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Schoolboy Q – “NiggaHs.Already.Know.Davers.Flow

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from Habits & Contradictions (Top Dawg, 2012)
The 2012 “Cre-A-Tine.”[1] But for all the endless knowing that’s going on here the real highlights come when he breaks the pattern to declare I said I’m Quincy, bitch! It’s hard to sound menacing when your name is Quincy but Q sells it. (Prod. by Nez & Rio)

Young Moe f/ Fat Trel – “Tired Of Being Broke

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from Humble Hustle (Mixtape, 2012)
Heist records are basically the best kind of rap records and heist records are even better when they’re tag team heist records. So DC’s Young Moe and Fat Trel hit all the marks with “Tired Of Being Broke,” alternating duties on the first two verses and then going back and forth inna Nas and AZ style on the third. Also you have to kinda love Trel admonishing Jo, don’t smoke no cigarettes that movie shit’s so obvious. Dude is concerned with bucking cliches during a crime spree. And that instinct is also why he’s a better rapper than anyone else in his age bracket. (Prod. by Mr. Tretirus)

Yo Gotti – “Killa

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from Live From The Kitchen (RCA, 2012)
Though Gotti’s perpetually delayed Live From The Kitchen dropped with a pretty resounding thud it actually is a pretty solid effort. A lot of that has to do with Gotti’s raspy trap rasping of course, but I think more so it’s related to how much wiggle room his producers manage to find within the Lex Luger trap rap template. On “Killa” Shawty Redd (who, you know, is about a thousand times more talented than Lex Luger and has been working in roughly the same sonic space since Lex was in middle school) finds the middle ground between Luger land and Clam Casino jams while still eclipsing the redundancy that both of those dudes are prone to. I love how the hiccuped ether vocals gradually reveal a full hook as the track progresses. Gotti’s really showing his range here too, lapping around different pacing and flows and painting a fucking picture in the process – cut off the mic / cut off the lights / drop the drapes / make sure they white / stop the beat / take a break / bring in the snares [tat tat tat tat tat] / then drop the bass. It’s admittedly pretty lazy to compare dude to Jeezy at this point but they do share a tremendous talent for saying a whole lot with very few words.


Chief Keef – “Bang
from Bang (Mixtape, 2011)
All it takes is one Worldstar video to push a conversation once limited to Chicago bus lines into the deep end of the rap blogosphere. “Bang” deserves attention though, even if Keef himself leaves much to be desired. He’s reasonably charismatic and has a strong adlib presence[2] but dude is a pretty sloppy rapper and to no specific end. (It was only logical, then, that Lil B would jump on the remix.) I suspect that at least some of his success has to do with local politics of realness that will never make sense to us old people not from chicago. That, and the beat. This is another one for the Advancement of Lex Luger movement, except producer DJ Kenn expands the formula by contracting it. Because it’s basically just an endless loop of what would be a Luger intro, all build up and no drop. Listeners can draw off the energy within that fake build. In then sense it works a little like a “No Mo Play In Ga” for the modern goon.

Gucci Mane f/ 2 Chainz – “Get It Back

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I don’t know what’s gotten into Gucci as of late but I hope it never gets out of him. I mean he is back to spitting in his “Photoshoot” double time on here. And he’s doing it on top of what sounds like a Pimp C remix of the Tetris theme[3]. Tity Boi is still Tity Boi. Gucci’s Trapback drops Super Bowl Sunday. This won’t be on it, I don’t think. (Produced by Mike Will)

Future – “Deeper Than The Ocean

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from Astronaut Status (Mixtape, 2012)
Sad Future is sad. (Prod. by Will-A-Fool)

St. Joe Louis f/ Tom Chase, Al Kayduh & Elete Wright – “Kinda Strange

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This is some decidedly post-ASAP Rocky underground rap shit but particularly well executed. Regional bias in full effect, I’m feeling pretty good about the little axis of talent forming around the North Jersey Brick Bandits/Jersey Klan axis as of late but not good enough to actually figure which rapper is rapping which verse on this song but the last dude especially kills it with the follow strict standards / solid gold Brick Bandits / Garden State n***a / home wherever my kicks is planted dismount. (Prod. by DJ Tim Dolla)

Lil B – “Banga Luv

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from Gold House (Mixtape, 2012)
I wrote about this a little already on Tumblr last night but it’s outstanding enough to warrant another mention. B quite calmly splatters some quintessentially Based game – N**gas think I’m a bitch but the earth beside me – over a mellow antibanger in the DJ Fresh column. It’s a very necessary counterpoint to all of the joyless anger and general sloppiness that bogs down the rest of the tape.

Starlito – “Believe It Or Not

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from For My Foes (Mixtape, 2012)
Starlito goes in over Frank Ocean’s “We All Try,” which would be suspect as fuck if he was any other rapper. But Lito is on the very short list of rappers dynamic enough to actually make something happen on top of a popular ass beat in these days of everyone lazily jacking beats for blog looks.[4] The thing about Lito is he fucking gets it – the difference between biting and influence, the difference between creativity and just creating. He even spells it out on the track’s closing bars. You should listen to what he has to say if you are a rapper and you should watch the the For My Foes musical if you are a person who breathes or uses hand soap.

Tumblin’ Essentials:
BJ The Chicago Kid f/ Kendrick Lamar – “His Pain
Nicki Minaj – “Stupid Hoe
Raekwon f/ CL Smooth & Sauce Money – “Silk


[1] I also hear traces of that Breeze flow in French Montana’s “Off The Boat” verse. This can only mean that now is the time for Cool Cutta to finally make his comeback.
[2] Yes that’s a thing that I just made up but will continue to use.
[3] Which, as I just now learned, is titled “Korobeiniki.”
[4] The others: Fat Trel, Meek Mill and absolutely no one else.

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21 Responses to “New Rap Music”

  1. Bang >>> Says:

    Hooray – this is the first B joint I’ve liked since the Illusions Of Grandeur remix.

    Killa was the only cut on the Gotti album I liked, which was a real shame since Single and Harder had me quite excited about it.

  2. ANU Says:

    ‘New rap back, new rap back
    There’s all these bitches screaming that new rap back’

    so glad it is.

    Basically the middleground between lex & clams is mr sche.
    Also add king louie to the list in the fourth footnote.

  3. Jordan Says:

    More of these please, oh wise one.

  4. done Says:

    My favourite use of “Quincy” -

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s3iBLWw3A9M&feature=player_detailpage#t=78s

    Great to see one of these posts again.

  5. CrowleyHead Says:

    Chicago seems to have more going on in ‘trap’ production these days than anywhere in the south. Really dynamic.

  6. based rap Says:

    It is very interesting whenever you write about Lil B, and for a variety of reasons. Thanks.

  7. David Says:

    “ANU Says:
    January 24th, 2012 at 8:26 am
    ‘New rap back, new rap back
    There’s all these bitches screaming that new rap back’

    so glad it is.

    Basically the middleground between lex & clams is mr sche.
    Also add king louie to the list in the fourth footnote.”

    all of this

  8. based rap Says:

    I’ve been sleeping on Mr. Sche aside from the two Showdown tapes with Al Kapone. Anything else worth checking out?

  9. ANU Says:

    supastar is my favorite mr sche album

  10. Andy Hutchins Says:

    This is my favorite recurring feature on the Internet that is not 21 Questions or Jay Smooth.

  11. AK Says:

    That Yo Gotti track is fantastic.

  12. mister jay Says:

    im not tryna be “that guy”, but it is unclear if you are too cool to acknowledge that banga luv is over han solo, or you just aint knowin. either way, thank you based noz.
    ive been reluctant to check out schoolboy q, but that song is tight. dont stop that blogg!

  13. noz Says:

    #megaduh i should’ve really caught that. oh well sometimes i forget things that i used to know about rap.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NujsL4K30Y4

  14. Thomas Says:

    The fuck is this?!? 2010?!?
    I had only heard that Lil B song before this post and all of these tracks are enjoyable. Good post.

  15. COYOTE Says:

    LITO LITO LITO LITO

  16. Lys0L Says:

    lovin the scarface/z-ro mixesz thanx mayn

  17. B.S. Says:

    Definitely glad to see another one of these posts again.

  18. K-Bave Says:

    that dc song is great, man. Really catches that feeling of being down on your knees and have to make something happen. Got me back in grindmode. Thanks .

  19. l.a.therequiredname Says:

    could someone repost the Elohim Soundwave Scientist album i need to get my ears on it, pronto

  20. Chris Says:

    Schoolboy Q is dope, and that’s one of Gotti’s best songs period.

  21. Ben @ RG Says:

    Nice mix here!! I enjoy going back to “New releases” from a couple years ago, lets you have a different perspective on tracks thanks to hindsight. Look how much some of these guys have blown up in the past minute…

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