Monday, 25 May 2015

Rap songs that aren't on YouTube but really should be #9

"You want benefits? Get with Uncle Sam
You want bougie nails? Get with the program
And dank weed's what I smoke, it makes me choke when I holla
See, God created pussy right after the dollar"


Jay Tee & Baby Beesh - You Should Neva Be Broke
(From Spread Yo' Hustle compilation; 1997)



File this under ‘Vallejo slumpers by Latino Velvet that Mac Dre really should have guested on’. Come for the entrepreneurial (wo)mannishness, stay for the G-Funk bass.

Sunday, 24 May 2015

Old man yells at Soundcloud

Nah, never that. Here's a couple of joints for the summer ya boy came across on Soundcloud this past week.

"I should slap you with the muthaf**kin' strap, no bra
Leave you eatin' through a muthaf**kin' straw"


Honey Cocaine - Honeydick
(From The Gift Rap EP; 2015)


Canadian rapper makes hot song shockah! Not since Can't Sit With Us by Gangsta Boo & La Chat has there been such a stark juxtaposition between lyrics and production - when magma meets melody! Gonna interpret that "a buster/ya pops shoulda used a rubber" lyric as an ill-subliminal at Canada's preeminent wasteman Mindbender Futurama.

"Itsy-bitsy Spider went up the water spout
SKEET SKEET ON THAT HOE WHILE I CRANK DAT ROOSEVELT!"


Mr.2-17 ft. The Ratchets - Why?
(From Soundcloud; 2015)


As This And That hinted, the most fun Mr.2-17 songs seem to be the ones featuring The Ratchets. 2-17's evolution of Swag-Rap comes as a much-needed antithesis to Atlanta's current glut of Trapper dullards shitting out mixtape after mixtape after mixtape of songs about their kitchens over beats with about as much low-end as a Fievel fart.

Saturday, 23 May 2015

No American na fi do Reggae

The great irony about Reggae is that, whilst Eddie Murphy and Shaggy helped save the genre from amounting to little more than a novelty parade of Marley family members and endless boring Lee Perry albums, Americans are otherwise inept at anything related to it. Thus, it's not entirely surprising that Ty Dolla $ign would hop on a remix of Kranium's Nobody Has To Know 2 full years after it first dropped and a good year & change after someone blended it with Bhris Brown's Show Me when he lives in a country where UB40's Red Red Wine is considered a Bashment tune.

Kranium ft. Ty Dolla $ign - Nobody Has To Know (remix)
(From the internet; 2015)


But if ever there was a Yank arist who could lace the remix of a Dancehall classic about shagging another bloke's girlfriend on the downlow with some saucy poetic flourishes of his own, then you'd think it would be the guy behind the "I got another n*gga's bitch in my bed right now" song. So what does Ty do now he's been given the perfect opportunity to retcon the R. Kelly track which begat his own whole persona? He trots out a minute's worth of rote signifiers about strippers that sound like they were too generic for Drop That Kitty, if such a feat is even possible.

Official rating on the Reggae scale: fat Ali Campbell.

Friday, 22 May 2015

Reasons why I love YouTube # 67

"It's your eyebrows, it's your vocals, it's your whole physique.."

"it's your attitude, Greg Nice, and your sideburns and that fade superstar haircut.."


Who knew Nice & Smooth's Early To Rise had a video? And not just any old video but one with an extended intro over More And More Hits where Greg Nice & Smooth B trade homoerotic compliments on some proto-The Essence type shit and make eyes at each other? Not me until YouTube threw it up in my recommendations yesterday:

Nice & Smooth - Early To Rise
(From Nice & Smooth album; 1989)


Other talking points here: Greg & Smooth bowling around a pool hall in those Dapper Dan garms from their debut LP's cover; a pool party which looks like it was shot in the same backyard as Cam'Ron's persona-deflating "it's gonna be a real motherf**kin' hot summer!" video; Early To Rise's status as a top 20 opening song on a rap album of all time.

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Brief thoughts on the Snoop & Pharrell album

On one hand, it's hella disappointing that there isn't some kind of 2015 Drop It Like It's Hot redux on the album because Lil' Skateboard P's verse was the only good thing about Move That Dope, and it would've been cool to see Pharrell rollin' up his sleeves to throw some bows with Snoop in a 2015 rap video.

On the other hand, R U A Freak is a hybrid of Sensual Seduction and Freedom Williams' first verse from Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now), and that shit could slay summer 2015 if it's the next single. If not, then the very least it deserves is an all-star west coast remix with Egyptian Lover and DJ Quik:

Snoop Dogg - R U A Freak
(From BUSH album; 2015)


(We're all agreed Sensual Seduction is the G.O.A.T clean edit, right? Hearing Snoop say the words Sexual Eruption was a real Your Dad Telling You About The Birds & The Bees moment.)

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Detroit ain't got no love for No Hoe?

Damn Dlo - So Crazy
(From YouTube; 2015)


Rapping like Dru Down and Juvenile at the SAME DAMN TIME seems to be the wave in certain areas of Detroit right now because this So Crazy track by Pablo Skywalkin's sidekick Damn Dlo is like a less beserker version Pablo's own All Facts:

Pablo Skywalkin - All Facts
(From YouTube; 2013)


That whole off-best/outta-pocket/over-the-lines scorched parrot-flow seems to be a Detroit wave in general with everyone from Big Sean to Danny Brown to Doughboyz Cashout usually employing some sort of variation of it. Alas, ya boy is a layabout when it comes to the whereabouts and thereabouts of Detroit rap so I know next to nothing about the origins of the city's rap styles. Anyone care to drop knowledge?

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

R.I.P to Post Malone's post-Bob Dylan karaoke/pre-cloud rap zany electro Minecraft pop video

Removed from the internet as if it was one of those MySpace-era videos of RiFF RaFF dropping n-bombs like Operation Castle, but never forgotten by the ppl.


Every generation gets the Lil' Ugly Mane it deserves.

Monday, 18 May 2015

Brief thoughts on the Dr. Yen Lo album

Dr. Yen Lo - Day 0
(From Days With Dr. Yen Lo album; 2015)


This Days With Dr. Len Yo album by Ka & some producer by the name of Preservation is the point where Ka's artistic vision and my taste in rap music align. The rapper I'd dismissed as the most annoying member of Natural Elements doing coffeeshop Roc Marciano until You Know It's About caught my ear has just dropped an album that's less of the Marcberg-lite of his previous full-lengths and more akin to a bizarro world fantasy pairing of Max B and Madlib: Maxvillain/Madaveli, if you like.

*Jim Jones voice* I think I like it! Call this album the backpack Barter 6 if you need a snappy tagline for Twitter, but there's an important lesson to be learned from Days With Dr. Yen Lo for all rappers attempting to make music with the faintest scatterings of percussion who ain't tryna come off like a parody of Jay ElecScouseHouse at his most self-indulgent: make sure you sound like you've got balls of steel when you let your metaphorical nuts hang over near-drumless tracks.

Dr. Yen Lo - Day 912
(From Days With Dr. Yen Lo album; 2015)

Sunday, 17 May 2015

Generic list post: R.I.P Chinx Drugz edition :(


Damn. How very eerie that Stack Bundles' protege should die in much the same way as his mentor after Chinx Drugz had followed Stacks' career blueprint to a tee. Chinx had the moniker of someone who'd have gotten a shout out on a nineties Mobb Deep album, so it made total sense that his music would confirm him as the Big Noyd of Waviness, and please believe that's very much the gold standard for N.Y weed carriers.

Chinx wore the scent of unfulfilled promise after the peak of his Cocaine Riot 2 mixtape in 2012, but still managed to drop a handful of joints which deserved far better than the limbo of New York rap radio - like I told y'all back in 2013 Tell 'Em was THE one not Feelings. Let him be remembered for being one of the few rappers who didn't waste Harry Fraud's production and for always managing to bring the best music out of an opportunistic industry leech like French. Better still, let him be remembered for songs like these:

All About My Money (w/ French Montana) (2010)
Superlight (2011)
Posted Up (w/ French Montana) (2011)
Wasted (w/ French Montana) (2011)
Murder One (2012)
I'm A Coke Boy (w/ French Montana) (2012)
Coke Boy Wave (2012)
Pressure On My Head (w/ French Montana) (2012)
Road To Riches (2012)
Tap That (w/ French Montana & Stack Bundles) (2012)
Red Light (w/ French Montana & Cheeze) (2012)
How Can I Lose? (2013)
Tell 'Em (2013)
The Silence (w/ French Montana) (2014)

Saturday, 16 May 2015

A Lakim Shabazz compilation 4 u


You could never really say Lakim Shabazz was an artist who contained multitudes, but he was very much a rapper who thrived off paradoxes: he resembled Kendrick Lamar's younger brother yet he possessed the voice of a Nation Of Islam bodyguard; he's pigeonholed as a 5% conscious rapper when much of his music is about obliterating wack emcees into molecules; he's loved by ageing Anglo-Saxons like me & Eminem despite the fact he was none too fond of us white folk; he had a penchant for rapping over horn samples when Kenny G was the world's most famous saxophonist.

I put together a compilation of 15 of my favourite Lakim Shabazz songs for those of y'all who are unfamiliar with his paradoxical nature. There was no room for Style Is Free, Brothers In Action, or even I Can't Take It No More, but please believe it's all love for the entirety of his catalogue bar the 5% of ill-advised Hip-House tracks that the devil must have forced him to record.

Lakim Shabazz - Kenny G Never Meant Shit To Me (compilation)

1. We Got The Funk (1988)
2. All True And Living (1988)
3. Black Is Back (1988)
4. Sample The Dope Noise (1988)
5. Getting Fierce (1988)
6. The 900 Number (LP version) (1988)
7. La Kim Theme (1988)
8. Your Arms Too Short To Box With God (1989)
9. The Lost Tribe Of Shabazz (1990)
10. The Voice Of Power (1990)
11. When You See A Devil Smash Him (1990)
12. Black And Proud (1990)
13. Style Wars (1990)
14. Flavor Unit Assassination Squad (ft. Flavor Unit) (1990)
15. 1,2,3 (ft. Naughty By Nature & Apache) (1991)

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Thursday, 14 May 2015

Savile Life

South Park Mexican ft. Rasheed, Baby Beesh & Boo Rossini - As A Youngster
(From South Park Mexican & Happy Perez's Lone Star Ridaz album; 1999)



Very unfortunate song title or a thinly-veiled cry for help from a man struggling to suppress his sexual urges? That's on you, but even the presence of Miguel Mars Bar ain't gonna stop me from enjoying Boo Rosinni & Baby Bash over some laconic Happy Perez ersatz G-Funk.

According to some #FreeSPM truther on YouTube, Baby Bash owns a chain in the shape of South Park Mexican's head. I can find no photographic evidence of Bash wearing such an item, but since he's still recording songs with awfully inappropriate SPM samples for hooks, it's safe to assume the chain exists foreal foreal.

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Rompalation Shop


Very accurate description of this edit of some song by the Kitty Kat kid. Hyphy Dancehall: a genre that's been threatening to happen ever since Act A Ass?

Gage - Throat (Ghetto Vanessa Edit)
(From Soundcloud; 2015)


The Jamai' Area connection is so real right now 'cause Nef The Pharaoh clearly saw the Kitty Cat video and bit Gage's whole look.

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Oi Mark Ronson

Why u no hire Lil' Chris as the midget 4 the Feel Right video, bruv? If this blows up even a 10th as big as Uptown Funk then Bouncin' Back (Bumpin' Me Against The Wall) has finally gotten the follow up single it deserves and Ronson has just vindicated himself for being too stingy to clear These Days & its ol' Blankety Blank soundin' ass Jerry Reed sample for that Rhymefest album.

Mark Ronson ft. Mystikal - Feel Right
(From YouTube; 2015)


Are fedoras officially a thing in rap now? Caught Mobb Deep live last friday night and Prodigy was wearing one on stage too. Rappers? More like dry dick randos amirite?

Monday, 11 May 2015

Hat tip to Drew Barber (again)

"You can play the man in the room, I'ma play the fool
Real n*ggas goin' extinct like a Sabre Tooth"


Ty Money ft. Twista - Come Again
(From Cinco De Money mixtape; 2015)


Very appropriate that Twista should guest on this cut since it's effectively Frum Da Tip Of My Tongue 2k15 in a Ty Money song's clothing. Production here is also deceptive - what initially appears to be a pleasant enough industrial Zaytoven knock-off designed not to distract from Ty Money & Twista's acrobatics will have you tinklin' the air-ivories like Harvey Kietel in Fingers by the 4th play.

Sunday, 10 May 2015

It's a Vallejo thing

Decided to investigate whether Big Tymin' and Old School Hyphy are flukes or Nef The Pharaoh had any other good songs prior to 2015. In among the endearing beatjacks with no replay value and the outright duds, there are 2 singles which are very necessary:

Nef The Pharaoh - M.A.C
(From YouTube; 2014)


Much like Husalah's Live Life Illegal, M.A.C exists in an alternate Hyphy continuum where The Federation never existed and so Feelin' Myself became the template record. Essentially this GIF in audio form, and if you can't get to the very essence of a Bay Area rap song with some sort of Mac Dre GIF then it shouldn't even qualify as a slap.

Nef The Pharaoh - Bitch I'm From Vallejo
(From YouTube; 2014)



The track where Nef began to stamp his own imprimatur on Mac Dre's former manor, Bitch I'm From Vallejo sees the kid Gassin' like Olivia Luccardi in It Follows: "a sucker tried to say that Vallejo isn't in the Bay, that sound like some faggot shit a n*gga like you would say/these rappers lack what I pack, I immaculately Mac and every song is a slap!" The potshot at Berner during the hook doesn't hurt either - stop letting a local weed dealer with the personality of tupperware have a rap career, Oakland.

Saturday, 9 May 2015

Word to D.W. Griffith and Ice-T

"All you need to make a movie rap video is a girl and a gun"

The Trust Issues video finally answers a question A-Wax posed 11 years ago on Before You Go: "what kinda woman gives her number to a man with a durag on?" The kinda woman who'll grab that rocket launcher you're waving about in the bathroom, stick it up in your face, and fire a lightning bolt right through your noggin, that's who!



On the real to real, someone needs to investigate how A-Wax ended up being bankrolled by John Ferolito Jr. Maybe it's an Italian thing, but there surely can't be an odder couple than a New York-based multi-millionaire heir to the Arizona Iced Tea fortune and Pittsburgh California's premier exponent of mob music.

Friday, 8 May 2015

Co-mingle with the illest minds of mankind

AZ ft. Jermaine Dupri - Rock Me - Hey AZ (So So Def Mix)
(From Hey AZ CD single; 1998)


How had I never heard this remix before Drew Barber sent it me yesterday? AZ & JD combining on a remix of Hey AZ with all new lyrics and a different beat is about as Martorialist-core as it gets, and Pieces Of A Man woulda/coulda/shoulda been the 2nd best album of the Jiggy era if this song, Sunshine, and the Firm Biz remix had all made the track list.

Drew tells me this originally appeared on the the Hey AZ CD single he copped in 1998, yet it wasn't on the 12" version I copped the very same year. And that, dear readers, is precisely why vinyl was a terrible format which deserves to rot away in your local Urban Outfitters store that's currently brimming with unsold reissues of Madvillain and deadstock copies of all those crappy mid-noughties Def Jam 12"s nobody bought.

Related note: peep Drew's Jiggy playlist on Spotify. The only streaming service that'll ever topple Spotify from its perch is the one that has Harlem World's The Movement album available in its archives.

Thursday, 7 May 2015

Generic list post: 100 great rap songs 2010 - 2015

Word around town, one of the big music media outlets has a 100 best rap songs of the last half decade listicle due in a couple of weeks. It's such a good idea that I had to jack it right in the drive-thru for myself, albeit without any order of preference or any songs involving Audrey. As A-Wax nearly once said, as soon as Frankie Tha Lucky Dog sees this post here, he gon' know it, man - ya boy is here to bring the autistic list bloggin' back. Now how you feel about that?

Lady - Pussy (2011)
Young Bleed - Stamp On It (2011)
Max Minelli - Louisiana Sky (2010)
Travis Porter - Make It Rain (2010)
5th Ward Weebie - Let Me Find Out Part 1 (2013)
Roc Marciano - Ridin' Around (2010)
E-40 & B-Legit - 43 (2011)
Cousin Fik - Knocka N*gga Down (2012)
Lil' Chris - Same Shit, Different Day (2012)
Gucci Mane - Normal (2010)
Waka Flocka Flame ft. Kebo Gotti - Grove St. Party (2010)
Slim Dunkin - I Gotta Eat (2011)
Z-Ro - Look Good (2013)
Husalah - Da Mob (2011)
The Jacka ft. Dru Down & Joe Blow - The President's Face (2014)
Dru Down ft. The Jacka - Hello Hello Hello (2012)
Meek Mill ft. Young Chris - House Party (2011)
Gunplay - Mask On (2011)
HBK Gang - She Ready (2010)
LoveRance ft. IamSu & Skipper - UP! (2011)
Sage The Gemini - Don't You (2013)
Flo Rida ft. Sage The Gemini & Lookas - GDFR (2014)
A-Mafia - 1000 Grams (2010)
Cam'Ron ft. Vado - Fuck A Freestyle (2010)
Max B - Lonely (2010)
Chinx Drugz ft. French Montana - Pressure On My Head (2012)
Fetty Wap - Trap Queen (2014)
Mic Terror - Rodney King (2012)
Gzus Piece - Gimme That Cash (2012)
HD Of Bearfaced - 40 Glock USA (2012)
Lil' Wayne ft. 2 Chainz - Rich As Fuck (2013)
Nicki Minaj - Did It On'em (2011)
Tyga - Rack City (2011)
Uncle Murda ft. Rocko - Wu Wuu Wuuu (2013)
Young Dro - Freeze Me (2010)
Speaker Knockerz - Lonely (2013)
AZ - The Calm (2010)
Young Giftz ft. TREE - Nino (2012)
TREE - Probably Nu It (2014)
Curren$y - Michael Knight (2010)
Big KRIT ft. Killa Kyleon & Curren$y - Moon & Stars remix (2010)
Lil' Boosie - I'm Wit' Ya (2014)
Webbie ft. Lil' Phat - What's Happenin' (2011)
Lil' Phat - Countin' Money (2012)
Foxx - I Wonder (2012)
Mouse On Tha Track - Swagger Fresh Freddie (2011)
Killa Kyleon & Mouse On Tha Track - Freddy Krueger (2012)
Level ft. Mouse On Tha Track - Get It Back (2013)
A-Wax - Trainwreck (2014)
Kirko Bangz - What Yo' Name Iz? (2011)
Yo Gotti - Rico (2010)
Zed Zilla - I'm Da Boss (2010)
Diamond ft. Juicy J & Jackie Chain - At The Bar (2012)
KanYe West - Bound 2 (2013)
Consequence - Alphabet Boys (2010)
Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX - Fancy (2014)
Tha Joker - Dope (2011)
DB Tha General - Upgrade 'Em 2 (2011)
Rich Kidz ft. Young Thug - 100 Dollar Autograph (2011)
Young Thug - Stoner (2013)
Rich Homie Quan - Off You (2013)
Migos - Hannah Montana (2013)
DJ Paul - Cocky (2012)
Juicy J - Who Da Neighbors (2011)
Project Pat ft. Juicy J - Be A G (2013)
Fam-Lay - Clap Clap (2012)
Soulja Boy - Pretty Boy Swag (2010)
Rittz ft. Yelawolf & Big KRIT - Fulla Shit (2011)
Kreayshawn - Gucci Gucci (2011)
Lil' Debbie - I Do My Thang (2014)
Sir Michael Rocks ft. Shorty K & Tris J - Too $hort Back (2011)
Kevin Gates - Neon Lights (2013)
Short Kidd - The Mafia (2012)
Rocko ft. Future & Rick Ross - U.O.E.N.O (2013)
Mystikal - Hit Me (2012)
ZMoney - Everything (2012)
Jackie Chain ft. Bun B - Parked Outside (2011)
Ezale - Foreal Foreal (2013)
Grip Plyaz ft. Slick Pulla - Stunt Man Mike (2010)
Alpoko Don - Get My Paypa, Dog (2012)
J-Stalin ft. The Jacka - Red And Blue Lights (2010)
Beeda Weeda - Baserock Babies (2010)
Future - Same Damn Time (2012)
King Louie - Band Nation (2012)
Katie Got Bandz - I Need A Hitta (2011)
Young Jeezy ft. Yo Gotti - All White Everything remix (2010)
Wiz Khalifa - Mezmorized (2010)
Young L - Young L.E.N (2010)
DJ Quik ft. Suga Free - Nobody (2011)
Rae Sremmurd - No Type (2014)
Agallah ft. Roc Marciano - Blaze Of Glory (2013)
$tarlito- Life Insurance (2010)
Treal Lee & Prince Rick - Shoes Up (2011)
YG - Bicken Back Being Bool (2014)
Ty Dolla $ign & Joe Moses - Paranoid (2013)
DJ Mustard ft. Lil' Snupe - Intro (2013)
K Camp - Oh No (2014)
Ampichino & Young Bossi ft. Yukmouth - Runaway (2012)
Danny Brown - Lincoln Continental (2011)
K Kutta - Lum Lum (2013)

*EDIT* Only time we're tryna see the law here at The Marorialist is when Jack comes through with a YouTube playlist of one of our generic list posts.

Monday, 4 May 2015

Martorial Elegance # 78

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of his cuffed G-Unit apparel jhorts in the Outta Control remix video, we invited Prodigy onto Blogspot to discuss their influence. Little did we know the greatest living rapper/blogger (R.I.P to the G.O.A.T) would bless us with a new entry in his inventory of TRENDS PRODIGY HAS SET SINCE 1992 AND STILL IS SETTING IN 2008 AND BEYOND...


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Saturday, 2 May 2015

Pre Malone?

Apropos of this recent Rap Music Hysteria post about Miami Bass' weird infatuation with cack, here's the legendary collaboration between Uncle Luke, Cam'Ron & Pitbull. As well as being the spiritual successor to Bust A Nut by Luke & Biggie, Suck This Dick is the only time you'll ever hear Cam'Ron rhyming about unloading the contents of his bowels and Pitbull rapping about the cream in his balls on the same damn song. Bless Luke's artistic vision for making it a reality:

Uncle Luke ft. Cam'Ron & Pitbull - Suck This Dick
(From Something Nasty album; 2001)


Months after making his debut on Something Nasty in 2001, Pitbull went out on tour to help his then-mentor Luke promote the album, and it was before their show in St Louis where the now infamous footage of Pitavelli freestyling in the street with his hair in cornrows & his face dotted with bumfluff was shot. Not tryna suggest that Yung 'Bull deposited some cream from his balls into a Dallas high schooler after the Texas date of the tour, but let's just say that Post Malone might wanna look into a paternity test in the near future:

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