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Joell hops on Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me” and drops some ill bars. This is the first track I’ve heard off of his “Yaowa Nation” remix tape that will come out next Wednesday just in time for Christmas. If it’s like any of his previous remix tapes, then we’re in for a treat. Enjoy bitches.

I know I’ve been putting a lot of Kendrick songs up lately, but that is something that I will never apologize for. He is the absolute man. Let me say this. I’ve personally seen Kendrick perform in person. I was at the Hudson Project this past July in Saugerties, NY, better known as the “Mudson Project” to those who went and stayed the whole weekend. Luckily, I got out of there early Sunday morning to be home to work the longest double shift of my entire life and missed out on the absolute bullshit that ensued do to the copious amounts of rain, but that a story for another time. Back to Kendrick. Although he only performed for about 45 minutes, and I was fucked up on all types of different shit, I came to the realization that this dude is hands down the best live rap performer I have ever seen. And if you go look at his songs he did on SNL when he was the musical guest, and you watch this video, you’ll have to agree. Live performance of rap and hip hop are not an easy thing to do. There’s so much that comes in to play. Being able to keep up with the rapid fire lyrics without missing a beat. Having a good enough band to replicate the sounds that are usually computer generated on a track. Having a stage presence. Kendrick makes all of this look easy. Of course his good buddy Terrance Martin on the saxophone, who has been an Artist of the Week here before, does a hell of a job to help him out, as well as the rest of his band. But this is clearly Kendrick’s, and the way that he commands attention on a stage is eye-opening. Pretty cool that he chose the Colbert Report to debut this new song too, because I, for one, love Stephen Colbert. And it’s even cooler that Kendrick will be the last musical guest to ever appear on the show. All around awesome video. You’re welcome.

Sometimes when I listen to a Kendrick verse, I actually find myself wondering if he sometimes just forgets to breath. This would be one of those verses. I’ve tried to rap this verse myself about 100 times and every time I literally run out of breath by about the 12th bar. Could have something to do with the fact that I’m a smoker, but more than likely it has to do with the fact that Kendrick is an absolute monster on the beat. Also, shout out to my girl Rapsody. This song is old, but literally everything she touches is gold. It’s not even a matter of where she ranks on female MC’s for me anymore, it’s where she ranks on my list for MC’s period. And she’s a fan of ours here at WeLoveFun, follows myself and the blog on twitter. So go shoot @rapsodymusic a tweet and hit her with a follow, and enjoy you some good fucking hip hop.

This track came out almost 2 months ago but that was during the dark days where this website was out of commission. I gotta say, for someone I didn’t really like when I first heard him, Chance has really impressed me lately. Every time I hear a new track from him, he grows more and more on me. Always coming with some deep ass lyrics. “I hate my loves cause the way they suffocate. I fuck to hurt, it hurt to date, I hate to date. I fuck to hate, I hate to love, I hate to hate” is just an unbelievable line.

Just stumbled upon this song yesterday and was astonished I hadn’t heard of Punch before. When I did a little bit of research, I found out why that was. Punch is Terrance Henderson, who is the co-president of TDE, and hadn’t really released much of his own music, just focused on getting the music of all four members form Black Hippy to get out on the streets. But over the last week or two, he has released a couple songs, which has a lot of people thinking that a project might be right around the corner. As far as the songs that I have heard from him, I would very much like that. And as far as this song is concerned, I fucking love it. Wouldn’t mind a verse from Kendrick, but I always enjoy him on hooks nonetheless.

Following suit with yesterday’s track, today we have another song from an up-and-comer who has an album coming out soon. FASH-ionably Late is Fashawn’s new EP, produced by Alchemist, and will be coming out December 18. This is the first single I have heard off of it, and I’m liking what I hear. Got his boy Evidence to lay down a guest verse, who is all to familiar with Alchemist beats, and it shoes. Love when these two get together on a track.

Alright so its been a week since I put up J. Cole’s third studio album. When I put it up, I was currently listening to it for the first time myself, so I wasn’t able to really talk about what I thought, more so just give you a some info on it. Well, in the last week, I can honestly say that I have listened to this 13 track album the entire way through about 25 times. Like I originally said, I thought it was going to be very hard for Cole to put out something that I thought was better than Born Sinner because that was one of my favorite albums ever. He absolutely killed it with that shit. And the first time I listened to 2014 Forest Hill Drive I thought he fell considerably short of it. But, as time went on and the stories and lyrics started to sink in, I realized that he has come pretty damn close to repeating his sophomore effort with this project. This album gave us a real look into Cole’s personal life, and what it was like growing up. That was to be expected as the title is the street he grew up on.  It continues the trend that was started on his second album about getting caught up in being “hollywood” and mainstream, and talks about how he is able to get back to his roots and just be himself. As far as my favorite tracks, my top 3 would probably be Love Yourz, G.O.M.D, and Wet Dreamz. Wet Dreamz is just a great sounding song, the lyrics and story couple perfectly with the beat. Its about Cole losing his virginity to a bad ass bitch even though he’s acting like he’s a pro, something I’m sure I’m not alone in being able to relate to. G.O.M.D is definitely the most lyrical song on the album, as he gives us 3 verses of pure gold. Love Yourz is probably my personal favorite track, as he talks about what its like to except yourself for who you are and be proud of that. To stop worrying about what everyone else’s life is like and just love your own shit. Something I have been all for a while now, although it did take me about 20 years to realize it. Its also something that more than a few people could take a lesson or two from. As Cole tells us right from the beginning of the track, “no such thing as a life that’s better than yours”. And as far as my favorite line on the album, that’s always a tough one to come up with but right now I’d say its off of “Fire Squad”, and its not the line that has garnered a bunch of attention when he “calls out” all the white people in the music industry, including Eminem. I think all that was overblown and he wasn’t dissing anyone, he was just stating a fact. But anyways, in the second verse of “Fire Squad”, Cole hits us with some incredible wordplay to start it off.

“My inhibition’s fighting my intuition, premature premonition. Showin me the demolition of these phony niggas, so ahead of my time, even when I rhyme about the future I be reminiscing. You want the truth? tell em come and listen”

That’s just stupid witty. Even when I rhyme about the future I be reminiscing is A+ stuff. As it stands right now, I could give this 4.5 stars out of 5. And I don’t fuck around when it comes with ratings, I would have a hard time coming up with even 10 albums that I would give 5 stars, so 4.5 represents a hell of a performance from my dude J. Cole. Well done big homie. As far as everyone else, go out and educate yourself with some real hip hop. Enjoy.