In 1989, Ad-Rock, MCA, and Mike D released their second studio album, entitled Paul’s Boutique.
Record executives deemed this record as a failure, and they even stopped promoting it because the sales didn’t match the previous album. The Beastie Boys, however got the last laugh when it was announced in ’99 that the album went 2x platinum.
Rolling Stone even ranked the album in the top 200 albums of all time. Looks like the Beastie’s got the last laugh, huh?
As time goes by, we all get caught up with things that keep us busy. Whether it be Work, School, or your family, we sometimes lose track of movies, tv shows, or music (music especially for me). Thanks to social media, you sometimes are able to keep tabs on what’s going on. When I was flipping through Twitter, I saw one of the members of Slum Village dropping a solo album.
Young RJ is one of the co-members of Slum Village. He first got connected with the group, when he was J Dilla’s intern. Dilla was one of the founding members of Slum Village, along with Baatin and T3. When Dilla When Dilla left the group in ’02 to pursue a solo career, Young RJ stepped in the producer chair. He co-produced Dirty District with T3. He recently produced tracks on the Yes! album in 2015. There’s more to Young RJ, though, than just producing. That why i’m gonna give you three reasons to follow him.
His latest album proves that he can spit heavy bars in addition to laying down tight beats
Young RJ has gotten in front of the mic with T3 on some of the latest Slum Village albums. However, he’s done some solo work that got a lot of buzz. Before you jump on Blaq Royalty check out “Huh” and “Issues”. He makes you think as well as bounce.
Blaq Royalty has something for everyone
Young RJ can spit some heavy bars, something that lyric fans can appreciate. You got the joints that’ll make you think. There’s also some tracks the ladies can appreciate like “Motion”.
Young RJ was J Dilla’s former intern. Progressive Hip Hop lives on
If you’re tired of the trap beats on commercial radio, let Young RJ be your refuge. If you listen to a producer, whose mentors were J Dilla and Pete Rock, you already know you’re going to listen to a REAL hip hop album. Something with progressive and organic beats that bring out the best in lyrics.
It was 11 years ago to this day that The Game released this much-anticipated album. He signed on to Aftermath, Dr. Dre’s label. After Dre paving the way for talent like Snoop and Eminem, The Game had a lot of expectations to live up to.
The Documentary was a joint venture between Dr. Dre and 50 Cent. Dre executive-produced the album, while 50 incorporated The Game into G-Unit. In 2004, Game guest-appeared in a lot of G-Unit mixtapes, appeared in music videos, and appeared in this Boost Mobile commercial. The hype was definitely real.
The Documentary included the Kanye-produced “Dreams”, “Hate It Or Love It”, and “How We Do” which featured 50 Cent. Things kind of went downhill, midway into 2005. It started with the falling out with 50 Cent, as he was beefing with him. He broke away from the group, and did his thing. He released LAX, Jesus Piece, Documentary 2, and Documentary 2.5 but I never heard any breakout hits from these albums. The last hit I heard from him was “One Blood” from his ’06 Doctor’s Advocate album.
So I gotta ask, did The Game ever live up to the hype that was given to him 11 years ago? Would you put him on the Mt. Rushmore of west coast rappers? They said he was going to bring west coast back. I think Kendrick Lamar beat him to the punch. What do you think?