Fortified Sounds decided to give Kendrick Lamar's lead single, Swimming Pools (Drank), the remix treatment. His remix takes the club friendly track to a whole other place, layed back and much more easy going, this remix is something to wake up, smoke, and clean your house too. Dropped this morning on Elevatormag.com!
Shyne explains why he's not a fan of "good kid, m.A.A.d. city"
Just the other night former Bad Boy recording artistShynelaunched an unprecedented twitter rant about his thoughts on the newly released, and critically acclaimed debut album byKendrick Lamar, "good kid, m.A.A.d. city". Shyne stated that whilst Kendrick Lamar has immense talent he labeled the young artist album as "trash". During an interview with the Cipha Sounds and Rosenberg show, Shyne stated that he felt Kendrick had become a victim of the media and public hype machine, and he failed to deliver upon that hype with his debut.
"I aint starting no trouble. Listen, y'all live in the United States of America. We don't live in the United States of Aftermath, Jimmy Iovine doesn't pay me, I can say whatever I want," said Shyne. "I'm not talking reckless. I said the young boy got potential and I said he was talented, but the album is trash. That's tough love". "What I said wasn't not nice, I didn't attack him as an individual, I didn't say anything disrespectful," he continued. "It's trash! I don't really listen to these rappers, but I heard him on a few joints and I was like, shorty's nice. ... So when he was coming out with an album, I was like, I'ma hear more of that."
When asked in particular what he found "trash" about the album Shyne explained that the production quality was not up to par. Even stating that he would rather listen to a spoken word album if thats what Kendrick wanted to accomplish with "bad production". "Beats is trash, number one. And once your beats are trash, you're finished because you can't have a good flow. I don't really want to hear what you gotta say. I'll go buy Dr. Cornell West's album if I want to hear somebody talk about deep and profound things."
Shyne continued to state that the only reason he felt the need to be so critical of the young emcee was to prevent Kendrick from feeling his buzz to much and buying into his own hype. "I feel bad for him because everybody's gassing him right now, everyone's on him. He on fire because of that Interscope machine, he's on fire because of thatDr. Dre machine. He's nice, but that's a lot of hype. All I'm saying is, to show y'all I'm not a hater, 50 Cent delivered. I never had nothing positive to say about him, but he delivered. He lived up to the hype. Get Rich or Die Trying was a classic album".
Being the new kid on the block will always have those down the street eager to pass negative criticism and hope for an early downfall. The old guard in the rap industry should be eager to support such a young artist who loves the art of rap and is as passionate about hip-hop as Kendrick Lamar. The uplifting of an artist in the hip-hop community has always been a concept that not all artist grasps. In an era where the simplest rhymes garner the most praise Shyne should be the first to congratulate Kendrick who puts together complex rhyme schemes and songs with purpose. Shyne should know better than anyone the dark place hip-hop used to be. Uplift.
So after much anticipation Kendrick Lamar finally released "good kid m.A.A.d. city", and it seems to have gone over really well with the fans. According toHDDit's looking like he's going to have over 200,000 records sold in his first week, if not for Taylor Swift he likely would have gotten the #1 album. If you haven't gotten a chance to get it yet, it is a great listen and will definitely be in the conversation for hip-hop album of the year.
Tonight, moments ago in fact, Kendrick Lamar performed live on Conan on the day of the release of his new album, good kid, m.a.a.d. city. Check out "Swimming Pools (Drank)" if you missed it above, and check back a little later as I'll likely add a rip of Aziz Ansari's interview with Conan #TonightsConanIsGreat
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