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Eminem - Going Through Changes

Regardless of how you feel about Eminem nowadays, he’s still one of the best rappers in the game. That said, I don’t enjoy his newer stuff as much as his early works. Back in the day when he still had something to prove to the world, you couldn’t help but feel the intense energy and emotion behind his flow. He definitely still has the passion, but it’s noticeably less intact. Eminem’s newer songs consistently have a more detached feel to them, as if he is just rapping to rap, with no other immediate purpose.

Recovery is a damn good album, with Going Through Changes as its best song. It has the most personal perspective of any song he’s released in years. Since Eminem is lyrically delving deep into real emotions, it provides each bar with a true sense of legitimacy and personal relatability. Pretty much all of the greatest songs in hip-hop consist of an MC spitting their mind straight from the heart, since this allows the listener to comprehend their emotional standpoint on an extremely fundamental level. This song is no different. It’s a beautiful piece of audio art.


My Song Rating: 9.7 out of 10


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This past week the nominees for the 2015 Much Music Video Awards were announced. Drake managed to take away two nominations while OVO Sound duo, Majid Jordan, earned three.

While we wait for new Majid Jordan to release they are still being recognized for their work on ‘A Place Like This’. Their video for “Her” has gained them nominations for ‘Video Of The Year’ and ‘Best Director’ while “Forever” earns them the ‘Best Muchfact Video’ nomination. Drake manages to gain nominations for ‘Most Buzzworthy Canadian’ and ‘Fan Fave Artist’. P. Reign also earned a nomination for ‘Best Hip Hop Video” with the “DnF” video which features Drake.

The 2015 MMVA’s are set to take place on Sunday, June 21 at 9 p.m. ET at Much HQ at Queen and John streets in Toronto. They will be broadcast nationally on MuchMusic in Canada.




Born out of the ashes of post-World War II, Germany came one of the most original and influential genres in musical history, Krautrock. The genre gave birth to bands like Can, Neu!, and Kraftwerk—all of which directly helped give birth to some of todays best electronic, hip-hop and rock and roll music. Jeff Tweedy (Wilco), Daniel Kessler (Interpol), Dan Deacon, Zachary Cole Smith (DIIV), members of Can, Neu, and more take us through this unique genre’s history and possible future.

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Big K.R.I.T. - If I Fall (ft. Melanie Fiona)

Ironically the first time I listened to this song I was actually walking along a path that follows a river.  I kept If I Fall on repeat for a good 30 minutes, letting the lyrics thoroughly soak into my mind. The profoundness of Big K.R.I.T’s message is amplified through his extremely well written lyrics. You can actually feel the “desperate emotion” radiating from his words and flow. It’s a truly beautiful song that you’ll only fully appreciate once you give it some time and mental investment.

Big K.R.I.T. essentially depicts multiple scenarios where an individual, due to his actions, feels distant to someone who used to be close (be it a friend, mother, or girlfriend). This individual turns around and sees this emotional distance they unintentionally caused, and asks from the bottom of their heart, ‘through all of this shit, can I still count on you to be there for me in my time of need?’

This is my favorite song off of Big K.R.I.T.’s album Live From The Underground. It stands way above all of the other good songs on the album, such as What U Mean (Ft. Ludacris).

“If I fall by the river bed
Would you save me or leave me dead?
All the blood I shed
And I’ll just rest my head”


My Song Rating: 9.4 out of 10

I still wonder why people get so upset that Nicki wins every year at the Bet Awards for best female hip hop artist. Like literally what other female in the hip hop game is more successful or producing more hits other than Nicki ? I’m pretty sure when another female gets on top of Nicki’s level or at least gets close to it, the award will go to someone else. There is probably only one year she probably shouldn’t have won the award other than that all of the others she completely deserved and worked for.

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Why do you say hip-hop journalism is over? It's a bit discouraging to hear that as hip-hop is the reason I'm getting into music journalism in the first place

There’s no infrastructure for it. All of the old guard hip hop institutions have become tabloids or aggregation zombies. And yes you can go write about hip hop music at a fashion magazine or an “indie rock” website or maybe the culture vertical of a multinational corporation that also sells dishwashers and tiny confederate flag lapel pins. You can make $45 a week accumulating content there and theoretically do some good work before you burn out or the building burns down but you aren’t going to be a hip hop journalist exactly. At best you’ll be a tour guide. Your job will be to explain hip hop to readers whose interest in the subject runs no deeper than their desire to add a tab for Significant Rap Talking Points to their Cultural Investment Portfolio. Because of this the core hip hop audience will forever approach your work with a hint of skepticism (rightfully so). And every time you file an article you will have to cross your fingers and hope the sloppily reported wow aren’t rappers with guns cool video documentary that your bosses’ bosses just got a few young black men sent to jail behind doesn’t pop up as a related link.

Imo hip hop journalism is about being a voice and responsible advocate for the primary consumers and producers of hip hop music. It’s about contextualizing the culture for people who are of the culture or at least seriously invested in the culture. It means telling stories about entire communities and sometimes even about humans who aren’t famous recording artists/being groomed to become famous recording artists. As far as I can tell none of the publications that still have an audience and a budget for covering rap music are especially concerned with any of that.