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