Jaden Smith’s Been Dropping Heat Recently and I’m Not Entirely Sure How To Feel About It

I’ve never been as bullish on Jaden Smith as most. Sure, his online persona is endlessly hilarious, but to me, that never indicated a penchant for navel-gazing as much as it did an understanding of his personal brand. Plus, every single one of dude’s tweets is certified platinum (word to @nonmogul) and as a dude still trying to get someone, anyone, to slide into his DMs (@QRosborough), I can respect that.

Last week, Jaden dropped “Fast,” a song that at 1:45 in length, is oddly more interesting than most singles dropped this year (Thugger and Mustard-blessed tracks not included). It’s so surprisingly good, in fact, it makes me come up with ridiculous statements like: "Yo, if Jaden dropped a full project this year, it would probably be more interesting than most rap albums to drop in 2014," which is exactly the type of wild statement your boy is prone to making just to win an argument at a bar.

For those still hating, consider this for a second: If “Fast” was made by anyone else, would you dislike it as much as you do? If your answer is yes, I respect that. And well, if your answer is no I respect that too because as R. Kelly has repeatedly made evident, separating art and artist isn’t always so cut and dry. (If you don’t agree, read this wild Village Voice article.)

At the end of the day though, does it really matter though that Jaden’s pops is one of the most successful actors of all time? From Carlton to Geoffrey to Will Smith (character) to Will Smith (actor), didn’t The Fresh Prince of Bel Air teach us to not judge a book by its cover? By preemptively dissing Jaden are we not just Uncle Phil-ing his Jazzy Jeff —tossing out a young dude who’s just trying to get his shine on?

I guess what I’m trying to say here is that the discourse surrounding Jaden recently is a lot like what we were all saying about Drake in 2007 even though “Comeback Season" was raw af, and we were just being closed-minded and swaggerless.

I’m sure this article is gonna come back to bite me like everything I said about Odd Future before “Goblin” dropped. But I’m out here for the content culture, y’all. Also peep this dope remix Gravez dropped on soundcloud:

Blaireau: “Centralia”

At a party last week, a friend introduced me to the possibility of using the phrase “No Flex Zone” defensively. Every time one of us would make a joke at his expense, he’d put his hands up and shout “Hey man, No Flex Zone!” in the same way one would call "no take backs." To him, declaring a space to be a “No Flex Zone” creates a barrier against any perceived flexes, in effect rendering the flexer ineffective (or flexless, if you will.). His logic is infallible.

Tumblr is littered with blog posts about recommitting one’s self to blogging, and that’s largely because it’s an empty promise. Life happens man, and in my case, “Life” happened to be Fallout 3, and what I’m guessing to be seasonal affective disorder.

But yo, since your boy’s been gone he’s been up to a lot:

  • experimenting with speaking in the 3rd person
  • simping over various women
  • using the phrase “that’s not hip hop” as a euphemism for bad
  • rediscovering my love for The Diplomats
  • watching hella vine comps
  • and becoming a capital “w” Writer

I quit this blogging thing to get out in the real world and try to connect with people, but as it turns out I have a predilection for talking to strangers over the internet, so I’m back at it (Juug Man voice).

Imma save all the talk about how I’m gonna get back to posting regularly, cause I don’t even believe that mess myself. I’m going to write until I don’t feel like it anymore. You leave me alone. I’m allowed to do that on my blog, word to the god Bill Simmons. No Flex Zone.

Anyway, I’m out here rambling like a black supremacist (which, ironically enough, will be my Halloween costume this year.). As some of you may know I make music myself, and a couple of weeks ago I went into my fortress of solitude and came out with this fire beat 7 hours later:

A lot of the stuff I’ve been trying to teach myself over the last few months came together on this one, so I’m pretty proud of it to be honest. Check it out, leave feedback, share it with your homies.

I’m back, or whatever. Let the eagles go.

Young Thug: “Danny Glover”

About 6 months ago, Chance the Rapper sat down with Hot 97’s Pete Rosenberg for a particularly illuminating interview in which he discuss amongst other things, “bruh-bruhs”, his relationship with Barrack Obama, and why he’s yet to sign with a label.

You should watch the entire thing, but one point that resonates the most comes around the 6:30 mark where he says, in fewer words, ‘Thank god for Future and Drake, because so few rappers are making use of melody in their rhymes.’

He’s absolutely right here. It’s Chance’s ear for melodies is what makes Acid Rap so enjoyable, and its something he has in common with Future, Kendrick Lamar, and other rappers most people would be hesitant to group him with. Melody is what makes a song catchy, its what gets it stuck in your head, and is the reason why artists like Chief Keef are making millions while your favorite lyrical rappers are out here grinding for YouTube views.

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You’d be hard pressed to find a rapper who embodies this sentiment more than Young Thug, the 21 year old rapper hand picked by Gucci Mane to join his 1017 Bricksquad label. If you’re not familiar, Young Thug is a Cronenbergian hybrid of Danny Brown, Future, and “The Carter”-era Lil Wayne. In other words, he’s fucking dope, and 6 months from now he’s the guy your coworkers are most likely to ask you about at the water cooler because you’re their go to for all things hip-hop (not unlike Trinidad James this time last year).

Thugger dropped a new joint titled “Danny Glover” a few weeks ago, and its pretty excellent. Take off your hater-blockers and let this one ride, because it’ll grow on you. Listen to the track below, and if you’re thirsty for more be sure to check out "Picacho", "2 Cups Stuffed", and "Foreign".

"It’s probably because I talked to Bill O’ Reilly and asked him if he was mad." Cam’ron sits down with Noisey

Y’all aready know how I feel about Cam’ron, so I’m not even going to summarize his most recent interview with Noisey, there are far too many quotables. Just trust your boy and read it.

Plus, it gives me the opportunity to post my two most favorit-est cam’ron related things.

This:

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And This:

Stay trill.

Dead Dilly Rebrands the NBA

Rumor has it that in the coming years, we’ll start to see brands incorporated into NBA jersey design. As awful as it may sound, Dead Dilly, a designer based in Ontario, took a stab at incorporating some of the world’s biggest brands on current NBA jerseys, and the results are hella dope.

Now, we might never see a Bape x Boston Celtics Larry Bird jersey, but if designers take a similar approach when designing real brand sponsored jerseys, it might not be such a bad look after all.

View the full collection here.

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