Saturday, 20 December 2014

Generic list post: R.I.P Larry Smith edition

Whodini - Featuring Grand Master Dee
(From Escape album; 1984)

Damn, and the fella's beats are still ringing out 30 years later in 2014 on Yay Area rap songs and French rap blogger's vlogcasts too. That's the very definition of timeless rap music right there.

If you wanna know who Larry Smith is, read EttelThun's brilliant profile of him. If you wanna know some of his best tracks, then I gotchu here with 15 classics he produced, wrote, played on, or had some sort of hand in:

Kurtis Blow - Christmas Rappin' (1979)
Kurtis Blow - The Breaks (1980)
Kurtis Blow - Hard Times (1980)
Orange Krush - Action (1982)
Jimmy Spicer - The Bubble Bunch (1982)
Jimmy Spicer - Money (Dollar Bill Y'all) (1983)
"Love Bug" Starkski - You've Gotta Believe (1983)
Run D.M.C. - Sucker M.C's (Krush-Groove 1) (1983)
Run D.M.C. - Hard Times (1984)
Run D.M.C. - Hollis Crew (Krush-Groove 2) (1984)
Run D.M.C. - Darryl And Joe (Krush-Groove 3) (1985)
Whodini - Friends (1984)
Whodini - Five Minutes Of Funk (1984)
Whodini - Freaks Come Out At Night (1984)
Whodini - One Love (1986)

One thing, though - I gotta disagree with some of the eulogies already flying around calling Larry "rap's first super-producer". Nowadays everybody wanna write like they got something to say, but nothin' comes out when they move their fingertips, just a buncha revisionism and motherfuckers act like they done forgot about Errol "Pumpkin" Bedward?

Friday, 19 December 2014

"Lotta muthaf**kers ain't know I was Puerto Rican, they thought I was black.."

Kevin Gates - Plug Daughter
(From Luci Brasi 2 mixtape; 2014)

Between Pesos making Snootie Wild's Yayo an irrelevance, Kap G, Snow Tha Product, and Baby Bash all dropping legitimate jams this year, and Kevin Gates admitting he's Puerto Rican on Plug Daughter here, is it safe to say that the lingering stench of South Park Mexican being a Mickey Mars Bar has finally been fumigated from the house of rap made by ppl of Latin descent?

Thursday, 18 December 2014

I can't tell my fans apart from all my enemies and don't know what to do

Looks like 2014 is destined to end with Trainwreck as ya boy's favourite deep cut from Pullin' Strings. What's not to love here - it turns one man's misanthropy into something we can all can sing along to, it's a song that could only exist in the A-Wax catalogue, it's one of the tracks which makes it fairly explicit that Pullin' Strings was intended as a semi-sequel to 2004's Thug Deluxe, and it snatches caucasoid sad-rap back from the smarmy clutches of Yung Lean & Ryan Hemsworth.

A-Wax - Trainwreck
(From Pullin' Strings album; 2014)

Ain't tryna brag or nuffink, but I'm stoked the tiny amount of influence I possess on teh rap-internet in 2014 propelled Pullin' Strings onto Pitchfork and into The Wire magazine. 'Wax brought heat to go grocery shoppin' with mom, Drake and Nosnitsky brought 'Wax to the attention of corny indie fux and poncey hauntology twatz, respectively.

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Brad Willis back!

Well, this is pretty much the best case outcome for a 2014 Fabolous & French Montana collaboration innit - Fab taking a surf on one of the sporadic bursts of THE WAVE that French still has in him when the occasion suits him. John from Brooklyn goes all John from Cincinnati under the guidance of Karim from "Somalian, Ethiopian, west nile virus Africa":

"My old bitch on death row, it's time for execution
My new bitch is bad azz, she's the best since Boosie"

Fabolous ft. French Montana - Ball Drop
(From the internet; 2014)

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Rap songs that aren't on YouTube but really should be # 3

2014 first world problems that are guaranteed to leave you feelin' a Balotelli Type Of Way: when your mate asks you to link him to some good TREE songs so you head to YouTube to duly dispatch Trouble, Nino, and Soultrappin'/I Believe his way since each song is a perfectly ramshackle crystallization of TREE's Soul-Trap blueprint only to find out that no bastard has ever bothered to upload Trouble or the unedited version of Soultrappin'/I Believe.

"Seen a bunch of homies die on me
Whoadie said he ain't feel nothin' when he fired on me
Fuck him, he ain't my homie
Who am I to judge? I luh the n*gga 'cause he my homie
Split up what we rob, homie"

TREE - Trouble
(From The TREE EP; 2011)

"I said my father was an addict
No homo in these muthafuckin' fabrics"

TREE - Soultrappin'/I Believe
(From @THEMCTREEG EP; 2014)

It's all luv here at The Martorialist, mind - the only good Scousers are the gay ones.

(EDIT: Audiomack embeds kept goin' funny so I added Divshare ones.)

Monday, 15 December 2014

Kill Slug

Everybody laughed at those scenes in season one of The Wire which depicted Baltimore drug dealers bumping undie-rap, huh? Yeah, well, joke's on you Jack like Kid Capri because this new loosie from Shy Glizzy proves that the hot question on the lips of every 'hood dude's from the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States is still: "Who's the best MC - Biggie, Jay-Z, or Cage?"

Shy Glizzy - Into A Hole
(From t'internet; 2014)

I don't usually listen to Shy Glizzy because dude has the worst facial hair in rap since Yeltsin Beyonce, but Into A Hole here elucidates the first word of his moniker and I appreciate rappers putting such vulnerability on record. Word around town, this track was allegedly removed from the track list of Glizzy's latest mixtape at the last minute because the "I hate lots of people I can kill them all" line could be perceived as a subliminal to his D.C peers Wale and Fat Trel and that was a hole old boy didn't want to have to dig himself out of now Awwsome is a IRL hit with Lyor's money behind it.

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Rap songs that aren't on YouTube but really should be # 2

I hope The K.I.D Heat & Mally Mall were well compensated for having their own song with Drake & Tyga snatched from them, because Whatcha Say was already getting radio/club play in it's two target markets of California & the U.K before Universal had it damn near wiped from the internet/muted on YouTube to make way for Truffle Butter from the new Nicki Minaj album.

Actually, scratch that - I hope The K.I.D Heat got duly shafted by Baby & Slim as karmic retribution for his pitiful attempt to toady up to The Canadian and pretend Tyga wasn't ever featured on Whatcha Say after the Drake & Tyga "beef" went public. Purely because I hate seeing sneaky major labels attempting to airbrush songs that've been gettin' rinsed on Westwood for months out of history, here's the MP3 of the original version of Truffle Butter:

The K.I.D Heat & Mally Mall ft. Drake & Tyga - Whatcha Say
(From t'internet; 2014)

Brief thoughts on The Pinkprint from a guy who likes Pills N Potions: looks like Nicki Minaj's "fuck the skinny bitches in the club" ad lib on Anaconda was an ill-subliminal aimed at Lil' Debbie because Nicki knew she was creatively spent after her 2014 peak of Yasss Bish!! and couldn't compete with Debbie's 2014 trifecta of $lot Machine, Work The Middle, and I Do My Thang. Not since the second Rocky movie has a black American taken such a devastating L against an Italian American.

Saturday, 13 December 2014

Late pass - I've found another Ca$h Out song I like

See previously: Go Get That Dough.

"Your man a hater but he look up to me, girl, I'm a God
Your girl reaction when she run up to me? ‘OH MY GOD!!’"

Ca$h Out- I Want The Money
(From Let's Get It album; 2014)

Why the 'Orrible 'Ives didn't Ca$h Out's management push this song as one of the singles from his retail album then? Rap songs with that Go-Go type percussion invariably end up being club classics and I Want The Money has the best Go-Go type percussion I've heard on a rap song since Cali Swag District's Teach Me How To Dougie.

In fact, this whole missed opportunity is best explained by refracting it through the prism of Doug E. Fresh songs with that Go-Go type percussion: Ca$h Out had himself a The Show with I Want The Money here, but his management dropped the ball and now the song looks set to languish as a slept-on album cut like I'm Gettin' Ready.

Thursday, 11 December 2014

The obligatory best rap songs of 2014 post

2014: the year that'll go down in history for suggesting that Bill Cosby is guilty of even greater crimes than inflicting Mos Def's acting career on the general public.

"I LIKE WHAT I LIKE!" isn't just a lyric from No Type but a code to live by, so bear in mind that there are numerous conspicuous absentees from this year's list: I remain immune to the music of that lad who hails from the country where they drink milk out of plastic bags; I hated some of the year's biggest singles like Hot N*gga, Try Me, Coco, and U Guessed It; I'm indifferent to the music of current internet darlings like Tink, Run The Jewels, Chief Keef, and Freddie Gibbs & Madlib; Makonnen is a cynical novelty rapper who is only notable for looking like Rickie from My So Called Life if he'd eaten all the pies; I loved Doughboyz Cashout in CTE weed carrier mode last year, but their 2014 singles were way too Juverassic 5 for my liking; I have zero interest in all those Alt-lanta rappers like Key!, Father, Rome Fortune etc who seem to exist solely to keep The Fader in daily content.

But then who am I to take cheap shots at what anyone else listens to when the list below contains songs by Chris Brown's rapping stuntman, Tarrie Bar-B, black America's answer to Pitbull, Lil' Chris' manager's 9 year old niece, and a 35 year old Jewish version of South Park Mexican? Rap was a pleasant surprise in 2014 because lots of my favourite songs turned out to be the ones that I had the lowest expectations for or the ones which arrived enigmatically from out of nowhere. Anyhoo, check back in a day or three in case Sacha Mon Frere-Jones BiggieGeorges pops up in the comments with handy zipfiles of all the songs again as he's done for the past couple of years now.

Favourite 2013 rap songs that everybody slept on until they blew up in some way this year, or dropped too late to make 2013's list:

K Kutta - Lum Lum
Lil' Chris - Keep Your Head Up
Migos ft. Young Thug - YRN
5th Ward Weebie - Let Me Find Out Part 1
Ezale - Foreal Foreal
Priceless Da Roc - Yiken (Certified)
Ampichino - Eulogy
Agallah ft. Roc Marciano - Blaze Of Glory
D-Lo - Choppa Dance
We Are Toonz - Drop That #NaeNae
Chinx Drugz - Tell 'em
Vic Spencer ft. TREE - Profound
Skeme ft. Iggy Azalea - High Power
S.B.E - I Feel Like
RJ ft. Jay 305 - I Feel Like
Project Pat ft. Juicy J & Doe B - Never Be A G remix
Kid Ink ft. King Los - No Option
O.T. Genasis - Touchdown

Favourite 2014 rap songs:

K Camp - Oh No
King Louie - Live And Die In Chicago
Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX - Fancy
DJ Quik - Pet Semetary
Rae Sremmurd - No Type
YG - Bicken Back Being Bool
Slim 400 ft. TeeFlii - Kno Where The Party @
TREE - Probably Nu It
A-Wax - Jetsons
Flo Rida ft. Sage The Gemini & Lookas - GDFR
Sage The Gemini - Bad Girls
Show Banga ft. Sage The Gemini - I Been That
IamSu ft. 2 Chainz & Sage The Gemini - Only That Real (Back 2 Cali remix)
Jay Ant - Ask YB
Kool John ft. P-Lo - Bitch I Look Good
Looni - Right Now
Kap G - F**k La Policia
French Montana ft. Jadakiss - '88 Coupes
Lil' Durk ft. MeetSims - Money And Power
HS87 - Grindin' My Whole Life
ZMoney - Dope Boy Magic
CoCo Kiss, Robyn Fly & Ms. Go Ham - Side Piece
The 99 Percent - Shabooyah!
King Los - Woke Up Like This
Mic Terror ft. DJ Gant-Man - Get Off My Dick
Lil' Wayne - Krazy
Young Money - Senile
Nicki Minaj ft. Soulja Boy - Yasss Bish!!
Soulja Boy - Wassup
BeatKing ft. Kirko Bangz - Friendly
Rich Gang ft. Rich Homie Quan & Young Thug - Freestyle
Young Thug - Eww
T.I. ft. Young Thug - About The Money
Ola Playa ft. YSL - Don't Move
PeeWee Longway & Quez of Travis Porter - Use Me
MPA Shitro Sanchez - Justin Bieber
Big Sean - Paradise
Yowda ft. YG - That's How It Go
Lil' Debbie - I Do My Thang
Ben J of New Boyz - Save It For The Birds
Speaker Knockerz - Erica Kane
Doe B ft. T.I. - Homicide
Vic Mensa - Down On My Luck
JuJu ft. Tragedy Khadafi - Thriller
Kurious Jorge - Best In The World
Mouse On Tha Track - Liberation (The Cut)
Lil' Boosie - I'm Wit' Ya
Dorrough Music ft. Lil' Boosie - Beat Up The Block
Wiz Khalifa - We Dem Boyz
Snootie Wild ft. K Camp - Made Me
Vince Staples - Blue Suede
DB Tha General - Motel6 Intro (Phatasm)
Uncle Murda ft. Keyz - Same Way
FaBo - On The Table
Smoov-E ft. Clyde Carson - What's It Gonna Be?
Caskey - So Bad
Kendrick Lamar - I
Heaven ft. Lil' Chris - Don't Shoot
City Shawn ft. D-Lo & Show Banga - Bitches
SD - Circles
Too $hort - 19,999
Gangsta Boo & La Chat - Can't Sit With Us
Fetty Wap - Trap Queen
Lucci - Kno No Better
HD of Bearfaced ft. G-Dirty - Don't Like Me
Grip Plyaz - Flexin'
Jackie Chain - Party Girls
The Jacka ft. Dru Down & Joe Blow - The President's Face
Young Lox - Legion Of Doom
B.o.B ft. Ty Dolla $ign - Drunk AF
Snow Tha Product ft. Ty Dolla $ign - 1 Time
Lupe Fiasco ft. Ty Dolla $ign - Next To It
Rocko - Luv
Rich Boy ft. The Game - Ridin' Thru My City
Jae Murphy ft. The Game, Eric Bellinger & Problem - You Playin' (This Could Be Us)
Famous To Most - #Whip

(Though I usually stop #Whip at the 01:15 mark because the song then takes a major nosedive. That first minute and change is the hardest shit since Nigel Benn, though.)

Bonus beats - Generic list post: rappers lending their vocal talents to great non-rap singles this year edition.

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

It's ya birfday

In the year when the backsides of Nicki Minaj, Iggy Azalea, Jennifer Lopez, Kim Kardashian, and Chanelle from series 8 of Big Brother all made headlines, it's important to remember that it's now been 10 whole years since Twista dropped Badunkadunk:

"Remember them times when you met two shortys and you really want the cutie
But you let her slide 'cause the other girl wit' her got a big ol' donkey booty?"

Twista - Badunkadunk
(From Kamikaze album; 2004)

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

I'll never be invited to the president's place, but get indicted just for tryna keep my residence laced

"You wanna see the FEDS run in my place
I ain't scared, I got my gun on my waist
It's hard to know how much money we make
'Cause cocaine cover up the president's face"

The Jacka ft. Dru Down & Joe Blow - The President's Face
(From What Happened To The World mixtape audio-documentary; 2014)

Just when it looked like Jacka's protege Young Lox had made the best Jacka song of 2014 with Legion Of Doom along comes The President's Face here. On paper, Jacka & Dru Down should clash like chalk & cheese; in practice they've somehow managed to compliment each other like strawberries & cream again. Joe Blow popping up for the third verse as a reminder that he's the current reigning champion of Jacka-core is the glass of wine to wash the rest of the song down with. Or sumfink. Fuck this hackneyed analogy already.

Unrelated note: This new Kurious Jorge single is an unexpected treat in the exact same way the JuJu & Tragedy Khadafi disco-rap song from earlier this year was an unexpected treat. Would probably like this shit even more without the struggle video where Kurious breaks one of the key tenets of Lifestyle Synergy by wearing a New Era with a peacoat; pick a lifestyle and run with it hard, mate, but never mix & match them:

Kurious Jorge - Best In The World
(From YouTube; 2014)

Monday, 8 December 2014

I ain't arrogant, this is confident!

MC Shan might have had a point about beat biters, but hook/song concept-jacking in rap is an acceptable practice as long as the guilty culprit song is better than the song(s) it jacks. For recent noteworthy examples, see 5th Ward Weebie's Let Me Find Out Part 1 banging a trillion times harder than its dull namesake by Doe B, and Looni's Right Now being better than the countless other Right Now songs from the past 12 months which preceded it.

If, however, your jacking is slacking then you deserve to be sneered at for being a thieving twat, and attention should be drawn to the superior original songs as team Martorialist did earlier this year when both NMB Stunnaz and Rolls Royce Rizzy ganked Lil' Chris' Godamn, and when both Lil' Reese and 2 Chainz gaffled RJ's Shoulda Coulda. Since Ace Hood & Rich Homie Quan's We Don't is now a bona fide hit, it seems only fair to point out that the song bit its whole shit from this deep cut offa that recent Gangsta Boo & La Chat album:

Gangsta Boo & La Chat - Can't Sit With Us
(From Witch album; 2014)

It seems like t'internet views the Gangsta Boo & La Chat album as slight when compared to the BeatKing & Gangsta Boo mixtape, but I like Can't Sit With Us here ever so slightly more than anything on the latter. Boo definitely redeemed herself in a major way this year after spending 2013 making music with Spanish Trap-Rave producers and Mishka interns.

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Grand Daddy P.U.

File this under ‘Wait (The Whisper Song) back!’ and ‘No way, Waka Flocka Flame back too with a coda that's the best thing he's done since his verse on My Life by Rich Kidz!’

Maejor ft. Ying Yang Twins & Waka Flocka Flame - Tell Daddy
(From Tell Daddy single; 2014)

Tell Daddy has been out just over a week but it's already bubbling like Grotbags' cauldron and gettin' play on the usual urban UK channels. Hearin' it after U Guessed It and that absolutely wretched new Rae Sremmurd song Illest Walkin' as I did yesterday, Tell Daddy sounded like it was from some whole 'nother parallel universe of 2014 Atlanta where the art of subtlety is still appreciated, even by Waka who turns up self-conscious of his beer breath.

Saturday, 6 December 2014

It woz son wot done it

If you're old enough to remember t'days when DJ Vlad was just another whigga DJ threatening to beat the shit out of anyone who'd caught him sock-puppeting up hype for his own mixtapes on rap message boards back in the early noughties, then you'll know that it felt like poetic justice when Vlad finally found his true calling in life as the Perez Hilton to Miss Info's TMZ after getting the shit beaten out of him by Rick Ross during an early VladTV interview in 2008.

Here at The Martorialist we respect the sort of petty gossip-mongering with which Vlad plies his trade, but we don't indulge in such mucky business ourselves. Therefore, you won't be seeing us use this post as a cheap excuse to ask whether there's any correlation between Rolling Stone magazine insinuating that the girl who was gang-raped at the University of Virginia is a liar, and Rolling Stone magazine now employing one of the SPIN magazine staffers who helped hush up the Das Racist sexual assault allegations of 2012.

Friday, 5 December 2014

A postscript to the great album interludes, and anti-cop song posts

If you've ever wondered why some of us old bastards view Ice-T as one of the true greats then consider the fact that dude had 42 second album interlude tracks which still stand up as poignant critiques of the American police force 23 years later:

Ice-T - Street Killer
(From OG: The Original Gangster album/VHS tape; 1991)

*EDIT* Someone has made a YouTube playlist of the near-whole O.G VHS tape. This is obviously the best way to experience that vintage Tracy Marrow "does South Central look like America to you?"-rap if you've got an hour to spare:

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Kill the bill

"NYPD can suck my dick, spit in they faces, they all racist.."

Eldorado Red ft. Mel Matrix - Fuck The Police Pt. 2
(From Paint The Town Red Volume 1 mixtape; 2006)

Feel like this is the only rap song it's appropriate to post today. Fuck Eldorado Red for killing Lil' Phat, though.

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Generic list post: album intro/interlude/outro tracks which don't suck

This is the generic list post where I attempt to defend the much-maligned album intro/interlude/outro track by making a case for 30 incredible ones that have made it worth the effort of sitting through all the hundreds upon hundreds upon hundreds of bad ones. The criteria here is that they have to function as a song* and must not last longer than 3 minutes, though I've made an exception on the latter rule for a handful of essential intro joints. What no (Hiney) interlude from Gang Starr's The Ownerz????

Onyx - Bacdafucup (1993)
Young Bleed - An Offer U Can't Refuse (1998)
MF DOOM - Hands Of Doom (1999)
Ice-T - Home Of The Bodybag (1991)
Lil' Wayne - Big Tigger Live On The Radio (2002)
Mannie Fresh ft. Lil' Wayne - Wayne's Takeover (2004)
Schoolly D - Super N*gger (1989)
The Beatnuts - World Famous (1997)
Odd Squad - Shit Pit (1994)
OutKast - D.F. (Interlude) (2000)
Jungle Brothers - Jimmy's Bonus Beats (1988)
De La Soul - Intro (1993)
The Clipse ft. Fam-Lay - Freestyle (2002)
Beastie Boys - To All The Girls (1989)
Master P - Ooh Shit (1992)
DB Tha General - Intro (2007)
Mystikal - Smoke Something (1994)
Ice Cube - What They Hittin' Foe? (1990)
Snoop ft. Lady Of Rage - G Funk Intro (1993)
Cam'Ron - Fuck You (2000)
The Diplomats - Un Casa (2003)
DJ Quik - Hooray 4 Tha Funk (Reprise) (1995)
Geto Boys ft. J. Prince - Intro (1993)
Notorious B.I.G - B.I.G (Interlude) (1997)
Curren$y - The Briefing (2009)
Main Source - Scratch & Kut (1991)
Akinyele - You Know My Style (1993)
YG ft. Big TC & RJ - Thank God (Interlude) (2014)
Public Enemy - Show 'Em Whatcha Got (1988)
T.I. - Long Live Da Game (2003)

* By function as a song, I mean it must be something you can bump; thus, all spoken interludes in the JD's Gafflin' or Shark N*ggas (Biters) vein are disqualified.

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Reasons why I love YouTube # 64

Here's a video of Twista, KanYe & Django Upstaged doing Slow Jamz on 106 & Park in 2004. KanYe must have really loved that pink/lime green POLO rugby because he also wore it for the AOL Sessions performance of Slow Jamz and on the Freshman Adjustment compilation cover. You've gotta feel bad for the session musician who had to stand there pretending to play his guitar like that dead bloke from the Manic Street Preachers after DJango's nauseating intro jam:

"Shout out to Shyne! Shout out to Shyne! Free Shyne! Free Shyne!"

KanYe West doesn't care about Black Rob!!!

Monday, 1 December 2014

My daddy is really a rasta

File this one under ‘another sweet Skooly-core anthem.’ This time from the fella who dropped that Rich Homie Quan dis song with none other than Skooly himself. Lucci's Kno No Better here is the perfect monday morning music for anybody who spent last night taking advantage of the Swiss gold referendum.

"A n*gga don't kno no better
Took a lot to get here, motherfucker, can't turn back never

Lucci - Kno No Better
(From DJ Lil' Keem's HoodrichKeem Tweet Tape mixtape; 2014)

Sunday, 30 November 2014

Generic list post: november 2014

Obligatory round-up of the songs I've listened to most during the month when a random Instagram picture I posted this past summer may have inspired the Chris Brown cartoon character's ‘Beavis & Butt-head shorts’ on the artwork for Omarion's Post To Be single. We don't pay retail on Thom Browne 'cause we use 20% discount codes on Mr Porter.

Caskey - So Bad (2014)
Tung Twista - Frum Da Tip Of My Tongue (1992)
Black A.G. & DJ Cooley - No Typa Drugdeala (1991)
Boosie - I'm Wit Ya (2014)
Webbie ft. Lil' Phat & Foxx - Fuck U (2014)
SD - Circles (2014)
Too $hort - Latina Love (2014)
Fabo - On The Table (2014)
Snow Tha Product ft. Ty Dolla $ign - 1 Time (2014)
Fetty Wap - Trap Queen (2014)
KO The God - Invincible (2014)
Mystikal - Feel Right (2014)
Cash Out ft. Snoop - Go Get That Dough (2014)
MPA Shitro - Work (2014)

Wanted to hate the Mystikal X Mark Ronson song, alas I find it enjoyable even if it does sound like it was recorded just to be performed live on Jools Holland.