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The (W)rap Up - Week of January 16, 2018

If you missed any of the new reviews this past week including Eminem's "Revival" then do yourself a favor and check out this week's edition of the (W)rap Up!

[Revival] Eminem :: Revival
Aftermath/Shady/Interscope Records

Author: Steve 'Flash' Juon

"After seeing Eminem's "Revival" on so many of our Year 2017 in Review lists, I decided it was time to take on this review. It's not as though I had a sudden revelation that covering a new Eminem album was overdue. The album dropped in December so it's not "long overdue" as such, but I've still been counting every day since it came out knowing we needed to make our statement about it. My own perceptions were being tainted though by the reception on social media, with so many of my friends and peers complaining about the "mature Eminem" and the "sober Eminem" not being fun to listen to any more. Eminem even addresses those concerns in the song "Walk On Water" featuring Beyonce, and to be honest accurately predicting the reception both the song and album might receive in some corners of his fandom. You can say Marshall Mathers is a lot of things, but you can't say he's not perceptive. As his alter ego Eminem stands there asking us whether or not it's time to get rid of the peroxide in his hair, he could pose another question to the fans of Slim Shady -- is maturity a bad thing? It's fun to live your life like the classic Beatnuts track "Psycho Dwarf" for a little while but eventually you get tired of a headache every day of the weekend (or every day of the week) and meaningless relationships fueled only by lust. Or -- maybe you don't if you're wealthy and can afford an endless string of prescriptions and therapy to numb the physical and emotional pain. That's the thing about Mr. Mathers that really matters -- he could easily afford to be as reckless as his wealth would allow but he chose to do something else. I'm not here to tell you that "mature Eminem" is undeniably better. If you miss the guy that made jokes about Pamela Anderson, Britney Spears, Tom Green, Christina Aguilera, Mariah Carey, Michael Jackson, et cetera then I get it. Mathers became a pop icon by skewering other pop icons, by showing irreverance and immaturity toward both the living and the dead, and by combining both with a talent for lyric writing and charismatic delivery. He was and still is a once in a generation talent, and rightly deserves the comparisons he gets to Shawn Carter, Kendrick Lamar and Nasir Jones. He also deserves the chance to change and evolve with each album just like they do."


Year 2017: Year 2017 in Review
* Y2K17: Grant Jones
* Y2K17: Jesal Padania
Another Top 10 of "Angry Video Game Nerd" Clips

[James Rolfe courtesy Wikimedia Commons]Editorial courtesy of Steve 'Flash' Juon.

I'm so mad at the government shutdown right now that I needed to turn to somebody even ANGRIER for a cathartic release. Who else would I turn to but James Rolfe, who so ably plays the character of the Angry Video Game Nerd? I've already featured ten of my favorite AVGN videos in a past article but now it's time to revisit the subject and bring you ten MORE clips that are sure to make you laugh until you cry, even if you're not a retro video game enthusiast. Without further adieu, HERRRRE WE GO.

1.) "Hong Kong 97" for SNES

2.) "Castlevania" for NES

3.) "Mega Man Games" for MULTIPLE platforms

4.) "Ghosts N' Goblins" for NES

5.) "Michael Jackson's Moonwalker" for Sega Genesis

6.) "Ninja Gaiden" for NES

7.) "Lightspan Adventures" for Sony PS1

8.) "Milon's Secret Castle" for NES

9.) "Lester the Unlikely" for SNES

10.) "Star Wars: Masters of Teras Kasi" for Sony PS1

Editorial: Everybody Is to Blame for the Shutdown

Editorial courtesy of Steve 'Flash' Juon.

[George Clinton courtesy Wikimedia Commons]I know to most observers it may seem like POTUS 45 is my whipping boy, and frankly the sheer vulgarity of the man seems to warrant it, but this time with the government shut down there's plenty of blame to go around. Perhaps while everybody is on unpaid furlough we can hire George Clinton to bring a little levity to Washington, D.C. and "Paint the White House Black." The song made a huge impression on me as a youth at a time when I had already formed a significant disdain for BOTH major political parties who infested the capital of the United States. Clinton's song and Public Enemy's and "Can't Truss It" sum up my view of Republi-cants and Demi-gogues well even today.

In short I don't think it really matters who is in the White House, which other than POTUS 44 lives up to the "white" part all too well. The problem with that branch of government is the same as with the rest of Washington, D.C. -- a bunch of rich old white people who never feel the pinch when they cause suffering for everyone else. Whether it's by raising taxes, putting affordable health care out of reach, eliminating so called "entitlements" or causing tens of thousands of government employees to be laid off because they can't stop bickering with each other, they'll never suffer. THEY still get paid. And while national monuments and essential services are shuttered, they can still go home to their wives and kids and bask in the glow of having been elected to a position that pays well legally and even better if you're more crooked than a walking stick.

Sure let's "Paint the White House Black" but while we're at it let's paint the House and the Senate too. Let's slap the Elephants and the Donkeys with that brush as well. You're all guilty, you're all petty little squabbling children, and you all need to grow the f--k up. Instead of trying to score political points for the 2018 election cycle by blaming each other, they could all stop being such gigantic hypocrites and start doing the job of GOVERNING they are being paid to do. You all have ONE job, and that's to keep our government running so that the services people need are there, and the people paid to provide those services are gainfully employed, and you can't even do THAT right. Quit casting aspersions on the other party, put on your big boy/big girl pants, and GET THIS GOVERNMENT RUNNING AGAIN. Meanwhile I happily remain an independent even though they are just as much to blame too. Nobody gets a pass on this one, not even the minority of Congress, and independents are nothing if not that. You ALL have to get off your asses and work this s--t out.

UPDATE: It looks like they finally did their jobs and passed a funding bill.
"Who Sampled It Better?" #19 - Jean-Jacques Perrey's "E.V.A."

[Jean-Jacques Perry courtesy Wikimedia Commons]"Who Sampled It Better?" #19 - Jean-Jacques Perrey's "E.V.A."

As written by Steve 'Flash' Juon, and voted on by THE PEOPLE who read RapReviews.com!

I was a fan of Jean-Jacques Perrey without even knowing who he was, and he passed away two years ago at the age of 87. I'm a little sad about that, but better late than never, I can still tell you the man born Jean Leroy just over 89 years ago (Jan. 20, 1929) was considered a pioneer in the field of electronic music and was one half of the popular avant garde group Perrey and Kingsley long before the term "electronic music" had even been coined. Their first album "The In Sound from Way Out!" has been sampled by everyone from Stereolab to Smashmouth. It was a song from Perrey's solo work that I had unknowingly fell in love with though - a track titled "E.V.A." from his 1970 album "Moog Indigo."

If the track sounds familiar it should and if it doesn't then you're about to see why as I run you down some of the great hip-hop tracks that chopped it up and looped it.

1.) GangStarr - "Just to Get a Rep"

2.) Pusha T - "Lunch Money"

3.) Erick Sermon & Redman - "Freak Out"

4.) A Tribe Called Quest - "Same Ol' Thing"

I could have picked WAY more than four. In fact I disqualified House of Pain's "Fed Up (Remix)" specifically because it featured Guru so it was clearly a nod to "Just to Get a Rep." In fact that makes me think it's the voting favorite, but we're still going to run a poll anyway so vote below!
We'll have the results for you next week so STAY TUNED.
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Mixtape: DyeThaKid - "Muddy Season" (@DyeThaKid @DMVLIFE1)

Mixtape: DyeThaKid - "Muddy Season"

DMV: DMV emcee DyeThaKid (@DyeThaKid) just dropped his new project on us "Muddy Season". Hosted by Dj Big Migoo, the project has been receiving a great response since its premiere on DMVLIFE.

Audio: Kayden$e "Dai $uki Da Yo" (@ofhighprestige @rRAPpromo)

Audio: Kayden$e - "Dai $uki Da Yo"

RRP: "This song brought out the best in me and I'd given it my all," Kayden$e explains. "'Dai $uki Da Yo' roughly translates to 'I Really Do Love You' from traditional Japanese. At the time of its creation I was burnin with emotion and confusion, but what better circumstances to create than these. I hope you can relate to and come to love this track as much as I do."

Video: Chuuwee - "Dope (Part 002)" (@Chuuw33 @BelowSystem)

Video: Chuuwee - "Dope (Part 002)"

BSR: Chuuwee's 6th and new music video for "Dope (Part 002)" was released today. The song is taken from his latest album "Sabbath". Featuring a guest verse by fellow Sacramento rapper Ronin VII and the song is produced by Slept Jeezy. Video is directed by of Hica Art.

Video: Dee Black - "Good Day" (@DeeBlackMusic @sohhPR)

Video: Dee Black - "Good Day"

SOHH: The weight of the world is sometimes too heavy to bear and we need to keep a positive outlook. Dee Black has released a visual for his single "Good Day".

Topeka's T-Rell Enlists Kevin Gates, Boosie, and More For Can't Stop Me Album

Topeka's T-Rell Enlists Kevin Gates, Boosie, and More For Can't Stop Me Album

A.T.: Dripping with emotion and a depth of feeling rare in Hip-Hop, T-Rell's music is the perfect soundtrack to grinding through the everyday struggle. Treating fans to a collection of soulful and well-crafted rap-n-b jams, T-Rell shares Can't Stop Me, his second album. Discussing common problems with uncommon emotion, T-Rell's project is an empathetic glimpse into the trials of street life, with songs about grief, hustling, and everything in-between. Though the song subjects are often weighty, T-Rell lightens the songs with his ear for a hooky melody and his gospel-level singing voice. Premiered by Traps N Trunks and Distributed by EMPIRE, Can't Stop Me was inspired by the tragic death of T-Rell's brother, the subject of the lead single "My Dawg," featuring Boosie Badazz. Featuring appearances from Kevin Gates, Moneybagg Yo, Mozzy, Paul Wall, Ray Ray, Mo3, Xta-C, and others, Can't Stop Me is a triumphant arrival for the talented young Kansas native, who is ready to bring feeling back into the hip-hop mainstream,

T-Rell opens up about the car accident that killed his brother: "We were driving home from one of my shows and got into an accident where the car flipped 5 times, I survived, my brother died. I made 'My Dawg' about losing my brother and it blew up. My city got behind me and it spread from there. Then my friend, who was a promotor from Wichita, KS, got me to open up for my favorite rapper, Boosie for two shows and then I went on to open up for him for more shows. He saw my hustle, heard the song, and jumped on the remix."

Born and raised in Topeka, Kansas, a town with a minuscule music industry, T-Rell grew up loving rap and R&B, idolizing artists as disparate as Tyrese, Jamie Foxx, and Lil Boosie. In 2014, T-Rell and his brother 8 Ball were driving home from one of T-Rell's concerts when they got into a catastrophic car accident, leaving 8 Ball dead and T-Rell injured. This life-altering moment motivated T-Rell to get serious about his music, as music became the ultimate outlet of T-Rell's emotional expression. Inspired by his brother's tragic death, T-Rell released "My Dawg," which became a massive regional hit and trickled into the national consciousness, eventually spawning a remix with Boosie. A quintessential mournful rap song along the lines of "Tha Crossroads" by Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, T-Rell performs "My Dawg" at memorial services around the country, including in Starkville, MS, where the song became a rallying cry for a community that lost a teenage boy. Since "My Dawg," T-Rell has worked with artists such as Kevin Gates, Young Dolph, and many more.

Listen to Can't Stop Me: https://soundcloud.com/trell785/sets/cant-stop-me // https://empire.lnk.to/CantStopMe

Check out the Traps N Trunks premiere: https://trapsntrunks.com/2018/01/12/t-rell-cant-stop-me-album-stream/

Can't Stop Me tracklist:

1. Issues feat Moneybagg Yo
2. Back in the day feat. Mo3
3. I Got To Remix Feat. Boosie BadAzz
4. Skurrt
5. I'm Sorry
6. Wish you well Feat. Ray Mi
7. Floatin
8. Big Boy Whippin Feat. Xta-c
9. Keep Hustlin Feat. Mozzy, Paul Wall, Ampichino
10. Money to Make
11. My Dawg ft Boosie Badazz
12. Paid ft Kevin Gates

The Background:

A young star in the making, T-Rell from (Topeka, KS) has all the right moves. His ability to sing, rap, dance, & even produce makes him a sure candidate for the "limelight". His musical background comes from his family, mainly his mom who is a town legend. In 2014, on the way back from a show T-Rell was involved in a car accident in which he lost the life of his brother "8 Ball". This life changing experience was the inspiration for the hit single "My Dawg". The record was a instant classic and was made a verified hit when Boosie BadAzz was featured on the remix. T-Rell has other hit songs with artist such as K-stylis, Kevin Gates, Cassidy, Young Dolph, Mo3, Mike Jones & more.


Can't Stop Me: https://soundcloud.com/trell785/sets/cant-stop-me // https://empire.lnk.to/CantStopMe

"Issues" ft. Moneybagg Yo: https://soundcloud.com/trell785/issues
"My Dawg" Remix Featuring Boosie Badazz: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-YLvKyKaoxA
"I Got To" ft. Boosie Badazz: https://www.worldstarhiphop.com/videos/video.php?v=wshh35g794TXg3gub52P
"Paid" ft. Kevin Gates: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q0vK8jNFNxs

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