In this new era, it’s hard to imagine dropping music without visuals to pair with it. Capturing the mood and feel of the track visually can be tough but below are some of my favorite videos of recent memory that made me love the songs even more.
Fiend x Curren$y – Flying Iron. One of the first rap videos I can remember using anime within it. Fiend and Curren$y glide over this jazzy sample in a video that brings out the nighttime essence and feel this track exudes. S/o Creative Control.
Pusha T – Numbers On The Boards. When this released I had the video on repeat. It was the first time in a long time that Kanye West’s name was on a production, and what made it even more grand is that it didn’t fit society’s norm. This video perfectly captured Pusha T’s grimacing tone and luxury baller raps on a gloomy Paris day. The devil walks the holy land type of aesthetics.
Westside Gunn – Mr. T. I had no strong feelings toward this song. FLYGOD is a personal classic though. For me, this track just meshed really well with the album. However after seeing this video, I fell in love with the song and it is now one of my favorites from Westside. It was as simple as seeing the FLYGOD posted on the block living up to everything he speaks.
A$AP Ferg x Meek Mill – Trap & A Dream. I’m not a big fan of A$AP Ferg, and Meek, I rock with more than Ferg but mainly support him for reasons aside from his music. But the quality of this video, as well as current predicaments, really captured me. I’ve been meaning to write a post on my favorite videos, and a post on how Meek swung for hiphop, this video/song inspired me to do both.
The reason I support Meek directly stems from him calling out Drake for using a ghostwriter. If we can all agree that everything is a little deeper than what it is then we can proceed accordingly.
“Hiphop has always had ghostwriters. Take away ghostwriters and you take away Lil Kim, Dr. Dre, Diddy’s No Way Out…”, said Memphis Bleek on his Drink Champs interview with Nore (paraphrased). I expect nothing less from a man whose career is based completely on a verse written for him by someone else. No disrespect to Bleek, but screw that.
I don’t listen to those artists he mentioned. I agree they have done great things for hiphop but like I have said in previous posts before, I can’t separate the person from the artist. And if that person isn’t the one penning the lyrics then I can’t rock with them on a personal level. What a shock, music is personal.
Diddy’s No Way Out, Dr. Dre’s 2001, and Lil Kim were all very important to hiphop. Despite how I feel or what I say. Those are facts.
That being said, Drake’s whole persona always felt fake to me. When Meek threw his shots, he was unprepared for the bout, but everyone sided with Drake due to politics.
Bridges were burned, fellow peers in the hiphop community were irate, and casuals were being casuals. Riding the wave and blowing everything out of proportion, Meek’s losses became bigger than what they were. As if Meek was a trash rapper. His diss to Drake wasn’t bad, it was just poorly timed.
But contrary to popular (Twitter) belief, Meek proved he wasn’t dead in the water when he released his album Wins & Losses. With his back against the ropes, he kept swinging, and seeing that won a lot of respect out of me.
A solid album, I’m surprised it didn’t ring off a little more. Fall Thru should be killing the radio airwaves. Drake effect?
Now it’s being said that the judge used her position of power to wrongfully imprison Meek, which she did, but could there be a higher power at work here? In the months post the Drake altercation, Meek Mill was constantly in negative light with media. As if the powers that be were punishing him for attacking their most prized possession, Drake. This situation could be compared to Kanye attacking Taylor Swift where he had to disappear.Meek’s disappearing act in this sense is prison time for petty crimes.
Stories have been coming out that the judge is being investigated for her wrongdoings, which she should, but we’ll see how that pans. For now, I’m sticking to my theory that the powers that be continue to try to separate the streets from the industry by platforming artists who are not about that life, but rap about it. Puppets, pawns, pimps and hoes.
The streets is not something to glorify, and those from it, though they rap about it, tend to have the consciousness that streams through their music letting us know, don’t take this path. The rappers out now, with all the backing in the world, don’t have this stream of consciousness. They’re just heavily drugged up, chasing a bag, blinded by what they’re doing. And what they’re doing is poisoning the youth and damaging the community. “Like I told you sell drugs, no, Hov did that, so hopefully you won’t have to go through that.” With all of this considered, that’s why I say #FREEMEEK. The “crimes” are petty, the sentencing is ridiculous, and the system been corrupt, but this one may be a little deeper than what meets the eye.
Here is a link to our post on hiphop and the private prison scandal. Leave your thoughts below.