Sunday, 23 September 2012

Rap game ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

When I found myself desperately skimming through pages of Joe Budden goes bowling videos, Joe Budden album artwork and alternate artwork updates, and Joe Budden poses on the cover of some black ppl's Miami Ink tattoo magazine JPGs on 2dopeboyz earlier today because all my usual channels for new Rap haven't been delivering these past couple of weeks, I figured it was time to bite the bullet and finally check out Lil B's Task Force mixtape that's been trumpeted as his long-awaited return to form in certain quarters. Alas, you bastards who've championed it have lead my hopes and expectations on a wild-goose chase before abandoning me in Disappointmentville with no taxi fair home; I couldn't make it through a single song in its entirety, and I contend that Brandon should've retired from Rapping in 2010 and made a move into TV as the host of Come Dine With Me U.S.A before the Red Flame mixtape began his slide into being just-another-Rapper.

What happened to the Lil B who scalped Nas on his own One Mic beat, who made the greatest Auto-Tune hit that never was, and who turned a Bow Wow instrumental into the new Mistakes Of A Woman In Love With Other Men, then? My theory is that the vast majority of Rappers are genetically encoded to only ever make a maximum of 30 good songs during their career and so, instead of drip-feeding them across various albums over the course of 8 years like The Jacka, he carpet-bombed the internet with them in the summer 2009 to autumn 2010 period which gave us the I'm Thraxx and 6 Kiss 'tapes, and loosies like Like A Martian, Good Morning, Look Like Jesus, Age Of Information, and Ellen Degeneres.

Nobody couldn't ever accuse California Boy of being a good thing unless they've got a particular penchant for the 4th song on Lemonheads cassette singles from 1993 or they want to rub one out to the preppier & prettier version of the daughter from season 1 of American Horror Story he strolls around with in the video, but at least it was a surprise and an amusing act of trolling; Task Force, on the other hand, is as predictable and as wearying as another new Chief Keef think piece, and I'm kicking myself for ever believing myself it could've been anything other than a dud after I was similarly suckered in by the Bitch Mob Respect Da Bitch Volume 1 'tape hype last year.

12 comments:

done said...

Someone should make a definitive based god loosie tape, but anyone whos enough of an expert is usually too uh "faithful" and no ones gonna agree anyways. Theres dudes like Kool Kieth & G Rap who have this weird two generations of fans that cant be explained by a late period commercial success but B's got like a dozen.

A few favourites from my playlist of that era Ive not seen mentioned (because theyre not well liked?):

Up next, Cash Money, Cocaine, I Am A Lion, Cash In My Tiny Pants & Santa Is Coming

SE said...

more photos in your next post please

Fulci Lives said...

¯\_(ツ)_/¯ = http://youtu.be/-EvPvfVOUV8

I live in hope to see a Come Dine With Me Rappers Special. It would be the greatest thing on television since Ice T & Coco on Mr & Mrs, http://youtu.be/a3rLg5TrKQk

step one said...

"My theory is that the vast majority of Rappers are genetically encoded to only ever make a maximum of 30 good songs during their career"

tha rilless shit anyone done eva wrote.
Everything makes sense now. Wish I'd have known this when I bought shit like 'Streets Disciple' and Ice T's 'Return Of The Real' and

Richard Tre Mane said...

Fulci, that's incredible. What movie is it from?

Fulci Lives said...

Enter The Ninja, blud.

Thomas said...

I kind of agree and disagree with you (I liked Task Force and Bitch Mob). He came out with an interesting sound and take on rap music that really peaked in development in 2010, but hasn't really evolved since then. I think at this point in his career it would be best if he scaled it back much more and started putting out a release every 6 months or so, but he likes internet attention so much that this will never happen and he will continue to drop 24 song mixtapes with 1.5 good songs.

Thomas said...

Oh and also I know what you mean with rap music fatigue that shit is unavoidable when you are trying to maintain a blog with fresh raps all the time.
I just go listen to copious amounts of non-rap music and then come back to it and everything sounds refreshing after listening to half a dozen albums filled with power chords and lyrics about white people problems.

Richard Tre Mane said...

Our white boy pain.

Nyqueezy said...

all I know is that this "we can go down" autotune jam is the fucking shit!!!!
"straps on deck" from white flame was pretty monumental in my opinion, though.
Aye but bruh when are we doing out next mix?

Richard Tre Mane said...

Good point. I need to pick my songs already.

Bogota Bog said...

We Can Go Down is one of the best Lil B songs ever, and also one of the best autotune jams ever.

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