New Rap Music
The Clipse – “Door Man“
from Til The Casket Drops (Sony, Available 12/8)
Got It For Cheap hipster hyperbole aside, *The* Clipse has always been a four man group. And I’m not talking about Ab and Sand, either. In much the same way Cannibal Ox proved forgettable without El-P or Guru was a horrible solo act, The Clipse are inextricably linked with their producers. Every Clipsetunes track we’ve heard thus far from the album has either been Sonic The Hedgehog melodic pop Neptunes or “Grindin” like simplicity. “Door Man” is P and Chad (maybe? is he still even a Neptune?) expanding into denser palettes. But unlike on say, “When’s The Last Time” Pusha and Mal get crumble under that weight. Their raps are forgettable and for this reason “Door Man” pales in comparison to their best work. But it still outshines most of what we’ve heard from the album so far.
Lil B – “Based“
from 6 Kiss (Mixtape, Coming Soon)
B at his weirdest, fully unhinged and maybe sending more shots at Drake? He’s a lion in the Pro Tools jungle, calling out Whole Foods inhabitants and perverting the “Successful” hook into a mystic new age yodel about (what else?) being based.
Gucci Mane – “My Own Worst Enemy“
from The State Vs. Radric Davis (Asylum, Available 12/8)
Gucci’s shadow betrays him. At the risk of sounding redundant, I’m not sure how people are hearing this guy as anything but a good to great rapper. I guess pigeons don’t chose their own holes.
Pill f/ Freddie Gibbs – “Run Up To Me“
from 4075: The Refill (Mixtape, Available 11/17)
I’ve said it before, but can these guys just form a group already? As consistent as both of them have been, they’ve also played it pretty conservatively with beats, either by clinging to nostalgia or just adapting to the present. With “Run Up To Me,” an as yet unidentified producer laces them with one of their first truly forward production, swinging Fizzy Womack style throwback piano lines, Timbaland synths and the hardest scratching any rap record has had in a long time. (via MGG)
G-Side f/ Short Change & PT- “I Remember“
from Code Black (Internet, 2009)
Long story short, the much anticipated Huntsville International has been delayed further and Code Black is the holdover and is all over the place musically. (Someone in the comments ID’d the emo rock hook on “Can’t Be Perfect” as being from the group A Simple Plan. I feel pretty good about not knowing that.) Hopefully the album is closer in sound to this smoothed out, Pimp C sampling banger. If not, over-ambition is better than none at all.
Waka Flocka Flame f/ Cartel – “Google Me“
from Waka Flocka Myers (Mixtape, 2009)
Flocka and Cartel might want to keep a lower profile. I’m no expert, but search engine optimization doesn’t seem like a smart priority for a criminal operation. What’s next, trap house RSS Feeds? (And yes I am aware that Flocka has dropped like a half dozen mixtapes since this came out. I am old and slow and this is my favorite track on any of them.)
Dynas f/ Slick Rick – “Family Jewels“
from The Apartment (BBE, 2009)
24 Carat raps from Ricky D. Time has slowly been phasing Ricky out of GOAT discussions even though his last great album is a lot more recent than Kane, KRS, G Rap, or Rakim’s. (Or Big and Pac’s, for that matter, though they had the unfortunate handicap of being dead.) He’s still great and doesn’t rap enough. His laid back flow lends itself to age. The same can’t be said for fast rap. I don’t know who Dynas is and frankly I don’t care. They sound fine, but should have known better than to have The Ruler rap first and last on their lead single if they were expecting attention. Produced by DJ Spinna. This, too, has been out for a little while. And I slept.
Cyhi Da Prynce – “Studder“