Monday, 19 August 2013

Belated brief thoughts on HBK Gang's mixtape

Remember those scientists Cam'Ron hired to invent him a new colour? Right now they must be up in the lab rewriting the laws of physics to explain why She Ready is an octillion light years ahead of everything else on this HBK Gang mixtape even though it first hit the 'net three years ago. The whole appeal of this crew for me was their knack of making what they do seem effortless, but all the new songs on this 'tape sound like they're straining harder than him from Cypress Hill before falling flat on their arses into the dreaded bog which contains all the Taylor Gang weed-carrier posse cuts from Wiz's mixtapes.

Considering IamSu!'s KILT 2 was equally rubbish for much the same reasons, that's two duds in a row from this camp now. I ain't wanna write them off entirely since the 100 Grand remix is probably my favourite single out of the Bay so far this year (sorry, Thomas!), although part of me secretly wishes it was Juvenile's answer to R.I.P with a cameo from the reinvigorated Wayne rather than Juve' being invited for a ride in the Ratchet-mobile by that scene's artists who Drake & Wayne swaggerjacked for The Motto.

So it's still She Ready 4 life for the foreseeable future. This is a song with a hook that's worthy of the Big Tymers which was uploaded to the 'net in the summer of 2010 to complete apathy, and then re-sent out in early 2012 after the success of UP! and Function where it became a cult favourite and a Rap radio staple in the Bay. Since it's proven it has legs and it's still the only song in the current HBK oeuvre that's as catchy as UP! is there any chance some industry bod can finally make it a proper hit third time around in 2013 without some bloodsucker like Drake sinking his fangs into it for a superfluous remix? I'd love nothing more than it to become a global pop hit so I could watch them performing it on Rylan's Celebrity Big Brother's Bit On The Side while I'm eating breakfast on a sunday morning.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

DEXTER TO WIN TONIGHT

Drew said...

I don't get this whole ratchet movement at all.

Anonymous said...

they go from meh to mehhh, thats their range. and god has the bay been horrible this year. if this is the new bay then count me out.

CrowleyHead said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ncv7GSC1nu4

Never trust former backpackers who find religion in YG and Lil' B.

Fredo Fantano said...

Shut up everyone - She Ready is great!

Anonymous said...

"KILT 2" is great

Anonymous said...

The HBK mixtape has a few tracks.

"Quit Cattin'" goes.

Thomas said...

Apology accepted, the Bay has been slacking this year.

I never really got into HBK Gang at all, just not my cup of tea I guess.

Joe said...

hbk really have been consistently putting out some trash as of late. and they're more popular than ever. is that just inertia--and they're mediocrity will catch up to them--or are they becoming more appealing to mainstream as they get worse?

Fredo Fantano said...

Joe or Thomas - if you see IamSu! out and about in the Bay tell him She Ready needs to be a proper single already.

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