Month: November 2014

Best Hip Hop Videos

Sure, anyone can make a good track.

Ok, maybe that’s not true. Not anyone can make a good track. It is definitely harder to nail a dope video though. But what makes a fire hip hop video? Where would you start if you wanted to make a dope rap video? What are some of the best hip hop videos?

Fire Videos


The most important thing in a hip hop video is that the rappers are heavily featured, if it’s a narrative video or not.

Whether the rappers are playing themselves or acting as someone else, we want to see them front and center for maximum effect. Remember all the rappers who have been great actors (Tupac, Common, Ludacris) and you’ll see why this is so important: we want to see the future of hollywood in our videos. If the rapper isn’t the star of the video, I ain’t interested.

A good example of this is Outkast’s classic, Ms. Jackson.

The second most important thing is an incredible intro.

You can’t just start the song, people demand intros to their videos. A lot of rappers already intro their songs or albums anyway, so why not videos? You gotta let your listeners know what’s going on. The funnier, the better.

A brilliant example of this is Rick Ross (and DJ Khaled) in Speedin‘.

You gotta have friends in the video not featured in the track.

Another crucial thing in a video is that there is another rapper somewhere in the background who does not have a verse in the track. It is of utmost important that the other rapper isn’t exactly on the track at all. This shows that the rapper is so dope that other rappers just come by to kick it with him.

A perfect example of this is Vic Mensa’s Orange Soda. Chance the Rapper is kicking it on the rooftop, but he has nothing to do with this song. This shows you that Vic is dope, in case you weren’t sure.


These are just some building blocks for dope hip hop videos.

It’s important to remember that while some great songs have great videos, there are also bad songs with great videos and great songs with bad videos. If you want to determine the quality of a video, don’t start with the song, start with the three crucial components I laid out above. And if you have any great videos in mind, leave them in the comments!


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Upcoming Rap Albums: What you’ll be vibing to in a year

Last post, I talked about dream albums I hope to see soon. This post is more realistic: actual upcoming rap albums to get pumped for.

Upcoming Rap Albums


The last few years of rap have seen somewhat of a resurgence for hip hop, and that’s sure to continue into 2015.

Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar has more pressure on him than anyone on this list. good kid, m.A.A.d. city was straight fire, and pretty much everyone (except the Grammy’s — side eye) agreed, so a lot of people are looking for his next album. Now that he’s done his concept album about his growth as a rapper and person, I am eager to see what he does next, and which direction he goes in. I think Kendrick is smart enough to deviate from the last album while sustaining his success.

Pusha T

Pusha T has a bit less pressure on him than Kendrick, but his album could certainly be as good or better. Pusha T has been familiar to hip hop fans for a long time as part of Clipse (with his brother, No Malice), but his debut solo album was only last year. My Name is My Name was excellent, and showed Pusha T was a little more versatile than most people knew him to be, even nailing the early 2000s R&B flow on a track with Kelly Rowland. His next album will come with more confidence as a solo act, and I have little doubt it will be one of the best albums of the year. It will also be interesting to see if he attempts to establish some different branches of his music (as he did in My Name is My Name), or if he goes back to his roots.

Domo Genesis

In 2010 or so, when Tyler the Creator and Odd Future were blowing up, Domo Genesis was considered by many to be far behind Tyler, Earl Sweatshirt and Hodgy Beats lyrically, and he was considered the goofy stoner rapper of the group. Times have changed since then, as Domo has released three fire mixtapes: Under the Influence (2011), No Idols (2012, with the brilliant Alchemist), and Under the Influence 2 (2014 — actually just about 3 weeks ago) and has established himself as a dope rapper by himself. 2015 will see the release of his debut album, something I’ve been waiting on for some years now.

Also, Frank Ocean is working on his next album.

He just dropped a new song from it called Memrise. Go scope it (and scope my review.) And I know he isn’t exactly a rapper but Frank is god.

Which upcoming hip hop albums are you looking forward to? Let me know in the comments!


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Rap Albums the People Need

The streets need these collabs.

From past collaborations to ones that have only existed in fantasies, this crazy world demands projects from the following artists:


Frank Ocean and Kendrick Lamar

Frank Ocean - Channel OrangeKendrick Lamar - good kid, m.A.A.d. city

 

 

 

 

 

Channel Orange and good kid, m.A.A.d city are similarly structured albums, despite the obvious differences (one is hip hop and one is r&b, not to mention the totally different concepts), and I’ve been wishing for a collaboration for a while now. Just look at Frank’s Pyramids and Kendrick’s Sing About Me, I’m Dying of Thirst. Both are mid-to-late songs in their albums marking a shift in tone. Both are quite long with a drastic transition in the middle anchored by each respective artist. Together, their collaboration would certainly be a sweeping epic which stays grounded in hip hop and R&B’s roots. And if you want an example of Frank rapping instead of just singing (in case you don’t think he could handle straight hip hop), check out Tyler the Creator’s She, Odd Future’s Oldie and Earl Sweatshirt’s Sunday.


Mos Def and Chance the Rapper

Mos Def - Black on Both SidesChance the Rapper - Acid Rap

 

 

 

 

 

Mos Def and Chance the Rapper are, in my opinion, an obvious (though somewhat cross-generational) choice for a hot collaboration. They can both rap as well as anybody, while also being more musically gifted than most rappers. An album from these two would probably struggle to stay within the genre of hip hop and jump all over the place musically, from jazz to funk to spoken word and back. This would be dope as shit. Speaking of Mos Def…


Mos Def and Talib Kweli

Mos Def - The New DangerTalib Kweli - GravitasBlack Star - Mos Def & Talib Kweli are Black Star

When Mos Def & Talib Kweli are Black Star came out following the deaths of 2pac and Biggie, it may have saved hip hop. If they came together and released an album following the deaths of Michael Brown and Tamir Rice, they could save the country. I’m just saying.


Blackalicious (Gift of Gab and Chief Xcel)

Blackalicious - NiaBlackalicious - The CraftBlackalicious - Blazing Arrow

Blackalicious have not gifted us with their sound since 2005’s The Craft. The Craft was fire. Next year we will have gone about 10 years without a Blackalicious album, and this is pretty much a national tragedy. Right about now, the country and the industry could use a reminder to not let money change you.


Think I’m missing anything?

Is your dream album not here? Let me know in the comments! Unless your dream album is some sort of collab between Macklemore and Iggy Azalea, in which case never come to this website again. Thanks for reading.


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Love Hip Hop?

Then you’ve come to the right place!

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 (Above: Nas reminiscing when it wasn’t all business)


Nah, Hip Hop ain’t dead.

Here at Spit Talking, we believe Hip Hop is alive and well. Even the man who claimed Hip Hop was dead 8 years ago is now saying Life is Good (and if you haven’t heard Nas’s 2012 album yet, you better go put it on and then continue reading this). And Hip Hop is doing damn good right now. 2013 was a great year if you love hip hop.

2013 was definitive proof that hip hop’s alive and well.

2013 saw some of the greatest rappers of all time (Big Boi, Ghostface Killah, Talib Kweli) release some hot albums (Big Boi: Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors, Ghostface: 12 Reasons to Die, Talib: Prisoner of Conscious AND Gravitas) to show the old guard’s still got it. [Further proof: Yeezus.] Some younger cats got their music to a wider audience too, with Chance the Rapper’s Acid Rap blowing up, Tyler the Creator showing off his jazzy, smoother side in Wolf, and of course, the great Big K.R.I.T. and his incredibly varied (along with self-produced) King Remembered in Time. Finally, some rappers who are only new to mainstream audiences finally got their due (Pusha T – My Name is My Name, Danny Brown – Old).

Not to mention those holding it down in 2014.

Now don’t get it twisted, 2014 has been holding its own too. Some rappers have shot to the top, like Isaiah Rashad and his Cilvia Demo, and of course Big K.R.I.T. with Cadillactica. Freddie Gibbs and Madlib, who aren’t exactly new, unleashed a masterpiece on the world with Piñata. And speaking of rappers finally getting their due, Stalley (who I saw KILL IT opening for Kendrick 2 years ago) dropped OHIO to show this is the year people gotta wake up on Stalley.

2014 has mainly shown how accessible making rap (and videos) has become, as many up and coming artists have no problem connecting with their base through twitter and soundcloud. 2015 is sure to be a great year for hip hop, and some of the best hip hop albums will probably come from someone whose name you don’t know yet. If you love hip hop, it’s a great time to be alive.

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