Who the F*$@ is Slim Jesus?!

By now, many of you have gotten word of the latest craze on the Internet; it’s a music video by an 18-year-old white rapper from Hamilton, OH who goes by the name “Slim Jesus.” If you’re like me, you might be wondering how the hell this kid blew up out of nowhere and why is the hip hop community rallying behind such a mediocre and generic song? To be more specific, this video has landed placement on blogs such as HotNewHipHop, Complex, HipHopDX, and of course, WorldStarHipHop. He has already received co-signs and shout outs from industry figures like Lil Bibby, Meek Mill, Twista, Diplo, and DJ Akademiks. He has exactly three songs on his SoundCloud, the oldest of which was uploaded two months ago. He had zero online presence prior to this video going viral. If upcoming artists are given this level of exposure and it is not earned through the merit of their hard work and/or talent, then what is it? Their skin color, a gimmick, sex appeal, shock value…? I think the answer is clear in this situation.

Public Enemy put out a great video with a positive message less than a month ago that has garnered over a quarter million views and a quick Google search will show that it’s nowhere to be found on any of these sites. Hell, Chicago drill rappers Dae Dot and Reesemoneybagz released a song that is arguably far superior to Slim’s months ago and they rap over the same beat. And yet, their version flew under the radar; I wonder why? It’s moments like this in hip-hop that makes one question if the acquisition of a dollar holds more value than the love and appreciation of the art. Is that extra traffic to your website or likes on your social media post more important than respecting the craft?

[video] Rapper Lil’ Spank Commemorates “Black August” From a Level 4 Prison

Nothing can stop a message that needs to be heard. As many examples of literature have shown since the 20th century, not even prison. In the 21st century, however, the platforms from which prison literature can reach the People has expanded into the world of technology. Penned, recorded and filmed inside of his cell at an undisclosed Level 4 prison in California, Lil’ Spank’s “Black August” attests to this new power at prisoners’ disposal.

Here is some more info on the video from it’s YouTube descritption:

To commemorate Black August 2015, Lil Spank Booty and MaeJAH League concocted a visual experience that functions as both a music video for his new single “Black August,” as well as a collage of hundreds of years of Black history.

“Sity By Da Border” mixtape coming soon!

Produced by: Signed X

Spank is currently serving a 37 year bid on trumped up charges for armed robbery and multiple accounts of assault with a deadly weapon.

[artwork + tracklist] Summertime ’06 – Vince Staples

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With hip-hop constantly being scrutinized for its lack of artists with substance and oversaturation of artists who glorify the street life, Vince Staples could not have came on the scene at a better time. Unlike many artists over the years, Vince is not trying to sell an image or exploit the lifestyle that exists in urban communities across the country–he shares his personal story, giving fans a raw perspective of what that life is like from someone who has really lived it.

In his interviews, Vince is very unapologetic and outspoken–never shying away from expressing his views concerning social issues, his personal life and the state of hip-hop, among other things. His voice, on and off the mic, reflects many of the same thoughts shared by the unheard, overlooked and largely misunderstood youth of today. He has so far managed to generate widespread support and critical acclaim without having to compromise his artistic integrity, all while signed to a major label. It’s not too often that somone with his background gets this type of opportunity.

Given Vince’s already impressive catalogue, I have no doubt Summertime ’06 will meet, if not surpass expectations. Check out the tracklist after the jump.

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