[2L's Rewind] The Game’s “The Documentary” 10 Years Later (Review)

January 18, 2015 marked the 10 year anniversary of The Game’s “The Documentary” album. This audio dope was produced by several great beat makers such as Dr. Dre, Kanye West, Just Blaze, Buckwild, and Timberland. The album had several guest appearances including Eminem, 50 cent, Nate Dogg (RIP), Busta Rhymes, and Mary J. Blige just to name a few.

The album at the time sold nearly 600,000 units the first week and later ended up selling over 5 million copies worldwide. This album, at the time, put The Game as the face of West Coast hip-hop and crowned him the King of California. Honestly the only reason why this album made commercial success because of those main two dope single “How We Do” and “Hate or Love It”. “Hate or Love It” is a classic which put The Game in the Grammy conversation and the song was nominated for best rap song and performance by duo or group for that song. “Dreams” which was produced by Kanye West is arguably the best song on the album due to the dope sample beat and real conscious hardcore lyrics displayed by Chuck Taylor. The darkest moments of the album in my opinion made the album is certified banger. “Start from Scratch” featuring Marsha Ambrosius (who was signed to Aftermath at the time) is the most played song on the album and I will say this my favorite joint due to dark sounds of Dr. Dre and Scott Storch with The Game revealing his confessions of fire. “Runnin” is another all time favorite on this album. The song is produced by Hi-Tek which is known at the time for being sample heavy producer took this song to another level with this dark beat.

10 years later I’m say that this The Documentary is still a classic. The Game received a good amount of assistance in promotional push for his debut album with all those super producers and features. He also proved many wrong on his 2nd album “Doctors Advocate” by recording album without big name producers and heavy features and still putting a major dent in sales. After listening to this album in 2015, the album is still great because it is relevant 10 years later and that is saying a lot these days considering what’s being put on high pedestals in the hip hop world. The question for our followers is: Is “The Documentary” better than “Good Kid M.A.D. City”? We will save that post later! Happy Birthday to The Documentary

ARTIST TO WATCH: KEHLANI

Kehlani is making waves on the music scene and grabbing everyone’s attention. Don’t let the tattoos fool you. The 19-year-old Bay Area songstress’s voice will sweep you away as she perfectly blends R&B and Soul.

Although the “FWU” singer dropped her debut project Cloud 19 back in August, she’s been active in music since she was in 8th grade.

Kehlani began her singing career as the lead vocalist in the band Poplyfe, who came in fourth place in season 6 of “America’s Got Talent.” She’s also a dancer and showcases her talents in her videos.

From then the young singer continued to pursue her vision. Kehlani definitely sets herself apart from other artists. Also known as the First Lady of HBK, Kehlani mixes her musical influences as well as a little bit of Oakland in her music.

The queen of the Tsunami Mob is currently touring with G-Eazy on the second half of his “From The Bay To The Universe” tour.

The tour is making it’s way to Nashville Saturday, Jan. 24th at Marathon Music Works and you can check out Kehlani’s talents yourself.

Check out her mixtape Cloud 19 below:

[VIDEO] Eric Bellinger ft. 2 Chainz- Focused On You

Grammy-Award winning crooner, Eric Bellinger released a new single entitled “Focused On You” last month and today he returns with a visual to follow-up. The song is an instant favorite as it samples the classic Nas track “Oochie Wallie.” With the help of Mya enhancing the vocals and the production of Dernst Miles II, a new club favorite has came into fruition. The Focused On You video features cameos from Tyrese, Mya, Kid Ink, and Love & Hip Hop Hollywood’s Mally Mall. The LA shot visual also features 2Chainz relaying his verse. Be on the lookout for Eric Bellinger’s forthcoming album, Cuffing Season.

[EVENTS] JellyRoll Talks His Growth in Music, Performs for Sold Out Crowd (Photo + Video Recap)

Over the past few months Nashville’s Jellyroll has been on the road touring to promote his music as well as prepare the world for forthcoming album. While his shows have been doing exceptionally well on the road, Jelly Roll returned to Nashville, TN last night and was welcomed to a sold out show. As lines filled prior to doors opening, we talked with Jelly Roll and he discussed his growth in music and future plans of an album. Jelly performed with a live band and took on many of the crowd’s favorite songs as they chanted lyrics word for word.

Be on the lookout for more music and shows from Jelly Roll, photography provided by Andre and video bliss provided by Jama.

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*NEW MUSIC* Tre Stoner – No Reason

This afternoon, at 4:20 p.m., Tre Stoner dropped a new track that is way above Nashville temperatures. AKA IT’S HOT.  With lyrical scenes of getting faded, wrapped around a mellow-hype beat, No Reason has the type of wavy vibe that feels good to listen to. Together with DJ Radical, Tre has been continuing to explore and expand his style, making him the wild card of the scene right now. This track in particular dances around the pop genre while still maintaining a strong 808 trap beat, setting it apart from anything he’s previously released.

After setting a tone like this, 2015 is the year to watch Tre Stoner.

[MIXTAPE] S.W.O.L.E- Misguided Youth

Clarksville duo, S.W.O.L.E releases a fresh mixtape entitled “Misguided Youth.” While we glorify various industry pushed artists, there’s always hardworking underground emcees that are staying hungry and releasing content that can’t go unheard. The Clarksville collective’s new project features various tracks that welcome notable samples and original beats. Misguided Youth is presented by two young men who have a laid back vibe that push subject matter that steers away from what ‘rap’ is today. Tracks like Misguided Youth, which samples Teedra Moses’ Rescue Me, capture the essence of everything S.W.O.L.E reperesents.

The mixtape features production from Free P, Brassknuckles, Linky Link, and more. You can also catch tracks featuring fellow Clarksville standout Tim Gent. Check out the Misguided Youth mixtape below.

Rome Fortune & OG Maco Release Collaborative EP Entitled ‘Yep’

Quiet as it is kept, both RomeForture and OGMaco had a pretty awesome 2014.Fortune has had great success with his Beautiful Pimp I & II releases as well as his eclectic 11-track Small VVorld album. Fortune’s unique sound has worked quite well for the Atlanta native. OG Maco,introduced through his U Guessed It, also hails from Atlanta. Maco’s breakout track allowed him to quickly grace the platforms of some of the most influential web outlets. The two collaborated for their latest EP entitled YEP, which features notable production from 808 Mafia, Childish Major, Cubby, Ben Pramuk, and many more. If you’re use to the more recent sounds coming out of Atlanta, GA, this project probably isn’t for you. However, if you understand the different approach these two each hold on their own, you’ll better accept the project.

A few of our favorite tracks include:

Pearls (prod. by Childish Major), which undoubtably holds a feel for something we’d hear from Kid Cudi. Both Fortune and Maco bring their different, creative sounds to this track. Childish Major NEVER disappoints.

Yep (prod. by TM88 of 808 Mafia), 808 Mafia is band of creatives that have been setting fire to anything they touch. In this track, we get a more vibrant, hyped feel for Rome as he even states ‘got me rapping like a Maco.’ With the project being titled ‘Yep,’ this is a track that had to be heat.

Riot (prod. by LC on the Traxx) -this track showcases the screaming heat from Maco we all oddly love. Maco touches on the growing controversy behind artists like Iggy Azalea and Macklemore as far as their take on the rap game. The gentrification of the hip hop/rap genres of music is the focus point on this song, which we enjoy that Maco doesn’t hold his tongue on this topic.

[2L's Spotlight] Nashville Emcee, Burman Offers ‘Free’ Knowledge

Its quite easy to recollect memories in 2010of Nashville native, Burman, standing in closed circles rapping in the streets of Huntsville, AL for an annual rap event to showcase your talents. Although many could not see the talent in the Oakwood University student, it was clear that he and his Free Nation family were well beyond their time.

Fast forwarding to the present, Burman has continued to work hard at his craft and build a solid foundation for his name. Burman isn’t your ordinary emcee as he focuses his raps over beats that relay a 1999 feel and raps of original subject matter. After releasing his Nothing To Something EP last year, Burman has immediately began writing new content to keep his listeners on their toes. Recently, he released a new tracks entitled Slick Weak & Letterman. Both tracks are offerings that showcase a nostalgic approach. It is evident that the South is the battlegrounds for some of the most unique emcees coming into the game seeking to shed the light on the original hip hop culture. Check out some of Burman’s tracks below and get more familar with him via Soundcloud.

Letterman (prod. by 808 Beats)


 

Slick Weak (prod. by GoldSoul)

[VIDEO] Dej Loaf Performs “Try Me” in Nashville, TN |

This past Friday, Pearllion & @Miami Mike brought Detroit artist Dej Loaf to Nashville, TN. The event was pretty close to a sold out show as a crowd formed outside Anthem Nightclub in chilling, rainy weather. The environment was nothing more than a city coming out in support of your local promoters as well as loads of fans who wanted to see Dej Loaf.

Performing various songs off her most recent project “$ell Sole” and the crowd knew just about every song word for word. 2Ls’ Andre aka ‘Arowgant’, which we love saying that just as much as he does, was out covering the event and provides you with video footage as well as photos from Friday’s event. To hold you over on our photo recap, check out the video footage (edited by Jama) below. Photos will be on our Facebook Fanpage and the site sooner than later.

Young Buck ft. 50 Cent & Tony Yayo- Bring My Bottles + Live in Nashville, Jan. 24

G-Unit/Cashville, TN artist Young Buck unleashes a new video for his current single “Bring My Bottles.” The track features 50 Cent and Tony Yayo and the visual displays the Unit back together doing what they do best, inviting women to their area, showering them with bottles, and living life. The good ole days of the Straight Outta Cashville release are back in full effect and what better way to release a new video from the Nashville artist than to do a show as well?

The Unit will all be in Nashville, TN on January 24 for a Reunion show at Limelight Event Center. The event will welcome the entire camp and will more than likely be a sold out show. Ticket information coming sooner than later. In the meantime check out Young Buck’s Bring My Bottles video below. The video was directed by Eif Rivera and 50 Cent.