• New single by MostDope is out now! Look out for our A-Side B-Side Interview with the Asbury native later this week.
  • Our editor in chief asks the difficult question: When should someone give up a career in music and stick to their day job? Click here to read it.
  • College is back with a brand new video and single, Right Back. This one is produced by Party Michael. Check that out here.
  • Morristown's own Kaleb Mitchell has had an amazing 2017. See what the editor thought of his 2018 release, MITCHELL.
  • This is the Ransom Report on Drake's newest offering, Scorpion. See what Mr. Ransom had to say about the Toronto artist's new album.

Aug 21, 2018

4 Reasons @MsLaurynHill needs to Release a Sequel of The Miseducation by: @RamseySaidWHAT

What's the Movement main goal is to platform artists of all kinds in New Jersey and then outward. Occasionally we'll pull some opinions on the mainstream and outside of the area bringing you the dope music you may have never heard yet. This piece kind of gets to be a loophole. I mean Lauryn Hill is from New Jersey right? Right. I previously did write a piece on the Miseducation of Lauryn Hill as a tribute and Throwback Thursday deal a few years back. I have mentioned this idea a couple of times and never put it to pen so this is it. Remember I said it first because I'm sure another music journalist/blogger/A&R or even artist themselves are going to take credit for this. You've seen it on WTM by Ramsey first. Here are four reasons a new Lauryn Hill album needs to happen.

The Re-Education of Lauryn Hill...nice ring to it right? Let's face it, The Miseducation is probably one of my generation's greatest complete projects of any genre. Whether you want to admit it or not it's not a big reach to say that. Still questioning my judgment, how about you question the recording academy and the five Grammy's they awarded her in 1999. The project is eight times platinum. Well in this country at least. These numbers are long before the streaming era my friend.

Pre-Y2K was probably the renaissance of neo-soul as a genre and Miseducation was right at the forefront of it. The way R&B has grown and the collection of subgenres that have been birthed from it, it'd be awesome to see how the production evolves. Lauryn Hill is a hell of a musician. Combined with synths and modern percussion I think she could really flourish in today's age. Let's be honest, the same hi-hat, kick, and snare combination is a little redundant. Maybe it's rude but really go back and listen to the percussion of Everything is Everything, Can't Take My Eyes off You, and Doo Wop (That Thing). Sounds the same. All Classics but repetitive.

Another reason she needs to drop a sequel is the monetary benefits. I could see it now. Imagine how Lauryn Hill would do on the charts. The Miseducation was timeless. The music branched across the world through many generations. This would do crazy numbers on billboard and all the streaming platforms. If her tax situation is how it suggests an album and tour would do wonders for her career and reputation of missing shows.

Unplugged is to Lauryn Hill as Blonde is to Frank Ocean. Both of these artists follow ups to classics seemed to be a collection of good songs but far from a great albums in comparison to their latter projects. They both are hermits when it comes to their time away from limelight and to focus on their craft.

"The challenge is aligning my energy with the time. I am at my best when I am open, rested, sensitive and liberated to express myself as truthfully as possible." Lauryn Hill

If this is as true as her letter expressed the time away from the industry limelight should have been more than enough to muster up another classic. No easy feat sure, but she's the only one who's capable and the people believe in her. The Re-Education needs to happen for real. The Miseducation explores a 24 year old Lauryn and her experience with love thusfar. She's 42 now, how has love changed and grown with age for her? I think we'd all love to hear. Does it still feel good when it hurts so bad in 2018? I talked about how the original rang across the generations but is there something she'd like to tell her 20 something year old self?  The project dropped when I was 8 years old. I didn't really analyze it until I was in high school. The world is much different now. My world is too. I'm 26 and the way I look at love is different than when I was 24 let alone in 1999 you know? Imagine her contrast at 42. My friend Taye says this generation needs a project like that, and Ms. Hill is the only one who could deliver.

"There's a difference between loving someone and being in love with somebody."

It's not just her perspective we want to hear though. The skits and intro that featured the children in class talking about love. I'd love to hear them go back and grab those same kids and see how their perspectives changed. They aren't the same little girls and boys that said they weren't too young to be in love. Their grown up skits would be wonderful in the sequel (I came up with this first remember. I should patent this or A&R this thing). 

On Saturday, the Miseducation will be 20 years old. I've talked about how time and production could change the sound of this imaginary project. I wonder who she could collaborate with. D'Angelo and Mary J. Blige were wonderful on the original. I'd love to see a new version which would feature the likes of Andre 3000, Frank Ocean, Sabrina Claudio, SydJohn Legend, or even fellow Jersey songstress SZA. The ideas are endless. There's more pros than cons Ms. Hill. I don't want to sound like another angsty fan about missing out on a Afropunk set. We know how experimental her sounds are live. I think I speak for the entire world when I say we would love to hear it on wax. 

What are your thoughts? Think I'm crazy? I might be, tell us in the comment section below.

Aug 14, 2018

Listen: Right Here - @_MadeInMUSIC

It's been awhile since we've heard from Yoqueyri. In fact this is her first single as a solo act.

To this point she was one half of 185 (formerly known as Tymes II). Last time I remember hearing her was in TRAPDAN and Friends a couple years back. From the production to the mix, Right Here is fire. I suggest playing this in a pair of headphones.  Yoqueyri takes us on a roller coaster of love and I love the facts that she didn't play it safe vocally. I'm glad to hear her back in the fold because frankly her voice is so beautiful. You'll see that for yourself when you press play and listen to Right Here after the break. I'm not sure if this is a lead single for a project or just a loose one. When we find out, you will too! I need you to feel this.

Aug 10, 2018

A-Side B- SidePodcast: Episode 012 - @MostDopeMusic_ Interview

It's been a little while since we dropped an episode, thanks for still rocking with us. Episode 12 features an exclusive interview with A1's own, MostDope.

The Asbury Park native sat with Ramsey to talk about his new single and a project we can expect in the fall. They also talked about the rest of his discography to this point, the A1 sound collective, some acts from the 732 we all should check out and our opinions on our recently released Op-Ed: Rap Don't Pay the Bills. We touched a lot in under an hour so press play during your lunch break. I need you to feel this.

The Music in this Episode is True by MostDope.

Aug 7, 2018

Editorial: Rap Don't Pay the Bills by: @RamseySaidWHAT

A friend of mine runs a Facebook group called Hot Topics with Regine. I normally interject every so often but I stay out unless it's a lane I think I can drive in. Awhile ago a question was proposed in this chat group. It's answers to the forthcoming question intrigued and inspired this article. At what age should one stop pursuing a Rap Career?

I graduated last May with a 63 year old man. He and his son, whom was graduating as well, sat in front of me taking their senior yearbook photos. Wide eyed with the world laid out on a table in front of me I was inspired by their story. I had made up my mind that there is always time to continue pursuing your dreams. The members in this facebook group felt differently than a newly inspired Jonathan. At the same time I understand that my views may be a bit cupcakes and bubble gum for some so I decided to ask my timeline on when was an appropriate time to "Get Real."

Upon further evaluation and some serious music listening I've come to a realization. They say rap is a junior's sport but it's crazy that at 26 I relate more to a man who's 40 plus than a comtemporary or peer. An example could be about Shawn Carter's critically acclaimed 4:44. In that album he raps about generational wealth, infidelity, a system that's prejudice towards colored people, keeping money in the family and starting my own business. I can feel that more than a 23 year old singing "Push me to the edge, all of my friends are dead." Why is it that a man almost double my age speaks to me in a way a peer of mine does not? Sure the obvious reason is wisdom over age but my point is: There is a pocket for an elderstatemen to operate in rap. Why should we quit trying to make it at any particular age?

I don't know what it is about the baby boomers but they seem to blame everything on millennials and what we value (considering they pretty much ruined the world and if we are lazy it is subject to how we were raised by that generation but I digress). I just always found it weird that they coupled all millennials together. Frankly we couldn't be more apart.

I've found the kids that grew up before social media was in our lives are different than the ones who grew up on Xbox and Facebook. There's a divide and our parents sent us outside to play rather than sit on our rear end trying to catch a Kangaskhan at Safari Zone. Some of us grew up in Toyz R Us, the rest played on tablets. Not that there's anything wrong with them it's just different. That's the difference between the Lil's and Ab-Soul's. Not that there isn't room for each to operate but social cues are missed and values are different with the whippa-snappas. I'm trying not to sound like a hip-hop purist or an old head that ONLY listens to Milkbone, Cypress Hill and Scarface (because I don't, I like Future too). I wasn't always on board with this thought process. I figure some of you guys just don't have the skills or formula to succeed in this thing. That is, until I read what the first commenter on the status had to say.

"You're never too old to reach the masses?" Shayla Simone

Although I disagreed Shayla was on to something. For so long the genre has been Misunderstood and Misconstrued (the title of my senior thesis I refer back to often). It's put in a negative light that other genres don't have to combat. I'll explain that later, but here's the other side of the debate. Let's face it, music isn't completely about talent. It hasn't been for a long time. If that were the case I wouldn't have created a platform like this for those who haven't been heard yet. If music were about talent a lot of these *insert meme celebrity turned rapper here* wouldn't exist. I won't namedrop, you already have a bunch of names in your head. Another thing is promotion (I wrote a whole piece about this). If you're twenty something still making music and it's dope, does it matter if no one heard it? How long are you supposed to keep at it rather than just sticking to your day job? Being a starving artist is cool for aesthetic and all but are you really going t.o be that 35 year old dude at the open mics performing hood classics a decade old? No shade, I mean that guy can be one re-brand away from stardom. Don't believe me, ask Titty Boi aka 2 Chainz

Looking back on that facebook post it was only I and the aforementioned Shyla who said to never stop rapping. All great ideas are met with resistance and in this case: a plethora of comments of people telling me I sound like a hurt rapper who hasn't popped yet. In which I responded like so...

Moving on I thought, Why do they put an age limit on rap and no other genre of music?  I once read something Grandmaster Flash said about hip hop and how we need to change the status quo:

"In rock and jazz, they go into the archives. I consider myself an expert in most music, but I can still look at a jazz historical program and say, 'Wow, I didn't  know that.' I watched a concert with the Rolling Stones, and 70 percent of the audience was kids! Somebody must've told them that these people were incredible before they were even born, and they went to go look. We need to do that for hip hop."

The pioneer is right. I get it rap doesn't pay the bills for most of us common folk but why should we continue to limit ourselves. Hip-hop has been an outlet for people 16, 26, and maybe one day a 60 year old can flourish from. Would people put Kiss, Bruce Springsteen, or even Prince (God rest his soul) in that box? If Mick Jagger as old as he is can parade around in tighter pants than your girlfriend and monetize why should rap be confined to being a young man's game? Why should rap do that too? What do you think? Is the dream too much? Is rap too over saturated? Should soundcloud rappers just quit and keep their job at Target? Leave your input in the comment section below.

Jul 31, 2018

Watch: Right Back - @lowcollege (prod. by @partyxmichael) shot by: @officialbaejing

Let's take a stroll down Myrtle Ave, Turn left past Alpha's, down the ave to the waterfront where Ocean Grove meets Downtown Asbury.

Joe College is back! In my A-Side B-Side Interview with the Neptune emcee he told me the crew was back to work following his most recent project, Civ X Sav Forever that dropped earlier in the year. I guess the title to this single sounds accurate. Right Back produced by Party Michael continues the same signature slick talk flow that we're used to hearing from College. If you follow they've been enjoying the summer all over the east coast between parties and shows. Word on the street is he got a collab joint coming out with HD Picasso whom we heard on Like That from his aforementioned album. More on that later. For now, check out the latest from the Rugged But Smooth spitter, Joe College.