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Kendrick Is Coming To Milwaukee (Summerfest)

To Pimp A Butterfly (iTunes)

With probably the best Rap album of the year, To Pimp a Butterfly, Kendrick Lamar decided to bless us with a video for “King Kunta” “King Kunta” is a throwback to old 80/90’s West Coast videos. 6-4s, hydraulics, Compton Swap Meet, and rump shakers is what gives this video a classic feel.  Kendrick takes us on a ride through his favorite spots in Compton. With a G-Funk bassline, this song and video makes us yearn for the Death Row era circa The Chronic.

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Death Row. Roc-A-Fella. Bad Boy. Murder Inc. No Limit. G-Unit. Just like Young Money, these labels too, have had their reign at the top. But just as Sir Isaac Newton once said, “What goes up, must come down.” And boy is it coming down. I’ve been watching Young Money for a few months now, because I started to notice the crumbling of their empire. Now if you’re a Hip-Hop head like me, then what’s happening in Young Money is nothing more than history repeating itself. Albums being pushed back, the workers becoming more famous than the boss, disgruntled artists, and so on. It’s been done. And a lot more entertainingly I might add. So lets explore Young Money and the repeating history.

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“Industry rule number four thousand and eighty: record company people are shady. So kids watch your back ’cause I think they smoke crack, I don’t doubt it. Look at how they act.” (“Check The Rhime” – A Tribe Called Quest)

My guess after watching the TLC biopic is that Tionne, Lisa, nor Rozonda listens to A Tribe Called Quest. Well they should have because then they wouldn’t need two hours plus commercials to explain to the world how they can sell a bunch of records and still work third shift at Wal-Mart. But relax this post isn’t mainly about them but more about their former manager, Perri ‘Pebbles’ Reid and the others like her.