Producer Battles, Rick Ross Diss Song, Hip-hop Week in review (March 19, 2017)
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Rick Ross Album drop with a diss song aimed at Cash Money CEO Birdman, Birdman Responds
For the first time this year we have heard from Rick Ross and was it a interesting one! When Rather You Than Me was released on Friday the album was less known for its acclaim as an album than its "single" Idols Become Rivals.
This is Rick Ross 8th Studio album, first on Epic Records is full of features including Gucci Mane, Nas, and Future. The main highlight of this album is the quality of producers Maybach Music brings to the table is phenomenal. Show out to Beat Billionaire, Street Runner, and The Olympicks. Speaking on The Olympicks if you follow their production resume they have been a cash money producer and have ties to Lil Wayne and Birdman. I can respect a producer that can stay out of the muck and make them hits!
The Song "Idols Become Rivals" Rick Ross address the Sins that Birdman has committed in the business from burying and sabotaging Lil Wayne to wearing fake jewelry! (DAM!). In February, Rick Ross took the time when asked By Billboard what was his inspirations for his album, Ross explained "I’ve got a record titled “Idols Become Rivals” and it’s basically me writing a letter to someone in the game that I looked up to damn near the most and I hate what things have come to".
If you are not familiar with the controversy over Cash Money and Lil Wayne I recommend you check out the homie Akademiks on youtube:
Lil Wayne took the time this week to give a shout out to Rick Ross via Twitter thanking him for his support; and Waynes situation being a hot topic, many artist have came out and supported Wayne and this blog agrees. Birman has a history of shady activity and to deprive an artist what's entitled to him is some bullshit. If you bringing 51 million dollars to table then you deserve your part.
Birdman responded by telling Billboard "I don’t get caught up in hoe shit, man. I just keep doing what I’m doing and keep pushing. I don’t get caught up in that, I don’t play like that. I’m a man and I stand my ground and I do my thing. Numbers don’t lie, and that’s all I give a fuck about: numbers, and putting' them up." With More Life just dropping I can see why Birdman got the blinders on. Drake is a money pit for Cash Money and when you making money it's hard to see it from the rear view. Lets just hope the Wayne situation get taken care of we can finally hear Carter 5.
The Great Producer Battle: Who's the best?
In today's Hip-Hop community there are two things that are a constant. One things is that with the mumble rap on the rise is hip hop is evolving everyday, and with the evolution of hip-hop the producers have evolved. Once upon a time there were producers Like Run DMC or Public Enemy's Bomb Squad who pioneered synthetic music and studio recorded hip hop, and you can go as far as Kurtis Blow's "The Breaks" which he was the first one to start using things like digital sampling.
To me, growing up in the 90's it would be Dr. Dre and Bay Area legend Studio Ton. They set the pace for a producer with there dope beats and production you haven't heard before. Nowadays the bar has been as high as it's ever been with artist like Southside from 808 Mafia, Sony Digital, and Metro Boomin that have taken a genre known for lack of lyrical ability and given it credibility in Hip Hop. Metro has encapsulated this theory the most, as his production has the ability to bring out the best in a lyricist.
So we know some of the GOAT's of the past and present, but the big question is how do they stack up and whos #1. Now let me say this is my opinion and know that lists are stupid, but I been thinking about this a lot and I thought I'd share (don't bury me yet, just getting started). This is my TOP 10 of all time HIP HOP Producers:
10. Mikewillmadeit (Rae Sremmund, Miley Cyrus, Gucci Mane)
9. Ant (Rhymesayers Ent.)
8. RZA (wu Tang Clan)
7. Top Dawg Entertainment (Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q)
5. Metro Boomin
4. DJ Premier
3. Puffy(Notorious B.I.G.
1. Dr Dre (Tupac, Snoop Dogg)
Honorable Mentions: Pete Rock, Madlib, MF Doom, Just Blaze, Swizz Beats, Bomb Squad, Zaytoven, Rick Rubin.
Upcoming albums we covered:
Ransom 2 - Mikewillmadeit
Painting Pictures - Kodak Black
You Only Live 2wice - Freddie Gibbs
This weeks headlines:
More life, you listen to it?
First impressions, review coming this weel
Doe B Album cover controversy
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