Friday, September 21, 2012

Rap Round Table, Week Ending 9/21/2012

Ed. note: " I don't mean to sound bitter, cold, or cruel, but I am, so that's how it comes out." - Bill Hicks

The knives were all out this week, with many of my favorite writers tearing Cruel Summer to shreds. It's not that it's that bad, it's just... not... uh... G.O.O.D.(?) Cruel Summer is essentially the lowest common denominator of Roc La Familia meets Watch the Throne, with extra grandiose. In essence, fuck this album. There, that's my review. Good night, folks! I'm kidding (minus the "fuck this album" part.) We've got a dope selection of entertaining Cruel Summer reviews lined up for this latest issue post, but there's plenty more great writing where that came from. As always, enjoy the only (free) hip hop (e-)magazine worth reading: the Rap Round Table. - I

Music Analysis & Reporting:

Dear Summer: An Open Letter to Kanye West About G.O.O.D. Music by Jeff Weiss

The Purple Tape: Only Built 4 Collectors by Oliver Wang

So Ruff: The 20th Anniversary of Redman's Whut? Thee Album by Dart Adams

Kendrick Lamar – good kid, m.A.A.d. city Listening Session by Colin Small

Boom Bap Can't Die; It's in the DNA by Amir Said (Sa'id)

Royal Renegades Week, Day 1 by Werner von Wallenrod

Royal Renegades Week, Day 2 - MC Boo and the Crew by Werner von Wallenrod

Royal Renegades Week, Day 3 - Madness Comes Back by Werner von Wallenrod

Royal Renegades Week, Day 4 - Royalty Strikes Back by Werner von Wallenrod

Royal Renegades Week, Day 5 - Final Blows by Werner von Wallenrod

Real Talk with R. Kelly... by Mobb Deen

Why Were Q-Tip and Yasiin Bey (Mos Def) Left Off ‘Cruel Summer’? by Andrew Martin

Azealia Banks: The Most Overhyped But Underrated Rapper Alive by Jeff Weiss

Is Hip Hop Losing It’s Credibility? by Jayy Ghost

Mobbdeen Goes to a Music Conference… by Mobb Deen

A History of Jay-Z's Most Surprising Non-Rap Moments by Khal

The Life & Death of the Frankenstein Rapper by Tony Grands

The Six Types of Interviews You Find in Hip-Hop Journalism by Drew Millard

Roc Marciano: Sweet Nothings by HL

The iPod Shuffle: Too $hort’s “Just Another Day” by Beware

Revival Tactics by Noz

Rick Ross, "Hold Me Back": Why This Song Sucks (There Are Zero Fat Jokes, So There) by Shea Serrano

Freddie Gibbs and Madlib, Blu and Exile, Nocando - LACMA - 9/20/12 by Eddie Cota

GOOD Music: New God Flow by HL

Light in the Attic Finds Old Records and Releases Them Like They're New by Jeff Weiss

Cormega: Street Essence by HL

Beat Traps: The Gaslamp Killer’s “Breakthrough” by Chris Daly

Album Reviews:

G.O.O.D. Music - Cruel Summer by TRU Brain Trust

G.O.O.D. Music - Cruel Summer by Jeff Weiss

G.O.O.D. Music - Cruel Summer by Henry Adaso

G.O.O.D. Music - Cruel Summer by Big Ghostfase

G.O.O.D. Music - Cruel Summer by Robbie Ettelson

G.O.O.D. Music - Cruel Summer by Andrew Winistorfer

G.O.O.D. Music - Cruel Summer by Max

G.O.O.D. Music - Cruel Summer by Jayson Greene

G.O.O.D. Music - Cruel Summer by Slava Kuperstein

Lil Wayne - The Dedication 4 by Big Ghostfase

Brother Ali - Mourning In America and Dreaming In Color by Fred Castano

Brother Ali - Mourning In America and Dreaming In Color by Jesse Fairfax

Brother Ali - Mourning In America and Dreaming In Color by Nate Patrin

Kreayshawn - Somethin 'Bout Kreay by Carrie Battan

Homeboy Sandman - First of a Living Breed by The Company Man

Slaughterhouse – Welcome To: Our House by Craig Jenkins

Waka Flocka Flame - Salute Me Or Shoot Me 4: Banned From America by Andrew Martin

The Gaslamp Killer - Breakthrough by Nate Patrin

Colin Munroe - Unsung Hero by Jesse Fairfax

Dum Dum Girls - End of Daze by Mason Jones

Band of Horses - Mirage Rock by Steven Hyden

How To Dress Well - Total Loss by Colin Small


Uncovered: The Making of Raekwon The Chef’s Only Built 4 Cuban Linx… Album Cover (1995) with Photographer Daniel Hastings by Ego Trip

The Bizarre Ride: An Interview With The Pharcyde’s Slimkid3 by Jacob Greene

Neek The Exotic - The Unkut Interview by Robbie Ettelson

Kreayshawn on Her New Album and the Worst Assholes on Twitter by Brian McManus

Compton Rapper Problem Wrote the Name of His New Mixtape in MDMA by Chaz Kangas

Answers for Questions Vol. 103 w/Blockhead


Kendrick Lamar Freestyles on Funkmaster Flex

Music Video: Raekwon - Scroll

Music Video: Skyzoo - Jansport Strings

Music Video: Wyclef Jean - Amadeus

Music Video: Curren$y - Jet Life (feat. Big K.R.I.T. & Wiz Khalifa)

Music Video: Alley Boy - Your Favorite Rapper (feat. Pusha T)

Music Video: C-Rayz Walz - Winter (Wonderland Glow Mix)

Music Video: Game - Celebration (feat. Chris Brown, Tyga, Wiz Khalifa & Lil Wayne)

Sadat X Kicks a Freestyle on #SwayInTheMorning

Kendrick Lamar Explains "good kid, m.A.A.d city" Album Cover

MPC Minute featuring DJ Premier & Pete Rock

MPC Minute featuring araabMUZIK

Nardwuar vs. Big Sean

Let My People Vote 2012 - Get Nana a Gun w/Sarah Silverman