First off, I would just like to say Thank You, Based God. What? You don’t know who Lil Boss, the Based God is? Well, then I’m sorry to be the one to inform you that you haven’t lived yet. Based God, better known as Lil B has been an active part of the rap community since 2010. Although his more popular releases are mostly from 2012, Lil Boss is still as relevant as ever.

Good Morning Based God

Good Morning Based God

Many call him out, saying he’s wack, has absolutely no flow, and is probably one of the stupidest people alive. But, at the same time, Yung Based has one of the most dedicated and loyal fan bases existing.

Born Brandon McCartney, he refers to himself as “Based”, saying that he means to convey a message of positivity and tolerance. McCartney states that during his upbringing, “based” was a negative term and he would constantly be crushed by the negativity surrounding him, as many people would call him such. However, he turned that negativity into a positive message that he now relays to thousands. Although his music isn’t the most inspirational, what he is trying to communicate goes much deeper than the lyrics.

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Many do not take his content seriously, which has resulted in Lil B beefing with multiple other artists through platforms like Twitter. He had a brief argument with The Game, who called him the “wackest rapper out.” However, after a couple of diss tracks and Twitter beef, they eventually resolved their conflict, and McCartney helped promote The Game’s THE R.E.D. ALBUM. A similar argument took place with artist Joey Bada$$, which was ultimately put to rest. Lil B will continue to work in his own absurd corner of hip-hop, with his insanely strong fanbase. Though none may take him seriously, Boss will forever be living legend. Thank you, Based God.

B4.DA.$$ Review

By Ben Varughese

Joey Bad's Latest Project

Joey Bad’s Latest Project

The Badmon himself has managed to further the Pro Era vibe he has worked so hard to build up with the drop of his album B4.DA.$$. Dropped January 20th, he manages to combine his thoughts and his story with a good number of hard-hitting tracks. Some argue that Joey gets repetitive, saying his style never changes. But personally I believe his consistency is what makes his game so solid. Tracks like Belly of the Beast (feat. Chronixx) go into depth about life in Brooklyn, and just his point of view in general, as exemplified in Hazeus View. He also upholds the 95 till Infinity hustle in tracks like Big Dusty and Christ Conscious, stating he won’t stop spitting hot until he reaches Christ Conscious. He also

Big Poppa Swank Been At It

Big Poppa Swank Been At It

outlines some of his more personal aches and pains in tracks like O.C.B., where he expresses the loneliness of being an only child, hence Only Child Blues. Arguments have been made that the Beast Coast rapper’s most recent project fails to reach the same heights as his former mixtapes. I will not lie, tracks like #LongLiveSteelo off of Summer Knights will always make me feel a type of way. However, I personally believe that Joey Bada$$ continues to make solid growth, and being only 20 years old, not even in his prime, he is no doubt destined to continue to be successful and identify with Classic hard-hitting vibe New York rap has always personified.

Drum Sets in General

By Peter Leonardo

Joey Jordison of "Slipknot"

Joey Jordison, former drummer for Slipknot

So, what is with drummers having so many toms, cymbals and bass drums if they rarely use all of them? I want to talk about Joey Jordison the former drummer for Slipknot, a heavy metal band. Why does he use so many toms and cymbals- he never uses any of them! All he uses is his 2 bass drums, his hi hats, snare and a couple of toms! Sometimes, I believe he doesn’t even touch some of his drums.

Honestly, I think it’s just for show for some drummers, but Neil Peart, drummer for the rock band Rush, knows what he’s doing.  As said on Peart’s Wikipedia article, he “has received numerous awards for his musical performances, and is known for his technical proficiency and stamina”.

Musician Neil Peart of the band Rush

Musician Neil Peart of the band Rush

I like Neil Peart more than Joey Jordison, because when he plays beats, he stays in the pocket.  That means he plays the drum beat precisely and when he does his fills, he doesn’t  use a double foot pedal for every single fill. On the other hand, Joey Jordison uses uses it constantly and that’s just unprofessional.

Quest Love of ,"The Roots"

Quest Love of The Roots

One of the drummers that I look up to is Quest Love from, The Roots.  He currently plays with The Roots on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon . The band is great and fits perfectly with the show. One of the reasons I look up to Quest Love is because he plays so flawlessly.  It’s like he’s  floating on a cloud when he plays and fills go perfectly every time.  And, Quest Love only uses a 4 piece Ludwig set and he uses Ziljian cymbals.

These days, I feel like drummers should not always assume that if a drummer has millions of toms and cymbals that they are then amazing drummers.  They have to listen to what and how the drummer plays and listen to the drummer closely to see if he’s doing the same or unnecessary fills. In my opinion, a good drummer is somebody that keeps the beat in the pocket, plays at a necessary volume, does not do too many fills, or unnecessary  fills. For example, if he’s playing jazz, don’t burst out playing a metal fill!  That’s just unprofessional and disrespectful to the audience.