Tuesday, 13 November 2018

It was all a dream, I never read FACT magazine

"This shit shit janky
I can't even trust my aunty

70th Street Carlos - Wake Me Up
(From t'internet; 2018)

Back when we all discovered Cross Me nobody could have predicted that 70th Street Carlos would become the Biggie/Biz Markie of Beserker-Bounce, nor that he would go on to drop a Boom-Bap homage to 2Pac. It shouldn't work, but it does. Keep ya head up when you're in that water like Spencer Elden.

Bonus beats: the instrumental that changed everything or wot?

Trel Itz A Hit - Itz Back There
(From YouTube; 2016)

(No particular shotz @ FACT... except for the Sad Boys article, natch.)

Sunday, 11 November 2018

Windows is shutting down

"I'm too cold, I'm G-Code
I'm Mac, you windows"

Mouse On Tha Track - Let Me In (solo edit)
(From t'internet; 2018)

Cheers to Step Won, told you this shit would sound better as a Mouse On Tha Solo Track. When Mouse sez "I'm Mac, you Windows" it's fun to pretend that he's referencing the blood test scene in The Thing.

Friday, 9 November 2018

Don't ask me whattup 'cause it's insomnia with me

Joeazzy ft. Mouse On Tha Track - Let Me In
(From YouTube; 2018)

A song improved by the subtraction of Webbie and the addition of a Mouse verse on his U.N.Lil' Slim shit. It'll be improved again when I get Jack The Snipper to turn it into a Mouse On Tha Solo Track innit.

Saturday, 3 November 2018

R.I.P to that $hizz guy who guested on + produced Foxx's 3rd Person

"$hizz be in Arkansas, $hizz be in Texas
$hizz don't know no dance moves but I always see him flexin'"

Foxx ft. $hizz - 3rd Person
(From Don't Work Don't Eat mixtape; 2012)

Smoke one for $hizzy, who died recently according to Frankie. A notable producer/rapper because 3rd Person is one of this decade's great lost Datpiff deep cuts, and Turk & Mel at TRILL ENT fucked up by not working it as a single back in 2012.

Yo money gripp, money gripp - you was a fool for this beat!

Friday, 2 November 2018

Rick, What's The Scoop?

Job's a good 'un by Stan Ipcus on this The Great Adventures Of Slick Rick anniversary piece. Particularly like Rick's take on Def Jam releasing Teenage Love as his first solo single, an A&R faux pas only vindicated by putting the Doug E. Fresh beatbox version of Treat Her Like A Prostitute on the B-side and the 12"s artwork. Shit, ya host's a fan of Teenage Love (no SPM/Afrika Bambaataa/Adam22), but it wasn't cut from the right cloth to be MC Ricky D's debut solo single.

Oh shit, Rick's just dropped a new-old song. He sez this one's from the 80s but I ain't buying that given it has the same sample as Group Home's Stupid MF's. Hmmmmm, not sure about this one in general - Ricky, Ricky, Ricky, can't you see, somehow your new song sounds like it was produced by fucking El-P.

Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Generic list post: October 2018

Obligatory wrap-up post of those songs I've played most during the month when Children's Story took a disturbing new turn. Hey young world - don't ever let uncle Adam22 read you a bedtime story.

70th Street Carlos ft. BBG Babyjoe - Do That (2018)
Homeboy Sandman & Edan - Rock & Roll Indian Dance (2018)
1TakeQuan - Grub Hub (2018)
Open Mike Eagle - Microfiche (2018)
Donae'o - Chalice (No Canadian Rappers Please edit) (2018)

Other notables: I Hope by Jay Lewis et al is the Hater's Anthem of 2018; people don't half sweat some boring music nowadays because that Lil' Baby & Gunna album is even duller than all the Faux Marciano-core bullshit; speaking of which, not gotten around to the DJ Muggs & Roc Marciano album yet; damn, even Rich The Factor has himself a goofy white protege now; Sherwood Marty's We Outchea ain't really my thing but I love seeing Mouse On Tha Track productions possibly blowin' up; the only song I'm digging on that new SOB X RBE album is the one with the best song title of 2018; was anyone expecting 70th Street Carlos would drop a boom-bap 2Pac tribute?

Tuesday, 30 October 2018

Anthony is a Johnson

"Big Afro wig with a chin-strap
I'm thinkin' real hard, chewin' on a pen cap
Some songs just more for the headphones
Fuck the NFL, fuck the RedZone"

Open Mike Eagle - Microfiche
(From What Happens When I Try To Relax EP; 2018)

Damn, Open Mike Eagle drops some fly shit when he embraces the craft of songwriting and leaves the Unapologetic Art to his videos. Bradley tells me Microfiche is Anthony Fantano's least favourite song on the new O.M.E EP, and of course it is because Fantano's ear for music is about as good as his eye for #menswear.

PS: fuck the NFL indeed. It's bad enough that a sizable portion of the U.K thinks Rugby is a watchable sport without the NFL hiring out Wembley to host the even shittier Yank equivalent. Did the British public learn nothing from that brief moment in the late 80's when da streetz of everywhere from Liverpool to Liskeard to Liscannor were littered with lads wearing them 'orrible Pony Linebackers?

Monday, 29 October 2018

Ain't I allowed to just post a bona fide classic sometimes?

Yung L.A ft. Young Dro & T.I. - Ain't I (Remix)
(From Aint I (Remix) single; 2008)

Remember, remember the 25th of November for being the 10th anniversary of the Ain't I remix. A song which keeps getting better with time and deserves an in-depth Oral History Of.. Red Bull TV video. Call me an old sage if you want, but I knows my onions and Atlanta just doesn't make 'em like this anymore.

Saturday, 27 October 2018

**Sean Price voice** Edan white but Edan nice

"Look up in the sky, it's a bird..
Yo, that's played out!
..I was gonna say it's a birdbath
That's way out!"

Homeboy Sandman & Edan - Rock & Roll Indian Dance
(From Humble Pi EP; 2018)

Grim Seasons is a Homeboy Sandman song which just happens to be produced by Edan; #NeverUseTheInternetAgain is an Edan song which just happens to be rapped by Homeboy Sandman; The Gut is pretty much what you'd expect a Homeboy Sandman & Edan song where they both rap would sound like; and Rock & Roll Indian Dance here is like a lost Edan & Skillz Ferguson pass-the-mic song where Homeboy Sandman just happens to plays the role of Edan's former favourite token blk m8.

Thursday, 25 October 2018

It only show up once a year, ol' McRib ass song

Good news for all Lurches of chirpsing & Vampiras of banter, Open Mike Eagle's deleted 2017 Halloween loosie has reappeared on his new EP in time for the 2018 witching/cuffing season. Ain't a damn thing changed except the song's name because it's still the exact same strangely humourous take on how ghosts went from being inside the machines to becoming the machines making ghosts of humans. No lie, that bit at the end of the third verse where the Opera sample builds to a crescendo before Open Mike interpolates the chorus of Ghostbusters has haunted ya host's speakers for the last 12 months.

Open Mike Eagle - Single Ghosts
(From What Happens When I Try To Relax EP; 2018)

Gonna need O.M.E to record a song where he raps from the perpective of a dead person's social media account floating abandoned in cyberspace like a ghostship, adrift like the Mary Celly Celeste.

Wednesday, 24 October 2018

R.I.P to Pumpkin, I had to regulatte

Conclusive proof Errol "Pumpkin" Bedward shoulda been the best producer of 1980 in Complex's The Best Hip-Hop Producer Alive 1979 - 2018 listicle in the form of Spoonie Gee & the Trecherous Three's New Rap Language/Love Rap 12" single:

The definitive Rap record of 1980, empirically better than any of Rocky Ford & J.B. Moore's productions on Kurtis Blow's debut album. Both tracks are original compositions rather than replays of Disco hits or classic breaks, the latter track was the first Rap song to become a breakbeat in its own right, and both songs established Pumpkin as Rap's first superproducer. I rest my case, y'honour, and I didn't even have to mention Pumpkin's other great 1980 production.

TBF, the people behind the listicle did a decent job on those early years of Rap, especially by 2018 Rap media standards, but there's a couple of mistakes in there: you can't claim Jiggs Chase was the real auteur behind The Message when you admit that Duke Bootee practically did everything on the song; and it's long been established that Davy DMX #actually produced damn near all the tracks Kurtis Blow and Aaron Fuchs both took credit for.

Friday, 19 October 2018

Generic list post: 2018 late pass! (thus far)

"Ten four! Ten four!
The Martorialist has been spotted dropping a list of 10 legit jams™ he'd slept on until 2018!
Officer required! Please bring heat-resistant gear!"

We got De La Soul samples by The Outlaw Blues Band; L.A Chicano Punk by The Brat; various Bay Area shit by Mac Dre, Father Dom, Z-Man, Ghost8800, and Calvin T; an electro-boogie cover version of Steely Dan's Peg by Brian Ellis; Nigerian semi-Grime from DJ Consequence & YCEE: and a 70th Street Carlos loosie from the biffin's bridge of 2017.

The Outlaw Blues Band - Deep Gully (1969)
The Brat - High School (1980)
Mac Dre & DJ Cee - Donkey Ain't Free (1989)
Father Dom - Tell Your Baby Mama Leave Me Alone (1997)
Z-Man - White Girls Wit Ass (1999)
Ghost8800 - Sonic Boom (video mix) (2012)
Calvin T - Bottom Bitch (2014)
Brian Ellis - Peg (2015)
DJ Consequence ft. YCEE - In A Benz (2016)
70th Street Carlos - Rich N*gga Bitch (2017)

Monday, 15 October 2018

Is Quavo's terrible solo album Auto-Tune's death rattle?

Let's be honest here, chiefs & chiefettes: there hasn't been a Rap song improved by Auto-Tune in a couple of years now, it's one of the two main reasons why 2018 is the blandest year for mainstream choonz in the genre's history, it strips regional Rap styles of all their geographical twangs into sterile RapCaviar fodder, and when Simon Reynolds is writing thinkpieces celebrating it and illustrating his points with some of the dullest songs Future and Migos have ever recorded then you know it's definitely time to leave That Funny Voice Shit™ in the past innit?

Sleep tight, sweet pitch-corrector... we'll always have the time Jadakiss accidentally called you "Audio-Tunes."

Friday, 12 October 2018

I hope you ordered Dr. Pepper and they give your ass Coke

"I hope you go get them new J's and they turn out to be fake
I hope you win a trip to Africa and choke on a grape
I hope you decide to take a run and go get bit by a snake
I hope your nanna cook spaghetti and they run outta plates"

Jay Lewis ft. Gorilla Mode Dezz & Mista Cain - I Hope
(From t'internet; 2018)

File this under ‘the official Hater's Anthem™ of 2018!’

Keepin' this schadenfreude essence inside us, because it provides us with the proper insight to guide us. I hope some Bork raer vinylz boutique label presses this up on a 12" with Scotlandville.

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Thank Us Later

Tommy Robinson didn't do porridge just so some fooken' foreigner from Baggedmilkland could ruin that new Donae'o song with a verse of Poundland Drakeisms. Luckily Jack The Snipper was available to remove Fauxbrey's verse and now Chalice can be enjoyed the way Diana™ would've wanted to hear it, God bless her soul.

Donae'o - Chalice (No Canadian Rappers Please, We're British edit)
(From t'internet; 2018)

Can you believe Calvin Harris was behind the boards for this one? His first good production since Acceptable In The 80's or wot?

Sunday, 7 October 2018

Born To Audiomack: the REAL Loyalty Over Love

You see, in this world there's 2 types of people, my friend - doz that slept on Black Sheep's first LP and doz that wept when they heard OMB Peezy's debut LP. Fortunately ya host Captain Save-A-Rapper is here to dry your eyes like a laptop with this 7-song playlist of the EP that OMB Peezy's Loyalty Over Love was probably intended to be in 2017 before Peezy & his label decided to discard all the songs which built his reputation.

Actual factz: it's 2018 and the LP is an outdated drawn-out format which solely exists to give people on Twitter something to have Opinionz about every friday.

Friday, 5 October 2018

R.I.P Ad-Rock!

Much like the Beastie Boys' homeless m8 Johnny Ryall, ya host has a Rockabilly past which nobody knows. Only letting the cat(man) outta the bag today because I've just realised that The Phantom's Love Me #actually dropped in 1960 rather than 1958, thus it coulda/shoulda/woulda been included in my best songs of the '60s list. If proto-Punk exists outside the heads of aged music critics who think that Punk was the be all and end all of Culture™ then Love Me is far more deserving of the term than all those Garage-Rock bands from 1963 who just sound like Dick Dale with a fuzz pedal. You a fool for this one, Pat Boone:

The Phantom - Love Me
(From Love Me 7" single; 1960)

Memphis isn't where he's from, he invented Punk Rock but never met Malcolm McLaren. On the real, though, Yank teenagers in 1960 must have had their domes blown in the comforts of their suburban homes hearing some otherworldly psychotic rockabilly shit like Love Me for the first time.

Coming next on The Martorialist: was The Legendary Stardust Cowboy Rock's first ableist?

Thursday, 4 October 2018

Dog 'n' the wax

"There ain't no limit to this shit, I swear I'm feelin' like P
I fucked so many hoes, I swear I can name 'em from A to Z
I make my bitch sleep on the floor 'cause that choppa lay with me
Yeah, that glock it stay with me, that fake shit ain't okay with me"

70th Street Carlos ft BBG Babyjoe - Do That
(From t'internet; 2018)

Mr. Bang Bang? More like Mr. Triggaman amirite! This upload seems to be the only one on t'internet which doesn't sound like you're listening to it through an ear clogged with wax. Shout out to Rhys Barber, we in this bitch like a Jobson Horne.

Visuals just dropped. Why is the sky blue, why is water wet, why is the thumbnail not from the video?

Tuesday, 2 October 2018

Rap songs that aren't on YouTube but really should be # 20

A square: why aren't De La Soul's classic albums streamable on Spotify or Apple?

A connoisseur: why isn't De La Soul's G.O.A.T B-side streamable anywhere, even YouTube?

There are certain De La Soul B-sides which are legit jams but deserve their position as surprise finds on the flip-sides of the anthems. And then there's What's More? which the group really should have saved for De La Soul Is Dead; Lord knows this song deserved a place on that album more than novelty interludes like Kicked Out The House or Who Do U Worship?.

De La Soul - What's More? From Original Soundtrack "Hell On 1st Avenue"
(From Me Myself & I 12" single; 1989)

There's no evidence that a movie by the name of Hell On 1st Avenue exists, let alone that a soundtrack album was recorded for it. Presumably that part of the song's title is one of Prince Paul's concepts: an imaginary soundtrack for a fictional crack-era blaxploitation movie in which the song's "tell me what's more.... " questions are set? Crazy visions, bruv.

Sunday, 30 September 2018

Generic list post: September 2018

Obligatory wrap-up post of those songs I've played most during the month when this little blog finally reached the top of Google's seach rankings for Will High and Vordul. Peak Martorialist... literally.

Mac Dre ft. Coolio Da Unda Dogg - California Livin' (demo) (1990)
Calvin T - Bottom Bitch (2014)
P-Lo - Same Squad (2018)
Cash Kidd - Zorbas (2018)
70th Street Carlos - Coogi Fit (2018)
Jay Lewis - Scotlandville (2018)
Lil' Wayne ft. Swizz Beatz - Uproar (2018)

Other notables: nice to hear 70th Street Carlos and WNC Whop Bezzy together again on Big B's; I've kept returning to #NeverUseTheInternetAgain by Homeboy Sandman & Edan for a couple of months now even though I'm not sure I even like it as a song or a sentiment; SonnieBo's Fresh Out is what D-Lo's 2018 songs would sound like if D-Lo stopped trying so hard to sound HARD; I was forced to endure Eminem's new album and all I could think about was tiggedy-tiggedy tongue-twistin' Iggy Azalea; X-Raided's first post-prison song is way more fun anyone could have expected (bit weird hearing his voice au naturel not filtered through a prison's phoneline, though, innit?)

Friday, 28 September 2018

Re-Up Gong!

Celebrate Tha Carter V featuring a Special Delivery revamp with the Martorialist best of G. Dep playlist! Early career unreleased & indie joints, prime Bad Boy Records joints, and one last dayz brief-comeback joint.

Did Swizz Beatz change Lil' Wayne's mind about the Special Delivery beat? If not, put a finger in the air for the hearing impaired.

Monday, 24 September 2018

Hi kids, do you like vegemite?

My mate Chinese John* forced me to listen to that new Eminem album yesterday, and it sounds like a fucking episode of DJ Akademiks' Rap gossip show on ComplexTV being rapped by Spazzy Azalea circa THAT live clip:

Which is apt since the only notable thing about the album was when Eminem spitefully gave The Real Slim Sheila™ half-a-bar. Obviously this was a backhanded compliment to the cocky Caubogan because Eminem knows he hasn't made a song which slaps as hard as Fancy since The Marshall Mathers LP.

(*Name changed to protect the secret Eminem fan.)

Saturday, 22 September 2018

However livin' better now, bangers about Coogi sweaters now

"Hatin' ass n*ggas they be listenin' to my song mad
The way I raise that glock up you'd think I was the fuckin' dad"

70th Street Carlos - Coogi Fit
(From t'internet; 2018)

Well, Ed O.G did implore black men to Be A Father To Your Child, didn't he? Anyhoo, if Carlos is gonna drop an Atlantafied-sounding song then at least the ATL influence comes from the parping regality of T.I's ASAP.

Friday, 21 September 2018

Born To Audiomack: 2018 Back!

1. BlocBoy JB - No Chorus Pt 11
2. DaBoii of SOB X RBE - Onna Gang
3. Kendrick Lamar & SOB X RBE - Paramedic
4. 70th Street Carlos - Sprite
5. WNC Ram Bam - G Warfare
6. Dru Down ft. Mistah F.A.B - Streets Is Cold
7. Tay-K - After You
8. Husalah - Bad Young Thang
9. Queen Key ft. Dreezy - Ha
10. Maine Musik - Soulja Slim Flow 2
11. Sada Baby & FMB DZ - Planet Of The Apes
12. P-Lo - Same Squad
13. DJ Premier ft. Casanova - Wut U Said???
14. Nef The Pharoah & 03 Greedo ft. ALLBLACK - Ball Out
15. E-40 & B-Legit ft. Stresmatic - Meet The Dealers
16. Rich Blue - Hands Hands
17. Valee ft. Jeremih - Womp Womp
18. Jay Lewis - Scotlandville
19. Level ft. Mouse On Tha Track & Boosie BadAzz - DFWT (Remix)
20. Edan - Real Bad Promo
21. Cash Kidd - Zorbas
22. City Girls - Period (We Live)
23. Mozzy - Who I Am

It's ya host's essential Rap songs of 2018 playlist, updated with legit jams™ by by P-Lo, DJ Premier & Casanova, Edan, Cash Kidd, Sada Baby & FMB DZ, Jay Lewis, and Nef The Pharaoh & 03 Greedo with ALLBLACK. Still missing some songs which nobody's bothered to upload to Audiomack, but steadily racking up like dirty dishes.

In case the 'mack is playing funny buggers here's a direct link to the playlist.

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

No Bounce To The Ounce

This motherfucker Big Choo is literally taunting me by still regularly posting snippets of that song he first teased in february 2017. New term for rappers who constantly preview songs but never drop 'em: Bop-Teases™.

Monday, 17 September 2018

School of Dumb Knocks

Too Hard For Da Fuckin' Radio but not too Xxxtra Mannish for a school talent show: it's 18 year old Mac Dre kickin' edutainment on stage at Hogan High in 1989. Same cazals as the Young Black Brotha EP sleeve, dipped in white like Casper The Furly Ghost, DJ Cee behind the decks orchestrating the boom-slap, a trio of Crestside wenches shakin' it like Hillside rear view mirrors, a couple of Romper Roomers movin' like Vallejo's answer to Scoob & Scrap, and an auditorium of young cuddies & cuddettes doing the '89 equivalent of Goin' Dumb.

... No wonder the Hogan Gospel Choir ended up as bridesmaids on their own turf.

Bonus beats: the 1990 California Livin' demo.

Sunday, 16 September 2018

Finding Dremo

Mac Dre ft. Coolio Da Unda Dogg - California Livin' (demo)
(From the California Livin' recording sessions; 1990)

As Kool G. Rap said it's a demo, specifically the California Livin' demo. As Kool G. Rap also said it's a shame they switched this one up for the California Livin' EP because the beat on this O.G mix is arguably better than the studio version. No facts, just my opinion.

Previously in Mac Dre demo gems: this and this.

Friday, 14 September 2018

Sorta late pass!

P-Lo - Same Squad
(From PRIME album; 2018)

This one's been out for months, but it's only just burrowed its way into my rotation as this year's Bay Area equivalent of With My Team on some Friends Foreverever type shit. Essentially, it's the sorta song Sage The Gemini woulda been making in 2018 if he hadn't completely abandoned the slap-anthemo sound of his Gas Pedal EP. Bring back Mac Dre's Rope Tug™ dance 4 this 1.

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Doug Walkin'

Doug E. Fresh - Guess Who?/Keep Rising To The Top
(From The World's Greatest Entertainer album; 1988)

Etc etc in a cashmere sweater. Was Doug E. Fresh the first Rapper to use the Use Your Music Video To Promote Two Songs For The Price Of One trick when he shot a quick clip of himself onstage at The Rooftop doing The Dougie™ dance to Guess Who? and used it for the intro of the Rising To The Top video? Ya host cannae think of any earlier examples. Either way, it's still the only vintage footage of The Dougie™ dance being performing in its natural habitat of DJ Brucie B's roller rink bacchanal.

Monday, 10 September 2018

Wreck-N-Crew Effect

"You ain't gotta shoot him no more, shit, I know that n*gga wacked
I owe a lot of n*ggas money and they knowin' that they jacked"

70th Street Carlos & WNC Whop Bezzy - Big B's
(From YouTube; 2018)

I woke up on Monday morning and you know I need a zap, and what do I find on the internet but a new Wreck-N-Crew blaatt.

Was gonna suggest that a blaatt should be Baton Rouge's official equivalent of a slap, but then I remembered that the Bay already trademarked Blaaaat! a decade ago.

Sunday, 9 September 2018

Big Audiomack Dynamite

Updated my 70th Street Carlos loosies Audiomack playlist with Over Here and Change On Me. Shit is now 10 songs deep so call it Audiomatic.

Alas, that Close Encounters Of The 'Tard Kind Bleachers track turned out to be a better video than song, so there's no place for it here. Still, fair play to Carlos for the least-convincing death in a music video since the tubby bloke from Portishead caught a hot one in the Sour Times promo.

Friday, 7 September 2018

Late pass!

"Daddy, I'll hoe for you
Run up in the sto' for you
Do what I'm supposed to do
My bottom bitch"

Calvin T - Bottom Bitch
(From YouTube; 2014)

File this under ‘shut ya mouths when middle-aged mack rappers is spittin' game!’

Follow the instruction because without the instruction you're headed for self-destruction: get the underrated slap, don't forget to get the underrated slap, and when you get the underrated slap hip me to the underrated slap! Hat tip to Bishop Donal Juan for puttin' me onto this Calvin T tabernacle of funky uncle JackRabbit Bugzy pimp rap par excellance. Pimpin' ain't dead, it just moved to the web foreal foreal.

Before Mello-T there was Calvin T: hat tip to Fred for hippin' me to that 80's Calvin tabernacle. Same soup, just the O.G recipe.

Monday, 3 September 2018

Och aye the Boo, Jay Lewis kilt it

"You ain't never set up shop, you ain't shoot back at the cops
Bitch, you know you ain't no boss, you ain't never take a loss
You ain't even brush yo' teeth, bitch, you know you never floss"

Jay Lewis - Scotlandville
(From t'internet; 2018)

Boyz-N-The-Hoodcore is back for 2018! The G.Y.A.B kid Jay Lewis caught Rab C. Nesbitt's holy ghost and was like "you see me, Jimmy? You see me? I am bringing back the spirit of Elm Street in your memory!"

Sunday, 2 September 2018

Reasons why I love YouTube: In The Trunk edition

"Put that tooth under my pillow and went on to sleep
And at 5 AM in the morning I was laid up with a freak"

Ah, so this is one of Too $hort & Freddy B's infamous pre-75 Girls Records street tapes which they used to slang outta the trunk around the Bay. 1983 Oakland adventures of super XXX-rhymes about mackin' white freaks and the Tooth Fairy over Spyder D's Smerphies Dance.

Bonus beats: this guy really needs to digimitize his Too $hort and Freddy B street tapes.

Thursday, 30 August 2018

Generic list post: August 2018

Obligatory wrap-up post of those songs I've played most during the month when drama returned.

Mac Dre & DJ Cee - Donkey Ain't Free (1989)
Pete Rock & C.L Smooth - Cool & Calm (1990/2009)
Z-Man - White Girls Wit Ass (1999)
Z-Man - Artistic Violence (1999)
70th Street Carlos - Change On Me (2018)
70th Street Carlos - Over You (2018)
OMB Peezy - Venting Session (2018)
Edan - Real Bad Promo (2018)

Other notables: Boosie's rapping infant daughter is now a teenager who makes the modern equivalent of the music Boosie made during his own teenage years; alas, Nef The Pharaoh's album was too little, too late; hated all of YG's 2018 singles so I didn't even bother with his new album; Jacka's posthumous album with Ampichino is emotional as fuck, but no songs had me rewinding them the way One Sound and and Die Young from Jacka's posthumous album with Berner did.

PS: fave discovery on BigSleep's Genie of The Slap zipfile frenzy was Juice Lee's I'm Juiced.

Sunday, 26 August 2018

I never seen a man misidentified 'til I seen a man die

Equal amounts of FFS & LOL, tbqh.

Does B.E.T's website employ the same subs as The Guardian and The Mail Online?

Thursday, 23 August 2018

Generic list post: What That Mouth Do?

Remember dem dayz when beatboxing wasn't just noise pollution made by busking white lads in peaked beanies or the fifth element of Hip Hop for German #trueskool truthers? Let's cast our minds back to when beatboxing was the backbone of tracks wot banged with a capital B. The 20 best Make The Music With Your Mouth Rap songs of all time as according to ya author Blog E. Fresh.

Fat Boys - Stick 'Em (1984)
Doug E. Fresh & MC Ricky D - La Di Da Di (1985)
Bad Boys ft. K-Love - Veronica (1985)
Run-DMC - Son Of Byford (1986)
Roxanne Shante ft. Biz Markie - Def Fresh Crew (1986)
Biz Markie - A One Two (1986)
Just-Ice ft. Human DMX - Gangster Of Hip Hop (1986)
Stetsasonic - Faye (1986)
The Skinny Boys - Get Funky (1986)
DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince ft. Ready Rock C - Rock The House (1987)
Slick Rick ft. Doug E. Fresh - Treat Her Like A Prostitute (Movie Version) (1988)
MC EZ & Troup - Get Retarded (1988)
Beastie Boys - Get On The Mic (1989)
Vicious ft. Doug E. Fresh - Freaks (1994)
Rahzel - All I Know (1999)
Prince Paul ft. Chubb Rock & Biz Markie - Mr. Large (1999)
Snoop Dogg ft. Lil' Skateboard P - Drop It Like It's Hot (2004)
MF DOOM - Hoe Cakes (2004)
Nas ft. Doug E. Fresh & Ludacris - Virgo (2004)
Husalah - Stupid Dumb (2007)

(Only built 4 SEO hits: best beatbox songs ever.)

Tuesday, 21 August 2018

The Wizard Of Spazz

"I'm fucked up in the head, been like this since an early age
I be clean as a bitch, but I got some dirty ways
Fuck 30 pair of shoes, bitch, I got 30 plays"

70th Street Carlos - Change On Me
(From YouTube; 2018)

Toto, I've got a feeling we're not on 70th Street anymore. This one's a bit different than the teaser snippet suggested innit? To paraphrase The Alliance, I Gotta Get Used To This.

Monday, 20 August 2018

Generic list post: Alas Smith and Choonz

The theory: gangsta rappers have done more to maintain Larry Smith's legacy than the entire grandstanding REAL HIP HOP preservation society. The proof: this list of Legit Slaps™ which sample, beatjack, or interpolate Larry's classic productions for Whodini, Run-D.M.C, and the Fat Boys.

Eazy-E - Boyz-N-The-Hood (1987)
Mac Dre & DJ Cee - Donkey Ain't Free (demo) (1989)
C-Bo - Play 4G (1994)
Spice 1 - Sucka Ass N*ggas (1995)
Dru Down - Can You Feel Me (1996)
Richie Rich - Ruff Neckin' (1996)
Mac Dre ft. Jay Tee & Beesh - Where We Dwell (1996)
Ice Cube & Master P - You Know I'm A Ho (1998)
The Delinquents ft. Too $hort - Are Back (1999)
Dru Down - In Jail (2008)
DB Tha General - Rockin' In My Blues (2010)
Mac Blast - 5 Min. Of Funk (2010)
Ezale - 5 Minutes Of Funktown (2013)
Ezale - Foreal Foreal (2014)
Young Devi D - Ain't No Question (2016)
Street Knowledge - Dru Down Flow (2017)
Yung Cat - Itz Like That (2017)

Discogs blinded me with actual factz: Thomas Dolby produced Whodini's Magic's Wand and then reused the riddim for one of his own B-Sides. Much like 5 Minutes Of Funk, Magic's Wand is another Whodini song ya host prefers as an instrumental.

Saturday, 18 August 2018

Small Tymin'

Nef The Pharaoh really overachieved in 2015, huh? That's the polite way of saying his The Big Chang Theory album is neither good nor bad just lacking any of the spark which made his debut EP + the various loosies surrounding it so good. At least his fellow Sic Wid It signee OMB Peezy's album has one undeniable song; the only real slap Nef has in 2018 is Ball Out from his EP with 03 Greedo which only features 30 seconds of his vocals even though he clearly orchestrated the song.

Nef The Pharaoh & 03 Greedo ft. ALLBLACK - Ball Out
(From Porter 2 Grape EP; 2018)

Neffy got needs wings (no Claire Rayner!) Fly, Nefidelaphante, fly, and tell Mannie Fresh to drop your song with him already.

Wednesday, 15 August 2018

BigSleep presents The Genie Of The Slap: What Would Dre Say?

Claire and her best friend Blair, they square but they come as a pair. Here at The Martorilast, however, we're all about quinarys, which is why our fellow Mac Dre afficionado TheBigSleep came through with 5 zipfiles full of jams from the post-Dre slapmosphere. A quarter of these he found via ya host's turf, and the rest are his own favourites. We're entering your home via Firefox/Safari/IE/Chrome, and you ain't gonna bust a grape in Napa Valley with golf shoes on.






Monday, 13 August 2018

Becky With The Good Arse™

Why couldn't the pirate's wife sit down?
Because someone stole her booty.

Z-Man started from the bottom and set up shop there to write an shambolically lo-fi ode to back-beauty snowbunnies with derrières like 2 planets in a handkerchief. Lord Jamar wouldn't approve of a milk-shark anthem like White Girls Wit Ass, but there's nowt wrong with Z-Man wanting to put a bit of colour into a CAC bird's cheeks if she's looking a bit pale where the sun don't shine. The best song on 4 Hours Of Sleep because it doesn't hit a single bum note.

Z-Man - White Girls Wit Ass
(From 4 Hours Of Sleep album; 1999)

Here at The Martorialist we're definitely on the P.A.W.G Righteous Teachers tip, but we'd also like to send a fat shout out to all the white girls with no Batty like Leeds United post-2004. You know who else deserves a fat shout out? Z-Man for being the first Courtney Love killed Kurt Cobain truther in Rap. Don't get shit twisted like Fieldy's dreadlocks, though - EL DUCE INNOCENT!!!! It woz Michael DeWitt & Jessica Hopper wot done it (allegedly.)

Friday, 10 August 2018

Peez off

"Don't like the cards you was dealt, no givin' 'em back"

OMB Peezy - Venting Session
(From Loyalty Over Love album; 2018)

Grand mission statement to open OMB Peezy's debut album, eh? What a pity the LP takes a Sum 41 nosedive in quality after it. Granted, a couple of Loyalty Over Love's issues are personal gripes (he wants to be the new Kevin Gates; I want him to be the old Boosie with a soupcon of NorCal mobbishness), but the album's more general problems are genuine failings: gratuitous Auto-Tune smoothing out all Peezy's pan-regional rough edges, not enough trademark Sick Wid It slap in the production, and none of his best songs are present. How you gonna call your album Loyalty Over Love and then not even put the title track on there?

"Put a tag on your head like a cow"

OMB Peezy - Loyalty Over Love (Intro)
(From t'internet; 2017)

In hindsight, it was obvious Peezy's album would turn out be a bodge-job from the moment Lay Down and When I Was Down were remixed for their official release on 300 Entertainment. Overkill Peezy? More like awful A&Ring killed Peezy amirite.

Thursday, 9 August 2018

I wear my stunna shades all life

Things that make you go "hmmmmm": Fabo was the only member of D4L who wasn't wearing sunglasses on the cover of their album, yet he's never been seen without his trademark shades ever since.

Remember when Fabo tried to bring Romo to the ghetto by doing a song over Yazoo's Situation? Bet Simon Price never played that one at Stay Beautiful.

Tuesday, 7 August 2018


Halleluhwah! Some anonymous soul came through my comments with the MP3 of that new Edan song with the CAN sample that you had to be a streetwear influencer on Instagram to cop the 7" of. I'm So Green no more.
Internet democracy - 1, raer vinylz kulcha - 0.

Edan - Real Bad Promo
(From that corny raer 7"; 2018)

Lacking in the humour of my favourite Edan songs, Real Bad Promo gets away with it because it's kinda like what might have happened if Rakim had recorded a song for Top Shelf 8/8/88.

Sunday, 5 August 2018

Cool calm Pete

"The one, the only
Never smokin' any stogie
Funny like Yogie, and in golf I hit a bogey"

Pete Rock & C.L Smooth - Cool & Calm
(From the vaults; 1990/the Basement Demos EP; 2009)

Late pass on this highlight of Pete Rock & C.L Smooth's Basement Demos EP, a record ya host had no idea existed until The Lads© put me onto it earlier this week. Very different tone to All Souled Out here - none of Pete's trademark horn samples, and it's like C.L nicked a page from Grand Puba's notepad when Pubes was ghostwriting for Pete.

"Love all the cuties with big round booties/but if they pass gas I cross my fingers 'cause you're cooties."

Thursday, 2 August 2018

Gab Gotcha

Another lo-fi late 80's demo proving Mac Dre had that magical X Factor™ before he ever appeared on wax.
Apparently: Mac Dre & DJ Cee's last demo tape with Studio Ton which The MAC then passed onto Khayree.
Definitely: eight minutes of Dre gabbin' game over Whodini's Friends as Cee cuts up The J.B's The Grunt.
Possibly: year zero for Oakland rappers goin' in over classic Larry Smith productions?

"Cold, bold, 19 years old
With a brain full of game to be sold"

Mac Dre & DJ Cee - Donkey Ain't Free
(From Studio Ton demo sessions; $20 an hour in 1989)

If this shit occasionally sounds like a dummy run for Da Gift To Gab (various lyrics here later resurfaced on there, which explains why Dre said he was 19 years old on that song when he would have been in his early 20s by 1991), then it also doubles as a graveyard for so many people involved in its making: Mac Dre, DJ Cee, The MAC, Larry Smith, and various members of The J.B's. Life's a bitch and Benny Blanco is tryna put a ring on her?

Damn, this shit slaps so cold on my £30 ALDI boombox.

Tuesday, 31 July 2018

Generic list post: July 2018

Obligatory wrap-up post of those songs I've played most during the month when nobody needed the return of that rapist Yung Gleesh.

Mac Dre - Just Listen (demo) (1989)
70th Street Carlos - Rich N*gga Bitch (2017)
70th Street Carlos - Fat Girl (2018)
DJ Premier ft. Casanova - Wut U Said??? (2018)
Valee - Allat (2018)
Sada Baby & FMB DZ - Planet Of The Apes (2018)
Kreayshawn & KJ-$ - Not My Job (Punk Cover) (2018)

Other notables: Yang Style gotta be the best song Chippass has dropped since the glory days of NhT Boyz (God bless DJ Fresh!); I'd probably dig that new Edan song if you didn't have to be in a secret club of ageing streetwear scenesters to hear it in full; not that into WNC Ram Bam & 70th Streer Carlos' Rod Play meself, but I'm happy to see ppl enjoying WNC music; Babyloaf's Yo' Bitch Mobbin' is noteworthy for being the birth of Hyphy Wap; Dres from Black Sheep's FUGITUP had the potential to be as good as his Top Shelf 8/8/88 song if there wasn't an unfortunate air of Wicked22ness to it; it's cool that someone rhymed over Trel Itz A Hit's instrumental remake of Beelow's I'm A Beast, but I'd rather just listen to the original meself.

Sunday, 29 July 2018

JD's Gafflin' back!

"I got Skube wit' me and it's Mob, no Ice Cube wit' me
Got your boo wit' me, she sucked me off, I gave her two-fifty
Can't be too picky, 100 blues, this shit too sticky
No new n*ggas around me, that shit too iffy"

Sada Baby & FMB DZ - Planet Of The Apes
(From YouTube; 2018)

File this under ‘2018 Rap songs with references to Da Lench Mob.’

Ya host's favourite type of modern Detroit street Rap tends to be the stuff which doesn't necessarily sound like yer standard modern Detroit street Rap, thus this new Sada Baby & FMB DZ track is more mah spot than Sada Baby's big song of 2018 or any single FMB DZ has dropped since Friday.

This also explains why ya host would rather watch Ken Kaniff get gangbanged by D12 than ever sit through an album by any member of BandGang. No shotz @ the bennies or the Lonnies - I just don't think of you like that, lads.

Friday, 27 July 2018

Do The Chris

"I'm the type to watch ya house if you don't watch ya mouth"

DJ Premier ft. Casanova - Wut U Said???
(From t'internet; 2018)

File this under ‘songs ya host really wasn't expecting to dig.’

It's Super Producer Pree & Casanova Thug! (Geddit?) Uncle Murda isn't scheduled to release another good track until next year so this will do very nicely as 2018's slab of olde-worlde Brooklyn nastiness. Like Paul Joseph Watson nearly said, the Conservative Rap Coalition is the new counterculture.

Tryna remember the last Primo production I liked and it was that Game song with Master P lolz.

Thursday, 26 July 2018

Wanted dead or alive: an MP3 of Real Bad Promo by Edan

Edan Real Bad Man Season 1 Bootleg 7” - White label. #VeryRare Given to family and friends to celebrate the first drop of the line @real_bad_man This KrautRock inspired jam classic features Edan the Humble Mag akak @edanexists one of the funkiest cats around and a uber producer/ rapper who just destroys the Can classic Vitamin C.. With his crazy chop of the infamous break coupled with some God MC influenced rhyming madness this slice of nice goes hard. love me some Edan the boys nasty with it. The B side is equally bananas as the Tokyo-based Dancehall wizards BIM ONE productions recruit vocalist Mr. Williamz for “Sorcerer”, which samples Tangerine Dream’s synth-heavy theme song from the 1977 cult film SORCERER. This pressing is beyond limited theres only 300 in existence! Done in conjunction with my man @adam208 and his killer new line @real_bad_man there is No digital release of this either u got blessed or you got less. #SuperDiscoBreakin #VeryRare #SaluteEdan #SaluteCan

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Spotted on Dante Ross' Instagram, a new Edan song over CAN's Vitamin C. This is only available on some corny purposely-raer promo 7" that's already sold out because it was given away free to the ageing streetwear mafia, and there's no digital release planned. Song sounds like a bangeur, so who's got the 7" and is prepared to rip it?

Quite fond of Edan as a singles artiste here at The Martorialist: the Sprain Your Tapedeck EP (especially Run That Shit), the Emcees Smoke Crack (remix)/I'll Come Running Back To You 12", and the Funky Rhyming 7". Plus, ya host will always have a soft spot for Edan since his Fast Rap mix CD first put me onto Percee P & Ekim's Lung Collapsing Lyrics.

Tuesday, 24 July 2018

Kreayshawn's Punk cover of Not My Job deserves its own post

Kreayshawn & KJ-$ - Not My Job (Punk Cover)
(From Soundcloud; 2018)

1. Best song Kreayshawn's been involved in since Pu$$y Magnet or wot?

2. You wait years for a decent Mac Dre tribute song and then this and Husalah's Bad Young Thing turn up within the space of a couple of months.

3. Saw someone compare this to Nausea, which is unfair because it bodies anything those Commie crusties ever recorded.

3. This is more akin to Kreayshawn fronting a Born Again$t reunion because Sam McPheeters was too busy writing for Noisey that day.

5. The main reason why this is the best Rock song of the 2010's thus far is that, unlike every other Rock song released this decade, it doesn't have terrible lyrics.

Saturday, 21 July 2018

Born to Audiomack: 2018 jams

It's about that time to make sense of 2018 Rap thus far, so here's a playlist of ya host's favourite songs of the past 7 months. Granted, I'm limited to what's already on Audiomack/what I can be bothered to upload to Audiomack, but at least 95% of my 2018 essentials are included here. One song per artist, natch.

1 BlocBoy JB - No Chorus Pt 11
2. DaBoii of SOB X RBE - Onna Gang
3. Kendrick Lamar & SOB X RBE - Paramedic
4. 70th Street Carlos - Wreck
5. WNC Ram Bam - G Warfare
6. Dru Down ft. Mistah F.A.B - Streets Is Cold
7. Tay-K - After You
8. Husalah - Bad Young Thang
9. Queen Key ft. Dreezy - Ha
10. Maine Musik - Soulja Slim Flow 2
11. Sada Baby & FMB DZ - Planet Of The Apes
12. DJ Premier ft. Casanova - Wut U Said???
13. E-40 & B-Legit ft. Stresmatic - Meet The Dealers
14. Rich Blue - Hands Hands
15. Valee ft. Jeremih - Womp Womp
16. Jay Lewis - Scotlandville
17. Level ft. Mouse On Tha Track & Boosie BadAzz - DFWT (Remix)
18. Edan - Real Bad Promo
19. City Girls - Period (We Live)
20. Mozzy - Who I Am

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Just sayin', bruv # 16

The intro of Sum 41's Fat Lip video is a more credible attempt at Canadian Rap than anything ever recorded by Drake.

Shoreline Mafia are just Brockhampton if they'd met in the NoJumper YouTube comments rather than on the KanyeToThe message board.

New Yorkers under the age of 25 should be banned from making Rap music in 2018.

Apart from a handful of exceptions, New Yorkers over the age of 25 should also be banned from making Rap music in 2018.

Husalah is the ONLY American in the Rap industry who didn't make a complete tit of himself when attempting to comment on "Soccer" during the 2018 World Cup.

When the history books are written, Chance The Rapper will solely be remembered as the annoying twat who ruined Justin Bieber's Confident.

The only good songs to come out on G.O.O.D Music this summer are both by Valee.

What's Hell? Hell is reading Dart Adams droning on and on about video game release dates in his Tweets.

Monday, 16 July 2018

Shameless Re-Up Gong!

It was all good just a week ago and now it's even better. Updated my 70th Street Carlos loosies playlist with a song I'd previously missed - shit's called Rich N*gga Bitch and it's kinda like I Got A Story To Tell on a Baton Rouge budget, as produced by Mannie Fresh.

The petition to get FrankieThaLuckyDog to review some WNC music starts here! ~~~> ________

Sunday, 15 July 2018

Rich Blue ate my hamster

"I'm a Soviet, I don't give a fuck
In the Soviets we drink vodka, brah"

Sublime marriage of music and moving image or wot? This upcoming song by the Hands Hands guy is a new entry in the Martorialist canon of potentially-killer songs from the past few years which only exist in snippet form currently. The others?

Foxx & Boosie - Untitled (2015)
Ezale - Cold Game Chronicles (2016)
Mannie Fresh & Nef The Pharoah - Untitled (2017)
Ya Boy Big Choo - Hustla (Remix) (2017)
70th Street Carlos - On Me (2018)

BTW, that's yer allotment from Si Mane Price. New name: Kelvin Mack10zie.

Friday, 13 July 2018


Regrets, I've had a few, but at least I've never wasted my precious time on Earth listening to Drake albums like some of youz lot lol. PSA, Tamia's comeback single is still 2018's only good song outta Canada, and that shit now has a video:

Tamia - Leave It Smokin'
(From YouTube; 2018)

From Drake and Celine Dion to Michael Bublé and Mindbender Futurama, Canadians have always been varying shades of horrific when making music about love/lust. Thus, it's a major miracle that Tamia can drop a Legit Bedroom Jam 4 Ladies & Gentlemen Alike™ 20 years after So Into You.

Monday, 9 July 2018

Born To Audiomack: 2018 70th Street Carlos joints playlist

70th Street Carlos AKA Boosie FatAzz AKA Spaz Dillenger AKA Chubb Glock AKA Gumby Knuckles AKA Godfather Dumb AKA Sauce Water. Someone's gotta wrap the best of his 2018 loosies up like a mummy, so it might as well be me. One of the few new rappers whose style is totally his own - all fact, not an imho.

Thursday, 5 July 2018

Mac Dre Day

Mac Dre - Just Listen (demo)
(From Khayree's vaults; 1989)

Celebrate what would have been Mac Dre's 48th birthday today with this unreleased late 80's demo intro over Fred Wesley & The J.B's Same Beat. Khayree really shoulda put a CDQ version of this on his first The Musical Life Of Mac Dre compilation.

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Reasons why I love YouTube part whatever

File this under ‘fam-made videos for songs which never had videos but really should have’ and ‘rap songs which mention Prince Naseem.’ Dunno why Nana Be Like wasn't a single because Foxy performed it live on Queen Latifah's TV show and it's easily the best song on the Broken Silence album.

Kinda cute that Foxy added a bunch of patois to the O.G 1999 mixtape version of Nana Be Like after she started dating Spragga Benz in 2000. You haven't really caught feelings for your boo until you start adopting some of her/his regional dialect innit/int'it.

Saturday, 30 June 2018

Generic list post: June 2018

Obligatory wrap-up post of those songs I've played most during the month when PJW pretended to be into football. Pull the other one, Paul.

Jimmy Wopo - Elm Street 2 (2017)
70th Street Carlos - Big Knots (2018)
WNC Ram Bam - G Warfare (2018)
Dru Down ft. Mistah F.A.B - Streets Is Cold (2018)
Queen Key ft. Dreezy - Ha (2018)

Other notables: Dancing Man was the only song I was kinda feelin' on that new J Hus EP; wanted to like Rico Nasty's Rage but I just can't get with Slipknotcore Rap.

Tuesday, 26 June 2018

Slangin' humble pie and St. Ides in the same sentence

"16 doin' my thing, outchea fuckin' n*gga's parents
16 doin' my thing, probably stuck a n*gga's parents"

Jimmy Wopo - Elm Street 2
(From YouTube; 2017)

In hindsight, ya host was way too harsh about the late Jimmy Wopo's Elm Street 2. Shit's a slap to be treasured, so who gives a shit if it isn't quite as good as the original? As ever, writing about music isn't a bunch of declarative statements forever fixed in stone, but the ever-evolving conversation in your own head made public. Sometimes you get it right, sometimes you get it wrong, and sometimes you're kinda slow because certain songs just hit the pleasure centre in your brain late.

Another heartfelt R.I.P to Jimmy Wopo, the only rapper of this era who sounds like he should have been the guitarist in some mid 80s New York Hardcore band.

Sunday, 24 June 2018

Reasons why I love YouTube part whatever

Black Sheep performing that song live at MTV Spring Break in 1992 with Cypress Hill and Smooth B joining them onstage as impromptu back-up dancers. Clip is so hype it can make you temporarily forget that The Choice Is Yours (Revisited) is one of those legitimate 10/10 classics to have been ruined by lazy DJs overplaying it - ubiquity's gonna kill your favourite 90s banger quicker than a favour or a bullet.

Friday, 22 June 2018

Heavy C

"Catch your baby momma, make my young'n's steal her purse
I know a lotta n*ggas want me in the hearse
But I'm strapped you fuckin' clown, you muhfuckin' jerk
I got n*ggas in black all round your house, you 'bout to get merked"

70th Street Carlos - Big Knots
(From t'internet; 2018)

Really wish rappers wouldn't invite visits from the Grim Reaper upon themselves in their #barz like that. Here at The Martorialist we definitely ain't tryna see 70th Street Carlos become Baton Rouge's answer to Heavy D on some The Overweight Lover's In The Hearse type shit.

Anyhoo, Big Knots initially felt like a disappointment after last month's trifecta of Bang Bang, Sprite, and Wreck, but shit's a grower like chickweed on your granddad's allotment. A proper bells of doom 4 Horsemen Of The Apocalypse entrance theme.

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

R.I.P Jimmy Wopo

Pittsburgh really is the pits, huh? Pour out a little Snapple for the tragically slain Jimmy Wopo, now cursed to be "that other rapper who died on the same day XXXHamster got snuffed". It's a mystery Scooby Doo why it's always gotta be rappers who die - it's about time some Drum & Bass producers and Death Metal bands get sent back to the essence instead to #RestoreTheBalance

It doesn't even matter that Wopo blew his creative load early in his career with Elm Street, Walkin' Bomb Pt. 2, and Nanana because a smattering of brilliant songs will always make up for a whole lotta so-so material thereafter. That said, ya host still wishes that Back Door was a solo track because that one had to potential to be Wopo's best song until Sonny Digital decided to lay a ho-hum guest verse on it.

R.I.P Wopo - I'll never be able to see Ousmane Dembélé without thinking he's a dead ringer 4 u.