9th Wonder graces the hip hop world with a ton of new production on the Bladey Mae (Grandma's Blades) beat tape. The story behind it is a rather interesting one:
"This past weekend, I met my grandma, Beulah Mae Jarrett Douthit's family (my dad's mother) for the first time. My grandma passed in 1965, so I've had no connection to her at all. I listened to the elders talk about her all day. One elder in particular, her oldest niece, who's 78-years-old, told me that her nickname was 'Bladey Mae', because of the blades she carried around in the purse and pockets, to protect her children from a segregated South, one of them being my dad. I was looking for a name for a new beat tape, and that one just came out of nowhere."
- 9th Wonder
9th teamed up with DJ Booth to release the project, and you can hear 10 of the beats for free below and head on over there to purchase.
North Carolina native and 9th Wonder protege is Rapsody the femcee. Rapsody releases her latest mixtape, She Got Game. The mixtape involves features by Chance The Rapper, Raekwon, Raheem DeVaughn, Mac Miller, Wale, Common, Nipsey Hussle, Ab-Soul, Phonte, Jay Electronica, among many others. An ode to a classic 90's Hip-Hop is what "She Got Game" in representing Rapsody's art of 16 bars throughout 16 new tracks.
01. A Song About Nothing (Prod by Eric G)
02. Coconut Oil ft Raekwon & Mela Machinko (Prod by 9th Wonder)
03. Thank You Very Much (Prod by Khrysis)
04. Lonely Thoughts ft Chance The Rapper (Prod by Denaun Porter)
05. Caught Up ft Raheem Devaughn (Prod by Khrysis)
06. Generation ft Mac Miller & Jared Evan (Prod by 9th Wonder)
07. Special Way (Prod by Khrysis)
08. Dark Knights ft Wale (Prod by EJones)
09. My Song ft Mela Machinko (Prod by 9th Wonder)
10. Complacent ft Problem (Prod by 9th Wonder)
11. Lover After All ft Gwen Bunn (Prod by 9th Wonder)
12. Kingship (Prod by DJ Premier)
13. Feel Like (Love Love) ft Common (Prod by Kah)
14. Never Fail (Prod by Eric G)
15. Never Know ft Nispey Hussle Ab-Soul and Terrace Martin (Prod by 9th Wonder)
16. Jedi Code ft Phonte & Jay Electronica (Prod By 9th Wonder)
Another new Jay Electronica verse, but don't let that overshadow the rest of "Jedi Code" as all parties involved do their thing on this raw, lyrical cut. I like Rapsody a lot in the middle too, not only for her verse alone, but also as a placement between Phonte & Jay Elect. Sit with this well-produced 9th Wonder "Jedi Code" today and be on the lookout for She Got Game — the full project dropping later today.
I can't decide what I am more surprised about: Kendrick's now instantly classic "Control" verse, or the firestorm of reactions and opinions it has generated. Producers 9th Wonder and Young Guru were videotaped recently giving their two cents on the matter, just like everyone else now has, although this was apparently filmed the night that it came out.
Guru provides a fresh perspective on the matter, one that I tend to agree with and one that concisely outlines why all these rappers trying to hit Kendrick back are wasting their time.
"The greatest point that a lot of people's missing," he elaborated, "[when discussing hot rappers like Kendrick] in a normal conversation, in a barbershop or something, they always hit you with, 'but yo, they ain't sold shit.' Now you've got somebody that's sold records, and is relevant in the culture, [who could] change the zeitgeist of the field, of what's going on right now."
More or less, what he's saying is, with this verse, Kendrick just made it known that he is gunning for the top spot - icon status. His "good kid, maad city" sold well and was hailed by most as great, by some as even a masterpiece. But history also shows us that one hot debut a legend does not make (just talk to Nas, among many others). Kendrick meant no disrespect to any of the people he called out. In fact, he's doing hip-hop in general a service, but its mainly to benefit his career trajectory.
Which is why another point Guru makes rings even truer.
"Let's say for instance, Jay, Nas, somebody get mad that he say [he is] the King of New York... if they even mention him sideways in a song, Kendrick wins. Cuz now, that means [he is] on this level."
In a sense, every freestyle and every article and blog post like this one is a victory in the same sense, albeit smaller. As we have seen in the last 48 hours, his verse earned him a whole lot of free press. These rappers, even the ones he actually called out, who are hitting back, are just eating out of his palm. Surely they know this, which is why it's all the more bewildering to me that it seems like people actually took offense to this, personally. I know this type of chest-pounding posturing is what hip-hop is all about - indeed, this whole ordeal is what hip-hop, in its true, raw competitive spirit, is all about - but honestly, these Joe Buddens, B.o.B.'s, Joell Ortiz and etc., are just making fools of themselves. If Kendrick scored 50 and the others 30 on this track, these guys are missing freethrows.
In any case, it's clear that this controversy over Kendrick's verse is good for hip-hop. It has re-ignited that competitive flame that has been so vital since the inception of the artform, one that has been noticably dim in the age of communication commodified. But what is just as inarguable is that Kendrick, with this one verse, has raised the bar for bars. He is not about to miss his chance to capitalize on this buzz, and I personally can't wait to hear what else the most exciting rapper of this decade so far has in store.
Rapsody f/ Nipsey Hu$$le, Ab-Soul & Terrace Martin
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Rapsody continues to impress in recruiting Nipsey Hu$$le, Ab-Soul and Terrace Martin to "Never Know" which is produced by 9th Wonder. Every feature she has had to her projects suit the style of music she is creating which is definitely paying off. Rapsody's forthcoming mixtape, She Got Game will be dropping August 20.
9th Wonder remixes 2007's American Gangster album and adds this:
I wanted Black American Gangster to sound like a 70′s soundtrack, or to sound like a bunch of 70s groups came through and rocked with Jay…Therefore…I put “featuring” on a lot of the jams…..hope yall enjoy #BlackAmericanGangster
01. "Pray (for Me)"
02. "American Dreamin"
03. "Hello Brooklyn (Still Politics)" f/ Lil Wayne & The Stylistics
04. "No Hook" f/ Curtis Mayfield
05. "Sweet" f/ The Love Unlimited Orchestra
06. "I Know (What You Like)" f/ Pharrell & The Jackson 5
07. "Party Life" f/ Kool & The Gang
08. "Ignorant Sh*t" f/ Beanie Sigel
09. "Say Hello" f/ Barry White & The Love Unlimited Orchestra