Real Rap Song of the Week: Yelawolf – Best Friend ft. Eminem

By Jason T. Smith “To the father, son and Holy Spirit, I hold you dearest..” The tongue twisting Yelawolf rides a sinister beat in “Best Friend”, a song that sounds like it would be more of a soft song than what we are used to from the Slaughterhouse collaborator. What we get is some extremely…Read moreRead more

2014 in Review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 27,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 10 sold-out performances for that many…Read moreRead more

Shady XV Review: 15 Years Already?

Review by Nolan P. Smith Label: Shady/Interscope Release Date: 11/24/14 Format: Digital, 2 Disc CD set (Victor Valley)—Eminem is arguably one of the most well known rappers on the planet, and for good reason. The motor-mouthed MC from the Motor City has made an impact on the rap game that nobody can argue: whether you…Read moreRead more

Music Video Premiere: Eminem ft. Nate Ruess- Headlights

By Nolan P. Smith “Maybe we took this too far…” Those are the words from Headlights, the newest music video from Eminem and featuring Nate Ruess. The song is off of Em’s latest album, The Marshall Mathers LP 2 and is a departure from what we usually hear about in regards to his mom, Debbie…Read moreRead more

Atmosphere- Always Coming Back Home To You (Lyric Video)

By Nolan P. Smith-Pastrami Nation “The clouds ran away, opened up the sky, and one by one, I watched every constellation die…” Atmosphere is one of the rap games most dynamic duos: the team of Slug and Ant have entertained the rap scene for years, so much that the 10-anniversary edition of the album, Seven’s…Read moreRead more

Real Rap Song of the Week: Juggernauts by Slaughterhouse

(EXPLICIT SONG, if you don’t like hearing swear words and other vulgarities, then STEER CLEAR of this one!) The best Slaughterhouse song is on a mixtape. On the House, the ridiculously great mixtape by Slaughterhouse (Royce Da 5’9, Joe Budden, Crooked I and Joell Ortiz) is the home of Juggernauts, a high octane, fast paced…Read moreRead more

Real Rap Song of the Week: Judgement Day by Method Man

The name of this one is judgement day… The M-E-T-H-O-D MAN is definitley one of the best to grasp the mic, and his Tical 2000 was no exception. The lead single was a grim ode to what many thought would happen when the clock struck midnight in the year 2000: judgement day. The Wu-Tang Clan…Read moreRead more

Real Rap Song of the Week: Macklemore X Ryan Lewis-Otherside Remix

“Swore I was goin’ to be someone… And growing up everyone always does…” Everyone knows who Macklemore is these days: his Thrift Shop is the number one song on iTunes at the moment, it’s blowing up the airwaves, and the video is hilarious. So, get ready for the total opposite of Thrift Shop: Otherside. A…Read moreRead more

Real Rap Song of the Week is Back! “Nouveau Depart” from Common Market

Ok, here we are, back with one of my favorite things to post: Real Rap Song of the Week! I know, we haven’t posted up much in regards to music as of late, but that ends here! Look for a new rap song AT LEAST every Sunday! So, for the first time back is one…Read moreRead more

Real Rap Song of the Week: "Goodbye" by Slaughterhouse

I’m rushing up to Cedar Sinai, praying for a miracle, I don’t want to see my idol die… Before he did, the look in his eyes said “even though you just got here…goodbye. Those are the words from West Coast legend Crooked I on what I think is the best track off of Slaughterhouse’s newest…Read moreRead more

Chopping Block Review: Slaughterhouse- Welcome To: Our House

Review by Nolan P. Smith-Pastrami Nation Release Date: August 28th, 2012 Record Label: Shady Records/Aftermath/Interscope Genre: Hip Hop/Rap Parental Advisory-Strong Lyrical Content This past week saw the release of one of the most anticipated albums in recent memory: Slaughterhouse’s Welcome To: Our House. The rap super-group composed of Crooked I, Joe Budden, Joell Ortiz and…Read moreRead more

Slaughterhouse's Welcome to Our House is Out Today in Stores and iTunes

Today is the day…Slaughterhouse!!! Rap fans, it’s finally here: Slaughterhouse’s Welcome to Our House album is officially out! The super group composed of Royce Da 5’9, Joe Budden, Joell Ortiz and Crooked I is making their Shady Records/Aftermath debut, and in a big way. Check out the track listing below, and a video for one…Read moreRead more

Brother Ali "Mourning in America" Single Now on iTunes, Album Drops 9/18

This is rap. Rhymesayers Entertainment’s Brother Ali is back with a new single, a new album, and that’s great news for the world of rap. His newest single, “Mourning in America”, is on iTunes right now. This is the lead single to Ali’s fourth full length album, and by the sounds of it, it’s going…Read moreRead more

Slaughterhouse featuring Eminem: Throw That Now on iTunes

Here comes another one. This week saw the release of the newest Slaughterhouse single, Throw That. Featuring the man himself, Eminem, Throw That is a fast paced track that lets the five emcees let loose. The single is on iTunes now, along with quite a few other singles off their latest album. Their major label…Read moreRead more

Real Rap Song of the Week: E-40 featuring Bo-Rock "Things'll Never Change"

Now I’m homeless and I’m freezing like the morgue… Only thing keeping me alive is the Lord… The 1996 classic from the bay area heavyweight E-40 is one of the realest songs I ever heard. I mean of ALL music, not just rap. If you relate to this song, then you know exactly what I…Read moreRead more

Real Rap Song of the Week- Babygirl by Brother Ali

If there’s one wish I could make true, I would shoulder that pain and take it all from you… The albino rhyme spitter on Rhymesayers is the definition of diversity. From bouncy, light-hearted tracks to something like “Babygirl” is something not many can do. The haunting track touches on such a personal subject, that it…Read moreRead more

Real Rap Song of the Week: "ATLiens" by Outkast

No drugs or alcohol so I can get the signal clear as day… The Georgia natives Big Boi and Andre 3000 are known as one of the greatest duos in rap, bar none. They have constantly stayed fresh and innovative, much like their second album, ATLiens, which dropped in 1996. Check out the title track…Read moreRead more

Real Rap Song of the Day: "Renegade" by Jay-Z and Eminem

No lie, just know I chose my own fate…I drove by the fork in the road and went straight… Jay-Z’s 2001 gem The Blueprint was an instant classic, and hit on a day nobody will forget. Released on September 11th, 2001, I remember picking up the disc and seeing the two towers being crashed into…Read moreRead more

Real Rap Song of the Day: "One Life" by The Last Emperor, Poetic and Esthero

Me and Death is playing chess ever since then… My strength is the most high, my fam and close friends… The Last Emperor was once a protege to the mad doctor himself, Dr. Dre. But he eventually parted ways with Aftermath and started to make music on his own. “One Life” is off of his…Read moreRead more

Real Rap Song of the Day: "Nobody Can Stop Me" by Bizzy Bone

“I was a father before I became a man society don’t comprehend…” Bone Thugs N Harmony’s resident quick spitter Bizzy Bone dropped quite a few memorable single albums, starting with “Heaven’z Movie”. One song that stood out like the catchy “Thugz Cry” was “Nobody Can Stop Me”. Bizzy lays his life out on the track…Read moreRead more

Real Rap Song of the Day: "Cadillac on 22's" by David Banner

Maybe hell ain’t a place meant for us to burn… Maybe Earth is telling just a place for us to learn… Mississippi born rapper David Banner is the personification of southern rap. His energy, his emotion, his hypnotic hooks, it is no wonder Banner became a hit in the rap game. “Cadillac on 22’s” is…Read moreRead more

Real Rap Song of the Day: "Escaping Arkham" by Common Market

“Far away is the place I’m from, the place I’m from… Waiting on a day that may not come, it may not come…” Seattle’s own Common Market (RA Scion and Sabzi) broke in the hip hop scene, bringing a uniqueness all their own. Their “The Winter’s End” EP is chock full of hits, including “Escaping…Read moreRead more

Real Rap Song of the Day: "That Night" by Atmosphere

“When I think about her mother… I become another number that wants you to suffer… you’re locked up for now, you have no more chances to steal the children’s laughs…and if you ever find God… better pray to her and ask that we never cross paths…” Minnesota’s own Atmosphere (Ant and Slug) have been bringing…Read moreRead more

Real Rap Song of the Day: "Red to Black" by Fort Minor featuring Kenna, Jonah Matranga and Styles of Beyond

“My pops wanna get away from the pain…In a better place in his brain… But the medication he takes makes him wasted… So sick he was gonna think the good lord would come take him… I’m shaking him…Wake up you son of a bitch…” When Linkin Park arrived on the music scene, they blended hip…Read moreRead more

Real Rap Song of the Day: "De La Souls" by P.O.S.

“I cherish my free time…but I maximize so my soul gets to unwind…” Minneapolis’s very own P.O.S. has been bringing quality music to the world since 2001. Off of his 2006 album Audition, “De La Souls” is an introspective romp through the MC’s life. With a hook by Greg Attonito from The Bouncing Souls, the…Read moreRead more

Real Rap Song of the Day: "Just Chill" Travis Barker featuring Beanie Sigel, Bun B, and Kobe

“Some people turn to the church and search all hope…looking for that ribbon in the sky…” Blink 182 drummer turned producer Travis Barker dropped his initial album, Give the Drummer Some, and showed the world an album worth of real rap. “Just Chill” is a haunting, mellow track full of lyrics of pure realism. Beanie…Read moreRead more

Real Rap Song of the Day: "The City" by The Game featuring Kendrick Lamar

“I’m from the city where 2 of the best died…Rest in peace to both of ’em, spit like I’m the ghost of ’em…” The west coast is not dead, that is for sure. California based rapper The Game dropped a classic when he released The Red Album. “The City” is one of the standouts on…Read moreRead more

Real Rap Song of the Day: "I'm on Everything" by Bad Meets Evil feat Mike Epps

  “It’s Eminem and him again…my sentiments exactly…” Everyone has heard the mega hit “Lighters” off of Bad Meets Evil’s Hell: The Sequel album that dropped last year, but that CD had much more than Bruno Mars. “I’m on Everything” is The Hangover as a rap song, as everything from the beat to the catchy…Read moreRead more

Real Rap Song of the Day: "The Love" by The Knowmads

“Ready to ride by my side like a holster… you ready to die? Say hi to the vultures…” The Seattle based trio knows the craft, that much is apparent. Tom Pepe, Jesse Judd and Tom Wilson comprise the group known as the Knowmads, and they are a force to be recognized. Their album, The Knewbook,…Read moreRead more

Real Rap Song of the Day: "Travellin' Man" DJ Honda Featuring Mos Def

, M “Memories don’t live like people do…they always remember you…” The song is a classic in the halls of hip hop. Hitting the streets in 1998, the song was the second single off of DJ Honda’s h II. The lively, smooth jam with hip hop mainstay Mos Def made waves when it was released,…Read moreRead more