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Jalen & Jacoby talk Straight Outta Compton

It’s been awhile without a dope pod to step to from Grantland’s Jalen & Jacoby. Hey, it’s the dog days of summer. No complaints here. Especially when they come back and give the lead to Straight Outta Compton.

The first 20 minutes above are dedicated to the N.W.A. biopic and throughout the entire entertaining convo, Jalen reveals he was actually at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit for the famed concert where N.W.A. was arrested by the police. Jalen confirms some of the reports that came out after the movie about some of the factual details of that night, and in general, just speaks on living that experience as a teenager in the late 80s. Great stuff, as always, from these two.

50 Cent on Jalen & Jacoby

Jalen & Jacoby is flat out one of my favorite podcasts out.

Now that we’re in the heat of summer and a natural lull in major sports, namely basketball and football that they cover, Jalen & Jacoby will be producing special pods for the foreseeable future.

What a way to kick it off with this 45 minute sit-down with 50 Cent.

They cover a variety of topics — the timely promo for Southpaw, 50’s starring role and EP credit on Power, and being in the headlines in the wake of his bankruptcy news on Monday (which, he’s not really bankrupt… just a business move to not spend more money.)

Music-wise, the trio discuss a lot too. 50 shouts out Justin Timberlake, Jay Z, and Adam Levine for various moments, movements, and songs of theirs. He also talks about his favorite diss track (a classic) and analyzes how the content for many of these street anthems turned radio hits (like “Trap Queen”, “CoCo”, “Hot N****” is much more aggressive now. This leads to some priceless advice for new artists: “they need to be street team marketing.” The music portion of the talk starts at the 25 minute mark if you’re in a rush. There’s an Eminem story at the 38 minute mark too. Otherwise, just press play, let it run, and enjoy! 50’s mature mentality is somethin we can all find pieces from too so be sure to lend a close ear.


“Everytime something happens…journalist will write it one way, then they will write it another. Of course the negative way goes first because it travels fast. When you look at the news, 90% of what you see is negative and then it’s work for them to put the good stuff in there. Because of legal issues, I can’t really get into the depths of it.”

“We live in a period where the lines are getting blurred between what a star is vs. a celebrity. Those platforms are so effective that they could be earning the same, so they can maneuver and have publicists to put them in position where they appear to be as big as the artist…In all my travels, I try to analyze why people are so passionate about Americans and it’s because they can’t see the separation between the bricks in the projects and the red bricks in a high-rise condo. So it looks like America is the better option no matter what.”

Tetsuo & Youth hidden meaning

This afternoon, a new in-depth piece by Thomas Golianopoulos for Grantland investigated a possible hidden meaning to Lupe Fiasco‘s fifth album, Tetsuo & Youth, which saw release as you know at the top of the year in January.

In brief, said hidden meaning: the album tells a story in reverse.

And though unconfirmed by Lupe himself, Golianopoulos breaks it down with compelling clues and interviews MoeZ’art (producer on “Prisoner 1 & 2” and “Deliver”) and an Atlantic A&R for all-new insight. They don’t know for sure either, but their input adds even more to the depth of the examination of the album as a whole. Also, quite frankly, they’re not sure either but they wouldn’t put it past them either.

Here’s a few excerpts from the piece, in full here. (This article is a great reminder why Grantland is my first go-to, in part too because of its extensive NBA coverage.)

At about the 54-minute mark of the conversation, Skee gave the floor to Lupe for one last album plug. “This is the album, you know what it is,” Lupe said while holding up the physical CD, flashing the cover art, which he had painted. “I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoy it, and there’s a lot to it.”

At this point, he flipped the CD over to display the track list. The CD was also upside down. He ran his index finger down the tracklist, up, and then back down again. He wore a knowing smile throughout. “Put on your thinking caps. Go in a nice dark room every so often and just put it on, let it play all the way through and have fun.” This little gesture sparked something in Lupe Fiasco fans, a fervent, imaginative bunch to begin with. They have since flooded message boards, Reddit forums, rap blogs, and the annotation website Rap Genius with theories on Tetsuo & Youth — the most interesting of which argues that the album is meant to be played in reverse from Track 16 to Track 1.

BONUS: The part on “Adoration of the Magi” doesn’t mention the video for it that dropped earlier this month. But to me, the video supports the explanation that Lupe co-signed (seen below). Easily one of my faves on the album and of the year in general. (NSFW…)

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Read the full Grantland investigation here.

Jaden Smith ‘Cool Tape Vol. 2 EP’

Jaden Smith sees your surprise release and matches it with one of his own. Here’s his new 8 track EP — Volume 2 of his Cool Tape series. There’s been a lot of buzz about his legit rhymes in recent weeks so I’m lookin’ to check this out. I did sense a Gambino influence on “Fire” already, so something to keep your ears peeled on too.

DOWNLOAD: Jaden Smith ‘Cool Tape Vol. 2 EP’

Grantland’s Story Time w/ Method Man

Ain’t no rules to this shit anymore.

– Method Man

In a fresh new addition to the Grantland Story Time series, Method Man talks about how limericks and songs from Sesame Street as a kid inspired him to write and deliver lyrics in a unique way throughout his career. Meth also cites Masta Ace, Chuck Berry, and Rick Dees as contributions. Method spills some motivational “Gowhere You Love” type moments upon reflection and any artist or fan out there will likely appreciate that. It’s a quick 2 and a half minute watch, bolstered by Grantland’s usual fantastic cartoon animations. Enjoy!

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