Thursday, 16 November 2017

Generic list post: Dead Rappers Get Better Promotion

30 bona fide classic choonz by rappers who've died since ya host started bloggin' in late 2008. Meet me at the crossroads like Bone Thugs, lads.

Prodigy - Keep It Thoro (2000)
The Jacka - Aspen (2007)
MCA of Beastie Boys - What Comes Around (1989)
Grip Plyaz - Ray Lewis (2013)
Heavy D - The Overweight Lover's In The House (1987)
Lil' Phat - Countin' Money (2012)
Phife of A Tribe Called Quest - 8 Million Stories (1993)
Nate Dogg - I Got Love (2001)
Young Ready ft. C-Loc & Max Minelli - 1 Rubber (2007)
Shawty Lo - Dey Know (2007)
Guru of Gang Starr - Code Of The Streets (1994)
Speaker Knockerz - Lonely (2013)
Big Bank Hank of Sugarhill Gang - Rapper's Delight (1979)
Nu$$ie - They Hate My (2008)
MC Breed ft. 2Pac - Gotta Get Mine (1993)
Govna Mattic ft. Outsidaz, Roz Noble, Redman etc - Family Day (1997)
Mr. 3-2 - Comin' Down (1996)
Fresh Kid Ice - Dick 'Em Down (Chinaman Mix) (1992)
Doe B ft. T.I. - Homicide (2014)
Mac Daddy of Kris Kross - Da Streets Ain't Right (1996)
Sean Price ft. Tek - Onion Head (2005)
Magic - What (2002)
Lil' Snupe - Ketchup Intro (2013)
Big Syke & Johnny J - Forever Ballin' (1996)
Tommy Hill of RAM Squad - Unfortunate (1996)
Bankroll Fresh ft. Travis Porter & Boochie - Walked In (2015)
Chinx Drugz - Superlight (2011)
Da Real Gee Money - Take It There (2016)
Dot-A-Rock of Fantastic Five - Can I Get A Soul Clap (1982)
Killa Sha - Nightshifting (2011)

Nowt by Lil' Peep because the one song of his I liked was ruined by the guest bloke who sounded like someone from a Pitchfork podcast.

Monday, 13 November 2017

My momma his momma neighbour, I owe him 100 favours

"N*ggas be loudmouth until they hear that 'K buss
Potato on the barrel, I don't really like to say much
I catch him at his bitch house with his dick out where he cake up
And leave what he was thankin' on the blanket by her make-up'"

PC Tweezie ft. Merk - Pay Up
(From Palm Beach Post mixtape; 2015)

Who knew Trel Itz A Hit was lacing random Florida rappers back in 2015? Not me.

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Roberto Di Matteo's Waiting

Hi kidz, do you like Venus? Wanna see me stick a middle finger up to the rap internet with Banana clips? Wanna copy me and do exactly like I did? Try poptimism and drop a top 5 Bananarama Top Of The Pops performances list?

Highlight: everything! The TOTP equivalent of Mary J. Blige & Grand Puba on Yo! MTV Raps.

Highlight: 4 years into their career, Bananarama finally bothered to learn some proper choreography.

Highlight: making dungarees sexy after Dexy's Midnight Runners did the complete opposite.

Highlight: Fun Boy Three stealing the show with their proto-Guitar Hero battle.

Highlight: ILX ppl once called Girls Aloud the new Bananarama LMFAO.

Not sure this new Bananarama reunion is a good idea, tbh. Last comeback around they ruined an Italo Disco banger by Auto-Tuneing their vocals on there, and like Baton Rouge rappers, Bananarama should never use Auto-Tune - it makes them sound like everybody else when the whole point is that they're great because they sound like nobody else innit.

This new comeback also means that all the usual suspects from Pitchfork/The Guardian/Jezebel might start churning out ‘Bananarama Are The Outsider Artist Adult Pop Group 2017 Needs’ thinkpieces, and Lord knows nobody in the real world wants to read that shite.

Friday, 10 November 2017

"With 1 and a half pair of pants you ain't cool" 2K17

"See me, I'm a 90's baby
Don't care 'bout what you did, n*gga, we crazy
I'm from where if you hustle, you go a while without bathin'
No food in your house, so your breakfast's the candy lady"

Baby Soulja ft. Boosie Badazz - Dirty
(From Dirty (The Soundtrack) EP; 2017)

Some music sounds seasonal to me, baby! This joint by Soulja Slim's babby & Boosie grownazz makes way more sense to me in november than it did back when it dropped in the spring. Shit's a lesson in how to do 2017 monochromatic street rap right: add a sprinkling of piano keys for Thun-Rap ambiance, and keep the percussion to a minimum so the words can pull all the punches. If C-Loc had kept doing his Concentration Camp compilations with emerging Baton Rogue talent then Dirty has the feel of a song which'd be on the latest Camp LP.

How pissed do you think Baby Soulja is that OMB Peezy recorded the definitive From What I Was Told beatjack, though? Competition is none.

Wednesday, 8 November 2017


"Trell" coming soon 🔥🔥😈

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This upcoming 70th Street Carlos & Trel Itz A Hit spazzout has just gatecrashed my top 5 Most Anticipated Songs list. The other 4? This by Foxx & Boosie, this by Ezale, this by Nef The Pharaoh & Mannie Fresh, and this by Ya Boy Big Choo.

Pour out a little Jack Daniels Tennessee Fire for the now deleted Instagram snippets of A-Wax's supposed prison demos.

Monday, 6 November 2017

Re-Up Gong

My Akinyeke deep cuts compilation was a great playlist if I do say so meself. So great, in fact, that I'm gonna jump back and kiss meself by reposting it. A masterclass in concept (life beyond Vagina Diner and Put It In Your Mouth), choonz (all killers), and content (Akinyele's redemptive character arc between Break A Bitch Neck in 1995 and Love My Bitch in 2001.) 15 steps beyond hardcore, this one will still clap your weak playlists like an encore and ask "Hoo the Ak Ha Ha want more?"

Don't thank me, though - thank Ak' for making it all possible.

Friday, 3 November 2017

Stack Troubles

Mack Trell ft. Greezy & Mac Pearl - Stacks
(From YouTube; 2017)

If Rey's Cafe is now permanently closed for business then this track ain't half a bad valediction for the Kentucky kid's last post. Song's a real grower of the Bird's/Colman's Paradox variety: where the rapping is sloppy like custard, but you can forgive any shortcomings in the delivery department because the production is spicy like mustard. The best Cardo beat that Cardo never made or wot?

This Mack Trell lad dropped his official debut retail album last month and naturally Stack isn't on there; of course it isn't - why would a rapper do something as logical as putting his best song on his official debut retail album? Rappaz R Nfuriating.

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Dance To My Misandry

Forget the PUA Righteous Teachers because the Roosh V of VladTV is back:

Even groups like SJW and TLC can't see Lord JaMRA with telepathy.

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Generic list post: October 2017

Obligatory wrap-up post of those songs I've played most during the month when New Orleans cooked up a different kind of pumpkin pie for Halloween.

Queen Key - My Way (2017)
OMB Peezy & Cardo Got Wings - Go Down (2017)
Lor Choc - Fast Life (2017)
Count Bass D ft. Snoop Dogg - Too Much Pressure (2017)
Open Mike Eagle - Dating Ghosts (2017)
Fun Boy Three - Best Of Luck Mate (1982)
Fun Boy Three ft. Bananarama - Alone (1982)
Junei - Let's Ride (1987)
Ty Dolla $ign - Message In A Bottle (2017)

Other notables: prefer Nef The Pharaoh's recent remake of Beeda Weeda & Lil' Kev's My Way to Nef's proper new single Drop Addy; Mouse On Tha Track's new album Everything On Blossom is an unfortunate example of of a Louisiana artist indulging in bland Atlanta jockhopping; Dumbtarded by the O.G GMoney & 70th Street Carlos is a song that does what it says on the tin; typically, Bag It Up and Ding Dong are both leagues better than the rest of 70th Street Carlos' new mixtape EP thingymebob.

Sunday, 29 October 2017

Born to Audiomack: 2017 jams (again and again!)

Updated my 2017 jams playlist with songs by Lor Scoota, Open Mike Eagle, and Count Bass D & Snoop Dogg. What is a music blog in 2017 if not a tiny corner of t'internet to inflict the songs you like on everyone else?

Thursday, 26 October 2017

Dwight Shih Tzu

Count Bass D ft. Snoop Dogg - Too Much Pressure
(From Too Much Pressure EP; 2017)

Here's a collaboration ya host never saw comin' - Count Bass D & The D-O-G-G. Turns out that Snoop's a fan and that the song's a Strictly 4 Streaky Bacon Sunsets jam. Tell ya what else ya host never saw comin' - both Pharrel and Count Bass D being a better Dâm-Funk for Snoop than the real Dâm-Funk.

Monday, 23 October 2017

Generic list post: 1 For The Team edition

There's #levelz to weed carrying and they're tricky like spelling Mississippi. Here's 40 Legit Jams™ by the sidekicks, the back-up dancers, the ghostwriters, the family members, the henchmen, the hypemen, the homegirls, the mini-mes, and the MC's who played their position in Rap's pecking order.

Fam-Lay - Skrung Owt (2006)
Stezo - Girl Trouble (1989)
Consequence ft. KanYe West - The Good, The Bad, The Ugly (2002)
B-Legit ft. Too $hort - So International (2002)
Cousin Fik - Knocka N*gga Down (2012)
Big Noyd ft. Prodigy - Recognize & Realise (1996)
Gunplay - Jump Out (2012)
D12 - Shit On You (2000)
Harlem World - Cali Chronic (1999)
Loon - This Ain't Funny (2003)
Un Kasa ft. Cam'Ron - Un Casa (Intro) (2003)
A-Mafia - 1000 Grams (2010)
Beeda Weeda - Baserock Babies (2010)
Lil' Cease ft. Notorious B.I.G - Crush On You (1996)
J-Diggs - What Would Dre Say (2014)
Dana Dane - Cinderfella Dana Dane (1987)
Kam - Stereotype (1993)
Mack 10 ft. Ice Cube, WC & Butch Cassidy - Connected For Life (2002)
Jae Millz - Sober (2009)
Backbone - 5 Deuce - 4 Tre (2001)
Slimm Calhoun - Characters (2001)
Rock D The Legend ft. Big Boi - DDT (2007)
Megalon - Rain Blood (2002)
Wacko - Nolia Clap (2002)
Red Cafe ft. Pete Rock - Heart And Soul of New York City (2009)
Legit Ballaz - Ball Wit' Us (2001)
Ms. Kane - Getty Up (2002)
Big Scoob - Suckaz Can't Hang (1994)
Young Buck - Shorty Wanna Ride (2004)
Tony Yayo - Fake Love (2005)
Rittz - Like I Am (2013)
B.G. Knocc Out & Dresta - Down Goes Another N*gga (1995)
Lil' Debbie - I Do My Thang (2014)
Sauce Money ft. Jay-Z - Pre Game (1998)
Memphis Bleek ft. Trick Daddy & T.I. - Round Here (2003)
Lil' Phat ft. Mannie Fresh - Talk Some Mo' Shit (2011)
Stack Bundles ft. Jim Jones & Max B - Cold Rockin' It (2007)
Chinx Drugz - Superlight (2011)
Slim 400 ft. TeeFlii - Where The Party At? (2014)
Y@k Ballz - Home Piss (2000)

Saturday, 21 October 2017

No Kool G. Rap & Nas

Lor Choc - Fast Life
(From Fast Life single; 2017)

Once ya host got past the initial shock that Lor Choc is quite literally a pre-teen lesbian Boosie, Fast Life's charms became undeniable and I was like "me thrice!" Between this and With My Team by Creek Boyz, it seems like Maryland is puttin' its own twist on Chicago Bop right about now; Baltimore's come a looooooooooonnnng way from da streetz going about their business to deep cuts by Cage and J-Live in The Wire's first season.

Added this and Brick Body Complex by Open Mike Eagle to my 2017 jams playlist innit.

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

You can't see me like Charlie Angel's boss

Redman - Can't Wait (Remix #2)
(From Dat Undaground Shit!!!! promo EP; 1995)

As featured in ya host's recent 60 songs Westwood put me onto post. Like Spunk Bigga's remix of AZ's Your World Don't Stop, this one is a "remix" which is actually the original version and is #actually superior to the official LP version. Your guess is as good as mine why Reggie Red & Erick Sermon felt the need to mess up Tonight's Da Night part two by adding a bunch of doo-dads and turning it into some stodgy boom-bap.

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Kickin' tinny rap songs off the Earth part 2

What do Elvis Presley, Sid Vicious, Shane McGowan, Limp Bizkit, the Fat Dancer from Take That, Fetty Wap & Monty, and the Kung Fu lass Queen Key have in common? They've all rewritten My Way in their own image. And what special quality do My Way and Kung Fu have in common? Whether you're in the house like LL Cool J or in the car like like Ivan Locke, both songs will leave your speakers as nuked as Queen Key's pizza.

"Meanwhile I'm turnt as f*ck
I left my pizza in the oven, that bitch burnt as f*ck"

Queen Key - My Way
(From My Way single; 2017)

PS: Sid Vicious woz innocent! It woz the mysterious Michael lad wot done Nancy Spungen in.

Monday, 16 October 2017

Nas was a gun, Open Mike Eagle is a block of flats

"My other name is 3-9-2-5
Make sure that my story's told
Sixteen or so stories high
Constructed fifty five years ago
Winter weather, yeah here we go
Chi Town in my building code
Stood here for ten million snows
Wind is chilled and all in my bones"

Open Mike Eagle - Brick Body Complex
(From Brick Body Kids Still Daydream album; 2017)

This one appeared in last month's wrap up, but definitely deserves its own post. As me nan used to say, a well executed rap song/video about a Pertinent Issue™ is worth a thousand of yer little thinkpieces. Dunno enough about Project Blowed to know where/why/how this song fits into their lineage, but I do know that it soars where most Open Mike Eagle songs are content to flap about in oblique formations under the guise of Unapologetic Art Rap.

Wish there was more eccentrics on wax who made 2017 backpack-rap as good as this and Quelle Chris' Buddies. Quite like When Cats Claw by Shabazz Palaces too.

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Max Markin

Remember when the Beastie Boys' keyboard noodler transformed one of his rickety lo-fi album interludes into a U.K Top 40 hit which was catchier than herpes on a Concert Square hookah pipe? Lemme kill a whole flock of seagulls with one fact here: Hand In Your Head is empirically the best song Mo' Wax Records ever released, and, yes, that includes songs from any of their licenced U.K reissues.

Money Mark - Hand In Your Head
(From Push The Button album; 1998)

Fun fact: John "The Scouse XXXtentacion" Lennon's son played the bass on Hand In Your Head. That's his half-AZN 'Murican son Sean, not his full CAC Scouser son Julian. Another L for the city of Liverpool or wot?

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Ante Down

"Look, you know whassup, it's finna go down
We both got a pistol, you better bust, this ain't no showdown
Don't even try it, I got somethin' to shut the show down
After I shot ya, whole block looked like a ghost town"

OMB Peezy & Cardo Got Wings - Go Down
(From Humble Beginnings EP; 2017)

The Overkill name stays the same, but Go Down is a whole different interpretation of Feel The Fire. This one redeems Peezy's Chinese Jordan YFN Lucci-isms elsewhere on his EP with Cardo - you're from Alabama not Atlanta, m8.

Ain't gon' lie, though - it bugs the Hell outta me that Peezy repeats lines in a row on both his verses here. Jimmy Spicer didn't rap for nearly 14 minutes on Adventures Of Super Rhyme so these lazy modern day rappers could play Jimmy Two Times on songs that are south of the 3 minute mark.

Monday, 9 October 2017

Born to Audiomack: 2017 late pass (1nce again)

I've heard things you people wouldn't believe. Fire Berner joints that aren't even off a Drought Season album. I heard J-Diggs glitter in the pen style of Andre Hicks over the Cutthoat Soup beat. All those songs lost in time like piss in the shower. Time to update:

Expanded my 2017 late pass playlist with new-to-me discoveries by Biz Markie, Juvenile & Big Tymers, Dru Down, Fat Tone, Berner, J-Diggs, and Valee. If you're out here music blogging but you're only searching out gems from the present day then you're doing it all wrong. Wake up, time to dig.

Saturday, 7 October 2017

R.I.P to Bodil Joensen's dog, I had to regurgitate

It's about time Frankie Tha Lucky Dog's favourite Swedish pop diva dropped something proper naughty given that Europe Invented The Kink Pr0n™. That isn't necessarily kink pr0n in the hot sense (teenagers lezzing off with their IRL mams? NOOOOOOOO! People shagging various farmyard animals? A trillion times NOOOOOOOO!), but you've gotta respect a 2017 songstrel who takes it back to that 1977 Euro-kink essence on a Popsicle House bangeur. Probably the only time you'll enjoy a smutty video where some bork lass gallivants with a furry midget who has someone's arm up his backside.

Tove Lo - Disco Tits
(From Disco Tits single; 2017)

Bonus #1977synergy points for having a song with the word Tit in the title starring a Muppet in the video - Tove Knows!

Thursday, 5 October 2017

A slightly belated happy 60th birthday to Westwood!

His jeans have gotten tighter and his polo shirts have gotten snugger, but the Big Dawg's thirst for music stays unfadeable, baby. Ya host has already written the definitive tribute to Westwood, so here's a generic list post of 60 songs I've discovered via the Big Dawg over the years - a mixture of classics, personal favourites, and deep cuts. As Westwood nearly told Rae Sremmurd, I ain't got no type, either - I'm just grateful for all these joints.

Run D.M.C. - Slow And Low (1986)
London Posse - Money Mad (1987)
Juice Crew - Cold Chillin' Christmas (1988)
Marley Marl - No Bullshit (1989)
LL Cool J - Year Of The Hip Hop (199?)
Super Cat - Ghetto Red Hot (Hip Hop Mix) (1992)
Time Zone - Zulu War Chant (Remix) (1993)
Slick Rick ft. Doug E. Fresh - Sittin' In My Car (1994)
Notorious B.I.G - Just Playin' (Dreams) (1994)
Lil' Vicious ft. Doug E. Fresh - Freaks (1994)
Frankie Cutlass - Puerto Rico (Instrumental) (1994)
Mary J. Blige ft. Smif-N-Wessun - I Love You (Remix) (1995)
Greg Nice - Set It Off (1995)
Redman - I Can't Wait (Remix 2) (1995)
Aaliyah ft. Slick Rick - Got To Give It Up (1996)
Smif-W-Wessun - Nothing Move But The Money (1996)
The LOX ft. Notorious B.I.G - You'll See (1996)
The Firm ft. Half-A-Mill - Firm Biz (World's Famous Mix) (1997)
Beenie Man - Who Am I (Sim Simma) (1997)
Crooklyn Crew - Tha Franklinz (1997)
Total ft. Missy Elliot - What About Us (1997)
Faith Evans - Love Like This (1998)
Juvenile - Ha (1998)
Missin' Linx - M.I.A (1998)
Noreaga ft. Nature, Big Pun etc - Banned From TV (1998)
Black Rob - The Heist (1999)
Lil' Wayne ft. Juvenile & B.G. - Tha Block Is Hot (1999)
Lil' Kim - Suck My Dick (2000)
Lord Tariq - This Cold World (2000)
Rah Digga - Lessons Of Today (2000)
Rodney P - Big Tings We Inna (2001)
Tweet ft. Missy Elliot - Oops (Oh My) (2001)
Busta Rhymes - As I Come Back (2001)
Havoc ft. 50 Cent & Big Noyd - Bump That (2002)
50 Cent - Wanksta (2002)
Foxy Brown - Stylin' (2002)
Peedi Crakk ft. Freeway - Fall Back (2003)
Wayne Wonder - No Letting Go (2003)
Bubba Sparxxx - Disappear (2003)
Twista ft. Jazze Pha - Badunkadunk (2004)
Kano - P's And Q's (2004)
Trina - Leaving You (Big Ol' Dick) (2004)
Mike Jones ft. Slim Thug & Paul Wall - Still Tippin' (2004)
T-Pain - I'm Sprung (2005)
ODB AKA Dirt McGirt - Lift Ya Skirt (2005)
Donae'o - Party Hard (2009)
Gucci Mane - Lemonade (2009)
Cali Swag District - Teach Me How To Dougie (2010)
Giggs - Monsta Man (2011)
French Montana ft. Charlie Rock - Shot Caller (2011)
K Kutta - Lum Lum (2013)
Kranium - Nobody Has To Know (2013)
Looni - Right Now (2014)
Spice - So Mi Like It (2014)
J Hus - Dem Boy Paigon (2015)
Krept & Konan ft. Jeremih - Freak Of The Week (2015)
Vybz Kartel - Dancehall/Work (Jugglerz Remix) (2016)
Uncle Murda - Cam'Ron Voice (2016)
Dexta Daps - Chinese Jordan (2016)
Busy Signal - Go Again (2017)

Monday, 2 October 2017

Another mystery solved!

Ah, so it was Easy Mo Bee who produced Nas' Life Is Like A Dice Game. Surprised to find out it was recorded in 1995, though, because I always thought it was a pre-Illmatic demo. If I was a real Nas Stan I woulda known that already - he mentions his daughter Destiny being born on the song and Google tells me her year of birth was 1994.

Saturday, 30 September 2017

Generic list post: September 2017

Obligatory wrap-up post of those songs I've played most during the month when J. Cole thankfully refrained from taking part in the #ForThePussyChallenge. Way too many new recruits to the Death Fresh Crew this month - pour out a little booze of your choosing for Gary Warnett, Frank Vincent, Harry Dean Stanton, Gee Money, and my mate's dog Rocco.

Dru Down - Gangstafied (2002)
Rich The Factor ft. The Popper - Aristocrat (2016)
Rich The Factor - 1000 (2017)
Queen Key - Kung Fu (2017)
Open Mike Eagle - Brick Body Complex (2017)
70th Street Carlos - Bag It Up (2017)
70th Street Carlos - Ding Dong (2017)
The Brat - High School (1980)
The Brat - Leave Me Alone (1980)
Tove Lo - Disco Tits (2017)

Other notables: genuinely thought Boosie's Get Ya Mind Right was some Gangsta Musik-era deep cut I'd slept on until now; Yhung T.O's Slidin' was the song which sold me on him as a solo artist until the slight Drakeisms of some of his phrasing began to irk me; prefer this video to those two new OMB Peezy tracks; Post Malone & 21 Savage's Rockstar is everything I dislike about 2017 Atlanta rap in one song.

Thursday, 28 September 2017

If we sacrifice Hetty Douglas to a volcano can we get Gary Warnett back?

Fuk Hetty D and anyone that love 'er!

R.I.P to the infamous Gary "Gwarizm" Warnett - a proper kindred spirit. Ageing British blokes who truly GET rap music in toto are few and far between, so it was a pleasure to come across someone like Gary who also knew a thing or thousand about movies and clobber, and who shared a similar sense of humour.

It's fitting that the last post Gary wrote on his blog was about a movie memorabilia auction featuring Jack Nicholson's cardigan from The Shining and Jonathan Ke Quan's trenchcoat from The Goonies because Gary was a true fountain of knowledge on garms without being a ponce about it like practically every other #menswear blogger on the planet. It does him a great disservice to paint Gary as merely the internet's foremost expert on shoes/streetwear because he could pontificate about everything from James Spader's 80's yuppie movie outfits to Chopper's zoot suit to EPMD's Hobie Alpine jackets to Kirkland basic white tees to Donkey Jackets as an unfortunate symbol of British culture to the Real McCoys reproductions of Travis Bickle's wardrobe to Shirt Kings TV footage to online auctions of Deadwood's costume department to the fur-lined leather jackets Max B & Jim Jones wore to 80's Heshers like the human pretzel James Vance.

Nobody connected the dots between music, movies and #menswear with such an eye for detail as Gary and that's why he's utterly irreplaceable. I hope Heaven got a Harajuku where he can cop Champion reverse-weaves and Visvim M-65's in western sizes on the cheap. This one's for you, lad.

Agallah - Rockin'
(From Doomsday mixtape; 2004)

Monday, 25 September 2017

Bounce, Hubba-Rock, Skate, Roll

Mac Dre - Mac Dre's The Name
(From Young Black Brotha EP; 1989)

From Adventure of Super Rhyme by Jimmy Spicer to Adventure of Cuddie Crime by Vallejo's conman Don Juan. It could be argued that Mac Dre's The Name is Furl's most underrated song given that it's never appeared anywhere other than his first EP - not any of the numerous Dre compilations nor any official streaming service. Guess Khayree doesn't wanna shell out for that Vaughn Mason sample?

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)

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 songs which Suga Free really shoulda guested on.’

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

Monday, 11 September 2017

Birds In The Kitchen

Sacramento been had Birds In The Kitchen, but not like this. 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.

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.

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

2Mac & Roger

Mac Dre - It's Rainin' Game (DJ B.Cause Alright Rework)
(From the internet; 2014)

File this under ‘random internet remixes which bodied their O.G sources.’ Actually, it's not that random since DJ B.Cause has a handful of fine mixes to his name, and also dropped a killer remix of HBK Gang & 2 Chainz' Only That Real which has now been wiped from t'internet. Keep your brolly up, bruv!

Favourite random internet remixes then? Rulez of da game: must not be official, must use different production to the original song, must not be a rapper freestyling over someone else's track.

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 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.