The world might still be recovering from Cardi B fever but if there’s a particular project that is shining through regardless, it’s Drake’s ‘Nice For What’ single.
‘Nice For What’ dropped complete with a video that enjoys cameos from some of Hollywood’s top women including Olivia Wilde, Yara Shahidi, Zoe Saldana, Tracee Ellis Ross, Issa Rae and even Blank Panther actress Letitia Wright.
The four minute long single samples from Lauryn Hill’s mega hit ‘Ex Factor’ and is currently enjoying 15 million views on YouTube (as of today).
Just like ‘God’s Plan’, ‘Nice For What’ is also empowering, featuring lyrics like…
You been inside, know you like to lay low I’ve been peepin’ what you bringin’ to the table Workin’ hard, girl, everything paid for First, last phone bill, car note, cable
With your phone out, gotta hit them angles With your phone out, snappin’ like you Fabo And you showin’ off, but it’s alright And you showin’ off, but it’s alright It’s a short life, yeah
See how many familiar faces you spot in this video.
They did not just kill it lyrically but when it came to fashion as well.
It was an official fashion take over in the 80’s and 90’s from these Hip hop legends inspiring many of us fashion wise up to date.
The Bandanas, caps, baggy jeans, printed shirts, dungarees, the glasses, they were not pioneered by this generation, those who came before us especially in the hip hop scene put their best fashion foot forward.
So the next time you wear a denim on denim or a camo combo and think you invented the look, honey think again, we’ve all been recreating looks that they brought to life.
From Diddy, TLC, Missy Elliot to Tupac, the list is endless.
The Migos have also stated time and again of how Biggie’s and Pac’s style inspire how they dress most times. Now I know we all cant afford them Versace but we all agree they look pretty good.
Now we all laughed when he plated his hair and held it in pig tails, who’s laughing now?
Pac and Aliyah’s style was just on another level, words are not enough.
Two women who I would say are in their own leagues are Lauryn Hill and Missy Elliott.
Bodak Yellow has been the trending track for months across the world which is quite the impressive feat seeing as how it’s rapper Cardi B’s first official single.
The track which is bass heavy and a popular hit in the clubs has now given this Caribbean affiliated star a new accolade, becoming the first ever female rapper to top Billboard Hot 100 without assistance from any other rapper.
How big a feat is that? Well the last time a female rapper did that, it was 19 years ago and the artist was Lauryn Hill.
Cardi B’s ‘Bodak Yellow’ is now holding back other heavyweight jams from the top spot, including former Record of the Week ‘Rockstar‘ by Post Malone ft 21 Savage which stands at number two and Taylor Swift’s ‘Look What You Made Me Do‘ which is at number three.
Cardi B got her rise to fame notably on reality show Love and Hip Hop and she even references the show’s producer Mona Scott when she says;
Had to let these bitches know (yeah), just in case these hoes forgot (oh) I just run and check the mail, another check from Mona Scott (oh)
The name 9th Wonder and Hip Hop are synonymous. And it came as no surprise in 2012 when the iconic producer was chosen to be a Harvard University Fellow at The Dubois Institute; which led to his undertaking of a three-year project titled “These Are The Breaks,” which will chronicle 200 hip-hop albums that are “a standard of the culture.”
In a recent Instagram post, 9th revealed the first four albums that will be included in “These Are The Breaks,” meaning they will be archived in the Harvard Library, along with liner notes and the vinyl used in the production of the albums.
Three of the first four picks are widely regarded as classics—Lauryn Hill’s The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, Nas’ Illmatic and A Tribe Called Quest’s The Low End Theory. But it was his fourth pick that really stood out: Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly.
To be fair, 9th does mention in the post that the albums are being rolled out in no particular order, so this isn’t necessarily ranking Kendrick’s critically-acclaimed masterpiece as one of the four most deserving selections, but its inclusion in this project absolutely does solidify it as a masterful offering deserving of “classic” status, despite how recent its release was.
It makes sense that 9th would have a deep appreciation for—and understanding of—Kendrick’s 2015 release, as he served as an engineer during the album’s production. Still, the significance of TPAB being included in the first round of albums to be forever preserved in the Harvard Library should not be taken lightly.
As previously mentioned, there are still 196 more records that will be included in the project, which is slated to take three years to complete. How important this project is cannot be understated, will be the lens through which future generations might view the culture and art form we hold so dearly.
If you are a music lover, then one of the albums that is definitely in your catalog of music is The Mieducation of Lauryn Hill.
The Hip-Hop/Soul album was released almost 20 years ago, and on it’s 17 year anniversary it has been added to the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry. This is a collection of songs and albums that “are culturally & historically important, and reflect life in the United States.”
The Miseducation went on to win 5 Grammy awards at the 1999 edition of the award show, and had classic hit records like Doo Wop and Lost Ones.
The only other Hip-Hop artists on that list are The SugarHill Gang with “Rappers Delight“, 2Pac with “Dear Mama” & Public Enemy with their album “Fear of a Black Planet“; so this is definitely a HUGE deal for her!