Mixtape Review: Yo Gotti – Cocaine Musik 7: The World Is Yours

Set to originally release on October 17th, 2012, Yo Gotti pushed back his mixtape CM7: The World Is Yours in honor of his long time friend Gucci Mane who released his mixtape on October 17th in honor of his fallen friend/member of brick squad, Slim Dunkin. Waiting an extra day for Yo Gotti’s mixtape was worth it, he never seems to disappoint and the same street quality and life stories he puts into his lyrics really intrigues his fans. I’ve been a fan of Gotti since he began 10 years ago, and I’m honored to watch this man’s grind and hustle become such a success and a motivator for younger audiences to go out and get it. The music he has recently put out has really developed his growth as an artist, helping him gain more support as well as fans. CM7 was a big deal once it dropped.

The mixtape consists of 20 tracks and I say 18 out of the 20 are well worth a listen. This is another GREAT mixtape! Although there are a few that will make you question Gotti, the tape is full of new songs and freestyles over already used beats. Many were unexpected; for example, he has a song that he sings auto tune over Future’s “Turn On The Lights” instrumental by producer Mike Will that kind of threw me off for a second. Gotti also refers to rapper Plies in his song “CPR” off the “My Moment” instrumental. The song is very lyrical and it shows the many people that doubt his skills that he isn’t going anywhere. Yo Gotti’s CM7 gives you that lyrical feel on some tracks but most importantly Gotti sticks to his roots: the streets. It continues to emphasize drugs, guns, success, struggles, pain, fortune and the women of his life. The mixtape definitely has the feel of his old mixtapes so it’s definitely a well deserved download!

Favorites

  • “Work” ft. French Montana
  • “CPR”
  • “Swimming Pools” ft. Zed Zilla
  • “Ghetto America” ft. Zed Zilla
  • “Bulletproof”
  • “Purple Flowers”
  • “Picture Me”
  • “Rappin Like I’m Trappin” ft. Sylver Karatz & Zed Zilla

Rating

4.5/5

Guest Writer, Zeke B.

NBA Opening Analysis

NBA tipoff is on Tuesday and the Lakers meet the Mavericks. The Lakers have  completely revamped their team with now six former all-stars on the team. The Mavericks have taken a different approach and are almost on a decline. Things to look for to see if the Lakers are as great in game as on paper:

1.) Can Dwight Howard dominate the paint as he had before the injury?

2.) Can Pau Gasol continue his Olympic play into the regular season?

3.) Will Antwan Jamison bring a solid spark off the bench?

If all of these factors combine, the Lakers will have an easy stroll to the NBA finals seeing that they are the most talented starting five in the league. The Mavericks are going to be playing without Dirk Nowitzki. He is out 4-6 weeks after undergoing knee surgery. If O.J. Mayo can be the player he was expected to be out of college, then the Mavericks will have a great season.

Also you will get the chance to see the Washington Wizards play the Cleveland Cavaliers. An exciting point guard match up is presented with Kyrie Irving facing up against John Wall. The explosive athleticism of John Wall matched with the scoring prowess of Kyrie Irving provides a truly fascinating match up. There is potential in Washington, and the Cavaliers are struggling through a rebuilding period but will improve. The game may be extremely competitive but there may not be many highlights. If your not just a passionate fan of basketball this may not be the game for you. However, the season is finally here.

Enjoy opening night and the rest of the season to come.

Luvert Allen, Former Editor of Sports

Why You May Be Wearing the Wrong Foundation

When you have the right foundation on, you can’t even tell you have foundation on.  Everything seems right with the world and you feel like an easy, breezy, beautiful–yeah, you get my point.  But when you have the wrong foundation on, you become the latest joke on someone’s Instagram feed.  When looking for your perfect foundation, you will come across MANY wrong shades before you find the right shade.  There are undertones, different amounts of coverage and textures to worry about.  We all know what bad make-up looks like, but sometimes we may forget to self-examine ourselves.  Ask yourself these questions when you do your make-up in the morning.

Can you see my foundation?

Sounds simple, but a lot of women forget that we aren’t supposed to know you have foundation on.  When you do your make up in the morning, apply foundation just along your jawline.  If it doesn’t disappear within a few minutes, it’s the wrong shade.  You shouldn’t be able to see it at all.

Does my foundation look ‘cakey’?

Cakey make-up is the result of not using the correct foundation for your skin type.  Foundations come in powder, matte, liquid and cream/cream to powder forms.  All of these different kinds of foundations have a purpose.  If you have oily skin you want to stay away from liquid foundations.  If you have dry skin you want to stay away from powders and matte foundation.  Of course there is combination skin, which will require you to try multiple types to see what works best for you.

What are my skin undertones?

Do you have warm, cool or neutral undertones?  Undertones are very important when finding the right foundation shade.  If you have warm undertones that are more yellow and gold, but use a foundation with cool undertones that are more on the red side then your foundation will look washed out.  Look at the inside of your wrist and look at the color of your veins.  Tap them a few times if they are not clear.  If they appear green you have warm undertones.  If they appear blue you have cool undertones.  If they appear purple you have neutral undertones.  Then, when you go looking for foundations, keep these undertones in mind when picking out shades.

Finding the perfect foundation is a daunting task.  It is not for the weak or faint of heart.  Make-up can be expensive, and most people don’t have the funds to waste on experimenting with shades.  However, be patient.  Don’t expect a quick fix.  If the shade you picked doesn’t work, don’t wear it.  Don’t put all your trust in the make-up artists behind the department store counters either.  It never hurts to be somewhat informed of the purchases you make.  Happy Hunting!

 

Editor of Health and Beauty, Brandi Giles

Spotlight: Y.Teezy

Name: Quintin Talbert

Rap Name: Y.Teezy (Y Dot Teezy)

Occupation: “Music all day.”

Mixtapes: Teez-Alive 3, Fuck Yo’ Favorite Rapper 1, Fuck Yo’ Favorite Rapper 2

At the age of 19, Y.Teezy has been influenced by some of the greatest names in hip-hop history to the point where he as fully absorbed his passion for music. Born in Brooklyn, New York but raised on the eastside of Atlanta, Y.Teezy grew up listening to artists such as Notorious B.I.G, Jay-Z, Nas, T.I., Young Jeezy and the Game. Luckily for him, in contrast to the faults of many upcoming rappers,  Teezy quickly realized that although he was a fan of their music, he could not relate to their street life lyrics. Today, with younger inspirations such as Drake, J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar and Big Sean, the Atlanta artist is currently building up his internet presence with the release of his music and working on dropping even more hot songs.

Using music as his outlet, Y.Teezy has been writing songs since the age of 12 and recording his own music since the age of 14. Whether he’s rapping about his own life or what’s happening around him, he never fails to switch up his flow on a variety of beats such as on his songs “Bowtie” and “DGWV (Diamonds, Gold, Women, Versace).”  Recently, Teezy has had the opportunity to perform at venues such as the Apache Café in Downtown Atlanta, the H$W Rooftop Event, and at DJ Roc’s Opening Event at Vixen Lounge. Y.Teezy will be releasing his free album some time in 2013 and is currently in the works of releasing new visuals for some of the songs on his latest mixtape Fuck Yo’ Favorite Rapper 2.

To keep up with show and music announcements for Y.Teezy, you can check him out on Tumblr (YDotUniverse.Tumblr.Com), YouTube (Youtube.Com/RealYTeezy), or on Twitter (@TheRealYTeezy), along with downloading FYFR2 on HotNewHipHop (http://www.hotnewhiphop.com/y-dot-teezy-fyfr2-mixtape.60765.html).

Editor of Music, Giselle B.

Album Review: good kid, m.A.A.d. city – Kendrick Lamar

After a series of mixtapes, an EP, and a debut album, Kendrick Lamar continues to out-do himself. The release of his sophomore album, good kid, m.A.A.d city, was a much anticipated one, and well worth the wait. The album opens with a prayer followed by a song titled “Sherane a.k.a Master Splinter’s Daughter.” The prayer at the beginning of the album foreshadows the song, and much of what the album is about. The opening song tells a story of a female friend Kendrick met at a party, and continued to pursue throughout the summer. Kendrick recognizes that his motives with this female are sinful, but continues to follow through, acknowledging that his faith always falls on the wayside, fading behind his sinful activities. This theme continues throughout the album. He highlights his struggles with remaining true, while surrounded by his chaotic Compton life.

Many Kendrick Lamar fans feared that his increasing popularity would cause his lyrics to become mainstream, and fall victim to the status quo, as many rappers have done. However, Kendrick successfully told stories throughout the entire album, rather than becoming a corny, punchline rapper just to get plays on the radio. This was a conscious decision made by the rapper, as he highlights in the song,  “B***h, Don’t Kill My Vibe.” “I’m trying to keep it alive and not compromise the feeling we love// you’re trying to keep it deprived and only co-sign what radio does” are the lines that show his very cognizant decision to not compromise his talent for popularity.

While the album is not loaded with features, the ones that are on it are great. Features include Mary J. Blige, Dr. Dre, MC Eiht, Jay Rock, Anna Wise, and Drake. Kendrick also samples twelve songs, some of which include Janet Jackson’s “Anytime, Anyplace” and Kool and the Gang’s “Summer Madness.”

Some essential tracks on the album include “Poetic Justice,” “B***h, Don’t Kill My Vibe,” “Sing About Me, I’m Dying of Thirst,” and “Backseat Freestyle.” The album gets 4.5/5 stars. Kendrick has definitely given hip-hop life again.

Guest Writer, Aliscia Ray