eric roberson

QUICK! If you aren’t familiar with Eric Roberson, I am sure you are familiar with tunes he has penned such as Musiq’s hit song “Previous Cats” or Dwele’s “Hold On”. He has worked with Soul greats such as Jill Scott and Lalah Hathaway.

On his latest release, Music Fan First, he continues on the path of his previous releases with solid music and lyrics. No, this won’t be played on the radio. Commercial radio isn’t ready for him yet. I think “Break It Down” would probably be his best chance at a radio hit.

His collaborations prove to be a highlight of this project. The tune with Lalah Hathaway “Dealing” is one of the best songs that highlights the best of each of their voices while still staying true to great song writing. Also, “The Hunger” with E Ellington Felton illustrates how he is able to switch from sweet love songs to angst.

This is one soul album for 2009 that you do not want to

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The highly awaited return of Hova… As always, this is a big deal in the music industry. Jay-z is the rap industry standard. He has several classic albums in his catalogue and almost every rapper around today has been influenced by Jay. (Although not all will admit it!) His last studio album “American Gangster” was, in my eyes, a classic and probably one of the best rap albums in the last five years. A perfect send off for my beloved “dope boy” music.

This album is different… “The Blueprint 3” was supposed to be a return to form from “The Blueprint” of old (Hence the name). Jay fell short of this almost impossible task. On the intro “What we talking bout” Jay does his thing delivering witty real life motivated rhymes over smooth dreamy production from Kanye West & No I.D. On this track Jay touches on his Credits, other rappers, and disgruntle fans. This is something Jay does often and very well.

“I ain’t talking bout profit
I’m talking bout pain
Talking bout despair
I’m talking bout shame
… talking bout gossip
I ain’t talking bout Game
I ain’t talking bout Jimmy
I ain’t talking bout Dame
I’m talking bout real shit
Them people playing
What is you talking bout?
I don’t know what ya’ll saying
People keep talking bout Hov take it back
I doing better than before
Why would I do that?”

This track is one of my favorites on the album. Jay really goes in with those thoughtful game changing raps you love him for. Next is “Thank You” also by Kanye West & No I.D. The track is more lively but still dreamy and is driven by a brass ensemble. Jay has a playful fake modestly flow on this track… ok track.

“Please don’t bow in my presence
How am I a legend?
I just got 10 number one albums
Maybe now eleven”

The next two tracks are singles “D.O.A.” and “Run This Town” ft Kanye West and Rihanna. These are two of the better tracks on the album. Then “Empire State of Mind” ft Alicia Keys which was produced by Al Shux. This is a soulful New York tribute with Miss Keys on the hook over smart production. These three songs kinda actually take you to the blueprint era in a strange way.

“As Real as It Gets” ft Young Jeezy is up next. This track produced by The Incredibles and is a sound everyone wants…apparently. This is another dope boy celebration song from the duo. (Think “Dope Boyz Go Crazy”) Jeezy contributes a verse and this hook.

“Now put ya sets in the air
If you represent ya click
Money in the air
If you ever hit a lick
Hands in the air
If you know that you that bitch
You say you looking for the real?
Well this as real as it gets”

“On to the Next One” produced by Swizz Beatz is a classic Jay/Swizz combo as it comes off well. But the next track “Off That” ft Drake produced by Timberland is another of the better tracks on the album, but Drake only gets to do the hook The track , of course, is bouncy and kinda futuristic I heard this track first on the Bill O’reilly show. (LOL) Jay dissed big chains, rims, oversized clothes, Tims, Bill O’reilly, and Rush Limbaugh in the same song….dope song. I love it when rappers beef with none rappers!

“This ain’t black versus white my nigga
We off that
Please tell Bill O’reilly to fall back
Tell Rush Limbaugh to get off my balls
Is 2000 and 10 not 1864”

“A Star is Born” ft J. Cole, produced by Kanye West & No I.D. is a corny tribute song to rap superstars….but J. Cole KILLS THIS SHIT! I will not quote this verse. Just listen to it. He could be one of raps new stars. Anyway, “Venus vs. Mars” and “Reminder” produced by Timberland are not really note worthy songs and to be honest after listening to them the whole way through a few times… I couldn’t bring myself to do it again.

“Already Home” ft Kid Cudi (Only on the Hook) produced by Kanye West hit the mark and reminds me of the original blueprint. He throws jabs at a few un-named rappers (Jones, Game, etc.). Pretty dope song.
“Hate” ft and produced by Kanye West is another gem on BP3. There is no hook on this song and Kanye’s production kinda sounds like some Timberland stuff. Jay plays with a Kanye style over enunciation flow and Kanye even spits a bit.

“We ballin
Bitchesss!
Eatin yall food leavin dishes
Why these niggas always talking leer talk Ye?
And why I never see em at the clearport Ye?”

On “So Ambitious” Jay goes in and smoothes out another dope track over a laid back Neptunes track.(Dem drum rolls are hot!) He gets a good hook courtesy of Pharrell and does the introspective Jay thing. It comes off well. The second verse was sick.

“Had to lace up my boots even harder
Father is far away to Father
Further more… all the
Kids either smoke refer
Or either move white’s
There’s few writers
In my cipher
So they made light of
My type’a
Dream seem dumb
They said wise up
How many guys’a
You see making it from here?
I world don’t like us
Is that not clear?”

“Young Forever” ft Mr. Hudson produced by Kanye West sucks! All do respect to Kanye, who does a very nice track. Jay’s flow sounds lame and dated on this one. This is one of the cheesiest songs on BP3.

So what you got here is some hot songs and some lame songs just like most of the albums out right now. After bumping it for a few days straight upon getting it…I stopped played it, with the exception a couple of songs. Probably a 7 out of 10, The generosity is due to Jay-z’s ability to rap his ass off! Compared to other Jay-z albums Blueprint 3 is not a good when placed against an album such as “Kingdom Come”.

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“Loso’s way”, the latest album from Fabolous, is no disappointment. He delivers his trademark punch-line style flow all over the album. This album like any album from Fab has it’s share of radio friendly joints, at least four, but Fab really shines on tracks you probally couldn’t picture Loso on five years ago. The first on which is “its my time”, a track produced by the runners, sounds like a track more adept for down south kings T.I. or Jeezy . Instead Fab filled in pretty well with a down south style cadence.

“ First I take a timeout
Then I put the time in
Money aint everything
Its more about your timing.”

On the very next track, “Imma Do It”, Fab sounds like old Fab with a little bit of Young Jeezy sprinkle on top. This track was produced by DJ Khalid and is one of the better songs on the ablum. Fab switch pitches on this one. Fliping his style like a kung-fu master back and fouth form old Fab’s one two style to new down south style Fab (The Fab from the “Rockin that shit remix”) and both are pretty dope. He flips back and fourth from southpaw for most the album. On the next track produce by J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League he plays with Rick Ross’s back and fourth adlib style.

“Free at Last
(Free at Last)
She used to send me pictures
So I could see that ass”

Loso jumped on two tracks from Ryan Leslie…dope, probably the best sound for Loso. On “Everything, Everyday, Everywhere” ft. Keri Hilston and “The Fabolous Life” Fab does his thang…well. “The Fabolous Life” fab hits the world with the smooth pac flow over a smooth beat and he quotes Rick Ross and Jeezy.

“She fuck wit niggas like Fabolous
Cause to tell the truth baby
Life’s fabulous”

“It’s a fabulous thang
One white one yellow like Fabolous chain”

All and all this is a good CD, especially if you like Fab. Probably a 7 out of 10.

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Playz Circle also known in the streets as the Duffle Bag boys is currently signed to Disturbing The Peace (DTP) Records in association with Def Jam Records with distribution through Def Jam. Playz Circle is comprised of rappers “Tity Boi” and “Dollar”, they clam on song two “#1 Trap Pick” that streets certified them and it was not their intention to drop and album this year. Truth is “ Duffle Bag Boy” featuring Lil Wayne was one of the hottest “Singles” to drop in 2007. Duffle Bag Boy was hot because of production by M-16 and Lil Wayne on the hook and Verse. Let keep it movin’, song number five “Paper Chaser” has good production, nice piano sample and vocals by “Phonte of Little Brother”. Song number six and eight “We Workin” and “Paint Still Wet” are good because of the low hitting bass for those of us with a couple gorillas in the trunk. Playz Circle claims to have been around for years…Where were they? They should have stayed underground… But if they released the “Supply and Demand” album strictly for the money… I understand get ya hustle on. Go Buy the Single or Buy the whole “Playz Circle Supply and Demand” at you own risk.

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Mario – Go

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So the little boy Mario that hit the seen with hits such as “Just a Friend” and “Braid my Hair” is back and my my my has he grown up. Mario came out the gate with “Go”, a song with explicit lyrics that lets you know exactly what he wants from you, nothing more, nothing less. Once you recover from that initial shock he hits you with the sappy, sexy love ballad “Crying Out for Me” that speaks to a girl he’s in love with and the abusive relationship she is in. The beat is symbolic of her heart beating and by the end of the song (and the video for those who have seen it), you are hoping that this girl is smart enough to walk out. I must say one of my ultimate favorites is “Music For Love” because it such a strong song for the bedroom and his sultry voice make you pray that he does indeed “come through your speakers, blow the sound outta your tweeters..” He doesn’t have a lot of featured artists though Rich Boy does make an appearance on “Kryptonite” which is one of the few up-tempo songs on his album. In case you didn’t have enough of Mario’s dirty talk, Rich Boy makes sure that his rap verse takes care of it. I must admit, as much as I hate very explicit lyrics on an R&B album, I kinda liked it. For every hard-hitting song, he has a smoother softer track to follow, especially with “How Do I Breathe”. He does do a lovely job with covering the Keith Sweat hit “Right and Wrong Way” so well that you forget the boy that was probably made to this song is singing it!. He ends his album well with “Let Me Watch” feat Juelz Santana for those that still haven’t quite had enough freaky songs in the album for their taste and “Do Right” which is quite the uplifting song to end with. The whole album is full of compliments and contrasts but definitely worth buying!

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lil wayne carter iii

Lil Wayne fans have been waiting for the release of Tha Carter III for a long time now. People were flocking to the pickup the album when the store opened…  Lets start this off with some good ole controversy. Lil Wayne caps off Tha Carter III with some CONTROVERSY on track sixteen “Dontgetit”.  “Dontgetit” has a lot of meat, it lasts for nine minutes and fifty two seconds. Lil Wayne rips Al Sharpton a new a**…

Here are a couple of clips below from Dontgetit” about Al Sharpton:

“Mr. Al Sharpton this is why I don’t respect you!!! You’re the type of person that gets off on getting on other people!!!”

“Mr. Sharpton and anyone like you… You don’t know me. So if you are not going to try to… Then what you say or think about me or whatever I do is totally Casper the friendly ghost to me… and it doesn’t make you a good person to criticize before you improvise… it doesn’t necessarily make you a bad person either…”

“You are no Martin Luther King, You are no Jesse Jackson, You are no body to me… you are just another Don King with a perm… You are just a little more political… That just means you are a little more un-human than human….”

Some of ya’ll probably mad but yall will get over it…

On “Dontgetit” Lil Wayne also talks about how he was watching TV and saw this guy talking about how young black guys are targeted. He was saying that one out of every one hundred Americans are in prison, in contrast one out of every nine black guys are in prison. It was said that it would cost less money to send a young person to college than it would cost to send them to prison.

There are a good number of good tracks listed below… But umm I don’t know bout you but “Tha Carter III” just doest give the people that drug addicts itch that “Tha Carter I” or “Tha Carter II” gave to make folks replay songs over and over until they OD.

Here are some decent tracks from the Tha Carter III

  • Mr. Carter
  • Dr. Carter
  • Tie My Hands
  • You ain’t Got nuthin
  • Lollipop
  • Playing with Fi

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“I’ll take a deeeeeeeep breath before I get started” American motherf*ckin Gangsta. Is it just me, or do we as Hip-Hop fans just want Jay-Z to succeed or any other artists with Hip-Hop ties? Think about it!

Let’s get down to business; The American Gangster album is comprised of fifteen tracks. The coldest track is the Intro… Personally shiiiit I would of put that woman on more tracks. Its cool listening to music I’m not going to ride to it with my niggas’. I would feel funny… It’s like playing Keith Sweat with a car full of negros, It just ain’t right. Back to American Gangsta there are at least ten songs worth the money but what else is out there yall? Take a listen to song two “Pray”, with Beyonce doing to voice overs on the chorus. Jay-Z presents a story of the dope game in the 1940’s, and fast-forwards to Jay-Z’s experiences in the 1990’s. Production on The American Gangster album is up to Def Jam standards; listen to song three “American Dreamin’”, it has a cold old school sample, that makes ya wanna sit back, put the song on repeat and sip on some Hennessy. Song eight “I Know” is a good chill song for an upscale bar or lounge. Aight’ enough of that chill sh*t let get on to song ten “ Ignorant Sh*t” Jay-Z tryin to bring back that fire. If you don’t like cursing then F*ck it you need that Sh*t every now and then go head and hit dat’ “ Ignorant Sh*t” track ten.

How many people bought the CD looking at the back to see who had cameos on the album. Was I the only one in America that saw Lil Wayne on a track and said, “I know at least that Lil Wayne song will be off the chain…” How many people did that? It’s that serious yall…? That’s how you know Jigga is not the Jigga he used to be! I want the Reasonable Doubt nigga’ back! “Jay-Z used to have something to say with the music… not behind the music” (back up and read that damn statement again) ya’ll feel me. Am I being to critical? Am I being too hard on another black man making money? I think about all this and say… I’m a Jay-Z fan… I bought the CD just because… Was I disappointed…? Hell yeah!!! Did I waste my money? I’d rather buy American Gangsta than any Nelly album.

I’m lying again yall I rather had borrowed American Gangsta from one of my boys or just wait for XM to play it rather than to buy this album. Can anyone make a CD I can ride to… cause this American Gangsta ain’t it. Take what you can from me yall I’m out this has been a opinion from yours truly “Split Persona”

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