Kendrick Lamar- DAMN Review


Ever since 2011, Kung Fu Kenny, K.Dot., Whomever you want to call him has been continued to raise the bar of emceeing. His last album To Pimp a Butterfly was probably Kendrick’s most personal and introspective work to date. Kendrick has always been the type to carefully craft his material.  T.P.A.B. was more politically charged and personal,  This album here titled DAMN was promised to show more aggression than his previous work.

The Heart Prt 4(which was the street song promoting the album) had Kendrick boasting that his up and coming album was gonna shake up the Industry and took shots at a certain emcee(Perhaps Drake or Big Sean?):

My fans can’t wait for me to son ya punk-ass
And crush ya whole lil’ shit
I’ll Big Pun ya punk-ass, you a scared lil’ bitch
Tiptoein’ around my name, nigga, you lame
And when I get at you, homie
Don’t you just tell me you was just playin’
Oh, I was just playin’, K-Dot
C’mon, you know a nigga rock with you, bro
Shut the fuck up, you sound like the last nigga I know
Might end up like the last nigga I know

It’s unknown whom Kendrick was referring too but this was the type of shakeup track that Kendrick wanted and it raised up expectations.  He released his first single weeks later titled “Be Humble” which was aimed at his peers once again to step up and bring bars to the table or humble themselves to him. It plays up to the King Kendrick mantra that he established in 2013.

The first track DNA has Kendrick critiquing and celebrating different forms of his black heritage. This was the aggressive side Kendrick was tapping on and the thump heavy production matched his intensity perfectly.  Yah has Kendrick tackling the taboo subject of religion and sharing his prospective of spirituality. He made a bold claim here by claiming he was a “Israelite and to not call him black no more” which caused quite a debate. He also took the time to address Gerardo Rivera and Fox News for their negative slandering of his grammys performance.

Attacking the establishment and painting pictures with his art of the everyday struggles the young black youth encounter is what makes Kendrick stand out from his peers.  He explores his brushes of death as a young black teen on Fear which is similar imagery of paranoia that the late Tupac Shakur would have painted. GOD has Kendrick showcasing more of a spirituality once again and phrasing the most high for his accomplishments.

The best track on DAMN no question is Duckworth produced by 9th Wonder which is possibly a match made in heaven on paper. This collab definitely lived up to the hype and instead of it being about some rappity rap shit, Kendrick took it on storytelling mode about how Top Dawg was gonna rob his father Ducky at a KFC before having a change of heart. Ironically Top Dawg would be the one whom discovered Kendrick at 15 and sign him.

Aside from the Rihanna track and U2 Track, The rest of the album is on point and possibly one of the best releases of 2017! Its been a solid year for the west coast!

Vic rating: 9.0 outta 10








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Off the Cuff Radio featuring JoJo Capone

Hip Hop Mediator and Global Gangstas C.E.O. JoJo Capone stopped by and chopped it up with us. We got to know JoJo’s background, his relationship with Cash Money, Remaining Independent, staying true to self, mediating and squashing beefs and other topics. We also had indie artists call up and show love. We had some issues with JoJo’s phone but everything sorted out.

We played music from Jus Lotto, Ila R Da Sandman, Jus Lyon, Fleetwood and the Global Gangsters to keep the underground movement running steady!




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DJ TC and Shady Nate on Off the Cuff Radio


First and foremost we want to send our thoughts and prayers to our cohost Mizz Chinchilla and our Texas family during this whole Hurricane Harvey crisis. We’re gonna represent for her the right way by featuring RBL Posse producer DJ TC and Bay Area Emcee Shady Nate on a special double header show!  We’re gonna chop it up with these guys about their current movements out west and of course playing the best music thats circulating through the underground!


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Off The Cuff Radio featuring Da Lench Mob

This was probably one of the best shows we’ve done. Members of the legendary crew Da Lench Mob chopped it up with the Guilloteam and it gotten to where we even had go a EXTRA 30.. We caught up with the crew about where they stand with Cube, the madness in the world, lack of black economics, old vs new generation, and even got a surprise call from incarcerated member J-DEE!
We’ve also had The 5 Footaz, Domino and Battlecat trying to chime in but due to difficulties couldn’t go through but they will definitely be on future shows!


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Off the Cuff Radio featuring Hell Razah from Sunz of Man


This was possibly one of the best shows we’ve ever done. Hell Razah from Sunz of Man came through and kicked heavy knowledge about current events, technology, the music industry and giving us a prelude of what to expect from his up and coming documentary. This man has a story to tell!




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Jay-Z 4:44 Review



‘4:44’ is a song that I wrote, and it’s the crux of the album, just right in the middle of the album. And I woke up, literally, at 4:44 in the morning, 4:44 AM, to write this song.” The run-time of the song is also 4:44. See? It’s very literal, but there’s also a bit more to it. As he explained further, “So it became the title of the album and everything. It’s the title track because it’s such a powerful song, and I just believe one of the best songs I’ve ever written.”

Jay Z  on why he named his new album 4:44.

Jay Z took the industry by surprise when he announced that he was releasing a new album. Taking a page out of his wife’s Beyoncés playbook. JayZ dropped this album out of the blue. He didn’t release no video, no single, no club banger, no street team. He announced that he was gonna release the album to Sprint subscribers so that raised the curiosity even higher.

The opening track titled “Kill Jay Z” was the appropriate opener and set the tone off perfectly for what to expect. Jay Z is clearly on his grown man status here and that’s the vibe that flows throughout 4:44.  He used “Kill JayZ” to he wants to address the mistakes he’s made on his rise to where he’s at now. From stabbing unrevera, shooting his own brother over a pinky ring,  selling drugs, and trying to reshape his image.  But theres flashes of the old Jigga man here as he proceeds to put a footprint on former collaborate and estranged friend Kanye Wests’s neck:
You walkin’ around like you invincible
You dropped outta school, you lost your principles
I know people backstab you, I felt bad too
But this ‘fuck everybody’ attitude ain’t natural
But you ain’t a saint, this ain’t kumbaye
But you got hurt because you did cool by ‘Ye
You gave him 20 million without blinkin’
He gave you 20 minutes on stage, fuck was he thinkin’?
“Fuck wrong with everybody?” is what you sayin’
But if everybody’s crazy, you’re the one that’s insane
Crazy how life works
You got a knot in your chest, imagine how a knife hurts
You stabbed Un over some records
Your excuse was “He was talkin’ too reckless!”
Let go your ego over your right shoulder
Your left is sayin’, “Finish your breakfast!”
You egged Solange on
Knowin’ all along, all you had to say you was wrong
You almost went Eric Benét
Let the baddest girl in the world get away


The next track titled the Story of OJ’s has Jay Z being more conscious aware than we’ve ever heard from him. It was heavily rumored that his next album was gonna be heavily influenced by the 5 percent teaches and addressing racism.  His verses off Jay Electronica’s We Made It and Pusha T’s Drug Dealer Anonomoyus played heavily to the narrative and further fed that notion. The Story of OJ’s rise and fall became the face of the harsh realities of Black America. JayZ’s reference to  “Don’t Call me black, I’m OJ“is reference to what OJ use to say when he wanted to dismiss himself from black issues.  He also responded to his critics about Tidal and to brag about his business acumen .

The rest of the album sticks to the format. Its simple, soulful, and insightful.. Jay wanted to go back to the time where an artist had one producer for an entire project and he recruited Chicago Producer NO ID to oversea the entire album. Pretty ironic that NO ID use to produce Common’s best albums and now Jay finally can “Rhyme like Common Sense”.

4:44 is possibly the most personal album Jay has ever released in his career.  We’re getting more insight in his world as a family man. Shocking revelations of his mother being a lesbian were made on Smile which has Jay reflecting on his childhood which changed him for the better in the future.  He responded to Beyoncé’s claims of Infidelity from her Lemonade album on the personal album title track 4:44.  A shocking form of humility and apologetic side of Jay considering that this was the same man who once penned out  songs such as Big Pimpin, Is That Yo Bitch, and others:

Like the men before me, I cut off my nose to spite my face
I never wanted another woman to know
Something about me that you didn’t know
I promised, I cried, I couldn’t hold
I suck at love, I think I need a do-over
I will be emotionally available if I invited you over
I stew over, what if you over my shit?

The album’s most controversial track Family Feud has Jay giving the hip hop community a state of union address in the forever age gap.  He surprisingly aligned himself with the new generation by chastising the old heads and young then demanding that they come together for a Devine purpose.  He also addressed the age gap amongst the black community by referring to Bill Cosby’s current trial and how Al Sharpton made a mockery of himself taking selfies.

Whats great about 4:44 is that every song serves purpose and reveals another chapter in Jay’s current life. He took critical aim at the current rappers buffoonery and behavior on Moonlight. He chastised the new rappers for having racks of money on their ear, sharing the same women in the same circle and getting caught up in silliness. He addressed their lack of business intelligence and showing off Dracos on IG(which is aimed at Soulja Boy). He even took swipes at their bosses Lucian Grange and Doug Morris:

Lucian is cool but Lucian don’t write
Doug ain’t this tight, so
Fuck what we sellin’
Fuck is we makin’?
‘Cause their grass is greener
‘Cause they always rakin’ in mo’

The last four songs he wanted to shift gears back to his family. He penned a letter to his late father Adnis which was shown as a quick snippet to promote the album on Fathers Day. Legacy, Blues freestyle and the final song ManyfacedGod were focused mainly on showing his gentler side towards his daughter Blue Evy and Beyoncé..

Overall this was possibly one of the best album’s Jay has ever released. This is definitely up there with Reasonable Doubt, Blueprint, Black Album and American Gangster. Jay showed with 4:44 that theres a lane still for 40 plus rappers to excell and lived up to expectations.

Vic rating: 10 outta 10






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All Eyez on Me Review

all eyez on me

When it became official that hip hop icon Tupac Shakur was finally receiving his first ever bio picture. Many including myself was ecstatic. Even with NWA’s Straight Outta Compton having innaccuries in terms of events, situations that have takened place and awkward portrayal of characters, Straight Outta Compton still did its justice and introduced NWA into a new generation of fans. The success of Straight Outta Compton opened up doors for hip hop bio pics and I was excited to witness Tupac’s complex life being on the big screen.

But shortly that excitement went into serious doubt. Tupac’s mother Afeni Shakur passed away last May and her death left the movie heavy in limbo in terms of direction. The entire direction of the film and fruition  of it has been non stop controversy  for the past year.  Between John Singleton getting fired, Tupac’s Estate, The Outlawz, and members of Tupac’s family clashing over the film. It seemed like what would be a prominent moment in Tupac’s legacy would end up being the biggest black eye.

The negative energy that Pac left the earth with seemed to rear its head once again in not only in the making of the film but also with different rappers, managers, radio personalities steady disrespecting Tupac and even Afeni herself. Then there was heavy concern that the actor anointed for the role of Tupac(Demitriss Stripp) was gonna drop the ball playing Tupac. Seeing many Tupac portrayals over the years from different actors in different bio pics, Fans of Pac had gotten to the point where they felt for Tupac’s legacy that they should just scrap the movie all together.


Despite the bad press for the past couple of months, The remaining Outlawz Young Noble, EDI, Rap Video Director Benny Boom and former in-house Producer for Death Row LT Hutton kept it moving and finished filming the movie which was ironically ready for release on Tupac’s birthday June 16th. The results have been a mixed ranging between negative and positive. Not good in comparison to Straight Outta Compton which received critical acclaimed and possible Oscar nods.

I finally seen All Eyez on Me after the hype had died down because I wanted to judge for myself and get a better point of view of how to review the film. So for this review I’m gonna start with the positives: The main concern of Tupac’s movie was Demitris Stripp for starters. Many were concerned that he wouldn’t be able to capture the passion and charisma Tupac had. Even though he showed started off shaky on certain parts which is due to this being his first film, He started to find his groove through the middle of the film and you would believe that you are actually seeing Tupac himself on the big screen.
Stripp captured Tupac’s mannerisms, his passion, his sensitivity, his fiery, and intellect in more ways than any actor that Ive seen play Tupac. He was also met with a great cast of actors and actresses .Danai Gurira from the Walking Dead and Kat Ghram did a magnificent job at portraying Afeni Shakur and Jada Pinkett Smith respectfully. Dominic Santana did a solid job at portraying the more serious demininor as Suge Knight and Chis Clarke was perfect as Shock G from Digital Underground. The group that put Tupac on the road and had him pay his dues. I also liked that they showed the tension in Tupac’s career at Death Row and him shooting those cops showing that Pac was truly for his people.


What would have been the main concerns of the film ended up being the pluses. The negatives were actually the poor character development of other people in Tupac’s life, how the scenes are rushed together which left many holes in Tupac’s life that weren’t even mentioned. For starters you can ask the questions. Stretch? Treach? Where’s Pac in the 1992 King Riots? Spitting on Cameras? Poetic Justice? Where’s the group Thug Life? Hit Em Up wasn’t even explained in detail. Why explain how he formed the Outlawz?

Then you would think that with them bringing back Gravy from Notorious to play Biggie that you have a perfect match. Instead Biggie just walks around like a aimless robot and just mumbles throughout every scene he’s featured on. You see Biggie and Pac’s friendship covered in detailed. Puff Daddy isn’t even featured in here and along with Jimmy Henchmen. Not to mention the inaccuracy of Pac performing Hail Mary at House of Blues, a song that he never performed and which was released after he was killed.

Overall AEOM falls short of letting different characters breathe, innaccurate moments, key missing pieces of Tupacs life that made him icon status. They could have used more of his music to tell more of his story and I felt the movie was poorly paced. Does this movie do justice? It reveals that LT Hutton and Benny Boom were way over their head with this project. Between this being their first ever film and covering Tupac’s complex life, This movie fall shorts of hits potential.  Stripps performance saved the movie from really being a disaster.

Vic Rating: 4/10

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