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New Rap Music

Just a few for Saturday.

Snap – “Money

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from Snappage Vol. 1 (RappersIKnow.com, 2009)

Long time readers of this site might remember Snap from the monstrous youtube one off K-Rino collab “Deth Season“. Old school Houston heads (and itchy bid finger Japanese collectors) might remember him from the group Poetic Souls. FWMJ recently put together this revelation of a mixtape highlighting some of his recent work. Dude is a technical monster of the Pharoahe Monch lineage, an effortless word blurrer type.

Ghostface – “Forever

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Ghost’s fleeting hipster fanbase picked up on his non-sequitor schtick but his true has always lied in his emo streak. He’s been hinting at a soul theme for his next full length and that would be a great look. (In fact, his last great record, Pretty Toney benefitted from him leaning more to lover man mode than rapping underwater with squid mode.)

Busdriver f/ Nocando – “Least Favorite Rapper

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from Jhelli Beam (Anti, Available 6/9)

The strange thing about hipster/blog/skinny jeans rap movement is how it left the first generation nerd and/or everyday rappers in the dust. Guys who dress and act nerdy because they are nerds not because it’s a marketing gimmick or a trend. Rhymefest’s excellent The Manual tape is a product of this disconnect. Murs, too, should be madder than he is, but he always seems like the happiest guy on the planet. But those guys are really straightforward and traditional rappers and that’s not hot right now. They aren’t Autotuning a damn thing. Busdriver gets hit with a double whammy because he’s both gangly and wears cosby sweaters (word to Drake!) and genuinely creative/experimental. Bus obviously could never be a above ground star because he is totally inaccessible and weird, but then Lil Wayne gets on the radio by making totally inaccessible and weird music. Bus’ Roadkillovercoat was ever bit as adventurous as 808′s & Heartbreaks but was marketed to indie rockers and college kids instead of high school kids who carry skateboards as fashion accessories. Obviously there are a lot of thematic and cultural factors that make these comparisons more complex than just a promotional push, but it’s not surprising that guys like him and Nocan might be a little frustrated by the post-rap revolution. So they deal with it the only way they know how – self deprecation. “These sneaker geek emcees are so Brokeback / so fuck sexy in ’09 I’m bringing broke back” might be the best opening line of any rap record this year. “Least Favorite Rapper” should elicit a chuckle out of even the most hardened nerd rap hater. (via grandgood)

G-Side – “Paradise

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from Huntsville International (Mixtape, Coming Soon)

Speaking of bringing broke back, G-Side might be the last rap group in the country to still rap about poverty. Here the Alabama champs on some uncharacteristically chipmunk soul shit and sound great, as usual. (via Blvd St)

XO – “Crabs In A Barrel

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Kingpin Slim – “Right

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Two DC loosies from these uptown roamers who we’ve already talked about at length. My neighborhood produces better rappers than yours. (via Illroots and @kingpinslim)

C-Bone – “Starr Wass

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Hot but sort of generic single from second generation Dungeon Familyer and Konkrete member Blackowned C-Bone. It wants to be a street smash but is probably just a little too specifically nerdy to ever succeed on that level. Which is sort of endearing, but I’m mostly posting this because I’m starved for new Dungeon Family, especially in the wake of all these cryptic reunion prophesies. (via word of south)

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13 Responses to “New Rap Music”

  1. thehoustongirl Says:

    i STILL listen to “Deth Season” so I’m glad that Snap has something new out! I read this site before, but never got into it, but now I have you all saved in my Google Reader so I can get the haps :D

    holla

  2. homey Says:

    this (money) is really good! thank you.

  3. SHAZAM PLANTAINS Says:

    good outlook for new rapps. that snap is damn good. as is the nocando opening line…lulz. poverty rap is what’s up right now. i like ghostface showing his grown side but still keeping it him.

  4. Supreme Neck Protector Says:

    Yeah except hipsters jocking Ghost’s non sequitur steez doesn’t mean Ghost’s non sequitur steez isn’t incredible. “Underwater” is an amazing, amazing song.

  5. barns Says:

    did you listen to Vector Prime 2.0 or something like that by The Niyat (which I’m pretty sure has Snap in it)? You could download it on RappersIKnow some time last year but I’m too dial-up to try to find it. Remember it had some pretty great stuff on it though. Thanks for this one.

  6. Tray Says:

    ““Underwater” is an amazing, amazing song.”

    Maybe it would be over a different beat. I still love most of More Fish.

  7. TSF Says:

    That beat on Money is out of this world, who produced it?

  8. Cash Says:

    CAN SOMEBODY PLEASE UP A CDQ VERSION OF “DETH SEASON” FT. K-RINO SO I CAN ADD IT TO “SNAPPAGE VOL.1″???

  9. ANU Says:

    here
    http://www.zshare.net/audio/6122978835f89e24/

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    I Disagree with that comment about C-Bone. Great Rapper and I like the Track…. BOW-BOw BoWBow

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