ARTICLE: Hot 97 Summer Jam 2003

Hot 97 Summer Jam 2003 (By Pizon)

I am a Hip Hop artist. I write rhymes. I make beats. I travel to recording sessions out of state. I do shows. I freestyle. I call, meet up, and scheme with my cohorts on a daily basis. In the midst of all the commotion, it’s easy to lose sight of what I am first and foremost: a Hip Hop fan. I am and will always be a fan before I am an artist. Last night’s Summer Jam put that back into perspective.

SINGLES REVIEW

Verbals by A to the L
Breathless – Pen In My Pocket (Hard As A Mic Entertainment)
Now how can I shit on this when I was introduced to Breathless through my boy Timid? When I was in Florida in February he let me hear some tracks from this female emcee who’d he’d been corresponding with. I was impressed straight away (and of course, I fucking would, but that’s besides the point.) Anyway, fast forward a few months later and Timmah! shoots me ‘Pen In My Pocket’ to do a little write up on… and my intial highly “impressed” level doesn’t drop at all. This chick can spit, and the Crump-produced bouncy track supports her rough, aggressive style perfectly. Oh and the nice little P.I.M.P. acronym gets bonus points too. Hit up the link and find out how to get this track, and stay tuned to Altrap.com for some bonus shit on Breathless coming soon.
RATING: 7 / 10

SINGLES REVIEW

Verbals by A to the L
Clipse – Ma I Don’t Love Her (Star Trak)
I’m still not sure about this. A hell of a lot of people are raving over this cut, but in my opinion its one of the weaker ones of the superb “Lord Willin'” album. Of course its bouncy as hell – it has to be with the Neptunes of the boards, and Faith Evans’ hook is bright and breezy enough, but still… its a little too ‘clean’ and polished. The reason I liked ‘Grindin’, and ‘When The Last Time’ is that they were filthy, grimey, disgustingly dirty beats, and Malice and Pusha T banged off those joints perfectly. If ‘Grindin’ eats with its fingers, puts its elbows on the table, and burps and farts throughout the meal, then ‘Ma I Don’t Love Her’ uses expensive English china, says grace before dishing out the food, and sends compliments to the chef afterwards. And that’s what’s wrong here.
RATING: 5 / 10