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New Rap Music

Saturday, March 14th, 2009

I am on the faded side of the fence in writing this post. I’m letting it stand for now, but will probably edit it obsessively tomorrow morning. Enjoy the rapps.

Gucci Mane – “Untitled”
from Writing On The Walls (Mixtape, Coming Soon 2009)
Guess who’s back? Not even 48 hours out of lock and Gucci got a new joint for us. Short but sweet. Zaytoven really needs to start rocking some new sound modules. 2,000 beats and they all sound exactly the same. Still as long as Gucci is rapping on them I am not totally mad. We’re going to try and open every other “New Rap Songs”” of 2009 with New Guch Songs. Hopefully he keeps recording at the pace he was at before he went in.

Abstract Rude – “Rejuvenation

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from Rejuvenation (Rhymesayers, In Stores May, 2009)
You guys are going to have to deal with my west coast indie revival for a little longer. And by a little longer I mean forever. To be perfectly honest I’ve never been a huge Ab Rude fan. He was a real friendly dude when he came through the radio show and a serviceable hook man, but for the most part I wasn’t checking for him as much as I was his peers. Because he didn’t chop so much. He always provided more of a spirtual/laid back counterweight to, say Mikah’s scattershot flow madness rap. But around the time of the second Haiku D’etat album he seemed to consciously step it up as far as flow goes. This is an extension of that technicality but he doesn’t really sacrifice his smoothness. Seattle’s Vitamin D is producing his entire album and seems to be a solid complement to Ab here. It’s pretty great what Rhymesayers does for the backpack rap community, it seems like Atmosphere tour money is basically funding a bunch of interesting projects that other labels wouldn’t take a risk on in 2009. The Jake One/Freeway album should be monstrous. And they still release VINYL. (more…)