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incredibad-53d937d7b12daFor this week’s album of the week, I wanted to cover an album from a group that I love watching and listening to especially after I watched Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping. If you haven’t guessed it, I am talking about The Lonely Island which is made up of Saturday Night Live alums Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, and Jorma Taccone. On February 10, 2009, the group released their debut record Incredibad which featured music they had previously featured as skits on Saturday Night Live plus new tracks. The album features collaborations with artists like Julian Casablancas, T-Pain, Natalie Portman, Norah Jones, Jack Black, E-40, Justin Timberlake, and many more.  The album debuted on the Billboard Top 200 Charts at number 13 selling 48,000 in it’s first week while it was also the eighth best selling rap album of 2009 selling 246,000 copies. It also peaked at number 7 on the Billboard Top Rap Albums charts as well. That isn’t bad for a comedy group at all, but it goes to show their popularity on SNL. The album was supposed to feature a song with Adam Levine, but they couldn’t get the clearance for the sample they used from the Aphex Twins. Taccone commented saying, “There were some sample-clearance issues. For that song I sampled…“Avril 14th,” and his publishing company [Chrysalis Music Publishing (ASCAP)] wouldn’t give us the rights. They cleared it for SNL. If we ever make a Best of SNL Shorts DVD, we can put it on there, it can be on repeats of SNL, but it wasn’t cleared for the album. [The company] asked for an outrageous amount of money.”

1. Who Said We’re Wack?– An intro track where the group questions who called them wack. 4/5

2. Santana DVX– a track that the guys talk about Champagne made by Carlos Santana that features E-40 on the track. 4/5

3. Jizz In My Pants– One of the funniest songs on the album about premature ejaculation. 5/5

4. I’m On A Boat– a track that features more profanity than other tracks as the band proclaims they are superior because there on a boat and the track features T-Pain.  5/5

5. Sax Man– Kind of a funky track about a saxophone player they call the Sax Man with Jack Black on the track. The funniest thing is that the Sax Man doesn’t really play his Sax whn Black calls for it.4/5

6. Lazy Sunday– Samberg and Chris Parnell deliver hardcore rap like deliveries on the track about the group wanting to see The Chronicles Of Narnia movie. 4/5

7. Normal Guy (Skit)– a kind of funny interlude with a guy who sounds like Mr. Bill 4/5

8. Boombox– This is one of my favorite tracks on the album featuring Julian Casablancas of The Strokes about a bunch of old people dancing to Samberg’s Boombox. 5/5

9. Shrooms (Skit)- Another skit on the record that sounds like a video game with everyone claiming they are on shrooms. 4/5

10. Like A Boss– This is the groups parody of Slim Thug’s track Like A Boss. 4.5/5

11. We Like Sportz– A track that kind of makes fun of guys who get together to watch sports instead of partying. 4/5

12. Dreamgirl– A track that is all about finding the one and only girl featuring Norah Jones. 4/5

13. Ras Trent– The bands reggae track on the album. Not a fav of mine 3/5

14. Dick In A Box– a funny track about how to give the perfect gift to your girlfriend which is a dick in a box. The track features Justin Timberlake. 5/5

15. The Old Saloon (Skit)– Just another skit that features Old wild west saloon music to a hip hop beat while they repeatedly remind you that they are in a saloon. 4/5

16. Punch You in the Jeans– a  very cool, calm, and collective beat to the track that’s all about punching someone in the jeans because they don’t like the guy’s jeans. 4/5

17. Space Olympics– a track about competing in the space Olympics despite all the problems with hosting an Olympics in space. 4/5

18. Natalie’s Rap– Another favorite of mine on the record that is a parody of Eazy-E’s No More Questions?. It’s a bad ass song that Natalie Portman gets pretty dirty in the track and she was definitely a good sport for doing it. 5/5

19. Incredibad– The title track is the final track on the album and it kicks off with some horns before we get some Beastie Boys style rap. Its basically a biography track for the group. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– These guys are this generations Weird Al Yankovic and even this generations This Is Spinal Tap. This was just the beginning for the trio and you should definitely start here and work your way up to Popstar. I am going to give the album four stars out of five for a final grade.

 

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For titling purposes for the blog, I had to come up with a title for this week’s Mashup Of The Week because the DJ didn’t. As you all know I am a big fan of Mashups and this week’s Mashup Of The Week is done by someone that I respect in the mashup game in Gothra. Gothra has done some really cool mashups over the past couple of years and I have a good one for everyone today. Today’s Mashup, I called it Da Muthaphukkin Last Resort (again only because it didn’t have a title before) and it combines Papa Roach’s Last Resort with Eazy-E’s Da Muthaphukkin Real. I really loved this mashup because it follows my one simple rule for mashups and that is that it flows very nicely and it works. Hearing how the chorus and the verses of Eazy’s track and how it fits nicely in there is great. It just works so well and if I didn’t know any better I would think this was the actual track. Check it out for yourself below:

Kiss vs nwaIt has been quite a long time since the last time we did a When Metal Bands Fight: A Rock And Metal News Special Report and we have a unique one for all of you. Whether you have npticed it or not, there has been a battle that has been waged since the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame allowed it’s first rap/hip hop group Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five into it back in 2007. The hall has since inducted Run DMC, Public Enemy, Beastie Boys, and now N.W.A.. Should there be a line drawn in the sand when it comes to who is inducted into the rock and roll hall of fame and what makes someone rock and roll anyways? What is the criteria for someone to be considered rock and roll since you have Metal bands, punk rock bands, Southern Rock, blues, R&B, alternative, and so many more in the hall of fame right now. Should hip hop groups even be allowed into the hall of fame? Well, if you ask Gene Simmons of Kiss what he thinks about it, he’ll tell you, “I am looking forward to the death of rap. I’m looking forward to music coming back to lyrics and melody, instead of just talking. A song, as far as I’m concerned, is by definition lyric and melody … or just melody. Rap will die. Next year, 10 years from now, at some point, and then something else will come along. And all that is good and healthy.” Those were the words that usher the next phrase in, “shots fired.”

nwaN.W.A., the most notorious group that single handledly created the genre Gangsta Rap seemed to disagree about that this past Friday during the rock and roll hall of fame induction ceremony. MC Ren was the first member of the group to fire a shot back at Gene Simmons when he said, “I want to say to Mr. Gene Simmons that hip-hop is here forever — get used to it.” Ice Cube would come up to the mic next and after thanking who he had to thank addressed the crowd about what makes something rock and roll. He said, “The question is, ‘Are we rock ‘n’ roll?’ and I say ‘You g–damn right we rock ‘n’ roll!’ Rock ‘n’ roll is not an instrument — rock ‘n’ roll is not even a style of music. Rock ‘n’ roll is a spirit! A spirit that’s been going since the blues, jazz, bebop, soul, R&B, rock ‘n’ roll, heavy metal, punk rock, and, yes, hip-hop!” He continues, “And what connects us all is that spirit — that’s what connects us all is that spirit. Rock ‘n’ roll is not conforming to the people who came before you, but creating your own path in music and life. That is rock ‘n’ roll and that is us. Rock ‘n’ roll is not conforming, rock ‘n’ roll is outside the box and rock ‘n’ roll is N.W.A.

kissIt didn’t take long for the always controversial and opinionated Gene Simmons to fire a shot back at N.W.A. when he took to Twitter saying, “Respectfully– let me know when @JimiHendrix gets into the hip hop hall of fame. Then you’ll have a point. @icecube.” You can’t deny that Ice Cube makes a great point as far as what he is saying, but I kind of disagree with him a little on the idea that rock and roll is not a style because it actually is. It died the day the music died because no one in this world has been rock and roll since then in my opinion. Everyone has been a form of it in one way or another (just my opinion). With that being said, I disagree with Gene Simmons on the notion of who should be in and who shouldn’t. If you’re going to have a hall that includes the likes of ABBA, Miles Davis, Sex Pistols. Guns N Roses, Madonna, Albert King, and Parliament-Funkadelic to name a few then why not N.W.A. and the others? You guys decide if they should be in or not and what makes them rock and roll or not?

straight-outta-compton--Long-Sleeve-ShirtsYesterday I ventured to the movie theaters to see a film that I had been waiting for someone to make for a very long time. It had been a while since I did a Based On A Truesday (play on the words True and Tuesday) Story post and I figured Straight Outta Compton was the perfect piece to return with. The film is about the rise and fall of one of the greatest hip groups in the world in N.W.A. It was the group that featured the greatest rappers Compton had to offer at the time in Dr. Dre (played by Corey Hawkins), Ice Cube (played by O’Shea Jackson Jr.), Eazy-E (Jason Mitchell) DJ Yella (Neil Brown Jr.), and MC Ren (played by Aldis Hodge). The group changed the way rap was done back int he late 80’s to ealry 90’s and the film chronicles their struggle to put Compton on the map to their rise to fame and eventual downfall. The film also stars Paul Giamatti (American Splendor) as Jerry Heller, Marlon Yates Jr. as The Doc, R. Marcos Taylor (Dead Man Down) as Suge Knight, Keith Stanfield (The Purge: Anarchy) as Snoop Dogg, Carra Patterson (Why Did I Get Married Too) as Tomica Wright, Marcc Rose as Tupac, Mark Sherman as Jimmy Iovine, and the film was directed by F. Gary Gray (Friday).

watch-straight-outta-compton-n-w-a-biopic-movie-red-band-trailer-videoThis has to be by far the movie of the year or at least one of the greatest biopics ever made on the history of this earth. I literally had goosebumps while I was watching the film remembering the rise of rap.Hip Hop and what a beautiful thing it was to watch. I think every guy did a good job playing the role they were given especially Ice Cube’s son O’Shea Jackson Jr. who was given the role of a lifetime. The only complaint that I have about the film is the fact that they diminished MC Ren’s role in all of this like he wasn’t that important of a person in the group. I feel like MC Ren had more of a role in the beginnings of the group, but his role in the film is minimal at best. I get it hat the most important ones out of all of them were Dre, Eazy, and Ice Cube who all enjoyed major success in life. The one thing the film reminds you is how sad it was that we never had the N.W.A. reunion that we all deserved as it was about to be set up until Eazy-E passed away. Everyone from top to bottom did an amazing job in this film as it felt so real and you almost felt like you wee there at the exact moment in time that it was happening. I did want to also mention that R. Marcos Taylor did an amazing job capturing who Suge Knight was and I don’t know who Marcc Rose is, but will someone sign him up for a Tupac biopic already cause it was scary how much he looked like Tupac. This film deserves to be an Oscar contender and if it’s not then we all know the Academy had no idea what there jobs are. I am going to give the film an A+ for a final grade because it kicked so much butt it kicked ass.

o-STRAIGHT-OUTTA-COMPTON-facebookYou shouldn’t be surprised that I decided to cover a rap album for the album of the week since I have already covered ones from Eazy-E and Eminem before. On Friday August 14TH, the world will finally get to see a biopic on one of the world’s most dangerous groups in N.W.A. called Straight Outta Compton. It was the album that introduced the world to hip hop heavyweights Dr. Dre and Ice Cube as well as introduce us to Gangsta Rap. On August 9TH, 1988, the group made up of the aforementioned Dr. Dre and Ice Cube, Eazy-E, MC Ren, and DJ Yella who made up the group which stood for Niggaz Wit Attitudes. It was an album that would change the world forever as they group told gritty stories about growing up on the hard streets of Compton, CA and the album was released on Eazy-E’s own label Ruthless Records. The album literally would scare the crap out of kids from the suburbs who had no idea that things like this actually happened somewhere in America. The album’s lyrics raised so many eyebrows that Washington Post critic David Mills wrote, “The hard-core street rappers defend their violent lyrics as a reflection of ‘reality.’ But for all the gunshots they mix into their music, rappers rarely try to dramatize that reality — a young man flat on the ground, a knot of lead in his chest, pleading as death slowly takes him in. It’s easier for them to imagine themselves pulling the trigger.” The album to date is still the ban’s highest selling album as it sold over 3 million copies and went double platinum. The album also peaked at number 37 on the US Billboards Top LP’s chart.

NWA-Straight_Outta_Compton-Trasera1. Straight Outta Compton– That title track that kicks everything off teaching us about the horrors of being on the streets of Compton courtesy of Ice Cube, MC Ren, and Eazy-E. The track itself features samples of Jame Brown, Funkadelic, Wilson Picket and more. 5/5

2. Fuck Tha Police– The track starts off with the group in court as Judge Dr. Dre gives each of them a chance to state their case against police brutality on this track that was said to incite the LA Riots. Ice Cube, MC Ren, and Eazy-E once again rap on this record. 5/5

3. Gangsta Gangsta– The track that speaks about the dangers of the streets of South Central and Compton, but how appealing the Gangsta lifestyle is. The first three verses are delivered by Ice Cube with the final one by Eazy-E. 4/5

4. If It Ain’t Ruff– This was always one of my favorite tracks on the album because it was MC Ren’s solo chance on the album as he shows off his rapping skills. 5/5

5. Parental Discretion Iz Advised– The track features The Doc on the opening of the song before Dr. Dre, MC Ren, Ice Cube, and Eazy-E take over the rest of the song. 4/5

nwa-e13256023452746. 8 Ball (Remix)– This is the solo Eazy-E track on the record written by Ice Cube and features a lot of samples from The Beastie Boys and is a remix of the track from N.W.A. and The Posse album. 4/5

7. Something Like That– This track features Dr. Dre and Mc Ren taking the mic as they introduce themselves to you on the record. 4/5

8. Express Yourself– This was the radio friendly track on the record that also saw the music video play on MTV in this Dr. Dre solo track about being free to fully express yourself/ They remix the Charles Wright & The Watts 103 Street Rhythm Band’s track Express Yourself because Eazy-E was the nephew of Charles Wright. 4/5

9. Compton’s n the House (Remix)– Another remix from the N.W.A. and The Posse album that once again features Dr. Dre and MC Ren as they rep the City Of Compton. 4/5

10- I Ain’t tha 1– This is the solo Ice Cube track on the record that shows Ice Cube’s lyrical genius to the sample of Brass Construction’s The Message (The Inspiration) about the troubles of having a women, etc. 5/5

11. Dopeman (Remix)– Another remix of an N.W.A. and The Posse track with Ice Cube and Eazy-E handling this track about a drug dealer who gets pampered. 4/5

12. Quiet on tha Set– The other solo MC Ren track that samples everything from Straight Outta Compton to Public Enemy and Big Daddy Kane. 4/5

13. Something 2 Dance 2– This is the last track on the record and features one time member Arabian Prince performing along with DJ Yella, Dr. Dre, and Eazy-E. It has that old school 80’s hip hop feel to it that was sure to be a song played in the clubs. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– Unfortunately, shortly after the release of the record, Ice Cube would take off during to a money dispute and the two sides would battle. This is still one of the most amazing debuts from a band that changed the culture and that is why I loved N.W.A. because they started something. I am giving the album 4.5 stars out of five for a final grade. B sure to check out the film Straight Outta Compton when it hits theaters everywhere Friday August 14TH and check out our Facebook page here and like the page.

eazy eMy very first introduction to Hip Hop or Gangsta Rap as it was called back in the day was to Eazy-E and his group N.W.A. The mere fact that these guys were writing songs that were scaring the crap out of white suburban America was interesting to me. Grunge had crept it’s ugly head firmly into MTV and I wasn’t about to have it so naturally I became a fan of Gangsta Rap. Eric “Eazy-E” Wright was one of those rappers whose personality caught my attention and he would forever become immortalized. Unfortunately, Eazy-E would pass away from AIDS in 1995 before his second full length album ever saw the light of day, but I wanted to turn out attention over to Eazy’s second EP that he released called It’s On (Dr. Dre) 187um Killa that we are going to talk about today. In 1992, Dr. Dre had released his first solo record The Chronic which on a couple of tracks Eazy-E was dissed which later in court would cost Dr.Dre because of the infamous Dre Day video. To respond to the diss, Eazy-E teamed up with DJ Yella, Gangsta Dresta, B.G. Knocc Out, and many more to come up with this record. 

eazy e 2Exxtra Special Thankz is the intro track to the album where Eazy calls out all of Dre’s crew including Snoop Dogg. He also mentions the fact that Dre Day is making him money. Real Muthaphuckkin G’s is the next track on the record where Eazy continues to call them out to a cool bass riff. We also get introduced to B.G. Knocc Out and Gangsta Dresta on this track. They also try to call Dre out on his street credibility claiming that Dre shouldn’t rap about some of the things he was singing. Any Last Werdz is the next track and it has a cool funky R&B flow to it while Eazy raps with Above The Laws Cold 187um  and Kokane. The track was minorly successful as it hit number 69 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and it hit number 5 on the Hot Rap Singles chart. Still A Nigga is the next track on the record and it features Rhythum D on the track. It’s a track where Eazy-E boasts about all of his accomplishments to a dark and ominous beat.  Gimme That Nutt is the next track and it’s one of the dirtiest raps songs I believe Eazy ever did. Just look at the title and imagine what it’s about. Boyz In Tha Hood (GMix) is the next track and I believe it’s the third time that the song had been remixed. My personal favorite version of the track is on Eazy’s first solo record, this one was changed too much to fit the sound of the record. Down 2 Tha Last Roach samples N.W.A.’s Express Yourself  and A Bitch Iz A Bitch while Eazy starts the track off sounding like an Alien. Eazy uses a vocal effect on the track that predates autotune being used in rap and at one point they mention tons of facts about Marijuana. It was an album that hit number one on the Top R&B/Hip Hop albums chart while it peaked at 5 on the Billboard Top 200. Eazy mentions Dre in every track except for Boyz In Tha Hood and Gimmie That Nut. This was one of my favorite records from Eazy-E and it’s a shame that he is no longer with us. I am giving the EP four stars out of five.

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