Soul Selection…

Jesse Boykins III  – “Itis”

From The Beauty Created LP…out now!!!

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LET THEM SHITS BREATHE!!!!

The end of this first decade of the 21st century has introduced some disturbing trends.  We have witnessed a resurgence in a few trends that were (in my opinion) wack when they were popular.  Flat tops and high top fades made a comeback, sing along dance songs are very popular, and last but not least, the skinny jeans came back.  Everyone has a right to wear what they choose and by no means am I hating, however, I am merely stating my opinion.  I am not mad at guys wanting to wear clothes that aren’t as baggy but this  is unacceptable.  Since when did it become cool for guys to wear jeans that are tighter than our women?  For the love of God, “LET THEM SHITS BREATHE!”  The excuse that I hear is , “it’s the rock-star look.”  Get the fu** outta here!  And then, these dudes got the nerve to tuck their pants legs into their boots or shoes, wear a shirt that is 3 sizes small, and to make matters worse, they wanna sag.  I don’t know, maybe I’m crazy and just hating, but weren’t we trying to get away from this?  And you are probably saying, you don’t have to look.  Well, it’s impossible!  You go to the club, you see them, you go to the mall, you see them, you turn on the tube to watch a video, you see them.  As I stated earlier, you have the right to wear what you choose, however, I’m fearing for my life.  If a guy with skinny jeans attempts to rob me, how am I suppose to take him serious?  First of all, you can’t put my wallet in your pockets, you won’t be able to run away without hurting something, and where in the hell are you gonna conceal a gun?!!!  If I could add-on to the previous post, I would trade skinny jeans for a cross color outfit, or for starter jackets and the Kwame polka dots.  Anywayz, it was not my intention to offend anyone, however, I have to give my 2cents on this epidemic.  I am praying that 2010 brings change and puts an end to this madness. (Editors note: the thoughts and opinions of this article do not reflect those of the entire staff @ thisaintthat)

God Bless and God Keep!

…This For That…

Welcome to the first edition of This For That, our blog’s “market”, where we engage in trades of all types. Not really following where I’m coming from? That’s cool. Here’s an example:

(In the spirit of Christmas) I’ll trade you the Joe, Ashanti, and Ruben Studdard versions of “This Christmas” for the Christina Aguilera (stop fronting…ya’ll know CA gets it in on the vocals!) version of “This Christmas”

But don’t get it confused…I’ll trade every version or variation of This Christmas for the Donny Hathaway original version!

Aight…so that example was decent. But I think you get the point. Now, these trades can be real based on albums or songs or whatever that have been released or already exist…or they could be hypothetical, based on albums or songs or collaborations or anything that you wish existed. So without any further ado, here’s the first edition of This For That:

1. First on my list – Young Money

I’ll give you their debut album…plus their sophomore release and 5 bonus tracks for the Boot Camp Clik “For The People” album

Why? First let me extend kudos to Wayne for actually supporting and promoting his artists. It’s rare that the entourage ever gets to see the light of day or go beyond being an extra body on stage at a show. So I’m glad to see the posse got their chance to shine! But as far as crew collaborations go, BCC sort of laid the groundwork for the YM Gang to do what they do. I know what you’re thinking…and I thought the same thing. What about the Wu??? Yeah…the Wu is undeniable. But they dropped as a group and ventured out. The Boot Camp Clik had already experienced some success as individual artists before coming together to drop the crew album. Moving on…

2. While we’re on the topic of Young Money –

I’ll trade you a Lil Wayne rock album for a John Mayer hip hop album!

Yeah…I said it!! I’ve only heard 2, maybe 3 songs from Wayne’s rock debut, Rebirth, so I’m not saying if it’s wack or not. Because I don’t know. I honestly just wasn’t interested in witnessing that experiment. Just the same, I’ve never heard John Mayer rap a single solitary bar. But I do know that Mr. Mayor is an incredible writer and composer who has established a relationship with a few hip hop heavyweights (see: Mos Def, Jay-Z, Kanye). And from what I’ve seen, he fits in quite comfortably. With that said, I believe he could put together a  pretty impressive hip hop album. I think his transition would be more seamless than Weezy F’s (please say the…) transition into the rock world. Check out the video…

3. You know what? Why not just keep the party going? I’ll keep it all in the family…

I’ll trade Baby’s ENTIRE rap career for just about anything!

Real talk…Baby is like the Weird Al Yankovic of gangsta rap. I appreciate everything that him and Slim have done for the game. They created a business model that actually worked and continues to work. They’ve been making money off music for a really long time now. Their imprint has produced countless hood and mainstream classics!! I cannot and will not dispute that. But come on now!! Leave the rapping alone. I can see an occasional feature here and there. But whole albums, Baby???? I’ll pass. I’m just saying, I’ve yet to hear anybody say “Daaaaamn! You heard what Baby said?? That was dope!” I’m not beyond correction though. So you bring me a dope Baby quote and I will…I’ll…it doesn’t matter. I’m not worried. Nobody has an answer for that.

And on that note…I’m out!

Gee-O

Most Slept On Album of ’09

If you are not into the underground, grimey, hiphop scene, then you’re probably not that familiar with Alchemist.  He is one of the dopest producer/MC’s in the game.  Alchemist has produced for artist such as Lil Wayne, Fabolous, Mobb Deep, Jadakiss, Ras Kass, and the list goes on and on.  Alchemist has never got the credit that he deserves, so it comes as no surprise that he has the most slept on album of ’09.  Chemical Warfare is damn good album with features from Kool G Rap, Eminem, KRS-One, Jadakiss, Fab, Blu, Talib, Twista, Maxwell and many others.  The bulk of the production is handled by Alchemist and he even drops a few sweet 16’s on the album as well.  If you haven’t heard of Alchemist, do some research because chances are, he has done some production for your favorite rapper.

Track Listing:

1.) Intro

2.) ALC Theme ft. Kool G Rap

3.) Lose your lift ft. Snoop Dogg, Jadakiss, & Pusha T

4.) Chemical Warfare ft. Eminem

5.) Grand Concourse Benches ft. KRS-One

6.) Therapy ft. Kid Cuddi, Blu, Evidence, & Talib Kweli

(Blu’s verse {2nd verse} is Crazy!  You will be hearing more from Blu here in the future on thisaintthat.com!!

7.) That’ll Work ft 3-6 Mafia & Juvenile

8.) Smile ft. Maxwell & Twista

9.) Keep the heels on ft. Prodigy

10.) Acts of Violence ft Gane Green

11.) Lights, Camera, Action ft Lil Fame

12.) Some Gangsta Sh*t ft Fabolous

13.) On Sight ft. Kurupt, Daz, & Lady of Rage

14.) Take a look back

15.) Under Siege

Most Slept on Album of 2009!!!! Alchemist “Chemical Warfare”

If you are not into the underground, grimey, hiphop scene, then you’re probably not that familiar with Alchemist.  He is one of the dopest producer/MC’s in the game.  Alchemist has produced for artist such as Lil Wayne, Fabolous, Mobb Deep, Jadakiss, Ras Kass, and the list goes on and on.  Alchemist has never got the credit that he deserves, so it comes as no surprise that he has the most slept on album of ’09.  Chemical Warfare is a damn good album with features from Kool G Rap, Eminem, KRS-One, Jadakiss, Fab, Blu, Talib, Twista, Maxwell and many others.  The bulk of the production is handled by Alchemist and he even drops a few sweet 16’s on the album as well.  If you haven’t heard of Alchemist, do some research because chances are, he has done some production for your favorite rapper.

Track Listing:

1.) Intro

2.) ALC Theme ft. Kool G Rap

3.) Lose your lift ft. Snoop Dogg, Jadakiss, & Pusha T

4.) Chemical Warfare ft. Eminem

5.) Grand Concourse Benches ft. KRS-One

6.) Therapy ft. Kid Cuddi, Blu, Evidence, & Talib Kweli

(Blu’s verse {2nd verse} is Crazy!  You will be hearing more from Blu here in the future on thisaintthat.com!!

7.) That’ll Work ft 3-6 Mafia & Juvenile

8.) Smile ft. Maxwell & Twista

9.) Keep the heels on ft. Prodigy

10.) Acts of Violence ft Gane Green

11.) Lights, Camera, Action ft Lil Fame

12.) Some Gangsta Sh*t ft Fabolous

13.) On Sight ft. Kurupt, Daz, & Lady of Rage

14.) Take a look back

15.) Under Siege