Hip-Hop is Getting Back to its Roots

Hip-Hop is Getting Back to its Roots

I caught the end of the Tupac, Biggie, and Wu-Tang era, and thrived during the height of Eminem, Atmosphere, Aesop Rock, and the like. In today’s world, it’s a little crazy to imagine there was once a program on MTV called The Lyricist Lounge Show that was dedicated to lyric-driven freestylers and rappers. Now, hip-hop artists are showcased on […]

‘THA CARTER V’

‘THA CARTER V’

The long-awaited Tha Carter V dropped last night, and everyone I know listened to it. The celebration was one part Wayne’s 36th birthday, and one part album drop…or freedom from Birdman’s Cash Money Records (label). A binding lawsuit ended earlier this year when Birdman and Wayne exchanged an undisclosed sum, and Wayne was allowed to sever ties […]

SoundCloud Rap is Here to Stay…. and it’s Your Fault

SoundCloud Rap is Here to Stay…. and it’s Your Fault

Since you’re reading this here at Control Forever, I assume you know who Lil Pump is. He recently celebrated his 18th birthday, and he had a “who’s who” of celebrities attend the South Florida function. If you know who Pump is, I also assume you know what SoundCloud and SoundCloud rap is. If you don’t, […]

XXXTentacion is Generation Z’s 2Pac

XXXTentacion is Generation Z’s 2Pac

On Monday, June 18, 2018 at 2:40PM, we lost the much-maligned XXXTentacion to a robbery attempt that might end up being called an assassination. 2Pac, Notorious B.I.G, Big L, and now XXXTentacion. X will be Generation Z’s Tupac Shakur. I can hear the old school cats calling for my head now, but the parallels are […]

XXXTentacion VS. The United States OF Music Listeners

XXXTentacion VS. The United States OF Music Listeners

I’ve been listening to music a long time, and it has never felt this bad to enjoy music this much. XXXTentacion has been accused of repeatedly beating and abusing his pregnant girlfriend. He arguably just put out the best Hip-Hop album of the last five years. If you support X, I condemn you because it […]

Hip-Hop Emotions

Hip-Hop Emotions

In the 90’s we had unapologetic Gangster rappers, in 2017 we have similar caricatures and they are just as gangster but less apologetic. Instead of being fearful of them, we feel sorry for them. Oh man, what a time to be alive! Music and Culture. Culture and Music. Two sides of a coin? Competing or […]