About an hour ago, Boston’s Boy, Sam Adams, released a new joint via his twitter called Watch Out. It’s Friday, the weather is nice (well…near me), and this should easily fit into rotation, pool party music, straight out raging, things like that. Sam adds his own lil touch to a dub step instrumental and does his thing. I’m a fan of dub step, when it’s good dub step and this is definitely good dub step! Enjoy!
Sam Adams – Watch Out
Private planes. Dom Perignon at 30,000 feet. Aston Martins, Bugattis, McLarens, Ferraris, and Bentleys. Gucci loafers. Damier print. Welcome to the life. Wealth. Class. #Jets
Curren$y is the ringleader of the #Jets crew, kind of like Wiz has the Taylor Gang. His swag is effortless, his flow is crisp, and this is perfect to listen to when you’re just running things like a boss. Hit the jump for the full tracklist and download link.
“Michael Knight” – Curren$y
Lames catch feelings, we catch jets. Jets, fool.
“We Back Soon” – Lil Wayne
Sittin’ in a Ferrari, thinkin’ bout money/ I swear I will go head up with all o’ y’all/ Bumper cars
One of my favorite Sam Adams tracks, this one has some great rhymes from Sam and has that trademark Spitta flow on it. Great collaboration between Curren$y and sam right here.
“Fly Jets Over Boston” – Sam Adams feat. Curren$y
I’m the three white keys in C, you a minor/ Knew my shit banged when my music hit the highways/ Found out that hardwork pays off, like Fridays
Truth be told, Chip’s flow might very well be my favorite flow in the game right now. Not saying he’s my favorite rapper, but the dude flows like a goddamn faucet.
“Movie” – Chip Tha Ripper
Dog my life is like movie/ All of the cars and places we are/ All my girls look like dem girls off in the movies
“Final Hour” – Big Sean
Catch me runnin’ to the money/ Until my feet lose feelin’/ Stack it wall to wall till it’s leakin’ through the ceilin”
When Lil Wayne does a song called “Bill Gates,” you know it’s going to be about serious skrills.
“Bill Gates” – Lil Wayne
Polo Ralph Lauren bitch/ That’s what my pajamas say/ Big tall glass of some shit you can’t pronunciate
“Glass House” feat. Curren$y and Big Kritt – Wiz Khalifa
One of the dopest/ I’m schedule 1 you just ibuprofen
The entire album that this next track is off of, “The Crash Album” by DJ Moondance, is one of the best mashup albums I’ve ever heard. He doesn’t just mash track A and B, rather he takes elements from each song and puts them together. This is my favorite cut off of the album. Effortless swag.
“All-American Party” – DJ Moondance
Brushin’ off my three piece/ I make this look too easy/ So tall and lanky/ My suit, it should thank me/ I make it look good to be this hood/ Meyer Lansky mixed with Lucky Lefty/ Gangster, effortlessly/ Poppa was a rolling stone-its in my ancestry
“King Kong” – Curren$y
Fuck around get popped like a collar/ For slippin’ in my city get bitten, chewed, swallowed/ Fool, what you think you like me?/ Your idol and your rival I be
“Gossip” – Lil Wayne
Stop analyzing, criticizing/ You should realize what I am and start epitomizing/ Legitimate I got the heart of the biggest lion
Chuck Inglish productions are always dope, and with three of the slickest flows over this one, you know it’s going to be nuts. Extra crispy flow from Chip, Spitta, and Sean on this.
“Fat Raps” feat. Curren$y and Big Sean – Chip tha Ripper
Your girl show me L-O-V-E/ I drop the O, and the E/ And just took the LV/ That’s Louis Vuitton luggage every time you see my passport/ Damier print, got me lookin’ like a chess board
“Cool Head” feat. Kid Cudi – Travis Barker
I’m in my own world/ Literally, no bullshit baby
“We Major” ft. Kanye West and Nas – Big Z Remixes
Turn nothin’ to something now pimpin’ that’s the Savior/ Best things are green now pimpin’ get your paper/ High off the ground, our status skyscraper
I’m very on and off with Wale. Absolutely hated his last album, but I am definitely a fan of his ability to flow, which is really accentuated on this track. Plus, I love Aston Martins, so swag.
“Aston Martin Music” – Wale
My garments shouldn’t be here, I’m somewhere near the future/ As far as being hard, I feel I’m somewhere near Medusa
“She Said” – Mac Miller
Ayo my herb smoke tastin’ like a Nerds rope/ Imma get rich so I can buy my bitch a fur coat/ Something like a millionaire in training/ Still my shit amazing
”The Number Won Competition” – Wale
Fuck it we on the move/ None of us tryin’ to lose/ I am out of this world/ and you a man on the moon
I was stoked when I first heard this track because I was already a big fan of the song “Walking on a Dream” by Empire Sun. That combined with Wiz, I knew it was going to be dope.
“The Thrill” – Wiz Khalifa
Wake up drunk, go to sleep fucked up
Just some classic, heavy hitting, laid back Lil Weezy. Nothing’s better.
“Lighting Up My Lalala” – Lil Wayne
It’s, Little Wayne Imma shine in the rain/ Now nothing gets cleared without me signing my name/ I’m just, headlining the game/ Won’t stop till I’m/ A Rodding the game, they riding the bench
“Feel Good” – Chip tha Ripper
If you tryna fuck wit me then you better have some commas/ I be wit them OGs i’m probably stuntin wit yo fathaaa
One of my favorite Jay-Z classics with some of that tight Ratatat vibe, all around great track.
“Allure (Jay-Z & Notorious B.I.G.)” – Ratatat
The allure of breaking the law/ Was always too much for me to ever ignore/ I got a thing for them big body Benzes/ Indulge my senses/ In love with a V-Dub engine
Dream Big, Swag Out
Brenton Duvall, Hoodie Allen, and Sam Adams sharing a stage? Hell, that sounds like one hell of a night. I’ve got a recap for ya. Lucky for NC people, Hoodie’s coming our way in just 5 days (February 24th). GET EXCITED!!!! Buy tickets now!
I’ve known Sam Adams for a long time now, both personally and as a rapper, and I was really impressed by this track. It’s great seeing him go in this direction, with a strong emphasis on lyricism. In “Letter to the Lost,” Sam goes in over Christina Perri’s “Jar of Hearts,” Sam really compliments a beautiful song by Christina. Taking us on a journey through his struggle for self-identity and recognition as an artist, this is a very interesting progression in my opinion for Sam. This is not a ‘party record,’ this is a real track.
Young Sammy with a fantasy/ Closed my eyes took a path no one else had seen/ Livin the life I had before there’s nothin left to see/ Onto the world to explore, free to breathe
As impressed by his lyrics on this track as I am, I am similarly impressed by his flow. Sam spits very fast in many of the verses, and is able to accentuate clearly, which is a very difficult thing to do as a rapper.
Overall, I think this is a great track. He’s been doing a lot of recording recently, and I’m intrigued to see what direction he takes his music in from this point on. What do you guys think of his progression? Be sure to check out the mini tour documentary I made with him in Richmond and Chicago. The photo in this post is one I took in Chicago, see the rest here.
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I was never much of a Sam Adams fan, but when I heard what he just did over P. Diddy’s latest beat, I can’t say I wasn’t impressed. It’s so hard for me to put a finger on what it is that makes me like a song in hip hop, but here are a few things that come to mind:
- The wordplay must be clever
- The rhymes must be multi-syllabic
- Melodies help…that gives it an element of a SONG rather than just talking over a beat
- The rapper has to have dynamic flow…must show an ability to switch it up between songs
- It never hurts if they mention Sunsets or Rearviews (Sammy mentioned a sunset in this song, Lil B mentioned the rearview in this one)
So there are a few things. Another thing I like about this song in particular is the theme of “coming home to Boston.” Sam Adams has really taken off, and part of that is likely because he has labeled himself as “Boston’s Boy.” If you’re aware of the Patriots, Celtics, Red Sox, Bruins…any of Boston’s sports teams…you probably know that Boston fans are hardcore about their home city. Sam Adams recognized this and jumped on it, and putting out a song like this will only make those fans go crazier. I think it’s brilliant, truthfully. BUT, I don’t necessarily think it will work with any city. Boston kids are just nuts.
“We R Who We R” – Aer
I don’t know about you guys, but, usually, listening to Ke$ha makes me want to gouge my eyes out. Exaggeration? Maybe. However, Aer’s take on Ke$ha’s “We R Who We R” is superchill, really mellow, and overall a great song. With a great guitar riff and easy going vocals, Aer really makes this an enjoyable song to listen to, which is shocking to me. Anybody who can make Ke$ha bearable is legit in my book.
With a really great flow, Aer is a group I’d definitely be on the lookout for in the future. When I was with Sam Adams in Richmond, Virginia (stay posted for footage dropping this week!) we talked a little about Aer, as Sam and the members of Aer went to the same high school. He told me to be on the lookout for them, as he is a big fan. In fact, Aer’s members are still Seniors at Wayland High School. Seniors in high school making music this good? Really impressive. Pay attention to Aer, you’ll certainly be hearing more of them in the future.
Download Aer’s mixtape, Water on the Moon
With the sun disappearing from view and streets lights flickering overhead as temporary replacements, downtown began to slowly but surely come to life. Hipsters biked, walked, and skipped to the left while frat boys began their night of debauchery to the right. In the middle of all this mayhem, situated as the unofficial separator of the two groups, was The Vault Club and inside, standing illuminated by multicolored flashing lights, Sam Adams. He, like his music, stood in between two worlds; a part of both but belonging to none. With a cool but goofy grin plastered on face, he spotted me as I entered the club and hopped over with a simple “Yo.” As an awkward but sincere handshake was exchanged, I stepped back and took in his 6’3 frame and realized that all the research I had done prior to the interview was useless. The real Sam Adams was right in front of me and he was nothing like what I expected.
[By: Falade ] [ Photography: Bonnie Brothers]
Sam Adams began the night with energy that even I had trouble keeping up with. I followed him as he went from skipping to calmly walking up the club’s stairs; from sitting on a plush white leather couch to standing in his Jordans, and finally to spinning on a bar stool. The interview began and he, unlike me, wasn’t even out of breath.
His Own Thing
There have been recent claims and various comments made by and on blogs stating that you don’t belong in the rap game. What is your relationship with actual rappers in the industry? Do they hold the same sentiments?
When it comes to rappers, even though it
isn’t their lane, they respect what I am doing because I am having success and am fun for the most part. So ya, I do have some relationships with rappers. But in terms of that, I try to do my own thing because unless you want to get on a poppy ass dance record that a bunch of 17 year old white girls are dancing to, you might not want to jump on a tape with me. [laughs]
What about blogs and bloggers? Is your relationship strained with us?
I have actually never talked to them. I tend
to just shun them. The only blogs I fuck
with is The Carter Cartel, FreshNewTracks, and 2DopeBoyz. Especially FreshNewTracks. 2DopeBoyz just threw us up a couple of days ago. So they are cool. They are finally coming around. I mean, who knows if it just because I released a track with Whoo Kid, or if it was cuz I was with Curren$y. You know dudes will post some shit and will say “I posted this because of Curren$y,” but you know they still posted my shit though.
One of the distinct things I remember from the interview was a pause; a pause that seemed void of the initial energy that I had witnessed. During it, as I sat across from a mellowed Sam Adams, I observed that he had become slightly jaded by the bad press he had received. This change in his disposition surprised me until I remembered that he had only begun this journey into the rap industry a mere year ago; a fact that Sam Adams did not shy away from.
“Every time I have an interview they ask me the same questions. ‘So where did you start? How do you balance school and soccer? What’s it like? How has your life changed?’ I mean come on, I am not fucking Diddy. [laughs] I am still a kid. I really haven’t changed that much.”
The Kid & His Music
There is a distinction between those who create music & those who just make songs. The former primarily provokes thought while the latter primarily emotion. Are you creating music and in turn provoking thought or are you doing you and simply creating songs that people love?
Umm, I think that I am doing both. I have a lot of room to grow as an artist and some of my songs, like “Driving Me Crazy,” are songs that are sort of for the high school and college masses. Other songs that I have done recently are incredibly lyrical but some songs are definitely aimed for mass appeal. You know? Like the Black Eyed Peas are just killing it in terms of making what everyone loves. Their stuff is real dancy and not too confusing or intellectual. [pauses]
One of Usher’s biggest songs is like a dance record. When he used to write those songs I was just like “Damn I should not break up with this girl.” [laughs]
But I think my rookie album was a mix. Me trying to find my place in the industry, so now I have room to be thought-provoking.
What about your new mixtape coming out with Whoo Kid?
It’s going to be more hip hop and a lot of dub step, electronic, fast paced. Sort of on some whole new shit. Then we have some real thought-provoking songs. Like ones where I vent about the industry. Vent about here and there. There is a lot I have to say. I have learned so much in the last four months of doing this job. Feels like I have done a full four years of college.
Fake Life 101
There are many rappers trying to get in the industry who focus on what they are not rather than what they could be.
Ya, that’s what we call Fake Life.
Ya, when you are going into relationships and you are around people that have a tendency to be fake. I just call it my get money face. It’s your business face. Ya know? If you have to shake a dude’s hand that you rather put his head through a bar, you shake his hand. Especially if he is important. You watch your tongue and play your role.
But in terms of people being fake and making songs that are untrue and stuff; it’s a business and it’s sort of part of it. As a musician, it’s sort of corny. Then again, we are in the record industry and the goal is to sell records.
I know Asher Roth hated “I Love College” and that was the single that was pushed and he did well. But I mean, if he could have, he would have done it a different way. That’s why he didn’t pick up and own the college circuit.
Who are you now and who do you think you will be in five years?
I think right now I am still an aspiring artist. I still have a lot of room to grow. In five years, if we do shit right, I should be smashing it on the domestic and international level. I am trying to be on stage with the Tiesto’s, David Guetta’s, Rusko’s, & dub step cats. Sort of step over the bickering middle man bullshit in the rap industry and go to 75k shows.
Hearing this I realized immediately that the Sam Adams before me was not at all the typical rapper. He had no wishes to be the next Jay-Z, Kid Cudi, or Common. From the get-go he readily admitted that he didn’t fit, or even belong, in the rap game. In his mind, he was just making a pit stop on a journey to what he called “a new genre.”
The interview ended and another handshake was exchanged. This one was as cool and awkward as the first, but this time it did not surprise me because I finally understood. I understood that Sam Adams, behind the lights, was just a young man having fun; a young man whose ego hadn’t inflated to the point that it couldn’t be bruised by bad press. An artist who had enough energy to go from dealing with a pesky blogger such as me to making the club go crazy.
Sam Adams is not our typical rapper but he does belong to that new breed of artists we have all been whispering about. The new breed that many of us are hesitant to even label as rappers. Love or hate his music, the fact that he is gaining success speaks volumes about the industry and where it is headed. Change is coming and one thing is for sure: Sam Adams has the opportunity to play a large role in it.
Interview by Falade