Frank Ocean’s Emotional Thank You

I just gained a tremendous amount of respect for this man.  This is not a gossip post, but rather a post cherishing the unnecessary amount of honesty from Frank Ocean.  Under absolutely no obligation, Frank drops this heartfelt letter meant to be in the “Thank You” section of his album.  As touching as it is well-written, I think everyone should read this.  For one reason or another, you will want to be a better person.  It also clarifies who he is speaking to on Thinking About You, my personal favorite.  Make sure to cop his album, Channel Orange, on July 17th.

G.O.O.D Music — Mercy (Video)

I humbly acknowledge the lateness of this video but it is my job to keep all of you updated on your music, both new and old!  I assume our readers–like most of the world–no longer watch music videos with the passion you once did (TRL with Carson, anyone?).  However, there are certain videos that are experimental and I respect the creative “swinging of the bat,” if you will.  The video for G.O.O.D Music’s Mercy can best be described as their attempt at interpretive dance.  I’d like to know if you respect their creativity or just find it odd.  Leave a comment in the box!

Sidenote: At this year’s BET Awards, fans were treated with live performances by the G.O.O.D Music crew, including hit songs Mercy and Kanye’s Theraflu.  As far as I can tell, that was the only reason worth watching the BET Awards…

Joey Bada$$ — Pitchfork Interview

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Joey Bada$$ is a Brooklyn rapper who, at the tender age of 17, is equipped with a startling, circa-94 flow– a detail-rich and syllable-packed wonder that suggests years of listening to vintage MF DOOM, AZ, and Cormega.

Pitchfork did a nice little interview with up-and-coming Brooklynite Joey Bada$$. I’m very high on this kid and suggest you check it out.  Click Here for the full interview.  

#TriedToWarnYou

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Lupe Fiasco — Bitch Bad

“New Lupe Fiasco” is a phrase I never tire of hearing.  Once upon a time, Lu’ was my favorite artist of any genre.  While his previous album was not even worthy of being named, his catalogue is easily one of the best in the business.  Hopefully, Food & Liquor 2: The Great American Rap Album (rumored to be released in July) will be closer to The Cool and Food & Liquor’s quality than The Album Which Shall Not Be Named.  With Bitch Bad, Lupe attempts to cook up some of that old magic with his original recipe of clever lyrics and powerful metaphors.  How’d he do?

#YouBeTheJudge

#ICantBeTheOnlyOneWhoStillPutsChipsInMySandwiches