Sunday, April 20, 2008

Slept On/Long Overdue...Respek Vol. 3/What (Should've Been) Next: Gettin' Live with J-LIVE

[J-Live shines some light on politics and then busts them up with "Braggin' Writes".]

This is the hat trick here. 3 is the magic number. Triple-double. Menage a trois. Because the man we speak of is that great. J-Live should be more recognized than Jay-Z. Ridiculous rhymes, ridiculous beats...the man can juggle and rhyme at the same time like Stevie Wonder playing the piano (see video above), & he produces. How many of the elements can you do? Releasing 3 full-length albums, 2 of which are certified classics (The Best Part & All Of The Above, I didn't really care for The Hear After) they should be mentioning his name in the same breath as Tupac, Biggie, Rakim, Slick Rick, etc. Lyrics that are clever and deep. And with 2 new singles "Be No Slave" & "The Upgrade" out, I am definitely looking forward to picking up Then What Happened when it drops 5/26. Just listen:

[MP3] J-Live :: One For The Griot
{To me, a play on Notorious B.I.G.'s "I Got A Story To Tell" to the nth degree.}
[MP3] J-Live :: Them That's Not
{I mean...come on.}
[MP3] J-Live :: Hush The Crowd
[MP3] J-Live :: Be No Slave
{Sound familiar? Jurassic 5's "LAUSD". Don't know the sample???}
[MP3] J-Live feat. Pos of De La Soul & Oddisee :: The Upgrade

J's space

And there's quite a few that I haven't included, but are definitely worth the $0.99. Some of my other favorites: "Practice",
"Nights Like This", "Charmed Life", "The 4th 3rd", "Don't Play", "Wax Paper", "Kick It To The Beat"...just do yourself a favor and pick up his first 2 albums for sure.

It don't matter if they ain't gettin' loud.


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