Its been almost 3 years since Charlotte North Carolina’s own 9th Legend dropped his underground classic Marvel Ancient. Paying ode to the Incredible Hulk along with the sweet soul crisp sound that we loved from hip hop in the 90s. 9th’s delivery is very unorthodox and it fits him along with his style of production(which he produces himself) well. He has since followed with singles, videos, and a album from albums Perseverance and Because I was Born to Stand out.
Marvel Ancient 2 leaves where the first one left off. The Intro along with the first track Ceiling is the perfect intro to start the album. Ceiling where he describes a visual of life in his mental comic book. Sometimes is another dope track that speaks from the prospective of a individual whom is drained from the grind and question if they are really human or bulletproof. Its the type of track that would go well with a visual of the everyday working man/woman striving for perfection.
What’s impressive about Marvel Ancient 2 is that it parallels a great balance of feel good music which would be considered homecooked if you really been following 9th’s catalog. He also knows how to paint pictures within his music which flows well with the theme of him being the Incredible Hulk of hip hop. He also provides skits and interludes(which is a lost art). Take Fight Um Outside which featured a skit from the Incredible Hulk as a introduction, Fight um Outside flows precisely well off of that. Shut Down which followed that is also built from a excerpt from the Avengers, So the whole album maintained a great structure.
My personal favorite track of the album titled Whats Happening is a audio description of the possible clash amongst heroes and villains. From the noises of chaos, the super hero style theme music and 9th’s vivid description involving Ironman, Captain America and inserts himself as the Incredible Hulk. Considering the popularity of the Avengers today, This track would have been the perfect background music for the clash.
9th this time around seemingly wanted to focus more on his lyrical ability and he showcased those strong suits on Infiniti Health, Metal Man Wrong, and Sirens. 9th said the goal with this album was to out do the first one so like every movie sequel, It may not outdo his previous album, but it will definitely stand as a testament amongst the ranks of many of the stellar projects. This is one of the best releases of 2019 so definitely check it!
Vic Rating : 9.0 outta 10
This truly was a sad week within hip hop.
We pay tribute to the late Nipsey Hussle on this episode of Off the Cuff Radio. We played his tracks, paid homage to his life and we want people to chime in, chop it up with us, and show love to this brother for his empowering moves, wise words and how he was the spark for the future.
Nipsey’s friend Twan Goddi and female emcee Irresitible called the show in showing respect to the late great one!
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Alot of great knowledge was spread on this episode here. Rap Status Filmmaker Twan Goddi joined us for Episode 232 to talk about his film Red and Blue makes Green, How he networked his way throughout the industry, Meeting the late Nipsey Hussle and how that interview with him took him to new levels, The effect of the Netflix era and fighting gentrification.
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T.I.- DimeTrap Review
In the span of a career close to 20 years, Clifford Harris has done it all. He’s certified in the rap game, He’s platinum certified on many occasions, He’s had success in Hollywood, He’s respected by his peers, Beaten the law and found ways to stay relevant. But over the past couple of years, His credibility has takened a hit with the co sign of Iggy Azella and the less than stellar album with Paperwork. But throughout the past couple, T.I. seemingly trying to regain the audience he may have lost by taking on the new “woke” approach.
This album seems like T.I. wanted to take listeners on a journey to let folks know that he was “that guy” that popularized Trap Muzik and then he wanted to show that he Evolved from that period to where he’s at currently. The Intro Sermon which features narrating by Dave Chappelle and Sam Hook is the perfect way of opening up the album. Given that Sunday church feel which is followed with Laugh at Em which sounds like that old T.I. from the Trap Muzik/Urban Legend days. You can also hear it on the Madden 19 soundtrack.
What I like about DimeTrap is that TIP found ways to provide the new direction he’s going with his music and letting the youngsters realize that he was that dude once upon a time ago. One of my favorite tracks on the album is surprisingly the best titled Weekend which features Young Thug and Swizz Beatz. The track has a nice laid back riding through the sunset type vibe to it. Songs such as Mr Fuck Up is another favorite where he talks about the issues of men losing good women due to their reckless cheating. He even directed and put himself in that role in his new video for the song:
But don’t think that this album doesn’t have enough bangers. Meek Mill and T.I. reunite for the first time in a long time for Jefe which is boisterous about the lavish lifestyles that they living and can possibly get burn in many markets due to the Spanish influence. More & More featuring Jeezy and Wrath featuring Yo Gotti respectfully takes Tip back to the 2003 Trap Muzik mind-frame. T.I. showed throughout this album why he’s possibly one of the best spitters in the game when he’s really motivated. He really came through with possibly one of his strongest albums since Trouble Man. This is definitely worth checking!
Vic Rating : 9.0 outta 10
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I speak on the YBN/J Prince/ Bronx issue here..