God Forgives, I Dont

It’s virtually impossible to go anywhere and not hear Rick Ross’ signature sound and adlibs. From being on some of the hottest tracks on radio and becoming a summer staple with banger after banger (except for the Trilla album) Rozay shows no signs of slowing down. Ross has had the most pressure on his shoulders for creating an album with this project since his debut, Port of Miami. After amassing a very talented roster in Wale, Meek Mills, Stalley & French Montana, MMG has become known for creating radio bangers and the most consistent gold stable in the game. (Yeah, NO MMG artist has gone platinum) However, “God Forgives, I Dont” may be the project that gets Ross his platinum plaque.

Rick Ross is known for his grimey and gutter raps and has found the recipe to making great radio hits. The projects capitalizes on the momentum of his GREATEST mixtape to date “Rich Forever” in my opinion could have been an actual album in itself. After, some critics slammed him for being overly feature heavy on 2010’s “Teflon Don” he realized that in order to have great music and successful sales that this is what’s necessary to make it. One of the things that the G-Unit general, 50 Cent, was a little slow in doing. However, the biggest difference between the two rivals is that Ross has done it successfully.

As a whole, “God Forgives, I Dont” is a great album. There are very few moments where the album lulls or you feel the need to skip a track. His features compliment him and every song seamlessly except for the All-Star line up on “3 Kings” featuring Dr. Dre & Jay-Z. This is the worst song on the album. With such heavy weights as Dre & Jay-Z the bars are lackluster and forgettable at best and the beat is very basic. Aside from this blemish Ross keeps the streets fed with his now infamous “Maybach Music” series and this time he brings Ne-Yo along for the ride, the street anthem “So Sophisticated” feat Meek Mill and “Hold Me Back.” The latter is my least favorite because it sounds like “Acting Up” off of the MMG Presents: Self Made, Vol 2 album. Ross tries to embody his Notorious B.I.G. sex symbol swag on the tracks “Presidential” feat Elijah Blake, “Ice Cold” feat Omarion, “Touchin You” feat Usher and “Diced Pineapples” feat Wale & Drake.

In addition to the features mentioned above Andre 3000, Nas, Stalley & John Legend make appearances on Rozay’s fifth opus. I can honestly say that Ross has made me a convert and the rest of the summer will belong to MMG. Im glad to know that God forgives even if Ross doesn’t but this album is pleasantly doesn’t require him to apologize for anything. Make sure you all cop this album when it drops on 7/31.

As I told you in the welcoming of Hello World,  “this blog is for the uninhibited, the unabashed but definitely for the faint of heart,” so let’s come out the gate swinging. Now I know some of you may be wondering what are True Lies? Well you know exactly what they are but for those of you still a little slow on the uptake, it those loosely told truths that skate the line of prevarication. The answer to questions that are as vague as possible, to say absolutely nothing but appear to say a lot without providing any detail. Yes those are True Lies! Now the question of importance that you should be asking yourselves is what could that possibly have to do with anything that I could post about? Well I want to discuss and explore its significance in music focusing on the major revelation recently by Frank Ocean. Frank Ocean, front man for controversial group Odd Future, announced on the day of American Freedom (July 4th) via an open letter that he was indeed a bi-sexual man. We are not going to discuss or judge the complexity of the moral implications of homosexuality but rather the truth of his sexuality, will it have an effect on his success.

Music like the entire world has been engrossed in homosexuality since the beginning of time. However, due to ignorance and bigotry, homosexuality operates on a dont ask, dont tell policy. Some of the greatest artist, composers, musicians, writers are and their sexuality has no effect on their genius, their gift. Yet we dont want to know and in the cases where we do want to know, marketing and the powers that be tell us that we dont want to know and homosexuality is a blight on mankind. This unspoken fact is ironic because music thrives on authenticity. Hip Hop is built on being “real” and if your realness is proven anything less than you’re career can end. If you need a reference point let’s remember the life and career of one Jeffery “Ja Rule” Adkins. R&B is not as bad, in my opinion, as Hip Hop but you still have to sell an image and for men they are to be a sex symbol to women and for women to men. The legendary Luther Vandross was homosexual but still sold the heterosexual lifestyle for sales. Pop culture has Elton John and the list goes on…

In the case of Frank Ocean, he has not yet released his debut album, still building a strong foundation and fan base and learning and maneuvering the industry. Yes his mixtape “Nostalgia, Ultra,” his many features with the who’s who of urban music and various songwriting credits show that he is a very talented artist. However, we as a society are not the most accepting of things different. Are we ready to rally behind and champion and openly bi sexual artist? If we are now in that position why is it that artist like Queen Latifah, Kanye West, Missy Elliott, Tank and Da Brat (just to name a few – allegedly) are homosexual/bisexual and we dont embrace them where they can be open with it, if they chose to? We blackball and alienate people for so much less.

Could it be that Mr. Ocean aware of this and in fact a pure genius and sees the marketing ploy and cash potential in outing himself as a member of the gay community to deflect and possibly even quash and thought that his group is homophobic. Is it possible to have a homophobic group when at least half of the group is openly/privately homosexual? Is it irrelevant if the other members are homosexual because in the grand scheme of things they are unknown nobodies? Does Frank now become the universal champion of gay rights and have their undying support? Now his material is great lyrical and sonic content that is anything but offensive and this differs from some of the material that his counterparts pop out. But could he do it? If he’s successful will that cause labels to embrace their homosexual artist and encourage them to out themselves or will they just scout for homosexual talent?

The reality of the matter is this, he may be successful because he is filling a void that music is missing but truthfully this is going to make his journey and career even harder. The truth is we support Frank. The true lie is that the machine is not going to give him the push that he deserves because he decide to liberate himself. In addition to that, they are clueless on how to market that type of artist and why lose money trying to get it right.  Id be lying to say that as of this moment, with the body of work Frank Ocean has produced he is definitely the truth.

Make sure you go cop Frank Ocean’s “Channel Orange” on July 17th.

True Lies

Hello world!

In the immortal words of Jay-Z, “You’re now tuned into the mf’n GREATEST!” You have now been Excommunicated From The Future and its a guaranteed ride of epic proportions.

First and foremost this is not a blog about aliens or extra terrestrials being but the breeding ground of randomness. Welcome to the mind of insanity, passion and the over opinionated. Take all preconceived notions and rationale and throw them out of the window as you get comfortable in my mental padded walls. Maybe just maybe, you will be able to see things from a slightly enjoyable, yet skewed, point of view.

This blog was ever so aptly titled this because its not only the name of the next album (we’ll delve into that later) but also because I want people to be forward thinking as we discuss music, politics, fashion, television/movies and anything else that tickles my fancy. This is for the uninhibited, the unabashed but definitely not for the faint of heart.

So welcome and let’s see where the yellow brick road takes us…

Trey Luva