Wednesday, January 19, 2011

360 Vs Greeley - Australian Rap Battle
That is a link to a very fun and talent filled Rap Battle between two up and coming Australian Rappers.

I personally love 360, after I got 'What you see is what you get', I was hooked. He is funny, clever, witty and at times extremely personal.

Before this battle I had never even heard of Greeley, so just a heads up, I am most definitely biased to like 360 more.

Round 1:
360 was funnier, his punch lines were so much better, and he hit so much harder.
Greeley talked about Pez too much, he had some funny lines, but most of the time he was just going too fast and wasn't controlling his flow well.

Round 2:
360 had heaps of jokes about Greeley's cheeks, I didn't think that was such a good idea, but 360 had some amazing lines and I think he pulled it off, still not his best idea.
Greeley again with the Pez jokes, and all this weird stuff about a bent dick. Kind of funny in a weird way, but he didn't really have any surprisingly good lines or anything. The Pez jokes are getting kind of old, how many times can you say that they are homosexual?

Round 3:
360 had a mad strong start, I liked all the stalker stuff, and the references to Facebook. You can tell after his verse Greeley had to regain himself because of how hard he was hitting and the cleverness of his verse, and how his verse is just re-enforcing all the stalker stuff and about calling him by his name Matt.
Greeley was doing more stuff about 360 living with his Mother, a good topic, should effect 360 pretty well. A clever idea, I'm just glad he stopped talking about Pez.

Greeley won in the end, I do understand that it was, overall, a close battle. But personally I think 360 should have won this battle. 360's flow was so much better, he was much easier to understand and his lines were far funnier and more clever. Greeley did have the lyrics on 360 though, lyrics wise he deserved to win. But really a Rap Battle is to win over the crowd, and 360 definitely had far more laughs and I think a lot of the crowd would have expected him to win, although it was a close battle.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Favorite Quotes

I was thinking of something to blog about, and not much new has happened in the Rap world. I'm waiting for Talib Kweli's album Gutter Rainbow, which will be released on the 25th of January. There has been word of Eminem starring in a few movies, one is called Southpaw, about a left handed boxer I assume, the other is called Random Acts of Violence, some rubbish about a war between the FBI and the mafia. I enjoyed Eminem in The Wash, but then again in that he was playing a madman who is trying to kill the boss of a car washing company. Everyone knows Eminem's acting career from the obvious 8 Mile. I think he only did so well in that movie for two reasons: 1. Because he was, in my personal opinion, on top of the music industry at that time, after releasing The Marshall Mathers LP, which I will remind everyone is the fastest selling album by a solo male of all time, he could do anything he wanted and everyone would love him. 2. It was pretty much the story of his life, the common misconception is that it IS based on his early years as a rapper, but it's not. But the similarities are uncanny and it was obvious Eminem easily got into the character of himself before fame and fortune, which is why he delivered such a compelling and enjoyable display of acting. 

But anyways I actually made this blog to share a few of my favorite quotes. I find that usually some of the best quotes are in song lyrics, because it usually isn't supposed to be taken and examined, but that is specifically why it is more interesting. A typical quote someone will say in the simplest and boring form, for example, No Pain No Gain*, but most of my favorite quotes are the ones which raise questions or the ones which state something inspiring and, in a sense, outside of the box. For exampleImperfection is inherited, therefore we all sin, but fighting the war of sin is the greatest war of all because we all die in the end no matter how hard we fight**.
* - Citing everyone
** - Citing Tupac Shakur

The first quote is probably my favorite quote of all time. It's a Talib Kweli line from the song K.O.S (Knowledge of Self). Talib raps, At exactly which point do you start to realize, that life without knowledge is death in disguise. I completely agree with this line. I find it to be a fairly philosophical line, because it is somewhat saying that the meaning to life is knowledge. 

My next quote is one of a French Philosopher by the name of Henri Bergson. He said, Think like a man of action, and act like a man of thought. I find this quote clever and somewhat quirky because of its simplicity, but also how it is flawless. It's one of those things like Expecting the unexpected*, that we all know we should do it, but it's against our nature. Most people will usually act like a man of action and think like a man who thinks.
* - Citing Sun Tsu from The Art of War

This quote I find funny, clever and almost arrogant at the same time. It's an Eminem quote, he says, Unless you want to f--- me, why do you care what I look like? This quote is funny because it almost makes sense, it seems so logical and fair, but at the same time it's kind of arrogant and stupid. It's almost like saying "Either you love me or you hate me, and I don't care either way". Still a fun quote though!

That's just a few of my favorite quotes, hope you enjoyed them!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

First Post

It's currently 12:34 AM and I am listening to Kindness For Weakness by Dilated People featuring Talib Kweli. I would highly recommend this song for any Rap fanatics out there like myself, I originally got this song because I am obsessed with Talib Kweli, but I found myself thoroughly enjoying the Dilated People verses almost as much as the Kweli verse. With lines like "I might smile but I ain't no joke", you know they knew this song was going to be enjoyable. Mind you the Talib Kweli verse does not disappoint at all! With his verse beginning with "You never fit up in my shoes so don't try em' on, I always tear it up, I'm about as calm as a quiet storm" you know this is yet another lyrically insane Kweli verse. Another good line he raps is "Don't make the mistake of trying to play me, unless you're a DJ". A high quality song with a catchy chorus.

The next song that comes on when I play shuffle on my Recently Added list on Windows Media Player is Ya'll Stay Up by the Youngblood Brass Band featuring Talib Kweli. This song has a mellow instrumental with some typical rap style drums but with a really chilled brass band playing various long held notes over it, while Kweli raps. Talib before rapping doesn't really rap the chorus, more just says "Every second of, every minute of, every hour of, every day of my life I stay plugged and away from fake thugs, celebrate make love, ya'll stay up". This is a mad mellow track that you can just zone out to, but it still has that conscious rap coming from Talib so you can always get a good philosophical idea out of this song!

It's late so that's all from me now, I'll do a few other posts when ever I have an idea or feel like it, or if some new stuff comes out!