From ‘Cole: Week Twenty Response

I think Eminem, but more Eminem by way of Hopsin. Just, the twisted ness. And the darkness in his humor.
Partially, I enjoy the in-your-face-ness of it– that shock quality. But there’s something to be said for subtlety.

I like when people incorporate twisted humor in an understated way. This is one track where, I swear, I can visually see Eminem’s influence but the song itself just screams summertime. To me, it does something more creative with the source. Because we all know, nobody is going to do what Em did better than Em.

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From Sky: Week Twenty Response

Iggy, Iggy, Iggy. She fancy.

I was stoked when I saw this was your pick for week twenty. We’ve talked about a few female rappers on here before, but I think Iggy Azalea is quite different from Lil Debbie, or V Nasty, or Chanel West Coast. A lot of times I feel as if female rappers are simply grouped into a singular category based on their gender. It’s obvious that Iggy’s style is different from that of Debbie’s or Kreayshawn’s. Unlike those other female emcees, Iggy has achieved the highest of fame. This week she joined the Beatles, that’s right, the fucking Beatles, as the only act to have simultaneous hits at #1 and #2 on the Billboard Hot 100. That’s pretty impressive.

Iggy

But why is it that Iggy has achieved this fame while other female rappers haven’t? Well, at one point she had “No money, no family. 16 in the middle of Miami.” Iggy struggled. That first verse tells us so much about who she really is.

3 jobs, took years to save
But I got a ticket on that plane
People got a lot to say
But don’t know shit bout where I was made
Or how many floors that I had to scrub
Just to make it past where I am from

She put in work. Iggy busted her ass to get where she is now. She really worked for it, or at least that is the persona she conveys. That last line is interesting, “Just to make it past where I am from”. Here we have an Australian girl, rapping like an American, with no hint of an Aussie accent. The odds were already stacked again her in succeeding in the world of American hip hop. Yet she has… at least in pop she has.

White chick on that Pac shit
My passion was ironic
And my dreams were uncommon

I feel that. I feel she’s genuine. She’s real, and that’s why she works. (See what I did there?)

Rappers like Lil Debbie and Chanel West Coast don’t have that struggling artist feel to them. I am a firm believer that hip hop fans require a level of struggle in their reputable hip hop artists. This is why one will never win a reality competition like X-Factor or American Idol. We don’t want our hip hop stars given to us. We want them to earn it. I mean, Chanel was a fake secretary on an MTV reality show. That isn’t much of a struggle. Not like being alone at the age of 16 with no money in the middle of Miami.

When it comes to my favorite line? It might surprise you, but it has to be the very first line of the track: “Walk a mile in these Louboutins”. It was right from this first line that I gained a respect for Iggy’s lyricism. First off the line can have a couple meanings, first, and maybe obviously, she’s saying that she’s worked really hard, blood sweat and tears (after all Louboutin heels cannot be comfortable to walk any distance in, especially a mile!) suffered the pain to get where she is now. Like another way of saying she’s been thorough hell and back. Secondly, I see the line also standing as a rebuttal. Iggy’s saying, “hey, you can’t talk shit, because you haven’t walked a mile in my shoes”. She’s straight up telling you and you don’t know shit about her struggle. This idea can be backed up by the following lines, “I’m not hating, I’m just telling you / I’m tryna let you know what the fuck that I’ve been through”. Iggy is saying that if you want her success then you gotta work for it–like she has.

I like her.

From Sky: Week Twenty – Skitzo Week

So the XXL Freshman Class was announced a couple weeks ago and since I’ve been trying to go through discographies of the freshman. We already discussed Chance who made the list, but I think I’m going to try and go through some of the freshmen class here on our music Mondays.

This week I want to talk about influence. We’ve touched on it some in earlier weeks, and this week I want to look at one of the freshmen.

My question this week is: what rapper do you feel Jarren has been influenced by the most in terms of flow and style.

Enjoy.

From ‘Cole: Week Twenty – Hiatus Week

I know we agreed to go on hiatus, because I’m going on hiatus. But I just wanted to leave this track here. You don’t have to respond to it if you don’t want to, but if you want to, I’m curious what you think and what your favorite line is.

The thing I find most compelling is she really had “no money/ no family/ 16 in the middle of Miami.” The real real.