Playing Catch Up In The 4th Quarter… 50+ Reviews In 100 Days. Will It Get Done?

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So it’s obvious I am super far behind on some these fantastic album reviews all of our favorite artists have brought us this year. As we are 13 days into the 4th quarter of the year its time to catch the f*ck up  and get these reviews in. After doing so, you already know I’m going to deliver that Top 50 albums/projects of the year that first week of January! I want to thank everyone that has supported me and the blog. Thanks to everyone who has delivered constructive criticism and good feedback for me to deliever better write ups. And of course, thanks to everyone who Retweets or shares my post with their peers on social media, friends and family! Most importantly thank you for being patient as f*ck with your boy when I don’t post things on time or just still haven’t posted a specific write up yet. LIFES HARD and I stay super busy outside of doing these reviews. BUT I’M LOCKED IN BABY LETS GET IT.

ALSO……

Anyone who would like to colab on any of the upcoming reviews let me know. If you would like to do write up on a project I am not covering or a sports hot take or prediction write up, let me know!!! Jam gave the blog its first sports write up with that Canelo x GGG post and my gawd its doing numbers. (Thank you again for that). Any who, below is the groupings of how I will be posting the remaining reviews needed to be done. The group was randomly generated and I may tweak the weekly postings BUT it gives you an idea of what is to come! 53 post and 105 days……. this isn’t including projects to be released yet. Can I get it done? Let’s see.


Group 1

Nav & Metro Boomin’ – Perfect Timing

T Pain & Lil Wayne – T-Wayne

Kehlani -SweetSexySavage

Dave East – Paranoia: A True Story


Group 2

Kendrick Lamar – Damn

Oddisee – The Iceberg

Future – HNDRXX

Machine Gun Kelly- Bloom


Group 3

2 Chainz – Pretty Girls Like Trap Music

Freddie Gibbs – You Only Live 2wice

Smino-Blackswn

Trey Songz – Tremaine The Album


Group 4

Lupe Fiasco – DROGAS Light

Joey Bada$$ – ALL-AMERIKKKAN BADA$$

DJ Khaled – Grateful

Vic Mensa – The Autobiography


Group 5

Action Bronson – Blue Chips 7000

French Montana – Jungle Rules

 Young Thug – Beautiful Thugger Girls


Group 6

Khalid- American Teen

SZA- Ctrl

Rick Ross – Rather You Than Me

Future – Future


Group 7

Lil B – Black Ken

Bryson Tiller – True To Self

XXXTENTACION – 17

Vince Staples – Big Fish Theory


Group 8

Stormzy-Gang Signs & Prayer

A$AP Mob- Cozy Tapes Vol. 2

WizKid – Sounds From The Other Side

Daniel Caesar- Freudian


Group 9

Brockhampton Saturation I & II

Yo Gotti – Gotti Made It

Lil Uzi Vert – Luv is Rage 2

Jimmy Blade- Thoughts In My Head E.P


Group 10

Kodak Black – Painting Pictures

H.E.R-H.E.R Vol 2

Ed Sheeran – ÷

Russ- There’s Really A Wolf


Group 11

Tyler The Creator – Scum F–k Flower Boy

Jang-The Start

MadeinTYO- True’s – World EP


Group 12

Meek Mill – Wins and Losses

21 Savage – ISSA

Young Dolph-Bulletproof

Aminé – Good For You


Group 13

Kodak Black – Project Baby 2

Kap G – SupaJefe

A$AP Twelvyy- 12


Group 14

Wale – SHINE

Lil Yachty- Teenage Emotions

Ace Hood – Trust The Process


Group 15

Boogie Raw – 1plus1equals2

Logic – Everybody

SOMO- My LIFE III


SPORTS POST:

Redoing the ESPN’s NBA TOP 100 Players (Colab Project)

NBA PREVIEW


Non-Reviews:

Song Of Summer 2k17


 

**LET ME KNOW IF I AM MISSING A KEY PROJECT PLEASE AND REACH OUT IF YOU WERE INTERESTED IN WRITING A PIECE OR COLABORATING. LOVE YOU ALL**

Twitter: @SuaveMontana

 

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CANELO VS. GGG : A Throwback Fight For The Future Of Boxing

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The farce is over.

6.5 million Viewers tuned in to watch what was billed as the “biggest fight of the year”. Wrong. That fight is still on the horizon. I may be a Mayweather stan, but there is no way you could sell me TBE vs amateur boxer as FOY. YOU CAN’T SELL ME ON THAT SHIT, PERIOD.

Okay, I bought it lol. I enjoyed it. The fight was cool.

However, it was not the biggest fight of the year. Shit, it won’t be the biggest fight of the last 30 days once September 16th hits. If you are not hip; we get to see pound for pound kings Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin, square off in the ring for all the glory. Boxing fans had been clamoring for this matchup before the ink on the Mayweather vs Pacquiao fight had even dried.

Yet once again Alvarez and Golovkin have found themselves upstaged by a Mayweather super fight. I’m here to bring fire to this contest again, so let’s take it back to the beginning.

Saul Alvarez caught the world’s attention on the undercard of Mayweather vs Mosley in 2010. He demolished Jose Cotto (Yes, lil brother of Superstar Miguel Cotto) in 9 rounds. In the early stages of Twitter and hashtags, the web was entranced with the baby-faced ginger. Our stereotypical mindsets were boggled at the fact this kid was Mexican, and not Irish. Even more astonishing: He could fight!

Gennady Golovkin, adorned by Mexican fight fans for his engaging fight style, was on the other side of the planet in Kazakhstan. GGG, as the fans call him, was an incredibly decorated Amateur boxer. The complete contrast to Canelo, who only fought a handful and turned professional in Mexico at 15 years old. GGG (said “Triple G”) went 345-5 as an amateur, collecting a host of medals, including a Silver Medal finish at the 2004 Olympics.

Canelo is a two-division World Champ*. He has held titles at both Junior Middleweight and Middleweight. However Alvarez is the catch weight king, and did not win his titles at either weight. Catch weights occur when fighters agree to a weight that is a bit over/under the designated weight class. They are frowned upon in boxing. Canelo has competed in the junior welterweight division of 154 pounds, but has fought more than half of them at a catch weight of 155. His Middleweight title came against Miguel Cotto, in a 155 pound catch weight.

Golovkin is a true middleweight, knowing no other weight class. His run has mirrored that of the great Marvin Hagler. Golovkin holds the WBA, WBC, IBF, and IBO titles. Knocking out almost all his opponents, the heavy handed Olympian has been on a collision course with Mexico’s golden child for years.

This will not be their first encounter. Back in 2011 as the Ginger was quickly growing in popularity, word got out that he met his match in a sparring session at Big Bear. His match was Gennady Golovkin. It is customary that cameras are not allowed into sparring, so all we have is the accounts from people in the gym that day. Stories vary with who won, but the common theme was that it was a war! Most accounts tell a tale of a very mature and experienced Golovkin controlling the session and a very green Canelo hanging tight. This fabled sparring match is a large reason why so many folks believe that Golovkin will be the victor come September 16th.

Sparring is just that though, sparring. It means nothing when those lights come on and those fans are screaming. The goal in sparring is to work on things that need improvement; take risks you wouldn’t in a fight. You are trying to help your sparring partner, it’s a mutually beneficial part of training. It has been 6 years since that sparring. The amount of progression in both fighters makes that day in 2011 void.

It’s now 2017. Both fighters are drastically better. Expect to see a high level of skill and boxing, to see some powerful thuds land, and a test of chins; as both of these fighters are capable of putting the other one down. Both have said they are gunning for the stoppage. And both have taken the necessary steps and prior fights, to win this battle.

Continuing our flashback glimpse into the past, Canelo was embarrassed by Mayweather in September of 2013. He was a 20 year old pup at the time. Alvarez was a heavy handed, come-forward fighter, with no defense. He was slow. He was easily fatigued. All of which are issues no more. While Canelo took his loss in stride, fans however, turned on him. He was ruled out as a joke and his resume was discredited. He was accused of “ducking” the top dogs. HIS ONLY LOSS WAS TO THE BEST FIGHTER OF OUR GENERATION. C’mon people. Canelo then vowed to fight EVERYBODY, he wanted smoke with EV-ER-REE BOD-DEE.

First up. Alfredo Angulo (March 2014). Angulo albeit coming off a loss to 154 king Erislandy Lara, was top 3 in the weight class and a devastating puncher who threw 100 punches per round.

“Angulo would hurt him”. Canelo was said to be ducking him for years. He must have been ducking an assault charge then, because Canelo whooped this man from ring post to ring post, then bus driver uppercutted him for the TKO. Angulo was left crying in the post-fight interview with a face that was unrecognizable.

Lara you can get it too (July 2014). Canelo wasted no time, and hopped back in the ring a few short months later against the Junior Middleweight #1 Erislandy Lara. After Canelo fought Mayweather, people said Canelo would never face a quick, slick, black fighter again. Everyone was trying to avoid the Cuban, Lara. Cubans are well-known for their elite boxing skills. Lara was a bigger and stronger Mayweather (10x more boring though).

“Lara is too slick for Canelo”. This fight sucked. As a boxing purist, I do appreciate skills and defense. What I don’t appreciate is a guy moving around the ring nonstop without offering any offense. Canelo chased Lara all night. Alvarez might have landed 10 punches to Lara’s head, so he had to settle for ripping the body. Lara threw nothing but jabs, and gave a whole new meaning to “sticking and moving”. In a close fight the judges gave the split decision nod to Canelo.

James Kirkland, the last man Canelo was said to be ducking (May 2015). Kirkland was coming off of a layoff. He was having some life issues that kept him out of the ring, but the guy was a wrecking ball when he was in it. He and his trainer were known for their stringent training. BEAST MODE. Dude trains like cross fit meets Paul Bunyan. Their game plan was to go in a drop bombs on Canelo and see if he could take them; a lot of folks did not think Canelo could.

“Kirkland is going to stop Canelo early”. Canelo made easy work of Kirkland. He literally knocked James onto WorldStarHipHop. The knockout was all over twitter. Canelo took those Kirkland bombs on the chin, and dispelled critics who said he could not take a punch. He did to Kirkland what Kirkland was supposed to do to him.

Miguel Cotto Superfight (November 2015). Cotto is a legend of the sport, we all know that. Canelo had improved so much, and looked so good post his Mayweather loss, that Cotto was the underdog.

“50-50 fight”. That was. Canelo clearly controlled the fight, but Cotto showed he still had what it takes. Cotto effectively moved and pawed his jab, giving some new angles and looks. However, it did not matter, because Canelo was making him miss with some head movement we had never seen before. Canelo was landing huge shots, and putting together beautiful combos. Alvarez took the W in 12.

Canelo then went on to knock fringe contender Amir Khan into shameful dick pics and a divorce from his wife, he gutted UK contender Liam Smith, and embarrassed his childhood rival and Mexico’s other golden boy, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.

The pride of Mexico has developed into a smooth boxer with: good footwork, a solid body attack, steady combinations, slick defense, and KO power shots. The boy is ready.

Golovkin’s road has involved a lot less drama. He is undefeated and top 5 pound for pound after all. Golovkin has completely cleaned out his division. His naysayers will say that in doing so, he avoids the challenges that can be sought one division lower, or one division higher (he didn’t want that smoke with Andre Ward…).

Nobuhiro Ishida, the Japanese KO Artist? GGG destroyed him in 3 rounds.

Matthew Macklin, the skilled Irish? GGG destroyed him in 3 rounds.

Curtis Stevens, the hard hitter from NY who made a rap video with gangbangers about Golovkin’s funeral? GGG buried him in 8 rounds.

Daniel Geale, the crafty Aussie? GGG destroyed him in 3 rounds.

Marco Antonio Rubio, the fearless Mexican who will actually not be terrified of Golovkin? GGG made him quit in 2 rounds.

Martin Murray, the tough Britt? Well he was tough at least. GGG beat him for 11 rounds.

Willie Monroe Jr. He is slick and black, GGG can’t box with him right? GGG boxed his ass to the canvas in 2.

David Lemieux? Finally a real challenge! David has all the tools to beat GGG. Sike. GGG went to a new level and stopped him in 8.

Dominic Wade? DC what up! He putting on for my City! GGG crunched him 2 rounds (I’m from Northern Virginia anyway).

Can this guy be beat? He is unstoppable right? Well his last two fights got it interesting.

Kell Brook, the 147 elite. GGG and his trainer, Abel Sanchez, bad-mouthed Canelo (as did the entire boxing world) for fighting Amir Khan. Amir Khan was a strong 147 contender, Canelo was a champ at 154 and 160. Canelo’s KO was inevitable. Then we all got the shock of our lives when GGG announced he would do the same damn thing and fight Kell Brook. Kell was Khan’s rival. Khan and Brook should have been fighting, and Canelo and GGG should have been fighting.

Whatever. Kell is supremely skilled, and apparently has big balls, because he called out the kingpin 2 weight classes above him. GGG surprisingly accepted.

“GGG will walk through him in the first round”. In what was supposed to be a breeze and walk through, Kell Brook turned out to be GGG’s toughest fight ever. Brook was buzzed early and then rallied to dominate Golovkin over the next few rounds. However, Brook had a pre-existing eye injury and GGG made it even worst. He straight broke his eye socket, and it started to weigh on Kell. The fight ended with Kell’s corner throwing in the towel during the 5th round. Kell could not see and was starting to take unnecessary punishment. If that eye could have held up, we might have been in for a real show!

While Golovkin was breezing through the Middleweight division. There was a few credible guys who he had not fought. Daniel Jacobs and Peter Quillin were champs and skilled fighters with power, but neither seemed interested in fighting the man child Golovkin. They fought each other, and Quillin was shocked by a big punch in the first round from Jacobs. Jacobs felt he was finally ready for GGG.

“Jacobs just is not good enough to beat GGG, he’ll be stopped in the middle rounds”. This fight was slow early, Jacobs seemed timid in respect of Golovkins power. Then boom, GGG hit Jacobs with a clean shot and sent him to the canvas in round 4. We had seen this before, we knew what was coming. So we thought. Jacobs tasted that power and realized he could handle it. He got up and rallied off rounds. Each round extremely close though. Jacobs was landing the big shots and walking GGG down. GGG was resetting to the middle of the ring and landing clean jabs and combos himself. Big punches were exchanged. These guys had 35 consecutive knockouts coming in. However they both refused to get knocked out. Jacobs, the hometown native, had Madison Square Garden in a frenzy. He was giving GGG all he could handle. I thought he had pulled out a one point win, the judges had it one point the other way. Golovkin escaped.

The boogie man, finally did not look so scary. The defense we thought he had, didn’t look so good the last two fights. His trainer Abel Sanchez used to tell us, GGG would let people hit him to make fights interesting. We actually bought that shit lol. Jacobs and Brook had little trouble hitting GGG, and he sure as hell was not letting them. Neither Jacobs nor Brook said his power was otherworldly. One thing is for certain, those fights will only make GGG even better!

September 16th, 2017 we are in for a treat. PPV stinks, I know. Do yourselves a favor though and get together with some buddies, pitch in 5, and buy this fight. This is history. Canelo has proven to be a problem, but he has never faced anything like GGG. He has never even fought at Middleweight. How will his body be affected? Can he take Golovkin’s punches? Gennady is a destroyer, but he has looked very beatable his last two fights. He is also already 35 years old. Will age get him?

I leave you guys as experts now. Feel free to jump on the web and get into an argument or two now. Or holla at me on Twitter @OfficialJammy. Tune in September 16th on HBO PPV ($79.99HD) for Saul “Canelo” Alvarez vs Gennady “GGG” Golovkin. Who you picking?

 

 

NEW MUSIC ALERT: N.O.R.E. – Uno Mas (Ft. Pharrell)

 

I have actually been waiting on this track for quite sometime. I;m a big fan of N.O.R.E’s Drink Champ Podcast, which i highly recommend you guys check out on YouTube, and on there he talked about having some fire coming out with his good luck charm Pharrell. But guys I had no idea a song like this was possible……..

N.O.RE and Pharrell give us another hit but the create a banger that has that youthful, spirited, international dance vibe to it. I honestly can not stop dancing to this track. Both artists sound amazing on here man. N.O.R.E is real gritty but sounds great on this colorful track. This showcases more of Pharrell’s talents in my opinion but who cares. This song is dope and both these artists are LEGENDS. Please have a listen to this track especially if you are sad Summer is ending. 

Rating: 5/5

A$AP Ferg “Still Striving” Album Review

A$AP Ferg is clearly a star. He has the swagger and charisma though to be a SUPERSTAR. Ferg gave us “Always Strive And Prosper” a year and a half ago and it was a project i definitely enjoyed but,  the reviews were up and down stating it was a set back from his debut “Trap Lord.” Still Striving is considered a commercial mixtape. All the songs are original music, plenty of big features, and posted across all the major streaming services, yet mixtape is the classification  many media outlets are going with. My biggest question that i had before listening to this was, Is “Still Striving,” with its big high-profile guest list, the project where Ferg takes that big step forward into becoming a superstar?! Lets dive in!


MY TOP 5 SONGS

5. Trap And A Dream

Trap And A Dream was a perfect way to start this project off… Ferg teams up with Meek on here and they show the f*ck out man. Ferg’s flow is as good as anyone in the game today. He brought the aggressive bars on here and they hit hard! This may be the second time Meek has teamed up with Ferg and honestly, they sound perfect together! I think it has to do with both artist’s energy. It’s simply unmatched. The beat also was made for Meek as he talks his sh*t as usual. His as an intro track set the tone for me and it had myself super hyped to hear the rest of the album.

4. Rubber Band Man

Dipset x A$AP …… HARLEM’S FINEST TEAMED UP! So I’ll say this first, the beat is the strongest component of this track but that doesn’t mean Ferg and Killa did not do their thing. Ferg out shined Cam on here which is expected because it is his song. Cam did his thing his verse was a little lazy but it was still dope. He could have definitely came harder than he did but hey this track is iconic and means a lot to myself and Harlem World!

3. Olympian

Okay so Ferg took us to Harlem on “Rubber Band Man” featuring Killa Cam and we stay in Harlem with this Dave East feature! The bounce and tempo on here is something serious. Ferg has a great ear for beats, if you all didn’t know this already! Dave East goes crazy and puts the beat in a body bag and Ferg just straight unzips the bag and just unleashes on it again. The hook is is a slight kitchen fire but that plus these two spitting fire on here… yeah you get the picture. Oh and that Serena bar GEEKS!

2. Plain Jane

So i heard this song a few months back and its honestly still one of my favorite songs this year since being released! Ferg basically mimics “Slob on My Knob” with the chorus. But with his verses, he lights yet another fire. Ferg’s flow man….it’s really something else. The production on this track was A1 and one of my favorite sounds on the album. Nice hearing a song by Ferg with no features too.

1. Mattress (Remix)

Mattress…Mattress…Mattress…Mattress…Mattress…Mattress. Okay let me stop. This song embodies A$AP Mob’s classic sound. One of the reason’s this is my favorite track on here. The Ferg x Rocky back and forth on here brought back memories of  that dope freestyle they had years ago where they were going off the top and exchanging dope bars with humorous punchlines. They are quite the duo man. Like can we get a joint project? Sheesh.  They made the back and forth on here sound pretty competitive which was only right with this heavy ass beat! Famous Dex, Rich The Kid and Carti both did their thing on here. I know Carti runs with the mob and all but is Dex an affiliate too?? Love This Song!


TRACKLIST AND SONG BREAKDOWN

1. Trap and a Dream feat. Meek Mill (4.6/5)

2. Rubber Band Man feat. Cam’ron (4.6/5)

3. Olympian feat. Dave East (4.75/5)

4. Aww Yeah feat. Lil Yachty (4/5)

5. What Do You Do feat. NAV(4/5)

6. Coach Cartier feat. Famous Dex (4/5)

7. Mad Man feat. Playboi Carti (4/5)

8. Plain Jane (5/5)

9. Nasty (Who Dat) feat. Migos (4.3/5)

10. Mattress (Remix) feat. Famous Dex, Rich The Kid, Playboi Carti, & A$AP Rocky (5/5)

11. One Night Savage feat. MadeinTYO (4/5)

12. East Coast (Remix) feat. Snoop Dogg, Rick Ross, French Montana, Dave East, A$AP Rocky, & Busta Rhymes (4.4)

13. Nandos (4.3/5

14. Tango feat. Kanobby (3.7/5)


I won’t beat around the bush here. I’ll make this short and sweet. Ferg is a good f*cking rapper who has a GREAT ear for beats. The man really is talented and I think we should realize this by now. I had a SLIGHT issue with this project though. This was another project by him that’s feature heavy and not enough Ferg. On top of this being feature heavy, sometimes you forget, on some tracks, that this is a Ferg song/project and think it belongs to the featured artists. I think Ferg needs to showcase himself more so he can truly get the credit he deserves and be respected as a real rap stud. On some the features Ferg has that French Montana disease where it’s his song but he plays second fiddle. He’s too talented for that. But like I said, this is a slight issue to me. It just sounds like a big issue because I’m a huge Ferg fan. All the features are solid though and it shows that Ferg is respected among his peers and has some clout! As a fan I worry if these other people (rap critics and the “rap critics”) respect Ferg and see how talented he is. “Still Striving” is definitely a dub and it shows Ferg is headed in the right direction of Super stardom BUT for the next project I’m going to kind of need more of a Ferg showcase.

Rating: 8.4/10

 

NEW MUSIC ALERT: A$AP MOB – FEEL SO GOOD

I can not wait for Cozy Tapes 2. This track is way different than your usual sound from the Mob but at the same time they take this sound and own it like this has been theirs for years. It’s obvious that they are taking a step towards a new sound but hey I’ll be honest they are f*cking owning it! I saw on twitter that there were mixed feelings about this track. I love this track from the production to the members verses to Rocky’s interesting hook….. (LOL) 

BRING ON COZY TAPES 2 BABY!!!! Rest In Peace Yamz! 

Rating: 4.5/5 

Below is the MOB performing on The Tonight Show! It’s just like the video…

NEW MUSIC ALERT: Marshmello – Silence (Ft. Khalid)

This song is what you call the perfect pop jam that literally could come on at a bar, pregame, day drink etc and everyone would start singing along or pretend to sing along. Just heard this song literally 30 minutes ago and I love it! This song combines heartbreak with this relieved feeling and it’s very dope. Khalid has a unique sound but it sure as hell blends nicely with Marshmello’s production. 

Rating: 4.5/5

NEW MUSIC ALERT: Tay-K – 22 Shots

 

Tay-K is just another one of these trouble making teenagers that talks that hard sh*t about shooting sh*t and yeah. (LOL) Anyways, I heard of Tay-K when he was discussed on Complex’s “Everyday Struggle” and how his songs are BOOMIN on Soundcloud. My take on “22 shots” is its an okay track, nothing spectacular here. It’s definitely getting added to my gym playlist. Oh and my big takeaway is this kid literally needs to get some baby powder for that itchy trigger finger. Tay-K really would shoot anything.

Rating: 3.9/5