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Dreams & Nightmares : Meek Mill Album Review

Posted in Alkahol, Hip Hop, Misadventures, Music, Music Reviews on November 8, 2012 by Saliva Vic

My neck talk it say fuck me/ my wrist talk it say suck me/ these niggaz claimin they ballin/ I take they bitch Kris Humphrey/ – Meek Mill

Dreams & Nightmares

This kicks off real smooth. He’s rhyming on some pianos that remind me of Diced Pineapples off GFID. I expect Wale’s spoken word ass to show up at any moment now. This dude bears his heart out but still brags, “When I bought the Rolls Royce they thought that it was leased/ Then I bought that new Ferrari haters rest in peace/” . After 2 minutes the 808s kick in & the screaming Meek Mill who doesn’t give a fuck goes H.A.M.!  This flow never gets old. He turns into 2Pac at some point on this though. Worth another listen.

In God We Trust

I already know this is about money. He starts by saying, “Most of you sucka ass niggaz wouldn’t last a week in my hood if yall was broke/ and wouldn’t last a day if you had money.” 808s knocking as is expected of MM. This is gangsta music from the eyes of a real street dude. I can’t relate but Meek spins the tale well. He isn’t Kendrick but you feel anger & desperation in this. Quotable: “He the slave in the field/ you the one on the porch/ with that gun in your hand/ tryin to ran wit yo man!” He turns into 2Pac again & spits wise words at the end about staying away from street life.

 Young & Getting It feat Kirko Bangz

Typical mind numbing anthem for the Y.O.L.O generation. This song is ratchet yo! The 1st verse opens with, “Young nigga I’m gettin money & fuck hoes in my spare time/ If she don’t fuck on the 1st night then she don’t meet my deadline.” Don’t you wish you were a rapper? GTFOH Meek! Kirko sounds like shit on this. Why? I can see myself chanting these Meek bars though after sipping on some Jesus Juice. I really want to slap Kirko right now!

Traumatized

The most talked about record off this album. Son reeeeeally gets his 2Pac on with this one. Tales of dead homies only that he flows so much better than Pac. He speaks on his pops’ murder & getting revenge. There’s a poor man’s MJB voice being looped in the back. Thinking about it, the production sounds like the poor man’s Havoc. Meek is rap’s 2 Face. He flips from bar to bar, “Niggaz spray metal tryin to take you off the earth/ really over nothing/ tell me what it’s worth/ tryin to take you out the game just to put you on a shirt/ I rose from the jungle like Derrick/ death to anybody that oppose my spirit/ future looking brighter than this rolls I’m starin in/ we be runnin trains on the hoes yall cherish!” Quotable: My arm it says Murder Music I’ll let you listen to death!

Believe It feat Rick Ross

His boss is on it. What the fuck? The cop is name dropping white pop stars on his hook! Meek goes back to his “I’m a boss” flow. I can’t be mad. This is the Meek I like. Oh I get it. The white pop stars, “Miley Cyrus” & “Justin Bieber” is his new slang for cocaine aka White girl! Ross’ verse is dumber than usual. This must be the bottom of dumbing it down yo! I want to slap Meek Mill now!

Maybach Curtains feat John Legend, Nas, Rick Ross

This is his take on the cop’s Maybach Music series. Obligatory Legend hook. More street tales from Meek in the 1st verse. The beat has a nice laid back soul feel to it. Nas verse is legendary. He paints pictures using the blues but the shit isn’t sad yo!  All 3 rappers reminisce on this but only Nas does his memories justice.

Amen ft Drake

This is the 1st single. I love this. The beat is genius, with the organ sample; you can catch the Holy Ghost. The girl Drake even came through on this. I always say Drake’s best 2 verses are on this & the one on French Montana’s Pop That.

Young Kings

I like this from jump. The beat is a break from all these 808 laden thumpers. The kid kills it though he really worships money on this joint. Now that I’m at the end of it, he doesn’t really spit any memorable bars on this.

Lay Up feat Wale, Rick Ross & Trey Songz

The obligatory record for bitches. One thing though, it sounds more like he’s showing off about all the shit he can do with his money rather than what he can do for the chick. Ross also comes on & keeps talking about money. Did Trey Songz really just do the hook using a basketball analogy? This record is 50 kinds of fail on 50 kinds of stupid! Wale at least raps to the chicks.  This is skip worthy maaad! I see it being a single though.

Tony Story Part 2

I guess part 1 must be on one of the numerous mixtapes MMG have dropped over the last 2 weeks. Ha! This is a hood story about Paulie & Tony (watch the Sopranos much?) who were homies but as usual people end up dead. This beat sounds like something Nicki Minaj would rap over. It reminds me of B.I.G’s Somebody Gotta Die only it isn’t.

Who You’re Around feat Mary J Blige

I love the intro: “One night I prayed to God I asked could he please remove my enemies from my life & before you know it I started losing friends.” This is so true for everybody. We have frenemies.  Rozay should have picked beats for this album, these beats are a yawnfest yo!  Maybe they spent all the money for good beats on Wale & Ross’ albums.

Polo & Shell Tops

Reminiscing on the drug game……..again! Glad to hear that he only did it to buy some clothes.  Skip.

Rich & Famous feat Louie V

More money worship. This album could make a broke nigga kill himself. I like this though. Did dude just say money comes in different revenues? The fuck? Still, I’ll be playing this for fun when I need to hallucinate about all the vagina I could buy with rap money.

Real Niggaz Come First

I can’t see why anyone would listen to this song repeatedly. It’s good for riding round looking for a spot to get drunk. That is all. Quotable: That pussy smell like Fiji/ boy I just go swimming.

Burn feat Big Sean

I actually like this record. It’s just that shit you need to get amped in the morning getting ready to get out & grind. This might be the best record on this since the intro with the exception of Amen. Yet it’s a bonus track.

Freak Show feat Sam Sneak & 2 Chainz

From jump you just know this is stupid, dumb, thick, ignorant strip club music. Girls will be twerking to this for days! 2 Chainz says “I like new pussy/ I shoulda kept the tag on!” This dude will never cease to amaze me.

It’s clear to me that Meek Mill has suffered the J Cole curse. The kid had so many dope mixtapes leading to high expectations for the album only for him to give us Maybach Music’s “The Sideline Story”. Dreams & Nightmares lacks the hunger & cleverness that Meek has shown on previous mixtapes. It sounds rushed & the beats are damn near horrible.

There are no dreams about this but an absolute nightmare. Maybe he’ll be better on his next joint coz I still think that as Kendrick Lamar is the new Nas, Meek Mill is the new Jay –Z.

Favorite joints: Dreams & Nightmares, Amen, Rich & Famous, Burn. 

Whoever the impostor is who sounds like Meek Mill on this atrocious album needs to tell us what he did with the real Meek. Will the real Meek Mill please stand up! Oh! Here you are!

Pamoja!!!

Sorry For The Delay : Just A Band Album Review

Posted in Alkahol, Hip Hop, Misadventures, Music, Music Reviews, Women on November 7, 2012 by Saliva Vic

Just like the name of this album, I must first apologise for the delay in sharing my thoughts about one of the most anticipated albums in the 254. Are you as excited as I am? Well, without further ado, let’s go in.

Life Of The Party

The drums take me to the jungle from the jump off. Then this shit quickly shifts & sounds like something Dilla would be proud of. I get so lost in the beat; I couldn’t give a fuck what the song is about. This is that shit you just dance to with a hot chick you barely know & go tribal. Love the strings at the end, trippy rock & roll. I could do drugs to this.

Dunia Ina Mambo

Oh shit! Blink decided to remake the Tahamaki theme song. If you aren’t from Section 80, yaani you are a 90s baby, you have no idea what I’m talking about. I used to love this song so I can’t be mad at this shit! It’s about time someone gave it a facelift. Quotable: “Nafunga bao/ niite Peter Dawo/ ubaya ya binadamu ni rahisi kusahau/ change ni chetu/ lakini chako ni chako/ mtu wangu ah ah wacha vako!”

Thank You/ Rebel & A Cause

The title takes me back to my childhood, watching the James Dean classic, Rebel Without A Cause.  Blink kicks the verse off with a quotable: “We learn from our mistakes & my mistake was you/ I didn’t have a clue/ that you were never true/ the truth about the truth is you can never hide it!” Mimi kwisha! This is my shit right here.  This is emo & dance your ass off at the same damn time, it will help dance away the pain of a break up.

After 3 & a half minutes it switches up like Kendrick’s Sing about me/ I’m dying of thirst. Rebel & A Cause is nice & dark with a promise of sunshine. I could easily wake up to this every morning.  It’s short though.

Probably For Lovers

This is the 1st single. The instruments on this made me think JAB had flipped the script & got Eric Wainaina’s Best Band In Africa on board but it’s all them. Anyone who has been on the receiving end of unrequited love will relate to this. I am in love with my best friend, I should know yo! This jam would be fantastic live! Quotable: I’ve had this feeling that I could never ever tell you/ I might be wrong but you’d rather be my friend/ maybe in future lives then we could be together/ we’ll make a promise that we’ll always be ok”

Till We Try

This one sounds weird, even for Just A Band. Blink sounds like he’s saying “Do it dry” which makes me think that it’s about unprotected sex, you know, do it dry fry bila mundai? Ha! The horns make me think of Fela Kuti. It’s actually a pretty positive tune about taking chances, seizing opportunities & shit! Wait. At the end it’s a love song? I’m confused. I could play this as my girl & I take a ride on the Thika Super Highway though. Road trip music this is. Very soulful ending with the horns yo! I feel like a pimp right now.

Doot Doot

I love the “doot doot” chick voice in the background but I don’t know how I feel about this. It’s a bit too feel good, like I can picture children frolicking in fields of daisies on daisies playing a ring around a rosie! It’s not a horrible tune, just a bit too sweet & I don’t want diabetes. It would sound great live coz of the instruments though.  Oh shit! At 4.25 an epic beat comes on, sadly no rhyming or singing.

Family Ties

Another title that takes me back to my childhood, there used to be a TV show called Family Ties with Michael J Fox, loved it! This sounds like something produced by Danger Mouse! JAB just channeled Gnarls Barkley for this. This deserves to be played at ignorant levels yo! Is this about stealing someone’s wife? You know, breaking up a home? Family ties? Nah, I think it’s about accepting changes in life; that thing I hate called growing up!

Another Chance

Very soulful intro, it’s a whole minute in before any vocal kick in. This is that “make up sex” type music. When she’s pissed off, put on this on & watch her drop the panties & give you that vagina. The backdrop I picture listening to this is intense love making as it rains outside. If I created a mixtape called “For the Panties” this is on that playlist yo!

Matatizo

The title brings back another childhood memory. I recall the “Matatizo Nimeyazoea” record by Super Wanyika that my mother used to sing along to as I did my homework. It kicks off & I realize that Blink & the crew have given that Issa Juma classic a facelift! This is such a tuuuuuuune! For those who know that the struggle is real Blink offers a helping hand. Great record for when you’re feeling down. Musically I appreciate the fact that they didn’t just copy paste the old jam, JAB have made it their own. The electric guitar is the icing on a perfectly baked cake! This is undeniably the best record on the album.

Get Down

Back to the future with this one. This is the wild out in the club record, complete with sirens & shit! Another one that deserves to be played at ignorant levels, it’s just stupid music to get turnt up to yo!

Bush Baby Disco

I think this is the part of the album that requires you to get up & dance.  That intro is confusing but I love this from jump! The beat is insane! There’s a weird voice chanting some shit in a language that might be Luhya. I couldn’t care less, this has me dancing. After thought: Is that Joey Muthengi saying, “Where are you going?”……Nah!

Looking For Home

Back to some emo shit. I like this a lot. It appeals to my tormented darker side. The bit where Jim sings “I’m looking for a home/ somewhere I can take a break/ somewhere in the sky” I’m convinced that this song is about wishing to die & take a final break from all the bullshit. I’ll have this one on repeat for the dark days.

Twende Kazi (Apocalypse Mix)

Now I’m sure the last song was about death. I like this, Blink sounds so ridiculously sexy. He uses that voice he used on “Hey” where it sounds like he’s talking only to your ear & no one else. If this music thing stops working out Blink can try late night radio. This is a great wake up song to kick start the day. Twende Kazi. No Jokes.

S-W-E-E-T

The title reminds me of the Common record where he disses Drake. The beat is superior! Paul Epworth who produces for Florence & The Machine would be proud of this. It sounds so epic! After a minute & a half with no vocals I start to hope that none show up!  Fantastic 4 & a half minutes of banging beats this is!

A While

There’s a hot sounding chick on this talking about a dream where she made origami stars. Bougie much? Is he talking about the uncertainty that the future holds? Coz that’s what this makes me think of. The people we are around now may not necessarily be the people we will be with, in say, the next 12 months, fuck that, next 3 months yo! The recorded message at the end is a nice touch.

Just A Band need not apologize for the delay coz it was worth it. Even though my favorite Just A Band album will always be Scratch To Reveal, this band keeps me loving every album coz they are all so different. 82 didn’t sound like Scratch To Reveal & Sorry For the Delay doesn’t sound like 82. This constant boldness to reinvent themselves is what makes Dan, Jim, Blink & Mbithi true kings in the music game.

The band says that the album was about what they learned & missed. I like that this album took me back to my childhood that I sorely miss & my numerous past relationships that I am just now learning to let go of. Like I always say, Blink writes the soundtrack to my life. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did.

Favorite records: Dunia Ina Mambo, Thank You/ Rebel & A Cause, Probably For Lovers, Till We Try, Another Chance, Matatizo, Looking For Home.

Feel free to cop the album here for your friends, lovers, family & enemies coz even bad people deserve good music yo!

I leave you with the record that made me fall in love with this band.

Pamoja!!!

Update: The album credits say that Issa Juma’s band was The Mighty Cavaliers. My childhood memories say that it was Les Wanyika. Let’s save that argument for when I’m drunk. Ok.