Is it just me or is rap starting to resemble the NBA with all the top talent aggregating to the same teams. The most commercially successful and the eldest senior lineup is the Aftermath crew with Dr. Dre, Eminem and 50 Cent. Which with Em’s return to the rap game has been steady on the chart with Dr. Dre making noise that he’s finally ready to unleash “Detox”, and 50’s baby bro Lloyd Banks growing to making good on the promise he showed when G Unit burst onto the scene. Theres Grand Hustle who’s momentum has been slowed by their General’s penchant for getting pinched by the police. All the same Grand Hustle is the home of B.o.B. who put in his bid for rookie of the year with his album, Eightball & MJG making noise with strong single from their album, the signing of the always esteemed Killer Mike who is getting ready to release an addition to his “I Pledge Allegiance to the Grind” series, and Young Dro prepping his “P.O.L.O.” album which should be as fresh as the clothes in his videos. Then you have the Young Money juggernaut who, love them or hate them ( personally I love it) have smashed the charts. The trifecta of Lil Wayne, Drake, and Nicki Minaj has proven themselves in a way everyone is waiting on the Miami Heat to and with Tyga, Mack Maine, and Shanell (watch) waiting in the wings, Young Money is riding their wave until it breaks. They are followed by the G.O.O.D. Music crew which has taken over the autumn with Ye’s weekly Good Friday series, Big Sean and CyHi Da Prince releasing mixtapes, signing the always crisp Pusha T to a solo deal, KiD CuDi releasing his anticipated sophomore album, and KanYe deciding to try to rearrange the game with his latest release. While Jay-Z could claim some of that shine as he has been featured on many of the Good Friday joints but that isn’t enough for the Frank Sinatra of the rap game who was one of the group of trailblazers to originally call their label their own. So in a move that parallel’s Push’s signing Jay-Z has signed Jay Electronica to his promising Roc Nation imprint who, with J.Cole who just dropped the quite well received “Friday Night Lights” mixtape, Wale who recently released his “More About Nothing” mixtape and the boss himself, form a pretty formidable frontline themselves. Keeping strong their street cypher credit while getting little Willow Smith to whip her hair straight to the bank teller. This song is how Jay Elechanukkah announced his occasion of signing on the dotted line. Shouts to Nah Right? for the .mp3.
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