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Wednesday, May 27th, 2009


DJ Quik & Kurupt – “Do You Know”
from Blaqkout (Mad Science, Available June 9)

Early leaks from the anticipated (by some) Blaqkout have seen Quik stepping out of his traditional genius music summertime slaps mold to take a more eclectic approach. Because he’s an artist, not a gangsta, remember. (For those keeping score: “9X Outta Ten” was a successful experiment, in a Prefuse 73x”Grindin” way, but the two outta three that followed weren’t as effective. Maybe he should stay out of the world music crates.) Well “Do You Know” is more what you’d expect from the duo, on the laid back top down tip. These are the types of beats Quik should be lacing Kurupt with, but if the LP splits down the middle between styles it’ll probably be enough of a success to be better than most summer albums.

Freddie Gibbs – “Summa Dis

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Freddie Gibbs f/ Devin The Dude – “Stray

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from The Miseducation of Freddie Gibbs (Mixtape, 2009)

Gibbs is from Gary, Indiana and we all have been sleeping on him for too long. The Interscope refugee seemingly salvaged a bunch of tracks from his aborted major label debut for this, yet another album-as-mixtape track. Gibbs is a spitter from the Twista school, but seems to draw on more of a southern demeanor. Hopefully one of these A&Rs ODing on overpriced t-shirts will take note and pick him up again. It would be a shame to see him get Ray Cashed. I’m thinking “Stray” is some Waitin To Inhale era Devin, given the Pitchfork parental advisory warning levels of women hating on the hook “Stray” was on Devin’s Landing Gear but sounds a lot better here: “I can’t stand stupid bitches.” Pretty to the point. (more…)

New Rap Music

Thursday, March 12th, 2009

Young Dro – “Clean With It

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from The Young And The Restless Maybe? (Grand Hustle, 200Never)
Whenever I see tilapia on a menu I think of Dro. It’s not uncommon to catch me waiting around the carry out mumbling “still got the chopper on katrina spray…” This is sort of the associative inverse to Rakim’s classic line. Dro can take a phrase that’s often heard, flip, now it’s a very specific reference to uh… Dro. Anyway, dude once again name drops the baller on a budget white fish here and, perhaps not coincidentally, he’s again rapping good. Band Geeks’ beat, something like the futuristic successor to “Fat Albert,” only bolsters his schwag.
(via Nah Right)

Kurupt & DJ Quik – “Fuck Y’All

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from Blaqkout (Penagon 2009 Coming Soon)
Presumably the first leak from Kurupt & Quik’s collaboration LP, which should have anybody who cares about rap foaming at the mouth. Less exciting is the idea of Quik basically dissing every rapper he once called crew. Though no one burns a bridge (then rebuilds it, then burns it again) quite like David Blake. Love the reasoning, too: “Hi-C, AMG, K & D / Why your names all rhyme and mine don’t? / ’cause I got it and you won’t.” Okay. It’s especially nice to hear Quik returning to the windows down genius beats and abandoning the kiddie snap aspirations of the Fixxers project. Kurupt sounds a little tired but they would have to try really hard to make Blaqkout anything less than great. (via 2dopeboyz) (more…)

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