From Sky: A Response to Week Fifteen’s Response

I too believe.

I think nothing is more relevant than this write up done by u/murdahmamurdah, a HHH mod, that was posted this week.
Stuck off the Realness: The Changing Role and Character of the MC.

I think that idea of something larger than life has disappeared as of recently. Jay Elect may just be that larger than life star that the game needs. He could be hip hop’s next prophet.

I can’t quite put my finger on what it is about Jay that I am so addicted to. My last.fm profile shows my ridiculous addiction to Jay Elect that’s overcame me in the past weeks. I don’t ofter put tracks on repeat. I’ll put albums on repeat, but rarely tracks. “Exhibit C” has been on repeat. Act I (excluding the intro track) has been on repeat. I’m going to use this opportunity to drop two more tracks on you.

First is “Better in Tune with the Infinite”.

Interesting story with this one. A fan simply tweeted him and asked him to drop a track. He did. Go figure.

The next track he dropped THIS WEEK… with who? How about Hova? You gotta peep this. “We Made It”.

I think it’s fair to say I am in total awe of this man.

As we all should be.

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From ‘Cole: A Response to Week Fifteen’s Response

“There’s been a lot of talk over the last year or two about conflict between G.O.O.D. Music and Young Money and Cash Money. I just wanted to put it to bed and create an eventful moment where me and [Lil] Wayne being Young Money/Cash Money on one team, Q-Tip and Kanye [West] be on another movement on G.O.O.D. Music, just showing that camaraderie and that alliance and just making it official on a real Hip Hop level.”

-Busta Rhymes, Hip Hop DX interview 8/13

When I first heard this track I thought Yeezy produced it. It’s typical Kanye style– the old-school sample, the low-down beat, looping the chorus, it’s all there. But when I saw Busta produced it, I knew there was something up.

You got half of it right–he wants to thank a higher power for laying a foundation. But the higher power he’s thanking, is Yeezus. (Man, this is the second week in a row my post has underlyingly been about Kanye…I have got to stop doing that.)

The using-a-track-to-reconcile-two-labels thing could have been really cheesy. Thinking about using a song as a bridge between two peoples is way too ebony and ivory for my taste. But Busta does a great job of paying homage to Kanye/G.O.O.D. Music by emulating his production style and keeping his part very minimal. It’s very subtle, and I like it.

Also, stroking Kanye’s ego never hurts.
Because after all, the person who trailblazed the 80’s samples, the track loops of jackson 5 and such, Yeezy taught us that. And because of him, it’s possible to teach an old dog new tricks.

From ‘Cole: Week Fifteen Response

I have to say, I do believe.

There’s something very cinematic about this guy (I mean, his life is very movie-script-like). Lyrically he very skillfully reminds me that hip hop is a medium for telling stories, which I really like. And his use of samples, down to the length of his tracks, the ambient noise, rapping over spoken dialogue, it’s super cinematic. Very cool.

Jay Electronica

He’s also mysterious…I don’t think we ever get a true idea of who he is, you know? Feels like he’s keeping something from us until the final act. It seems like he’s planned everything to a tee–the names of his albums are a calculated forethought. He’s going to keep us guessing at the turn–and then we’ll all be in awe of the prestige.

But overall, his talent is undeniable. It almost seems too good to be true that this guy used to be homeless, a sort of rags-to-riches story that belongs (again) in the movies.

He had your curiosity, but now he has my attention.

From Sky: Week Fifteen Response

Bus-a-Bus. Yeeeahhh!

The first thing I gotta say about “Thank You” is props to Busta on producing! This is a real sick beat. That sample is pure ecstasy to my ears!

Second. I think the way that Busta and Q went about features is quite interesting. I mean, Lil Wayne and Our Lord Yeezus?! I was so stoked for Kanye’s feature, especially when that sample came on and they showed Yeezy dancing. Then… let down. Wayne’s was the same way, though more of an intro if anything. I’m not saying Busta and Q aren’t big names (that’d just be straight blaspheme) but neither have had the mainstream commercial success that Tune and Ye have.

Busta & Q

Third is the video. The first time I watched it I was convinced there was a gimmick in there. I mean, here we have 41 year-old in Busta, and a 42 year old in Q-Tip trying to be “down with it”. “Not to mention, we’re veterans”, Busta spits.

Relevant:

I mean, the constant cuts, the dual panel frames, sometimes quad panel frames. It’s hard not to notice the style of this video being faster paced, despite the lower tempo track. In the past you’ve talked about attention spans and I think the video is prime for discussion on that matter.

But let’s talk lyrics.

At first, I didn’t really find anything… clever. It was typical braggadocio rap.

“Bossing it up, maintaining composure, stand on the sofa
Thirty bottles, twenty waitresses, bring them over
See how we light up shit, nigga, call the promoter”

-Busta, verse 3

I didn’t really find too much more in it. But the title threw me a bit. Who are they thanking? Well there’s the sample again.

“I want to thank you Heavenly Father
For shining your light on me
I know it couldn’t have happened without you”

Busta & Weezy

They’re thanking God. Thanking God for their riches, for their diamonds, for the women. Isn’t that kind of a weird thing to thank god for? I mean after all isn’t greed, gluttony, pride and lust four of the seven deadly sins? Here they are thanking God for giving them all these things. Now, I guess one could say that it’s more about gifting them their talents and skills, but I think it’s pretty clear to me that they are thanking God for getting them to where they are. I think a theologian would have a hay day with this. I don’t know if this is hypocritical, I just can’t help to think about those girls who you know are total whore bags who post about how great Jesus is on Facebook all the time. I once was involved with a girl who told me that she had always been told that God wants people to have a good time. That the idea of fun being a sin was silly. She drank. Slept around. Was all around a terrible person. It’s a messed up way of justifying one’s beliefs, especially when the Bible specifically condemns these types of behaviors. Again, I don’t know if it’s hypocritical, or just what our society has made a norm.

I feel like I could ramble-on on this for quite a write up, but I’ll spare you my blasphemy.

From ‘Cole: Week Fifteen – New Moves Week

“Clever girl.”
Jurassic Park

When this track dropped last year a lot of people said it was wack…but I think it’s cleverer than most gave it credit for.

He should change his name to Busta Move. ^^

No exact focus this week, but if you want some direction, my interest lies in production (both of the music, and the music video).

From Sky: Week Fifteen – Believe the Hype Week

I know, I know. It’s Sunday. I usually send these on Sunday anyways, but it’s after you’ve gone to bed. I’m breaking the rules. I know that…. but I’m just so excited for this one.

As you probably already guessed, this week is all about Jay Electronica. Now, this week needs a little prefacing.

Read this
Written by the one, the only, the legend, Homeboy, the Yung Snuggie, this scratches the surface as to who Jay Electronica is.

Next, check out this Noisey article, but don’t listen to the track:

Now… on to the music.

This is Act I: Eternal Sunshine (The Pledge)

This was Jay Electronica’s first, and only full project.

…and this is what he has become:

My question this week involves no really in depth analysis or research.
It’s simple:
Do you believe the hype?

-S