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The holidays can be hectic, especially when you’re a family man with young children and local in-laws. But I was lucky enough to find some time for myself after my wife and kids were asleep the other night to dig through my production archives and listen to some old loops I had stashed away (yes, I’m a rap artist too, or at least I used to be haha). While going through them, I found a few I thought would be cool to share as a personal introduction to a new series we’re kicking off in 2014 called Loop Library, where we ask producers to come up off some gems from their stash. Check out five of my favorite unused loops I had tucked away below.
Previously: Sample Stories with Bob James
If you used the internet in 2013, you read lists. This is an indisputable fact. You may love them, you may hate them, but you have almost certainly, at some point in your life, read and argued over one. The month of December is like the Super Bowl for internet listmakers and it’s not uncommon for music fans to become afflicted with a serious case of list fatigue by early January. That’s why for our first ever set of year end lists, we decided to have some fun with it.
Rather than churning out another arbitrary ranking of artists, songs and albums, we decided to go left and compile lists of shit we actually care about like Big Body Bes tweets, Jadakiss verses and Alchemist beats. We also paid homage to some of the music and visuals that we loved and the rising artists that we hope to hear more from, but we kept it informal and unranked. Drawing inspiration from ESPN’s fantastic 30 for 30 documentary series, we connected with the homie Ev Boogie from the expertly curated UpNorthTrips and put together 13 lists of 13 that we hope reflect what we try to do here at NahRight every day.
You Ain’t Got The Answers: 13 Interviews You Should’ve Paid Attention To
Trapped in the ’90s: 13 Joints Featuring ’90s Legends
Thank God for That White: 13 Songs by White Rappers Not Named Eminem or Macklemore
So Raspy: 13 Dope Jadakiss Appearances
Press Rewind: 13 Videos We Watched More Than Once
Our Boy Al: 13 Alchemist Beats That Knock
On Deck: 13 Artists We Hope to Hear More From in 2014
It’s Me: 13 Classic Big Body Bes Tweets
It Was Written: 13 Memorable NahRight Feature Quotes
Channel Live: 13 Unforgettable Live Performances
‘Til My Tape Popped: 13 Joints We Had in Heavy Rotation
93 ‘Til: 13 Essential Rap Albums That Celebrated Their 20th Anniversary This Year
Listennnn! (DJ Khaled Voice): 13 Projects We Hope You Didn’t Sleep On
I’ve done this a million times in my head and during arguments with other people, but I’ve never attempted to write it down and get definitive with it. But Jay went in so to hell with it, here goes.
1. Reasonable Doubt
2. The Blueprint
3. The Black Album
4. Vol. 1
5. American Gangster
6. Vol. 3
7. The Dynasty
8. Blueprint 2
9. Magna Carta Holy Grail
10. Vol. 2
11. Blueprint 3
12. Kingdom Come
Now, look at that list and tell me it’s not perfect. I originally said I’d only rearrange a couple of Jay’s rankings, but moving one makes you think, then you end up moving another and so here we are. As you can see, my top 3 mirrors Jay’s but we diverge at #4. I no longer care for Vol. 2 although I loved it at the time. I was one of the few people that didn’t hate Kingdom Come when it came out, but it has not held up well at all (or maybe it was never good). Blueprint 2 definitely had too many songs and I’m not counting 2.1. Had he dropped that from jump, it might have ultimately ranked higher. I also ignored both of the Best of Both Worlds LPs, as I did when they originally dropped.
Image by Jonathan Mannion
Previously: Jay-Z Ranks His Albums
(photoshop via EgoTrip’s video montage)
Let us quickly recap the season of Common vs. Drake Beef thus far:
Common dates Serena Williams. Drake dates Serena Williams. Common is down with Kanye. Drake is down with Young Money. Common spits subliminals at Drake on “Sweet.” Drake makes subliminal outburst onstage in Cali. Common admits to Drake subliminal disses on the song “Sweet”. Drake spits subliminal lyrics in “Stay Scheming.” Common disses Drake by name on “Stay Scheming” remake. Common tells interviewers the beef is just normal “hip hop competitiveness” and that he’s done….
But does Drake see this classic rap bravado? Will there be a rebuttal? Nahright’s Nation (a liner-noted friend of Drake’s) got an exclusive comment from Drake on the set of “The Zone” video:
Nation: So people want to know: will you respond to Common?
Drake: No. Because despite how it’s been worded by him that situation is not a “hip hop moment” or a “battle for the sake of musical integrity”…it’s a ploy for attention around the release of an album. More than anything it was just disappointing cause what kid isn’t a fan of what Common has done for our genre. A guy who made such an incredible career for himself based off expressing genuine feelings about life and love is now targeting me for sharing my story.
After the jump, Drake explains why he took a shot at Kobe’s wealthy ex-wife on “Stay Scheming”….
(never can get enough EgoTrip parody)
While everyone was analyzing Drake’s subliminals towards Common on Rick Ross’ song “Stay Schemin’”….the line that turned into a meme was about Kobe Bryant’s expensive split with his now ex-wife Vanessa.
Kobe ’bout to lose a hundred fifty M’s
Kobe, my n—a I hate it had to be him
Bitch, you wasn’t with me shooting in the gym
(Bitch, you wasn’t with me shooting in the gym)
Vanessa ended up with 75 M’s not 150, but she certainly earned more from her time as “good wife” than she ever would have….as a video extra which is what she was when she met Kobe. However…I’d say a more relevant rap line might be: “Bitch, I must have had a mild concussion when I refused legal counsel and the pleas from my family when I passed on a pre-nup….”
Nation asked Drake about the line, and he chalked it up to….sucks to be you, won’t be me.
Nation: There’s a line from your “Stay Schemin” verse about Kobe’s soon to be ex-wife Vanessa that has gotten some negative attention. Can you speak to what you were trying to express with that line?
Drake: That line came from a conversation about being this young and making this much money and the fear of losing it all. I just used his potential situation to address my own life. I never intended to offend Vanessa or anyone else. That line had everything to do with me and what goes on in my head as a 25 year old man with this much income flowing in. Kobe is and always will be a friend and an icon to me.
Read more from Nation and Drake’s chat about the OVOXO crew on Nahright!
Look: Common Elaborates on Drake Beef, B.o.B’s “Rack City” Vid, ItsTheReal vs. A$AP
Common Claims Drake Battle Is Really Just About Competitive Hip-Hop
Genius Moment: Drake x Common “Imagine” (Parody)
Birdman Comments on Drake vs. Common: ‘That’s Not What We About’
Common Unleashes New Drake Diss: “You A B–ch” (“Stay Schemin’” freestyle)
New Video: Rick Ross Feat. Drake & French Montana “Stay Schemin”
Common Confirms He Dissed Drake on “Sweet”…Butt, Is This Really About Serena Williams??