Thursday, 16 April 2015

Rap songs that aren't on YouTube but really should be #7

If 1966 to 1971 was a golden age for revenge movies (Django, Point Blank, The Great Silence, Once Upon A Time In The West, The Duel, Get Carter) then 1995 to 1999 was a golden age for rap songs about revenge: Eye For An Eye by Mobb Deep, various songs by 2Pac, Parole Violators by CNN & Tragedy Khadafi, the Thugs Love Story trilogy by Kool G. Rap, The Pay Back by AZ, and Death Before Dishonor by Jiggs & Cheeks.

The latter two songs also share a couple of other things in common other than the concept of retribution: both use the same Sade sample and neither of them are currently on YouTube, at least not in any sort of listenable form in the case of AZ's addition to the revenge-rap canon. The universe clearly felt the need to punish rap music for KanYe West's snide line about Sade on that terrible latest single of his, but vengeance is a dish best served cold and these AZ & Jiggs & Cheeks tracks are way too hot to get caught in the crosshairs just because KanYe was rapping out of his arse to come up with anything that vaguely rhymed with All Day. Leave 'em alone, Ram:

AZ - The Pay Back
(From Pieces Of A Man album; 1998)

Jiggs & Cheeks - Death Before Dishonor
(From "The Don" North Pole album; 1999)

Again, props to ANU for finding the Jiggs & Cheeks album and hookin' it up.

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Generic list post: great songs on rap albums that are far from great

The next time some doe-eyed twerp is all up in your airspace earnestly extolling the virtues of the good ol' days of buying albums, pluck a fistful of notes straight outta his wallet and remind him there was nothing remotely noble about shelling out money for shit albums with one great song, especially if that one great song happened to be the single you'd already shelled out money for a couple of months beforehand.

Fuck da industry, we in da streetz bumpin' a YouTube rip MP3 of Cruisin from T.I's otherwise shitty Trouble Man album! Additionally, here's 24 other favourites from mediocre albums that were almost redeemed by one flash of brilliance where all the stars aligned like Band Aid in 1984:

Freddie Foxxx - The Master (1989)
Tha Camp - 1 Rubber (2007)
Meek Mill - Dreams And Nightmares (Intro) (2012)
Dramatik ft. Bria - Gotta Getaway (2000)
Marley Marl ft. Tragedy & Chuck D - America Eats The Young (1991)
Casual - Turkey And Dressing (2003)
Mr. Lif ft. Murs - Murs Iz My Manager (2006)
Shazzy - Gigahoe (1990)
Monsta Island Czars - Mic Line (2003)
Pusha-T ft. Kelly Rowland - Let Me Love You (2013)
Nighthawks - Cop Hell (2002)
Mac Mall - Pussy Whipped (1999)
Large Professor ft. Nas & Akinyele - Stay Chisel/Akinyele (2002)
YZ - The Return (Remix) (1993)
Devin The Dude - Bad Company (2008)
Half-A-Mill - World Famous (2002)
Master P ft. Curren$y - Let 'Em Go (2004)
Young Black Teenagers - First True Love Affair (1993)
Haystak - Broads & Alcohol (2004)
Sheek Louch ft. D-Block - Mighty D-Block (2 Guns Up) (2003)
4 Deep - True Blue Brother (1993)
Mack 10 ft. Ice Cube, WC & Butch Cassidy - Connected For Life (2002)
Biz Markie ft. DJ Jazzy Jeff - Tear Shit Up (2003)
Ca$h Out - I Want The Money (2014)

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

In The Mark Beaumont

DEV ft. Sage The Gemini - Kiss It
(From YouTube; 2014)

Realest shit written on the internet hitherto in 2015. I hope Nicole gently coos it to her firstborn in the same way that mum dukes used to sang Robin The Frog's cover version of Halfway Down The Stairs to me when I was knee high to a grasshopper.

DEV and Sage The Gemini both dropping new singles in the past couple of weeks is a timely reminder that I'm still salty Kiss It wasn't the biggest pop/rap single since Dark Horse. It's cold out here on the innanet as a Kiss It stan when the only other troopers you can find ridin' for the cause are this Nicole E bird and an ex-Melody Maker writer renowned for being even more clueless about anything rap-related than the paper's other infamous Simon.

That new Sage The Gemini single is one of the saddest examples of industry-assimilation in recent memory. Inversely, that new DEV single is a perfect example of why Boom Clack will always triumph over Boom Clap:

DEV - Parade
(From YouTube; 2015)

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Jiggs & Cheeks >>> Mr Cheeks

Much like Ball Wit' Us by Legit Ballaz, Hustle Til I Die by Jiggs & Cheeks manages to balance late '90s Midwest gangsta-rap and Bad Boy-style jigginess in equal measure on some Do Or DidDie type shit. In a perfect world, Jiggs & Cheeks would have had their regional 1999 debut CD re-released nationally by So So Def Records in 2000 with a couple of new tracks including a pre-fame KanYe production featuring guest verses from Loon & Cardan, and a Neptunes single with a fish-eye lens video of them strutting their stuff on a helicopter pad whilst clad in sleeveless orange leather boiler suits.

Jiggs & Cheeks - Hustle Til I Die
(From "The Don" North Pole album; 1999)

Maybe if Jermaine Dupri had done what he was 'pposed to do then the Jiggs & Cheeks album could have done those Harlem World The Movement numbers and that shit wouldn't be virtually unknown and so impossible to find nowadays unless you're a 30-something rap fan from northside Chicago, the Bork random gangsta-rap CD collector whose blog I first heard Hustle Til I Die and North Pole Anthem on back in 2009, or David Drake's dad. Ayo Drake - get your pa' to dig out your copy, rip it and then upload it to Zippyshare. You'll be Lester Got Bangz status in Latvia 4 life.

*EDIT* ANU found the album and uploaded it. DOWNLOAD THAT SHIT HERE!

Friday, 10 April 2015

A Consequence compilation 4 u

"The words that I say prove Cons' got raps
And everything'll change once Cons' got stacks
'Cause n*ggas gonna start wheezin' like an asthma attack
Saying ‘we's gonna do this’ and ‘we's gonna do that’
But we's don't fuck around, let's keep it like that"

This is the post where I attempt to convince you that Consequence is an unfairly maligned figure in rap history. You're excused if you've previously dismissed him as Q-Tip's rapping cousin with the proto-Rylan Clark dentures and little more than a couple of great singles to his own name because I bought into much the same notion until last year when it suddenly dawned on me that he's the best weed carrier KanYe has ever and I decided to give his catalogue a fair shake.

Turns out dude was pretty nice with his during the decade between his demo-on-wax in 1997 and his debut album Don't Quit Your Day Job in 2007. He's one of the few post-1996 N.Y rappers to have paid attention when Positive K and Grand Puba were teachin' mathematics on how to talk slick, and he plays the role of the Tog Dog Underdog with this idiosyncratic combination of spitefulness and empathy that could only be possessed by a true long-term weed carrier relishing his time in the spotlight after years spent out in rap's wilderness recording songs with Mike Zoot for German record labels.

More importantly, he had joints you can bump in the car that'll stop whoever has the aux cord wantin' to have you at gunpoint in the car, so I made compilation of his best shit. Raise a toast to Cons' Air - the only rapper to ever get me open enough to memorise an entire Talib Kweli guest verse.

Consequence - Give Cons' A Chance (Compilation)

1. Rock-N-Roll (1997)
2. Consequences (ft. Q-Tip) (1998)
3. N*ggas Get Knocked (1999)
4. A.S.R.F (2002)
5. 1988 (2002)
6. The Good, The Bad, The Ugly (ft. KanYe West) (2002)
7. It's Over (2002)
8. Yard 2 Yard (ft. Rhymefest) (2002)
9.Getting Out The Game (ft. KanYe West) (2003)
10. Take It As A Loss (ft. KanYe West) (2003)
11. Wack N*ggas 2 (ft. Common, KanYe West & Talib Kweli) (2004)
12. Caught Up In The Hype (2005)
13. Job Song (2007)
14. Callin' Me (2007)
15. Don't Forget 'Em (2007)


Thursday, 9 April 2015

F**k David Duckenfield

Back when ya host Kool Bro Dee Lancaster copped Trap Muzik and Mississippi: The Album on the same day sometime back in late summer 2003 I could have never imagined T.I. & David Banner would reunite 12 years later on a remix of one of my favourite singles of 2014 by a Mexican guy with the best hair in rap. File this one under under ‘rap songs about important issues’ and ‘remixes that Baby Bash really should have guested on’:

Kap G ft. T.I. & David Banner - F**k La Policia (remix)
(From the internet; 2015)

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Real late passes & DigitalDripped classics Only


I never listened to Rey, I never listened to David Drake
When they were sweatin' RNGM in 2013, fuck's sake
If I did I wouldn't be realising how good that shit is 2 years late
Now I got egg on my face like I just ate
I never owned Howard The Duck on VHS tape
Yeah, that was a set up for a punchline on Alley Boy's crew being called Duct Tape

Alley Boy ft. Ty Dolla $ign - RNGM
(From War Cry mixtape; 2013)

Worried about whether Truffle Butter is the fake?
Worry about Fader's Bobby Brackins/B.o.B mistake
These bloggers act like Brackins stans but never heard Jon And Kate Plus 8
When Nyquil sent me that shit in 2012 I sat up straight
'Cause a rapper sounding like Michel'le IRL was worthy of the John Cena face
Tripe and chips in Blackpool Tower is your dad's idea of an update

Bobby Brackins - Jon And Kate Plus 8
(From the internet; 2010)

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Can Trust F.O.T.S

File this under ‘Friends Of The Show’.

Back when I dropped that best of Fam-Lay compilation last week, SE from RAP MUSIC HYSTERIA (this post > every think piece you've ever written) swung through and suggested the universe's cosmic unconsciousness must be currently set to Star Trak b-listers because he was in the process of assembling some sort of Rosco P. Coldchain retrospective. The man also known as the rap internet's foremost K Kutta expert posted the fruits of his labour yesterday and it's a double header of Rosco like that Dukes Of Hazard episode where James Best played the two different characters. Bravo, old bean.

Fuck a TIDAL, Team Rap Compilation Zippyshares is takin' over in 2015. Shout outs to SE, EttelThun, Hot Box and Ackbar.

Monday, 6 April 2015

Billy found the mystery dancehall banger with the Samsung whistle sample!

See: previously for details. This is reality rap reggae, we all go through it:

"Lord God is a next gyal
That say she nuh have no credit
But she inna a Wi-Fi spot
She can't SMS only can WhatsApp
KMRT a that mi type back"

Busy Signal - #Text Message
(From t'internet; 2015)

^^ Me IRL right now ^^

Sunday, 5 April 2015

Ayo ppl who are up on modern dancehall

(*Edit* Forget that new Boosie single where he presents a compelling argument for the release for Max B, C-Murder and Vybz Kartel for now.)

Does anybody know what the dancehall song with the Samsung message notification whistle is? Heard it at the Nicki Minaj show in Manchester last night but couldn't Shazam that shit in time and Google is just turning up red herrings today.

Not sure why Samsung whistle samples have yet to catch on in rap when whistling was all the rage a decade ago and helped propel Flo Rida's Whistle and B.o.B's Headband into the global pop stratosphere in more recent years. Maybe Steve Jobs' brain is being kept alive somewhere deep within the bowels of Apple HQ so its immense power can be harnessed to secretly control the entire rap trade into staying loyal to their iPhones?

Best thing about seeing Nicki on The Pinkprint tour was getting to hear Feeling Myself without Beyonce's foghorn warbling all over it. Very apt right now because the only demographic worse than Apple fanboys are Beyonce stans.

Saturday, 4 April 2015

Why does KanYe West say "we want Fetty Wap" in Gold Digger?

Audio Push are one of those rap groups I always root for even though they've rarely dropped anything that's soundtracked my IRL exploits. Since hookin' up with Hit Boy a couple of years back they've either tended come up with the goods on Hit Boy's own shit or had their own hot shit ruined by intolerable guest rappers with a history of ruining hot singles. Normally here manages to avoid such pitfalls and features the illest harp in a rap song since Godfather Don's Da Bomb Baby, but Hit Boy still couldn't resist going all Liberachre by switching the beat up at the end for no good reason other than Gold Digger is his favourite KanYe song. He got that tinkering tradition, baby - look at his oeuvre!

"Keep bitches out your business
Keep a woman by your side
And don't mistake the two
Because if you break them rules you could lose your life
And that's the reason why..."

Audio Push - Normally
(From Soundcloud; 2015)

Friday, 3 April 2015

Generic list post: No Samples Cleared edition

24 years after the Alone Again court case, Gilbert O'Sullivan's Pagan ass suing Biz Markie for copyright infrigement is still the single worst thing to happen to rap music. Here's a generic list of joints that either didn't end up on the albums they were intended to end up on due to sample clearance-related fuckery or did end up on the albums they were intended to end up on before sample clearance-related fuckery forced them to be recalled and removed from all subsequent pressings. Ayo Gilbert - your mum copped a Wax Poetics subscription after Zach G started writing for them, mate.

Slick Rick - Captain Caveman (1991)
De La Soul - De La Slow (1991)
Eric B. & Rakim - Everything's Cool (1992)
UGK - Cocaine In The Back Of The Ride (O.G version) (1992)
Grand Puba - Time To Put It On (1992)
The Click - Daily Routine (1993)
Snoop - Gz Up, Hoes Down (1993)
Gang Starr - Doe In Advance (O.G version) (1994)
Big L - How Will I Make It? (1995)
TRU - Smokin' Green (1995)
AZ - Your World Don't Stop (O.G version) (1995)
Mobb Deep - Everyday Gunplay (1995)
Smif-N-Wessun - Nuthin' Move But Da Money (1995)
Brand Nubian - Brand Nu Hustle (1998)
Ghostface & Raekwon ft. Slick Rick & RZA - The Sun (2001)
KanYe West - My Way (2004)
Cam'Ron - Shut The Fuck Up (2004)
Trae ft. HAWK & Fat Pat - Swang (O.G version) (2005)
A.B.N - Rain (O.G version) (2008)
Roc Marciano - My Persona (2011)

Kept the songs by Queens rappers to a bare minimum here because I've already spread enough love in their direction recently, Please believe ya boy is still waitin' on that CDQ version of the O.G Thugs R Us by DJ Clue & Noreaga with the Under The Influence Of Love sample, though.

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

A Fam-Lay compilation 4 u

Theory of the day: perennial Star Trak b-lister Fam-Lay is to Re-Up Gang what A-Mafia is to Dipset - a loosely-affiliated henchman rapper who dropped a string of great deep cuts between 2002 - 2006, got locked up for a few years, came home and dropped shit that's 400 degrees hotter than the rappers he once played second fiddle to, before the new music sadly dried up after 2012 bar guest verses on the most unlikeliest of songs.

Here's the proof in the form of a compilation. Fam-Lay has gotta be a top 5 rapper to have never dropped an album and his discography is so scattered that he's prime fodder for a best of comp. It begins with his debut solo track from The Clipse's Lord Willin' in 2002, and then concludes a decade later with that song's redux Clap Clap, which is the last track he released aptly enough. 11 of these 14 tracks are Neptunes productions, including his freestyle over their Nike commercial. Free to add No Time For No's, Step Back or any other Fam-Lay cuts which may have floated your own boat, but don't dare delete the Rock N' Roll remix because Lil' Flip should have gotten Hip Hop Quotable in The Source for that verse.

Fam-Lay - The Best Of Fam-Lay (compilation)

1. FamLay Freestyle (2002)
2. Rock N' Roll (ft. Pharrell & Kelis) (2003)
3. Rock N' Roll remix (ft. Lil' Flip, Pharrell & Kelis) (2003)
4. Nike (Freestyle) (2003)
5. Fresh N Drivin' (2004)
6. Git Busy (ft. Pharrell) (2004)
7. Amalance (2005)
8. Skrung Owt (2006)
9. Da Beeper Record (ft. Pharrell) (2006)
11. What's My Name (2011)
12. Beach Cruiser (2011)
13. Money Makin' Trick (ft. Project Pat) (2011)
14. Clap Clap (2012)


Props to N Ski Valley for the 2 MP3 assists here. If you're a Yank text FAM4A to 30303 and cop that man a Da Beeper Record ringtone.

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Generic list post: march 2015

Obligatory round-up post of the songs I've listened to most during the month when nobody of note in the rap trade died, making it a welcome change from the last 3 months where Larry Smith passed away in december, Yams overdosed in january, and Jacka was murdered in february.

3 Deep - Say What I Wanna Say (2008)
5th Ward Weebie ft. Snoop & Juvenile - Let Me Find Out Pt 2 (2014)
Mr.2-17 - Strong Arm Flexin' (2014)
Meek Mill - Monster (2015)
The Purist ft. Roc Marciano - Patina (2015)
Rich Homie Quan - Flex (Ooh, Ooh, Ooh) (2015)
Young Thug - Halftime (2015)
Tha Dogg Pound ft. Kokane & Snoop - Skip Skip (2015)
Foxx - Real N*gga (2015)
Lil' Bibby & Lil' Herb - Ain't Heard Bout You (Kill Shit Pt.2) (2015)
Jidenna ft. Roman GianArthur - Classic Man (2015)
DonMonique - Pilates (Kendall, Kylie, Miley) (2015)
T-Pain ft. The Dream & Vantrease - Let Your Hair Down (2015)
Vybz Kartel - Time (2015)
Disasterpeace - It Follows (Title) (2015)

I'm a big fan of Game's most shameless latter-day industrial output but Ambitionz Of A Rida with Dej Loaf has yet to find its way into my steady rotation, even though Dana Dej doesn't sound like Tink Got Gunz on it. Not listened to the Kendrick Lamar LP because it seems the sort of album noted rock canon expert Questlove would describe as sounding like the rap equivalent of Johnny Clash's At London Prison.

Monday, 30 March 2015

Rap songs that aren't on YouTube but really should be # 6

The year is 1989 and denial is not just a river in Egypt but how rap's O.G King Of New York Melle Mel is livin'. By night the fallen Frank White is now hittin' the crack pipe like Jimmy White; by day he shoots anti-crack TV commercials for WNBC with his What's The Matter With The World collaborator Van Silk and hits the studio to record songs like White Lines '89 and Drug Wars for his Piano LP.

Drug Wars isn't Piano's highlight (that'd be Free Style which saw Melvin blackin' the fuck out and Izz-izzing words on wax before E-40 or Snoop even touched down proper) but it still badly needs to be streamable somewhere online for the chil'ren. Rumoured to be ghost-produced by the album's in-house DJ Kid Capri, its beat is a lo-fi precursor to Know The Ledge, and the song itself is a lowkey missing link between Night Of The Living Baseheads and Slow Down in the pantheon of golden-era songs about how crack decimated New York's poorest neighbourhoods. Basically, it's prime street-level rap noir from a man slap bang in the middle of N.Y.C's crack epidemic and a final grand huzzah from rap's first Grandmaster.

Grandmaster Melle Mel - Drug Wars
(From Piano album; 1989)

Sunday, 29 March 2015

Got Kinga, got Saskia, got Maxwell

Painful as this is to admit, there are now two legitimate joints to have (sorta) emerged from the Fadercore cesspit of Awful Records. The first is Lil' Wayne's freestyle over O.G Maco's U Guessed It, which is best experienced by pretending its a Weezy original over another one of those primitive Soulja Boy beats a la Wowzers. The second is this Pilates (Kendall, Kylie, Miley) song by some Brooklyn bird called DonMonique, with the video that was shot at an Awful Records party in N.Y full of teenagers with pierced noses.

DonMonique - Pilates (Kendall, Kylie, Miley)
(From YouTube; 2015)

It'll probably transpire that DonMonique is the pet project of the Pitchfork Reviews Reviews Tumblr guy or some equally toxic New York media incubus (no Das Racist's manager), nonetheless this song slaps in much the same barely-there way that Pussy by Lady slapped, and if the stench of New York industry nepotism around it becomes overwhelming then you can easily Fabreeze that shit by just pretending it's a New Era comeback record instead.

Big Bamboos >> nose rings.

Saturday, 28 March 2015

A When Boosie Was Gone TRILL ENT compilation 4 u

Don't thank me, thank my blogga there Hot Box who zipped that When Boosie Was Gone generic list post of mine up into a compilation. If you missed the post, its premise was songs by TRILL ENT artists which were released when Boosie was doing porridge, which basically translate to a shitload of jams by Webbie, Foxx, Mouse On Tha Track, Lil' Phat, and Lil' Trill & Shell. Sod the British Bulldog & Owen Hart, the Martorialist & Hot Box is the greatest Anglo-Canadian union since that British golden retriever starred alongside Corey Haim in Watchers.


Friday, 27 March 2015

Martorial elegance: Team Bacon Bra edition

Things done changed - rap went from Mr Magic to Mr Serv-On to Mr Me Too to Mr Porter. Gonna need a fan made video of this set to pix of those ponces from Pitti for it to truly become the viral anthem it's 'pposed to be.

"I'm a Classic Man
You can be mean when you look this clean
I'm a Classic Man
Callin' on me like a young O.G
I'm a Classic Man
Your needs gettin' met by the street elegant ol' fashioned man
Yeah baby, I'm a Classic Man"

Jidenna ft. Roman GianArthur - Classic Man
(From Classic Man single; 2015)

Hilariously apt how this video resembles the latest Jacamo advert. Things really have done changed.

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Generic list post: When Boosie Was Gone edition

Apropos of that new Boosie song here's a list of legitimate jams by other TRILL ENT artists which were released during the years when Boosie was in the bing. Pimp C made it a hot line, Mel & Turk made it a hot label to launder their drug money by poaching Concentration Camp's hottest artist when C-Loc got locked up, then the rest of the TRILL roster made hot music to compensate for their marquee artist being in prison even if Mel & Turk stuffed up by not releasing a lot of it for retail and letting Mouse On Tha Track out of his contract.

Webbie - My People (2010)
Webbie & Lil' Phat ft. Birdman - Do It Bigger (2010)
Mouse On Tha Track ft. TRILL Fam - Turn The Beat Up (2010)
Foxx - Get On (2011)
Foxx - Gold Mouth Dawg (2011)
Foxx - Stressed Out (2010)
Mouse On Tha Track - Swagger Fresh Freddie (2011)
Mouse On Tha Track ft. Young Ready - Alligator Hummingbird (2011)
Mouse On Tha Track - Money And Stuntin' (2011)
Webbie - Crazy (2011)
Webbie ft. Lil' Phat - What's Happenin' (2011)
Webbie - Keep Ya Head Up (2011)
Lil' Phat ft. Mannie Fresh - Talk Some Mo' Shit (2011)
Lil' Phat - Countin' Money (2012)
Foxx - Rich N*gga (2012)
Foxx ft. $hizz - 3rd Person (2012)
Mouse On Tha Track - Hand Rub (2012)
Mouse On Tha Track - Like Ya Momma Showed Ya (2012)
Mouse On Tha Track - Raise A Finger (2012)
Foxx - Shut Up (2012)
Foxx - Put Yo' Pussy On The Phone (2012)
Foxx - I Wonder (2012)
Lil' Trill & Shell - Futuristic Lingo (2012)
Mouse On Tha Track - Bye Bitch (2013)
Mouse On Tha Track ft. Kevin Gates - Don't Make Em Like Me (2013)
Mouse On Tha Track ft. Level - Get It Back (2013)
Foxx - Ride (2013)

Bonus Beats: Top 3 songs from TRILL artists' collaboration mixtapes with non-TRILL artists.

$hizz & Foxx - Send Ya Hit Man (2012)
Box & Swagga Fresh Freddie - Get It Out The Mud (2011)
Killa Kyleon & Mouse On Tha Track - Carmelo (2012)

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Atlanta reclaims Dabbin' from stoner bores

No, really.

Did think the recent Swag-Rap renaissance might have hit the skids after founding father of Swag-Rap J.Money's latest mixtape sounded like an exercise in pinning the tail on every generic Atlanta trap rapper from the past 3 years. Then YouTube recommended me this new single by the guy behind This And That and it was like Fast Life Yungstaz were reborn for 2015, but with less Ralph Lauren and more edumacational lyrics:

"I've been workin' like Harriet Tubman
Nappy headed just like Frederick Douglass
But I'm swagged like a house slave
In the shade drinkin' lemonade"

Mr.2-17 - #Dabbin'
(From YouTube; 2015)

Definitely the best video YouTube has recommended me so far this week. The worst? This: