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New Rap Music

I am on the faded side of the fence in writing this post. I’m letting it stand for now, but will probably edit it obsessively tomorrow morning. Enjoy the rapps.

Gucci Mane – “Untitled”
from Writing On The Walls (Mixtape, Coming Soon 2009)
Guess who’s back? Not even 48 hours out of lock and Gucci got a new joint for us. Short but sweet. Zaytoven really needs to start rocking some new sound modules. 2,000 beats and they all sound exactly the same. Still as long as Gucci is rapping on them I am not totally mad. We’re going to try and open every other “New Rap Songs”" of 2009 with New Guch Songs. Hopefully he keeps recording at the pace he was at before he went in.

Abstract Rude – “Rejuvenation

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from Rejuvenation (Rhymesayers, In Stores May, 2009)
You guys are going to have to deal with my west coast indie revival for a little longer. And by a little longer I mean forever. To be perfectly honest I’ve never been a huge Ab Rude fan. He was a real friendly dude when he came through the radio show and a serviceable hook man, but for the most part I wasn’t checking for him as much as I was his peers. Because he didn’t chop so much. He always provided more of a spirtual/laid back counterweight to, say Mikah’s scattershot flow madness rap. But around the time of the second Haiku D’etat album he seemed to consciously step it up as far as flow goes. This is an extension of that technicality but he doesn’t really sacrifice his smoothness. Seattle’s Vitamin D is producing his entire album and seems to be a solid complement to Ab here. It’s pretty great what Rhymesayers does for the backpack rap community, it seems like Atmosphere tour money is basically funding a bunch of interesting projects that other labels wouldn’t take a risk on in 2009. The Jake One/Freeway album should be monstrous. And they still release VINYL.

Juicy J f/ DJ Paul – “30 Inches

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from Hustle Till I Die (Hypnotize MInds, Coming Soon 2009)
Slim Thug f/ Paul Wall – “Top Drop

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from Boss Of All Bosses (Universal, Available March 24, 2009)
Rita’s Water Ice is open which means It’s getting dangerously close to summer and certain third person rap bloggers need to cough up some loot and get their cars back on the road so they can put the windows down and crank tracks like this. That being said, Paul Wall should never rap again. Unless maybe Cham decides to be generous and start writing for him.

UGK – “Still On The Grind

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from UGK 4 Life (Jive, Available March 31, 2009)
There is something very Idlewild about this track, but it sustains that classic UGK vibe none the less. It will make for a great album opener or near opener. Full length will be fantastic.

MF Doom f/ Raekwon – “Yessir!

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from Born Like This (Lex, In Stores March 24, 2009)
Not sure what amounts to a Raekwon solo track is doing on Doom’s album but I ain’t complaining. Any rapper on ESG’s “UFO” is going to sound tight, but you really get the idea that Rae was born to spit in the park over some Ultimate Breaks & Beats shit. Born Like This is predictably hit or miss. He’s still a really interesting producer but he’s really become something of a cliche of himself as far as rapping goes. It’s telling that the best song is the one he doesn’t rap on (he did produce it though). As I noted on twitter, it seems like better production quality is a detriment to Doom’s sloppy flow. It would be great to hear him over some sloppy Operation Doomsday 4-track business. Or maybe it’s time to rereinvent himself entirely?

Max B f/ Beanie Sigel, French Montana, Scarlett O’Harlem & Mack Mustard – “Goon Music

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Too many condiment carriers. But seriously when was the last time we heard a Beans verse? The Solution was very slept on. I don’t care if you hate smooth jazz, revisit that record dammit. (via nahright.)

Smitty – “Fucxxx Smitty

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Hey look a new rapper who can actually rap well. Is this the Smitty that was all “Diamonds On My Neck” or the one that used to run with UGK? I honestly don’t care. I am jamming this. (via Blvdst.)

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37 Responses to “New Rap Music”

  1. Aurich Says:

    I was never a giant solo Ab Rude fan either, though you’re right, in person he is super friendly. I do have a soft spot for old tracks like Slow Light, but the real surprise is that it’s 2009, he sounds pretty tight, and meanwhile WTF happened Acey? There’s gotta be a story about the slow post Book of Human language decline, was he listening to the wrong people?

  2. TSF Says:

    That Smitty track has been #1 on my playlist the past couple days.

  3. Tray Says:

    I think you’re the only person who liked The Solution… and I’m so out of the New Rap Loop I didn’t even know a Doom album leaked. Doubt I’m missing much.

  4. TSF Says:

    Also, “Open your chest up like Vick’s Vapor”?! Daaaamn, Beans!

  5. MAYNHOLUP! Says:

    mayn i aint gon say de solution can touch de b coming but i wuz bumpin ‘rain’, ‘haze an highways’, an uv course all de above mayn when i wuz cheifin on de kill yestday

  6. A Charlie Brown Christmas Says:

    I know I sound like a kook, but damn, UGK was the fuckin’ best.

  7. conga Says:

    atu’s P.A.I.N.T. is a great album.

  8. noz Says:

    Maybe Book Of Human Language was just an incredible strain on him creatively?

  9. chima Says:

    raekwon and ghostface are killin doom tracks right now that chinatown wars joint is ill too..

  10. chester rothschild Says:

    don’t mess with mr t on ugk was a surprise. raes solo is promising.

  11. brian beck from wisconsin Says:

    Beans had some particularly nice verses last year on those State Prop tunes and the Wale track with him, Young Chris and Freeway.

    His verse on Oceans Seven was particularly great :

    Cock back the top slot on that mac
    it’s like suckin’ the pipe, like tryna suck me in life

    Broad street bully, the mac on the fully
    all black Chukkas, Dickies, scullies, hoodies

    Black Maserat’ fresh off the lot
    since a tot i had ambitionz like ‘Pac

    To ride on you bitch ass n*ggas
    neckties get twisted on you snitch ass n*ggas

    I’ll buck-fifty your neck, pull your tongue through your throat
    that’s all she wrote, the fat bitch’s hummin’ your note

    I show you n*ggaz how S.P do it
    we be the new generation like Pepsi fluid
    mob style, wack you out like Pesci do it
    lifestyle accurate, more that just the music
    6 million ways to die, you choose it
    somebody get me outta this booth before i LOSE IT

  12. noz Says:

    Well yeah but “Oceans Seven” is about a year old. That is like 40 internet years.

  13. Bob Sacamano Says:

    Noz, thanks for another one these New Rap Music posts. I always love these. Say, have you check out the new 8Ball album “Memphis All-Stars” yet? I haven’t, but I was looking at the tracklisting and it looks like it could be pretty sweet. Just curious what you thought about it.

  14. geo Says:

    I listen to The Solution regularly, first to hear R Kelly sing the word “above” so beautifully, then to hear those serious songs of the end; and in between, I enjoy it too.
    I really like this album.

  15. Tray Says:

    I thought there was kind of a widespread consensus that ‘all of the above’ was probably the worst Kells/rapper collabo in some time and basically a really pallid imitation of songs like ‘Go Getta’ (which itself was a bad imitation of some other things, but at least it was kind of fun). As far as broadening him to a wider poppish radio audience, I’d say it’s an even bigger fail than that Snoop/Neptunes song he did… what’s it called? Don’t Stop? I don’t know. I guess if you like Beans as much as you do, it works in the same way that I think Killa Season’s a perfectly fine album.

  16. harv Says:

    Glad to see RSE get some love on my favorite rap blog.

  17. Paine Says:

    Is it just me, or the lower profile that Three 6 keeps, the better their music is sounding?

    I could go for a whole album of tracks like “30 Inches”

    Per Ab Rude, I agree fully on what Noz said about RSE making fun projects that others pass up. I’m geeked for Free/Jake as well… and I think from the P.O.S. artwork, Jake One instrumentals and liners, and repackaging God Love’s Ugly with bonus materials is a great look. All that being said, Ab Rude opened for Atmosphere on a spring tour last year, performing this Vitamin D album live, and I the only thing that impressed me was how clearly he speaks into the mic.

    It’s real Reggae-influenced, and feels like just a more tolerable (but not strong enough) version of Aceyalone’s last album.

    I like the Rae-Doom also, but I still haven’t had any “Ah Ha!” moment with this Born Into This project. ESG samples are a nice start, but it feels like a Fishscale carry-over.

  18. david Says:

    NEWSFLASH: ALL RAP MUSIC IS “REGGAE INFLUENCED”

  19. david Says:

    suddenthought….wu tang album pure DOOM beats….rza could rap and maybe mix it but thats it….good idea???………..

    itl never happen

  20. Berto Says:

    I would appreciate it if somebody linked me to a good collection of Gucci Mane tracks I can find in one zip file, whether it be a mixtape or a custom mix or whatever.

  21. Paine Says:

    If all rap music sounded like Aceyalone’s last album or Abstract Rude’s performance, I would not be here.

  22. Therm Says:

    What’s with all the 160kbs and worse bitrates? It’s like listening to everything through eargoggles.

    That said, nice selection. My appetite is whet to consume most of these jams in proper resolution.

  23. David Says:

    lmao at these new rapper names, French Montana, Mack Mustard, Scarlett O’Harlem.

    I heard this same Raekwon verse on this same beat a long time ago, it was on some mixtape or something and the song title was “House of Wax”, it didn’t mention any MF Doom involvement.

  24. noz Says:

    “What’s with all the 160kbs and worse bitrates? It’s like listening to everything through eargoggles.”

    Oh yeah. These all leak as 320s but I downgrade them because I hate my readers.

  25. Therm Says:

    Upon review, these sound a lot better in the mp3 player than in the webpage embedded player.

  26. mark p. Says:

    “I would appreciate it if somebody linked me to a good collection of Gucci Mane tracks I can find in one zip file, whether it be a mixtape or a custom mix or whatever.”

    Here’s a solid mix with 50 Gucci cuts.

    Swede’s Most Valuable Gucci: http://dirtyglovebastard.blogspot.com/2009/03/audio-swedes-most-valuable-gucci.html

  27. deej Says:

    dunno why yr so mad about that zaytoven beat, sounds hot to me — nothing wrong w/ having a distinctive sound & he def has tracks that switch it up a bit

  28. noz Says:

    “All CDQ, most of ‘em are NO DJ. ”

    Perfect.

  29. noz Says:

    CDQ Gucci mp3s will be a hot collectible 10 years from now. They’ll exchange hands for big money on ebay.

  30. mark p. Says:

    Yeah that is the definitive Gucci download for sure.

    I definitely dig what Zaytoven is doing, mostly because his drums don’t sound absolutely weak as piss like most similar producers working in the same area. Dude obviously spent a lot of time developing a sound that is recognizably his.

  31. mike Says:

    “Is it just me, or the lower profile that Three 6 keeps, the better their music is sounding?”

    I agree, I just hope they keep doing that cuz their making albums worth of good material, not just the odd here and there joint… and i do hope both solo’s really bump…

    That gucci track has me thinking he still got it, def digging zaytoven’s style, I know a lot of it sounds the same, but it still bumps for me when I hear gucci get on a zaytoven beat and I’ve heard others try (e.g Diamond) and it doesn’t work unless you got lil flair and zay on a track!!!

  32. mike Says:

    btw isn’t Project Pat on that 30 inches not dj paul?

  33. SukedowN Says:

    why bother, push powda, churn butta 2 regatta; ball around the globe like trotta

  34. TSF Says:

    “I heard this same Raekwon verse on this same beat a long time ago, it was on some mixtape or something and the song title was “House of Wax”, it didn’t mention any MF Doom involvement.”

    Yeah, it was on The Vatican Mixtape Vol. 3. Not sure about who did the production. I’m guessing that it isn’t actually a track from Born Like This.

  35. Roger Burgle Says:

    beat = Liars “Tumbling Walls Buried Me In The Debris With ESG”

  36. noz Says:

    “beat = Liars “Tumbling Walls Buried Me In The Debris With ESG””

    Uh. No. ESG “UFO”. Like I said.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zqCNSPnP6y0

    It sounds like the Liars track in question is a cover/interpolation of that song. Probably explains the name.

  37. Kathy Says:

    Check out the new Aceyalone video – http://www.mtvu.com/video/?vid=352809&title=Aceyalone_feat_Bionik_-_The_Way_It_Was

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