J.Cole’s new album ‘KOD’ is a self-help guide for millennial hypebeasts

J.Cole’s new album ‘KOD’ is not just for people with bookshelves, good credit, kindles and a 401K plan. Yes, it’s deep and lyrical enough for a traditional conscious rap audience. But this album is targeting another group. .....millennial hypebeasts who follow trends with social media infatuations, seeking instant gratification from ‘likes’, quick success, and affiliating … Continue reading J.Cole’s new album ‘KOD’ is a self-help guide for millennial hypebeasts

MY PREDICTION: Cardi B’s debut album ‘Invasion of Privacy’ could be the best-selling female hip-hop album of all time

Cardi B's debut album 'Invasion of Privacy' is well on its way to break records on the Billboard charts. Early projections indicate the project could sell more than 200,000 units within the first week alone. No doubt about it, 'Invasion of Privacy' will quickly make it to the #1 spot on the Billboard album charts. … Continue reading MY PREDICTION: Cardi B’s debut album ‘Invasion of Privacy’ could be the best-selling female hip-hop album of all time

What Mannie Fresh’s career teaches about ‘Homeboy Business’

Fact: Mannie Fresh is one of the best hip-hop producers of all time. He may be too humble to claim that, so I’ll say it. That distinct New Orleans signature sound that got the world’s attention would not have been the same without him. As a producer, the sonic architect gave us epic and memorable … Continue reading What Mannie Fresh’s career teaches about ‘Homeboy Business’

What rap legends have in common with Nina Simone

Maybe this is why Nina Simone is one of the most sampled musicians in hip-hop music. Her art resonates with the underdog story. In addition to her remarkable talent, she remained unapologetically true to her authenticity. But being (and remaining) true came with a price. The price Nina faced is waiting until time ran out … Continue reading What rap legends have in common with Nina Simone

NeimerDreamer’s #Top6 (sorta) new songs of the week

1. Lil Uzi Vert - 20 Min 2. "Ice Tray" - Quavo & Lil Yachty 3. Gucci Mane - "Work In Progress" 4. Lil Boosie - "Webbie I Remember" 5. Zaytoven Feat. Quavo & 2 Chainz - Wake Up & Cook Up  6. Juicy J Feat. ASAP Rocky & Project Pat - Feed These Streets

[VIDEO] Atlanta hip-hop artist CyHi The Prynce releases debut album

https://youtu.be/IEwcd19IsNU Atlanta's very own Grammy-nominated rapper CyHi The Prynce, who was signed by Kanye West back in 2010, now has an early Christmas present for us. The Stone Mountain native has released his debut album “No Dope on Sundays.” CyHi sat down with me and tells me his project has a deep message for the … Continue reading [VIDEO] Atlanta hip-hop artist CyHi The Prynce releases debut album

Stillmatic’s 16th anniversary proves why Nas is your favorite rapper’s favorite rapper

It ain't hard to tell that Nasir Jones has transformed over the years. He came “straight out of the dungeons of rap” in ’94 to telling the critics he “will…not…lose” on Stillmatic. He went from taking shots at Jay-Z on the track “Ether” to squashing the beef and collaborating with him on his album “Untitled.” … Continue reading Stillmatic’s 16th anniversary proves why Nas is your favorite rapper’s favorite rapper

Recently murdered rappers share striking similarities: They ‘got it out the mud’ and had next

Hip-hop doesn’t pull triggers. Jealousy does. Anger does. The storyline of murdered rappers in the hip-hop game has striking similarities. Young rappers who ‘got it out the mud.’ Emerging stars who had next, but next never came. Artists who never had nothing handed. Took nothing for granted. But somehow managed to get a glimpse of … Continue reading Recently murdered rappers share striking similarities: They ‘got it out the mud’ and had next

Demystifying the mutation of music genres [Mississippi delta blues + folk + rock ‘n roll]

Blues singer Mississippi John Hurt never got the credit he deserved. I mean, what African-American musician born in the late 1800’s did? He came into this world in 1893 - barely free, broke, and somehow discovered his own unique style that easily turned him into a musical treasure.  Hurt worked as a sharecropper, singing the … Continue reading Demystifying the mutation of music genres [Mississippi delta blues + folk + rock ‘n roll]

How Tupac’s concrete rose became Kendrick Lamar’s pimped butterfly

Kendrick Lamar. Tupac Amaru Shakur. Two complicated poets disguised as rappers in two different eras. Kendrick, who originally went by the stage name K-Dot, started to gain buzz on the Billboard Charts in 2010 - fourteen years after Pac’s death. He was 9 years old when the legendary California rapper was gunned down in a … Continue reading How Tupac’s concrete rose became Kendrick Lamar’s pimped butterfly