Archive for May, 2011
Khaliem “Checkmate” Adams is an 18 year old North Carolina State University student from Charlotte, North Carolina. Aside from watching TV, playing Street Fighter 4, and chilling with his friends, he occasionally reviews albums and mixtapes for enjoyment. We both frequent a popular forum and I asked him to review my album “Future Nostalgia.” honestly and objectively. Here’s his critique…
Top Billion Future Nostalgia (Mixtape) Review
After listening to TopBillion’s mixtape, I must say it was definitely well though out. It gave a CLEAR insight into this Man’s life, but was was also so broad that anyone else can relate to it as well. Think of it as an “universal autobiography.” He touched on things that were common in today’s society such as haters, and copycats (people trying to swagga-jack you), in addition to the more mature issues like Adultery, Religion, and not to mention Death.
Listening to TopBillion’s mixtape was like “ear-reading” an intricately created book. Each track acted like a new chapter in TopBillion’s life. It was really an experience that I enjoyed. When you put nicely produced tracks in conjunction with a decent, arguably even professional flow, you are in for a great time. When I heard the first few tracks, I thought “Wow, this should be on iTunes, or somewhere that critics can get a hold of it and review it. This needs its own Wikipedia article, with in-depth descriptions.”…. Continue reading
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Today, Top Billion dropped his new album “Future Nostalgia.” With no guest appearances, the rapper shines from the first to the last song. The album is a good display of his work, showcasing his assortment of skills.
On the C-Wizz produced track “So Smart You’re Stupid” Billion spits:
“No metaphors just heart flowing like the Nile.”
This line sums up “Future Nostalgia” entirely. The album doesn’t feature any crazy metaphors or punch lines from him on any of the fourteen tracks. Instead, the rapper provides deep, honest and thought provoking lyrics, pouring his heart out over laid back production by various producers including Michael Franco, Jay Beatz, C-Wizz, Lennon, Brahms, and Sage.
On songs such as “Adultery” and “I’ll Always Love You” Billion’s storytelling ability is shown. On “Adultery”, which was inspired by “Sins Of My Father” from his album “Based On A True Story”, he tells the story of a cheating husband while on “I’ll Always Love You”, he tells his own personal story of his significant other’s unplanned pregnancy which resulted in a abortion…
To see the rest of the review, click “Read more” Continue reading
Before I begin my eulogy as a fan of Gil Scott-Heron’s music, I want to recognize first and foremost that this man was a father and a friend to many people in his personal life. They knew him better than I ever will get the chance to. These people will miss him more than any of us music fans and my heart goes out to these loved ones and family members.
I will always put this man’s name first and foremost if I am ever asked who inspires me the most musically. I remember my father used to play “1980“ occasionally and I loved the song. His songs and poems resonated with me during times of hardship and joy and provoked me to think critically of the world. If nobody else cared about his songs, I did. But I am not alone. His music and life laid some of the groundwork that would pave the way for this thing we call “Hip-Hop” or “Rap” to come along. Sampled innumerably, probably one of your favorite rap songs wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for this man.
Alas, when the music stops, we must all once again become mortal men. And mortal men die. Mr. Scott-Heron returned to the essence of everything (as the Gods would say). But, before his passing, he left behind a catalogue of music that will resonate with some people until the day they return to the essence as well… and that’s possibly the highest accomplishment attainable regarding anybody’s life-long work.
Click “Read more” below to listen to my top ten favorite Gil Scott-Heron songs Continue reading
True Story: we shot this music video an hour before I was supposed to be at my little brother’s graduation and a day before I was supposed to take the Greyhound to Minneapolis. I’m glad CP and I were able to pull it off on such short notice. New BMW… I drove my first one in this video. Anyway, buy the album here.
I’m almost a week late posting my own album. Isn’t that a shame? I just moved out here to Minneapolis so forgive me. I hope ya’ll like the album. Thanks to everyone who helped make this possible. I have songs about everything on here… from Martin Luther King to penises. Buy it at any price you choose or download/stream it for free. Peace