ZIF Video Of The Week: The Black Opera: “Fxckin Problem” [Video Dramatization]

I love this video, from concept to delivery, the conscious minded Black Opera put an ironic spin on what truly constitutes a “Fxckin Problem” in our society. It’s tracks like this that make me wonder how far sound minded rappers like these guys are from mainstream appreciation. Considering the disinterest in content, the beat’s certainly been embraced, and they sound damn good over it. Yes, better than A$AP & Co.

Here’s the message that accompanied the video, for the slower cats out there, the first message is laced with irony and insincere wit. They are both the from the same source.

MESSAGE FROM [T]HE [B]LACK [O]PPOSITES:
“Fxck what the title say tho…This aint that earthy ass conscious Black Opera shit cuh. This that ratchet ass swag shit cuh. This that Black Opposites shit my nig! Woo! Trill level just passed 3000 and rising. My nigga Andy MADD behind the camera and shiiiiit. We poppin pills and clockin mills. We trynna make that Illuminati money my nigga. WE DEM ILLUMINATI  MONEY NIGGAS!! HAA! Now that’s REALLY shining bruh!! Soon as we get rich enough to get away with lip syncing at the inauguration my nigga…SOON AS!! We gone deck the studio walls out wit all gold errything….nigga fxck yo MacBook, we gone have wallpaper made from real gold cuh. Woo! With blood diamond studs my nig!! Dead Ass. Real niggas only, no fxck boys allowed. We all got fxckin problems, but if you got a fxckin problem with us you can get handled just like the nigga in the video, Biiiiitch!!”
A MESSAGE FROM THE BLACK OPERA:
In times like these, Dark Comedy is no laughing matter. So with all jokes aside, we wanted to put a satirical spin on A$AP Rocky’s “Fuckin’ Problem” in order to address current events and issues. Events and issues that include the school shooting in Connecticut, gun control, mental health, and America’s prescription drug addition amongst others. RIP to everyone that lost their lives in the Newtown, CT school shooting and the innocent lives lost everyday in these streets and around the world.

A$AP has problems I want, Noisey does not.

I find it disturbing that this video was released with the headline, “Is A$AP Rocky Gonna Blow Up Next Year” via Noisey/Vice. Get over yourselves guys. A$AP “blew up” more than I think he or anybody else in his camp could have imagined this year. What exactly are you hoping for? How about a tour with his name on it talking about how great it would be for his music to be consumed forever? Oh, wait. How about a track and video with a Caucasian female crooner who dominated airplay this year? Oh, wait. Their post is filled with illustrious descriptions about the track as well, stuff like:

the “Fuckin’ Problems” video is really good and Drake’s part is the best even though the rest of it is really good too..

Ugh, no the Drake part is not the best part. And how’s your fascination with the word “good” doing guys?

Or this gem about the track “Goldie”

its accompanying video that featured Rocky and his dude A$AP Yams stunting in front of the Eiffel Tower, should have been the one to push him over the edge and into ubiquity. But it didn’t, and it sucks.

If the hip hop heads at Noisey/VICE are the defining the “edge”, someone find me the bland interior, lickety-split .

Review: LONGLIVEA$AP Tour

A few nights ago, even more so than usual, Las Vegas was the place to be. As part of the LONGLIVEA$AP tour,  Mandalay Bay’s House of Blues served as the perfect place for pre-Halloween madness with Danny Brown, School Boy Q and the A$AP Mob. So how was the show? Basically it was a visual representation of what one might imagine Satan’s womb to be like: full of hype-ass crazy people rapping; gas masks; black and white, upside-down American flags; light and smoke. Though Rocky  was the star of the show— fittingly so, seeing as how it is his/his mob’s tour— the night was an amazing display of each performer’s strength and personality.

Danny Brown opened up and was dope. Though it seemed like a lot of the Vegas crowd was less familiar with his stuff, he got those in the know ready to flip cars with newer cuts like “Molly Ringwald” and a selection of favorites from “XXX.” Like the blade of a ninja master, he performed song after song after song with laser-like precision. Danny didn’t bother to talk or address the crowd too much though (except for correcting an over-zealous Dopehead upon his thanking of the wrong city).

Schoolboy Q, whom you best believe is chock full-o-charisma, receives the award for most consistent crowd energy. He knows how to get the kids excited and keep them excited. Ab-Soul came out for “Druggys with Hoes Again” and then Danny joined Ab for his “Terrorist Threats” jawn. The lineup of the tour is killer for this. Since all of the artists involved have collaborated in some way, they’re able to bring each other out and really have fun. And if there is anything that a LONGLIVEA$AP show is, it is definitely fun.

Following the first two of three dudes with names ending in a “Y,” Rocky arrived and was ready to melt face. Complete with a straight-jacket-vest(?) and goon mask on, he spent equal time both solo and performing with the rest of his clan. Now, I’ve never been the biggest Rocky fan out there, but something very interesting happened during the show: he made me a bonafide fan. Between telling everyone that they were part of one big family reunion, graciously saluting and slapping his chest whenever spotting a crowd member giving him love or calling a dude onstage in order to break up a fight, this kid has class. Far removed is the image of a painfully cocky youngin’. Somehow, amidst all the jumping around, flying water, helicopter intros/outros and “I’m-the’shit-ness” required to do what he does, everyone in the world can see how real he is when he’s on stage. Unfortunately, things slowed down a lot when him and Twelvy were looking for “just one girl” in the crowd for five minutes (disappointingly for the sole reason of asking  if she would swallow his “cockiness”), but the energy managed to climb again as the show neared its end. Bottom line is that if you get the chance to go to one of the shows on this tour, do it. You don’t have to like A$AP Rocky but by the end of the night, you will respect him and know that you had a really good time in the process.

Post was written by James Shahan, a writer based in Las Vegas with published work in URB Magazine as well as ZIF. 

My sister thinks he is overrated…

…but he is one of my favorite new rappers, coming up and getting respect: Kendrick Lamar. So I was wondering what kind of F**cking Problems K.dot had.
To be fair, I only listened to this track once.

But when you listen to this song, if you listen really close, with like, your third ear (similar to your third eye, but located inside of your brain)…you can hear in the background chicks singing on the chorus & throughout, “dirty dicks, dirty dicks, dirty dicks.” This song & songs like it just make me think of disease these days. My face was in a tight ball signaling yucky disgust the entire time. If you have a f**cking problem, you probably also have a problem with your dick dripping (not pee) every once in a while and those are NOT the kind of problems you want women thinking of when you are some dude rapping on a track, right?

Can’t imagine liking the A$AP version better, but who knows.

xoxo – Lady T

ZIF Video Of The Week: A$AP Mob – “Bath Salt” (feat. Flatbush ZOMBiES)

Putting NY back on the map seems to be a perpetual mission for all rappers calling the Big Apple home. Of course there are those that say that the city never dropped off, those people would be liars. A$AP Rocky and his Mob mixtape have grabbed the attention of the nation, what better way to start repping the city than showing off the electricity of the eclectic minded group Flatbush Zombies. Hello New York, great to see you again.

Purple Kisses

Driving a Bentley around London, popping bottles and making out with ethnically ambiguous girls. Felt a lot like what Kobe Bryant’s last few weeks at the Olympics must have been like. The beat was produced by a cat called Very Rare, I tried Google searching him but as you can imagine, when you Google “very rare producer”, you get all sorts of claims. What I can say about the beat is that is sure does sound like a SpaceGhostPurrp beat, looks like he was replaced successively.  The video is promoting the the A$AP Mob album Lord$ Never Worry due for release 8/28/2012.

Danny Brown Deals

Everyone is pumped about Danny Brown doing pretty much anything. Projects with DB’s name on it are hot commodities, your favorite rapper is most likely taking and tagging a picture with him as we speak. He just signed that sportswear deal with Adidas Originals, completed his tour with Childish Gambino, and inked a tour with A$AP, big tings popping. Though, I was surprised that he performed last week at the Insane Clown Posse’s Gathering of the Juggalos, a five-day psycho-porn amusement park, surely every marketing angle has its limitations. Noisey was forward thinking enough to capture that on film. Hence this uneventful trailer, which is of course extremely eventful due to the Danny Brown connection.

Lola Goes Nicki

Taylor Gang traptress Lola Monroe is fitting to get some shine. At this point it would seem that any shine heading her way would be Nicki Minaj and/or Wiz Khalifa backwash, unless something changes. That being her, she is simply too Minaj, from her bars to her inflections. It should be interesting to see how Nicki responds to this,  I smell beef cooking.

Lana Del Rey X A$AP Rocky [Updated Video]

A$AP on this video:

 “We did a video together … some swag sh–,” he said. “I play JFK, she plays Jackie O. Some cool, trippy sh–, some really 2015 sh–. People gonna get it in like three years, and that’s the whole purpose of it.”

Alright buddy dim your swag for a second. I know this video is only a trailer for the self proclaimed epic video, but there’s nothing too enlightening here, certainly not worthy of a 2015 reference. Replaying some of the dramatic moments in JFK and Jackie O history [cue Carlito Brigante talking about how he doesn’t remember the last time he blew his fucking nose].

We’ll see, I predict a July 4th drop for the full length video, because they’re thinking so out of the box and all. [Update] Replaced video with full version. Totally 2015, totally.

A$AP Rocky Goldie Video [Nietzsche approved]

An artist has no home in Europe except in Paris. – Friedrich N.

Harlem-bred A$ap Rocky dropped this last night, like I’ve said before, shoot a video in Europe (Paris) and it looks ostentatious, and for music videos that’s the primary goal. This track is the first single off LongLiveA$AP  dropping this summer. I’m not hating per say, but I may start wavering. The man set the bar really high for himself with LiveLoveA$AP last summer, a mixtape with countless singles that trumped this one. He needs to get this project off in time (projected for July release), right now there are simply too many other guys out there bending ears in the same demographic, drop it ASAP A$AP.