With the debut of“Magna Carta…Holy Grail’, Jay Z’s summer release is running its course to become one of his most prolific releases to date. His collaboration with Justin Timberlake on the lead single, “Holy Grail”, has risen to an undeniable hit record as seen by the holding pattern of the song on top music charts. Jay Z and Justin’s studio synergy has given birth to a powerhouse song combining solid R&B vocals from Timberlake with the lyrical rap finesse and intellectual seasoning of Jay Z resulting in the creation of the next level of what could be described as a “Current and Future Classic Release”.
HipHop meets fine art as seen by the picturesque CD cover illustrating two sculptures of a male and female that brings to mind a museum exhibit of Ancient European Art, a familiar talk piece at the Getty Museum. The cover art design shows another side of Jay Z, the Educator, and the PhD of today’s Hip Hop Culture. Jay Z subtly and respectfully lectures his fans with this release as he brings HipHop up to the level of Classic Art with the reference cover art of male and female sculptures as opposed to using his own personal photo.
“Magna Carta…Holy Grail” is a well thought out HipHop Doctorate thesis in the form of an iTunes release that is filled with hypotheses and messages of a Hip Scholar driven by the funky beats that carry each single on the collective CD. It has all the elements of a modern release transforming into a trendsetting classic raising the bar of HipHop in presentation and arrangements while at the same time maintaining the high standards of East Coast Rap and schools of thought as the nation’s leaders when it comes to the source of today’s most progressive music. With the single’s debut at the number one slot on Billboard’s Top 100, it currently holds its position in the top 5 on the Hot 100 Chart.
With HipHop domination evident in today’s music scene, the West Coast this year is coming up strong with a few West Coast rappers stepping up to the plate to deliver some of this year’s most competitive music releases spinning on HipHop radio stations.
Kendrick Lamar infused the art of braggadocio on Big Sean’s new single, “Control”, with his battle lyrics becoming a hot topic on twitter and facebook in the HipHop community. In the aftermath of the art of his “Diss”,Lamar is bodacious taking no prisoners announcing himself, a Cali based HipHop artist, as the “King of New York”, lyrically dissing fellow rappers when it comes to his point of view of superiority in lyrical skills. His proclamation as King of the new throne has gone viral on twitter as fans and rappers continue to tweet their opinions of his self proclaimed status as King with lyrics on "Control" like, "I'm usually homeboys with the same n----s / And that goes for Jermaine Cole, Big K.R.I.T., Wale/ Pusha T, Meek Mill, A$AP Rocky, Drake/ Big Sean, Jay Electron', Tyler, Mac Miller/ I got love for you all but I'm tryna murder you n----s/ Tryna make sure your core fans never heard of you. “ Lamar holds his own in his creative flow on "Control" showcasing his skills in lyrical tempo while instigating the challenge to dare his peers to top him on the mic.
Rappers including Pusha T took to twitter to notify Lamar that they heard his challenge and they’re taking it personal. Pusha T and other rappers mentioned in the diss are more than likely heading into the studio to answer Lamar’s lyric with the fierceness of what can become 2013’s return to the art of the Battle Rap, the official lyrical boxing competition of Hip Hop, that will be compared to some of Hip Hop’s classic battle rap wars like those of LL Cool J vs. Kool Moe Dee, the Roxanne Wars, and Common vs. Ice Cube.
While Lamar is proclaiming his royal status as King and challenging his fellow rappers, there is another Cali based recording artist creating a whole new movement in HipHop on the club scene in Hollywood with a surprising modest demeanor unlike Lamar and other artists who take the mic.
Pause, a Chicago native, found his niche in the Cali HipHop circuit. Unlike many rap artists, Pause is known on the circuit for his skills as a rapper, saxophonist, pianist, writer and producer. During a recent concert at the Hollywood Troubadour, Pause took to the stage with an impressive live show celebrating the debut of his new edition CD release of "Pacific Rose" now available on iTunes.Staying true to his vibe of home grown, he gave props to an original art painting of a family member as the standout cover art of "Pacific Rose". The 12 song compilation is musically biographical as he tells the story of his life, his trials, and the conditions of humanity in a way that is groovacious while embracing the elements of respectable conscious rap like a Common meets Mos Def.
When it comes to the most recent music releases in Hip Hop, both East and West Coast artists are finding success in capturing Hip Hop’s compatible fusion with funk and R&B beats which proves to be attractive to fans for the live concert experience while transforming CD covers into the new trend as the digital canvass for Fine Art.
As for the new sound of HipHop, it stands on its own; and the beat goes on.
Kendrick Lamar's Control Verse Only http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SaMreUKk5Fk
Pause on Vevo http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DjroMfeYKwI