New Rap Music
Blaq Poet – Ain’t Nuttin Changed
from The Best That Never Did It (Year Round, Coming Soon)
Blaq Poet is an ageless headbuster. I mostly posted this to balance out the next selection.
Drake f/ Bun B & Lil Wayne – “Uptown“
from So Far Gone (Mixtape, 2008)
So Far Gone may be the first decidedly post-808s & Heartbreak mixtape, in fact roughly the first third of the tape sounds like producer 40 was told to “make something that sounds like ‘Say You Will’.” Drake later raps over the “Say You Will” instrumental. (Then there is a remake of June 27th freestyle on here, which just seems disingenuous, if not completely out of place.) But beat selection aside, my man is just not a very good rapper. Dude is like Wayne if you stripped him of all his charisma and style and just left the awkward punchlines. And it’s odd that, in the era of Officer Ricky, his credibility has remained unchecked. Far be it from me to suggest that someone can’t rap well (or rap/sing, as there is surprisingly little rapping going on here) simply because they are a soft handed Canadian television star, but when they actually can’t rap well and are also these things it should raise a few questions. This is the most tolerable track on the tape.
TD f/ Peedi Crakk – “Goin’ Off ’09“
from DJ E Stacks – Welcome To Trilladelphia 3 (Mixtape, 2008)
Philadelphia getting back to what it does best – jacking old school breaks. Ike Turna (great name!) just loops up Biz’s little oscillating voice box effect for three minutes straight while TD and Peedi snack like Scooby Doo. (||?)
Droop-E – “May I Transform”
from Hungry & Humble (Sick Wid It, Coming Soon)
More departures. It seems like just yesterday that young Droop-E was slapping young ladies with wads of cash, now he’s matured into one of those guys who raps indiscriminately about girls and religion over acoustic guitar beats. Basically, he made an Atmosphere record. (Only have a myspace link on this at the moment.)