Friday, 22 September 2017

Leslie Phillips back!

70th Street Carlos - Ding Dong
(From YouTube; 2017)



Less retarded than previous collaborations, but still unmistakably a 70th Street Carlos & Trel Itz A Hit track. Carlos can't find a decent fitting shirt to save his life, but he stays the real driving force behind the WNC camp - not hard when the crew's star Whop Bezzy has spent 2017 making corny Auto-Tune shit over Atlantaficated trap beats.

Also, Bag It Up has grown on ya host recently. Like Carlos says on the song, I'm kinda slow because some shit just hits my brain late:

70th Street Carlos - Bag It Up
(From YouTube; 2017)



"Drop your location my pull up game is like a Pamper"

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Slap Caviar


They never saw me comin'! Did you see wot I done? Updated my favourite jams of 2017 playlist with some songs by Ralo, Tay-K, Queen Key, and Rich The Factor & The Popper. Inspired the whole town, taught bloggas there's enough #CuratedContent to go round.



I dunno why Audiomack no longer shows which artists the songs belong to when you embed playlists. Click the damn thing for the full credits innit.

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Reasons why I love Instagram # 1

Because it's the only site with priceless footage of The Rock & Slick Rick in the studio together recording Pie:

Welcome to Rick's bakery... @therock #fbf

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Oi Uncle Ricky - where's that priceless studio footage of you & Dana Dane layin' the Smackdown over Godfather's Ho Train theme?

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Why couldn't God have taken Frank Bough instead of Frank Vincent?

"You're hot as a pistol, man, hot as a pistol..."



Pour out a little Lambrusco for arguably the greatest character actor of our lifetime, and the man with the best rug in any movie or TV show he ever graced with his presence. His ultimate legacy will, of course, be the shinebox - just look up any clip or interview with him on YouTube and the comments will be 80% shinebox jokes.

Always wished Scorsese had given Frank more of a role in Taxi Driver or a role as one of the mobsters in After Hours. Also always wished he'd have appeared in more rap videos after Hype Williams drafted him in for Nas' Street Dreams. Imagine how the video for Kool G. Rap's It's A Shame could have been improved with Frank's mug up in it as the mafia plug.

Damn, amico. Who'd have ever thunk Dominic Chianese would outlive James Gandolfini and Frank Vincent? Protect Uncle Junior at all costs.

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Suga Druga

Best believe ya host is on a mission to locate every slapable Dru Down deep cut. Already ticked off the list are the pre-Relativity Records joints like Weak Move, Dru Rules and Bigger Than What You Think, plus the Can You Feel Me-era victims of sample clearance like Assassinated and In Jail. Now it's onto the sporadic highlights of his 2 early '00s albums, the 2nd of which was supposed to come out on the reborn Death Row Records in 2002. File Gangstafied under ‘Slapp & Roger-core Dru Down songs which Suga Free really shoulda guested on.’

Dru Down - Gangstafied
(From Gangsta Pimpin' album; 2002)


Monday, 11 September 2017

Birds In The Kitchen

Who's a pretty boy then? OMB Peezy apparently:

Somebody look at dis shit 😂😂😂😂

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Best music criticism of 2017 thus far. Know the deal, feel me?

Friday, 8 September 2017

Born to Audiomack: Biz Markie's Converse promo cassingle



13 years before Jay-Z gave away his first and only mixtape with those Reebok kicks of his which turned into Keith Richards' face after a couple of wears, Converse teamed up with Warner Bros Records for a free Biz Markie promo cassingle which came free with every pair of blue-on-white Cons basketball hi-tops in 1990. Nothing for the radio, just 2 tracks of exclusive prime-era Diabolical: Off The Top Of My Head is Biz's version of DJ Cool V's To My Boys, while Non Stop Rockin' is a historical curiosity given that it's a precursor to Biz's Nas demo + the sample-source for Biz's own Studda Step. Catch the vapors below:

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Kickin' tinny rap songs off the Earth

"Kickin' n*ggas off the Earth
You a bird, I'm a flirt, I'm a jerk
Kickin' n*ggas to the curb
What's ya purpose? Ima get what I deserve"


Queen Key - Kung Fu
(From Your Highness 2 mixtape; 2017)



F*ck a table, you can't sit on the same planet as this lass. Bass on that, eh, lads? Basically, the great tragedy of 2017 rap is that there's far too many songs with basic bass, and not enough songs that'll turn the interior of your automobile into a air pocket of low-end.

(Via Bout To Blow.)

Monday, 4 September 2017

Dru Barbered


Dru Down - Weak Move
(From Fools From The Street album; 1993)



Tales from the 'hood: Dru Down's criminal exploits in Funktown edition. God bless Ant Banks for findin', freakin' and fanutin' that Blackbyrds sample so cleanly.

Not a lotta people know this, but Dru Down's Explicit Game album from 1994 was a rejigged reissue of his 1993 independent album Fools From The Street. Someone should hire Doctor Who to travel back in time and fire whichever A&R at Relativity Records thought it was a good idea to remove Dru Rules, Bigger Than What You Think and Weak Move from the tracklist of the reissue version. You just don't consign vintage Dru Down slaps with Ant Banks to the dustbin of obscurity like that.

Here at The Martorialist we want to live in a world where Dru Down deep cuts are considered equally as important as the deep cuts by east coast rappers like AZ or Grand Puba.

Friday, 1 September 2017

The Factors >>> The Kids

Pleasantly surprised that the remix of Yo Gotti & Nicki Minaj's Freaky Tales-inspired single features the highly unlikely presences of Kansas City's Rich The Factor & his semi-protégé The Popper. Far more impressed, however, by Rich & Popper's own current single Aristocrat - the mannishness is brand new, the mobbishness is retro, the scritch is scratched if you're just after some no-frills K.C slap.

"I'm too tired, in deez streetz dress sharp as new knives
I move wise and don't hang with n*ggas who act they shoe size"


Rich The Factor ft. The Popper - Aristocrat
(From Whale Mafi 2 album; 2016/YouTube; 2017)



Summer is officially over, but it's always Funk Season in Kansas City - rest in peace Fat Tone, free Young Devi D, stay safe Yung Cat.

Thursday, 31 August 2017

Generic list post: August 2017


Obligatory wrap-up post of those songs I've played most during the month when Paul Joseph Watson threw a paddy because YouTube demonetized most of his videos. Best hope your merchandise starts sellin', me ol' mucker.

Juvenile ft. Big Tymers - Cash Money Gorilla (1998)
J-Diggs - What Would Dre Say (2014)
Ralo - Calm Down Ralo (2017)
Lil B - Bad MF (2017)
Mozzy - Sleep Walkin' (2017)
Miami Tab Machine - Friday Neet (Gan Te The Toon) (1992)

Other notables: not feelin' any of the 3 new MF DOOM leaks because they sound like they were recorded this decade (Avalanche still rulez tho); OMB Peezy's The Hard Way isn't really strong enough to work as a single in its own right; findin' it increasingly difficult to resist Tay-K's The Race even though listening to it makes me feel like one of those Ken Kaniff rap bloggas who fetishize any kiddie gangbanger rapper with a murder case (Megaman still sux tho); I usually hate when Oakland rappers collaborate with southern rappers, but Berner's song with Young Dolph & Gucci Mane is aiiight; my new rule in 2017 is that I refuse to listen to any rapper with a septum piercing, thus I'll never hear the Lil' Uzi Vert album.

Friday, 25 August 2017

Late pass!


"She out bein' wild, drunk and ripped
And I'm tryna get her treasure, she a sunken ship"


J-Diggs - What Would Dre Say
(From Soul Of A Gangsta album; 2014)



If this ain't the G.O.A.T J-Diggs slap then what you call it, bro? Thizz Entertainment goon turnt Thizz Nation CEO spits Hoet Laureate game in the forked tongue of Mac Dre and reimagines the Spanish guitar section of Cutthoat Soup in toto as a full song. Cold as the snow on the mountains of Redding, the precisest imitation of another man's pen style since Brendan Soderberg read Tom Breihan and bit his whole shit.

Thursday, 24 August 2017

I wasn't on the roads when The Beatles made Love Me Do


Nobody wants to see a top 50 best songs of the 60s post from a rap blogga, but Pitchfork just dropped a best albums of the 60s listicle and who wants to see such a thing from the sort of dickheads who write for Pitchfork in 2017? A decade of songs I discovered in movies, songs I first heard sampled on rap records, and songs which have almost been ruined by being used in shitty adverts on British TV.

Jimi Hendrix - Voodoo Child (Slight Return) (1968)
Isaac Hayes - Walk On By (1969)
Marty Robbins - Big Iron (1960)
Howlin' Wolf - Spoonful (1960)
Love - A House Is Not A Motel (1967)
Frankie Valli & The 4 Seasons - Walk Like A Man (1963)
The Surfaris - Wipe Out (1961)
Them - Mystic Eyes (1965)
The Ronnettes - Be My Baby (1965)
Link Wray & His Ray Men - Jack The Ripper (1962)
The Zombies - Time Of The Season (1968)
Marva Whitney - It's My Thing (1969)
James Brown - Give It Up Or Turnit A Loose (1968)
The Rolling Stones - Gimme Shelter (1969)
The Stooges - No Fun (1969)
The Animals - Inside Looking Out (1966)
Funkadelic - I'll Bet You (1969)
Ben E. King - Stand By Me (1961)
Muddy Waters - Tom Cat (1968)
Cream - Sunshine Of Your Love (1967)
Pink Floyd - Interstellar Overdrive (1967)
Spencer Davis Group - I'm A Man (1966)
The Sonics - Psycho (1965)
Wendy Rene - After Laughter (Comes Tears) (1964)
The Beach Boys - I Just Wasn't Made For These Times (1966)
Al Green - The Letter (1969)
Roy Grainer - Doctor Who (Theme) (1963)
Eddie Bo - Hook & Sling (1969)
Ennio Morricone - The Man With Harmonica (1968)
Tom Jones - Looking Out My Window (1968)
Marvin Gaye - I Heard It Through The Grapevine (1968)
Can - Mother Sky (1969)
Cat Stevens - But I Might Die Tonight (1969)
Syl Johnson - Different Strokes (1968)
The Byrds - Eight Miles High (1966)
Joe Williams & The Jazz Orchestra - Get Out My Life (1966)
Henry Mancini - The Pink Panther (Theme) (1963)
The Monkees - Last Train To Clarksville (1966)
Lowell Fulsom - Tramp (1966)
The Mohawks - The Champ (1968)
Townes Van Zandt - Waiting 'Round To Die (1969)
The Crystals - Then He Kissed Me (1963)
David McCallum - The Edge (1967)
Son House - Death Letter (1965)
Marius Constant - The Twilight Zone (Theme)
The Meters - Cissy Strut (1969)
The Marvalettes - Please Mr. Postman (1961)
The Shadows - Apache (1960)
Booker T & The MG's - Green Onions (1964)
Dion - The Wanderer (1961)

Monday, 21 August 2017

Now that's the brotha I be seein' in my sleep!



I'm serious, man, I'm so sincere, this is the video right here which ended Star's VladTV career! Star then got the hump and threatened to sue DJ Vlad unless Vlad removed all of his videos from VladTV, which Vlad complied with because Star probably has loadsa dirt on him. A treasure trove of shit-talk and terrible outfits were lost into the cracks of the internet; cracks such as Dailymotion.com where the tru headz can still find the apogee of both of Star & Lord Jamar VladTV career/the only entertaining thing Yelawolf has been involved in since signing to Shady Records:


Lord Jamar & Star Issue Stern Warning to Yelawolf by clickraspy

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Every DOOM okie-doke is goin' according to plan, man


F*ck Jay Goa Trance, the only new KMD album which needs to happen is a deluxe remastered version of Black Bastards with those unreleased Subroc demos the DWG lads were trying to release a few years back, and a new tribute to Subroc over the Arrow Root instrumental which DOOM wasted on Scienz Of Life. Bobbito can pen the liner notes, but only if he candidly flips fly prose in the style of his ad libs on Rhymes Like Dimes.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Nef rock the jewellery with the clear stones and get on a blogga head like some earphones

Super stoked wid it to find out that Bling Blaow is Nef The Pharaoh's biggest song since Big Tymin' because it happens to be his best song since #Saydatt. The kid cuddy needed to get back to some ol' fashioned Vallejo spittin' with a slick tone because too much of his recent music has been prone to middle of the mall self-mythologizing; this is great when it's the Bildungsroman of Come Pick Me Up or the victory-lap of No Masturbation, but not so listenable when it falls into the tabloid "just got off tour with G-Eazy/went to the waffle house with E-Feezy" matter-of-factness of practically everything he's released since the Neffy Got Wings tape. What Would Dre Say? Keep it bigger than life, do it Magnum.

"Where your diamonds at? I cannot see 'em in the dark
You a Sharpie, it ain't a compliment, I'm callin' you a mark"


Nef The Pharaoh ft. Slimmy B - Bling Blaow
(From The Chang Project mixtape/YouTube; 2017)



The only downside to Bling Blaow blowin' up is that it means Nef's slap with Mannie Fresh probably ain't gonna drop anytime soon.

Monday, 14 August 2017

Generic list post: 2008 jams & heartbreak


Ain't heard no new shit that's tickled my fancy this month, so let's rewind back to 2008. Hardly a vintage annum for music, but contrary to what you'll read on the internet nowadays, 808s & Heartbreak wasn't the pinnacle of rap in '008. Thus, 30 choonz from the year when Joey Barton did a spot of porridge:

Suga Free - Allergic To Bullshit
Lil' Wayne - A Milli
Max B - Picture Me Rollin'
French Montana & Max B - Steak Sause
Hot Stylz ft. Yung Joc - Lookin' N*gga
A.B.N - Uhh Hmm
Yung LA ft. Young Dro & T.I. - Ain't I (Remix)
Heltah Skeltah - The Art Of Disrespekinazation
Curren$y - Reagan Era
All $tar - Keep Doing My Thing
Webbie ft. Lil' Phat & Lil' Boosie - Independent
3 Deep - Say What I Wanna Say
AZ ft. Styles P - The Hardest (Part 2)
Big Boi ft. Raekwon & Andre 3000 - Royal Flush
Maino - Role Model
DB Tha General - Ima Get It
Mic Terror - Get Off
The Jacka ft. Cellski - Won't Be Right
Husalah & B-Luv - That Go
AP.9 - Snitch's Worst Nightmare
Jackie Chain ft. Jhi Ali - Rollin'
Uncle Murda - Anybody Can Get It
Young Jeezy - Circulate
Soulja Boy ft. Gucci Mane & Yo Gotti - Shopping Spree
Big Tuck ft. Q6 & Gucci Mane - Pussy & Patron
Nappy Roots ft. Greg Street - Good Day
Prodigy & Twin Gambino - Box Cutters
DG Yola ft. B.o.B & Lil' Boosie - Fuck You
Andre Nickatina & Mac Dre - Cadillac Girl (Remix)
Wiz Khalifa - Say Yeah

Friday, 11 August 2017

I don't Google Doodle on the paper!

Birfdays was the worst days, but we got posts for 4 Elementz survivalists when they thirstaaay. Celebrate Hip Hop kulcha's 44th born day with the best scene from the 2nd best documentary about what went down in the Bronx during 1973 - 1983. Brim fought the law and the law won, but at least he got to theatrically cross some train tracks wearing a pair of Star Trek shades to Jonzun Crew's Space Is The Place in the process.


Props to Kool Herc for not being a serial pederast who enjoys Kraut Techno or a scam artist who plays Blur's Song 2 in his DJ sets unlike his 2 fellow Bronx pillars of whatever the f*ck Hip Hop kulcha is supposed to be (a lighthouse luring retarded ageing Californian whiggas like AC Tha PD and Wicked22 to the shores of rap message boards?)

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Dirty Leeds

LFO - We Are Back
(From Frequencies album; 1991)



AKA the song which combined the disparate aesthetics of Ron Hardy and Don Revie. We Are Back doffed it's flatcap to Phuture's The Creator and then politely bodied that shit. This is Leeds not Chicago!

One of my older raver m8s once told me that We Are Back was considered a disappointment back in't day after the LFO and Leeds Warehouse Remix 12"s. Imagine that! Conclusive proof that you can't trust the opinions of Techno 'eadz or wot?

BTW, this isn't the official We Are Back video because no such thing exists. It's actually a fan-made extended edit of the mixed version of the song from Dave Clarke's X-Mix - Electro Boogie VHS tape. Or as it's known around these parts, the mix which finally sold me on the more subtle charms of Hashim's Primrose Path.

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Ga, Ba, Te & Ra

Great Atlanta rap songs of the modern era which sound like they were designed to soundtrack shanty town shootouts in the mythical blaxploitation spaghetti westerns that exist only in my head: Future's Sh!t, Migos' Hannah Montana, Ralo's Calm Down Ralo.

"If he come around with them chains on
I bet he gonna leave with them chains gone"


Ralo - Calm Down Ralo
(From Famerican Gangster II mixtape; 2017)



The ultimate Movies4Men & Chill anthem, plus the missing link between Tragedy Khadafi and Gary, Barry & Terry. A fistful of late passes for ya host because this shit is undeniable and I feel silly for fronting on it until now. As the title of the 2nd best Django movie very nearly said, Ralo kilt... if it jams, post!

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Another major L for The Guardian's coverage of rap (part 2076)

Only The Guardian could take the classic music journalist faux pas of thinking Grandmaster Flash was the rapper in the Furious Five to a whole 'nother level of cluelessness. Behold:



Comin' soon in The Guardian: King Creole's best moments for the Furious Five.

Comin' soon on VladTV: Lord Jamar says Kidd Creole was framed by the Gay Mafia!

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Born to Audiomack: 2017 jams

All I Got Iz Me today with a quick Audiomack playlist of ya host's 20 favourite jams of the year thus far. Songs by Camp Lo, T-Pain & Lil' Wayne, Madvillian, Level & Mouse On Track, Valee, OMB Peezy, Quelle Chris, Dru Down, Creek Boyz, SOB X RBE, Ayo & Teo, J Hus etc. Essentially, it's this post, but streamlined and streamable.


Monday, 31 July 2017

Generic list post: July 2017



Obligatory wrap-up post of those songs I've played most during the month when it woz Nigel wot sunk it.

Biz Markie - Off The Top Of My Head (1990)
Berner ft. Cait Da Lee - Berner (2007)
Husalah ft. The Jacka - 100 Rounds In The K (2007)
Lil' Wayne - Dinnertime (2008/2017)
YG - Fuck It Up (2017)
Yung Cat - OG Stack A Dollar (2017)
Allstar Lee - Fresh Prince Of Brick Mile (2017)
Wamdue Kids - Hypnotize (1995)

Other notables: Keydo Foolfunk's Woodstock is a rare example of good Sunz of Mane-rap in an ever-expanding sea of generic trap shit about whippin' da work in kitchens; Try Sumthin' is OMB Peezy's first song of 2017 that I'm lukewarm on, mainly because I only enjoy Yhung T.O as a hooksmith; as I said in June, A-Wax really needs to lay off the Auto-Tune and hop off Atlanta's dick; I didn't listen to any other new rap this month ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

PS: contrary to public perception, YG's Fuck It Up is a sequel to his 2009 Jerk song of the same name rather than the Kamaiyah song of the same name he appeared on last year. Very much down for She A Model 2k17 next.

Friday, 28 July 2017

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


According to Instagram, tomorrow marks the 30th anniversary of LL Cool J's Bigger and Deffer album; that's 3 entire decades since LL redefined 'ardcore 'ip 'op with I'm Bad, recorded the first great rap ballad with I Need Love, and reanimated Chuck Berry's back catalogue with Go Cut Creator Go. The latter song was the only one of the album's three singles not to have been blessed with ill visualz, but who needs a video when you've got LL's barnstorming performance of it on Saturday Night Live where DJ Bobcat bodied DJ Cut Creator on his own tribute song?


Attention Soundcloud rappers in Metallica t-shirts: you ain't allowed to refer to yourselves as Rockstars if your air-guitar skillz ain't up to par with Uncle L.


For doz about to Do Wop, we salute you.

Monday, 24 July 2017

Generic list post: We Collated The Remix

Remember dem days when rap remixes weren't just superfluous throwaways featuring guest verses from French Montana and Rick Ross? If not, here's the 50 best rap remixes of all time as according to ya host (in no particular order, mind.). All of these remixes are either significantly better than whence they came or significantly different enough from the original to exist as their own entity. None of them were remixed by CJ Wackintosh.

Slick Rick ft. Warren G - Behind Bars (Dum Ditty Dum Mix) (1994)
Ice Cube ft. Das EFX - Check Yo' Self (Remix) (1992)
Snoop Doggy Dogg - Murder Was The Case (Remix) (1994)
KMD ft. MF Grimm - What A N*gga Know (Remix) (1993)
MF DOOM - Dead Bent (LP version) (1999)
UGK - Pocket Full Of Stones (Port Arthur Mix) (1993)
Twista & Legit Ballaz - Tattoo (Remix) (2002)
B.D.P - Remix for "P" Is Free (1987)
Egyptian Lover - Kinky Nation (Kingdom Kum 808 Mix) (2016)
Ultramagnetic MC's - Poppa Large (East Coast Mix) (1991)
Luniz ft. Dru Down etc - I Got 5 On It (Bay Ballas Remix) (1995)
LL Cool J - Jingling Baby (Remixed But Still Jingling) (1990)
OutKast ft. Slick Rick - Da Art Of Storytellin' (Remix) (1998)
AZ ft. Jermaine Dupri - Rock Me (Hey AZ So So Def Remix) (1998)
The Firm ft. Half-A-Mill - Firm Biz (World's Famous Remix) (1997)
HD Of Bearfaced - 40 Glock USA (Remix) (2012)
Craig Mack ft. LL Cool J etc - Flava In Ya Ear (Remix) (1994)
Notorious B.I.G - One More Chance/Stay With Me (1995)
Lil' Kim ft. Lil ' Cease - Crush On You (Remix) (1996)
Bad Boy & Lil' Kim - It's All About the Benjamins (1997)
G-Dep ft. Faith Evans - Everyday (Remix) (2001)
Grand Puba - Issues (Pete Rock Remix) (2002)
Positive K ft. King Of Chill - Step Up Front (3 Heineken Technique) (1988)
Juvenile ft. Wacko & Skip - Nolia Clap (Remix) (2004)
C-Nile ft. Juvenile & Skip - U Know Me (Remix) (2004)
Special Ed - Freaky Flow (DJ Premier Remix) (1996)
M.O.P - Handle Ur Bizness (DJ Premier Remix) (1998)
Mike Jones ft. Slim Thug & Paul Wall - Still Tippin' (2004)
Black Moon - I Got Cha Opin (Beatminerz Remix) (1994)
Mac Dre - Get Stupid (Remix) (2004)
Andre Nickatina & Mac Dre - Cadillac Girl (Remix) (2008)
Lord Finesse ft. Big L - Yes You May (Remix) (1992)
Showbiz & AG - Next Level (DJ Premier Remix) (1995)
Foxx ft. Lil' Boosie & Webbie - Wipe Me Down (Remix) (2007)
Mouse On Tha Track ft. Trill Fam - Turn The Beat Up (2010)
Public Enemy - Shut 'Em Down (Pete Rock Remix) (1991)
Fam-Lay ft. Lil' Flip & Kelis - Rock N' Roll (Remix) (2003)
Mobb Deep ft. Lil' Kim - Quiet Storm (Remix) (1999)
Big K.R.I.T ft. Killa Kyleon & Curren$y - Moon & Stars (Remix) (2010)
ATCQ ft. Kid Hood & LONS - Scenario (Remix) (1992)
Busta Rhymes ft. ODB - Woo-Hah!! Got You All In Check (Remix) (1996)
Jacka ft. Cormega & Rydah J. Clyde - Barney (More Crime Remix) (2005)
Jim Jones ft. A-Mafia - The 'Jects (Remix) (2003)
Max B - Blow Me A Dub (Remix) (2009)
Organized Konfusion ft. Large Professor - Stress (Remix) (1994)
Lil' Chris ft. Tiffini - Bad Lil' Chick (Remix) (2015)
Kool G. Rap & DJ Polo - On The Run (Al Capone Remix) (1993)
Intelligent Hoodlum - Grand Groove (Bonus Mix) (1993)
WNC Whop Bezzy ft. Boosie - U Know I Ain't Scared (Remix) (2016)
Ras Kass - Soul On Ice (Diamond D Remix) (1996)

Planned on turning this one into a YouTube playlist meself until I remembered that the Tattoo remix can only be found on Vimeo. F*ck Atlantic Records for having it removed from the 'Tube, and f*ck them again for only having the clean edit on all digi-stores/streaming services.

Friday, 21 July 2017

On West McNichols born and raised, Lane & Fair Block is where I spent most of my days


Allstar Lee - Fresh Prince Of Brick Mile
(From Fresh Prince Of Brick Mile single; 2017)



Via Tha Barber. File this under ‘song concepts you wish Peedi Crakk had flipped and turned upside down.’ Nonetheless, even that snarky bastard Geoffrey the butler couldn't fault the execution from everyone involved in this one.

What's up with Michigan rappers and the Fresh Prince Of Bel Air then? Remember when Willie The Kid made a song outta Willie The Smith tinkling his wine glass?

Thursday, 20 July 2017

R.I.P to Chester Bennington


Loved Maximo Park, me, m8.

But, seriously, Breaking The Habit was a legit jam. It's not a coincidence that the only good Linkin Park song was the one which Mike Shinoda didn't rap on.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Smokin' like runnin' hot water, better yet like runnin' hot lava

Lil' Wayne - Dinnertime
(From Tha Carter 3 sessions; 2008/2017)



T-Pain & Lil' Wayne - Listen To Me
(From T-Wayne sessions; 2009/2017)



Let's talk about how unreleased Wayne songs from 2008/2009 are some of the hottest shit of 2017.

Monday, 17 July 2017

Juan For All, Aux For One

Aux 88 - Electrotechno
(From Electrotechno EP; 1996)



On one hand, it could be argued that Aux 88 were sorta like a Jurassic 5 of Motor City Electro: retro-fetishists plundering a sound that had long since passed into history for their whole M.O. On the other hand, Detroit Electro was a sound which withered and died far too quickly in the '80s, leaving relatively few records for the headz who wanted to transform their Ford Fiestas into Cosmic Cars. Thus, the Aux lads' music felt very necessary when ya host first heard songs like Electrotechno, I Need To Freak and the Take Control remix of Electronic Warfare during their live set at Manchester's Bugged Out club night during the summer of 1996. They performed for a full hour in their trademark Michelin Man bubblegooses on a molten-hot night, and you've gotta respect any group who'll sweat out half their body weight just to maintain their look onstage.

Ironically, Aux 88 ended up being a decade too futuristic for their own good: they came to the UK during Gazza's gymnastics of Euro 1996 when they'd have been far better suited to Peter Crouch's robot-dancing of the 2006 world cup.

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Cat Tone part 2


"Bitch, I'm Fat Tone Jr./Stack A Dollar Jr. AKA Cat Tone!"

Yung Cat - OG Stack A Dollar
(From t'internet; 2017)



AKA a near-faithful remake of Fat Tone's OG Stack A Dollar. Prefer this to the O.G song meself because Yung Cat's twitchy goofiness is better suited to the spirit of the track than Fat Tone's hard-nosed champagne foulness.

Previously: Cat Tone.

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Why couldn't God have taken the annoying AZN kid from Indiana Jones & The Temple Of Doom instead of Fresh Kid Ice?


R.I.P to the AZN breh from 2 Live Crew, may a gazillion Lucy Liu lookalikes "nibble on (your) dick like a rat does cheese" for the rest of eternity in Chinaman Heaven. Remember Ice for being the first AZN rapper and the first rapper period to pose with his hand on his nuts for an album cover:


(No shotz @ Jonathan Ke Quan - loved your work in The Goonies, bruv.)

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Generic list post: the best of Husalah



Most rap journalists ain't nothin' but models for pigeons on t-shirts, so fair play to David Drake for interviewing Husalah on Noisey. You wack like World Cups if you're not down with Golasoaso, so consider this to the soundtrack to Hus' kicking limitless wisdom to Drake about slaps and science:

Ride 'Til We Die [ft. C-Bo, Mob Figaz & 151] (1998)
Tailor Made [ft. Mob Figaz] (1999)
Die Young [ft. The Jacka & Too $hort] (2001)
Hus G. Rap [ft. Kool G. Rap] (2002)
Hustlin' Ass (2002)
Pigeon On T-Shirt [ft. The Jacka] (2005)
Since '88 (2005)
Hus Hudson Life (2005)
Blind World [ft. The Jacka] (2005)
Sleep With Da Fishes (Boom Clack) (2006)
Murder On My Mind (2006)
Cuttin' It Up [ft. B-Luv] (2006)
Through The Night (2006)
B.I.T.C.H [ft. Dru Down] (2006)
Frozen Heart (2006)
Shock The Place [ft. The Jacka] (2006)
Live Life Illegal (2006)
N*ggas Out There Mine [ft. The Jacka] (2006)
Talk It Out (2007)
Fighting The Feds (2007)
Yea Baby (2007)
Stupid Dumb (2007)
Gear (2007)
That Go [ft. B-Luv] (2008)
On The Streets (2009)
Lord You Know (2009)
Lightweight Jammin' [ft. E-40 & Clyde Carson] (2010)
You Neva Know (2010)
Loyal To The Mob [ft. Mob Figaz] (2011)
Da Mob (2011)
See The Dark (2015)

PS - never forget that this happened:



Somehow the rap game reminds me of the craic game!

Monday, 10 July 2017

Martorial elegance 3:16



Westwood is 59, Post Malone is 21. **Paul Joseph Watson voice** - let that sink in!

A$AP Folky using Stone Cold Steve Austin's entrance theme as his walk-on music at the Wireless festival has gotta be a top 3 most laughable thing he's ever done. That said, his #LifestyleSynergy game is strong on this one since he has form for wearing them Stonewashed Steve Austin Daisy Dukes.

"It's me, Austin! It was me all along, Austin!"

Saturday, 8 July 2017

Weekend with Berner

Since it's a brand new year, I got a brand new attitude and a brand new way to listen to an earnest weed farmer/rapper dude - yes, folks, Rey has really got me listening to Berner's solo shit! If 20 Joints is Exhibit A in the prosecution's case against those of us who believe Berner's career shoulda been confined to the 3 Drought Season albums with Jacka, then this eponymous solo slap has gotta be Exhibit A+:

Berner ft. Cait Da Lee - Berner
(From YouTube; 2007/Weekend At Bernies album; 2009)



Who are the other secrete Berner fans on the rap internet? Pipe up now with slap recommendations or forever hold thy fingers.

Friday, 7 July 2017

Big bunda babe in Manchester

Shout out to Arthur Lee, we in this bitch!

It's time to stop arsing about with J Hus remixes of Unforgettable and French Montana remixes of Did You See, and just Soke it to the summer by releasing Good Time as a single already. Shit's the song Mandem Anthem should have been, and, like Lean & Bop and Did You See, it's another killer example of how roadrapafrobeats can go pop without having stars & stripes in its eyes.

J Hus ft. Burna Boy - Good Time
(From Common Sense album; 2017)



This was the song ya host correctly identified as "some proper naughty LL Cool J Hus Afro-Bashment" when I caught it performed live before Common Sense dropped. Damn it feels good when a song lives up to its live debut performance.

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

All Damn Dre



Everyday is Mac Dre Day here at The Martorialist, but june 5th 2017 woulda been Dre's 47th birfday and even the fairweather fans are celebratin'. What ya favourite Furl slaps, blogga? Mines is these:

Young Black Brotha (1989)
Mac Dre Is Da Name (1989)
California Livin' (ft. Coolio Da Unda Dogg) (1991)
Da Gift To Gab (1991)
All Damn Day (1992)
On My Toes (1992)
Young Playah (1992)
2 The Double R (ft. Coolio Da Unda Dogg) (1993)
The Romp Y'All (1993)
I'm N Motion (1993)
Back 2 My Mission (1997)
Livin' That Life (1997)
Life's A Bitch (1998)
Nothin' Correctable (1998)
Real N*ggaz (1998)
Rapper Gone Bad (1999)
Off Tha Rictor (2000)
Black Buck Rogers (2000)
X.O. & Remi (2000)
So Hard (2001)
Bleezies-N-Heem (2001)
Monday Thru Sunday (2002)
Dipped When You See Me (2003)
The Pain (2003)
Something You Should Know (2003)
Feelin' Myself (2004)
Fa My N*ggaz (2004)
Dreganomics (2004)
Me Damac (2004)
Witme?? (2004)
Since '84 (2004)
She Neva Seen (2004)
Not My Job (2004)
My Alphabets (ft. Suga Free & Rappin' 4-Tay) (2004)
I Feed My Bitch (ft. Keak Da Sneak & B.A) (2004)
California Bear (2004)
Dredio (ft. Mac Mall & E-40) (2005)
Cadillac Girl (Remix) (ft. Andre Nickatina) (2008)
Pawns In The Game (2014)

Sunday, 2 July 2017

It's a Don Bradman t'ing

"No doubt about it, hon', I hit from here to China
When I drop that D minor watch me soggy ya vagina"


Grand Puba ft. Kid - A Little Of This
(From 2000 album; 1995)



Very much underrated in the pantheon of Summer Jams™, A Little Of This was "that nu-wave BBQ music, bitch!" long before Where Do I Go. Betcha this is Puba's own favorite single from his catalogue since he got to floss it up somewhere in The Hamptons on Elektra Records' dime for the video with DJ Alamo & Stud Doogie. Ina da wudz, ona da jetskiz, ova da moon that Sylvia Rhone finally stumped up a decent video budget - it's ya boy Grand Goocha!



Kid's harmonising on this shit might be the missing link between Jiggy and Wavy. In a perfect world, every song on 2000 would have featured his dulcet tones smoothing things out.

Friday, 30 June 2017

Generic list post: June 2017


Obligatory wrap-up post of those songs I've played most during the month when Juice from Wentworth licked her last pussy, and Prodigy + Grip Plyaz rapped their last verses. Why's it always gotta be the rappers who I like who cark it? And why's EttelThun the only other person on the rap internet wot watches Wentworth?

Mobb Deep - If These Walls Could Talk (2001)
Valee - Seen That Before (2017)
OMB Peezy - Porch (2017)
J-Diggs ft. Young Global & SB Shmack - 2nd Guessin' (2017)
Ricky Smith - Phone System (1991)
Brand New Heavies - I Don't Know Why.. (Kenny Dope Mix) (2006)
8 Bit Universe - XO Tour Llif3 (2017)

Other notables: listened to the new 2 Chainz album and couldn't find anything on there that's even half as good as MFN Right or Diamonds Talkin' Back; listened to the new Young Thug album and was bored by everything on there except Me Or Us; alas If Heaven Had A Cellphone by Bone Thugs & Tank was a better song title than a song; someone needs to tell A-Wax to lay off the Auto-Tune and hop off Atlanta's jock; someone should probably tell T.E.C & Maine Musik the same since their Spider Nation project lacks any kind of regional identity; thankfully Level & Mouse On Tha Track + Jay Lewis popped up with some proper Baton Rouge rap; the WNC lads did the same with Crew Bang, but I only really dig their shtick over Trel Itz A Hit production; wouldn't touch a 2017 Jay-Z album with yours, m8.

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Push me to the edge, all my friends are Gadd


8 Bit Universe - XO Tour Llif3
(From Radio 8 Bit, Vol. 2 album; 2017)




Mushroom help the pain, yeah! Finally ya host & other gentlemen of a certain age can enjoy that Lil' Uzi Vert choon without feeling like Ken Kaniff. Joint best cover version of 2017 alongside Yung Cat's OG Stack A Dollar, imho.

Sunday, 25 June 2017

King Vulture, Infamous soldier, G-Unit gorilla, R.I.P

Prodigy - Raining Guns & Shanks
(From the Return Of The Mac sessions; 2007)



Night of the living notty heads, rebel soldier without a pause. You not an insurgent, please go home if you don't recognise and realise Raining Guns & Shanks as the G.O.A.T officially-unreleased Prodigy deep cut. Alchemist really shoulda stumped up some of his own Shady/trustfund money to clear that J.B's sample on this one - if The Grunt was good enough for P.E twice on It Takes A Nation Of Millions... then it was good enough for V.I.P once on Return Of The Mac.


Sparty's on the photoshop, tell the rest of the crew. It's funny because of the aforementioned pissed off ravers who really bought Return Of The Mac thinking it was a new album by The Prodigy.

Saturday, 24 June 2017

U Bet It Did!

#iBetUWontChallange 1M views. #EverythingOnBlossom🌸🌷🌺 @itslevelbaby @famousamos_sofunny @koo_shotya

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Pardon the pun, but you know the viral dance challenge era of rap is a great leveler for all artists when it can propel I Bet U Won't to a million views on YouTube in just over a month. Dat Mega, especially for Mouse.

The proper new Level & Mouse single ain't half bad either. It's not another 5 Star General Jiggalator in the vein of I Bet U Won't and Get It Back, more a soundtrack to Baton Rouge club brawls à la the Going Down G-Mix or GYAB:

Level ft. Mouse On Tha Track & Jay Lewis - #DFWT
(From YouTube; 2017)


Thursday, 22 June 2017

Everything's fine but I'm in a 2007 state of mind

"Fell in love with the guwop
Startin' beefin' and fell in love with them glocks
Don't fuck with the cops, but they comin' if you want it or not
I'm just preppin' ya brain for the shit you say you wanna be 'bout"


OMB Peezy - Porch
(From YouTube; 2017)



Yer calender says 2017, but the Lay Down kid just dropped the best lost Bad Azz Mixtape, Vol. 2-era Boosie song innit. Let the record show that Peezy is now 5 for 5 since he started takin' rap seriously: Lay Down, Interracial Relations, When I was Down, Loyalty Over Love (Intro), and Porch here. Livin' the fast life of no duds, droppin' 5 songs in a row and all of 'em are good.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Why couldn't God have taken Sherm The Worm instead of Prodigy?

Tell the bossman real M.O.B.B mavens know the dilly, yo.

There's a war goin' on inside no man is safe from, you can run but you can't hide forever from a dicky immune system. Damn, dunny - you know there's no dignity in death and the universe is just a neverending megacosm of cruel irony when the thun emporer P Dubb goes out like Lord Jamar in OZ. Survival of the fittest, only the vegans survive?

Remember Prodigy for what he brought to the table in numerous fields (music, killer opening lines, proto-#problematicness, menswear, bloggin', epitomizing short-man syndrome, sonnin' Joe Budden, talkin' shit about other rappers on street DVDs, havin' an album sponsored by InfoWars.com), and never forget the time he pissed off ravers who accidentally bought Return Of The Mac thinking it was a new album by The Prodigy.

Whether P has ended up at the Pearly Gates with G.O.D or deep in the Valley of Hinnom where it rains guns & shanks for eternity you can guarantee that King Vulture turned up wearing an XXL Avirex, blowing an ill wind in his enemy's directions. Keep your joints zipped up all times, hands in the pockets all times, it's real in the afterlife.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Generic list post: 20 from 2017

Half-yearly round up of the best rap songs of 2017 thus far as according to moi, including unreleased joints which finally saw the light of day this year, tracks from 2015/2016 which only popped this year and are now essential to the 2017 experience, songs from late december 2016 which body pretty much anything released in 2017, a song which currently only exists as 2 Instagram snippets, and even a couple of Roadrapfrobeats jams by British lads of African descent. F*ck being a good year for rap, ya host's 2017 is complicated.

Camp Lo - Camp Lo (Bust Ya Down)
T-Pain & Lil' Wayne - Listen To Me
MF DOOM & Madlib - Avanlache
Level ft. Mouse On Tha Track - I Bet U Won't
Valee - Shell
OMB Peezy - Lay Down
Quelle Chris - Buddies
Creek Boyz - With My Team
Dru Down - My 501's
Street Knowledge - Dru Down Flow
Migos - T-Shirt
Yung Cat - 2Chop Stickz
Ayo & Teo - Lit Right Now
BallGreezy ft. Lil' Dred - Nice & Slow
SOB X RBE - Humble
Rich Homie Quan - Word Of Mouth
Que Almighty ft. 70th Street Carlos & JMM Larry - Put On That Gang
Ya Boy Big Choo - Hustla Remix (snippets)
J Hus - Did You See
MoStack - Let It Ring

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Beware the dial Tone


"Get ya Kangol twist quick
Ya bitch get lipstick smeared on her seat tryna duck from the heat"


Fat Tone - Ima Getcha
(From Tha Stick Up Kid album; 2003)



If Not Guilty was the definitive Fat Tone, then Ima Getcha was the next best thing. Mouth on Tony, rapping like he was lasooing words with his tongue. Champagne foulness, exhibition mob musik.

Unfortunately, that line in the 3rd verse about a car gettin' flipped by gunfire is what led to the #FakeNews in California that Fat Tone was subliminally bragging about killing Mac Dre on record, even though Ima Getcha was released a good year or so before that night on the Route 71 highway.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Generic list post: 2010's late pass! (non-rap shit)


They might not be new to you, but they're new to me: top 20 old non-rap legit jams ya host has discovered since 2010. Shouts out to Fiona Bruce, we in this bitch!

Andre Williams - Bacon Fat (1956)
Gene Vincent - Cat Man (1957)
The Animals - Inside Looking Out (1966)
Rodriguez - Only Good For Conversation (1970)
The Voices of East Harlem - Run Shaker Life (1971)
Ronnie Hazelhurst - Are You Being Served? (Movie Theme) (1977)
Linda Clifford - Runaway Love (12" version) (1978)
Mavis John - Use My Body (1981)
Glory - Let's Get Nice (7" version) (1981)
Haircut One Hundred - Ski Club (1982)
Bananarama - He's Got Tact (1983)
The Style Council - Party Chambers (1983)
Gherkin Jerks - Strange Creatures (1989)
Moodymann - Lake Shore Drive (1995)
Larry Heard - Missing You (1999)
Another Chance - Everytime I See Her (Sound of Eden) (2006)
Cat Power - Ramblin' (Wo)man (2007)
Spice - Jim Screechie (2009)
Depeche Mode - Ghost (2009)
Kyla - Daydreaming (2009)

Honourable mention: Heart Full Of Soul by The Yardbirds AKA the song sampled in Jacka's Murder Somebody. Cheers to DJ Paul U.K for the spot.

Monday, 12 June 2017

Jerk Diggsler

"I ripped her out of a bar
I whipped her into a car
then flipped her into a star
And she ain't have no n*gga, now she got one
And she ain't have no money, but she got some
She lookin' for a square but I'm not one
And now she sock it to my pocket like a shotgun"


J-Diggs ft. Young Global & SB Shmack - 2nd Guessin'
(From 2nd Guessin' single; 2017)



File this under ‘the Vapors, Vallejo stylee.’

'Tis the season to keep one's radar peeled for summer slaps, and 2nd Guessin' here was designed to be blumped windows down, tops off. It's a funny old world where NorCal mob music producers are now the ones keeping Ultimate Breaks & Beats staples like The Champ alive - another L for east coast hip hop 4 eLeMeNtZ survivalists.

Ain't gon' lie - the main lass in this is ya host's favourite video-chick since her in the orange from J Hus' Lean & Bop video.

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