Saturday, November 18, 2017

Rick Ross - Dead Presidents


Artist:  Rick Ross feat. Future, Jeezy, Yo Gotti
Song:  Dead Presidents
Album:  Rather You Than Me (2017)
Genre:  Rap, Hip Hop
Language:  Strong

This song is a wonderful example of my hearing the flow of a song, but having no clue what's being said.  I have this problem sometimes where I'll just ignore the lyrics to a song and focus on how it sounds.  This isn't usually a huge issue, but when it comes to Rap I've been screwed over once or twice because of it.

I went to show my mom a 2 Chainz song once that I love a certain piece of, and it turns out the flow I loved came from the most crude part of the song.

The same thing is true here honestly.  I absolutely love the first few bars in Future's verse cause of the flow, but lyrically I can see why you might not want to say, play it around kids.  Bums me out, it's such a good flow.



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Friday, November 17, 2017

Nu-Vember: Limp Bizkit - Break Stuff


Band:  Limp Bizkit
Song:  Break Stuff
Album:  Significant Other (1999)
Genre:  Nu-Metal
Language:  Strong

So let's be real, as if Nu-Vember wasn't enough to clue you in I have a huge love for Nu-Metal.  I do acknowledge that on the whole the genre is filled with bad bands, but there's one that's worse than some of the others, and I love them the most.

Limp Bizkit.

With their crazy frat bro energy, Limp Bizkit managed to rock the Nu-Metal world in the early 2000s.  A lot of people had bad taste then as seen in this photo, so that really helped Limp Bizkit just hit the stage in a major way.

One thing you can't write off though is that they managed to make some 3 amazingly solid albums to kick off their career.  The others weren't too bad, but the first 3 were better than they have any right to be.  See, Limp Bizkit has some honestly fantastic talent in the group.  The guitarist Wes Borland for example (The dude in the weird outfit) is straight up ingenius with what he comes up with.  The sounds he makes his guitar make are just awesome.

Honestly if Fred hadn't started fighting with other bands they probably would have been doing much better in the main field.  But hey, they (for the most part) make music they enjoy, and that's what counts.  I love it, I jammed to this album for a few months when I finally picked it up.

If you watch this video, you'll see a mess of cameos from various music icons from the 2000s, so that's a fun little "where's Waldo" for ya.



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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Kanye West - Black Skinhead


Artist:  Kanye West
Song:  Black Skinhead (BlKKK SKKKn Head)
Album:  Yeezus (2013)
Genre:  Rap, Hip Hop
Language:  Strong

I feel like I couldn't in good conscience post Kanye right after Taylor without using this photo.

It took me ages to pick the freaking Kanye song I was gonna post today.  I just shuffled his songs for a while and honestly picked 5 or 6 different songs that "I'm definitely gonna post".  It didn't even help once I decided to go with the angry Kanye album, Yeezus.  Like, my goodness, there's so many great tracks on it.  For an album that only has 10 tracks on it it has no right to be as good as it is.  I honestly feel like I enjoy all the tracks on the album, which I suppose is weird since it was all controversial and new when it came out.  Take a listen though, this song (and the rest of the album) don't really sound like Rap people are making right now.  There was so much potential here, it could have been amazing.

To be honest though, I don't know that I'd want to listen to a lot of albums that sound like this.  It's a very good album, but at the same time it might get a little old after a while.

Either way, Kanye manages to remind me why he's one of my top 5 rappers.

Keep it 300 like the Romans though?  Come on Ye, that was the Spartans, check your facts.



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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Taylor Swift - ...Ready For It?


Artist:  Taylor Swift
Song:  ...Ready For It?
Album:  Reputation (2017)
Genre:  Hip Hop

So good ol' T Swift dropped an album the other day, have you listened to it?

I've heard a decent chunk of it at this point, and I really have just a couple takeaways.  The album is wonderfully produced, the beats and quality are just really good music.  However, edgy Taylor is not a good look.  She's hitting that awkward emo stage she should have hit in her teens and she's trying to blame other people for her problems.  Lyrically it's a little weird too, there's some songs that just make me feel weird, and others are just way too petty to be good.

This song is an example of one that just feels a little weird.  The song's beat is straight up wonderful, it actually reminds me of something Kanye would come up with.  The lyrics though don't really work for me.  It's a little off, I dunno.

The album just leaves me feeling a little worse about Taylor Swift honestly.  Red was a legitimately solid album, but this one makes me feel like she's a child trying to prove she's all grown up.  Kind alike Miley's faze he went through.



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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Amon Amarth - Valhall Awaits Me


Band:  Amon Amarth
Song:  Valhall Awaits Me
Album:  With Odin On Our Side (2006)
Genre:  Melodic Death Metal

Since I just watched Thor, it kinda made me think of Viking Metal again.  Really though, for lyrical content it's hard to beat Amon Amarth for themes about the gods and stuff.

I feel like I'm straying heavily into my energy playlists for songs ideas recently, and I don't mean to do that to anybody who accidentally followed me for the regular songs I post from time to time.  With school and all I'm just not as together as I'd like to be with this.  That's ok though, cause we, the community of like 30 people that read these, are clearly here for my incoherent rambles attached to some dope music.  That's what I'm hoping at least, since this one lady in the A to Z a year or two ago blasted me for how conversational my blog is.

The way I see it, I do a daily blog, so some posts are gonna just suck from time to time.  If the quality of this has to go down a little so I can maintain my 98% in school, so freaking be it, haha



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Monday, November 13, 2017

Nu-Vember: Mushroomhead - 43


Band:  Mushroomhead
Song:  43
Album:  Mushroomhead (1995)
Genre:  Nu-Metal
Language:  Strong

Here's a song from Nu-Metal icons Mushroomhead who are from Cleveland, a little under 2 hours away from me.  Cause of their vicinity, they actually play in Erie a lot, and I've managed to miss them every single freaking time.  It's incredibly frustrating.

That doesn't stop me from loving their music though, and that's what's important.

43 is a song that, if memory serves, is named after a keyboard setting they use to play the song.  It's a lyrically weird song, but that little trivia bit always makes me laugh a little bit.

The whole song is actually really weird, makes you a little uncomfortable really.  The weird little speech in the beginning coupled with that just plain off synth is just amazing.  I'd advise listening through the song just cause it's worth the experience.  It's a song that relies heavily on sound effects to set its tone and as such feels rather unique.



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Sunday, November 12, 2017

The Showdown - The Crooked Path


Band:  The Showdown
Song:  The Crooked Path
Album:  Blood In The Gears (2010)
Genre:  Southern Metal

So I saw the new Thor movie last night.  It wasn't bad to be honest, but it wasn't as good as I was hoping for.  Maybe I just don't get as much out of it as other people, but that's ok I suppose.  The movie is still a blast for at least one viewing.

Cause of being out late with a movie though I decided to go back to one of my classic bands, one that I hope you enjoy as much as I did back in the day.



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