Yawkin’: A New Way To Drop The F-Bomb

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Words by Champ Ion


Coitus.  Banging.  “Relations”. Knockin’ Boots.  Gettin’ It In….

We have been giving “doing the do” cute (as well as vulgar) pet names for-damn-near-ever.  Welp, courtesy of me and my boys, I’d like to posit another entry into the “codename for sex” field.  But first, a little history.

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Stolen Spotlights: 4 Featured Rappers That Outshined The Star

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Words by Cordrick Ramey

Greetings world. I was out with the family earlier today and of course we were listening to the radio. The new K-Camp song “Comfortable” came on and I was thinking to myself “Damn this dude blew up out of nowhere.” But that is not true at all. Most artists had to take lesser positions in order to gain their current status. And there is absolutely nothing wrong with paying dues.

But this article isn’t about that.

This article is about the artists whose dues were paid, but are no longer with us. Artists who literally aren’t here anymore to even consider.

Case in point, I just mentioned K-Camp. Nice string of hits, guest features, he’s doing his thing. But that’s now. Do you remember the first time you heard K-Camp? Well this was my first time.

Mykko Montana featuring K Camp- Do It

What in thee Hell happened to this Mykko guy? If you lived in Atlanta in 2012, you are familiar with this song. K Camp only did the hook. Mykko Montana had this song and…… Now I’m not here to clown on guys who didn’t see the success they expected, it’s just a general observation. So where is he now? I searched the internet for features, shows, new music….anything. I found him hosting a few open mic events in the metro Atlanta area. Still a far cry from what he wanted I’m sure. But I did find this posted on Twitter as of that day.

Now, do you remember this tune?

YC featuring Future- Racks

Holy shit! 2011, if you were not putting your hands over another climbing towards the ceiling, what the fuck were you doing? The potential for his career was huge. This song was in strip clubs, on the radio and on every popular mixtape during this time. Only problem is, the other guy capitalized off of it the most. Some dude named Nayvadius, literally and figuratively, stole the fuckin show. His name is Future now. This may not be the first time you heard him, but that second generation Dungeon Family album doesn’t count. He was destined to win, Rico Wade is his cousin. But just for extra measure, I have a Future song from when his name was Meathead. He stayed across the street from my cousin, still in high school. He rapped then too.

Lower Dec- Don’t Impress Me

I actually helped them to get this song on a Ghetto Mafia album. Meathead Future raps first just in case you needed to know. For the surviving members of this group, they now work regular jobs. Nothing wrong with that. Let’s continue.

This next one is a no brainer and quite difficult to dispute.

Jaz-O featuring Jay-Z- Hawaiian Sophie

Damn, talk about paying dues. But to his credit, it was 1989 and a lot of music had horribly corny themes. Jay-Z was actually Jaz’s protégé for awhile. Taking him on tours, allowing him to feature on songs, basically showing him the ropes of the industry. This was a simple situation of student not only becoming better than, but far surpassing anything the teacher could even imagine. I don’t have to run down the list of Jay-Z’s accomplishments, while Jaz’s greatest accomplishment was giving us Jay-Z.

Boyz N Da Hood – Dem Boyz

Now this wasn’t actually a feature, as Young Jeezy was apart of this group. You DO know he used to be in a group right? Kinda hard to tell I’m sure. Unfortunately, the careers of Jody Breeze, Big Gee and Big Duke never took off. Jeezy immediately followed up their first album with his own mixtape, Trap or Die hosted by DJ Drama, and the rest is history.

This is the way I see things for certain rappers: some have more talent, grind, and hustle than others. Some have other abilities, like networking skills, enabling them to make the proper connections. Either way, some thrive and survive. Others don’t.

Words by Cordrick Ramey
@CordrickRamey
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Got Game?: Madden ’16 Game Review

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From the very beginning, Madden 16 impresses. Right after you load the game and select your favorite team it drops you immediately into the action. A simulation of Super Bowl 50 offers a nice intro with slick visuals, smooth gameplay, and a few cutscenes with dialogue from the players and coaches to immerse you in the experience.

This intro also introduces you to a few of the new gameplay mechanics and features. It’s pretty cool stuff. With a little luck and skill, you can be a Super Bowl champion within minutes of starting the game.

Next, it throws you into the Skills Trainer, which you can skip, but if you’re a novice or just haven’t played in awhile, I’d highly suggest you give some of these mini-games a go. In addition to being fun on their own, the mini-games really help you to learn how to use the additions to control and gameplay that the developers have added this year.

Once you hit the main menu you’ll see that Madden ’16 has more modes than the Kardashians have had Black boyfriends. Ultimate Team (fantasy football), Draft Champions (a new mode), Off/Online Vs, Connected Franchises, and the aforementioned Skills Trainer and Gauntlet are all there. There’s plenty to do and check out, and one could spend months going through and experiencing all of the available modes.

So now let’s get into gameplay.

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I’ve played Offline and Online against human and CPU competitors (I still haven’t lost a game yet, by the way) and I must say that this is some of the best player control of all the Maddens I’ve ever played. Yes, the control can seem complicated and intimidating, but they’re also smooth and easy enough for noobies as well as the #MaddenKings who’ve sat out a few years and maybe a little rusty. The learning curve for the updated gameplay is not too steep, and isn’t frustrating to the point of making you want to quit. The new functions, in addition to being great to look at aesthetically, really add depth to the game, with abilities like your QB being able to throw exactly what type of pass you want to. Want to throw it high? Low? A corner fade? Back shoulder? It can all be done consistently now with the new passing system.

I’ve knocked off .5 points from Madden 16’s perfect 10 score because of an annoying soundtrack, a few bugs when quitting games, the draft in Franchise Mode, and some settings issues. But these issues do not effect Madden’s overall experience, which is A+.

As you can see, I’m already very fond of Madden 16. I definitely recommend it as a purchase to noobs, the players who’ve been on the sidelines for awhile, and the vets who haven’t left the field.

Madden 16
9.5/10

— Words by Braveheart
(@BR0K3N_SAF3TY)

Complex Lists The Best Rapper Alive, Annually, From 1979 To Today

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Complex.com is known for their attention-grabbing headlines and over-the-top content, but this is neither.

Compiled by numerous contributors, this list tackles the almighty question of which rapper is the best, and adds a little science. The ending result is a thorough breakdown of each year, complete with its champion and all the major players of honorable mention.

It’s a bit lengthy, but a recommended read for rap fiends and Hip Hop heads regardless of age. Shout outs to Ice Cube, Snoop Doggy, and Kendrick Lamar for holding the West coast down (Tupac is from New York). And for the sake of discussion, I’ve stripped the list down to its skeleton:

1979 Grandmaster Caz
1980 Kurtis Blow
1981 Kool Moe Dee
1982 Melle Mel
1983 Run
1984 Run
1985 LL Cool J
1986 KRS-ONE
1987 Rakim
1988 Slick Rick
1989 Big Daddy Kane
1990 Ice Cube
1991 Q-Tip
1992 Redman
1993 Snoop Doggy Dogg
1994 Nas
1995 Notorious B.I.G
1996 Tupac
1997 Notorious B.I.G
1998 DMX
1999 Jay Z
2000 Eminem
2001 Jay Z
2002 Eminem
2003 50 Cent
2004 T.I.
2005 Young Jeezy
2006 Lil Wayne
2007 Kanye West
2008 Lil Wayne
2009 Jay Z
2010 Kanye West
2011 Drake
2012 Drake
2013 Kendrick Lamar
2014 Guess who?

Words by Tony Grands
@Tony_Grands

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