– Diddy’s album is beautiful. It’s lush, complicated, lyrical (even if they’re not his lyrics), and sweeping. It’s quite possibly the best album I’ve heard this year.
– The VH1 Hip-Hop Honors was pretty cool last night. It’s always fun to see old heads (and semi-old heads)perform hits and get love. Nothing terribly special to remark on that I remember, put I like the fact that it’s turned into an annual thing. Nice for hip-hop to have something like that.
– This man will absolutely not stop. He can’t stop. He doesn’t know how to stop. If he is not the unquestionable king, of rap, of self-promotion, of New York, of hip-hop marketing, then somebody please tell me who is.
– Hi-Tek’s new album is also very good. He’s been a highly underrated beatsmith for quite some time. The Reflection Eternal album that he and Talib Kweli did was a straight-through, no fast-forwarding work of low-key brilliance. He’s gotten some shine (and press) of late because he somehow managed to become one of G-Unit’s semi- in-house producers. Whether it’s for Billion-Dollar Budget Jackson or underground stalwarts, he makes bangers, and Hi-Teknology 2 holds true to that.