New Rap Music
I haven’t posted new raps in a minute, so sorry if I’m late to the party with some of these.
Clipse f/ Rock City – “Warning“
Newish Clipse produced by The Synth, a nearly impossible to google Atlanta duo who self identify as “emotronic” on their myspace page. Uh oh. Maybe they should enter this Scion Dubstep studio competition I have been hearing so much about? Either way the track is pretty crazy, all Tom Breihan synth gurgles and definitely better than anything that the Clipse has spit over all year. Or maybe it’s just shocking in light of how decidedly safe most hip hop production has been over the past six months. It seemed like 808s and Heartbreak, for all its faults, was primed to push a generation into making more adventurous beats the way “A Millie” almost did last year. Instead all it did was inspire a few people to make beats that sound exactly like 808s and Heartbreak the same way “A Millie” only birthed a bunch of inferior knock offs. Anyway, I could do without the Rasta Impasta on the hook but otherwise this jams.
Lil B – “I’m God“
I got a chance to link up with the Based God himself this weekend. He showed me a cgi picture of an uprooted castle floating amongst clouds and said “that’s the kind of music I want to make.” Then he played this song. The beat, courtesy of someone named Clams Casino, is total weightless and aerial madness. B is sort of on cruise control, but that’s really the best way he rides. (Via Digital Dripped)
KD f/ Pill – “Soul“
Wow. (via Blvd St.)
Whitefolkz – “Steal My Hair“
from H.O.M.E. (Top Dogg Hill, 2009)
Whitefolkz is a DC rapper who has been doing his thing as part of the Top Dogg Hill collective for a while. “Steal My Hair” was up on his myspace about a year ago but finally makes an official appearance on his new album. Folkz usually rocks with more of a street sound, but here he’s on his boom bap tip, kicking a somewhat surreal tale about taking girls home only to have them conspire to cut off locks of his hair. This sort of playful but not soft storytelling doesn’t happen enough in hip hop anymore, it almost seems like an old Black Sheep song or something of that nature. H.O.M.E. is in stores now or available from Topdogghill.com. I still need to go grab myself a copy, I think.
Jap f/ Young Dro & Big Kuntry – “How We Get“
I’m not as psyched on this post-D4L swagtard rap movement that is apparently taking over Atlanta as some people. But this track is notable for a short performance from Dro, who is too good of a rapper to go undercover in a scene where good rapping is unnecessary. Here he’s trying to force out a double time flow on a track that isn’t really equipped for it. And what the hell kind of rap name is Jap?
Jackie Chain – “Alabama Dodgers“
I’m contractually obliged to post any rap song that samples “Triggerman” or any derivatives thereof. (via BLVDST)
Treal Lee & Prince Rick – “Mr. Hit Dat Hoe“
This is a big hit in Dallas right now. I guess it was also a gossip blog punchline for a for a few months but I’m just now discovering it. Yes I am old and detached now. But for an ignorant ass dance hit “Hit Dat Hoe” is pretty full bodied, fusing that booming Big Moe style hook singing that we love with that ignorant snap vibe that gets us old timers all mad at the rap world. Basically it’s a decent midpoint between the music I like to hear from Dallas and the music fifteen year olds like to hear from Dallas. I’m willing to compromise.
Gucci Mane – “Weird” FUCKWMG
from The Gooch (Mixtape, 2009)
Gucci goes autotune. Jay-Z lost.