West Coast Hip-Hop has taken a sudden blow with the passing of Above the Law member KMG, born Kevin Michael Gulley, yesterday morning. It’s been confirmed by long time friend and former Ruthless Records artist Kokane via Twitter but the cause of death has yet to identified. What’s really messed up is the fact that yesterday, just out of the blue, my girlfriend and I were watching and rapping along to the Black Superman music video. Our condolences go out to the Gulley family and friends and I believe Kokane put it best when he tweeted, “KMG —> Kevin Gulley was truly 1 of the Greats! RiP to my brotha , my Friend , my heart!!! I will miss him! I love U kev, n JESUS name ”
Thug Life’s Mopreme Shakur talks about how Eazy E almost signed Thug Life to Ruthless Records. Imagine that?!? If you ask me man I’d say Eazy should’ve signed them instead of the Atban Klann. Who is the Atban Klann you ask? Well you might know them under their more popular name The Black Eyed Peas. What a waste…
Going through Hip Hop music is like walking into a jungle with thick trees and bushes, you have to have a machete handy to cut some of that shit down. With that being said, I refuse to accept the bare minimum of what record label execs, music channels and hell even radio stations deem “good” Hip Hop music.
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To me, I just feel that even when they have lyrics that make sense, the songs still lack substance. If you remember back in the late ’80s, you had a group that was coming at you Straight Outta Compton with lyrical content full of substance. The police tried stopping their live performances and even the FBI sent them a letter regarding a certain song (I don’t have to say which; we all know what it’s called). One of the members is often overlooked by Hip Hop and NWA fans alike and that member is none other than The Villain in Black, MC Ren.
MC Ren proved that he can hold his own lyrically with his NWA members and even after Cube left the group, Ren started writing the lyrics for NWA. Ren released 5 solo albums to date (one of which is the topic of this post) and my favorites have to be Shock of the Hour and The Villain in Black. These days, if a rapper like MC Ren releases a new album, it’ll definitely be overshadowed by the trees in the Hip Hop jungle. So much so, that his latest release was in 2009 and I just found out about it a year after it was released.
So the good news is that his long awaited RenIncarnated album is finally released but the bad news is that it’s an ITunes digital album. You can’t buy a hard copy pissing off Hip Hop collectors such as yours truly. All in all though, if you’re a fan of MC Ren, NWA or heard of the name but didn’t check out their music, I highly recommend this album available only on ITunes for just $5.99. And lyrically, I promise you won’t be disappointed. This just proves though that Real zaggiN Don’t Die…
… They just sell their music on ITunes.
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