Things I’ve Learned from “Watch the Throne”…or SomePeopleThink White People are the Problem

This past Monday, at midnight, “Watch the Throne”, the highly anticipated album from Kanye and Jay-Z, became available on iTunes. On Tuesday, I downloaded it illegally and have been listening to it non-stop ever since. I literally have not listened to anything else (save for some Disco Biscuits, courtesy of my dirty hippie boyfriend).

I can't even think of a joke for the absurdity of this album cover.

Anyways, I was first going to write a review of the album for this post but then realized there probably isn’t a whole lot more for me to say that hasn’t been said already. Google “Watch the Throne reviews” and you’ll come up with a whole lot of reviews written by much more musically-knowledgeable, articulate people (now is the time for a sympathy comment – “Jenny, you’re so smart and pretty!” Perfect.)

So, rather than a review, I’m going to write a listicle (list + article, Google that shit) for this post: Things I’ve Learned from “Watch the Throne”…or Some People Think White People are the Problem.

1. Kanye and Jay-Z are rich. Like really, really rich. And they really, really want us to know it. Now, rappers have been displaying extravagant, and often tacky, wealth for decades. One of my all-time favorite music videos, Biggie’s “Hypnotize”, has P. Diddy and Big on a yacht, spilling Cristal all over hundred dollar bills, then throwing more bills into the wind. This is – how you say – ridiculous.

But on this album, Kanye and Jay-Z have stepped up their game, not only with the amount of high-cost items they casually throw into their lyrics, but with the high-culture value of these items.

Doing just a quick survey of the lyrics from the album, the following are mentioned (and I will say, I didn’t even know what the hell many of these things were. Thank you, Google and Urban Dictionary, without whom this post could never have been possible):

Yachts, Louboutin slippers, Hummers, Rolls-Royce Corniches, black Maybachs, 1985 white Lamborghini Countach (2 of ‘em), Polo, Manolo, Lanvin thousand dollar tee with no logos, oversized Rollies, big face Rollies, Dries, sheepskin coats, no cheap cologne, the Black Card, Gucci, Audemars (hidden behind all these big rocks), gold bottles, Louie, Margiela, my other Benz (and my other, other Benz), G450, Hermes, marble floors, champagne, Grey Goose, cases of Ciroc, Porsche 911, black cars, so many watches I need eight arms, no limit on the Black Card

2. Kanye and Jay-Z are cultured. While ‘Ye and Jay want us to know they have more watches then any freakin’ human being should ever have, they also want to be quite clear that they are more cultured than any of us will ever be.

As Jay raps on “Illest Motherfucker Alive”:

Basquiats, Warhols serving as my muses
My house is like a museum so I see ‘em when I’m peeing
Usually you have this much taste you European

There are mentions of Picassos, boutique stores in Paris, Larry Gagosian, Le Meurice, Rothkos, the Mona Lisa, the MOMA, the Coliseum, Plato, owning 5 passports (though to be honest, this seems a bit of a liability), et cetera.

3. White people are most certainly the problem. After Kanye’s appearance on the Hurricane Katrina telethon, we all finally knew that “George Bush doesn’t care about black people”. What ‘Ye wants us to remember with this album is that it’s not just George Bush, but really all white people. We just suck altogether, and I really couldn’t agree more.

(skip to 1:33 for the best pop culture moment of the past decade)

A few of my favorite black-power lyrics from the album:

White America, assassinate my character –“Gotta Have It”

Heard Yeezy was racist, well, I guess that’s on one basis
I only like green faces –“Who Gon Stop Me”

In the past if you picture events like a black tie
What the last thing you expect to see, black guys? –“Murder to Excellence”

Only spot a few blacks the higher I go
What’s up to Will. Shout out to O.
That ain’t enough…we gonna need a million more –“Murder to Excellence”

And my all-time favorite, with Kanye rapping about his future son:

I mean I might even make him be Republican
So everybody know he love white people –“New Day”

4. Kanye and Jay-Z have a softer side. One of my favorite songs on the album, “New Day”, has ‘Ye and Jay singing to their future sons. (Of course, irony suggests that they will both be blessed with three or more daughters). The song is very sweet and reminds us that even bazillionaire rappers have feelings too, goddamnit!

5. Kanye and Jay-Z are interested in helping the economy. With the crazy American economy this week, “Watch the Throne” really couldn’t have dropped at a better time. Americans are freaking out, nobody has jobs, and who better to figure out how to stabilize the volatile markets than these two moguls? So, my dear readers, I leave you with these words of wisdom from Jay-Z, who may just be the Warren Buffet of our generation…

Mmm. Yummy.

I hit the club, order some Grey Goose
Switched it for Ciroc to give Puff’s stock a boost –“Primetime”

Peace and love,


SomePeopleThink Album of the Week- “Hell: The Sequel” by Bad Meets Evil

SomePeopleThink there are two types of people left in the world: ghetto thugs (RMcBreezy) or hipster motherf#ckers (TheGreatMikesby). Well, I like to blend the styles of both. The past few albums of the week has paid homage to Mikesby’s clan but now it’s time to get gangsta.

Bad Meets Evil is a rap duo consisting of Eminem and Royce da 5’9″. Their one previous studio released was a song of the same title featured on Em’s debut album, The Slim Shday LP. They are your typical rap friends: grew up in Detroit together, got into a beef when one became a bigger star, rekindled their relationship when a close friend (Proof) was murdered and now making music together again. This will be Royce’s biggest payday ever for sure as Em is a walking ATM. As always keep an ear out for Eminem’s metaphors and wordplay but dont overlook the cagey veteran Royce. Let’s do it:

  1. Welcome to Hell- Intense Em with a Dick Dastardley reference in there. Royce appears in the middle but he is overpowered.
  2. Fast Lane- The lead single has a banging beat and Royce comes out firing on the first verse. A chorus is much appreciated after track one. Good summer mixtape song
  3. The Reunion- Familiar Eminem playful disrespect women track (if that’s possible) with Em singing on the hook.  This is the kind of track we always try to forget when mentioning Em as one of the best of all time.
  4. Above the Law- Cool hook and beat. I love when Eminem comes out strong with energy on a track. Royce with his best verse on the album so far and maybe the best period.
  5. I’m on Everything- Some creative lines about being on different drugs but the last 2 albums are about recovering from drugs so this track is hard to understand. I’d just skip it.
  6. A Kiss- The song everyone is writing about because of the Lady Gaga call out is actually one of the best on the EP. A catchy beat with both MCs delivering strong lyrics.
  7. Lighters- Bruno Mars on an Eminem song? Never imagined myself saying that. I hoped Tyler the Creator finished Bruno off. Uplifting effort from Eminem, a feeling of accomplishment. Funny moment of this song: Royce has a line about LeBron’s jersey hanging from the rafters 20 years from now. HA
  8. Take From Me- Royce takes Eminem’s intense voice and applies it over a strong beat. Eminem follows up with the same and similarly strong results. The negatives of fame are addressed in an emotional outburst.
  9. Loud Noises- I was on the Slaughterhouse tip when they joined forces. I was off of it when they dropped an album. I think they can definitely succeed on Shady Records. I still say Joell Ortiz is a problem
Overall, a decent LP. It won’t blow you away and you probably won’t keep it on replay on the iPod but there are a few tracks that you will come back from time to time when you’re in the mood. Just one of those things, when you’re chilling with your buddy and you feel like doing something. Necessary? No but you’re not gonna pass up new Eminem music.
SomePeopleThink Hell: The Sequel deserves a 6/10
SomePeopleThink you should also peep these new releases this week:
  • Cyhi Da Prince- Royal Flush 2 (mixtape)
  • The Wonder Years- Suburbia I’ve Given You All and Now I’m Nothing
  • Ziggy Marley- Wild and Free

SomePeopleThink Maybach Music is a Good Look for Wale

"That BoA shit we get paper, death over dishonor" -Wale from Pandemonium

Self Made, Vol. 1 dropped today, and I love Wale on Maybach Music. It allows a great (dare I say underground? No, I don’t think so) young rapper the opportunity to get on tracks with one of the biggest and most popular rappers out there (Rozay!). It will do wonders to expand his fanbase. I dig were this is going as long as he continues building on his creative side, i.e. his mixtape with 9th Wonder, Back to the Feature, and More About Nothing. The problem is, getting caught up in pop rap is way too easy; there is too much fame and money at stake. Thats why on the other hand I am cautiously critical of the move because I fear Wale will end up like Drake (I’m going to get crucified for this, I know); over-saturated and lacking creativity. While I understand that Drake is just about biggest thing in music right now, I also know that I don’t like hip-hop when it’s made just for the charts, I’d rather see collaborative and conceptual mixtapes or albums that try to create new and different music. As you can tell, I’m pretty torn here. With that said, I blew through Self Made, Vol. 1 and am really digging it. Especially Tupac Back, Rise, Pandemonium, Play Your Part, Running Rebels and Big Bank. Take a listen and let me know what you think, the download is below but support hip-hop and buy it from iTunes.


Mayyyyybach Musiiic!

Download the full album here if you’re too cheap to buy it.

Some People Think Ricky Rozay is Taking Over this Blog

Okay Rick. I see ya boss. I don’t really know how this happened, but Rick Ross is now a top 5 rapper. SMDHLABH (Shaking my darn head like a bobble head) I cant believe I just wrote that sentence, but how can you really deny it? Sure you can bullshit and disagree just to be a dick, but its hard to genuinely disagree with that statement after listening to his latest album “Teflon Don” (see below) and his newest mixtape “Ashes to Ashes,” released today, that features Ludacris, Wale, Wiz Khalifa, Neyo, Aaliyah (RIP), Birdman, and my homie Meek Mill (what up Meek! We did it bro!) (just playin). Rozay is making some real high quality music. Now sit back, chill, and enjoy his newest material:

SomePeopleThink Combining Two of the Best Albums of the Year can Make a Dope Mixtape

The Black Keys and Big Boi of Outkast both released a classic album this year so it’s about time someone mashes them up into one mixtape. Take a sample, download it, or go get the actual albums for your friend this Christmas and have them burn it for you. (And yes I used the word dope in the title. Sue me)

Some People Think 2011 is Lil Wayne’s Year – Carter IV Track Leaked

Carter 4…I am getting shivers. Welcome back Weezy. I am sure there is a lot more of this to come…

Some People Think These Are the Top 5 Songs We’re Bumpin’ (or jinglin’) to This Week

Among other things, this time of year is inevitably marked by christmas music on every radio station and department store entryway. I am a big fan of Christmas music  (not quite sure why, but its seems to have become cool to hate christmas music of recent for some reason…) but I love it nonetheless. In those four weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas I can’t get enough. After a heated debate between the authors of this blog, I decided to post what are my personal 5 favorite christmas songs. I encourage anybody to comment with their own opinions and preferences, but no scrooges please- its Christmas time after all!

5) I can’t help but think of my grandparents without thinking of Frank Sinatra on the radio. And if nothing else,  Christmas is about family to me. Not to mention that this song melts most peoples heart quicker than Frosty’s bottom ball. Sinatra=Nan & Pop= Family = Christmas.

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas Frank Sinatra

4 ) This song is filled with pop and cheer;  and although is simply cheesy its also   reminds me of simply having a wonderful Christmas time…

Wonderful christmas time – Paul McCartney

3) This song is number three maybe because I’ve been belting it (terribly) since I was 9. Maybe because its filled with so much true emotion and power it hits home, unlike some fun but whimsical xmas tunes. Truthfully though, it’s probably because my fiancee’s rendition of this song makes Rosario Dawson look like an American Idol wannabe… no joke…

Seasons Of Love – Rent (Original Cast)

2) I mean, does any song in the history of music get away with so much sexual tension so subtly. The guy in this song seems like he is one more sip of whiskey away from committing a felony but for some reason, that kind of makes me like it more. Not that I condone rape in anyway, but tangible lust and budding romance  is what every single person dreams of this time of year. Not too mention the beautiful duet and melody… I prefer the Jessica Simpson/Nick Lachey version,  respect to Dean, but this version just sounds less 19040’s-radio-ish to me.

Baby, It’s Cold Outside (Duet w_Nick Lachey)

1) And my top choice, is of course, Mariah. It a scientific fact that this song increases the hormones in humans that cause them to dance in their underwear and put on a santa hat. (Don’t pretend you don’t know what I’m talking about) I frickin’ love this song. I have no shame turning this song up, rolling down my windows and singing it like a diva. Some People Think it’s xmas baby, and all I want is this song! ( maybe some ginerbread cookies and a crackling fire as well…. and a new iPod in case Santa reads this…) Merry Christmas!

All I Want for Christmas Is You (Original Version) – Mariah Carey

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