Month: December 2014

Buy Hip Hop/ Rap Beats

Looking for some backing to your rhymes? Trying to find instrumentals for a project?

I know the best place where you can buy hip hop/ rap beats for whatever you need. Prime Loops is the spot you’re looking for. It’s great looking and it won’t break the bank.

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Head to Prime Loops to buy dope beats for your tracks or your film projects or whatever you want.

I love writing rap, but I can’t do it without a beat. So usually, I just whip up a quick simple beat on Garageband or something and then write to that. Sure, you might just write to an instrumental of some song you like, but it’s always hard blocking out the lyrics that have already been written to that beat, and it’s a bit distracting.

Why not just write without a beat?

I’ve definitely tried this before too, and it seems to work fine while you’re doing it. When you try to recite that over a beat later though, most of the time it turns out that you were writing to a few different tempos, and you realize how hard it is to just imagine a single beat and stick with it. Sure, you can write great spoken word without a beat (obviously), but it’s almost impossible to write to an imagined, consistent beat, especially if you’re writing in a few sittings.

Why do I have to pay for beats?

Well, assuming your rhymes are fire, you probably wanna do something with your music. I mean, sure, if you write to someone else’s beat, you can just record over that bea and throw it up on soundcloud. If you wanna make any money off your music though, you need to own the beat you’re rapping over. So if you’re a serious rapper and don’t wanna make your own beats, you should really buy some.

This also goes for people who want to put music in their movies or whatever. If you want to make any money off your movies, you need to own all the music you’re putting in there (if you don’t wanna pay royalties.) So if you’ve spent so much time working on a project or track of yours, and you want to rightfully get paid from your work, you should really consider buying some beats to have full ownership and rights to 100% of your work.

Why Prime Loops?

There are plenty of sites like this out there, but Prime Loops is by far the best. It’s incredibly professional looking, and doesn’t look like it’s run by a kid. You can get good deals on bundles and it’s easy to find whatever you want.


So, whether you need something to rap over or want some instrumental music for your movie project, buy some beats.

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Kanye West: Inspirational Quotes

Kanye’s been around for a while. In that time he’s said a few notable things.

Over the last 10+ years, Kanye has achieved a level of popularity, recognition, and notoriety matched by few people in any field. The whole time, however, he has always said the right thing. This is a small humble collection of Kanye West inspirational quotes.

Kanye West

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“I don’t know what’s better, gettin’ laid or gettin’ paid, I just know when I’m gettin’ one, the other’s gettin’ away”

This gem is from Dilated People’s This Way. Kanye isn’t even necessarily trying to lay down one of the Commandments here, but greatness gets ahead of itself. The Gospel of Kanye would start with this line. This is the most self-aware line anyone’s ever spat, and it’s not a big surprise from the man who spat this next line.


“We all self conscious, I’m just the first to admit it”

From All Falls Down. This is early Kanye, the Kanye a lot of people wish would come back. Personally, I think it wouldn’t make sense for him to come back, because he’s not in that place in his life anymore, but whatever. This kind of simple honesty is refreshing in today’s society of doublespeak and hidden intentions.


Kanye West Mike Myers

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“George Bush doesn’t care about black people”

This was after the (lack of) response to Hurricane Katrina, and Kanye has been ridiculed for this since. Again, he should be applauded for speaking his mind in this world of hot takes and misquotes. A lot of people have given him hell for this, but he was mad right.


“I’m real happy for you and I’ma let you finish but”

I don’t even need to finish this quote. In cutting off Taylor Swift, Kanye showed how to be polite in a situation you’re not happy about. He also introduced this wave of the conversation about white people stealing all the shine from black people. We wouldn’t have J. Cole calling out Macklemore and Igloo Australia (shoutout Azealia Banks) for their bullshit if we didn’t have Kanye sticking up for Beyonce over Taylor Swift. I mean yeah it’s totally different genres, and Taylor Swift isn’t exactly appropriating black music, but you know what I’m saying.


This was fun. Be on the lookout for a future post – In Defense of Kanye. If I missed any good ones — let me know.

In Defense of Kanye.

Kanye is a misunderstood genius. He has a billion grammy awards more than anyone else his age, and yeah he’s mad cocky but he’s backed most of that up. Don’t hate.


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Free Hip Hop Music: Mixtapes at Datpiff

This is a Public Service Announcement.

If you’ve ever wondered what the best free hip hop music website is, you should know by now. There’s no question that it’s Datpiff. Datpiff is easily the place for mixtapes, both official releases from big rappers and remixes by lesser-known folks.

Datpiff


You can build a whole music collection without spending a dime

From Chance the Rapper to Big K.R.I.T. to Game, you can get full album-length mixtapes from established and upcoming rappers totally free and legally. People ask me all the time about where to find good hip hop, and I always point them to Datpiff. You can listen to anything there for free, so there’s no reason not to give some new stuff a try.

Mixtapes have always been big in hip hop, but the internet has helped them get recognition

Mixtapes have been a crucial component in hip hop for years. With the internet, they’ve seen a surge of popularity, considering anyone can make a mixtape and release it to an audience of millions online. Some, like Chance the Rapper, are actually choosing to release their music as completely free mixtapes (mainly on Datpiff) to increase their fanbase, and then get paid on tours, merchandise and feature royalties. There are multiple ways to do this even, with soundcloud and bandcamp being good alternatives (or additions) to Datpiff.

It’s a great time to be a hip hop fan right now, and a big part of that is because a lot of big releases right now are free mixtapes. Considering streaming services like spotify and rhapsody give listeners a great deal while not paying artists too well, along with the fact that many people illegally download all their music for free, it makes sense for rappers to just straight release their music for free as mixtapes and rely on tours more for money. I mean, you can download the video of a concert, but you can’t actually download a show.

Get free music, guilt-free

So f you want to listen to free hip hop music, head over to Datpiff and sign up (it takes a quick second and they don’t need a credit card or anything.) I’m telling you, when a rapper is done with their mixtape, the first thing they do is go give it to Datpiff to put up. Some of these get 100,000 downloads in no time flat, they’re practically full album releases.

Datpiff – Free mixtapes


Let me know which dope mixtape you picked up!


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The Spirit of Competition in Hip Hop

Competition has been key in hip hop since the beginning.

There’s been great competition and garbage competition, along with positive (musical) and negative (violent) outlets for this competition. From b-boying to rap battling, hip hop has only grown when folks bring their best.

Mic Drop

Dropping the Mic.


As long as hip hop’s been around, it’s been the best way to duke it out, whether on some cardboard or on a mic. In the 90s shit got real and rappers started getting gunned down, but then luckily Mos Def and Talib Kweli solved all that with Blackstar. Then in the early 2000s Nas and Jay-Z beefed (and Ether was born) but they settled it in the studio rather than in the streets. Since then, most rap beef has been settled with mics, and the last few years have seen the gauntlet thrown down by a few rappers who are trying to raise the bar of competition in rap. The first of this wave was Kendrick Lamar.


Kendrick Lamar - King?

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Control isn’t even a Kendrick song, it’s a Big Sean song featuring Jay Electronica and Kendrick, but most people noticed it because of Kendrick’s verse. In it, he ends up naming a bunch of rappers (including Big K.R.I.T., J. Cole, and Big Sean and Jay Electronica, who were in the studio with him) and not only claiming he’s the best of all of them (and the king of both coasts), but that he won’t stop until all their fans don’t care about them anymore.

Control got a lot of buzz, and a lot of responses from a lot of rappers (most of whom weren’t even named by Kendrick.) The best song that came out in the aftermath wasn’t even a response to Control. Big K.R.I.T. did mention it, though.


Big K.R.I.T. - Mt. Olympus

In Mt. Olympus, K.R.I.T. does claim he’s the best, but his bigger point is that people gotta start taking the South seriously. K.R.I.T. is justifiably mad that it took folks 10 mixtapes before they started taking him seriously, so he just says fuck em for sleeping on the South and just claims he is the King. by the end of the track, you’ll probably agree.


J. Cole - 2014 Forest Hills Drive

Finally, just recently, Cole dropped Fire Squad, saying it’s “silly” to argue about “who gon snatch the crown” because “white people have snatched the sound.” J. Cole took it a different direction by ignoring who the best was (although, to be fair, he does claim he’s the God just a few tracks earlier in the album) and trying to refocus other black rappers on keeping hip hop and being guardians of it. I mean, he’s definitely calling out Eminem, Macklemore and Iggy Azalea (not to mention Justin Timberlake), but it’s less a diss track than a call to action. In a way, it’s a call for unification. It’ll be interesting to see what the response will be.


Who do you think’s gonna continue this trend in 2015? Let me know.


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Listen to Mad Hip Hop with Amazon Prime Music

If you sign up for a 30-day free trial of Amazon Prime Music, you can:

 

  • Listen to the dopest hip hop for free

 

  • Watch movies & watch TV online for free, now!

 

  • Get free 2-day shipping at Amazon

 

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Want unlimited entertainment for the next 30 days? Want free 2-day shipping for 30 days? Willing to part with $0?

Then sign up for a 30-day free trial with Amazon Prime Music. Don’t let the name fool you, you also get unlimited movies and TV shows, along with 2-day shipping. That’s free 2 day shipping on most things at Amazon, which is basically most things in the world someone could possibly want to buy. Not to mention it’s Amazon, so you know it’s not some sketchy garbage that’s gonna spam your inbox all day. So just head on over, spend exactly $0 days and enjoy the next 30 days!


I’m serious, they got all the dopest hip hop

From Snoop Dogg to Lauryn Hilll to J. Cole to Gorillaz, they got everything you could be looking for. If you want to dip your toes into streaming some music, this is a great place to start. You get 30 days of this totally free. This way, you can scope out all the music we talk about here at Spit Talking before deciding whether or not you want to buy the album.

It’s not just music, you can stream movies & TV

Then you can watch all the dopest movies with rappers and all the shows you like (including the ones with hip hop theme songs.) Come on, how much time are you gonna spend these holidays just kicking it on the couch, wondering what to do. Why not watch a ton of movies and shows for free when you’re on your break from listening to dope hip hop for free?

Not to mention you get free 2-day shipping

If you sign up for the 30-day free trial, you also get Amazon Prime shipping, which means any qualifying item (most of them) that you buy from Amazon you’ll get shipped to you in 2 days. That means if you sign up for this (again, 30 days for free), you can do your holiday shopping and get all the presents you buy shipped to you in 2 days! That means they’ll come just in time for the holidays. If you need to buy something online but don’t wanna mess with sketchy sites with iffy shipping, sign up for this trial without having to pay a dime.

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New Kendrick Lamar Song on the Colbert Report

Kendrick Lamar was the final music guest on the Colbert Report last night and debuted a brand new song.

It’s the world premiere of an untitled song off his next album.  I like it more than Kendrick’s last new song i. It’s untitled, but it’s fire. Kendrick also sat down with Colbert for a short interview.

Kendrick Lamar Colbert Report Interview

Scope the performance at the top and the interview video at the bottom of this page.


The track starts with a minimalistic but ominous beat with Kendrick’s spoken word-like flow over it. At the very beginning Kendrick’s spitting game to a girl, then he starts rapping about the advice different races give him, going through Asians, Indians, Blacks and Whites. Throughout this, he’s backed up by some horns and some vocalists asking questions/providing weird but mad dope backing vocals.

Kendrick Lamar Colbert Report Performance

Then Kendrick starts going hard, saying “put myself in a rocketship and I shot for the stars” before the beat drops and a saxophone solo. The pacing in the song is incredible, and shows that Kendrick knows what he’s doing with a mic. Also, if you’ve seen him perform live, you don’t need proof, but you’ll see in the video how dope he is live. Then Kendrick asserts “I shall enjoy the fruits of my labor if I get free today” before finishing with the powerful shout, “what did the black man say? tell em we don’t die, tell em we don’t die, tell em we don’t die, we multiply”, shouting out Robin Harris.

Overall, Kendrick’s always had a message, and not that anyone expected him to drop that, but this premiere shows how much he’s gonna run with it. Also, he’s experimenting with jazzy horns and backing vocalists, and I can’t wait to go see him again in concert.


What did you think? Do you like the direction Kendrick’s going with this track? Let me know, and scope the video again!

Scope the perfomance video at the top of this page.


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Latest Hip Hop News: Pre-Christmas Edition

Hey y’all, there have been some notable happenings in the world of hip hop in the last few days. As usual, Spit Talking’s got you for the latest hip hop news.

This week we got J. Cole making money off his music, 50 cent making money off of underwear, Nas and Russell Simmons protesting for justice and Lil B fighting Facebook for his freedom of speech.


2014 Forest Hills Drive is Doing Numbers

J. Cole - 2014 Forest Hills Drive

J. Cole’s new album (scope my review) has opened at #1 on the Billboard charts and had the best opening weekend of any hip hop album of the (almost over) year. Big things are deservedly happening for Cole, because he’s been killing it. If you haven’t heard it yet, download the album to see why the success is deserved.

 


50 Cent is Still Getting That Cash

50 cent instagram

Photo: instagram.com/50cent

 

50 Cent posted this picture on instagram claiming he just signed a $78 million underwear deal with Frigo. Hip Hop’s best entrepeneur (sorry Dre, but I don’t see your movie/videogame/vitamin water flavor) just keeps getting richer, even independent of his music.

 

 


Nas and Russell Simmons March for Justice

Russell Simmons and Nas Marching

Photo: thejasminebrand.com

 

On Saturday, Nas and Russell Simmons joined thousands of others in New York for Millions March. The protest is part of the national movement following the (lack of charges for the) deaths of many Americans, including Mike Brown, Eric Garner and Tamir Rice. Hip Hop has always been progressive, and it’s good to see prominent names get involved without claiming responsibility.

 


Lil B: Rapper, Author, Lecturer, Freedom of Speech Fighter

Lil B at MIT

Photo: factmag.com

 

Lil B (who just a few weeks ago gave a lecture at MIT) has been banned by Facebook. He was criticizing America’s racial history and adopted the voice of a hypothetical racist. Facebook has suspended his account for 30 days, and Lil B has urged his fans to fight for his freedom of speech.

 

 

Also, Lil B blessed all of us last Christmas Eve with the release of his 101 song, 5+ hour mixtape 05 Fuck Em (free at Datpiff.) If the world can’t have 5 more free hours of hip hop from Lil B, the least we deserve is him on Facebook.


As usual, stay tuned for what’s going on in hip hop. We got you at Spit Talking where we never sleep, cause sleep is the cousin of death.


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Best Movies With Rappers (Will Smith doesn’t count)

Some rappers are ridiculously talented.

I don’t just mean that they can rock a banger and then slow it down for a chill track, I mean the emcees who can command the mic and the screen. These are the best movies with rappers in them. Also, Will Smith does not count. The whole list would just be Will Smith movies.


The Italian Job – Mos Def

The Italian Job

Mos Def is undeniably one of the most musically talented rappers out there with an incredible range, You might not know that Mos Def has actually been acting since he was 14, though. The Italian Job is a great ensemble cast, so it’s not like Mos is the star or anything, but he delivers a great supporting performance. And yeah yeah I know it’s a remake ok but the original doesn’t have Mos, so…

Digital: The Italian Job (2003)

DVD: The Italian Job


How High – Method Man & Redman

How High

How High is straight up one of the funniest movies out there, and if you’ve ever listened to Method or Red that does not surprise you. The duo end up attending Harvard, and you probably don’t need me to keep selling you on this. It’s funny as shit, go scope it.

Digital: How High

DVD: How High


Empire – Fat Joe & Treach

Empire

Empire is The Godfather for Latinos. It’s kind of a vehicle for a dramatic performance from the genius John Leguizamo, but Treach plays a part of his crew while Fat Joe plays a big rival. Like many on this list, they do well to blend in as actors rather than appearing as rappers just trying their hand at acting.

Digital: Empire (2002)

DVD: Empire


ATL – T.I. & Big Boi

ATL

I cannot say enough about ATL. Think of it as a biography of T.I. if he was a cartoonist rather than a rapper. This is one of my favorite movies of all time, and the fact that T.I. and Big Boi (as a kind of villain, of course) drive it forward is just the cherry on top. I lost my ATL DVD a few years ago and I still miss it.

Digital: ATL

DVD: ATL (Widescreen Edition)


Crash // Hustle & Flow // 2 Fast 2 Furious – Ludacris

2 Fast 2 Furious

CrashHustle & Flow

Ludacris has quietly become a hell of an actor to go along with his obviously dope rap. Crash was a powerful commentary on race relations in this country, where nobody is perfect. Hustle & Flow is the only movie here that’s actually mainly about hip hop, and it also happens to have Terrence Howard in it (in addition to Crash), with Luda playing a rapper. 2 Fast 2 Furious (RIP Paul Walker) was Luda’s breakout role, and he also did the dopest track on the soundtrack. All these are mad dope, but if I had to recommend one of these it would be Hustle & Flow.

Digital: Hustle & Flow

DVD: Hustle & Flow


Boyz N The Hood // Barbershop(/Barbershop 2: Back in Business) // Friday(/Next Friday/Friday After Next) – Ice Cube

FridayBoyz N The HoodBarbershop

Next Friday imageBarbershop 2: Back in Business

Friday After Next

Ok you know what, Ice Cube doesn’t count either. When’s the last time dude even walked into a recording studio? But seriously, Friday is one of my favorite movies of all time, Barbershop is hilarious and Boyz N The Hood is incredible and important. Ice Cube’s done alright for himself. Any of these are a good choice, but if I had to pick one it would be Friday.

 

Digital: Friday (1995)

DVD: Friday (Director's Cut)


The Man With The Iron Fists – RZA

The Man With the Iron Fists

Ok, so I’d call the RZA a producer before a rapper, but whatever just rock with it. The Man with the Iron Fists is easily the most impressive of all these movies, because RZA didn’t just act in it, he wrote it, directed it, starred in it, narrated it AND made the soundtrack. RZA started studying film under Quentin Tarantino when he did the music for Kill Bill, and this is clearly the fulfillment of a life long dream for RZA, and really, any fan of the Wu-Tang.

Digital: The Man With the Iron Fists

DVD: The Man with the Iron Fists - Unrated Extended Edition (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy + UltraViolet)


Which of these is your favorite?

Again, Will Smith doesn’t count here. Yes, I know that Ice Cube has been in more movies than that. Beyond that, if I forgot your favorite movie with a rapper, let me know!


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Dopest Hip Hop Samples: Recent and Unexpected

Samples are one of the backbones of hip hop. These are some of the best in recent memory.

Hip hop has always used samples in an important way, but recently we’ve seen some samples from totally unexpected places such as indie pop and electro. In the best examples of sampling, the original song is obscured as it becomes something totally different for the sake of the rapper.


Game – Astronaut Pussy/Welcome to California // Britney Spears – Toxic

Game - OKEBritney Spears - Toxic

 

 

 

 

 

Astronaut Pussy/Welcome to California is off Game’s mixtape O.K.E. (Operation Kill Everything), and starts with a sample of Britney Spears in Toxic before getting chopped and dropping into the beat. From the first time I heard it, I loved the song and the vocal sample in particular, but didn’t realize it was Britney Spears until much later. This is the best type of sample, one that makes a totally different sound and effect than what was started with. This is also an example of why sampling is not necessarily lazy and in some cases is wildly creative.


Kanye West – Stronger // Daft Punk – Harder Better Faster Stronger

Kanye West - StrongerDaft Punk - Harder Better Faster Stronger

 

 

 

 

 

This isn’t exactly just a sample, because Daft Punk worked with Kanye to adapt the track, but the original song is heavily sampled (in that Stronger’s beat is pretty much just Harder Better Faster Stronger slowed down.) This is an excellent example of how sampling can actually help out the original artist too. I mean, obviously Daft Punk was a phenomenon of its own long before this track, but it would be foolish to think Kanye didn’t introduce them to a larger, younger audience.


Kendrick Lamar – Money Trees // Beach House – Silver Soul

Kendrick Lamar - good kid, m.A.A.d cityBeach House

 

 

 

 

 

Like the other songs on this list, Money Trees samples from a song that is most definitely not hip hop. The whole beat is built around the sample of Silver Soul, but like great samples, it sounds like a totally different track. In fact, I had no idea it was even a sample until a friend of mine pointed it out to me. Then when I listened to the original song, it totally made sense. This is a great example of hip hop moving away from boom bap, and transitioning into all kinds of music layered under a rapper. I want the classic stuff to stick around too, but I’m down.


Did I miss any recent dope hip hop samples?

Let me know, because I will be doing this again.


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Hot New Hip Hop Videos: Big K.R.I.T. and J. Cole

Some hot new hip hop videos have come out in the last few days. Let me catch you up.

In the last few days, Big K.R.I.T. and J. Cole have both released dope videos for emotional songs off their new albums. Scope em.


Soul Food – Big K.R.I.T.

Big K.R.I.T. - Soul food videoSoul Food is off of Big K.R.I.T.’s ridiculously dope album Cadillactica (check out my review of Cadillactica while you’re at it.) In the video (as a literal interpretation of the song), K.R.I.T. goes back to his childhood and reminisces on the good times with his family at meals while sitting alone in the dark in an empty house.. As soul food and these gatherings have left K.R.I.T.’s life, so has happiness.

The video is simple and more of a narrative visual to the song than anything else, but it goes well with the track. The song and K.R.I.T.’s lyrics are real, and that’s why the video is too.

Scope the video for Big K.R.I.T. – Soul Food


 Apparently – J. Cole

J. Cole - ApparentlyApparently is off of J. Cole’s equally dope album 2014 Forest Hills Drive (scope my review of that too), and starts with Cole rapping about his canvas while standing in what appears to be a gallery of his life. In the first part of the song, he apologizes to his mother for being away and forcing her to be strong alone while their houe was being foreclosed. It’s emotional too, but a more upbeat emotional than K.R.I.T.’s Soul Food.

By the second part of the song Cole’s celebrating where he’s at and the fact that his ma and he don’t have to worry about any of the bad stuff anymore. It’s a more dynamic video than Soul Food, and alternates between shots of Cole singing/dancing alone in the lights and images such as those of his old house.

Scope the video for J. Cole – Apparently


Both rappers are showing they aren’t stopping with their successful album releases and they’re gonna keep going till everyone agrees they’re the best.

This is a good attitude for rappers to have, particularly if you’re a hip hop head because that’s how you get dope music (and dope videos, in this case.) Cole and K.R.I.T. both have battle tracks where they proclaim themselves king, but they both can also slow it down and get a little deeper. The best rappers are the ones who can do this.


 

Which video did you like better?

Let me know, and as always, stay tuned for the latest hip hop news at Spit Talking,


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