SOUND OFF: “Back to Back”

If you are not living under a rock then you have probably heard not one, but TWO Meek Mill diss tracks. I’ve been wanting to write about this stupid beef that’s going on and how much I can’t stand the relationship between Nicki Minaj and Meek Mill, but that’ll be in a future sound off.

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Sound OFF: Hot 97 versus Power 105.1

Welcome to a new series here on the blog. Since rebranding and renaming my blog Chaotic Critic, I’ve done a lot of planner and other lifestyle posts, but the essence of the name has yet to be showcased. I still want to do reviews and give my take on certain life topics, but there’s so much going on in the blogosphere, on the news, via Twitter or Instagram, that I want to share my thoughts. These are my opinions, no holds barred, real talk.

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Single Review: Big Sean x Drake, ‘Blessings’

Big-Sean-Blessings-2015-300x300I’m really excited about Big Sean‘s latest project. His first track, ‘I Don’t Fuck Wit You’ featuring E-40 (click HERE for that video review) was a smash although I was late on that bandwagon. This time he’s teaming up with Drake, someone else who has a highly-anticipated album on the way.

So to break down the vibe of the song I absolutely love it. I was hesitant to listen at first based off the title, but I actually enjoy the song. I was thinking the theme of the song would be similar to that of ‘Guap’ as far as a cheesy beat, but this beat is dope.

Big Sean spits about life, how far he’s come, and how people come in and out of his life. People leave you when you’re down and then try to wiggle their way back in when you’re on top as if they’ve been there the whole time. Oh, the circle of life. Of course, similar to his last track, he throws a shot as his ex, Naya Rivera.

This is that late night workin’ after three
Man this why my old girl was mad at me

I wonder just how many more tracks he will include her in. I’m over it, but for a track like this I get it.

Here come Drizzy who I thought would demolish Sean lyrically, but this song had a great balance. My favorite of his bars are the beginning:

Look, I ain’t gonna say that we back or nothin’
Cause that implies that we’re back from somethin’

Big Sean comes back on at the end talking about how he’s holding everything together on his end and all he can afford for him and those around him. The song is about all his blessings and he spits all about it.

Overall I could definitely hear this taking over the airwaves. The beat is super dope and I would love to hear some other rappers jump on it. I’d be interested in hearing Nicki Minaj’s take on it. Conceptually this track has been done before as rappers use their lives as a muse. Their creativity that they’re entitled to, but I really like this one. I’ve always loved Big Sean’s metaphors and Drake is Drake.

I wonder if this will be the project forBig Sean to get him more buzz past just singles. He puts out really great music, but can this be “the” album? Who knows. Regardless, I’m interested in listening.

Listen to the track below:

Drake VS Lil Wayne

drake2Drake and Lil Wayne have announced that they will be at war with each other come _ as they prepare for their joint tour titled, Drake VS Lil Wayne. Let me just FIRST say that I absolutely love the title. Might seem simple, but these two on tour is going to be amazing.

The tour will hit 31 cities (so far) starting in New York (Darien Center) August 8th and finishing in Texas (The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Foundation) on September 27th. For those in the tri-state area I would personally recommend the PNC Banks Arts Centre (Holmdell, NJ) show on August 26th. No these venues are not Met Life, Barclay, Staples, or any of that. I’m still interested in this tour. Tickets go on sale NEXT FRIDAY (6.20) on LiveNation.

Check out the full list of dates below (via Rap-Up):

Aug. 8 – Darien Center, NY – Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
Aug. 9 – Noblesville, IN – Klipsch Music Center
Aug. 10 – Tinley Park, IL – First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
Aug. 12 – Saratoga Springs, NY – Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Aug. 13 – Hartford, CT – XFINITY Theatre
Aug. 15 – Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center
Aug. 16 – Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
Aug. 17 – Burgettstown, PA – First Niagara Pavilion
Aug. 19 – Forest Hills, NY – Forest Hills Tennis Stadium
Aug. 21 – Camden, NJ – Susquehanna Bank Center
Aug. 25 – Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center
Aug. 26 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
Aug. 27 – Virginia Beach, VA – Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach
Aug. 29 – Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live
Aug. 30 – Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion
Aug. 31 – Atlanta, GA – Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood
Sept. 3 – West Palm Beach, FL – Cruzan Amphitheatre
Sept. 4 – Tampa, FL – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
Sept. 6 – Austin, TX – Austin360 Amphitheater
Sept. 7 – Dallas, TX – Gexa Energy Pavilion
Sept. 10 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Sept. 11 – West Valley City, UT – USANA Amphitheatre
Sept. 13 – Ridgefield, WA – Sleep Country Amphitheatre
Sept. 14 – Auburn, WA – White River Amphitheatre
Sept. 16 – Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre
Sept. 17 – Wheatland, CA – Sleep Train Amphitheatre
Sept. 19 – Irvine, CA – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Sept. 20 – Chula Vista, CA – Sleep Train Amphitheatre
Sept. 22 – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Bowl
Sept. 25 – Phoenix, AZ – Ak-Chin Pavilion
Sept. 27 – Woodlands, TX – The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

These two have a LOT of hits between them and together. Check out their latest collab ‘Believe Me’ below:

Album Artwork: Young Money, Rise of an Empire

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Young Money is making a comeback with a new group project, a follow up to the 2009 release, We Are Young Money.

There’s nothing like it when the whole family gets together in the studio. YMCMB is stronger than ever, and everybody was truly on fire. We’re all blessed to be a part of this incredible Empire as it continues to thrive. I can’t wait for what’s next. Keep watching.

Lil Wayne

Tracks to be featured on the album include:
Drake – ‘Trophies’
Nicki Minaj – ‘Looking A** Ni**as’
Tyga x Nicki Minaj x Lil Wayne – ‘Senile’
Lil Wayne x Birdman x Euro – ‘We Alright’

Check the video for ‘We Alright’ below:

Lil Twist, Shanell, and Christina Milian are expected to appear on the album as well.

Young Money — Rise of an Empire — IN STORES 3.11.14

Drake Reveals OVO Snapbacks

Drake Reveals OVO Snapbacks

Drake goes hard for his city and is forever showing love to Toronto. He has 416 tatted and he’s adding more apparel to the site, October’s Very Own, to put on for his city (Jeezy voice). As for the apparel currently on the site it pays homage to his home label, YMCMB and the OVO logo with t-shirts, hoodies, and crew necks, a snapback, and beanies in black & white.

He showcased the snapback designs via his instagram , @champagnepapi and I love how clean and simple they are. Nothing to major or drastic, pretty basic. A snap back does not need extra odds and ends all the time. The snapbacks should be available on the site soon. Hopefully they won’t be too expensive. By the looks of what the beanies cost on the site I could see the snapbacks selling for the same ($36) or making that push to $40-$45.