Excuse for a second that this song is in French, and just enjoy the music.
As many of you know, Drake’s first studio album, Thank Me Later, has leaked ahead of its June 15th release date. I’ve gotten a chance to listen to it a couple of times and overall, its cool. Lots of tracks leaked early (at least four by my count: Fireworks, Unforgettable, Light Up, and Miss Me), and when you add the two singles Over and Find Your Love, almost half the album was out on the interwebz for weeks. I was a little disappointed when I finally got to listen to the finished product (or at least, very near finished) and all the stuff I heard early was the hottest stuff on the album.
I’m not going to do a track by track breakdown like I’ve done in the past; instead, I’ll just try to give you an overview of the whole thing and get you to the download as quickly as possible (most of y’all are probably scanning for the download link now). To put it succinctly, it’s solid. The production is hot for the most part, Drake’s flow is solid on pretty much every track, high profile guest appearance’s are present, he’s got introspective joints, joints for the ladies, joints for the clubs… But I can’t help but feel like not a classic. It’s no Food and Liquor; it’s no College Dropout; it’s no Reasonable Doubt. You could even argue it’s no So Far Gone. I think Thank Me Later is a victim of unreasonable hype. Drake would have had to put out one of the best albums EVER in order to live up to the hype surrounding him. Thank Me Later is good. It will most likely be up for Rap Album of the Year when it’s all said and done, but I think the door is still open for Lasers and Good Ass Job (if either of them makes it out this year) to claim those honors.
Fireworks ft. Alicia Keys, The Resistance, Unforgettable ft. Young Jeezy, Light Up ft. Jay-Z, Miss Me ft. Lil Wayne, Thank Me Now
Shut It Down ft. The-Dream (last verse/interlude), Over
FINAL GRADE: B
Agree with my review? Think I’m way off base? Download link dead? Leave a comment.
Republican Scott Brown just succeeded the late Ted Kennedy for the Massachusetts US Senate seat over Democrat Martha Coakley. What seemed to me a landslide a few months ago, as Coakley lead by 30%, has since been an underdog’s determination to earn a seat. Scott Brown, who has more political experience than Coakley, fought relentlessly against the Democrat led BLUE state like Massachusetts.
But how did Brown really win? Easy, hard work beats favoritism, if the favorite is not working hard. Democrats in Washington thought Coakley was not taking Brown nor the election too seriously. Despite her lack of political experience, she had no agendas of her own besides the typical “I am passing Obama’s bills in Washington” slogans. During the winter break, Coakley went on many vacations and Brown hit the ol’ campaign trail with his standard American blue-collar truck.
Massachusetts spoke loud and clear that they want Obama to start upholding his promises or else they will take necessary action to make it clear that they mean business. In fact, 51% of Massachusetts voters as registered independent voters. This seat was vital for Obama’s Health care reform bill, but Massachusetts residents are all covered by safe-net hospitals and State wide health coverage for all by Mitt Romney in 2006 before allowing Obama’s friend Deval Patrick (who endorsed Coakley and the MA residents are not too thrilled with either) to take office. The main priority of Massachusetts residents is the return of the troops, which Obama went against the grain on that agenda that had him win Massachusetts by 26% against John McCain, and the ECONOMY.
So Coakley conceded even with the help of former President Bill Clinton, President Barak Obama, and even the wife of the late Ted Kennedy, Vicki. This vote takes the Democratic seats in Senate down to 59 and brings the Republicans up to 41, which can cause a filibuster in the Healthcare reform Obama had planned and push it back longer. Obama did congratulate Brown and states he looks forward to working with him on the floor at Washington.
I know it’s really Saturday… Don’t get too mad at me y’all… I woke up late yesterday and it kinda messed up a brotha’s schedule for the rest of the day. I ain’t forget about y’all tho. Here’s another drop to start off your three-day weekend on the right foot. This one comes from the gruesome twosome from Virgina. Yep, I’m talking about Clipse. And their latest album, Til the Casket Drops, despite being well received by those familiar with the group, has gotten little press and recognition by the general public (as was the case with almost all of their albums). So here it is for you to download and enjoy. If you like it, don’t forget to go out and cop in the store or iTunes or Amazon, or however you get your music… I know it’s a recession, but you should support artists you like. Especially if you want them to keep entertaining you.
To go along with the Free Music Friday Saturday, Song of the Week also comes from Clipse. And since I was late, I’m giving y’all double servings of hotness. Here are two tracks from Til the Casket Drops that I’ve been rockin’ to for a while now… Freedom, and There Was A Murder. I like both of these so much, I let my windows down when I roll up at the parking garage at work with these joints BLASTING (well, maybe not blasting, but I don’t turn the music down lol). Enjoy.
UPDATE: Added Life Change, just for good measure. How are these guys not platinum?
So call me a bit of a cynic, but in during a short conversation with a friend of mine on Twitter, I made mention to the fact that I would be interested in what the U.S. decided to do to help the people of Haiti, outside of just sending a couple dollars. Because while it might seem like money is the cure for all of our problems, in situations like this, money is truly worthless.
While seeing people donating to the Red Cross, it was important for me that our government step up and do something, especially if we were spending the money and resources on a war in another country to try and spread “democracy” (take the quotation marks however you’d like). That, and its not like we have the best reputation for acting quickly bringing aid to those in need (Katrina victims in New Orleans come to mind). Well, color me pleasantly surprised when I went on a search to see what, if anything, we as a nation were doing to help. The article I read on the subject claims that the U.S. is “spearheading” the global response to the issue and while I’m not sure as to the accuracy of that statement, we are at least involved. The number of troops being sent isn’t exactly firm, but based on reports thus far I think it is safe to assume that we will be sending medical care and supplies, as well as an expeditionary unit to help find survivors. Real flesh and blood people are going to go help, and I think this will do a lot more than the reported 3 million euros — worth $4.37 million in U.S. currency — that the European Union has approved to give to Haiti. Not that the cash isn’t a good thing (because it is), but in this instance, I’m proud that the U.S. isn’t just gonna toss some paper at the situation and call it a day.
Now while it sounds like I’ve been bad mouthing donations or cash aid this whole article, that’s not my intent. I just didn’t want for us as a country to be sending cash and that’s all. But for individuals who want to contribute to the relief efforts in Haiti, a cash donation is a great idea. By donating to the American Red Cross (www.redcross.org), you are helping to buy food and medical supplies, and facilitating the sending of volunteers to help.
For those that want to contribute to the effort, please check out the links below:
If you’re getting involved, let us know what you’re doing in the comments.