Don’t buy the hype

by Spencer Doar

Regardless of Kanye West's "Yeezus" being such a self-indulgent, somehow compelling exercise in wayward rap (with a sequel in the works?), the release presents a bigger problem.  Any big name cat that drops a new record gathers all the attention like some musical magnet stylus making mustaches on Wooly Willie.  Point being, the rest gets left in the dust.  That is not to say that the rest of the hip-hop crop from the last few weeks is stellar, but if I want a dose of mainstream rappers trying to find renewed legs, I'm listening to Wale's "The Gifted" which came out June 25th.  If I'm feeling something that's just flat-out steady through and through while offering a little bit of everything, I'm doing the boogie-woogie to Statik Selektah's "Extended Play" (featuring artists such as Joey Bada$$, Raekwon, Bun B and Talib Kweli).  There are plenty of fish in the sea without a kid named North.