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New Rap Music

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…)

Direct From The Penthouse

Sunday, August 13th, 2006

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Penthouse Players Clique – “Droppen Bombs
from They Don’t Know 12″ (Alias Records, 1990)

I’m on my LA shit.

Penthouse Players Clique consisted of MCs Playa Hamm and Tweed Cadillac and the legendary DJ Quik. I told you before how their first and only LP, Paid The Cost… was one of many in a long line of classic and shamefully out of print extra-NWA Ruthless releases. But before signing with Mr, Rourke and Tattoo (just playing… RIP Eazy), PPC released this, their first 12″ on Alias records. The A-Side, “They Don’t Know” turned up as a bonus cut on Paid The Cost, but as far as I know “Droppen’(sp) Bombs” is otherwise unreleased. It catches crew before they smoothed out their style on the pimp tip, instead kicking some of that “fast rap” madness that the kids love these days.

Well… replace “kids” with “35 year old overseas ebay bidders” and “love” with “desire.”

You Ain’t Gots To Get Ready

Thursday, November 4th, 2004


Penthouse Players Clique – Undaground Boss
Penthouse Players Clique f/ DJ Quik – PS Phuk U 2

from Paid The Cost LP (Ruthless, 1992)

Suga Free – If You Stay Ready (DJ Quik Remix)
from On My Way 12″ (Island, 1997)

Today we’re focusing on some lost cuts from one of the dopest producers on the West Coast DJ Quik. Quik, along with Cold 187 Um of Above The Law, often gets brushed aside in the acclaim of Dr. Dre’s development of the G-Funk sound. But true heads will tell you the real origins of that sound. To be honest, the only solo Quik project I’m familiar with is his Quik is the Name LP (although I’m working on remedying that), but he has produced two of my favorite albums of all time -

First up, two cuts from the criminally out of print Penthouse Players Clique LP Paid The Cost, one of a string of early 90s releases from the Ruthless camp that were overshadowed by NWA. Quik laces the entire record, bringing some of the hardest beats of his career. “Undaground Boss” is a tight flip of James Brown’s Black Caesar classic that shares this albums name and “Phuck U 2″ lays the seeds for the east coast/west coast war that would soon follow “If you’re looking for me in the Source mag and don’t see me / it’s cause the fuckin east coast is the enemy.” The thing that always struck me is how old the PPC emcees were when they released this records. I mean, compared to the baby faced Quik & Eazy on the cover, they looked like damn grandparents. Still they ripped it.

Suga Free’s Street Gospel is another underrated playa classic, with Quik manning the boards for the Pomona Pimp’s debut record. Here’s a more club friendly remix of the smoothed out first single. The Quik/Suga combo is just one of those producer combos that are just a perfect fit. And this years long awaited follow up from the two, The New Testament completely lives up to expectations also.

Thanks for all the feedback yesterday, some, if not all of those things I mentioned will come to fruition in the next few weeks (or months, depending on how on top of my game I am…)

And… by popular demand – we finally got an RSS feed. Now bear in mind, I have no idea how these things work, so let me know if it is in fact doing what an RSS feed is supposed to be doing.

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