When Asher Roth stood up to the record companies by going independent, he became a hero. He told us he wanted to “have fun and make music.” We cheered from the mountaintops when he reminded us that no record label meant no creative control from execs. But then, RetroHash, Roth’s second studio album, actually came out. We were so naïve.
"Ten years ago today we finally released what had been my life’s work up to that point: The College Dropout. I say ‘finally’ because it was a long road, a constant struggle, and a true labor of love to not only convince my peers and the public that I could be an artist, but to actually get that art out for the world to hear. I am extremely grateful to each and every person along that road who helped, lent an ear, lent their voice, gave of their heart to that project, and to all the projects that followed, and are to come. I am honored and humbled by my fans, for the unwavering support and love over the past ten years. I wake up every day trying to give something back to you that you can rock to and be proud of. Ten years later I am still the same kid from Chicago, still dreaming out loud, still banging on the door. The doors may be heavier, but I promise you WE WILL BREAK THEM.”
Since I am still catching up on what I missed while I didn’t have wi-fi, I’m just now coming across the most recent video from Detroit’s Big Sean. In typical Sean Don style, there are some really good things and some really BAD things about this “freestyle”, so I think it’s finally time I spoke my peace about this guy.
1) BAD: I always find it interesting when rappers post high quality music videos of “freestyles”. That’s not what a freestyle is by definition….
2) GOOD: The production behind this track is fire. I’m a big fan of what Travi$ Scott has been putting out. While this is a SUPER typical KeY Wane beat, it bangs hard.
3) BAD: The video is terrible. We get it Sean, you’re fashionable.
4) GOOD:BARS FOR DAYS.
5) BAD: Again, these bars are incredibly hit or miss. Typical Big Sean.
6) BAD: Sean is the newest rapper to try to settle down, talk about how ‘bad’ is girl is, but still rap about being a total player. Let’s leave that to Will Smith, buddy.
While Big Sean has been climbing in popularity, I truly have felt as if I am witnessing the decline of Big Sean. When I first heard “Getcha Some” and read about the Kanye prodigy, I was sold. I really thought he could develop and grow to be the next Ye (at least lyrically). Unfortunately, Sean continues to solidify is image as the epitome of Hip-Pop.
So, I have done you all wrong. I have not been keeping up with my baby, this here website. I still love it. I still love the music. January blows. The Grammy’s kicked ass (Check out my twitter, @cbrooksw, to read my tweets about it). Long story short, I’m back.
Yes. Genregardless will once again be in full swing this semester. Starting as soon as my apartment gets wi-fi….which is supposed to be in 3-5 business days. If you want it faster, call Comcast and tell them to hurry up because you have music news and reviews to read, regardless of genre.