22 March 2017

TAPE DECK: Noreaga - Banned from T.V. (featuring Nature, Cam'ron, Styles P, Jadakiss & Big Pun)

To the surprise of no one, I've been on a 90's Hip Hop kick the last couple of months. Ran through catalogs of some early Jay, some pre "Get Out" Kanye, some Slum Village, some Pete Rock and some C-N-N (among others). While on the C-N-N route, I took a quick turn to relisten (that's a word right?) to Noreaga's debut LP, N.O.R.E. The '98 album showcases the Queen's emcee adding to the tail end of the Golden Era. One aspect of that decade's legacy can be enjoyed simply by peeping the MONSTER posse cuts found throughout the 90's.

And if you are making a list of the greatest posse cuts of the Golden Era, you GOTTA have "Banned from T.V.". Listen, you might not have Nore on you greatest lyricist lists, but the dude spit some of the hottest street bars of the decade. You could hear the hunger in his verses throughout his solo debut, and "Banned from T.V." is no different. But when he tapped (used two "p's" because it's past tense) some of the greatest NY emcees for his posse cut, Nore had to come correct if he wanted to anchor the track. Nore rounded the track with fellow Queens emcee Nature, Harlem's own Cam'ron, two thirds of the Yonkers group with Jadakiss and Styles P, and the Bronx legend Big Pun (my personal top 5 dead or alive right there). The Swizz Beatz instrumental is easily recognized as soon as the horns drop. And the dark (so dark) and grimey video is a perfect match for the beat and lyrics.

So take a trip down memory lane (damn near 20 years ago..why are we so old) and peep the video for "Banner from T.V.". ANNNNNNNNNNND I also found a behind the scenes clip for the video. So peep that too.

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07 March 2017

VIDEO: Joey Bada$$ - Land of the Free

The BITM crew posted the single, "Land of the Free", from Joey Bada$$ when it dropped over a month ago. We are now a month away from the Pro Era capo's second LP, All-Amerikkkan Bada$$. The Brooklyn emcee is at the forefront of the latest evolution of the conscious emcee. Joey has said that this album is "like hella vegetables". But he is aware that the current Hip Hop market demands "candy". This sentiment is one that is echoed by many Hip Hop heads, even by your friendly neighborhood BITM collective (through our postings and podcasts). 

Normally after my informational intro paragraph, I get into a few descriptions of the single/video/album. But I feel this video will have the strongest impact if you go into it with minimal spoilers. If you peeped our single post, you know the lyrics are poignant and jarring. I will say that Joey DID NOT HOLD BACK when it comes to the visuals for "Land of the Free". It is clear that he had a vision and message that he wanted to get across, and boy did he. 

Peep video below, and a Genius interview where he breaks down the lyrics to "Land of the Free".

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