Saturday, 31 July 2021

Generic list post: July 2021

Obligatory wrap-up post of those songs I've played most during the month when Ezale returned as a member of Cobra Kai and then dropped a song teaser which didn't contain a note of the song itself. Hope he ain't gonna come back soundin' like Lucas Joyner or some shit.
Digable Planets - Little Renee (1992)
Mouse On Tha Track - Buckin' Hard (2011)
Mouse On Tha Track - Stop Playin' (2021)
Mic Terror ft. Gzus Piece - Thot Boyz (2021)
Ballout - Lift It Up (2021)
Cookiee Kawaii - Relax Your Mind (2021)
Cookiee Kawaii - WERK! (2021)
Prince - Hot Summer (2010/2021)
Prince - Check The Record (2010/2021)

Other notables: Who Shot Me is the best Yung Cat song in a minute, but it's some bad energy even if its premise is a staged publicity stunt; pardon the pun, but I respect the execution of Homeboy Sandman's No Beef even if its not a song I'll give much play; props to Juvenile, Mannie Fresh & Mia X for providing a literal antidote to scamdemic/plandemic Covidiot-raps.

Bonus beats: my best of Mic Terror playlist deserves to be released on CD IMHO.

Friday, 30 July 2021

Xanax Fantasia - where you at?

Cookiee Kawaii - Hey DJ
(From Vanice album; 2021)

Cookiee Kawaii - WERK!
(From Vanice album; 2021)

You peepin' this Cookiee Kawaii official debut album™ too? Relieved there's no Tyga guest verses. Tryna see if there's owt on there as good as Relax Your Mind; currently stuck on this pair of songs as two different sides of the JeR&Bsey Club coin. Waiting for some shitbird from Pitchfork or The Guardian to write a stinkpiece calling Jersey Club the new Pop-Punk.

PS: me, I'm still pissed that Vacation didn't go on to be the Corona era equivalent of Madonna's Holiday.

Tuesday, 27 July 2021

Cat Tone part whatever

Yung Cat - Who Shot Me
(From YouTub; 2021)

Yung Cat's always good for one slap per year. Not sure that taunting the people who shot you is a particularly good idea, but according to internet gossip Cat's recent shooting was just another one of his staged publicity stunts. Alas, the video of him pretending to sign a record deal has long since been deleted but this fugazi classic from Killa City's H&M store remains:

Look closely and you'll notice that the guy Cat "robs" in the H&M video is the very same guy playing guitar with the gun in the Who Shot Me video lolz.

Friday, 23 July 2021

The Linx Effect

Missin' Linx - M.I.A
(From M.I.A/Lock'D 12"; 1998)

Two things I never saw comin' when Missin' Linx's M.I.A was one of the hottest underground singles outta New York: that the song would have its thunder stolen by a Dr Dre comeback single, and that Missin' Linx would record a song with British producer Mark B which samples some incidental music from the Are You Being Served movie. Fair play to the late Mark B - he may have wasted a buncha nice beats on boring-arse British rappers, but Can't Be Stop is up there with M.I.A, Verbal Attack and What It Is as one of the best Missin' Linx jams.

Missin' Linx - Can't Be Stop
(From Sametime/Can't Be Stop 12"; 2000)

Tuesday, 20 July 2021

The BLIP-BLAPprint

Ballout - Lift It Up
(From GLOPRINT 3D album; 2021)

This is the sorta hypnotic dope boy magic I wish ZMoney was making nowadays. That BLIP-BLAP bassline, eh? Shout out Keef & Tadoe, this beat is so stoopido.

Saturday, 17 July 2021

Peace party peep, haha, see ya later!

Pour out a lil' Maker's Mark for Mr. Make The Music With Your Mouth. Of course, Biz Markie was the O.G ODB, a damn fine DJ, and a menswear pioneer who was solely responsible for the cult status of Nike's Air Safari kicks. More importantly, Biz's Goin' Off LP is #actually the best album Cold Chillin' Records ever released because that shit is stacked with anthems from top to bottom. Anyhoo, if you want some deep cuts from the Diabolical then allow me to reintroduce his Converse promo cassette single:

Since Biz recorded the G.O.A.T Elton John cover version, it's only right that Elton re-records Candle In The Wind as a tribute - goodbye Norma Jean Marcel Theo and hold ya head, Diamond Shell. I hope Heaven got a copy of that CTI 12" of Take Me To The Mardi Gras without the bells.

**EDIT** Sum shit I never saw before: Roxanne Shante & a trim-ish Biz onstage in 1986 performing Def Fresh Crew. Pardon me, the mighty Def Fresh Crew.

Footage comes from this documentary where some Bork visited New York.

Friday, 16 July 2021

Some of us blokes are thotz 2

"Gettin' head in a black Mini Cooper
She in love with a savage - Winnie Cooper"

Mic Terror ft. Gzus Piece - Thot Boyz
(From Thot Boyz single; 2021)

One of the best things about Midwest Rap is that it isn't beholden to myopic home-state bias and so all sorts of regional influences abound. Thus, you get Chicago rappers like Mic Tre & Geazy-P combining two New Orleans classics by 5th Ward Weebie and the Hot Boys on the SAME DAMN SONG! The moral of Thot Boyz? What happens in the summer, stays in the summer.

Wednesday, 14 July 2021

They used to do it out in the park(ing lot)

Mouse On Tha Track - Buckin' Hard
(From Swagga Fresh Freddie mixtape; 2011)

Stop Playin' got me lughole deep in old Mouse and cursing TRILL Ent for not letting him drop a proper retail CD. I bet George Freeman from the YouTube comment above agrees.

Friday, 9 July 2021

Born To Audiomack: Best of Mic Terror

Ya host's been sayin' Mic Terror is Chicago's best kept secret since for years so here's yer conclusive proof in playlist form. From Midwesternplayalistichooptymuzik for Jukers to irregular regular-guy raps which contain multitudes, Mic Teezy knows how to write a song, and can spit hot shit and hold a note at the SAME DAMN TIME! So, here's 25 songs from the conscious rapper who'll leave you unconscious (no J. Cole.)

~~ Best of Mic Terror ~~
1. Hoopty Music (2007)
2. Juke Them Hoes (2007)
3. If God Was Mic (2008)
4. Get Off (2008)
5. I'm An Asshole (2008)
6. Dickey Simpkins ft. J.U.I.C.E (2009)
7. My Bitch Tonight (2010)
8. Going (2010)
9. Chief Sampson (2011)
10. Habibi (2011)
11. The Heaux Love Me (2012)
12. Rodney King (2012)
13. 15 Minutes (2014)
14. Get Off My Dick ft. DJ Gant-Man (2014)
15. N.W.G (2014)
16. I Don't Call The Cops (2016)
17. Ironic (2018)
18. For The Heaux (2019)
19. Playa Shit (2019)
20. Ambitionz To Get Higher (2019)
21. Head In The Morning (2019)
22. The ABC's (2019)
23. Nobody Loves Me ft. Gitta (2019)
24. Forever Gangster ft. Gzus Piece & Bruus (2020)
25. Ride (2020)

Previously: Born To Audiomack: Edan Deep Cuts.

Wednesday, 7 July 2021

Dat Boot

Mouse On Tha Track - Stop Playin'
(From the internet; 2021)

Don't call it a comeback but this is what I'm tryna hear from Mouse. Str8 up Boot bow bow bow bow bow Bounce for the juveniles, jiggalators, and jentlemen.

Sunday, 4 July 2021

Supa Sunday In N.J

Cookiee Kawaii - Relax Your Mind
(From Relax Your Mind single; 2021)

Back up on the Jersey Club shore again today. Here at The Martorialist we don't listen to no Hip-Hop on Sunday mornings, we listen to rebranded New JeR&Bsey Hip-House. Word around the cosmos, God sayz go upwards of 125 BPM or go home.

Ol' girl Kawaii clearly understands the B&B rule: if your single's video must have an intro then fill said intro with Birds & Bums. Take note rappers!

Wednesday, 30 June 2021

Generic list post: June 2021

DJ Kayslay ft. nearly everybody ever - Rolling 110 Deep
(From Accolades EP; 2021)

Obligatory wrap-up post of those songs I've played most during the month when Kayslay orchestrated a 110 rapper deep posse cut/video with Lord Jamar doing virus/crisis/third iris #Scamdemic raps. Ain't gonna pretend like I watched the entire 40 minute video but I can't help but be impressed that Slay managed to get AZ, Ice-T, Coke La Rock, Uncle Murda, E-A-Ski, Pretty Tone Capone, Gunplay, and Nice & Smooth on the SAME DAMN SONG!

Phil Blunts - On The Attack (video) (1996)
Blackalicious - Make You Feel That Way (2002)
A-Wax & Smigg Dirtee - What We Bout (2007/2021)
Dru Down - Everywhere I Go (2021)
Homeboy Sandman - Yup. Do It! (2021)
Homeboy Sandman - Superman (2021)
Reese Youngn - Warrior (2021)
Jenevieve - Midnight Charm (2021)
Children Of Zeus - I Know (2021)
SAULT - Bitter Streets (2021)

Other notables: Homeboy Sandman's non-Slice of Life song was cool too; in the canon of Posse On Broadway beatjacks, Gucci Mane & Pooh Shiesty's Posse On Bouldercrest is slightly better than Yo Gotti's Reppin' North Memphis, but nowhere near as good as E-40's Big Ballin' With My Homies or Dipset's 145th & Broadway.

Saturday, 26 June 2021

I stand AGAINST Pitchfork Union imho

Sometimes you've gotta let a One Song Wonder™ stay a One Song Wonder™, and sometimes you've got your fingers crossed the One Song Wonder™ will drop Another One™. What I'm basically tryna say here is that Jenevieve has finally dropped a worthy follow up to Baby Powder but I don't know how to pontificate about it without soundin' like some Pitchfork poptimist.

Jenevieve - Midnight Charm
(From Midnight Charm single; 2021)

Lmfao @ these boring bastard music critics twisting themselves into knots writing thousands upon thousands of words about poptimism and not even realising that Stock Aitken Waterman invented the concept in 1989 as a single for The Reynolds Girls.

Wednesday, 23 June 2021

I'm a Homeboy (no K-Rob)

"If you're lookin' for a fad then you got the wrong lad
And if you're lookin' for the same then you caught the wrong train
If you're lookin' for a hack, I'll never write back
But if you're lookin' for the champ, you found the right chap"

Homeboy Sandman - Go Hard
(From his upcoming Anjelitu EP; 2021)

No K-Rob because Homeboy is more of a Rammellzee, natch. This new song has nowt to do Sandman's current slice of life series but the overall effect is the same: some B-Boy Beat Bop shit to soundtrack the battle with your internal monologue.

Monday, 21 June 2021

Week Move

Mac Dre - Off The Rictor
(From Heart Of Gangsta - Mind Of A Hustler - Tongue Of A Pimp album; 2000)

Mac Dre - Don't Hate Tha Playa
(From The Game Is... Thick Pt. 2 album; 2004)

Sod a Mac Dre Monday because it's Mac Dre Monday Thru Sunday here at The Martorialist. Thump traffic is at an all time high and both these songs are far better Thizzle Dance records than Thizzle Dance itself. You can't tell me nuffink and you can't spell Mac Dre without MDMA or sumfink.

**EDIT** BigSleep found which Dre DVD the Dubee jibber-jabber from P-Lo's Walked In comes from. Peep 7:30 in this video:

Wednesday, 16 June 2021

A Good Combination™

Or, in the case of these two new Homeboy Sandman songs from his Slice of Life YouTube series, A Canny Juxtaposition™ which results in a Full Multimedia Experience™: it's the contrast of recurring word shit-talk Rap with visualz of a rapper doing regular everyday shit. Shit's irregular but it's normal.

Homeboy Sandman - I Got This
(From YouTube; 2021)

Homeboy Sandman - Superman
(From YouTube; 2021)

Boy Sand is kinda like the backpack LL Cool J in that only a dozen people on the planet ever saw him with a full head of hair, and when I say dozen you know what I'm talkin' about, boooooiiiii!

Previously: My Kitchen.

Monday, 14 June 2021

Generic list post: 21 not from 2021

6 months deep into this year, here's 21 non-2021 Rap songs which have been all up in there like my ear hair. I don't trust folks who only check for old music, but I also don't trust folks who only check for new music.

DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince - Jeff Waz On The Beatbox (live) (1989)
Me & E - Whatcha Need (1989)
KMD - Scrambled Eggs (1992/2021)
Perfection ft. Snoop Doggy Dogg - Understand Perfection (1992)
The Pharcyde - Ya Mama (live on The Word) (1993)
Coop MC - Blue Sunday (1995)
Phil Blunts - On The Attack (video) (1996)
Major Weight Media - Natural (1997)
Sporty Thievz - Ya Don't Stop (1998)
Lil' Sin ft. Mr. Joshay - Love It Or Hate It (1998)
Killah Priest ft. Shangai The Messenger - Atoms To Adam (1998)
Ugly Duckling - Fresh Mode (1999)
Andre Nickatina - Nickatina Says (2000)
KLC ft. Mannie Fresh - No Place Like Home (2006/2021)
Eastside L Boog - Teach U How 2 Jack (2009)
Digital Underground ft. J. Stalin - Hyphy Hump (2010)
Foxx - Friends (2011)
Homeboy Sandman - Conjugal Visit To The Prison Of The Mind (2014)
P-Lo - Boomerang (2020)
CeeFineAss ft. MoneyBagg Yo - Payback 2.0 (2020)
Tony Shhnow - F*ckwitcha (2020)

Thursday, 10 June 2021

It Follows

Dru Down - Everywhere I Go
(From Livin' Legend Pt 2 album; 2021)

He's washed up now obviously but Dru's still down to drop one super-catchy slap per album. Someone check the pollen count on this one because it's all up in my head like hayfever. Produced by Donatello who did one of my favourite D squared tracks from a few years back.

Sunday, 6 June 2021

Mostly Tha Voice: The Next Level

"I guess we had the right song with the wrong key
Why every time I try to tell you go that you don't leave?
I guess we had the right coat with the wrong sleeves
Even though this shit comin' out my throat It's beeeeyond meeeee"

Reese Youngn - Warrior
(From Warrior single; 2021)

Damn - that lad who went viral for soundin' like Rich Homie Quan gargling with magma on his No More Parties In L.A remix is actually kinda sick huh? Give Warrior to anyone else and it'd be some standard MOR Spotify-core; give it to Reese Youngn to howl fire & brimstone into it and Warrior becomes the molten sound at the core of a man's soul (or sumfink lol.) Basically, it's mostly tha voice which makes this one hit different.

Wednesday, 2 June 2021

My Kitchen

Homeboy Sandman - Yup. Do It!
(From YouTube; 2021)

Similar vybz to Conjugal Visit To The Prison Of The Mind with this new Sandman single: a rollerskating jam for literal and figurative eggheads. On one hand, I'm happy to see a kitchen used in a Rap video for something other than pretending to cook crack; on the other hand, I'm disgusted to see Brussels Sprouts in a Rap video. Keep Brussels Sprouts outta Rap videos! Feet too!

Speakin' of feet, this fat-era Sandman single has become a personal favourite. No rollerskates or wheels required here, this is poundin' pavements music. It's often said that New York rappers don't know how to make car music, but Sandman turns that shortcoming into a strength on this one.

Homeboy Sandman - Stroll
(From Hallways album; 2014)

Pardon the pun, but dome blown within the comforts of my own home @ that "do the homeless feel without a home or just feel at home everywhere?" line.

Tuesday, 1 June 2021

Can You Phil Me?

Phil Blunts - On The Attack
(From On The Attack 12" single; 1996)

A '96 Yonkers minor classic which never ascended to Tunnel Banger status and now finds itself lost in Random-Rap purgatory. Never in a month of Black Sundays or Blue Mondays did I ever imagine Phil Blunts' On The Attack would have a video but looka here, boys & very occasional girl. Song's hot like quilts... except for that lyric at 01:31. It doesn't ruin the song for me but does make me wince. Why you wanna say that bruv, huh?

Maybe there's another secrete & rare video for Phil's other late 90's single They Don't Really Love Us? If this ain't the most Queens-soundin' song to ever come from Yonkers then I'll eat LL's Kangol hat.

Phil Blunts ft. Black Jesus - They Don't Really Love Us
(From They Don't Really Love Us 12" single; 1997)

Handily, you can get both these songs on the same damn 12" single.