AKA THE REAL NORIEAGA

    I think Will i. am used to produce for ruthless records maybe Game, Nas, and Busta were fans from back in the day

    If it wasn’t for Christina Aguilera – clearly God’s gift to humanity
    ^^^^^
    Shakira > Xtina, although you can’t go wrong with either pick

  • E AKA THE REAL NORIEAGA

    Will. i. am = the only hip hop producer Pharrell can beat up

  • THE KING

    Primo did do the Format joint on AZ’s album which was aight – not on the same level as usual Primo beats. He also did the New York Ryder Music joint for Agallah – again not a big name MC.

    I agree with Bol and don’t see the hype – not to say that the joints will.i.am did were wack, but not anything exceptional enough to make him as in demand as it seems. The “Can’t Forget About You” joint of HHID is probably the best joint he did this year.

    Speaking of producers, all the usually great street beatmakers have been making generally suspect beats of late – peep Dre on the Jay joint, RZA, Primo, etc. L.E.S. probably had some of the better beats with the Black Republican and Money Over Bullshit beats. Just Blaze did aight too, but ain’t no one come with anything that made you really sit up and take notice.

    Weak lyrics, corny ass concepts, and average beats…maybe why Hip-Hop is dying…

  • john cochran

    Not everybodty needs a timbaland beat, Dav. Only those who will bless it. The jiont he did for jeezy wasnt even that hot. Now, I think tim is the best out, but I dont think he’s as good with rap as he is with pop. He should stay over there wit his.He shouldda did a whole album with jay (ol’ jay). As for will, I like his style a little bit. He’ll probably get better with time. Just dont start singing everbody’s hooks(skateboard p, swizz).

  • E AKA THE REAL NORIEAGA

    No fergalicious

  • john cochran

    I agree with the king, alotta folks is suspect lately. I think L.E.S is corny personally. I mean he hits the mark at times, but most of his shit is too meloncholy ( hope I spelled it right). Nas needs to branch out prod. wise. He did a little bringing in Will, Kanye, and Scott. I think he got a least two more hot albums in em, so I wanna see him take risks.

  • john cochran

    Just cause the nigga wierd dont mean he soft or gay. C’mon with that immature shit. He prolly fuck one of yall niggas up. Pink suits or not, that nigga from compton.

  • New York Nigga

    Thief theme waz betta than hip hop is dead

    if i waz 50 i would use dre beats for every song on my album

  • http://myspace.com/djchase247 Eastside Bread Maker

    Listen yall got Bol feeding yall a bunch of Bullshit. The Busta joint is hands down the weakest of the three songs that were mentioned, and that shit is fire. Hell I was piping my chick to that song the other night.

    As for the compton song, I live in BK, NY and the first time i heard that compton shit, I wished for just once in my life that i lived in compton so that i could ride around to that shit. Cuz that shit is hard. The beat is knocking and the fact that it sounds like an old EARLY 90′s Dre beat is the thing that makes it hot. Game and Will were trying to recapture that old N.W.A. sound, which they did ever so nicely.

    Nas’s joint, although it is just an uptempo Thief’s theme is still fire.

    And the best beat that Will did for anyone last year was the Keep Boucing beat for Too Short and Snoop. I dont even get into the whole hyphy movement shit, I’m from NY and we too cool for that shit, but that beat is hands down one of the best beats i have ever heard. I have caught myself bouncing to that shit many times.

    So just because his group is as you all say, teh ghey, that doesn’t mean that his beats aren’t banging.

    Open your ears and close ya eyes, from the venom that faggot ass Bol is trying to impute on your minds!!!

  • crimson

    Even when Will I Am tries to do the grimy hardcore beats, his corny pop sensibilities can’t help but break through. Like the crowd on hip hop is dead shouting “hip hop! hip hop!,” or throwing in the original Nat King Cole at the end of the other Nas joint. Those little things ruin it for me!

  • E AKA THE REAL NORIEAGA

    BALLIANDO!

  • http://dman8784myspace.com dubldealing

    2 words for ya will.i.am “do work” son “do work”!!

  • NickeNitro

    BEP and will.i.am were never really any good, even in their overrated “underground” phase.

    But I have to admit, man’s beats notably improved this past year. Certainly not to the point of go-to producer (no one’s even remotely close to Timbaland these days). I think it’s definitely the exposure to Brazilian sounds while doing the Sergio Mendes album that helped.

    Granted, Timeless really wasn’t that good either, but you can hear the Brazilian funk influence giving his more recent hip-hop tracks some life, and you can clearly hear the favela sound in My Humps and Fergilicious, both of which are guilty pleasures for me.

  • Hurricane Game

    Bol I always find your posts amusing. But then for some reason i want to hate on you. Maybe its that Gay Ass pic on the corner of the page.
    Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

  • derfla

    Will iam knows how to play he’s part.

  • gluvnast

    E AKA THE REAL NORIEAGA Says:

    January 2nd, 2007 at 5:02 pm
    Will. i. am = the only hip hop producer Pharrell can beat up

    i wouldn’t say that…you forget that will.I.AM. is from south central, a place where bustin’ a cap is fundamental

  • Joopset

    will.i.am > BOLogna

  • superman

    FUCK THIS NIGGAZ BEST PRODUCER SHOULD GO TO DR DRE,HE PRODUCCED LOST ONES AND NAS HUSTLERS FEAT THE GAME!!!!!!!!!! DR DRE IS KILLING THIS OTHER HALF ASS PRODUCER PERIOD

  • http://rashadlogic.wordpress.com UnFaded Disciple

    >Shakira > Xtina

    Xtina is fucking fine!

  • weezybaby

    CANT FORGET ABOUT YOU???

    NAS ALBUM!!!!

    BEST SONG ON THERE

    PRODUCED BY WILL I AM

  • weezybaby

    CANT FORGET ABOUT YOU

    -PRODUCED BY WILL I AM

    ALL I GOTTA SAY

  • Meka Soul

    memphis bleek > will.i.am.

    and that’s not saying much because:

    getting a circumcision with razor wire > memphis bleek.

    no grape nuts.

  • B-Ease

    Hey Bol,

    Dude, did you read what Lupe said about you in that allhiphop.com interview.I believe the exact word he used was “unraveled” when describing how you responded to his infamous blog “Byron Crawford is a bitch ass nigga”. You gotta do something man hahaha.

    Also, it’s obvious that now that he has money, Will I Am can afford the right connections and he probably just has people make SURE that he gets meetings and beat listening sessions with these artists.

    Except for Busta, he probably went out looking for something corny.

  • B-Ease

    also,just to weigh in:

    Thief’s Theme>Hip Hop is Dead

    Actually:

    Thief’s Theme>Better than any Nas song since…

  • Combat Jack

    R.I.P. Saddam

  • traebizzo

    Hip Hop is dead would have been plain with any other beat. You gotta give props to will and Nas for doing that beat twice but i was expectin more Dre,Premo and maybe some of the producers from past albums.

  • http://www.myspace.com/poisonousdarthfc Poisonous Dart

    Wow….I’m in shock. Two blogs in a row that were well written and didn’t suck in any way, shape or form…I’m bracing myself for something extremely ignorant to come in the near future, though…

    *Keeps head on a swivel while leaving comment box*

    One.

  • http://www.greenlightprint.com Steven Taylor

    This blog is just plain ignorant….Not saying that I’m a big fan of the pop scene but you can’t deny that B.E.P. is Hip Hop. It’s not all about how gangsta you are. What about creativity. It may not work for everyone but at least you can say that they do things their way and maybe these artists want to work with a producer that actually creates something and isn’t afraid to be original versus sucking dick and making whatever the hot sound is of today. They’ve been grinding for a hot ass minute (with beats by Preemmo and others on the album) so they deserve every piece of props and outside work they get. Ya’ll are just mad that you aren’t getting that change now. Fuck what these haters say. Bush is in office so get all the money you can no matter what the fuck these internet thugs got to say.

  • The Pharmacist

    Damn, Bol this is the first time I have ever been in agreeance with you. Will.i.am production is very questionable. I cosign that.

  • INVISIBLE_HAND

    Meka Soul Says:

    January 2nd, 2007 at 4:26 pm
    aside from sergio mendes’ “timeless” album, will.i.am hasn’t impressed me too much. i’m more surprised by the fact he hasn’t been shot, stabbed or robbed when he dresses like a dutch mountain climber.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    damn!

  • The Pharmacist

    If u looking for HOT GARBAGE go holla at Will. No disrespect but his tracks are creative fillers not singles.

  • dre4life

    will.i.am will not last

  • Belize

    Yes. Really.

  • yo man

    whats the problem wit da nigga who wrote thatttt shitttttt damn, should i sayy he needs more sex in his fuckin live?
    leave the nigga will alone man, let him do his fuckin stuff

  • Chris

    Ok. Will.i.am isn’t the most g’d up producer in the game, but his beats are good. Timberland or Dre make Compton off the Game’s album and everyone who hates that song would be on their nuts. Dude from a pop group makes the beat and its blasphamy and all his shit sucks. People call Will.i.am because they like his beats. The shits cost tens of thousands of dollars. You don’t just go and get some random nigga with platinum plaques when you want a record (thats why no one is lining up to have Bow Wow for beats even though he has 3 platinum albums one of which went triple plat). And since when is rapping over the same sample twice blasphamy? Nobody shat all over Leonardo because he painted more than one picture with Jesus in it. Everyone just needs to chill, except the fact that hiphop is dead (all those classics that you love so much are never coming back thats all that means. There will never be another Reasonable Doubt, Illmatic, Ready to Die, All Eyez on Me, etc. EVER) and enjoy the music. And Bols you write some of the most unprofessional shit I have ever read in my life. Do you even have a degree? Better yet did you graduate from high school? “This track is teh gay” is not a review. I don’t learn anything from it. You are like that kid who people would crack jokes on, but he lacked wit so he would just call people fags and juvenile stuff like that.

  • Raymond

    OK. First: Primo did the Format beat for AZ which is one of the best joints for several years in hip-hop, and yes Bol, the fact that you do not take it for a prominent album does not lessen its quality. It only makes you a bigger asshole.
    Second: I hate will.i.am like shit on my shoe, but at the moment I got to know that he worked for Ruthless, I became a bit uncertain.

  • slobbythegreat

    THIS IS THE REASON PEOPLE ARE PICKING WILL.I.AM

    timbaland is producing everything but rap, the neptunes have fell off, dre is on detox(and half of kingdom come), cool and dre have fell off (werent really on except for that game beat), LES aint shit, rza (fucked if i know where the rza is hopefully on a wu tang mission),the runners are over rated, dj khalil had the worst beat on kingdom come, kanye charges too much, scott storch is doing paris hiltons album, rick ross aint really a producer, sha money xl is fucking wack, irv gotti is trying to revive ja rule, eminem has retired, mr porter is morning for proof so that really leaves JUST BLAZE and he is working on Saigon’s album..thats why will.i.am is wanted

  • akatok1

    Hey Will I Am is one of those producers who just want to bring back good hip hop not rap music. Besides he already knows that people are gonna fuck with him because he aint gangsta. His beats are not what you think of. But you gotta admit he is a good producer. He ain’t on Dre, but hey he is just making music. Hip Hop needs a makeover bad. Cd’s aint selling like they used. We need a change. Producers charging too much. Record labels aint promoting correctly, and the artists are putting out bullshitty music. I knew that this moment would come.

  • http://www.theartistwithwords.blogspot.com Davinche

    His work is awfull. God knows why any one wants any of his beats, hip hop is dead is his best work evar, and all he did was re-sample the track from thief’s theme. Times like this you know why Hip Hop has fallen off.

    Good post tho Bol

    http://www.theartistwithwords.blogspot.com

  • mannyworld33

    nobody cares, wtf!

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  • $hamzta

    The Tracks Will.I.Am produced on the three albums were astonishing and very good. I would have never though he would have gone to be a producer much less a rap producer, I give him credit where credit is due.

  • Belize

    Yeah i hate will.i.am..but gotta respect his grind

  • http://richardliriano.com/ Richard Liriano

    Byron,

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Could you please post my post.

    Thank you.

  • EReal

    IMO this shit really gets to me, I mean its obvious that america always has its favorite “token black guy”. Firstly, the neptunes (that includes chad) make beats. Pharell by himself just made one of those bad career moves, I mean I love the neptunes beats, and it didnt really bother me when he was singin on shit and whatnot, but when he’s trying to cross over into being an artist, he just killed it. Thats where Will has a leg up, he already has had some success with BEP and people wanna stand next to that. I dont particularly care for Will’s beats, and I think its just a name recognition thing at this point. But right now you gotta say that will is that proverbial “token black guy” to give other artists like Christina and Fergie some kind over crossover value, just as Justin Timberlake has done with Timbo, these artists wanna stand next to someone who gives them clout in the black community and crossover value, that used to be Pharell (see Gwen Stephanie), and now its Will.I.am, I dont think Timbo can be added to that list because he’s just executive producing and droppin sick beats always. As far as the rappers fuckin wit Will, its just to stand next to someone who’s hot to bump sales, which is IMO a big reason for Game’s success cause he made a we are the world record and put every major name and super producer he could to sell (is he even making any money?).. well that and riding that G-Unit hater wave (sheepole). I just think its all business and in the end, its really the African American superstars losing out by standing next to some white dude just to get that guac. Just my take, but an actuall decent post by Bol, wow..

  • Dablockkid

    Can’t Forget about You- Nas
    Prod. By Will.i.Am

    One Of Da Hottest Joint On Hip Hop Is Dead

    Nuff Said

  • WeSTSide

    ummm you’re retarded.. will i am is a dope producer.. and before fergie was in the group they were more hip hop… he is saught after cause he tight give him his credit

  • http://myspace.com/koolkil27 THE HABITUAL HATER

    BOL U SUCK, WILL I AM IS THOROUGH AND CAN PROBABLY BEAT UP HALF THE RAPPERS THAT CLAIM THEY ARE GANGSTA.

    HIS BEATS ARE HOT STOP HATING
    ————————————

    WHILE I AM AT IT STOP HATING ON LUPE FIASCO TOO, THE BEST NEW ARTIST EASILY IF NOT THE BEST PERIOD IN 2006

    I NEED TO MAKE MY OWN BLOG JUST TO HATE ON YOUR HATE. U LOOK LIKE A RODENT YA BUM LOL

    NAS HIP HOP IS DEAD, DR. ADVOCATE, AND FISHCALE, AND FOOD AND LIQUOR.

    MATTTER OF FACT BLUE COLLAR, AND HELL HATH NO FURY AS WELL

    GO COP ALL OF THOSE AND SUPPORT HIP HOP,

    FUCKA DIPSET CHRISTMAS, KAWANZAA, NEW YEARS, AND MARTIN LUTER KING DAY ALBUM

    I STAY OPINIONATED

  • http://myspace.com/koolkil27 THE HABITUAL HATER

    BOL U SUCK, WILL I AM IS THOROUGH AND CAN PROBABLY BEAT UP HALF THE RAPPERS THAT CLAIM THEY ARE GANGSTA.

    HIS BEATS ARE HOT STOP HATING
    ————————————

    WHILE I AM AT IT STOP HATING ON LUPE FIASCO TOO, THE BEST NEW ARTIST EASILY IF NOT THE BEST PERIOD IN 2006

    I NEED TO MAKE MY OWN BLOG JUST TO HATE ON YOUR HATE. U LOOK LIKE A RODENT YA BUM LOL

    NAS HIP HOP IS DEAD, DR. ADVOCATE, AND FISHCALE, AND FOOD AND LIQUOR.

    MATTTER OF FACT BLUE COLLAR, AND HELL HATH NO FURY AS WELL

    GO COP ALL OF THOSE AND SUPPORT HIP HOP,

    F DIPSET CHRISTMAS, KAWANZAA, NEW YEARS, AND MARTIN LUTER KING DAY ALBUM

    I STAY OPINIONATED

  • VaBoy

    This is some of the most disgusting commentary I have
    ever read in my life. You should be ashamed to call yourself a fucking writer. A black man gets in a position to better his family and love ones and all you
    want to do is pull him down. Will I Am is an extremely
    talented producer and songwriter. Obviously you don’t
    know what a chord structure is or the difference between A John Lennon and A Stevie Wonder. Do your
    history before you hate. Check out Atban Klan. And remeber Will was signed to the late great Easy-E’s Ruthless records you ignorant son of a bitch.

  • Sidenotes

    give it up to will.I.Am he’s doing his damn thing. just cause oyu aint feeling the peas’ new shit dont mean he still cant pump that shit that made Easy-E respect him, and thats some real shit. he went commercial and shit, but dudes still got skills

  • SickWicked

    Yo, I ain’t the biggest fan of Will.I.Am, matter fact I don’t even like B.E.P., and can’t stand Fergie, but dude is an aight producer, best shit from him came this year with that Common track “I Have A Dream” benn banging that shit since it dropped. check the video on youtube, or xxlmag homepage, shit is dope. gotta respect it.

  • mannyworld33

    mannyworld33 Says:

    January 3rd, 2007 at 9:43 am
    nobody cares, wtf!
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    I WAS ON MY SONNY(FROM BRONX TALE),LOL

  • http://www.slumz.boxden.com JonBlak

    Bol is the reason Hip Hop is dead.

    Why? Becuase he doesnt understand the history of the artist that are doing this music. Will.I. am was a back up dancer for Eazy-E. He’s been doing this for 15+ years, he is HIP HOP. Dont forget will produced a song on the 1st John Legend album. There are many talents to the mans production ablity, not just B.E.P. You can take one piece of work and judge him on it.

    IT PAINS ME TO SEE BLOGGERS NOT KNOW THEIR HIP HOP HISTORY..DAMN BOL DO KNOW DIDDLY

  • flava dav

    will i am also 3 or 4 joints on john ledgends cd why? bring timberland back to hip hop

  • 99thwondah

    Open your ears and close ya eyes, from the venom that faggot ass Bol is trying to impute on your minds!!!
    ^^^^^^
    my fucking thoughts exactly,hip is all types of sounds not the lame ass hard core, stab a nigga, push that coke bullshit…..The reason why hip hop is dead closed minded ignorant people. once you make some money its considered a BAD thing for doing something different? so if he was a studio gangsta you guys would love his music?…..miss the next bus and get ya own fucking brain!!!THINK FOR YA DAMN SELF AND NOT WHATS BEEN FED TO YOU BY THE MEDIA!

  • beffy b

    “hip hop is dead” can’t touch “thief’s theme”…its catchy as hell but NaS ain’t even come with the heat (what’s with that f’in with the first verse?) until the chanting at the end. And will.i.am’s crooning on the hook is corny as hell.

    Credit where its due, “can’t forget about you” is hot…one of the best songs in NaS’ discography.

    But I don’t really care if will.i.am used to polish dre’s piece…he’s still totally wack. Even worse if he has talent and does the b.e.p.s just for the money.

    BTW, Eazy-E’s backup dancer? I ain’t never seen anybody poppin’ er lockin’ to 187′um or boyz in da hood…and Eazy was a punk, anyway, needing ghost writers and jacking cube and dre for money.

  • T-DOT

    wait a minute did will i am .. not make a comment saying that he does not want his music to me labeled as hip hop because it is ignorant and filled with violence…dude is a sure hypocrite….watever it is wat ..wat it is….”back up dancer for eazy e”….lol..ghey ass nigga

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  • http://xxlmag.com doctor69

    Why do people keep dissing homosexauls for?
    I’m the most hardcore homothug out there.
    i suck dick and get raped but I’m still G as in gay gangbanger.
    seasme street block folks in this bitch don’t mess with this clicq we got sore asses.
    Gay pride stand up holla at your homothug.

  • vaboy

    Wow. Let’s talk about consistency. Let’s talk about
    diversity. Let’s talk the history of hip hop. Wow, a
    producer that doesn’t flaunt how successful he is and
    how rich he is. A superstar who travels without
    security. No killing in the lyrics. He went from Common,
    to Nas, Busta, Kelis, Sergio Mendes, Earth Wind and
    Fire to countless others.

    What are you talking about again?

    Stop hating and start creating.

    Jean-Baptiste.

  • Hurricane Game

    DOCTOR 69 SERIOUSLY ARE YOU TRYINGTO BE FUNNY. COZ U AINT. DMX ADDRESSED HOMO THUGS BEFORE SO YOU GET THE IDEA.

    GET THE FUCK OFF THIS SITE!!!

  • http://www.myspace.com/angelsometimes Cthulhu

    I don’t like him, refuse to type out his annoying little name he thinks is so clever, but dude what are you talking about? That Busta song he did, I Love My Chick, was hugely popular and since he produced the Peas shit which was also hugely popular it’s no wonder people are looking to him to create the almighty hook. That’s all it’s about anymore, the hook.

  • http://xxlmag.com doctor69

    Hey hurricane game eat a dick nigga who told you to adress the doc fuck you lil nigga.
    nyc stand up holla at your homofolk.

  • DRAMATIC

    fuck william camron need to come back & kill it.

  • http://allhiphop.com DA DEVIL

    LETS BE AUTHENTIC FOR A MINUTE, WILL.I.AM IS THE ONLY PRODUCER THAT HAS HIS SOUND. HE IS HIP-HOP EVEN IF HE IS THE MOST HATED BY EVERYONE WHO THINKS THERE HIP-HOP. AS LONG AS HE STAYS IN HIS OWN LANE HIP-HOP WILL LIVE ON.

  • Tha Refried Mexican

    Why’s this vato hating? He’s an alright producer. He aint no Dre or Alchemist. But rappers are paying him to produce isn’t that what matters?

  • EReal

    I wonder if theres gonna be a buncha haters like Will.U.not!! LMFAO.

  • Jane Citizen

    “rza (fucked if i know where the rza is hopefully on a wu tang mission)”

    Afro Samurai soundtrack which should be released this month, probably scoring some other movie, probably working on his own album and yeah, probably a new Wu tang album of which they have supposedly reunited to make.

  • ty

    so what if will.i.am does something different from your regular gangsta genre personally music shouldn’t be confined to any one form and if the rappers feel he has something to offer them then let him do his thing. BOL fuck you doing to expand the hip hop culture? all i see you do is promote blatant racism talking about black people music and white people music. music should be a unifying factor.
    am a leave it there for now before i go too far

  • Podmatic

    ummm..what kind of “music” journalist are you BYRON CRAWFORD??…that you havent noticed…in the Peas music there are a Ton of old school/golden age hip hop references…musically and lyrically

    The reason the more “classic” style rappers go to Will for beats.. WILL.I.AM is HIP HOP!! the peas are Breakdancers…Will is a DJ…he still chops up samples in the beat making process..

    the black eyed peas are More Hip hop than any new rapper you can name…they just happen to make party music that translates to a popular audience..don’t try to downplay that the Peas are a Hip Hop group first..

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