Recent Adds 2/10
This is the series where we check terrestrial radio charts to see what independent records they have been adding to the playlist. The idea is that it will help shine some light on semi-significant songs that slip below the blogosphere. And figure out whose payolaing which payholes. But really it just amounts to me making fun of youtube clips.
Likeblood f/ Bobby Valentino – “Money Over Here” (Washington, DC)
When I first heard “Money Over Here” a few months back I called it the first DMV record to sound like a radio hit. Not in the I hear a hit sense, but in the sense that it fits the formula, the format. I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or not, but it makes sense that it’s now becoming the first DC rap song in a long time to get some radio play without a Lady Gaga or Gucci cameo. Notably, however, it’s not getting spins *in* the DMV. Welcome to DC.
Added: KBTT Shreveport, LA; KJMM Tusla, OK; WIBB Macon, GA; Wilmington, DE +14 more.
Bone – “Homegurl” (Ft Worth, TX)
Triggerman alert! Bone just signed to Def Jam and this record could be huge (pause). I feel like I need to do a separate post for all the DFW adds. Over the last year or so Dallas has far and above been the most prominent city for independent LCD rap. Their number one export is minor hits. Yet nobody above ground seems to have noticed. Maybe it’s because Dallas lacks a concrete sound, most of this stuff is a loose fusion of Atlanta, Houston and/or Baton Rouge. Or maybe the media is just tired of claiming cities as THE NEXT BIG THING only to watch them fizzle. Other recent Dallas rap adds: B-Hamp’s “Fooly,”, Bay Bay & The Dallas All Stars’ “I Stay,” Young T’s “Shawty What It Is” and Young Black’s “Big Boi Stuntin’.
Added: KBBT San Antonio, TX; KXHT Memphis, TN; WEUP Huntsville, AL; WOWI Norfolk, VA + 24 more.
Lil Buck & Lil Deezy – “Monkey Man” (?, LA)
Sometimes this dance rap shit goes too far. This would be one of those occasions. The one kid knows it too, that’s why he’s like “yeah, that’s what I said, The Monkey Man!”
Added: WEMX Baton Rouge, LA.
Meek Millz – “Make ‘Em Say” (Philadelphia, PA)
More Meek today. It’s always good to see local heroes getting burn in and around their hometown. And if nothing else this video is notable for inspiring this great youtube comment: “I don’t get? why rappers dress like little white kids now though.”
Added: WPHI Philadelphia, PA; WUSL Philadelphia, PA; WJKS Wilmington, DE.
Jay Electronica – “Exhibit C” (New Orleans, LA)
Oh yes. This has been satellite radio bait from day one (Sirius’ rap playlist is basically the Nah Right news feed) but it also seems to have gotten some actual terrestrial radio play. This proves one of two things – that Jay has in fact been planted from the TIs from day one or that all these radio DJs who whine about how little control they have over the radio playlists just need to push a little harder for what they believe in. I’m thinking it’s the later. In all seriousness it’s a great look that a hookless boom bap record can get play anywhere. Great to see New Orleans picking up on it as well.
Added: KKND New Orleans, LA; WCCG Fayetteville, NC; WWPR New York, NY; WZMX Hartford, CT +3 more.
Red Cafe f/ Fabolous – “I’m Ill”
Continuing the 2010 Rob Base revitalization. Red’s one of the many New York rappers who nobody really cares about but continues to get minor burn and repeat chances because he knows the right DJs. But recently he’s started to earn his keep by making great records all of the sudden.
Added: WQHT New York, NY; WJTT Chattanooga, TN; WWKX Providence, RI; WCCG Fayetteville, NC +6 more.
Lil Haze f/ Dorrough & Rich Boy – “Swagg On” (Birmingham, AL)
This record seemed way too polished and I thought it might be one of those secret major label plants, so I googled him. It turns out dude is(was?) on ancient blues label Malaco. A ZZ Hill remix would be a good look. Is ZZ Hill still alive? Probably not.
Adds: WRBJ Jackson, MS.
Dat Boy Hot – “Up And Down” (Chicago, IL)
Chi town producer Xcel went off in so many weird directions with the Dude N’ Em album that this rehash of his “Gettin’ Some” formula is a complete let down. Dat Boy Hot needs to do a collaboration with Philadelphia’s Young Hot.
Adds: WCGI Chicago, IL.
Down Bad – “Loc’s On” (Baton Rouge, LA)
Added: WEMX Baton Rouge, LA.
Sullee f/ Busta Rhymes – “Sippin” (Boston, MA)
The white-boy-pays-for-famous-rap-verse seems like it’s going to be a common recurrence on these posts. Either that or Sullee is Busta’s Beantown coke connect. He raps like the guy who always tries to rap at frat parties does. Yeah that’s what I said, frat parties.
Added: WCCG Fayetteville, NC; WJUC Toledo, OH; WXIS Johnson City, TN.
Pinney Woods f/ Lil Wayne – “Be Alright” (Chattanooga, TN)
And this Chattanoogan splurged for a Wayne verse that went completely under the radar. It’s not a bad record though,
kind of a lightweight “Duffle Bag Boy.”
Added: KIPR Little Rock, AK; WEMX Baton Rouge, LA; WJTT Chattanooga, TN.
Reality Laster – “Candi Girl” (Miami, FL)
Reality Laster was already #rapnameoftheweek. Too bad the song isn’t as good as his name. Or at all. These vocals are mixed so incredibly low.
Added: WBTF Lexington, KY; WXIS Johnson City, TN.
Yung Ralph f/ Zaytoven – “Bought Dat” (Atlanta, GA)
It’s surprising to see that Zay is still working with Big Cat artists after Gucci’s left on such bad terms, but maybe this is just an old track. The track is a forgettable autotuned two bit OJ The Juuman impersonation, and what I fear the future of rap might be.
Added: WHHL St Louis, MO; WJLB Detroit, MI; WJWZ Montgomery, AL.
Wochee f/ Lil Boosie – “Rearview” (Carencro, LA)
This sounds like rap that you would hear on the radio in Louisiana. I’m running out of steam here.
Added: KBBT Shreveport, LA; KRKA Lafayette, LA; KRRQ Lafayette, LA; WIBB Macon, GA.