Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Never been arrested for nuthin' domestic

J.Stalin X DJ Fresh in 2015? Still Positive K's third single when the stars realign to form the Ursa Mob&Bullshit constellation in the Northern California hemisphere.

J.Stalin ft. L'Jay - Bye Felicia
(From YouTube; 2015)

Lil' Debbie's come a long way from being Kreayshawn's geeky 4-eyed mate in the Gucci Gucci video, eh? Looks great in Air Jordan 1's, looks even better pointing a pistol in J.Stalin's face after she's just caught him cheating on her. Whatta mistaka ta maka!

"All you need is a gurl and a gun" - D.W. Stalin

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Rap & Bullshit: conventional rap history narratives that are a load of bollox (part 2)

"Run D.M.C's Sucker MC's made a whole generation of rappers irrelevant!"

More oft-repeated poppycock. Firstly, by 1983 rap had already splintered into a handful of sub-genres which could exist symbiotically. Secondly, rather than making a whole generation of rappers irrelevant, it provoked the Furious Five and the Coldcrush Brothers into recording their best studio songs as groups: Step Off and Fresh, Fly, Wild, And Bold, the former being a top 10 pop hit across Europe. Thirdly, Melle Mel, Kool Moe Dee, and Spoonie Gee all had their biggest hits post-Sucker MC's: Beat Street Breakdown, I Feel For You, How Ya Like Me Now, Wild Wild West, and The Godfather.

This ain't to say that Sucker MC's wasn't a game changer, but its impact has been vastly exaggerated by those glib critics who want to spin the story of 80s rap in neat 'n' tidy generational shifts and grand Slay Thy Father gestures. Anyone caught propagating this horseshit from this point forth should be forced to review Rev Run's appalling 2005 solo album Distortion for the rest of eternity once they depart this spinning chunk of granite and water. Raise Hell on that thought, suckers.

Monday, 5 October 2015

Hat tip to Hot Box

Runway Richy ft. Big Gipp - How You Feeling
(From ForeignMerican mixtape; 2015)

Miss me with your Big K.R.I.T comparisons; to moi, this shit sounds the Witchdoctor song I've been waitin' on him to release as the follow-up to his lost 2009 YouTube-only single Rich & Poor. It ain't gonna change the world, but it just made my world feel a whole lot happier on a wet monday morning. Silly cat, wore Sperry Topsiders in the rain.

Saturday, 3 October 2015

Rap & Bullshit: conventional rap history narratives that are a load of bollox (part 1)

"The Message was the first socio-political rap song, man!"

Nowadays everyone wanna talk about Duke Bootee & Melle Mel's The Message like it was the first rap song with something meaningful to say, but nothin' comes out when y'all move your fingertips just a bunch of revisionist gibberish and motherfuckers act like they forgot about Kurtis Blow's Hard Times. To wit: Kurtis Blow made a song about the economic hardships of everyday life in 1980, Duke Bootee followed suit in 1982, albeit featuring a recycled Melle Mel verse from 1979. There's no debate, it happened.

Kurtis Blow - Hard Times
(From Kurtis Blow album; 1980)

The solution? Anyone caught persisting with the notion that rap was all fun & games until The Message dropped will be forced to read the collected Rap Radar posts of Brian "B-Dot" Miller every day for a year. Anyone who also persists on crediting The Message to Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five will be forced to subscribe to B-Dot's Twitter as extra penance.

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

"Talkin' 'bout he want me to stick my finger in my booty!"

Juke Life - Booty Hole
(From Soundcloud; 2011)

File this under ‘Soundcloud & Bullshit songs in a Dormtainment stylee which really need ad libs from Big Tigger in WBITCH mode.’ Main fella on this wins the Freak Of The Week award for that "go further up your back way past your tits/control you from your ass like a ventriloquist" lyric. Ease back there, Matthew Corbett.

Hat tip to some crazy ass blogger named ANU for this one. WBBBBBITCH where the W stands for finger near a blogger's arsehole like Whoa.

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Generic list post: september 2015

Obligatory wrap-up post of those songs I've played most during the month when crabs and rats were more appealing than listening to a certain Twitter-bait mixtape.

Greyson & Jasun ft. Slick Rick - Get Bizzy (1991)
Lil' Chris ft. Tiffini - Bad Lil' Chick remix (2015)
Plies - I Got It (2015)
Maine Musik - Social Media Gangsta (2015)
Fetty Wap ft. Monty - How We Do Things (2015)
Patman - Lit (2015)
A-Wax - Been A Long Time (2015)
Mozzy ft. E Mozzy & Celly Ru - Love Slidn (2015)
T.I. - Project Steps (2015)
Nick Brewer ft. Bibi Bourelly - Talk To Me (2015)
Popcaan - Slap Roun Deh (2015)

Other notables: also the month when the bottom of the Migos/Young Thug/Future cosplay barrel was well and truly scraped with Mystikal's Robert Dinero, Eearz's Work Ya Muscle and Young Dro's Ugh respectively. Ugh indeed.

Saturday, 26 September 2015

You on computers and I ain't the type to write a blogger

Mozzy ft. E-Mozzy & Celly Ru - Love Slidn
(From Bladadah album; 2015)

Kudos to Rey for being the first person I ever saw post Mozzy's shit, and kudos to SE for being the first person to identify Love Slidn as 2015's most sensual piece of northern Californian mob music.

You know who gets the ultimate kudos tho? The first person to suss out where the Love Slidn saxophone sample comes from. Them toots sound lush enough to pass for a Bernard Herrmann Taxi Driver OST outtake but it'll probably transpire they come from a Herman's Hermits deep cut or some shit.

Thursday, 24 September 2015

Fettle down part 2

The only thing better than finally hearing the properly mastered official version of Fetty Wap's RGF Island is hearing the aforementioned properly mastered official version of RGF Island still in its original form without an awkward rap verse bolted on midway through a la the 2nd now-official retail version of Trap Queen.

Fetty didn't f**k it up and now Lyor's cash can blow it up! Some ye olde ponce once opined that No Man Is An Island but ya boy is ready to turn up like the physical embodiment of Ibiza circa 1993 if Fetty's most euphoric song finally makes its way to the DJ sets of this country's most disgraceful franchise bars. Catch y'all in Revs 4 fridays from now?

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Generic list post: back to the ice grillz again

Consider this post a retreat for those of us who aren't yet ready to join the ranks of the Conservative Rap Coalition but also never want to hear another rap song which sounds like Migos for the rest of our lives (Mystikal's pathetic Robert Dinero was my own personal point of no return.) This post's premise then: the ultimate playlist of great songs by painfully-unfashionable N.Y rappers last decade. F**k the Rotten Apple's heroes, we're over hear jamming Y@k Ballz, Postaboy, Loon, Goretex & Necro, Maino, Ron Browz, Consequence, Swizz Beatz and even Papoose!

Shyne - Commission (2000)
Blahzay Blahzay - Ice Grillz (2000)
Missin' Linx - What It Is (2000)
Y@k Ballz - HomePiss (2000)
Agallah - Let's Get High (2001)
J-Zone - Q&A (2001)
A-Bless - That's Bless (2001)
Party Arty - Show & Prove (2001)
G-Dep ft. Faith Evans - Everyday (remix) (2001)
Megalon - Rain Blood (2001)
Akinyele - Problems (2001)
Nighthawks - Cop Hell (2002)
Fuc That - Jon F. Hennessey (2002)
Postaboy - Let's Go (Jurassic Harlem) (2002)
The NYG'z - Giantz Ta This (2002)
Foxy Brown - Stylin' (2002)
Half-A-Mill - World Famous (2002)
Loon - This Ain't Funny (2003)
Sheek Louch ft. D-Block - Mighty D-Block (2 Guns Up) (2003)
Goretex ft. Necro - Dopesick (2003)
Tragedy Khadafi - Neva Die Alone Pt.2 (2003)
R.A The Rugged Man - How Low (2004)
Taj Mahaj ft. Un Kasa - Pull Ya Hawks Out (remix) (2004)
A-Mafia - Everywhere (2004)
Fabolous - Can't Let You Go (Just Blaze remix) (2004)
Blaq Poet - Bang This (2005)
Remy Ma - Lights, Camera, Action (2005)
Purple City - It Ain't Easy (2005)
Black Rob - Help Me Out (2005)
Saigon ft. Kool G. Rap - The Letter "P" (2005)
Maino - Rumors (2005)
Tony Yayo - Fake Love (2005)
Bo$$ Hog Babarians - You Got Mail (2006)
Riot Squad - Peep Game (2006)
Ron Browz - Jumping (Out The Window) (2007)
Swizz Beatz - Money In The Bank (2007)
Consequence - Job Song (2007)
AZie of MobStyle - The '80s (2007)
Jae Millz - Sober (2008)
Papoose ft. AZ - Knowledge Is Power (2008)
Big Noyd - Heartless (2008)
Uncle Murda - Anybody Can Get It (2008)
Red Cafe ft. Pete Rock - Heart And Soul Of New York City (2009)
Killa Sha - Night Shifting (2009)

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Rap songs that aren't on YouTube but really should be # 13

One minute you're sitting in the bath browsing YouTube marveling at just how much music is on there to stream for free, the next you're cursing humanity because nobody has ever bothered to upload Pimp Olympic$ by Go-Rilla Pimps AKA J-Zone & Dick Stallion's bonus cut on 'Zone's Ign'ant mix CD. Audiomacked that shit as my good deed of the week. You're welcome, you're all welcome etc etc.

Go-Rilla Pimps - Pimp Olympic$
(From Ign'ant mixtape; 2003)

Top 3 best J-Zone song of all time, top 2 greatest Roy Ayers sample ever, and top 1 goofiest Blaxploitation character entrance scene in the history of cinema. If you wanna hear Pam Grier doing a faux-Jamaican accent which makes shorty from Little Mix sound like Spice then Coffy is the movie 4 u.

Saturday, 19 September 2015

Lit but you know it

Drake linked me to Patman's Lit on Soundcloud t'other day askin' me what I thought of it. Naturally, any song that pitches down the Brenda Russell sample from Big Pun's Still Not A Player to accidentally sound like the Chicago swag-rap cousin of A-Wax's Yeah Right gets both thumbs up from me. Lo and behold Lit got the DGainz visual treatment yesterday and the video reminded me of an ancient proverb my Grampa told me on a day trip to Prestatyn when I was a sprog - life's a beach but that doesn't mean you should ever 2-step in sandals if there ain't no sand beneath your feet.

Patman - Lit
(From YouTube; 2015)

**Kay Slay voice** No Men's Feet When I'm Tryna Eat Volume 1 coming soon!

Friday, 18 September 2015

Even when I'm bloggin' I'm bein' sincere

From the House to the 'haus: LL and LeShaun performing Doin' It at the 1996 VMA's lookin' like a couple of fooken' goffs.

YouTube stays removing the video of LL performing Go Cut Creator Go on Saturday Night Live in 1987 with DJ Cut Creator & DJ Bobcat both rippin' the shit out of the decks, but Vimeo is like Tyson icin', a soldier at war. G.O.A.T TV performance or nah?

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

I believe I can fly

Lil' Chris ft. Birdy Montana - Peter Pan (video mix)
(From YouTube; 2015)

Basically, an extended video mix of Peter Pan from the Trappin' & Rappin' EP where Lil' Chris lets Jeremih and Krept & Konan know that he has "I AM AN AIRPLANE!" dance moves too.

Me, I'm waitin' on a Days Go Bye video by DGainz. I got crazy visions already, boom: Lil' Chris sittin' alone in a 4 cornered room staring at ticking clocks; the treatment premise would read Mac Ten Handle meets the Countdown conundrum.

Lil' Chris - Days Go Bye
(From Trappin' & Rappin' EP; 2015)

Monday, 14 September 2015

Where the L stands for Laaaaaaaahh

Conclusive proof that Gypsy Woman (She's Homeless) is the G.O.A.T House song: even a Cheeky Nando's Poundland Professor Green like Nick Brewer can make a 4/5 banger out of it. Heard Talk To Me played out for the first time at Concert Square in Liverpool saturday night and it was like a f**kin' helicopter came from the f**kin' sky whirlin' and shit, Scousers throwin' money every godamn where. That place pops at 3:PM on a sunday afternoon when middle-aged raver families are out for a couple of pints, so it's 500 degrees in the square at 3:AM when all the Boots cosmetics counter assistants and Polish brickies are out on the lash.

Nick Brewer ft. Bibi Bourelly - Talk To Me
(From Talk To Me single; 2015)

Let's launch this post for my man, Nick. TBQH, I ain't even mad atcha, dog.

Saturday, 12 September 2015

Generic list post: Slick Rick edition

Picture an alternate reality where Slick Rick never fought a deportation case and got to cash in one last time before the bottom fell out of the CD industry via a Greatest Hits double-disc anthology released on Def Jam in time for Christmas 2001. Disc one would consist of the classics, the incredible album cuts from his 4 LP's, and a new track with Doug E. Fresh & Ludacris which would go on to become Nas' Virgo back in our universe; meanwhile disc two would be a odds 'n' sods collections built from the bricks and mortar of his best guest appearances, non-album cuts, and unreleased tracks in CDQ.

That shit would still be holdin' you down 14 summers later, right? Ya boy just zoned out on a wet saturday morning and collated the definitive track list for disc two, although we're still waitin' on those CDQ versions of his unreleased tracks. Someone needs to Oceans Eleven the Def Jam vaults already.

La Di Da Di (w/ Doug E. Fresh) (1985)
The Show (w/ Doug E. Fresh) (1985)
Treat Her Like A Prostitute (Movie Version) (1988)
If I'm Not Your Lover (remix) (w/ Al B. Sure!) (1988)
Samson (1991)
Captain Caveman (1991)
Behind Bars (O.G Prince Paul version) (1992)
Star Trek (1992)
A Letter 2 (1992)
Sittin' In My Car (Lad's Lexus mix) (1994)
Just Another Case (w/ CRU) (1997)
Why You Doing That? (1998)
Da Art Of Storytellin' (remix) (w/ OutKast) (1998)
Pimpin' Ain't Easy (w/ Dana Dane) (1998)
Sleazy Gynechologist (1999)
I Sparkle (1999)
So Fresh (w/ Will Smith, Jazzy Jeff & Biz Markie) (1999)
Why Not (w/ Erick Onasis) (2000)
The Sun (w/ Ghostface, Raekwon & RZA) (2001)

Bonus plea: anybody got an MP3 of Rick's He Kills? It's not on YouTube, it's mysteriously absent from the J-Love Legends Two mixtape on Datpiff, and I can't find my own CD copy to rip it.

Friday, 11 September 2015

TaTaz deep in TaTu (no Tyga)

Hardini ft. Mac Phly & Dbar - TaTa Diz remix
(From Welcome to Shmackerville mixtape; 2015)

D-Lotology back bick via a remix of some obscure San Diego shit from 2011 which sounds like it should have been retitled as Boyz-N-Tha Mud. The Shmackerville slang is near-impenetrable on a couple of occasions, and lines constantly overlap each other making it difficult to work out where one bar ends and the other begins, but I've still identified the song's top 3 lines. Drum roll plz....

3. "That bitch ain't worth a Pro Club shirt"

2. "Hit 'em with that 40 from across the street, shit - had 'em leavin' 40s all up in the street"

1. "Never been a snitch, shit - I don't even tell my son's mom what he did"

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Reasons why I love YouTube # 68

MC Lyte - Paper Thin
(From Lyte As A Rock album; 1988)

Another video I had no idea existed until I stumbled upon it on the 'Tube recently: MC Lyte's Paper Thin. Brooklyn's in the house with this one since it functions as a missing link between Lady Pink ridin' the train in Wild Style and Fabolous' Young'n (Holla Back)/Right Now And Later On video, but with added 1988 Volkswagen Jettas and pre-fame cameos from MC Serch + that bird who played Will's dimwitted cousin in The Fresh Prince of Bel Air. Warning: also contains a very unfortunate AZN stereotype.

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

2 low life bloggas

Slept on Plies' I Got It when RapMusicHysteria first rescued it from LiveMixtapes obscurity and let that shit loose on the ski slopes of the rap internet last week, so luckily for me RMH gave it another outing on his Surf-N-Turf Bangers compilation a couple of days back. Not gonna front like I'm familiar with much post-The Real Testament Algernod beyond the really obvious choons, but plz believe I'll always be here for him on those occasions when he doffs his artistic cap to JT Money/Poison Clan. If JT had ever recorded a noughties solo album for Slip-n-Slide Records its backbone would have been made up of songs that sounded exactly like I Got It.

Plies - I Got It
(From Ain't No Mixtape Bih mixtape; 2015)

FYI, if you're out here on the rap internet and you haven't dropped a Zippyshare compilation featuring something by SPM during the past 9 months then you're barely even half-steppin' right now.

Monday, 7 September 2015

If Ronnie Hazlehurst ain't better than Bernard Herrmann then he's the closest one

Ronnie's exotic reworking of his Are You Being Served? theme for the show's big screen trip to Costa Plonka sounds like the movie should have been a Paul Raymond softcore flick where Captain Peacock finally gave Miss Brahms what Giggs has politely referred to as the Wonka. As to the inevitable question of who'd sound good spittin' over it, DOOM & Mr. Fantastik could have worked minor-miracles with a track like this for another back-and-forth on the King Geedorah album.

Ronnie Hazlehurst - Are You Being Served? (movie version)
(From Are You Being Served?: The Movie; 1977)

Can't believe Candy Davis AKA her who played Miss Belfridge in the last 2 series of Are You Being Served? later married Gary Olsen AKA the fat bloke with glasses from 2.4 Children. R.I.P big Gaz - you must have had one helluva personality/penis to wife up some crumpet so far outta your league like that.

Sunday, 6 September 2015

It was all good back on Friends Reunited

"I ain't never seen so many killers until I logged on Twitter
Until I logged on Insta.."

Maine Musik - Social Media Gangsta
(From Money Mafia's The Luciano Family album; 2015)

Essentially, the world's greatest Foxx song about internet thuggin', as recorded by that nu-No Limit weed carrier who looks like Ronald "Slim" Williams' squeezed into Tyga's physique. Come for the swamp-bounce, stay for the reality-rap, return for the unexpected bursts of Audio-Tunes.

Once upon an Internet this would have been a song I'd discovered on Frankie Tha Lucky Dog's YouTube, nowadays it's a free-for-all out chea with Hotbox taking the honours on this one.