Toussaint Lorenz is a busy man. Between juggling his entertainment company I.B.O.H, “I’ll Be Over Here”, a fresh clothing brand, “222”, and creating music I was excited to grab a few moments of his time for this socially distanced interview via email. 

 

Wednesday, 31 January 2018 21:42

Logic: The Cultural Impact of "1-800-273-8255"

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Logic is a guy that Ive been a fan of for awhile ever since my ODU days back in 2011/2012, when his career really started taking off. I remember specifically, it was the song "Mind of Logic" that really put me on to him. In the music video for the song, he walks around New York City while rapping the lyrics to the song. The cinematography for the music video was stunning. On top of that, he had a young woman by the name of Camille Michelle Gray, Sing a rendition of the popular Kid Cudi song "Mr. Rager", for the hook. It immediately bought me in and I then began to search all of his music that was released at the time.

 

From that point on to now, it is wonderful to have seen Logic's fan base grow the way it did. With each release of mixtapes and albums, he gained more and more traction. Its really dope to be able to watch a artist grow from just a local DMV artist to being the internationally known super star that he is today.

 

His latest album, Everybody, was a album that tackled a lot of political and social justice type idealogies: Racism, Poverty, anxiety, and depression. All things that real life people deal with on a daily basis. I believe that is what made this album so succesful was its reach to so many demographics.

 

In a era where artist such as Lil Pump, for example, can have a hit record repeating the same meaningless words over and over? Its easy for a rapper these days to just take the easy way out and aim for the big bucks with minimal amount of effort. Not Logic, though. He dares to be different and I think thats what his fan base loves most about him. Its why he has such a devout fan base. 

The grammys this past week ended with a performance from Logic, Alessia Cara, and Khalid, and it was probably the most powerful performance of the night, along with Kesha's PRAY performance. 

 

This song was phenomenal for the culture. I wont lie, I didnt know what that number was until I went on rap genius to have it deciphered. I know I'm not the only one who was unaware. This song educated so many people to the point that even if you dont need the number yourself, perse, I guarantee you, theres someone you know; someone you hold near and dear to your heart, who DOES need it.

 

According to the national suicide hotline statistics, calls to the hotline went up 27 percent, the day the song dropped. The trend continued and he traveled the world spreading the postive message of this tune. This song is LITERALLY saving lives.

 

I love the fact that Logic recognizes this song as the most important song that he has ever written. With all this newfound SUPERSTARDOM (Cause he was a star before but after that performance?!? hes a solidified SUPERstar) I cant wait to see all the good things he brings to the rap game and the world. 

 

Thanks for your ear as always! 

 

- Max Ataraxis

Sup Guys!

 

So Ive mentioned in my previous post about how much of a fan I am of Lil Wayne. So I HAVE got to talk about his newest mixtape, Dedication 6, that was released a few weeks ago.

 

Mannnnn, my boy Weezy sound hungry again!! NOW THIS YOUNG BLOODS IS WHAT YOU CALL A OG. I've always been a advocate of Wayne,hardcore. Lil Wayne from about 06-11 had one of the greatest HipHop runs of dominance in HipHop history. These are facts. People these days be trying Play Wayne like he's washed up and this and that and the third. I've BEEN saying , nah Bruh Wayne still dope. It's all his label BS holding him back. Kids these days don't even know how great Wayne was in his prime , but Bruv never lost his skill. Never been washed up. Wayne isn't even in my personal top 5 rappers list, But I still respect and recognize him as the greatest rapper from the Millenial generation. Think about this; if hypothetically speaking Wayne was shot dead right after The Carter 3 dropped, then we without a doubt in my mind would have immortalized this man. We woulda been making sure that when you mention Tupac and Biggie, Wayne's name is ALWAYS Mentioned too and those 3 names would have been synonymous . Biggie, Tupac, and Wayne.

 

That didn't happen, thank God. The point I'm tryna make is that once he hit the label problems , it's like all he achieved didn't even matter anymore in the public eye . All the public perception of him was that he sucks now, he's washed up, etc etc....

 

Well now after giving his project a thorough listen for a few weeks, I have to say, BRUH!!!! Though Wayne never left, my guy Wayne is BACK!! I believe THIS is the project that will be the turning tide for his career. I believe Lil Wayne is about to reinvent himself once again and a new flourish of greatness will be bestowed upon his career! People are about to start puttin some Respek' on his name ! D6 has a Wayne that's duckin in and out of metaphors, wordplay, &sauce. Wayne over here spitting bars that will make u scrunch up your face, put your fist to your mouth, and say D*MN !!!! lol Bruh, this mans is so clever yo. He sound like the 06 mixtape Wayne on modern beats , Bruh ! It's crazy. The best rapper alive is back to remind y'all , true talent never subsides on some space jam type ish. Some might think he finally touched the ball and got his powers(skills) back.I knew big homie never lost em.

 

Yes, that was a space jam reference lol

 

So, after dropping off "Dedication 6" around christmas time, he is preparing to release a new version with more songs, entitled, "D6: Reloaded".

 

Earlier this year, He dropped off a remix to the popular JAY-Z song, "Family Feud", featuring Drake. The song is reminiscent to how Wayne and Drake used to trade bars almost as long as 10 years ago! 

No Hook, straight bars. Yesterday, Wayne dropped off a second offering from the reloaded mixtape and again we have Wayne straight going IN with the bars. 

 

The song is called "Big Bad Wolf" and it sees Wayne rapping for 4 straight minutes over Blac Youngsta's "Hip Hopper. Something I found interesting about the song was that one of the criticisms Wayne gets is he raps about drugs and drug use too much. I listened to the song and I litterally could only catch one line referencing drugs. The rest was just straight bragadocio bars but they were clever and entertaining. I'm hoping that when The Carter V drops, we can hear some more meaningful music and genuine music detailing what has been going on in his life since the label issues came about.

 

For now though, I am MORE than Happy to hear the mixtape version of Wayne doing what Wayne does best...and that is RAP.

 

Definitely looking forward to the reloaded tape and whatever else this new revamped HUNGRY Wayne has to offer!

 

-Max Ataraxis

 

UPDATE:

 

Just wanted to let yall know that Wayne just dropped off ANOTHER record from D6:Reloaded featuring Juelz Santana and its another song of straight barz! Im telling ya'll Wayne is HUNGRY again! sounding like the early 2000s mixtape weezy 100 percent and even linking up with his old patna!

Wayne was tired of yall playing with his name and calling him wack, I swear! 

2018 finna be his year ! 

I'm not going to lie. For a little bit ya'll, I was stuck in my ways. I was literally stuck in the years between like 2006 & 2011. I was in high school and then my first two years of college then. Around that time period is when I REALLY 

1. Got heavily into being a music junkie. I used to LOVE artist like Kanye West, Lupe Fiasco, Lil Wayne, (06-10) and then Kid Cudi, Wiz Khalifa, and Drake (09-11). There are a lot of other artist I liked a lot, but they were my favorites.

2. Then around 2010/2011, I started getting into making music myself and the time period that I did so is super important to my art.

 

For a long while after that, I was simply stuck in that era. 2013 was one my FAVORITE years for music but 2012 and all the other years? WACK

 

I cant stand all this mumble rap mumbo jumble ish! With the exception of artist like kendrick and chance the rapper for example, I just couldnt get jiggy with this new wave being ushered into the 2010s. (I have no idea what to call the teens lol I guess thats right ha)

 

They all sucked! at least in my opinion lol

 

I prejudged a lot of these artist and decided that because they didnt sound like kanye or cudi, that they were wack. I didnt even have to listen to the music, I heard a couple of snippets , and then was like nah ef this. These new N!gg@$ are lame. TRASH TRASH TRASH.

 

Then something happened around the beginning of 2017. I realized, I was being a hater. lol

 

and while yes, many of these new school rap cats ARE TRASH lol Not ALL of them are. Some actually have some really dope music.

 

Ive already spoken on how I like people like Trippie Redd. I'm also a fan of Lil Yatchy. I HATE a lot of his songs, but I also LOVE a lot of his songs lol

 

Lil uzi vert is cool, Migos, XXXtentacion, etc.

 

Kodak Black is another new school cat who I really really like. He has such a distinct voice and vividly paints pictures of being a hood cat basically. I WANT to see him win. His lyrics have substance and he's not a dumb dude, intellectually. 

 

That being said, my mans STAY making bad decisions. 

 

Kodak Black IS the poster boy right now for when a rapper is simply too hood for their own good.

 

In the past 2-3 years, Kodak Black has been arrested and caught charges on things ranging from sexual misconduct, Gun charges, and marijuanna possession. Every time, the judges would give him a break, and he seemed to STILL never learn his lesson.

 

Kodak Black has been on house arrest for the majority  of 2017 and was looking to make it out at some point in 2018.

 

But then he got arressted AGAIN. From His House!!!!

 

This is a case like on Friday when Craig got fired on his day off lol

 

Like Bruh, Kodak!!! How you get arrested while on house arrest , my G ?!?!

Imma tell yall how. 

 

My mans Kodak Black was posting instagram live videos, while having his boys toting guns and rolling weed in the background, in front of his SON at that!

BRO! c'mon now. You gotta do better! He HAD to know that the feds would be keeping tabs on him. They dont wanna see him, win.

 

He even states in one of his most popular songs, "Tunnel Vision"


"Lil Kodak, they dont wanna see you winning, They wanna see you in a penitentiary"

 

That makes me aware to the fact that he knew! So what was his excuse for this ill behavior? There is none , other than the fact that Kodak Black is just too hood for his own good.

 

So for everyone out there with the hashtag #FREEKODAK, I cant support that notion. Kodak Black may need to do some time in the pen because all the breaks hes been getting before have not phased him.

 

He's also young. At 20 years old, hes being a kid. Thats what he is. A kid still. 
But when you out here trying to live like you grown, then you gotta face the consequences.

I look at people like Gucci Mane who went to jail and came out a new man. Gucci not bout that hood life anymore. He has a wife now, he cares about his brand and business. You can be a street dude without being a hood dude.

 

The difference is hood dudes commit crimes, whereas street dudes have that connection to the urban world, but no crimes are being committed. A street dude has honor and grinds and works hard and hustles but his hustles are legal. Street dudes move smart! so if they are involved in some criminal activity, their not going to be blasting it on instagram live. 

 

I really dont want Kodak to go to jail for a extended period of time, but it is NOT looking good for him right now. It just may be the wake up call he needs.

When the police raided his house, they got him for 2 weapons , marijuanna possesion, and child endangerment charges.

 

Hes looking to face at least a couple years in Jail.

 

I look at somebody like Meek Mill who is in jail right now and I really DO think there should be a free meek campaign. Meek Mill is in jail for popping a wheelie and breaking up a fight.

Yes, he broke his probation, but he was on probation for something he did upwards of 10 years ago! thats rediculous. Meek had been trying to turn a new leaf over in life and be a mature law abiding citizen, and they really got him on some petty stuff.

 

Kodak though? I do believe that whatever sentence he gets, he definitely has it coming to him.

Lil bro HAS got to move smarter. We shall see how this plays out. Hes rich and has a good lawyer probably, so lets see if his lawyer can finagle his way outta this one. We shall see, we shall see.

 

Thanks for your time as always ! 

-Max Ataraxis

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday, 23 September 2017 23:39

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Where in The world is Kanye West?

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Anyone who knows me, Know that Kanye West is in my personal Fav Top 5 list (Top 5 Top 5 Top 5 #DrakeVoice) of musicians to ever do it. Being born in 92', Kanye's career started popping off around the same time I started really getting into music. A time where your a teenager and EVERYTHING is super exciting because its all so new. Outkast, Kanye, Lupe Fiasco, and Pharrell are the rappers who really got me nurtured into Hip-hop culture in my early teens. All five of these brothas strayed away from the typical tropes of Hip-Hop music: Drugs, woman, Money, street cred, etc. & if they DID talk about it, it was in the most unique of ways. I wasnt the type of kid to get a lot of girls nor be invited to any parties (Unless of course that party involved Cake and Parental supervision). I never smoked or drank in high school. I was never suspended for anything or even had a detention. Long story, short. I was Good AF (lol)

Hip-Hop was my drug of choice and the only one I hit growing up. Like the popular Lupe Fiasco song says; "Hip-Hop (LITTERALLY) Saved my life". Later on in my teenage years, it'd be bands like FALL OUT BOY and PARAMORE who would begin to wet my feet into the rock world that I adore so much these days.

 

All this being said, The point I'm trying to make is that Kanye has been in my life for a very long time. The phrase "Kids of Kanye" doesnt exist for no reason. For many Millenials, Mr. West has been there since we were young. He has gotten us through tough times. He has provide the soundtrack for the turn up. He's made us laugh with lines like "And on the 18th birthday, found out it wasnt HISSSS?!?!" . West was never known to be super lyrical but his signature flow and style of writing is and always will be distinct to him. Time and time again Kanye has pushed the limit for creativity within a genre that finds success in the minimalism of subgenres like mumble, gangsta, and trap rap.

So the question as of lately has been, Where in the world is Kanye west?
He has not been seen out in public in a very long time and according to his wife, Kim Kardashian West, He has been having "Personal time" to himself and not leaving the house.

 

I have a theory that elaborates on what she just described. This past November, Kanye went on one of the realest rants of his career. Lets call it the "FUCK RADIO" rant. Kanye was spitting some SUPER REAL shit, but the media tried to play it like "Oh boy, there goes CRAZY KANYE". All of us woke mofo's though? Kanye had simply said something that we all have been thinking for forever! IM TIRED OF HEARING THE SAME DAMN TEN SONGS OVER AND OVER AGAIN! (lol)

 

Shortly after that incident, Kanye was placed in a mental hospital for a few weeks. Whole time, Im sitting there like what? This man kanye goes and speaks some of the realest words of his career and he gets put in a mental asylum for it? This man spent his thanksgiving in a mental hospital because he went on stage and spoke the truth. This world is crazy, man.

 

So yes my theory: My theory is that Kanye is legit in the sunken place. (GET OUT was iconic, wasnt it? :D) I'm not here to trash the Kardashians hence I didnt mention their influence in this, but um...yeah I know we're all thinking it ( lol ) and I'm not here to be a conspiracy theorist blogger, either. All Imma say is this : MK Ultra Mind Control. Google it. And then Seriously yall, Pray for our big brother Kanye.

 

-Max Ataraxis

 

 

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