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POWEr…LE$$ (Spoken Word)

POWEr…LE$$
By: Johnny Blaze

[Intro:]
December 19th, 2015
One-fourteen A.M……

[Verse 1:] (Peace)
POWEr…LE$$
Is the only word I can find, to describe,
How I feel, deep down inside,
Inside what? My mind? My head?
It’s 1AM; I should be in bed,
Got work in the morning and being awake is a dread
I feel locked and twisted,
I often shifted, my op-ti-mism,
The plot of my life thickens,
Part of me wants to pursue a path that used to be, non-exis-tent
Was never good at Math; can’t calculate what-the-difference,
Is, between the girl that I caught feelings for,
And me, young DLP; those three letters are my initials pour,
Out my feelings and somehow I spilled,
Too much already, and I was raised not to cry over milk,
What’s the deal? I’m a man who wants to maintain peace
Lately-she, is going through stuff and it wor-ries-me
She knows how I feel about her, but can’t quite take it all in
She feels defeated; I wanna show her she can always still win
I’m the one that’s fallen for her,
It’s Winter and her mind is snowed-in
I just wanna clear the way for her,
Let her realize I’m not just a friend; I’m her saviour,
Together, who knows what we could create later
But for now, she remains troubled, like what my mind is, to this paper

[Verse 2:] (Anger)
POWEr…LE$$
We had a conversation and by the end?
I was the sourest
Not sure if that’s a word, but after what I heard?
Her work life is absurd
She’s being treated like shit, or say a turd,
It saddens me, I want to see her get high up like a bird,
POWEr…LE$$; her wings cut off, heading down like a bell curve
I appreciate that she opens up to me, really, I’m a fan,
She vents out how her day is and I listen and understand
I bring peace,
She’s angry
All that’s between her and me?
Is money, and she’s getting all that she can,
And, I’m glad
She knows what school she wants to attend and has a plan
I, on the other hand, have a million things to do but she’s my main focus, damn…
I have patience with her, I just want to be her man,
United we stand, divided we fall and even then?
I’ll be there to catch her when she lands

[Verse 3:] (Money)
POWEr…LE$$
Told her Quit your job please! And sounded like a coward, yes
Promoting the idea to quit in her head may have thrown her off course,
It’s easier to quit than to fight, sure,
But in this case, she’s still young; money isn’t that impor-
-Tant, don’t be afraid to for-feit,
Who cares what you could afford,
I of course, will support, you, like a good friend,
Coming close to-the-end,
POWEr…LE$$,
Giving in, to each stroke, of my pen

60) “January 2nd”

60) January 2nd
By: Johnny Blaze

[Verse 1:]
The real is back, feelin’ jacked
Been a bean; senzu, sayin’/saiyan I’m super; fact
-Is, I practically practiced,
The art of rappin’,
On Christmas I was unwrappin’
Guess what happened?
Davey got wavy
Fused with Johnny Blaze, Super Stoned on the daily
-No show, no Jon Stewart,
I come wit written pieces but this ain’t nothin’ newer
Sooner or later you’ll understand I’m a legend in my craft
When I die, remember me for who I am, not for who I was in the past
They always say nice guys finish last,
So I gotta be a dick in order to get with her fast,
Or so it should be,
I fantasized about you every night for a week,
I dream free
‘Cause life’s a bitch and I’m a slave to her,
Write my thoughts towards these thots ’cause my heart lingers,
She’ll never understand that I’m the man in her favour,
I skip a beat just to box with this stranger,
Got damn, I can’t believe she’s on my mind, wanna be braver,
She doesn’t know it but I’m ready to be her saviour

[Hook:]
Don’t be a bitch ass (Don’t be a bitch ass)
Don’t let her go (Don’t let her go)
Can’t let her pass (Can’t let her pass)
But she got a man though (But she got a man though)
If I can convince her this, (If I can convince her this)
She’ll never look back (She’ll never look back)
If I don’t make a blow (If I don’t make a blow)
Then how can I make a wish? (Then how can I make a wish?)

[Verse 2:]
What’s a Vato like me gotta do to be happy?
I check her Instagram, my God she looking so fancy
I go on Twitter, not one tweet sadly
Then I lay in bed and go to sleep cranky
A bitter motherfucker I am, taking actions into my own hands like a vigilante
Sike I lied, da fuck am I suppose to do?
Sit and smoke until she single or pop her man like acne?
I usually don’t have these schemes in my head,
Johnny Blaze wants to burn her man like a slice of toast,
Ironic ’cause I used to be Wonderbread
The more I think about you, the more I feel bummy because you’re almost perfect
Like Kanye said,

[Sample: Blame Game by Kanye West]
“You made life worth it. Stick around some real feelin’s might surface.”

You da one girl and should we end up together,
I won’t pressure you like diamonds, but I’ll treat you like treasure
I mean that with sincerity,
Stay zen and strive for prosperity
When you become single I’ll chip in a hand,
Gotta take you out, but like a Pringle, you canned
‘Cause you don’t know it yet,
Your mind in another world,
I’m livin’ mine like a poet, eh
When oh when the day comes that you’re free,
You ain’t even gotta ask Siri to find me G
Yes sirree,
This is El Salvador’s greatest,
For ten Summers I haven’t seen my family; I’m losing my patience
When I go to Cali I’ll be my cousin’s favourite
Los Angeles and Bakersfield waits for me to watch the sunrise,
Lay on the beach and smoke some Cali Bud one time,
Recline, your seats everybody
Blaze creating fire, it’s getting foggy
The G’Day Man, nineteen, legal now and smoking dope is still a hobby

[Hook:]
Don’t be a bitch ass (Don’t be a bitch ass)
Don’t let her go (Don’t let her go)
Can’t let her pass (Can’t let her pass)
But she got a man though (But she got a man though)
If I can convince her this, (If I can convince her this)
She’ll never look back (She’ll never look back)
If I don’t make a blow (If I don’t make a blow)
Then how can I make a wish? (Then how can I make a wish?)

[Verse 3:]
I ain’t no bitch, I ain’t no coward
I’m legit, dunk like Howard
Sike I don’t ball, I just block
Tell Rob Ford to stay away from Rock
You n****s might have swag, or you might have money,
Or you might be a dick, with cute faced honeys,
Or you might be a fancy dude, with a gold ring
But check the birth date man, you ain’t the King
Nah, you ain’t the King
David’s the King
January 2nd

65) “Misery Loves Company”

The B.L.A.Z.E. Blog Post Series: The Day Special

65) Misery Loves Company
By: Johnny Blaze

Misery loves company,
That’s why it always comes for me
Sitting on this bench,
Beer in my hand ’cause I’m stressed
Guess, why I’m strugglin’?
For one, my Moms is constantly buggin’
Two, I got bills to pay; true
Three, still haven’t applied to College; eee…
Four, I could probably think of more
But why waste paper?
I got more friends than haters
I got more views than a single clue at what I’m gonna do,
-With my life,
That’s why I write,
My only outlet, it will be here when weed’s not,
Thinking How will I get my shit together?
I need to stop,
Drop,
And roll
A doobie? Ou wee!
Can I share with a girl? Have her livin’ a little loosely?
Excuse me, I gotz to turn the page,
Literally and metaphorically
*Pauses to take a sip from beer can*
I’m here man!
Wish I had more cash, more booze,
Might not be able to stand!
I slam women in writing ’cause I’m a loser, I’m not exciting
Just a quiet kid, long blonde hair,
I listen to Rap a lot; I constantly swear
Where, am I right now?
Toke Park, a kid wearing a Kanye-style mask,
Just passed by like a cat meows
Gonna see Damieow
And Dee-aye-geoo too,
Like Goku, I got two
-Balls, really want a bitch to suck them all
Ew, my verses just got dirty like Ol’ Bastard
But I know she’ll be on her knees and calling me “Master”
Nah, but in all seriousness,
I need to “Finish, It!”
Need to go to school and get good grades,
But I’ll probably go home and play as The Alliance; that’s Ryback and Johnny Blaze

63) “A Twitter Cypher Pt. II”

63) A Twitter Cypher Pt. II
By: Johnny Blaze ft.JDF

[JDF:]
Where my cypher nigga at?

[Johnny Blaze:]
Whaddup? It’s JDF & DLP, the sequel to A Twitter Cypha
Gather ’round everybody, make a circle and we’ll decipher
-Our lyrics,

[JDF:]
This shit I’m spittin’ is a freestyle; no written,
-Composition, it’s the G style,
It’s been a while,
-Since DLP n JDF freestyled

[Johnny Blaze:]
You already know homie,
I got haters who are jerks; masturbators,
But they don’t know me
So what should I do? Kill them slowly?

[JDF:]
It’s a fact we bubble wrap niggas,
I’ll rap ’till I trap niggas,
I’ll do what it takes to stack figures, can’t you see I’m making fixtures?

[Johnny Blaze:]
I think these lames need a fix sir,
A chemically imbalanced mixture,
Destroy their mind-frame,
I’m painting a vivid picture

[JDF:]
I’m cooking just to cop it,
Anything for profit
It’s a big picture you can’t crop it
The hot topic, you better stop before I pop it

[Johnny Blaze:]
We Breaking Bad like Heisenberg & Jesse Pinkman
Our methods can’t be corrected,
‘Cause we are bright, don’t blink, damn!

[JDF:]
The method’s simple:
Add DLP then multiply with JDF,
Now you got a rap crew that hits harder than meth,
Gonna steal the crown, no theft

[Johnny Blaze:]
My brain’s on auto
-Pilot, I might be quiet,
But question my ability and I will cause a riot
Hungry for more like I’m on a diet

[JDF:]
You can’t repair what’s been broken twice,
I lost my soul twice, now I’m rappin’ without a life,
I’m dead, spittin’ blood on my bed

[Johnny Blaze:]
Can no longer contain these thoughts in my head,
I write, hoping it can help me get bread
Or else I’ll be toast,
-With no hope

[JDF:]
These fucking thoughts are growing
It’s no wonder my hairs getting long, I got a song to put you to sleep, but it ain’t no lullaby

[Johnny Blaze:]
All I do is rhyme
Bitches “watching me” like that Young Buck line
I’m,
Just grateful
Though I’m white, I’m brown; no racial

[Outro: Johnny Blaze]
Hol’ up let me say this before my time is up
Breaking 140 characters, I’ll lay the Smackdown ’cause I’m RAW, uncut
The Ebola epidemic has been forgotten
I was sick for two days and this bitch at work approached me with caution
I often think ignorance is bliss,
So quit judging me if you don’t know shit!
You sloth looking chick,
I’ll throw you off a cliff,
Watch you fall to the bottom,
Then I’ll visit your body; it will rot by Autumn
This time around the Twitter Cypher was darker than Wesley Snipes in “Blade,”
Part II,
-Brought to you,
-By JDF & DLP; a.k.a. Johnny Blaze

62) “Poetry of a Madman”

62) Poetry of a Madman
By: Johnny Blaze

Will you still kiss me even if I have coffee breath?
How ’bout I chew on a piece of gum, it will reduce the smell; now no coffee’s left
What? It bothers you that my clothes stink of weed?
Baby I’m like Biz Markie,
“You got what I need”
And to you, I’m prolly “Just a friend”
But what am I talking about?
Shit, when I said that, my gum came out
Who cares,
I got anxious tendencies,
My mind and my heart, share
-The same feeling
Man I’m stoned; craving a banana, no homo, I’m just appealing
Or a peel… Ling?
Ring ding dong
Ring-a-ding ding ding dong

Things just got creative like a Dr. Dre song
Am I wrong though?
Can this woman accept “green” like she on GO?
Get it dude? On the GO,
-GO bus, don’t flip, we can be safe; trust
But, she should accept who I am, And love me for me,
Then it can be,
“Just the two of us,” like Eminem and his daughter Hailie,
I can’t swim, but I’d be down for some sailing
Hmm… It appears that my destination is near
The world is a hemisphere,
But if things swerve to the Edge,
Hey it’s a Christian; fuck it, gave him a spear
Dudeee, why is everybody trippin’ for?
How come when I express myself,
I offend their health?
People need to listen MORE!
Why is it such a problem that I listen to Hendrix?
Man if you don’t like me, good,
You can all eat ten dicks
See when my pen is lit, my penmanship is like a pendant, bitch
Swinging words left to right on the paper,
It’s a step-by-step process, fuck the stairs, gotta take the escalator
Or the elevator,
My brain bright, bring the lightsaber
*wah, wah… Wah-wah-wah*
Okay I’m done, bye, see ya later!

Poetry of a Madman

2014 Year-End Review: The Best Hip-Hop Mixtapes/EPs

2014 Year-End Review: The Best Hip-Hop Mixtapes/EPs
By: David Lazo-Pineda

Welcome to my first ever Hip-Hop year in review! Today we’ll be looking at a variety of mixtapes/EPs that took the year by storm. Some artists included in this review are Mac Miller, J. Cole and Childish Gambino to name a few. Also, at the end of this post, I will share what I believe is the best Hip-Hop mixtape/EP of the year. So lets break it down shall we?

1) Cilvia Demo (EP)
Released: January 28th
By: Isaiah Rashad
T.D.E’s new boy Isaiah Rashad kicked off the year with this 14-track EP titled Cilvia Demo. Songs like Cilvia Demo where he raps “Now sometimes I be gettin’ higher than a bitch, smoking on my lows, put the fire to the spliff, what up?” introduces to listeners that young Rashad is indeed a stoner which is great. He follows this track with R.I.P. Kevin Miller where he states “Y’all live for bitches and blunts, we live for weed and money” but it was the song West Savannah ft. T.D.E’s first lady SZA that really grabbed my attention. This soulful, relaxing tune pays homage to OutKast not only because of the song title, but also because Isaiah sings “Now can we fall inlove with Southernplayalistic bangin’ through the night?”

Isaiah Rashad showed the world that he’s talented as hell and this EP proved that. Great things are on the rise for this artist.

2) Revenge Of The Dreamers
Released: January 29th
By: J. Cole

The mixtape begins with a song titled Lil’ Niggaz which reveals a snippet of J. Cole freestyling on Tupac’s Ambitionz Az A Ridah. Listeners then get to hear from J. Cole’s Dreamville label mates. Bas spits some wisdom on Golden Goals, Lit and Ceelo With The G’s. Omen raps on a track titled Motion Picture, where the beat is a simple slow-paced kick drum and also shows his flow on the song Henny Flow. New artist Treasure Davis got the honour of exchanging hooks and verses with J. Cole on May The Bitter Man Win. Cole also expresses some lyricism on the song Revenge of the Dreamers where he vents “Ayo I walk along this long harbour of life and sit on the pier, reflect on my pain and shit on my fears.” I can guarantee listeners will have fun listening to track 9 titled Bitchez ft.Bas & Omen not only because the beat is insanely dope and the hook is hilarious, but these three artists created a masterpiece that friends can enjoy rapping when they are together, perhaps at a party:

Cole ends the mixtape the same way he started it; by rapping on another Tupac beat (Str8 Ballin’.) This time, he reveals the original version of his hit song from Born Sinner titled Crooked Smile and it’s a nice way to end the mixtape. Look out for Revenge of the Dreamers 2 in 2015!

CyHi The Prynce - Black Hystori Project Cover

3) Black Hystori Project
Released: February 24th
By: CyHi The Prynce

G.O.O.D. Music artist CyHi The Prynce dropped this mixtape in February in honour of Black History Month. CyHi has previously released dope mixtapes but this is by far his best one to date, mainly because the mixtape was entirely produced by Kanye West so you know it’s bound 2 to be great (see what I did there?) Songs like Huey ft.King Louie, Mandela, and Napoleon are examples of beats that go hard, not to mention that CyHi managed to make a hook just by repeatedly saying “Nelson Mandela,” but it worked surprisingly. CyHi reminds fans that he is a true Emcee/lyricist with the song 3:16 where you guessed it, spits three 16 bar verses, because he’s just that good. What surprised me as well about this mixtape is that CyHi got Aftermath’s newest artist, (who was personally signed by Dr. Dre) Jon Connor, to lend a verse on the song February 29th so that was cooler than a Dragon Ball Z character. CyHi has a song titled Cydel Young, which is his real name and he expresses “Cydel Young they feel me in Belgium and when I die, I’m going back to the heavens I fell from.” I should also mention CyHi is from Atlanta and is a fan of OutKast, which is why he raps on the SpottieOttieDopaliscious beat and kills it on the song Good Night ft.Marian Mereba, who shares her beautiful vocals. Guitar Melody is a song that catches your attention like a thot catches feelings. The sample used in this song made me visualize that this is something slaves would sing and take it how you want it but the voice used in this song is a beautiful thing:

With production from Kanye West, in his corner, CyHi The Prynce created a classic mixtape that will forever be played every February which I now consider Black Hystori Month and for that, I thank you Mr. Cydel Young.

4) The Late Registration Of A College Dropout Who Had A Dark Twisted Fantasy Of 808s And Heartbreak
Released: March 18th
By: Jon Connor

You probably didn’t bother reading that long ass title, but Flint Michigan’s Jon Connor is the future and this mixtape hosted by DJ Drama, is a prime example as to why. Jon some how got the thumbs up to rap on a variety of Kanye West beats, I guess that’s the advantage he has when Dr. Dre is his mentor. Jon first raps on Kanye’s We Don’t Care beat from The College Dropout which is fitting since that was the first song on Kanye’s debut album and it’s the first song on this mixtape. Next, Jon murders the Power beat from My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and even sings Dwele’s part. Power is followed by New Slaves where Jon raps “Rap done got so bad, everybody feel like they can do it too, Niggas droppin’ these songs and it’s droppin’ my I.Q.” New Slaves also features a sample of former WWE Superstar CM Punk because Jon’s whole motto is that he is “The Best In The World” much like CM Punk was when he was in his prime. Jon then spits on the Barry Bonds instrumental from Kanye’s Graduation album, then Workout Plan, then Flashing Lights then he absolutely slaughters the Black Skinhead beat better than Kanye in my opinion (I know that’s a bold statement.) If you weren’t already flabbergasted by Jon’s ability to kill beats, he raps on a Kanye West instrumental that I believe Kanye has never used which again, I would like to reiterate, having Dre as his mentor means Jon can get amazing connects. Doin’ My Job is a song that relates to anyone who has ever hated their job which is why it’s my favourite track on the mixtape and it might be yours as well. Jon continues to amaze by using ‘Ye’s Big Brother concept from the Graduation album where Kanye vented that Jay Z is his big brother:

Jon made this song to express his gratitude towards Dr. Dre with “My big brother is Em’s brother, Eazy-E, Yella and Ren’s brother. Who is Ice Cube brother, who is D.O.C’s friend and became my mentor now let the story begin.” Jon ends his #BestInTheWorld mixtape the same way Kanye ended his debut album; with Last Call. Let it be known if you weren’t a fan of Jon Connor’s before, listen to this mixtape and you will be I promise you this.

5) Faces
Released: May 11th
By: Mac Miller

After Watching Movies With The Sound Off came out in 2013, it seemed that Mac was living under a rock. He even went under a new alias with Delusional Thomas but then he dropped this 24-track mixtape and fans were convinced; Mac was back. Mac reflects on his success thus far on the song Here We Go and proudly announces “I did it all without a Drake feature!”

Speaking of features, Mac has ScHoolboy Q on the song Friends, Earl Sweatshirt on the fast-paced track Polo Jeans, Rick Ross on the banger Insominak where Mac throws shade at Drake again with “I’m on my worst behaviour, Bad side piece with the perfect flavour. Mothafuckas never loved us, Comin’ for your money mothafucka, don’t trust us!” Mike Jones was featured on the trippy track titled Uber and Vince Staples on the 9th Wonder produced track titled Rain. This mixtape sufficed fans and needless to say, Faces was Most Dope.

6) House Rules
Released: May 21st
By: Slaughterhouse

With the success of Welcome to: Our House in 2012, Slaughterhouse returned to the mixtape game with House Rules. Joell Ortiz steps up to the mic first on House Rules (Intro) with “Ye niggas the gang is back again, Royce givin’ his beard a scratch again, Crooked lit a cuban, Joe actin’ like he tweetin’ but he do that once the track begin, I’m just nibbling on this plastic pen.”

SayDatThen is the second track where the theme is “You got somethin’ on your mind nigga? Say dat then.” Illmind Interlude is the third track and this time it’s Crooked I (now known as Kxng Crooked) and Joell Ortiz who take the stage. There are moments on this mixtape where the four members of Slaughterhouse instead of all being on a song have individual songs. For instance, Joe Budden teams with Emmany on Trade It All, Royce Da 5’9″ goes solo on the song Keep It 100, Crooked I expresses his demons on Struggle and Joell Ortiz describes his life on Life In The City. Nevertheless, whether they are all together on a song or not, House Rules undoubtedly reminded fans that Slaughterhouse rules; they are the juggernauts of this rap shit, like it or not.

7) The Beauty Of Independence (EP)
Released: August 25th
By: G-Unit

Watch Me is the first song we listen to from the revived rap group G-Unit which now consists of Young Buck, Lloyd Banks, Tony Yayo, new comer Kidd Kidd and leader 50 Cent. This 6-track EP was so necessary to Hip-Hop; it proved that not only are these five artists at the top of their game, but also that they can co-exist now more than ever despite all the issues they had in the past. I Don’t Fuck With You has such a nostalgic gangsta rap type of feel and they delivered with their lyrics as well. One thought that lingered on my mind while listening to this EP is can New Orleans’ Kidd Kidd hang with these Hip-Hop heavyweights? On the song Changes, he proved his writing ability with “Guess I gotta stop postin’ all this money on Instagram, they welcome you with open homes and open hands. I ain’t rich like 50, I just know the man, red emoji faces in your texts, I know you mad.” Kidd Kidd also drops some knowledge later in the song with “They say family’s first. But family’s the first to get you hurt. And these hoes even worse, all these riches is a gift and a curse” and that’s where Lloyd Banks picks up where Kidd left off perfectly with his unfuckwitable bars as usual:

It’s evident that I had doubts about the new G-Unit but they proved they remain cohesive enough to rule Hip-Hop once again. Look out for the sequel to this EP in 2015!

8) STN MTN/Kauai
Released: October 2nd & 3rd
By: Childish Gambino

STN MTN is Gambino’s seventh mixtape hosted by Gangsta Grillz while Kauai is his second EP. So first we’ll look at STN MTN (pronounced Stone Mountain) Fucks Given is exactly what you think it is; a song about not giving a fuck or as ‘Bino puts it “I came here to do my own shit; no fucks given.” Following Fucks Given is No Small Talk ft.Kari Faux who steals the show on this one because of her creative way of influencing women to shake the booty with “Make it bounce, make it bounce like Spalding.” Money Baby is cool because ‘Bino tells fans he likes to smoke weed whilst singing on the hook. Next, ‘Bino freestyles on Future’s hit Move That Dope instrumental. Even the skit Childish Gambino @ The Atrium is laugh out loud funny, we get a glimpse of Donald Glover’s comedy which fans appreciate because of his former role on the show Community:

The mixtape ends with a throwback; Gambino raps on the Go DJ beat and kills it obviously because low key, Childish Gambino has grown man bars. Conclusion? STN MTN is dope like a tweet from Jaden Smith

The Kauai (pronounced Ka-Why-E) EP has 7-tracks and begins with a song called Sober. Listening to ‘Bino sing “And now that it’s over, I’ll never be sober, I couldn’t believe, but now I’m so high,” followed by what feels like a nostalgic 80s dance beat but with modern production added to it, Sober is the kind of song that is not only relatable, but also catchy:

Jaden Smith makes his presence known on this EP near the end of the song Pop Thieves (Make it Feel Good) the only way Jaden Smith can: “They say you never say never, it’s real. Electric eels, in da water, we should probably not go deep.” Jaden makes another appearance on this EP on the song Late Night In Kauai where he storytells and rhymes here and there followed by ‘Bino spittin’ then takes a break and talks to the listener with “My nigga Jaden Smith droppin’ jewels and niggas don’t even believe him because he’s Jaden Smith.” The EP concludes with a Beach Picnic version of the song 3005 from ‘Bino’s album Because The Internet and it’s soothing. Basically, Childish Gambino gave us a mixtape and a EP both on one record and it was awesome.

Rapsody - Beauty and the Beast EP Cover

9) Beauty And The Beast (EP)
Released: October 7th
By: Rapsody

If you’ve been sleeping on the Femcee Rapsody, you suck. Just kidding, but seriously how many female rappers are out here that actually have talent? Exactly. You couldn’t even think of one (Iggy and Nicki don’t count because they suck.) Rapsody teams with her mentor 9th Wonder who produced this EP and Feel It is first off this 10-track EP and it’s totally rad. She spits “I’m still fresher than all of y’all, linen out the dryer, we don’t close pens, still hangin’ on every line I spit before ten.” There’s a song titled The World where it samples Nas’ If I Ruled The World ft.Lauryn Hill and Rapsody raps “My stomach growls, my hunger for wisdom is from the owls, wrap my body in towels like Ghandi and tell you all to bow.” Track 7 titled Godzilla is the banger of the EP where the hook is “Godzilla crushin’ y’all villas, Godzilla only God’s illa, amen.” She also calls out Nicki Minaj and Iggy Azalea with “I’m burnin’ yo city, they fear me, Black and I’m witty, while y’all still argue about Nicki, Iggy, I’m killing these biggies, Biggie.”

Despite all these dope tracks, it’s the song The Man that takes this EP to new heights. Rapsody tells the story of a boy who struggles to be the man of a house since his dad left and also gets picked on at school. There’s also a hidden song within this one and it’s something everybody needs to hear I don’t wanna spoil it. Needless to say, Rapsody is untouchable when it comes to rapping and this EP proves that Iggy and Nicki can’t come close to her mic skills.

10) Prohibition
Released: October 14th
By: Berner & B-Real

Prohibition is a mixtape for the stoners. The mixtape starts with Prohibition (Intro) in which you hear several TV breaking news stories about how marijuana sales have secured millions of dollars for the state of Colorado and that “business hasn’t slowed down.” The song Shatter is where Berner raps “It don’t matter what you smoke we smoke better, our joints are much fatter, girl scout, lemon shatter.” Later, B-Real from Cypress Hill pleads “If you should ever call the doctor and you need that medication, make appointments with my nurses they will serve up any patients.” Furthermore, songs like Faded ft.Snoop Dogg, Xanax and Patron ft.Demrick which is personally my favourite because that beat is fucking chill and Strong ft.Wiz Khalifa are tracks you simply blaze to, get in a daze to and feel great too:

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11) Burning Bridges (EP)
Released: December 15th
By: Ludacris

We have come to the last EP that made the list. Burning Bridges is an EP that Ludacris who’s real name is Chris Bridges, dropped just before the year ended and it features a handful of artists on this 6-song tracklist. New Beginning Intro transitions perfectly into Money ft.Rick Ross where Luda raps “I was told to go to school, graduate and get a job but I’m a Hip-Hop cash king, rapper from the south and everybody wants the easy way out.” Cee Lo Green is featured on Problems, G.O.O.D. Music’s John Legend is on In My Life where he shares his talented vocals as you can imagine and Jason Aldean on the self-titled song Burning Bridges which is my favourite off the EP. Luda vents about relationship issues and Jason’s vocals assist the song perfectly:

Miguel is also featured on this EP on the soft piano tune titled Good Lovin’ which is the last track on the EP where Luda vents about his past relationships with girls and how the energy with them is off. This EP is short but sweet and showed a more vulnerable Ludacris. At the same time, Luda reminded Hip-Hop heads that with his wide range of vocabulary words, he remains a veteran in this rap game and for that, I salute him.

Now that we covered all of that good stuff, it’s time for I, the EinsteinOfRap, to declare that Jon Connor’s The Late Registration Of A College Dropout Who Had A Dark Twisted Fantasy Of 808s And Heartbreak is the best Hip-Hop mixtape of 2014 no doubt about it:

There you have it folks, thanks for reading my review and if this blog post made you want to go download, buy and listen to any or all of these mixtapes/EPs, then my job here is done!

Cole World: Sideline Story Vs. Born Sinner

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Cole World: Sideline Story Vs. Born Sinner: A Track-By-Track Review
By: David Lazo-Pineda

Hello everybody and welcome to my first ever track-by-track review! With the release of J. Cole’s highly anticipated third album coming home for the holidays, (that was a J. Cole song reference from The Warm Up) I thought it would be interesting to compare his previous two albums to see which one is better.

It’s been long debated on which is better, Jermaine’s debut project Cole World: Sideline Story or his sophomore effort Born Sinner. Now, the EinsteinOfRap will breakdown (another reference) both albums track-by-track, in hopes to find an answer.

At the end of this post, you the reader can also have the opportunity to join in the discussion, by voting on which album is better in your honest opinion. So without further ado, let’s get to it!

1. Intro Vs. Villuminati
I like that Cole briefly rapped over some piano keys on the Intro to Cole World: Sideline Story however, the opening track on Born Sinner is “way deeper this time” as Jermaine puts it. Villuminati not only is longer than Intro, but it speaks more volume when it comes to making a strong introduction to an album. Also, Cole samples The Notorious B.I.G. from the song Juicy where Biggie raps, “Born sinner, the opposite of a winner.” This is fitting to Cole’s album concept because well, the title of his sophomore album is Born Sinner. Therefore, this is why I picked Villuminati over Intro.

Winner: Villuminati!

2. Dollar and a Dream III Vs. Kerney Sermon (Skit)
This is another track vs. skit contest which again, goes to the song that is longer which is Dollar and a Dream III from C.W.S.S. Personally, I felt that this concept of having nothing to something is inspiring and Cole has succeeded when it comes to this trilogy of rap songs. While the Kerney Sermon skit is delightful in a sense that we catch a glimpse of the following track on Born Sinner, titled LAnd of the Snakes, it wasn’t enough to go head-to-head with the Dollar and a Dream concept. C.W.S.S easily gets the point here.

Winner: Dollar and a Dream III!

3. Can’t Get Enough ft.Trey Songz Vs. LAnd of the Snakes
This was one of the more challenging tracks to decide on which is better but it came down to a few things. For one, Can’t Get Enough is a song that was one of the lead singles for the debut album which was also a hit on the radio. Meanwhile, LAnd of the Snakes wasn’t as commercially successful. However, LAnd of the Snakes does sample OutKast’s Da Art of Storytellin’ Pt. 1, but at the same time, I couldn’t get enough of J. Cole and Trigga Man’s collaboration on this track, so I had to give it to C.W.S.S on this one.

Winner: Can’t Get Enough!

4. Lights Please Vs. Power Trip ft.Miguel
This was a tough one. If you’re a true fan of J. Cole, you know that Lights Please was first introduced to the world on Cole’s second mixtape titled The Warm Up which became a hit in the underground world of Hip-Hop. Fans like myself appreciated the fact that he put this particular song on the album, but when I listened to Power Trip which is arguably one of J. Cole’s best songs ever, I knew this song was special. This song was so special, I even wrote my own verses to it which you can read here, so B.S. gets the point hands down.

Winner: Power Trip!

5. Interlude Vs. Mo Money (Interlude)
This is a Interlude vs. Interlude battle and I picked the C.W.S.S Interlude because it was more fascinating to me to understand the story of how J. Cole got signed to Roc Nation which was the same night cops pulled him over but he didn’t care, because he already knew he was going to be signed to Jay Z! What a relief for him right? Although Cole drops some knowledge for us on Mo Money, I had to slide closer to Interlude this time around just because I enjoyed the story so much.

Winner: Interlude!

6. Sideline Story Vs. Trouble
“I put my heart and soul in this game I’m feeling drained,” are the words you first hear when you listen to the calm and relaxing tune to Sideline Story. As Cole reflects on his life at that moment, we get to see how he accepts adversity and conquers through his pain. Meanwhile on Trouble, we see a more outraged Cole, where he raps as if he’s crying for help because of his drunken stupors. While both songs contain great content, I sided with Sideline Story because of how much more chill it is compared to Trouble and it’s catchy chants.

Winner: Sideline Story!

7. Mr. Nice Watch ft.Jay Z Vs. Runaway
This one was kinda easy because when you have Jay Z on your debut album, you know you have a great song. Mr. Nice Watch is just that. The whole theme is obviously about time and watches but it was Jay Z’s clever verse that really stole the show here, not to mention the awesome guitar riffs we hear after the hook fades. On Runaway however, we get some comedy from good ol’ Mike Epps and an uncredited Big Sean “woah” near the end of each hook. Cole also sings his soul with “I’m holding on desperately. Runaway, runaway, runaway.” Nevertheless, Mr. Nice Watch takes the cake here because Roc Nation that’s why.

Winner: Mr. Nice Watch!

8. Cole World Vs. She Knows ft.Amber Coffman
Probably the hardest one I had to choose between. See I love rapping along to Cole World, the part where he goes “Got a hundred fifty bitches in the club starring at me. How I feel? Very happy hey!” It’s that braggadocious rap that Hip-Hop heads like myself love to listen to but at the same time, I caught myself loving another song. She Knows has every element that makes a song perfect. With a guess feature by Amber Coffman; a name not familiar to Hip-Hop fanatics and I’m sure it got heads scratching when buyers read the title. However, the song was incredible and it can apply to any situation as well. For instance, I caught myself in a scenario where a girl I knew, knew something I knew, so I just had to rap along and say “She knows, hey!” Despite that pause near the end of this song where it suddenly goes quiet then your ears get surprised by the loud vocals of Ms. Coffman, she makes the song even more special with her wise lyrics with an interesting tone. That’s why She Knows gets the point.

Winner: She Knows!

9. In The Morning ft.Drake Vs. Rich Niggaz
I know what everybody reading this post is thinking. And if you don’t let me explain like Kevin Hart. I don’t like today’s Drake, I mean I believe he’s too sensitive for my liking. I’m afraid if I listen to Takecare or Nothing Was The Same, I might cry over an ex I never had. But I will say this; Drake had a lot of great songs in the past. Successful ft.Trey Songz and Lil’ Wayne, Light Up ft.Jay Z, Forever ft.Kanye West, Lil’ Wayne & Eminem are just a slew of songs Drake has created that are great in my opinion but his new material has gone a different route which does not suffice my ears. Needless to say, when he collaborated with Cole on this song which apparently all the ladies love, I enjoyed it surprisingly. Despite my view on the Drake of today compared to Drake from the past, I honestly believe we need more Cole and Drake songs because they are two artists who complement each other well in the world of Hip-Hop. This is why I favoured In The Morning over Rich Niggaz because Rich Niggaz seems like a sequel to Mo Money which is cool, but not enough to beat the soulful combination of one Jermaine Cole and one Aubrey Graham.

Winner: In The Morning!

10. Lost Ones Vs. Where’s Jermaine? (Skit)
While the Where’s Jermaine skit is an effective prelude to Forbidden Fruit ft.Kendrick Lamar, Lost Ones is a classic and everyone should recognize this. Lost Ones connected to me even though I’ve never been in a situation where I got my girlfriend pregnant but the story telling on this song is enough to make you believe you are going through what Cole’s going through and that says a lot! Lost Ones is easily a record that can speak to a generation where sex is out in the open and teen pregnancy is an occurrence so this would be something that relates to this generation and that’s why Lost Ones wins.

Winner: Lost Ones!

11. Nobody’s Perfect ft.Missy Elliott Vs. Forbidden Fruit ft.Kendrick Lamar
I really loved the fact that Cole got the Hip-Hop veteran Missy Elliott to sing on the the track Nobody’s Perfect. I thought the collaboration here was great, the lyrics were top notch but my first reaction when I listened to Forbidden Fruit was memorable above all. I remember covering my face with my hands because I couldn’t believe how ballsy Cole was by sampling one of the greatest Hip-Hop groups of all time, A Tribe Called Quest’s song Electric Relaxation. The song had a theme and stood by it and even though Kendrick Lamar didn’t spit a verse on this one, he still managed to shine bright like the Compton kid that he is. Forbidden Fruit wins here because “You know dat. Beetch. Beetch. Beetch!”

Winner: Forbidden Fruit!

12. Never Told Vs. Chaining Day
I like Never Told a lot because of the whole “don’t snitch” lesson that is introduced here, but I related more to Chaining Day because of the reminder that chains don’t make the man, man makes the chain. Plus, the instruments used on Chaining Day and the slow mo voice of Cole near the end is intriguing, so I gotta go with Chaining Day on this one. Also notice that on Cole World: Sideline Story, Cole rapped about watches on Mr. Nice Watch then he rapped about chains on Chaining Day. Just something to ponder about!

Winner: Chaining Day!

13. Rise and Shine Vs. Ain’t That Some Shit (Interlude)
Once again we get to hear some words from the great Jay Z during the beginning of Rise and Shine. It’s only fitting throughout the album that Cole was telling the story of how he got signed which was concluded with the following from Hova: “I’mma find him, I’mma sign him. I don’t want no problems *chuckles*” In addition, Rise and Shine’s hook is fascinating because Cole vents how if he dies, he wants God to take his soul which means he wants to go to heaven naturally. Although Ain’t That Some Shit was fun and more of a rapid-rap type of song, it didn’t compare close to Rise and Shine’s holy lyrics. Cole shined on this track.

Winner: Rise and Shine!

14. God’s Gift Vs. Crooked Smile ft.TLC
God’s Gift hits your eardrums harder than a left hook from Mike Tyson. The song is simply dope, soulful and raw all wrapped in one big… Gift. However, Crooked Smile features TLC; a popular R&B/Hip-Hop Grammy award winning group in the late 90’s so when Cole got them back together to sing the hook for this record, it had potential to be a hit, which it did despite not having Lisa “Left Eye” on the song (R.I.P.) Crooked Smile is the kind of song that expresses how imperfection is okay and even though Cole has crooked teeth, he doesn’t feel the need to fix them or as Cole puts it, “They tell me I should fix my grill because I got money now.” In addition, the theme of the record empowers young females to wake up and be okay with what “God already put his paint brush on” as in, being confident with who you are and accepting your flaws. I believe Crooked Smile has a strong message just like Lost Ones, can’t you see J. Cole’s just too damn good people?! Crooked Smile had me smiling, point for Born Sinner.

Winner: Crooked Smile!

15. Breakdown Vs. Let Nas Down
Let Nas Down is a song that is so important to Hip-Hop and possibly to Cole as well. The song reveals the story on how Cole’s song Work Out became a radio hit but when rap legend Nas heard it, he didn’t like it at all or as Nas puts it “Yo you da one, why you make that shit?” Cole found this out through Hip-Hop producer No I.D. who’s worked with Jay Z, Kanye West and Nas on several occasions and also produced Never Told. Cole couldn’t believe he let Nas down so he made this song to express his apology towards him. It should be noted because I think people forgot this happened, but Nas replied to this song with a remix called Made Nas Proud and you guys can listen to the extended remix which includes both Let Nas Down by J. Cole followed by Made Nas Proud by Nas obviously. If you’re really interested, take a listen here:

On the contrary, Breakdown is the kind of song that I related to on so many levels. For one, it’s evident that Jermaine and his mother have a close relationship and it shows in this song. Cole raps about how he broke down when he seen what his mother was doing; drugs, crack in a pipe more specifically. There’s also this hatred in Cole’s tone towards his father because he’s the reason Cole’s mother did what she did, which resulted in Cole having an emotional break down. This related to me personally because if you read my blog posts in the past, you know I too have a close relationship with my mother but it’s not the same with my father. Nevertheless, it’s hard not to connect to this song and therefore, it gets my vote.

Winner: Breakdown!

16. Work Out Vs. Born Sinner ft.Fauntleroy
I absolutely adore the last song on Cole World: Sideline Story called Work Out. I thought it was brave and ridiculously clever for Cole to sample Kanye West’s The New Workout Plan on his debut album where the original song is also coincidentally from Kanye’s debut album The College Dropout. J. Cole took Kanye’s concept on the act of physically working out to a relatable stand point where he asks a girl that he had a thing with if it will work out. Yeah, pretty wise I know. This is also the song that as previously mentioned, sparked controversy with Nasir Jones. But it is what it is so we must move on!
Born Sinner ends with the self-titled track featuring vocals from James Fauntleroy who if you didn’t know, is part of the Hip-Hop group Cocaine 80’s who have worked with several artists around the world.
“Spinning in circles, live my life without rehearsal, if I die today my nigga was it business? Was it personal?” Is the opening question Cole asks on this track which lyrically speaking is on point. Because if one is spinning in circles, that is a routine lifestyle but Cole contradicts himself by saying he doesn’t live his life without rehearsal. Just something to digest and we haven’t even gotten past the first bar! God damn, Cole is just sick with it guys. This was the perfect way to end the album and if you have it on repeat, it literally transitions beautifully from Born Sinner to Villuminati because of the whole “I’m a born sinner but I’ll die better than that; swear” so you can relive the awesome experience that is, Born Sinner which is why the self-titled track wins my vote in the final battle of Cole World: Sideline Story vs. Born Sinner.

Winner: Born Sinner!

Also, though there is a bonus disc included with Born Sinner, it was not used in this discussion because Truly Yours III is a different project compared to Cole’s albums.

Therefore, with a 9 out of 16 over a close 7 out of 16, my overall album pick based on the tallied up score is…

COLE WORLD: SIDELINE STORY!

There you have it folks, the EinsteinOfRap has concluded that Cole World: Sideline Story is the better J. Cole album out of the two. Don’t forget to purchase a hard copy of 2014 Forest Hills Drive or download it online.

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Agree or disagree with my results? Now’s your chance to vote on which album you think is better!

Until next time,

Stay Zen and Prosper