Let me start off by saying that from a marketing standpoint, Meek Mill and MMG did their damn thing with this project. It might be the fact that Meek is also signed to Roc Nation management that helps the cause. Not saying it’s all paid for and no talent, cause Meek went off on this mixtape. After losing his artist and friend Lil’ Snupe, you can tell Meek really put some passion behind “Dreamchasers 3″. We were teased with Instagrams and recording session videos for about two months. There were probably 20 different artwork files floating out there for the cover. The hype about this mixtape was real, now it was time to see if it all matched the music. Here are my thoughts.
Meek starts off in a very dominant and powerful way by bringing a bunch of huge names together all one track. “Leanin” brings Birdman, Travi$ Scott, and Diddy to the table with an “Ain’t worried bout Nothin” attitude. Diddy and Birdman are two of the biggest moguls in the game along with Jay Z, so having them on there means you’re coming with your best, and you’re coming with the best. Dope song to ride to.
Then we have “Make Me”. This song is clean because Meek talks about having lots of money and nice things, but still claiming that those things haven’t changed him. Telling everyone in the game that no matter what you do to him or say about him, he will not be broken. Yet another statement track from Meek with hard impact. The singing of “Make Me” isn’t the best part since we’re not used to Meek being any type of singer, but other than that this song goes hard.
“Dope Dealer” is probably my favorite song on the entire mixtape. Not because of the meaning of the song or anything, but the Key Wayne beat is probably one of the sickest and hardest instrumentals I’ve heard in a long time. Having Rick Ross on the song is a great move too. Ever since his feature on “I’m a Boss”, Meek and Ross make quite the due on any track. Nicki Minaj goes in on this song too. Almost reminds me of when she spazzed on that “Monster” song a while back. Definitely top 3 song on the entire project.
Alright now “Lil Nigga Snupe” is where Meek let’s it all out and absolutely spazzes. You can almost sense that when there’s deep meaning in a song he can really go off. Probably the fastest and most technical I’ve ever heard Meek Mill go. He’s got a lot of stunt anthems and club bangers, but this one puts him up there lyrically with a crazy cadence and delivery. It’s a shame Lil’ Snupe had to go so soon, the “Lil Snupe Skit” on this mixtape is a must-listen also. Really showcases how good the up-n-coming spitter was.
“Aint me” might as well be “Levels Part 2″. It’s pretty much saying that no matter how hard you’re ballin, you’ll neve be Yo Gotti, Meek Mill, or his Dreamchasers artist OMelly. The “Aint Me” part of the song gets pretty infectious after a while but the beat on this one is incredible. Then “I Be on That” comes on and turns up the project to another level (since there’s levels to this shit). Nicki Minaj is back and this time she brings French Montana and Fabolous to turn up for another club banger. French is good with the hooks these days, there’s no denying that. Putting all of New York on there was a great play. Nicki, Fab, and French represent very well.
There are a bunch of other tracks before this next one but I’m really not trying to describe every single song. You have to get your own feel for this stuff sometimes so going off tiny descriptions of EVERY SONG might be too much info to process. “Rich Porter” with Rick Ross is definitely the next power track on this project. Once again this one delivers an “I’m a Boss” feeling which we all love from Rozay and Meek. The boss and his right hand definitely know how to wake up the streets.
Those are most of the standout tracks from “Dreamchasers 3″. The other songs are definitely dope, but don’t carry the same authority as the ones listed above. I believe that Meek clearly proved himself on this project and it might take some growing on people and listening to every song to really understand that. Sometimes mixtape campaigns get a little out of hand but Meek and the entire MMG camp did a great job of promoting both this and Self Made 3 in a classy fashion. You don’t feel like they’re flooding the market with info and images, but you anticipate the next teaser. Whoever does the videos for Meek is a genius also. Those vlogs create a lot of anticipation. Overall I would say the first “Dreamchasers” mixtape is still the best because it was Meek’s major introduction into this game, but the 3rd is still a solid project. I’ve been playing it front to back for the past 5 days and still can’t get enough. It’s also already certified double platinum on DatPiff which is a pretty damn good number to have on there. Make sure to download “Dreamchasers 3″ here if you haven’t yet.
Mac Miller’s album officially dropped online today and you can already tell people are going crazy about it. Mainly because this one is all about his actual rapping skills improving x 100. If you’re looking for a happy-go-lucky Mac Miller with feel good songs for your next turn up session, this ins’t the album for you. If you’re looking for complex lyricism with meanings that are out of this world over your head, then yes… pick this one up and listen close. It’s not one of those albums that you can just listen through once and make a decision, hence why me review is coming so late after the leak. According to Mac himself, he’s been locked up in his studio like a man on Death Row recording non-stop and has an arsenal of about 500-600 unreleased songs. Imagine having to narrow that down to 19 tracks, that alone was one of the most impressive aspects when composing this album.
I might’ve lied earlier when I said there aren’t any turn up tracks on the album, because most of the bonus tracks have somewhat of a party feeling to them. “O.K.” is actually the first Tyler, The Creator production to ever hit an actual major album. Mac himself called it an honor to get Tyler’s first ever production. The repetitive “Mac, Mac, Mac” can get a little annoying for some but I personally thought it added a humorous aspect to the entire song. “Red Dot” with Action Bronson is also another dope bonus track, crazy to think both of these features are just bonuses because they are high quality tracks.
Mac also does some singing on this one and doesn’t even sound that bad. You have to understand that he’s an all around musician and not just some rapper. If you pay close attention to some of Mac’s Vines, he’s pretty good at just about any instrument (he can even play the guitar behind his head lol).
“Suplexes inside of Complexes and Duplexes” is probably the most impressive move on the entire album. Why? Well because he got jay Electronica to step in the studio. We can barely even get Jay Electronica to make music of his own so him stepping up and working with Mac is one huge statement. For some reason there still seem to be a lot of Mac Miller haters out there because of his persona, but come on… Jay Electronica! Nobody does that. Mac does get murdered on his own song when Jay steps to the mic, but that’s just expected and doesn’t dwell on Mac’s skills at all.
Like I said before, this album is full of lyrical genius but don’t go looking for a top ten hit. He did release a music video for “Watching Movies” and that’s got to be one of my favorite songs on the album. I’m sure a lot of other reviews will bash him for not making too many singles, but does that really matter when you’re doing everything with no label and end up on the Forbes’ list for one of the highest earning rappers at 21 years old? Nope.
Make sure to go out and buy this album. Not only because it’s a great project but also because of the fact that he’s done this all on his own with no major label help. The end.
_Bartosz Szaniewski (Social Media Director)
Well all those predictions about the album leaking early were true along with J. Cole and Mac Miller. I’m still going to buy the album because you have to support great music, but couldn’t help but download the leak. Kanye is mad, he’s very mad, at least that’s what I got from this album. Hot 97′s Peter Rosenberg was also right when he said this is a Kanye West we have never heard before.
Kanye went into the studio with Rick Rubin and they put together sounds that nobody has ever heard before. Right off the bat “Blood on the Leaves” makes you feel like an ultimate warrior going out to kill for your family.
Yeezy or shall I say Yeezus really knows how to get you going and is a master of knowing which sounds trigger certain emotions. Some people will disagree with me because we’re too quick to hate on successful people these days, but Kanye jut delivered another masterpiece.
Throwing artists like Chief Keef and King Louie on there might seem questionable, but at the end of the day he’s putting on for Chi-Town and letting those that work hard shine. One song that really does have a College Dropout feel is “Bound 2″, happy melody while boasting about the lifestyle. “Guilt Trip” with Kid Cudi is one of those crazy sound songs that will leave a loop in your head for a while but still a very strong track. Oh and then we have “I’m in it”. Here’s the track you need if you’re having a bad day and looking to say “F*ck the man”. One of the hardest hitting beats on the entire album. We’ve all watched SNL and heard “Black Skinhead”. This has more of a rap/punk sounds to it but you really need to listen to everything Kanye is saying. There’s a reason for this title, very strong messages throughout the entire thing. Try and keep up, the flow is fast on this one. “I keep it 300, like the Romans”. “Hold My Liquor” is where Chief Keef comes in, maybe he really can’t hold it considering he’s only 17 years old. It was dope of Kanye to give the kid a shot on both the “Don’t Like” remix and now this track. Looks like Keef might be moving into the auto-tune/Future stage if he continues with tracks like this one. “I Am a God” is definitely one of my favorite songs on the entire album. He’ll probably get a lot of flack for featuring God on the song but that’s just kind of what Kanye does these days. Clearly God isn’t on the track in any way but there’s got to be some in depth meaning behind it. “Virgil, Pyrex, Don-C snapback”. I’ve given quick descriptions of each track and left some out, mainly because I’m not trying to give too much away and want you to buy the album. Please go into this one remembering that Kanye is still one of the best artists in the world.
Rap Radar’s Elliott Wilson is back with another episode of “The Truth” and this time he breaks down Lil’ Wayne’s new album “I am not a Human Being II” which dropped today. He discusses all the recent medical complications and releasing the album at a bad time. Here’s what he thought…
It doesn’t happen very often that I go out of my way to buy an album, like an actual CD in a store. With this album things were a little different and I drove to Target right after the office, especially to get those two bonus tracks that only came if you purchased the CD at Target (great marketing strategy by the way). It was pretty insane walking into Target, you could just feel that everyone was there to get their hands on “The 20/20 Experience”. That point was proven when I got in line and saw that every person in front of me had their copy in hand. So yeah, he’s actually selling an experience.
Getting the album from Target was well worth it because both “Body Count” and “Dress On” are amazing tracks. “Body Count” really takes you back to the Timbo/JT era that we know and love. “Dress On” is more a seductive track that could still slap in the clubs, the breakdown in that one is incredible. Overall most of the tracks are longer than usual become of amazing harmonizing and super creative breakdowns. Normally I’d complain about a song be too long but these tracks are worth every second, don’t skip through them.
Now there’s the obvious tracks that we’ve already gotten familiar with like “Suit & Tie” and “Mirrors” which both are epic songs. I’ll actually be attending the JT/Jay-Z concert in Vancouver and can’t wait to hear both of them live. If you’re ever having a bad day and need some motivation throw on “Mirrors”, the pace and melody of that song is sure to get you going. There’s not much to say about “Suit & Tie” that song alone has changed the wardrobe of many men out there. Throwing Jay-Z on there was a genius move also, plus I’ve heard that they’ve got a lot more music together because Beyonce made the mistake of giving JT and Jay-Z a studio next to hers.
Two songs that seem to be getting slept on at the moment are “Don’t Hold the Wall” and “Tunnel Vision”, aside from Mirrors, “Don’t Hold the Wall” is probably my favorite song. “Dance, don’t hold the wall”, you already know what this song is about. Timbo is clearly present on this track, having them two working together again in 2013 is a blessing for the music industry. Just at a time when some hip-hop/pop/r&b genres are getting out of hand, JT brings back quality music. “Tunnel Vision” almost has a “Cry me a River” feel to it too, most of the songs take a small piece of the old Justin and blend it with the news.
I could keep going and break down all of the other songs, but frankly there’s a lot of work to do around here and I want everyone to “Experience” the album for themselves. Like I mentioned before, JT is truly selling an actual experience with this project, trust me… you’ll feel it. Overall this album is a masterpiece and I’m not surprised that it’s predicted to go Gold in the first week (500,000 copies). Really looking forward to seeing JT and Jay-Z on tour, the last time JT went on tour he grossed $70,000,000… this one will probably do double that with only 12 stops.
Go to Target or buy the album on iTunes HERE.
_ Bartosz Szaniewski (Rich Kids Brand’s digital strategy manager)
McDonald’s, like all other fast food restaurants, is starting to take a healthier approach when it comes to improving their food. On April 22nd Micky D’s will be replacing their classic Egg McMuffin with a Egg “White Delight” McMuffin. According to The Daily Meal “The egg whites are cooked free-form on the griddle with a spatula, and will join a slice of American cheese and Canadian bacon on a whole-grain English muffin. Egg whites will also be made available on all the other breakfast sandwiches the company offers.” The sandwich is 250 calories which is 50 less than the original.
There’s no looking over Drake’s new track “5 AM in in Toronto”, he takes a lot of shots at a lot of people. So it’s time for Rap Radar’s Elliott Wilson to do his thing and tell us what he thinks of the track. He’s another dope episode of “The Truth”.
It was a big day for A$AP Rocky and the entire A$AP mob with their front man releasing his very highly anticipated album “Long.Live.A$AP”. The album leaked about a month ago which somewhat dwindled the hype, but the true A$AP fans still went out and purchased Pretty Flacko’s first major label debut.
The obvious stand out track on the album is “Fuckin Problems” with Drake, 2 Chainz, and Kendrick Lamar. It’s pretty rare for a brand new artist to get all three of the biggest names in the game on one track, but with the respect of his industry peers Rocky pulled it off and made one HUGE banger. The song is played on every radio station in the U.S. and is also the ultimate “turn up” track when you’re in the club.
Even though Rocky found major success with “Fuckin Problems”, when it comes to albums fans also want to hear the deeper side of an artist. They want to know what they went through finding major success and what’s up next. You can find these deeper meanings in both “Phoenix” and “Suddenly”. “Phoenix” even mentions suicidal thoughts which Rocky explained is something most people in their mid-20′s go through and he wanted to convey that message to his fans. The track shows a more emotional side of Rocky and lets us know that even with all the fame he is still human and goes through the every day struggle of questioning life and our purpose in this world. “Suddenly” is also a deeper track speaking more so on suddenly becoming famous and how your friends turn to enemies and old enemies turn to friends. Both of these tracks really stood out to me having very powerful messages and speaking to the core fans.
Other than “Fuckin Problems”, “Wild for the Night” with Skrillex is also another great party track and a collaboration that I did not see coming. Most hip-hop artists these days tend to overdose on the whole EDM scene but Rocky incorporated just the right amount of the genre into this one. “Goldie” is also another good upbeat song on the album but also a track that we’ve heard for a while now so the wow factor wasn’t there because of its shelf life. Don’t get me wrong the Hit-Boy produced track has one of the best instrumentals out right now, but it just didn’t seem “fresh” because of how long it’s been out.
You can’t listen to this album without speaking about the ultimate posse cut, “1Train”. Somehow Rocky pulled it off once again and got some of the biggest up-n-comers in the game all on one instrumental. You’ve got Kendrick Lamar, Yelawolf, Joey Bada$$, Big K.R.I.T, Action Bronson and Danny Brown?! Come on son, nobody can pull that off. The track displays lyricism at its finest and really does feel like you’re on a train making 7 stops to hear 7 different artists at their finest.
The “Jodye” instrumental has to be my favorite on the entire album, something about that dark sound gets me every time. “Long Live A$AP” also has that Bone Thugs feeling to it which Rocky claims to be one of his biggest inspirations. Overall this was a great project and an album that I will personally have on repeat for a while. The early leak will probably hurt Rocky’s numbers in the end, but hopefully his core/cult fan base can come through and help him break 100k. Click HERE to purchase the album on iTunes.
As you know G.O.O.D. Music’s “Cruel Summer” album just came out and we all think it’s great, but we’d rather have this guy tell you. Seriously the best review on the web right now.
Yes the mixtape is out already and it’s been listened to all the way through. That’s the nice things about these short mixtapes, we can listen to them the same day they drop and give you our perspective before the music can grow on us. Now if you’re basing this mixtape off previous “Dedications”, then you might be disappointed. With Lil’ Wayne being involved in other ventures like skateboarding and his clothing line TRUKFIT, you can somewhat tell that he took a small step back from the music. He even told Rolling Stone magazine earlier this year that he’s taking a break from music and focusing more on skateboarding.
This doesn’t mean there weren’t some tracks that really stood out, surprisingly they all came one after the other. “Burn”, “I Don’t Like”, “Same Damn Tune” and “Cashed Out” were probably the four best tracks on this entire mixtape. Other than those ones there were a bunch of other remixes with features from artists that nobody knows such as Flo, Tune, and Lil’ Mouse. The track he did with J.Cole in the beginning was also pretty dope but only for the fact that J.Cole was on it. Even Tunechi said he didn’t like the beat so his bars were pretty lazy on that track. Nicki Minaj also helped out on the “Mercy” remix which made it a pretty powerful song, her and Lil’ Wayne always collaborate very well together.
“So Dedicated” featured Birdman but we didn’t really hear him on it all besides a little rant at the end mentioning something about Trukfit and having a lot of money. We were expecting a lot more Trukfit shout outs on this mixtape since the artwork for it is pretty much the company’s logo, but Weezy did a pretty good job of containing the self promotion and sticking to the music. Overall this mixtape gets a 6 out of 10, especially when comparing it to all of the other “Dedications”. The thing you expect most when Weezy drops a mixtape is him taking other peoples’ songs and making them his own, but he really didn’t do that this time around. Being huge Lil’ Wayne fans this is in no way hate towards one of the greatest rappers to ever touch the mic, we just didn’t feel like he really came with it this time. Lil’ Wayne is expected to release more mixtapes either this year or next continuing his “I’m not a Human Being” series so hopefully we get more delivery from him on those. Overall this mixtape gets a 6 out of 10, especially compared to the powerful mixtapes that came out this year from artists like Meek Mill, 2 Chainz, A$AP Rocky, Tyga and many more. In the end it’s always good to get music from Lil’ Wayne when it seems like he’s been focusing on a lot of other things lately. What brought Lil’ Wayne to the forefront of where is he is now is the music and the music only. He was once crowned as the “best rapper alive” so we would like to see a lot more of that.
STAND OUT TRACKS:
“I Don’t Like”
“Same Damn Tune”