Chocolate Droppa AKA Real Rap Raw VS MC Brunch [Comedy]

MC Brunch calls out Chocolate Droppa (Real Rap Raw) to see…

MC Brunch calls out Chocolate Droppa (Real Rap Raw) to see who has the most skills; the most swag; the most street credibility.  This just might turn out to be the best Hip Hop battle that never should have been noticed.   Check it out and let us know what you think.

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New Music: New Jack City – Tracey Lee & The Reepz

Tracey Lee and The Reepz bring you New Jack City, a new…

New Music.  LexZyne News & Info is giving you more HOT music to download fro FREE!   Tracey Lee and The Reepz bring you New Jack City, a new joint from the mixtape EVOLUTION ft. Tracey Lee & The Reepz.    Listen and download the song for free.


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Tracey Lee Remembers Notorious B.I.G. And Keep Your Hands High

Tracey Lee talks about the session he had with Notorious B.I.G….

Tracey Lee talks about the session he had with Notorious B.I.G. to record Keep Your Hands High and Big’s method of jumping in the booth.

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Tracey Lee dropped Many Facez March 25th, 1997.  It featured Keep Your Hands High featuring B.I.G.. The crazy thing is, some people have never even heard this track before.  Hip Hop lives!

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A Tribute To The Hip Hop King Of New York, Notorious B.I.G.

Big is celebrated as one of the greatest rap artists and is…

Big is celebrated as one of the greatest rap artists and is described by Allmusic as “the savior of East Coast hip-hop”. The Source and Blender named Big the greatest rapper of all time. In 2003, when XXL magazine asked several hip hop artists to list their five favorite MCs, Big’s name appeared on more rappers’ lists than anyone else. In 2006, he was ranked at #3 in MTV’s The Greatest MC’s of All Time.

Since his death, Big’s lyrics have been sampled and quoted by a variety of hip hop, R&B and pop artists including Jay-Z, 50 Cent, Alicia Keys, Fat Joe, Nelly, Ja Rule, Eminem, Lil Wayne, Game, Clinton Sparks, Michael Jackson and Usher. On August 28, 2005, at the 2005 MTV Video Music Awards, Sean Combs (then using the rap alias “P. Diddy”) and Snoop Dogg paid tribute to Big: an orchestra played while the vocals from “Juicy” and “Warning” played on the arena speakers. In September 2005, VH1 had its second annual “Hip Hop Honors”, with a tribute to Big headlining the show.

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Big had begun to promote a clothing line called Brooklyn Mint, which was to produce plus-sized clothing but fell dormant after he died. In 2004, his managers, Mark Pitts and Wayne Barrow, launched the clothing line, with help from Jay-Z, selling T-shirts with images of Big on them. A portion of the proceeds go to the Christopher Big Foundation and to Jay-Z’s Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation. In 2005, Voletta Big hired branding and licensing agency Wicked Cow Entertainment to guide the Estate’s licensing efforts. Big-branded products on the market include action figures, blankets, and cell phone content.

The Christopher Big Memorial Foundation holds an annual black-tie dinner (“B.I.G. Night Out”) to raise funds for children’s school equipment and supplies and to honor the memory of the late rapper. For this particular event, because it is a children’s schools’ charity, “B.I.G.” is also said to stand for “Books Instead of Guns”.

Big mostly rapped on his songs in a deep tone described by Rolling Stone as a “thick, jaunty grumble”, which went deeper on Life After Death. He was often accompanied on songs with ad libs from Sean “Puffy” Combs. On The Source’s Unsigned Hype, they described his style as “cool, nasal, and filtered, to bless his own material”.

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Allmusic describe Big as having “a loose, easy flow” with “a talent for piling multiple rhymes on top of one another in quick succession”. Time magazine wrote Big rapped with an ability to “make multi-syllabic rhymes sound… smooth”, while Krims describes Big’s rhythmic style as “effusive”. Before starting a verse, Big sometimes used onomatopoeic vocables to “warm up” (for example “uhhh” at the beginning of “Hypnotize” and “Big Poppa” and “whaat” after certain rhymes in songs such as “My Downfall”).

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Lateef of Latyrx notes that Big had, “intense and complex flows”,  Fredro Starr of Onyx says, “Biggie was a master of the flow”, and Bishop Lamont states that Big mastered “all the hemispheres of the music”. “Notorious B.I.G. also often used the single-line rhyme scheme to add variety and interest to his flow”. Big Daddy Kane suggests that Big didn’t need a large vocabulary to impress listeners – “he just put his words together a slick way and it worked real good for him”. Big was known to compose lyrics in his head, rather than write them down on paper, in a similar way to Jay-Z.

Big would occasionally vary from his usual style. On “Playa Hater” from his second album, he sang in a slow-falsetto. On his collaboration with Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, “Notorious Thugs”, he modified his style to match the rapid rhyme flow of the group.

Big’s lyrical topics and themes included mafioso tales (“Niggas Bleed”), his drug dealing past (“10 Crack Commandments”), materialistic bragging (“Hypnotize”), as well as humor (“Just Playing (Dreams)”), and romance (“Me & My Bitch”). Rolling Stone named Big in 2004 as “one of the few young male songwriters in any pop style writing credible love songs”.

Guerilla Black, in the book How to Rap, describes how Big was able to both “glorify the upper echelon” and “[make] you feel his struggle”. According to Touré of the New York Times in 1994, Big’s lyrics “[mixed] autobiographical details about crime and violence with emotional honesty”. Marriott of the New York Times (in 1997) believed his lyrics were not strictly autobiographical and wrote he “had a knack for exaggeration that increased sales”. Big described his debut as “a big pie, with each slice indicating a different point in my life involving bitches and niggaz… from the beginning to the end”.

Ready to Die is described by Rolling Stone as a contrast of “bleak” street visions and being “full of high-spirited fun, bringing the pleasure principle back to hip-hop”. Allmusic write of “a sense of doom” in some of his songs and the NY Times note some being “laced with paranoia”; Big described himself as feeling “broke and depressed” when he made his debut.The final song on the album, “Suicidal Thoughts”, featured Big contemplating suicide and concluded with him committing the act.

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On Life After Death, Big’s lyrics went “deeper”.  Krims explains how upbeat, dance-oriented tracks (which featured less heavily on his debut) alternate with “reality rap” songs on the record and suggests that he was “going pimp” through some of the lyrical topics of the former. XXL magazine wrote that Big “revamped his image” through the portrayal of himself between the albums, going from “midlevel hustler” on his debut to “drug lord”.

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Allmusic wrote that the success of Ready to Die is “mostly due to Big’s skill as a storyteller”; In 1994, Rolling Stone described Big’s ability in this technique as painting “a sonic picture so vibrant that you’re transported right to the scene”. On Life After Death Big notably demonstrated this skill on “I Got a Story to Tell” telling a story as a rap for the first half of the song and then as a story “for his boys” in conversation form.

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Blast It Or Trash It: Goosebumps – Vicious Cycle [Free Download]

Goosebumps by Vicious Cycle is just raw hip hop…

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From the upcoming EP Volume Control. Catch these emcees (Money Stax and Neeky Devero) at SXSW rockin steadily this year.

Goosebumps by Vicious Cycle (produced by LexZyne Productions) is just raw hip hop. Beats….. and rhymes. Listen and download it for free. Be sure to leave a comment and let us know if you would Blast It Or Trash It.

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Turn Your Speakers Way Up – Get Your Day Rollin’ Right

Kid ‘n Play is a hip-hop duo from New York City that was…

Kid ‘n Play is a hip-hop duo from New York City that was popular in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The duo was composed of Christopher “Kid” Reid and Christopher “Play” Martin working alongside their DJ, Mark “DJ Wiz” Eastmond.

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How Fresh Is Your Talk: The Origins Of Some Of Your Slang

A lot of folks use slang terms without knowing their true origins…

A lot of folks use slang terms without knowing their true origins. Many of the popular ones come from the slang heavy Bay Area. For example, take a term like Playa Hater.. It’s commonly used but its roots are found in Richmond, California with a rapper named Filthy Phil.

Back in the days (80s) there was a group of police called the Cowboys. They were a rough bunch who were actually profiled on the news show 60 Minutes. Phil ran with a crew who called themselves the Playboys.. “players” for short.

The cowboys used to mess with Phil’s crew and hence got dubbed ‘Player Haters‘. That was the original meaning.

The term Ghostriding has been immortalized in songs and has come to mean cats walking alongside their car or riding the roof with no one in the drivers seat. The practice was popularized in the Oakland ‘side shows‘ which is our term for cruising. The initial term came about when the police would come up to hot spots like Berkeley’s Telegraph avenue and break up the large crowds. They would get out their patrol cars to usher people along … Some got the idea of putting the un-manned cruisers in motion to crash them , either by shifting gears or putting brick or rocks on the gas pedal.. The un manned patrols cars crashing were said have been ghostridden

The term Fa-Sheezy and its numerous variations which many attribute to Snoop Dogg, was popularized by Bay Area slangologist E-40. 40 got the term from his homies 3x Krazy which included Keak tha Sneak another noted slang master.  Many say the initial phrasing came from  pig latin, but if you listen to an old Grandmaster Flash cut from the early 80s.. pioneer Mele-Mel flips some pig latin and there’s no Fa Sheezy being said.. We maintain our originality.

We could go on and on, and I’m sure some will argue about the local folklore. We know we know, nothing’s new under the sun.. But when it comes to the Bay Area some of it is-LOL

Below is a video/ song from Rafael Casal that chronicles some our uniqueness on the wordplay tip.. Enjoy..And if you object, get ur skillz together and do your own.. Just make sure you note we did this here thing first.. LOL

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Source: Davey D’s Hip Hop Corner

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Blast It Or Trash It: M.A.G.I.C. – LifeUnda

After dropping The Black History Month mixtape “Brown Baby”, LifeUnda is…

Its funny how Television actually “Tells A Vision”.   Do you see Eye 2 Eye with “their” perception?

M.A.G.I.C. – (M)edia is (A)ltering (G)od’s (I)ntentions with (C)onfusion . . . Are You Ready? . . . Are WE Ready???

M.A.G.I.C. (Media is Altering God’s Intentions with Confusion) by LexZyne

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Whats More Important: Jay-Z, Kanye, Or The Kids? – Wise Intelligent

My point was to bring the Illuminati out of the boogieman space. It’s not…

Following the release earlier this month of his third solo studio album, The Unconkable Djezuz Djonez, HipHopDX reached out to Wise Intelligent so the lead emcee of one of the 1990s’ most celebrated collectives, Poor Righteous Teachers, could explain the thought process behind his much talked about new single, “Illuminati”.

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Speaking to DX on Wednesday (February 23rd), the author of countless cerebral classics (“Rock Dis Funky Joint,” “Nobody Move” and “Word Iz Life” just to name a few) provided some insight into two of the thought-provoking tracks included on the follow-up to 2007’s The Talented Timothy Taylor. First, the New Jersey native who utilized one of the most seamless flows in Hip Hop history to drop jewels for the “Gods, Earths and 85ers” explained why Jay-Z and other rappers could not be part of the Illuminati. Lastly, Wise addressed lyrics from “Water Walker,” explaining why “Obama is wearing a McDonald’s uniform.”

HipHopDX: Your new joint, “Illuminati,” addresses [Jay-Z’s] long-rumored ties to that secret society, but you dismiss his inclusion in the Illuminati, or any other rapper’s for that matter, as ridiculous. Why?

Wise Intelligent: I’m not dismissing inclusion, what I’m saying is it’s irrelevant if they are. What would be the point? The Illuminati…goes way back to the Crusades, and way back before that. These people were about world conquest and world domination. And they’ve already dominated and conquered the world, and [so] there’s no need to have a card carrying rapper member. What is the point? There’s no point in it. What is the criteria? What would he be doing that would benefit an apparatus that has already conquered the world? I don’t understand that; that just doesn’t make sense to me.

I think we need to focus more attention on the fact that public schools are being shut down intentionally, to disenfranchise many urban youth, from whom Hip Hop came. If this is about Hip Hop and the youth that created Hip Hop and where Hip Hop comes from, and everybody talking about “this is where Hip Hop lives,” we need to be focusing our attention on what’s happening to the children that produced Hip Hop, that brought Hip Hop to the world. And we’re not even talking about that, we’re talking about Jay-Z. It’s like, yo, Jay-Z is ill, Jay-Z is probably the illest emcee that ever wrote rhymes, but when we get right down to it, if we talking about the Illuminati…we need to get into what’s happening in plain view.

My point was to bring the Illuminati out of the boogieman space. It’s not a boogieman; it’s legislators that are right now passing legislation that disenfranchises so many people. We’re talking about 1% of the population in America controlling 50% of the wealth, controlling more wealth than 50% of the people here. We have 10% of the people all over the world making life miserable for 90% of the world and [all] we wanna talk about is Jay-Z gay, is Kanye gay? Are they in this secret society? It’s not a secret society, it’s right in your face. Everything they’re doing is right in your face. Everything.

So, let’s deal with that; let’s deal with those things. Let’s deal with all the sterilization programs they have going on around the world. Let’s talk about that. Let’s talk about the overthrowing of Egypt. Let’s talk about the overthrowing of the Middle East right now. Let’s talk about that! We don’t wanna discuss these things. Let’s talk about how mainstream corporations control what we see and hear everyday.

So my whole thing about the “Illuminati” [song], it’s about a protest – protesting disenfranchisement of the large majority of the population of this planet. That’s the bottom line. So Jay-Z don’t have nothing to do with that. Jay-Z didn’t start the eugenics programs. Jay-Z didn’t do that.

DX: You mentioned protest music…do you have any objections to Lupe Fiasco declaring on his latest single “Words I Never Said” that “Limbaugh is a racist, Glenn Beck is a racist / Gaza Strip was gettin’ bombed, Obama didn’t say shit / That’s why I ain’t vote for him, next one either”?

Wise Intelligent: That’s some powerful shit. I love Lupe Fiasco. I love Lupe Fiasco because he keeping it real, and that’s what Hip Hop is for me. Hip Hop is the other side of the story. Hip Hop is not the official mainstream story that becomes the official story. Hip Hop is, Nah man, Amadou Diallo didn’t have a gun; he had a wallet. Nah, Oscar Grant wasn’t resisting arrest. Nah, Barack – c’mon Barack, you gave $800 million to the prison industrial complex. Why? When you know that there’s a predatory system that targets inner city youth.

So…yes, yes, I support everything in that line right there. If Lupe Fiasco said it, if that’s what he said, yes, I agree. He has the right to say those things. I think that they need to be said. And they need to be able to be said in the mainstream platforms – from everywhere, from HipHopDX to Clear Channel. It needs to be propagated; it needs to be put out there. That’s the other side. And that’s what Hip Hop was from the beginning; it was the other side of the story. And that’s what’s missing right now. It’s not that heads are not making conscious music anymore, it’s because mainstream corporations don’t want it on the air – for what it is, and for what it has the ability to do. Same thing that happened in Egypt; Hip Hop has the ability to do that. It was Hip Hop that moved those kids in South Africa to confront apartheid. So let’s keep it real official, man. Lupe Fiaco’s keeping it official.

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DX: Is President Obama part of the “wickedness in high places” you’re speaking on in “Water Walker”?

Wise Intelligent: This the thing with President Obama, for me, President Obama is just like a superintendent in a public school district that has been setup to fail. In other words, he’s inherited a sinking ship.

Better example: he’s like all the black mayors in the inner cities around the country. Like here in Trenton, [former] Mayor Douglas Palmer…became the mayor of Trenton after the municipal budgets were already bankrupt, [and] after white flight and white people had fled out of the inner cities and shifted the funding from the inner city to these suburbs. So now the kids are not getting the funding that they need for adequate education and things of that nature. Now they redlined the whole inner city. Now that the white people left…all the banks and investors redlined the city, and now you can’t develop the city any further than a mom-and-pop chicken shop. Everything’s dilapidated. The public schools here in Trenton – we haven’t had a new public school [built] since like 1932. I’m serious. It’s like, yo, this school is like 85 years old. The school is almost a hundred years old. The high school here is the only high school in the city. So, we have to really pay attention to that. When the mayor took office it was already a wrap. The white legislators who control the legislature, they shift the politics. They shift everything to the suburbs. Everything went to the benefit of these new suburbs and gated communities that they built outside of Trenton, New Jersey.

And that’s what Barack Obama has done: he’s inherited a sinking ship just like the mayors of Trenton, just like the superintendents of these black public school districts. They’ve inherited sinking ships that they can’t fix. They can’t fix it, because you have legislators who are above them. You have people who are above them who are not gonna allow it. When you look at the House [of Representatives], you have like 300 white congressmen to about 42 black congress people. So the interests and concerns of the black masses in America will not be met because they always will stack their vote against it. I don’t care what happens.

Just like with the crack versus powder [cocaine] laws, the mandatory sentencing, the Rockefeller [Laws] – all of these laws that came up before the house as unfair and unjust laws, they ruled against changing these laws back in I believe it was 1995. But when LSD was brought under the guise of unfairness, they said it’s unfair. And a lot of white kids who predominately deal with LSD were let out of jail and shortened their sentences. And a lot of people don’t know about that because that never made mainstream [news coverage]. And the reason that our community don’t know about it is because they won’t let my songs on the radio! And the mainstream Hip Hop websites won’t discuss it honestly.

Back to what Obama is…Obama has inherited a sinking ship. America is what it is; America was on this course since 1913 when they set up the Federal Reserve Bank. The economy was centralized then. And now we’re seeing the results of that; we’re seeing the results of that centralizing of America’s economy. That’s what Thomas Jefferson said: don’t let ‘em centralize the economy; we don’t want a central bank here. He said the bankers are gonna ruin the country. And that’s what happened.

So, at the end of the day, Obama is wearing a McDonald’s uniform. He comes to work, [and] he punches the clock. He can’t come in there and say, I have this olive oil. We gonna fry these fries in olive oil from here on out. And they like, No! We ain’t frying in olive oil. The people ain’t complaining about fries cooked in 10w40 motor oil, so we’re not changing it. This is what we’re using. So, it’s what it is. You can’t change the rules at McDonald’s. You gotta wear the uniform, punch in and punch out.

Source: HipHopDX