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Super Bowl Mixtape – Richard Sherman Edition

2014-super-bowl-logo-SNOWFLAKEIn light of the most recent post-game interview heard round the world, EOAF presents to its readers, the 1st Annual Super Bowl Mixtape: Richard Sherman Edition. Let the games begin…

Roc Boys (And the Winner is)… – Jay Z

Me, Myself, & I – De La Soul

Catch a Bad One – Del tha Funkee Homosapien

Down With The King – RUN-DMC

Superstar (ft. Matt Santos) – Lupe Fiasco

Buggin’ Out – A Tribe Called Quest

Mass Appeal – Gang Starr

Breathe – Fabulous

Hustlin’ – Rick Ross

Close Edge – Mos Def

So Fresh, So Clean – Outkast

Straight Outta Compton – N.W.A

Time 4 Sum Aksion – Redman

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Album Review – Long.Live.A$AP by A$AP Rocky


In 1986, hip-hop legends Eric B & Rakim recorded their first track, and manifested into NYC’s most beloved DJ/MC duo overnight. Eric B supplied the beats, while Rakim displayed his metaphoric lyrical mastery with ease. Two years later, NYC welcomed a fresh set of lungs and wide eyes to its gritty streets — a baby boy aptly named after the city’s poetic genius himself, Rakim — destined to break free of the concrete jungle confines one day.

Rakim Mayers, aka A$AP Rocky, grew up wanting — dreaming — for more. As a teenager, he watched his drug-selling father get sent to jail, only to have his older brother murdered a year later. In 2007, he fell into a band of brothers known as the A$AP Mob, from which he was given his A$AP Rocky moniker. This crew became his support system — a rap project that allowed Rocky to perfect his craft with high hopes of returning hip-hop honors back to NYC.

aap-rocky-featuring-trey-songz-same-bh-0In 2011, Rocky quickly gained attention for his eclectic style — both in delivery and fashion. In the blink of an eye, he was signed to a multimillion-dollar deal and thrown into recording his debut album, “Long.Live.A$AP.” On this album, Rocky pulls inspiration from every corner of the hip-hop nation, and blends styles into a collection of tracks that places him above the competition.

Claps of thunder open the album and set the tone, as Rocky spits the perfect storm of lyrics drenched in sex, drugs and violence — made acceptable only by the promise of eternal life in the halls of hip-hop. This theme finds a home on most tracks, which are overloaded with imagery of a luxe life, with endless supplies of money, drugs and women. While Rocky’s spectrum of story seems limited, he raps effortlessly overtop a diverse stream of beats and samples laid by some of the industry’s best producers like Hit-Boy, Clams Casino, Drake and Dangermouse.

Rocky is at home on the microphone no matter the style, which lends to the album’s success. “Goldie,” “Pain” and “Wild for the Night,” pay tribute to pitch-down style of Houston’s late DJ Screw and Memphis natives Three 6 Mafia, leaving listeners feeling like they’ve been sippin’ on the sizzurp. “Hell” features M.I.A-esque vocals with new wave reggae undertones from Santigold, while “1 Train” is a freestyle throwback to days of Wu-Tang Clan, when rap crews reigned supreme. The continuum of sound is vast, but Rocky finds his sweet spot on each track.

On the platinum single, “F***kin’ Problems,” Rocky calls on Drake, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar to up the ante over a tight drumASAProcky beat laced with bass drops. The ear-catching audio gains even more mass appeal with a sexed-up video reminiscent of Craig Mack’s “Flava in Ya Ear-Remix.”  Rocky ends the album with “Suddenly” — a slow-motion chronicle of everyday happenings on the block from childhood struggles to present-day fame. “Suddenly” rises to the top as the best track, because it highlights Rocky’s storytelling ability. Beneath explicit lyrics like “You my brother/You my kin/F**k the color of your skin” lies an important message — Rocky is making music to bring people together.

Overall, “Long.Live.A$AP” succeeds by introducing a new wrinkle in the current era of hip-hop — one that feeds off the strengths and intricacies of collaboration. The meat of the album is sandwiched between its two best tracks, where Rocky shines as a storyteller — much like his namesake. Whether he lives on in the hip-hop history books alongside his predecessor has yet to be determined.

To learn more about A$AP Rocky, visit his website.  “Long.Live.A$AP” is available in regular and deluxe versions on iTunes.

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July’s Music Mindblower

Beach Blanket Boom Box

Remember when you loaded your sweet boom-box up with 8 D batteries and lugged it down to the beach so that you could listen to your favorite jams while getting your Hawaiian Tropic SPF 4 tanning oil covered body just one more shade darker?  Ah, those were the days.  With Summer now in full swing, I can’t help but look back on those beach days when all you needed was a towel and some tunes.  In honor of those lazy days in the sand, sun, and surf, I have put together a few playlists with some of my old and new favorites.  Enjoy and share some of your favorites, too!

Bypass Backspin (songs of my youth)

Summertime: DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince

Scenario: A Tribe Called Quest

Hip-hop Junkies: Nice and Smooth

Saturday: De La Soul

Rebirth of Slick (Cool like Dat): Digable Planets

Passin’ me by: Pharcyde

Vivrant Thing: Q-Tip

Here Come the Lords: Lords of the Underground

Born to Roll: Master Ace

Posse on Broadway: Sir-Mix-A-Lot

Get it Together: Beastie Boys

Country Grammar: Nelly

Around the Way Girl: LL Cool J

Party Up: DMX

Deja Vu: Lord Tariq & Peter Gunz

Everyday People: Arrested Development

Misterdobalina: Del Tha Funky Homosapien

Breathe: Fabulous

Where the Road Ends (songs of my no-so-youth)

Awake my Body: Alexander

Windows are Rolled Down: Amos Lee

Daydreaming: Middle Brother

Sydney (I’ll Come Running): Brett Dennen

Once and Future Carpenter: The Avett Brothers

Old Before Your Time: Ray Lamontagne

Cornbread and Butterbeans: Carolina Chocolate Drops

Rebel Side of Heaven: Langhorne Slim

Getting Over Your Love: Holy Ghost Tent Revival

Raise a Rukus: Old Crow Medicine Show

Time Spent in Los Angeles: Dawes

Little Silver Ring: The Samples (an oldie but a goodie)

Lost in my Mind: The Head and the Heart

My Baby Don’t Lie: Nicole Atkins

Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa: Vampire Weekend

Marlene: Lightspeed Champion

Breath of Love: David Mayfield Parade

At the Beach: The Avett Brothers

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