Rihanna and Drake have some real chemistry in the video for What’s My Name. Hmm…

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Rihanna’s Raining Men ft Nicki Minaj sounds like a mix of Beyonce’s Diva and Single Ladies. Confused? Take a listen.

Click here to listen and download.

Check out the beat on Diva. Sound familiar?  And the Diva beat sounds like this.

Now check out the chorus on Put A Ring On It.

 

 

It’s not Friday but check out Kanye West’s new song All of the Lights ft Rihanna, John Legend, The-Dream, Ryan Leslie, Alicia Keys, KiD CuDi, Fergie and Elton John(??!!)

You may remember this one from Runaway.  It was the track that played during the “parade” with the Michael Jackson float.  Click here to listen and download the full track (props to Nahright.com).  Only 19 more days until Kanye’s album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy drops.  Fast forward to 7:32 to hear All of the Lights in Runaway.

The new Eminem video is disturbing especially given Rihanna’s role. Does it make its point or go too far?

Love the Way You Lie – Eminem ft. Rihanna, starring Dominic Monaghan and Megan Fox

The evolution of Kanyeezy: Here’s a timeline showing how Kanye West is quietly becoming the best MC in the game.

The first time I saw Kanye West perform in person was when Talib Kweli brought him onstage in 2003.  Kanye did not have an album yet but was making a name for himself as a producer.  He wanted to be an MC but the gents at Roc-A-Fella thought he was not ready for primetime.   Talib, however, was down to give him some shine.  Talib introduced him as someone to watch out for and Ye began to spit.  He damn near got booed off the stage…My how times have changed.  Witness the evolution of Kanye West:

2001 – Young Yeezy sets the world on fire with his production on The Blueprint but he is secretly yearning to rock the mic:

The Takeover – Jay-Z

2004 – Kanye finally gets his chance to go from behind the boards to in the booth and he does not disappoint.  He creates the third gospel rap song to to become a hit in Jesus Walks:

Jesus Walks – Kanye West

2005 – Kanye successfully returns with his second solo record but gets his ass kicked on his own song by big brother Jay-Z on Diamonds from Sierra Leone (Remix):

Diamonds from Sierra Leone (Remix) – Kanye West ft. Jay-Z

2007 Kanye simultaneously acknowledges getting shown up by Jay-Z on Diamonds while turning the tables to establish his independence on Big Brother.  This is also the best showcase to date of his storytelling abilities.

Big Brother – Kanye West

2008 – Kanye shares the mic with the 3 Kings (Jay-Z, Lil Wayne and T.I.) on Swagger Like Us and more than holds his own:

2009:  Kanyeezy’s Revenge:  The Pupil Strikes Black – Kanye sets the blogosphere on fire by (gasp) besting the G.O.A.T. (Jay-Z) on Jay-Z’s own Run This Town.

Run This Town – Jay-Z ft. Kanye West and Rihanna

2010 – Kanye straight MURDERS his verse on his collabo with Rick Ross on what may prove to be the (second) best rap album of the year, Teflon Don.

Live Fast, Die Young – Rick Ross ft. Kanye West

2010 and beyond?


I Love Rick Ross

Dude is just dope musically.  Regardless of what you think of his hood cred, his music has overcome it time and time again.  Think about it.  He is the first person to survive a full on attack by 50.  In fact, he might even be bigger than he was before 50 went at him.  Is it about his personality?  His image?  No.  It’s about the music, plain and simple.  He consistently picks soulful music and flows incredibly over it.  What the f*ck are they yellin’?