Welcome to the weekly review with D.E.S, it’s been a great week of hip hop music and positivity being shared with the universe. Young Money head coach announced that he has been working on a new album. Still with the YMCMB family Nicki Minaj’s second studio album first week sales came in. Is this Joey Crack’s comeback season? The Game releases ‘California Republic’ mixtape which is very heavy on features. Lots of events that are worth mentioning went down in the books of hip hop this week.
Nicki Minaj’s Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded which is her second studio album sold 253,000 in its first week of market circulation. The album features the likes of Drake, Rick Ross, Beenie Man, Lil Wayne, Nas and more. The head boss of Young Money announced through MTV that he has been working on an album called Devol which is Loved spelt backwards. He said it was written while he was in prison.
It is good to see the hip hop new cats spreading positive energy which is the fundamental principle that the movement was built on. Lil B the Based God delivered a public lecture at the New York University (NYU). He talked about racial issues. We see you Based God.
The Game released California Republic mixtape which features Kid Red, Lupe Fiasco, Rick Ross, Ace Hood, Meek Mill and Fat Joe just to mention a few. A good 24 track mixtape but Blood seems to be consumed in the present commercial style. Rick Ross has two appearances on the tape but nothing new from the Bawse, in the first track titled ‘now that I’m paid’ the game used Rick Ross’s old verse taken from Trae Tha Truth’s ‘I am the streets’ record which came on the Street King album by Trae. The second track where The Game has the Maybach CEO as his guest is ‘Red Bottom Boss’ but Rick Ross is singing the hook which is just a part of Ross’s old verse from his Drake Lord Knows song. That aint Cool Blood.
Rick Ross’s long time confidant DJ Khaled has reached out for his old acquaintance Kanye West who assisted him with the hit record ‘Go Hard’ for the second single of his latest project ‘Kiss the Ring’. The title of the track is ‘Theraflu’ Mr. West is on his obnoxious flow. Every time that Yeezy is featured by Khaled he is always intolerable, remember the title of the first record…. Aha got it?
Side thought: Khaled has enormous respect for Mr. West because whenever he has him on a record, he only features Yeezy and no other feature, not even his all time best friend Mr. Roberts (Rick Ross) has ever enjoyed that privilege of breathing alone over the whole Mr. ‘We The Best’ record but Yeezy has done it for the second time, standing ovation to Mr. West. This has no underlying meaning it just means that Khaled knows how to play his cards and yes he has a winning formula. It’s just impossible to deny that. Talking about a winning formula DJ Khaled has another one for this winter (SA time) the name of the track is ‘Take it to the head’ featuring Chris Brown, the two usual suspects Rick Ross, Tunechi (Lil Wayne) and Young Money’s first lady Nicki Minaj.
Big ups to Plies and Los for their Trayvon Martin tribute songs. Trayvon Martin is a late American teenager who was shot by a community watcher. The teenager was unarmed at the time of the killing.
Kirko Bangz finally dropped the highly anticipated remix of drank in my cup featuring Juelz Santana and 2 Chainz. It was due time because this record was definitely a force to be reckoned with considering that it was able to kick Cole into freestyling over it, which current hip hop tracks have you heard Cole spit on? A remix was definitely an obligation. Shout out to 2 Chainz, we respect your hype.
The last story for this week’s hip hop weekly review with D.E.S is about the Diggy vs. J Cole beef. This is more like the Common vs. Drake beef. Cole is playing Drake and Diggy is playing Common. Common had the guards to call the Toronto star by name on his stay schemin remix and Drake played a no show. Diggy had the balls to take straight shots at Cole and it’s been over 2 weeks and what is the response from the Cole camp? No show. The young boy did not put it subliminally, you can listen to the track, and it’s titled ‘What you say to me’.
Diggy did nothing wrong because honestly I personally would have taken offence if I was Diggy, the manner in which Mr. Nice Watch aligned his wordplay “You more Diggy and me I’m more Biggie” on the track titled “grew up fast’. And that belittles the young boy who is trying to step his game up; for God’s sake Diggy just dropped an album (Unexpected Arrival). Simba knew he crossed the line because after the Diggy reference he continues trying to cover-up for that line as he goes on to say “no diss to the young boy…… just to make up for that line, invite him on tour with me”. It’s funny because the same random Cole line with reference to Diggy is what we love about hip hop and the unpredictability of these craftsmen. It seems like we have a Goliath David situation, hahaha just joking.
Personally, J. Cole directed the song towards Mr. OVOXO (Drizzy). The following lines are taken from the J Cole ‘grew up fast’ “its only right I brought back the soul, yall got way too electro, damn near techno, half way homo, way too metro”. Yall be the judge of my view. I don’t have the whole website; we better save it for another day.
This is where we leave it for this hip hop’s weekly review with D.E.S. Its time for us to take a look at the stories that is worth mentioning.
Kirko Bangz finally dropped the highly anticipated remix of ‘drank in my cup’, it was due time because this record was definitely a force to be reckoned with, considering that it was able to kick Cole into freestyling over it, which current hip hop tracks have you heard Cole freestyling on?
We see you Gunna (Cory Gunz) putting in that work, not so long ago he dropped his stay scheming freestyle and now he just killed the same damn time beat by Future. He seems to be aware that there might not be lots of time left for him since he was caught with an illegal gun. Can anybody explain to me how can a gun be illegal to Cory Gunz? After all his last name is ….Yall already knew that.
Rick Ross added a little taste to Riri’s Birthday cake remix
Brace yourself for another start of Good Friday’s music series by Kanye West; he released the first song ‘mercy’ on Good Friday (April 6th) featuring Big Sean, Pusha T and 2 Chainz.
Round of applause to Chris Breezy for resurrecting Fat Joe’s career. Fat Joe’s single has helped him to land a spot in The Game’s California Republic mixtape look out for Joey Crack in one of Kanye’s Good Music joints.