It’s been two years since Mac Miller‘s last studio album, but his latest project GO:OD AM proves he hasn’t missed a beat. The album’s lead single “100 Grandkids” is a wellspring of witty metaphors and introspective lyrics, some of which Mac broke down in a new interview with Genius. With lines like “What’s a God without a little O.D.?” and “You put the ‘ho’ in honest baby” his commentary is as rewarding as the the lines themselves. Enjoy the video above and check out the lyrics with annotations from Mac Miller himself below.
Say what you will about Joe Budden; he’s probably heard it all. A veteran whose career spans a dozen years, and which has straddled both mainstream success and underground dominance — namely as member of the hyper-lyrical supergroup Slaughterhouse — Budden’s story is quite a tale. Though his tumultuous love life has taken the spotlight in recent years, the Jersey vet instead spoke candidly with Genius‘ new manager of artist relations, Rob Markman, about Shady Records /Interscope label head, Eminem.
During their nearly 10 minutes talk, Budden and Markman scrutinize “Slaughtermouse”, a track off of Joe’s upcoming third studio album, All Love Lost. The track has already been labeled as a “diss track” to some and to others an open letter, while Joe, himself, refer’s to it as his version of Em’s foreboding Marshall Mathers LP hit, “Stan”. The discourse spans several topics, including: Joe and Em sharing a similar path such as addiction to drugs and lover’s quarrels with their respective significant others, Joe surmising that Em’s superstardom would mean success for himself and Slaughterhouse, and Joe weighing in on how impactful “My Name Is” would be if it were released in 2015.
Check out the video for yourself above, as well as the lyrics to “Slaughtermouse” with verified annotations by Joe below. Also be sure to see Joe Budden and Rob Markman live, as panelists during SOURCE360, which kicks off today and goes on through Sunday — get information and tickets here.
Please join us and attend the Second Annual SOURCE360 Festival & Experience in Brooklyn, September17-20th. SOURCE360 celebrates the innovation and creativity inspired by the positive use of Hip-Hop and represents NYC’s and Brooklyn’s diverse cultural tapestry! Last year’s SOURCE360 featured over twenty events and took place over a four-day period. It was a big success for the borough and attracted over 30,000 attendees. We hope to make this year’s event even better! For more information, be sure to check out our official press release and details here.
After maintaining a steady upward trajectory within the underground rap sect, Def Jam‘s best kept secret, Vince Staples dropped a scorcher of a debut album with Summertime ’06. With ubiquitous high praise pouring in across the blogosphere, Staples took some time out to provide a first-hand break down of the album’s lyrics and concepts with the folks over at Genius. In his annotations, he provides some insight into his rhymes, his neighborhood of Long Beach, California and even his hilarious (but understandable) obsession with Fetty Wap:
This guy is Luther Vandross! I’m a fan, bro. When I say I like Fetty Wap, people think I’m trying to be funny…My feelings be so hurt, bro. Fetty Wap is damn near Santa Claus!
He also had a interesting stance on the world’s perception of Long Beach inhabitants as well as prejudice in general:
Everyone thinks we drive low riders and wear Dickies. Not to hit on Dickies ‘cause they got some shit, but I’m not putting that fucking suit on. That’s what they think this community is, bro. That shit sucks. I’ve never seen that shit before!
Until people really see themselves within other people, they can’t genuinely care for their betterment. It’s hard to understand and respect things that are different than us. We need to start looking at each other eye-to-eye.
to read all of Vince Staples colorful commentary and purchase Summertime ’06 here.