Big K.R.I.T. @Forecastle Festival 7/17/15 Live Review

Big K.R.I.T. is truly one of the best rap artists out right now. He showed that last night at Forecastle Festival. Putting his heart and soul into every lyric he uttered and truly speaking his mind through his music. You can’t find that at too many rap shows nowadays. He even came out a few minutes early which that has NEVER happened at a rap show I’ve been at.

You could see the fire in his eyes from the start. He drove through his whole catalog of music from old hits such as “Rotation” and “Country Shit” to new hits such as “Mt. Olympus” and “My Sub Pt.3”. With the audience jumping and flailing around and shouting the lyrics right back at him you could tell it was influencing K.R.I.T. to go harder. You could see the sweat pouring off his face and flying off of him as he jolted around the stage. I’m not for sure if it was because he was rapping his ass off or if that it was in the mid eighties with very high humidity.

Touching on every album/mixtape he has out right now, Big K.R.I.T. even added an amorous vibe to the audience with “Let Me Fuck Your Brains Out” and “Pay Attention”. Saying “I’m just trying to help y’all fellas out right now”. Over all he just seemed really comfortable on stage and delighted to be performing in the South.

There was also a guest appearance. Big K.R.I.T. brought out one the rappers he listened to growing up, Talib Kweli. Talib performed his classic song “Get By”. He was in Louisville because he was performing later that night at the Mercury Ballroom as a part of Forecastle’s late night series.

K.R.I.T. broke down near the end of the concert into “The Vent”, dedicating it to “Whoever knows someone who is going through a struggle”. He has to be one of the most humble rappers. He continuously mentioned throughout his show how grateful he was to all the fans that support him and his music. At the end of the show he ran down to the end of the gate by the stage, then walked down the entire row of metal gates and thanked everyone that was lined up, shook their hands, and took pictures with them. You could just tell how sincere the man was.

IMG_1068IMG_1192IMG_1118IMG_1091IMG_1077

Outkast to end up beside Confederate generals on Stone Mountain?

Will Outkast really end up on Stone Mountain beside the carvings of Jefferson Davis, Stonewall Jackson, and Robert E. Lee? Probably not, but it won’t hurt to sign the petition. Started by Mack Williams on Moveon.org the petition now has almost 2,000 signatures. Even if the number of signatures required is meet I feel like the government isn’t going to go for this idea. Although I think it would add some flavor to the dull looking monument.

His explanation behind the petition draws from both comedic and serious aspects. Williams mentions that the monument highlights a regrettable time in the history of Georgia and also that Georgia needs more monuments recognizing the acts of great Georgians. He doesn’t wish to alter or destroy what is already craved into the monument, just add Daddy Fat Stacks and Three Stacks riding in a Cadillac. Williams thinks that Big Boi and Andre in the cadillac would just add to the confederate generals on horses. Who wouldn’t want see that?

The petition has even got an endorsement from half of Outkast. Big Boi retweeted a link of the petition on twitter along with a thumbs up emoji. Below is an artists rendering of what the monument would look like if Outkast were really added to it.

Outkast

Photo credit to Mack Williams

Yelawolf announces SlumFest, set for September 19th

Yelawolf has announced the very first SlumFest! It is going to take place in Nashville, Tn on September 19th. It’s also accompanied by the Devils Pass bike run. The Bike run will go through four cities before finally stopping in Nashville, Tn on the 19th for SlumFest.

Below you can see a flyer for the festival with the full lineup on it. Some of the bigger acts include Bubba Sparks,Yelawolf, andRittz. It looks like it is going to be a crazy time because so many genres of music are gonna be at this festival. It will include mainly rap with some metal and outlaw country thrown in there too.

We hope to see y’all out there September 19th!

slumfest

Future releases Dirty Sprite 2 tracklist

Well we know the tracklist now for DS2. It looks like Drake is the lone feature on the mixtape. Coming in at 18 tracks this is a good chunk of music.

The mixtape is just two days away from being released now so we wait have to wait much longer to hear it. Hopefully it lives up to the quickly ignited hype. You can check out the tracklist below
1. Thought It Was A Drought
2. I Serve the Base
3. Where Ya At feat. Drake
4. Groupies
5. Lil One
6. Stick Talk
7. Freak Hoe
8. Rotation
9. Slave Master
10. Blow A Bag
11. Colossal
12. Rich $ex
13. Blood On The Money
14. Trap Niggas
15. The Percocet & Stripper Joint
16. Real Sisters
17. Kno The Meaning
18. F*ck Up Some Commas

Future announces mixtape “Dirty Sprite 2”, says it will drop July 17th

ATLien Future has announced that the second installment in the “Dirty Sprite” mixtape series will be dropping July 17th, also revealing the album art as well. The album is available for pre-order on iTunes.

Although there is not an official track list out yet, rapper Drake has tweeted that he will be featured on the mixtape.

You can check out the album art below and stay tuned to see if Fufure decides to release the track list as well before the mixtape drops.

image

Free Weezy Album by Lil’ Wayne- Review

Weezy is back and this time with his Free Weezy Album. It’s a 15 track cut with a total of 10 features. Some of the bigger rap features include ATL’s own Jeezy, Wiz Khalifa, and Corey Gunz. The album comes at an interesting time during Weezy’s career with the label drama between him and his parent label Cash Money. Hence the album title, Free Weezy Album.

The album starts out somewhat strong. The first track has Wayne rapping his ass off for five minutes straight setting up what you think is going to be a pretty good album, maybe even his best since Tha Carter III, but it just goes downhill from there unfortunately. The album lacks a clear focus and meaningful lyricism.

You can’t really get a feel of where the album is going because it is being ripped in two opposite directions. You go from a pretty ghetto track “Murda” to what sounds like a pop rap track in “London Roads”. The album really puts you in the mindset of Drake mixed with Ed Sheeran. The Drake portion coming from Wayne heavily discussing his girl issues. Not that discussing woman issues is a bad thing. Drake does a good job with it, but that just isn’t Wayne. If I posted this lyric from “Without you”, “If you find your way home you know that porch light is on, I lay in bed wishing your side was warm”, and asked whether Wayne or Drake said it I bet ninety percent of you all, myself included, would guess drake.

As for the Ed Sheeran comparison I hear that in the production. I noticed on some of the tracks if you tune out the high hats you can hear how similar some of the instrumentation sounds to X by Ed Sheeran. The best example would be “My Heart Races On”. I can already hear Ed Sheeran singing over it a little bit but if you listen to it then listen to “Afire Love” I think they sound so similar. The album is just filled with to many pop influences which is why I think it fell flat on its face. Pop isn’t Lil’ Wayne.

There really isn’t any lyrical content to this album at all. It is all somewhat witty punchlines followed by how much money he has or how much he loves money. Which at this point in Wayne’s career I guess he has touched on all of the topics of his life, especially with Tha Carter series, but I feel he can do better than this. Surely he has more left in his arsenal than punchlines about pussy and money. Just a few years ago if you listened to a Wayne song you would have at least 3 moments where you were thinking “How the hell did he think to rhyme that?” Now you have 3 moments where you think “Why the hell did he just say that?”. With lines off this album such as “I turn into a piranha and eat it like tilapia” and “Lord knows I drive fast in my driveway” you can tell Wayne is in steep decline.

I would say this is one of the worst Lil Wayne albums I have heard. Just too much pop and not enough lyricism. I give this album a 4 out of 10. Poor showing from Wayne. Better luck next time.