Whenever I hear people discuss Wiz Khalifa’s best project or their favorite project, I always hear the same answer…”Man! Kush & OJ is one of the best mixtapes ever! Cabin Fever is great.” But I was thinking…why don’t people ever talk about his Show & Prove mixtape?
Wiz released this project in 2006 when he was eighteen years old. In terms of RAPPING, I feel like this might be his best project. Yes, there is a lot of braggadocios rap on here like on “Bout Mine” when he raps “I be right to call you a pimp, cause your n*ggas is hoes!”. So his song-making ability wasn’t the best when he was 18, but whose was? I know one thing is for sure, Wiz was HUNGRY on this project. Obviously it makes sense since this was early on his career but I love the aggression and confidence he conveys on the tape. Examples of this can be found on “Stay In Ur Lane” and “Too Late”. The instrumentals are soulful with a mix of “boom-bap” throughout and he flows effortlessly.
Final Verdict: Yo…if you’re a fan of Wiz Khalifa and haven’t given this project a listen, I HIGHLY suggest it. If you’re not a fan of Wiz’s new music (like myself), but haven’t heard some of his older stuff, I recommend you checking this tape out as well- you might be surprised that you actually like it. There’s a lot of bangers on here mixed with some technical rapping from Wiz.
Favorite Tracks: “Bout Mine”, “Pittsburgh Sound”, “Damn Thing”
What is your favorite Wiz mixtape and why? Comment below or hit me up on Twitter!
It’s Friday and the weekend is finally here. Well, today is more than just your typical Friday…today NY legend Big L would’ve turned 40 years old. When it comes to being a MC and a RAPPER, there are few artists that match Lamont Coleman. In honor of Big L, I’ve decided to post his “Stretch & Bobbito” freestyle from 1998 even though most of you have probably heard it. Why? Because this freestyle really embodies everything I love about his music. Originality and style? Check. Lyrical? Check. Flow? Check. Punchlines? Check. Delivery? Check.
Throughout the whole freestyle he MURDERS it! At the 2:08 mark he shows off his insane flow while still making every word understandable. Every time I listen to Big L’s music it’s like listening to it for the first time. No one knows what would’ve happened further down his career but it’s truly a tragedy that Big L died at age 24. However, today we celebrate his life.
Quotables from the freestyle:
“From New York but never was a fan of the Knicks”
“Mad hoes, ask Beavis I get nothing Butt-Head”
“If my girl think I’m loyal then that bitch is a fool”
“How come you listen to my first album and tell where a lot of n*ggas got they whole style from”
“I ran through every b*tch in my path, I was f*ckin chicks in the ass when I was six and a half”
Caught myself running through Mr. Carter’s Vol.1 earlier today which led me to watching “Friend Or Foe” then led me to this- the full blown feature of Streets Is Watching. The “Friend Or Foe” scene outside the hotel is still the best to me.
So I haven’t done one of these in a minute and while I was making this new Spotify playlist, I stumbled across this funky ass tune from the Bad Boys 2 Soundtrack. I honestly wouldn’t mind a part 2 to this sans Loon of course.
Happy Birthday to the D.O.C., the D.R.E. It’s only right that I post a Dr.Dre classic, featuring Eminem. We know Dre and his artists, including Em and 50 were toppin’ charts for the early 2000s. “Forgot About Dre” is a Grammy Award-winning single off of Dre’s 2001 album.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE G.O.A.T CAM! It’s only right that I post a classic throwback of Cam’s “I Really Mean It,” off of his 2003 Diplomatic Immunity album. Enjoy and pay homage.
Here’s an old Wu-Tang Clan interview, where they discuss the reasoning behind their rapping styles and more. This interview is missing RZA and Ghost but we get a full view of ODB.
Because I miss these guys! Legal Drug Money was a work of art!
So I was listening to Purple Haze’s album and “More Reasons” came on and then “Could It Be” from his debut Ghetto Love back in 2001. So, I felt like taking ya’ll back for a minute. That’s all I wanted to say lol. Enjoy your day!
The NMC family and I were in our email thread talking music, which has now turned into who has given Jay better production: Just Blaze or Kanye West. And while that debate is still live and well, it’s actually turned into a troll war, I wanted to drop this off for you guys…..BECAUSE IT FELT LIKE IT. The organs on “Flow” are godly and “PSA II” hits VERY hard. Enjoy!
03. PSA (Remix)
04. Dec. 4th (Remix)
05. P Ditty (Interlude)
06. Warm It Up Jay
07. Michael Jordan MSG (Interlude)
08 . Encore (Remix)
09 . Hell Yeah (Remix)
10. Lookin @ My S. Dots
11. Moment of Clarity (Remix)
12. 99 Problems (Remix)
13. Where I’m From
14. Denzel Washington (Interlude)
15. Allure (Remix)
16. Get By (Remix)
17. Threat (Remix)
18. Reebok Kicks
19. My 1st Song (Remix)