New Rap Music
Wale – “BASEhead“
Wale picks up on the rolling double time flow that folks like Meek have been popularizing in Philly. For a short while it seemed like Wale would be stepping in as a remote member of State Property. Or at least Young Chris’ new Lil Neefy. So it’s no surprise that he’s been paying attention to rap trends in the City of Brotherly Gun Similes. He’s snapping too. This is produced by someone or someones going by the name Basshead which is strange because there’s virtually no bass on the record. Just church bells and 8 bit blips. That drum programming seems a little complex for a NES game though, I wonder if Basshead is rocking Nanonloop or something similar.
Kurupt f/ DJ Quik, Terrace Martin & Snoop Dogg – “Bounce, Rock, Skate“
from Streetlights (Penagon, 2010)
So Kurupt still hasn’t quite figured out how to hold down a solo album, no news there. Too often on Streetlights he either falls into the trap of mathematical hypothetical lyrical spit or that of his recent completely confusing directional obsessions. “I’mma take the top and put it where the bottom drop / then I’mma reverse it and make the bottom touch the top / see this what they all call the top spot / then I’mma show the top where the bottom stop.” That’s an actual quote, sounding like a particularly twisted game of Simon Says. Anyway, the real Streetlights highlight goes to his Blaqkout partner demolishes this bonus cut, delivering purposely clunky insults with calm malice. “You’re the color of money / and your weed looks like autumn / and the pockets on your jeans look like they did when you bought ‘em.”
Cousin Fik – “Don’t Talk About Me“
from No Gravity – The Album (Sick Wid It/Internet, 2010)
Fik’s No Gravity dropped as a freebee download last week and went unnoticed but is worth checking if the two and half hours of Revenue Retrievin wasn’t enough Vallejo madness to hold you down. Fik, who I presume is actually E-40′s cousin or nephew or something given the Sick Wid It family orientated standard, always seemed to lack an identity when he popped up on crew tracks. That’s less of a problem here. He is busting on “Don’t Talk To Me.” Gassing, as the kids might say. This is more or less tolerable trance rap but the production on the rest of the album is a pretty even split between Rick Rock/Droop type post-hyphy and DJ Fresh style 80s jams, so yeah it’s worth a download.
The Bay Area has Country Rap Tunes too.
Philthy Rich f/ Keak The Sneak & Stevie Joe – “Teeth 2 Feet”
Keak links with Livewire. The hook is proof that Wayne would be a perfect fit on this type of neo mob shit. Somebody get Khayree on Carter IV.
Devin The Dude – “People Talk“
from Suite 420 (Koch, 2010)
On first listen Suite 420 seems to suffer from the same sort of half assedness that Devin’s last album did. Here is an artist who once wrote songs with concepts and structure now content to just ramble about weed aimlessly for an hour. “People Talk” stands out only because
of D’s someone else’s brief and totally unexpected try at double time rap.
DC Don Juan f/ Whitefolkz, Likeblood, XO, Kingpen Slim & Phil Ade – “Lookie Lookie (DMV Remix)“
Don Juan calls on a huge chunk of the DMV to lace this remix of his ’09 near hit. For all of the DC rap talent and internal pride, artists haven’t exactly been able to present a unified front on the national scale. These sort of city-wide posse cuts might be a good way to rectify that situation. Wale should have made one six months ago.
Raekwon – “Jolly Ranchers”
As we learned from that ESG song that was on MF Doom’s last album for no reason, Raekwon rapping over untreated classic breaks is always a welcome choice. Produced by The Alchemist.
The Dudez f/ Audio Push – “Yeah Buddy Remix”
The jerkin stuff lost my attention months ago but I grabbed this from Digital Dripped because it was labeled “jerkin song?” with a question mark. That must be a typo because this is unquestionably a generic jerk record. Which is unfortunate. After a year and half of unilateral jerk moves, one would hope that the scene would start producing at least a few question marks. Until then this crap is perfectly fine. It’s just surprising that such a limited sound has sustained a scene for as long as it has. “The Dudez” is a really horrendous rap name. And the “I’m fly… Red Bull” line might be the worst Drakeism to date. Step up ya rap game, jerks. Beat knocks though.
Sauce Money – “Snipershot”
I tried to figure out a way to review this record without mocking Sauce’s ballooning obesity but then I gave up. He has another song on Youtube that’s also bangs in the ’99 Tunnel jam sense of the word.