The Game “Big Dreams”
Fresh off an 8 day bid from a weapons charge, Jayceon Taylor aka The Game dropped this menacing street single off of his last album (yeah right), L.A.X. in mid-March. Hoping to rekindle the fire that Cool & Dre laced on “Hate It Or Love It”, “Big Dreams” features another classic soul sample, amid big bass and epic horns. The Game mostly spits bravado-filled lyrics peppered with subliminal disses and name-dropping galore, but he at least sounds hungry. I was a big fan of The Documentary and The Doctor’s Advocate, but his sophomore set sounded a little deflated at times (see “Scream On’Em” and “Da Sh**”). Glad to hear one of the best in the West is back at it.
Jay-Z “I Know” Irn Mnky remix
When Shawn Carter released the accapella version of American Gangster, it didn’t generate the fanfare that came with the The Black Album (see The Brown Album and The Grey Album). However, some creative individuals were able to rework Jay-Z’s lyrical wizardry into their own concept albums. Newcomer Irn Mnky was crafted A Very British American Gangster filled with the Jay’s tracks built from British rock samples. Not all of it works, but “Hello Brooklyn” (Oasis), “Pray” (The Verve) and “I Know” are definite standouts. Somehow, Irn Mnky makes Jay-Z’s lyrics sound even more poignant than on Pharell‘s addictive beat.