The title track from Royce 5’9’s new album Layers features the likes of hip-hop heavy weights Pusha T and the false Rick Ross over some Mr Porter production. The video sees our heroes helping a crooked politician to see the neighborhood that he helps to destroy by lining his pockets. At some point, someone at sometime will be held accountable. Royce is enjoying a resurgence over the past few years and I for one am here for it. He’s always been able to spit but down people seem to be acknowledging him for it.
Before they were “Grindin'” Malice and Pusha were painting vivid pictures of the highs and lows in the crack game. Over horns and the unmistakable hi-hats provided by a young Neptunes duo, The Brothers Thorton project a grim picture of the reality of the drug dealer persona that so many champion. This was over 15 years ago, to say The Clipse were ahead of their time is a gross understatement. The world was not ready for Exclusive Audio Footage, luckily in the digital age the project eventually saw the light of day. Peace to Skipp who got me reminiscing on “Funeral” the other night.
Video from South Chicago RnB singer Chris James featuring King Push. Purchase the single from iTunes by clicking here. Be sure to check out Chris James L.I.F.E. (Love Isn’t For Everyone) dropping this year. Since linking up with John Monopoly and Rich America in 2012, see Kanye West, things have been looking up for the Chi-Town soul singer. Video was directed by Gravitii Films
My Name Is My Name is a very good album, it’s impossible for me to pick a favorite song from the album. But, this song is high on the list. It’s personal, it’s honest, and it offers a nice break to the album. Pusha also answers critics who might have tried to drive a wedge between his brother and him. “My better half / chose the better path / applaud him / younger brother me / a spoiled child / I fought him.” Since they haven’t shot a video for it, here is a live version of Pusha performing it.
No Malice drops visuals for his retrospective and informative track “Bury That”. From his debut album Here Ye Him which dropped earlier this year, he sheds light regarding his relationship with his brother Pusha T. As a Christian, maybe I’m a little more sympathetic to the plight of No Malice. This industry is meant to be your God, period. It is increasingly difficult to be a successful musician and a Christian. But art intimidates life I guess, we live in a society where living as a Christian seems to be almost impossible. Pressure attacks you from all angles; stress, pride and envy are but a few tools which can be used to throw someone off their paths. And once you are on the right path, people are quick to throw stones and put everything in your live under a microscope. I suppose being a Christian means being perfect to some. Lord, knows I am certainly not that. I applaud No Malice for maintaining his faith and being in the open about it. Embrace your past and use it to build. Through our mishaps we can teach those behind us to not make the same mistakes. We can build instead of destroy.
I am not an advocate for violence, however, live by the sword and you die by the same sword. Careful the company you keep, I’m just sayin’. 40 Glocc and them already showed you the gangster pedigree of Lil DeWayne….. Don’t get me wrong, NO is known for true to life gangsters, but Lil DeWayne and Drake? Gangsters don’t dress like this
“Thou shalt not raise a false report: put not thine hand with the wicked to be an unrighteous witness.” Welp! Here we go…..Young Money vs Pusha T? Drake vs Pusha? DeWayne vs Pusha? G.O.O.D. Music vs YM or Cash Money? My money is on Pusha……..