First Diddy, now Nas has weighed in on what "gangsta" means now that the pioneers of gangsta rap are pushing 40 (or, in the case of Dr. Dre, are 40-something). According to Nas, "These days, to be gangster is to grow, to survive, to inspire, to change the world." --Esquire, January 2007.
Rhymefest updates Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five's classic in "Bullet": Straight outta high school he didn't know what to do Wanted to go to college but no money was nothin' new Wanted to get away go see the world and do somethin' new He got approached in the mall by the army recruit Told … Continue reading The Message 2006
''I wasn't afraid to be sensual and romantic. But I wanted to still hit you hard and make your body move. I just think that being honest is the most gangsta thing you could ever do.'' --Sean "Puffy"/"P-Diddy"/"Diddy" Combs A New Sound For Old What's-His-Name By SIA MICHEL New York Times September 10, 2006
In addition to being an average talent, here is what 50 Cent had to say about George W. Bush: "I think he's incredible. I think George Bush is a gangsta. That's what I think. I wanna meet George Bush, just shake his hand and tell him how much of me I see in him. Do … Continue reading Another Reason Not to Like 50 Cent
I haven't had alot of time to listen to Kanye West's much anticipated sophomore album, Late Registration, but I have been intrigued by the remix of the song "Diamonds from Sierra Leone." In the first half of the song, West makes very astute observations about the relationship between "bling" in America and the trade in … Continue reading What’s wrong with Jay-Z?
Someone was hyping The Game as the savior of West Coast rap. After all, he's produced by Dre and his new album debuted at #1 on the Billboard charts. So I listened to the collabo with 50 Cent, "How We Do." You can't avoid it, really. And I say: if The Game is the savior … Continue reading Savior of West Coast Rap?