Fresh Prince (better known today as Will Smith) and DJ Jazzy Jeff – Summer Time
Summer Time by Will Smith goes down in history as a hip hop classic summer anthem. Others have tried and failed and none has stood the test of time like this song. Will takes you through a myriad of summer images that everyone can relate to. He even gives the energy of summer a name by simply calling it Summer Madness. Riding through any city during a hot summer day and your likely to still here this song banging out of your speakers. If Will Smith never recorded another song in his entire life he impacted and changed our summers forever with the single Summer Time.
Every so often an artist comes along and changes the course of things. Innovative original style. Edgy foresight. A stupid dope vision.
These are a few of the components that make up some of the best artist of the times. Imagine if Micheal Jackson had’ve fizzled out after his Motown deal in the 70s. Imagine if 50 Cent had died in that near fatal shooting that left him with an alleged 9 bullet holes. Imagine if Diddy had’ve graduated from Howard business school in the 90s and gone off to Wall Street instead of Beat Street. The songs and styles we all know them best for would have gone unheard.
Devin The Dude has never been the biggest artist in the game, he’s never had the “machine” behind him, he’s never even won an award for music as far as we know (Dr.Dre’s Chronic 2001 where Devin croons a hook doesn’t count). However he is one of the best to ever do it. Diamonds in the rough is what hip hop is ALL about. Even at hip hop’s inception the popular sound was lame and everyone wanted to know what the kids in the projects with no voice had to say. Before high powered hip hop labels existed propelling their artists to the forefront, the culture knew who was dope. “Hey man did you see Kool Herc in the park last week. Have you heard this kid from Bed Stuy freestyle? Man did you hear that song Freaky Tales?” etcetera etcetera. Finding great hip hop is like finding a great barber, a great lawyer, or a great mechanic the referral system works best. Devin The Dude has forged a 20 plus year career out of that exact system. He has recently released a new album and new singles to go along with it. But we wanted to take you all back to the beginning and the reason why this artist will always be heralded by greats like Dr.Dre.
His debut solo album cosigned by Scarface appropriately titled The Dude is a hip hop classic! Fuck the Grammys! Fuck the BET Awards! We dedicate our official SPOTLIGHT post to Devin The Dude and we thank Rap A Lot Records for continually promoting such classic hip hop. Your favorite rapper’s favorite rapper. Enjoy the full album stream of Devin’s debut album. If you are one of the hip hoppers constantly complaining about the state of hip hop take about an hour out of your life to make it a little bit better.
And if you need a reason other than the fact that we told you its dope to lend this legendary artist an ear maybe name dropping will help you see the light. Devin has been cosigned by Scarface, Outkast, Dr.Dre and Snoop Dogg, Currensy, WIz Khalifa, and countless others who have sold more records and have way more radio spins and get no benefit, other than people knowing they know what’s hot, by saluting Devin’s music.
Tracks like Do What The Fuck You Wanna Do, Write or Wrong, Sticky Green, and I Can’t Quit make this album arguably one of the best rap albums to be released. Enjoy!
Gucci Mane just pled out to 3 years in prison on his felony gun possession charge. They gave him time served meaning Big Guwop should be back on the streets in 2016. Free Gucci!!!
Apparently Dr.Dre and Jimmy Iovine sold Beats By Dre to Apple for a little over $3.2 Billion. Late last night Tyrese shot this viral video with Dr.Dre and it seems like they are all having a great time with the Doc. Shout out to F. Gary Gray repping South Central in the vid. And I guess congratulations is in order for Dr. Dre on another successful business venture. SMS Audio eat your heart out.
Doe B was a new underground rapper from Montgomery, Alabama, after dropping a slew of mixtapes and a few videos he found himself signed to T.I.’s Grand Hustle imprint. He was murdered at a popular street nightclub in Montgomery a couple days after Christmas in 2013, to add insult to injury one of the two gunman appears at the 11 second mark in his street classic Let Me Find Out. Even more eerie is at the 11 second mark the video audio says “fuck nigga” while showing Doe B’s shooter. Given Doe B’s talent and the fact that he was on the rise alot of people from the deep south thought he would be the next huge rapper. T.I. spoke at Doe B’s funeral and vowed to keep Doe B’s legacy alive. Let’s hope so. Most recently a new video was released with the mixtape DOAT3. Long Live Doe B! Live from Da Chicken Shack…
Doe B – Definition of a Trapper Volume 3
Former owner of the once revered and sought after Hip Hop Bible The Source and rapper most known for beefing with Eminem and now Love N Hip Hop reality tv star Benzino was shot at his own mother’s funeral procession this weekend. Details are sketchy but apparently he got into an altercation with his 36 year old nephew at the funeral who shot him as a result of the argument. Benzino is in stable condition. Daaaammmn homie!
Lil Boosie served 5 years in prison for a handgun and marijuana possession charge. While incarcerated he was charged with murder for hire and he was also charged with intent to distribute drugs inside a correctional facility when a woman was caught delivering Boosie ecstasy and marijuana. Upon his release his new label home Atlantic Records put on a press conference hosted by New York CIty ‘s Power 105’s Angela Yee where Boosie discusses his daughter turning up online, his plans and features artist Bun B and Webbie of Trill Fam. Welcome Home Lil Boosie!