808s and Heartbreaks vs. Theatre of Mind

4 12 2008

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After giving both albums run and vibing to them both, I am allowed to have an opinion about which one is better.  And, this is how it is.  Kanye West wanted to make “different” music.  Some tracks were really and I mean really good.  Welcome to Heartbreak and Coldest Winter, wow.  Even Bad News and Amazing were great.  However for every great song there were terrible songs.  Paranoid?  Robocop?  Street Lights?  808s isn’t consistent enough.  And what’s with these 1 minute songs with the beat looping for four minutes.  It makes for great vibing music but where’s the practicality of it?  There are periods and spurts of Kanye’s genius sprinkled throughout the album and Bad News and Say You Will are evidence of that.  He uses like one or two drum kits with the 808 kick.  He meshes his melodies and the overall sound is very spacy and futuristic.  It’s trendsetting to a point.  The theme of the album is great and the vision is amazing.  However, the album gets lost in translation.  But still its a good album.

 

But, with all the commotion about Kanye people just up and forget about Ludacris and Theatre of Mind.  I’m raving about this cd.  From the moment it comes on with the movie theme and The Runners’ big movie sounding soundscape I’m hooked.  Luda’s flow is smashing.  Vivid, charasmatic and on point.  He calls songs scenes or movies.  Producers are scoring it and guest appearances are co-stars.  That’s originality.  This album is a real hip-hop album from beginning to end.  It hits harder than the Kanye.  However, I have some gripes about this one as well.  Luda never really goes past punchlines.  And, boy there are some DAMN good ones on this album.  I would have liked to hear more reflective songs that stick to my ribs however his lines are so cold that I forget about that lmao.  The collaborations fit the songs which is cool.  But, the singles don’t reflect the album.  One More Drink was ehhhh and What Girls Like was wack…  But, fuck all dat…LISTEN TO LAST OF A DYING BREED WITH WAYNE.  Thats how you want Wayne to flow.  His fow is like 9.3/10 and Luda still rips him.  Luda covers alot of bases on this album pretty effortlessly.  And, that makes his album better than Kanye’s to me.  He executes his vision better than Kanye.  It’s overall a better album.  Now let the disagreements begin.  





Download Oba Rowland’s I Go Harder!!!!!!

23 09 2008

The Coup d Etat’s release is two weeks away!  Two weeks from today, it will be available for download rite here @ THE CINCINNATI MONSTER.COM.  Also unveiling that day is the newly designed website from Tyler Yee.  It’s going to be a great day.  We Go Hard!!!  I know most of you think Khaled coined that phrase.  You think that Kanye and Khaled got that goin huh?!? Ennnnt Not so, Oba Rowland and 3rd-Shift put that in effect last year.  Don’t believe me??? Oh fuck!  Well i have the proof to support that!!!!  So today, we showing everybody that WE GO HARDER!!!!

 

(Click to Download Go Harder Right Here)





Kanye West-Love Lockdown

8 09 2008

 

I love this idea.  Debuting singles on a MEGA stage exposing them to a huge live and television audience and then turning around and releasing it the next day.  Wow, thats smart…But, the single not sure I’m feeling it.





NEW HOV!!!! New Jay-Z “JOCKIN JAY-Z” (Produced By: Kanye West)

12 08 2008

(CLICK THE PICTURE TO DOWNLOAD THE NEW HOV SONG)

 

The world just stopped, Jay-Z has a new song.  Please don’t question my Jay-Z fanhood!!!! Lmao, but yea on some real shit, The Hov song is nice.  I liked the beat at first, but I so wanted it to be more dramatic.  None the less it was hott.  Kinda wanted Hov to spit harder (pause) but he came (major pause) like Hov does, OFFICIAL.  Just download it already!  COUP D’ETAT II COMING SOON!!!





The Cincinnati Monster Top 10 for the Week of July 7th 2008

14 07 2008

 

I‘ve really been listening to alot of Hip-Hop right about now.  Certain summer records are growing on me others…nah!  But, my Top 10 has lightweight been shuffling.  Check it out and see whats going down!!!


1.  Nas ft. Keri Hilson Hero

2. Swizz Beatz- Where Da Cash At

3. T.I.-What Up

4.  Young Jeezy ft. Kanye West-Put On

5.  Plies-Somebody loves You

6. Lloyd ft. Lil Wayne-Girls Around the World

7.  Chip the Ripper-Fresh, Fly, Fitted

8. T.I.-Swing Ya Rag

9. Lil Wayne-A Milli

10. Red Cafe ft. Fat Joe, Jadakiss and Fabolous-Paper Touchin (remix)





The Source Is Back! I Like This Move!

2 07 2008

 

Honestly, I was a fan of The Source before XXL.  But, when one person or company has control of the market and/or media they control pretty much your preception.  Sort of like major media in America with CNN and MSNBC and shit like that.  So more competition, more mediums is always a plus.  In this case it goes double in Hip-Hop becuase we love to be heard and there are artists who need to be heard (cough OBA ROWLAND).  Plus, The Source is Hip-Hop.  How can they not be relevant.  Thats like Jay-Z not being the best.

 

Here’s the News from HipHopDx:

 

 

After years of turmoil as a result of the Dave Mays/Benzino era, The Source is finally looking to reclaim the throne in the magazine game. During the post-Mays/Benzino era, The Source has been looking to find financial footing while remaining competitive in the dwindling space of print magazines. It seems that they now have it.

B.E. Greenwich, a division of the highly successful Black Enterprise magazine, and the North Star Group, led by entertainment lawyer L. Londell McMillan (who has represented the likes of Russell SimmonsKanye WestPrince and Michael Jackson) have purchased stake in The Source and look to revitalize the self-proclaimed “Hip Hop Bible.”

With new ownership at the helm, The Source will begin its new campaign with a new magazine layout as well as looking to jump headfirst into online territory with a new website and mobile platforms.

The first issue in this new era for the magazine will feature Nelly on the cover as well as articles on Barack ObamaYung Berg, a revamped Dimepiece section, the new Hipster Rap phenomena, Immortal TechniqueRZA and more.  

“The Source belongs to Hip Hop,” says Jeremy Miller, the President of The Sourcein the magazine’s opening pages. “There is a new era at The Source and it will be exciting to be a part of its growth and evolution.”

 





Lollipop 2.0 Tearing Amazon Limb from Limb!

1 07 2008

 

Back on Father’s Day I released a track for FREE on THE CINCINNATI MONSTER.COM  for all the people who were supporting my website.  I was at 2,000 hits then.  Now, I’m pushing close to 5,000.  The track I released was “Lollipop 2.0”  the remix I made for Lollipop with a teaser of Oba Rowland’s new single DADDY in there, plus the verse from Kanye and the new one from Wayne.  i released it to Amazon.  And, it has become one of my most populare tracks on the digital retailer.  Out of all the tracks currently being sold on Amazon.com Lollipop 2.0 is currently, 4,194.  Pretty damn good considering the fact that Amazon is the #2 digital retailer behind Itunes.  It’s the fastest growing digital medium out there.  If you don’t have it download it from the FREE DOWNLOADS SECTION!!!!!!


-SHIFT LOVE THE KIDS





Funkmaster Flex Airs Out Buck, and Everyone Else…

1 07 2008

 

 

I actually feel what Flex is saying here.  Especially when he got into the whole thing about rappers writing for other rappers.  He said rappers who write for other rappers should shut up and stop trying to air out the people who they write for because its a reason why you aren’t on that record.  Yea, true plus you are playing your part.  And, you knew what you signed up for when you got in the game. This ain’t checkersor Twister we’re playing.  Personally, I think no aspiring artist should NEVER sign to another artist’s record label.  Because you will NEVER be the priority, no matter how talented you are.  There’s only one reasonable exception, Kanye West and even he has to go sit in a corner when Jay-Z comes out.  Signing to other artist’s record labels is ALWAYS a bad idea.  In Buck’s case I’m with Flex on this one.  Don’t be shouting out G-Unit every which way and forth, claiming to be bout ready to “ride” on Sloppy Joe and Game then when you get pissed say fuck em!  Thats not hot and it pisses the fan off (me)!!!!!  Ehh, here’s the news! (hiphopdx)

 

On air recently, iconic deejay and radio personality Funkmaster Flex gave a rare controversial siding with 50 Cent in G-Unit‘s recent conflict with Young Buck.

The Hot 97 mainstay said, “Unfortunately, I can’t move with Young Buck because I’m on that thing on loyalty, man.” He added, “A lot of you rappers, man, you get onto a label that’s smokin’ hot, and the guy at the helm is hot, man, pushin’ out units! And you want to come along and live because you know if you just stay at home, drink your hot chocolate and watch Rap City, you’re guaranteed to go gold without leaving your block.

The deejay expressed further skepticism to a class of newer artists, “And I watch y’all sell gold, when you should have sold 100,000 [units, and] start talkin’ slick. I’m not just talkin’ about [the Young Buck] situation, I’m sayin’ y’all do it all the time. Let me tell you something: it’s corny; that’s a small man’s world. You know what you show when you do that? That you was never nothin’, and you was never ridin’, and you was never on the team, ever!

Flex blanketed this statement in regards to artists underneath Jay-Z,DiddyDr. DreEminemJermaine DupriTimbalandFat Joe and Lil Wayne. Speaking to these moguls, he pleaded, “Y’all need to stop handing out these free meals to snausages [sic].

Speaking from experience, the deejay who has released several gold albums, added that he’s “very careful” about mentoring other deejays, and added that he was the biggest in the world. Flex attributed this to the legendary Chuck Chillout, a deejay who he considered to be a mentor.

The interview also alluded to Flex‘s displeasure with Gillie Da Kid‘s problems with Lil Wayne.

Further in the interview, focusing on the highly-publicized phone conversation withYoung Buck crying to 50 CentFlex commented, “He’s a good dude, and I know what happened.” He added, “Your son can never get older than you,” analogizing that whoever a rapper signs is inherently their son. “On Father’s Day, buy a gift.

On his 2005 Car Show album, Funkmaster Flex featured the song “Just A Touch” which featured 50 Cent.

 





DJ Khaled Readies We Global!

26 06 2008

 

I can’t hate on Khaled.  He’s the ring leader of a new movement and he doesn’t do anything but holler on songs.  He does alot of things behind closed doors and he’s today’s music executive.  He’s everywhere, he has his hands on the best music and great relationships with today’s hottest artists.  He has a label deal with Koch and now Def Jam for his label the We The Best Music Group.  He has a new artist, Ace Hood who isn’t that bad.  He’s moving in the right direction.  I like Khaled.  I like what he’s doing.  He’s becoming a force on his own, I can’t knock the man’s hustle nor his passion for the game, I’m takin’ notes.  So here’s the news.

 

 

 

DJ Khaled has put together some pretty big collaborations in the past to go along with his albums laced with some of the finest Hip Hop has to offer. The trend is set to continue as DJ Khaled prepares his latest dish titled We Global on Koch/We The Best Music Group.

We Global will be Khaled’s third album and will be jump started by the lead single “Out Here Grindin” which will feature AkonLil BoosieRick RossPliesYoung JeezyTrick Daddy and Ace Hood with production by The Runners.

“’Out Here Grindin’” is the biggest record in the streets!! This will be the anthem for ‘08!” says Khaled via statement. “I do this for the streets!!! WE GLOBAL!!!! This record is for the people!!!”

video for the single is currently in the works.

We Global will feature Kanye WestFabolousFat JoeNasSean PaulBusta RhymesFlo-RidaAkonRick RossYoung JeezyTrick Daddy and many more to be announced. Production will be handled by the likes of The RunnersDanja,NastyThe IncrediblesCool and Dre and Beat Novacaine.

Look for We Global to be released on September 16th.   

 

 

 

 





The Cincinnati Monster TOP 10 SONGS of the week of 6/15/2008

21 06 2008

 

SOMETHING NEW AT THE CINCINNATI MONSTER.COM.  A WEEKLY COUNTDOWN OF THE HOTTEST SONGS OF THE WEEK IN THE EYES OF THE CINCINNATI MONSTER.  TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THE TOP TEN COUNTDOWN, EMAIL 3RD-SHIFT @ THECINCINNATIMONSTER@GMAIL.COM

 

1. Lil Wayne-A Milli

2.Young Jeezy ft. Kanye West-Put On

3. DJ Khaled ft. Rick Ross, Young Jeezy, Lil Boosie, Trick Daddy, Ace Hood and Lil Wayne-Out Here Grindin

4. B.G. ft. Magnolia Chop-Keep it 100

5. Young Buck-Taped Phone Conversation

6. Oba Rowland ft. Whitney Foard-Bring The Freak Out

7. G-Unit-Straight Outta Southside

8. Chip The Ripper-Fresh, Fly

9. Doe Boy-Datts What Money Do

10. G-Eazy-I Be in the Lab