Lupe Fiasco with the relevant rhymes

On March 11, 2013, 6-month year old Jonylah Watkins dies in Chicago after being shot 5 times from bullets intended to shoot her gang affiliated father who was holding her.

Four days later, on March 15, Wasalu Muhammad Jaco, a rapper from Chicago known by his stage name Lupe Fiasco releases a song imagining how Jonylah’s life could’ve turned out if her father would’ve turned his back on gang life.

In the alternate reality that Lupe Fiasco describes in his song “Jonylah Forever”, Jonylah lives on to become an intelligent young woman dedicating her life to helping others, also crossing path with Hadiya Pendleton (another victim of gun violence shot dead at 15) and eventually saving herself from what happened to her in real life.

Read the lyrics to the song below.

[Verse 1]
How about them bullets ain’t slow you up
You ain’t really die, we watched you grow up
At 12 months you took your first steps
Awkwardly across the kitchen floor to your best
Your first breaths that we can call words
Were in your father’s lap on November 23rd
And they were “live for me”, and he did for you
Flipped to Neutron and stayed inside the crib for you
And this commitment from your father
Imparted a deep sense of value you’d forever harbor
And we were all so proud as we seen you getting smarter
And bond grow deeper between a mother and a daughter
But you were not a martyr

[Verse 2]
At six, you started reading whole books
At seven, you knew how a brain looked
And could roughly describe, all the different regions
Could tell when we was sick and even knew the reasons
The world wasn’t at peace, gunfire every weekend
But you were hardly there, cause you was always leaving
Field museum, planetarium, aquarium
You saw something special in that tank you were starin’ in
And those moments as a little girl
You realized it was a bigger world
Bigger than the South Side, bigger than Chicago
You were bigger still wanted rims on your car, though
And big ass woofers in your car door
So you could wang like your daddy at the park eating sharks
Went to King where you were teased for being smart
Where you bumped into Hadiya teaching art
You live forever

[Verse 3]
At sixteen is when you got your scholarship
At twenty-two is when you got your doctorate
Even now it’s kind of hard to believe
But your father taught you work hard, and achieve
And you complied, accepted by every medical school you applied
But the coolest thing is when they offered you that high paying slot
You replied: “they need me in the hood” and that’s where you reside
Free clinic, nobody denied
That’s where you heard the shots and quickly ran outside
And saw a man and a van and a bleeding baby in his hands
Fading fast, but you knew she could survive
Did everything you could to keep this girl alive
Stabilized until the ambulance arrived
And in that moment, where you gave your help
I bet you didn’t know that you saved yourself

This is just one of the incredible tracks featured on Lupe Fiasco’s latest album “DROGAS WAVE”.  Listen to the rest here:

Are you taking Not3s?

So one of my favorite UK artists Not3s just released his new album “Take Not3s II” and my expectations have not been dissappointed. Quite the opposite actually. This 10 track project is filled with tunes that are both quotable and danceable (or if man don’t dance then headnoddable).

Let me start right away with my fave track “Just Fine”. Suuuuch a vibe. I quote; “My glow up is a haters hell on Earth, I hope they’re burning well, they sit on watch me shine, doin’ that Big Ben ’cause it’s my time”. Yesss! Another banger on this project is Sit Back Down with my beloved Maleek Berry of course. But this song you already know if you know and are in the knowing. If not, you better sit back down. “James St. Patrick, in a ghost when they see me” – HA!

I’m not gonna go through every single song on here but a general thing about Not3s; This likkle London boy is only 20 years old and has been working on his career since he was about 13 years old. Talking about being focused!! Most of you probably know him from his major hit “Addison Lee”. He was made to do this. Part of his success is certainly due to his ability to rap and sing at the same time. I personally really love his smooth voice. He’s one of the few rappers whose songs I would put as my morning alarm. Yeh I like to wake up slowly, I don’t know maybe you prefer being shouted at by Meek Mill. To each his own.

Anyways….musically this album has a lot to offer as well. “Neverland” features a vibey electric guitar a la Santana, “Palm Wine” has this Island Ting Sound that I love love love and “Trekked Like Me” does not only feature AJ Tracey but a completely unheard beat as well. You gotta listen to it in order to understand.

Another thing I like about Not3s is that his style and flow is super smooth and his lines are effortless and witty at the same time. Take this line from “Stressing Me” for example; “Take your cake and your recipe ’cause I need to make my dough”. Pretty smart innit? Eddie Murphy Meme.jpg

But listen to the album yourself. And if you get the chance to sit by the beach and look at palm trees make sure you play “Palm Wine” while doing so. Truss mi!

Drake let the scorpion out the box

So the new Drake album is finally out. If you don’t live on Mars (even though I’m pretty sure the Martians are listening to Drake as well, you know they have a pretty close connection to Drake through their most famous representative Lil Wayne) you probably know by now that Drake has a son. By the way if you got my joke about Lil Wayne just know, you’re a real one and I appreciate you.

Anyways…what you will also know is the fact that his new album is 25 tracks divided into two parts, one is rapping tough Drake and one is singing emotional Drake. Now I could write a 4-page essay as an album review right here BUT instead I’m just gonna tell you my initial thoughts and leave you to listen to it yourself. That is if you have the day off for some reason because according to my calculations it takes 1 hour 29 minutes and 9 seconds (don’t hold me to it please) to listen to the complete album just once. Ain’t nobody got time for that!

So let me say this, and keep in mind that I’m a die-hard Drake fan, always have been always will be: It is not possible to release an album with 25 tracks that are all equally great. It is simply not possible. Even Michael Jackson, the GOAT, never made an album that was longer than 15 songs. Now you can argue, alright but this is basically two albums released at once. One rap album and one singing album. But here’s the thing, you can take the singing Drake out of the rapping Drake but you can’t take the rapping Drake out of the singing Drake (read that again). In my opinion, what makes Drake so great is that he can do both at once, IN ONE SONG. Think back to “Best I Ever Had”. What was your first thought when listening to it for the first time? Mine was: Who the hell is this guy with this amazing distinctive voice that makes rapping and singing at the same time work?

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying this album is bad. I was just listening to “Nonstop” in the car and woah that beat is everything! Also hello? A Jay-Z feature!! Hell yes! And even more so, a Michael Jackson feature? Hell to the Yes, Yes! Reincarnating a legend, I see you Drake. Does that mean we’re getting a Michael Jackson hologram at the next Drake concert? Just a thought *shrugs shoulders* And my favorite song on the album “Emotionless”; that Mariah Carey sample is beautifully used and the lyrics are so so real. (Go to now and read the entire second verse #realness) And last but not least, probably my favorite line on the album “House on both coasts, but I live on the charts”. That definitely made me chuckle.

Arrrright…So to sum it up:
“Scorpion” is a good album!
From now on every girl will play “Ratchet Happy Birthday” on her birthday at least once.
Drake is a good father and he’s taking care of his son, so chill people thanks.
This album could have been great if he would’ve cut it down to less songs.

So now I leave you to make up your own mind about it. Enjoy!