Friday 31 March 2017

Finally! (almost)

Once upon a time on the blogspot yo, I damn near begged for a rip of Juvenile's unreleased Cash Money Gorilla track from the 400 Degreez promo tape which was sent out to various journalists in 1998. It was to no avail because 5 years later in 2016 ya host was crossing his fingers that 2017 would be the year someone finally uploads that shit to t'internet. Guess what song Ca$h Money Records historian CM Degreez just posted a snippet of on his Instagram?

All that tiggedy tiggedy tongue-twisting shit does impress me when we've got Juve doing vocal gymnastics over vintage Mannie production like he's the NOLA's answer to Shabba - dem b(l)ow! Really need a full rip of this true holy grail and the other unreleased 400 Degreez promo tape exclusive.

Cheers to Max from XXL for the tip-off and the hat tip linkage.

Thursday 30 March 2017

Generic list post: March 2017

Obligatory wrap-up post of those songs I've played most during the month when missing-in-action OB O'Brien was found on YouTube tryna make that Mac Lethal money. A baggage handler's gotta earn an honest crust now he's not allowed to do zany Canadian comedy sketches in Drake's videos no more innit?

Eightball & MJG - In The Wind (1997)
OMB Peezy - Loyalty Over Love (Intro) (2017)
Dru Down - My 501's (2017)
Ayo & Teo - Lit Right Now (2017)
Team Toon ft. Ya Boy Big Choo - My Hot Girl (2016)
Haircut One Hundred - Ski Club (1982)
J Hus - Did You See? (2017)

Sunday 26 March 2017

I was on the roads when Da Brat made Give It 2 You

Warning: irksome 90s nostalgia alert! It's the generic list post I've held off making for as long as possible: 100 best rap songs of the 1990s, imho. Let's do it like they did it on the .tv channel.

Brand Nubian - Step To The Rear (1990)
Too $hort - The Ghetto (1990)
Lord Finesse - Funky Technician (1990)
Ice Cube - Once Upon A Time In The Projects (1990)
Public Enemy - 911 Is A Joke (1990)
LL Cool J - Mama Said Knock You Out (1990)
Digital Underground - Packet Man (1990)
Master Ace - Me And The Biz (1990)
Compton's Most Wanted - Duck Sick (1990)
Gang Starr - Form Of Intellect (1990)
Above The Law - Murder Rap (1990)
Ice-T - New Jack Hustler (1991)
Eric B. & Rakim - Juice (Know The Ledge) (1991)
Big Daddy Kane - Nuff Respect (1991)
Black Sheep - Try Counting Sheep (1991)
N.W.A - Real N*ggaz Don't Die (1991)
Geto Boys - My Mind's Playing Tricks On Me (1991)
Main Source - Looking At The Front Door (1991)
Cypress Hill - Hand On The Pump (1991)
DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince - Summertime (1991)
Ultramagnetic MC's - Poppa Large (East Coast Mix) (1992)
Mac Dre - All Damn Day (1992)
Mary J. Blige ft. Grand Puba - What's The 411? (1992)
Redman - Tonight's Da Night (1992)
Diamond D - Freestyle (Yo, That's That Shit) (1998)
Onyx - Throw Ya Gunz (1992)
Pretty Tone Capone - Case Dismissed (1992)
Dr. Dre - Let Me Ride (1992)
Eazy-E - Still A N*gga (1993)
De La Soul - Breakadawn (1993)
A Tribe Called Quest - Midnight (1993)
KMD - What A N*ggy Know (1993)
Eightball & MJG - Armed Robbery (1993)
Digable Planets - Rebirth Of Slick (Cool Like Dat) (1993)
UGK - Pocket Full Of Stones (Port Arthur Remix) (1993)
Del Tha Funkee Homosapien - Wrong Place (1993)
Souls Of Mischief - 93 'Till Infinity (1993)
Kool G. Rap & DJ Polo - Ill Street Blues (1993)
Akinyele - I Luh Huh (1993)
Mac Mall - Sic Wit Tis (1993)
Big L - Devil's Son (1993)
PSK-13 - Headin' For My Trunk (1993)
Lil' Slim - Bounce Slide Ride (1993)
Slick Rick ft. Warren G - Behind Bars (Dum Ditty Dum Mix) (1994)
Thug Life - Pour Out A Little Liquor (1994)
Master P - Somethin' Funky For The Street (1994)
Scarface - G's (1994)
Big Mike ft. Pimp C - Havin' Thangs (1994)
The Beatnuts - Hit Me With That (1994)
DJ Quik - Dollars & Sense (1994)
Snoop Doggy Dogg - Murder Was The Case (Remix) (1994)
Tha Dogg Pound - What Would U Do? (1994)
Lady Of Rage - Afro Puffs (1994)
Nas - The World Is Yours (1994)
Craig Mack ft. Notorious B.I.G etc - Flava In Ya Ear (Remix) (1994)
OutKast - Crumblin' Erb (1994)
Bone Thugz-N-Harmony - Creepin' On Ah Come Up (1994)
Organized Konfusion - Keep It Koming (1994)
Odd Squad - Your Pussy's Like Dope (1994)
AZ - Doe Or Die (1995)
Luniz ft. Michael Marshall - I Got 5 On It (1995)
Raekwon - Incarcerated Scarfaces (1995)
ODB - Shimmy Shimmy Ya (1995)
GZA ft. Method Man - Shadowboxin' (1995)
Mystikal - Here I Go (1995)
Goodie Mobb - Cell Therapy (1995)
Junior M.A.F.I.A - Get Money (1995)
Mobb Deep ft. Raekwon, Ghostface & Noyd - Right Back At You (1995)
E-40 ft. B-Legit & Mac Shon - Sideways (1995)
Smif-N-Wessun - Still Don't Nuthin' Move But Da Money (1996)
Special Ed - Freaky Flow (DJ Premier Remix) (1996)
Common - The Bitch In Yoo (1996)
Lil' Kim ft. Lil' Cease - Crush On You (Remix) (1996)
Dru Down - Hustlin' Ain't No Thang (1996)
Busta Rhymes - Woo Hah!! (Got You All In Check) (1996)
Ghostface Killah & Raekwon ft. Cappadonna - Daytona 500 (1996)
U.N.L.V - Drag 'Em "N" Tha River (1996)
G-Depp - Head Over Wheels (1996)
M.O.P ft. Kool G. Rap - Stick To Ya Gunz (1996)
Do Or Die ft. Twista & Johnny P - Po Pimp (1996)
Big Noyd ft. Prodigy - Recognize & Realize (1996)
Young Bleed - A Fool (1997)
Juvenile - Solja Rag (1997)
Camp Lo - Krystal Karrington (1997)
Notorious B.I.G - Kick In The Door (1997)
Puffy ft. Bad Boy - It's All About The Benjamins (1997)
Ma$e - Feel So Good (1997)
Mia X ft. TRU & Mystikal - You Don't Wanna Go 2 War (1997)
Capone-N-Noreaga ft. Tragedy Khadafi - Neva Die Alone (1997)
The Firm - Phone Tap (1997)
Suga Free - I'd Rather Give You My Bitch (1997)
Godfather Don - Piece Of The Action (1997)
Black Attack ft. Al Tariq & Problemz - Verbal Attack (1997)
Soulja Slim - From What I Was Told (1998)
Noreaga - Superthug (1998)
Cam'Ron ft. Ma$e - Horse & Carriage (1998)
Cool Breeze ft. The Dungeon Family - Watch For The Hook (1998)
MF DOOM ft. DJ Cucumber Slice - Rhymes Like Dimes (1999)
Nelly - Country Grammar (Hot Shit) (1999)
Black Rob - Whoa (1999)

Thursday 23 March 2017

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

"Now I'm just a gangsta
Pimpin' connected n*gga, my stripes'll outrank ya
Aye, me and my 501's, lookin' for an endorsement
In 'em I'll make a fortune
All I ask is Levi to make ya pockets deeper
So my stacks of paper can fit in them and re-up"

Dru Down - My 501's
(From My 501's single; 2017)

It was inevitable My 501's would worm its way into Team Martorialist's affections eventually because this song has hidden charms for those of us who were in the mood for some new late-career Dru Down after Street Knowledge recently paid homage. Sometimes you've just gotta let a slap be a slap, so the trick with this joint is to forget the video where Dru's dressed like he's auditioning to join Jeremy Clarkson's Amazon show and remember how well he wore his 501's back in t'day. Et voilà, you have D Squared's code to menswear masquerading as an ode to Levi's: where sagging should stay above arse-level, and Hoet Laureates & regular blokes alike should aspire to look like outlaws at the O.K Corral rather than ponces on the Paris catwalk.

Wednesday 22 March 2017

Make Bounce Great Again!

Team Toon ft. Ya Boy Big Choo - My Hot Girl
(From t'internet; 2016)

More 2016 Bounce & Bullshit in the vein of Club Luv. Late pass discovery on ya host's part, but timing is everything because the song's currently very useful as a stop-gap until Big Choo drops his remake of Dolamite's Hustlas.

BTW, uploaded the Dolamite song to Audiomack a few week back then forgot to post it here. Only Sade could provide the spine of a New Orleans club classic that's the missing link between Lil' Slim and Bone Thugz-N-Harmony. If this shit rings any biddells it's probably because Lil B also jacked it back in 2010.

Dolamite - Hustlas
(From 3rd Ward On My Mind EP; 1995)

Sunday 19 March 2017

He got a hit full of corny words, yet he still can't afford these furs (slight return)

Dome blown within the comforts of your own home that there was once a rap magazine which put A-Wax & Smigg Dirtee on its front cover. An act that's all the more mind-blowing when you do the math and realise that the picture is taken from an internet video which was hosted on the Siccness website.

Turns out it wasn't even the first time A-Wax had appeared on the magazine's cover because there was this proto-XXL Freshmen issue which featured 'Wax, Smigg Dirtee, Mistah F.A.B, Turf Talk and a couple of other fellas on the front:

The closest thing South West Bound magazine has to an online archive is this. Dead @ the very notion of a magazine with Laroo as its cover star.

Wednesday 15 March 2017

Generic list post: great rap songs which don't even feature any rapping

Sometimes in rap the gobby fella upfront steps aside to let the rhythm/the DJ/the guest vocalist/the vocal samples/the bloke with a vocoder pretending to be a robot do they own thing. Word around town, God made us suffer Eric B's scratch-tracks on Paid In Full and Andre 3000's singing on The Love Below as cosmic balance for these 25 masterpieces:

The 45 King - The 900 Number (1988)
Hashim - Al-Naafiysh (The Soul) (1983)
Whodini - Featuring Grandmaster Dee (1984)
Main Source - Scratch & Kut (1991)
The Jonzun Crew - Space Is The Place (1983)
MF DOOM - Hands Of DOOM (1999)
Tuff Crew - Behold The Detonator (1989)
Herbie Hancock w/ Grandmixer DS.T - Rockit (1984)
Lil' Wayne - Big Tigger Live On The Radio (2002)
Mantronix - King Of The Beats (1988)
Crooklyn Clan - Tha Franklinz (1997)
Dr. Octagon - Bear Witness (1996)
Davy DMX - One For The Treble (1984)
The Beatnuts - World Famous Intro (1997)
Jungle Brothers - J Beez Comin' Thru (Bonus Beats) (1989)
Chris Stein w/ Grand Wizard Theodore - Gangbusters (1983)
Public Enemy - Show 'Em Whatcha Got (1988)
DJ Quik ft. Robert Bacon - Reprise (Medley For A "V") (1998)
Cypress Hill - Something For The Blunted (1991)
Ezale & DJ Fresh - Interlude Of The Funk (2016)
De La Soul ft. They Mans - Rap De Rap Show (1991)
The Egyptian Lover - Baddest (Bonus Beats) (1988)
DJ Red Alert - Hip Hop On Wax Volume 2 (1984)
Trel Itz A Hit - South Lousiana Swag (2015)
DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince - A Touch Of Jazz (1987)

Honourable mention goes to Puff's Get Off. Shit doesn't quite match this post's criteria, but it also doesn't contain any rapping.

Tuesday 14 March 2017

There's only a few bloggas in the town we really have to sweat about

The art of blending NorCal mob music with New York thug-rap is usually attributed to the Mob Figaz, but four years before C-Bo introduced Jacka, Husalah et al to the world in 1998 there was this song from the Luniz' pre-Rap-A-Lot independent EP where Yukmouth & Numskull formed like Voltron with Dru Down went in over a combination of Southside Movement's I' Been Watching You, a Raekwon vocal sample, and some choice mob music synthesizer squiggles:

Luniz ft. Dru Down - Doin' Dirt
(From the Formally Known As The LuniTunes EP; 1994)

You could argue it was an aesthetic accident à la Dre Dog's Smoke Dope and Rap or Brotha Lynch Hung's 24 Deep if the Luniz & Dru Down hadn't teamed up again for The Mobb over every Queenbridge thug's favourite Isaac Hayes break two years later in 1996. All of which probably explains why Yukmouth recently dropped a Nas remake and Dru Down was Jacka's go-to guest veteran.

Monday 13 March 2017

Enola Bay

"Headfirst in the streets so you know there ain't no stoppin'
Gettin' money like a printer, lame n*ggas wanna copy"

OMB Peezy - Loyalty Over Love (Intro)
(From YouTube; 2017)

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Bay via Sick Wid It's first Alabama transplant signee. This is the first OMB Peezy song which sounds like it could feature Alabama's Duke of Datazz, and it'll work very nicely as the intro to whatever Peezy's Sick Wid It debut turns out to be. Ideally it'll be an EP in the vein of Nef The Pharaoh's own Sick Wid It debut because Rap needs less mixtapes and more Mailmans.

On the Keith Welch YouTube channel tip, Peezy needs to procure FBG's Blood Brothers for himself because that song's beat + chorus are wasted on such a forgettable group. Everybody eats, B, but some rappers are only worthy of a trip to the Harvester buffet innit?

Sunday 12 March 2017

Reasons why I love YouTube # 75

Either Tinashe is a big Stone Cold Steve Austin fan or her much-delayed sophomore album is finally dropping this coming thursday. It's a real Gift & Curse humdinger for ya host, because along with the possibility of new Legit Jams™ comes the tragic realisation that she'll probably never shoot a video for Touch Pass where she reprises the gymnastics from 0:27 to 0:31 of this live clip:

Here comes another shameless plug for my best non-rap songs of 2016 Audiomack playlist which featured Touch Pass.

Wednesday 8 March 2017

See these ice cubes? See these Ice Cream Mans?

Iconic moment from Dru Down's Pimp Of The Year video. Don't even front like all of Dru's 4 get-ups in that promo aren't legitimate 5/5 rap video outfits.

Monday 6 March 2017

Kenickie Kaniff

Ayo & Teo - Lit Right Now
(From teh internet; 2017)

On one hand, I feel like that nonce from Eminem's albums postin' a track by them kids who made the Rolex song. On the other hand, this is the catchiest shit since Caroline or Cash Machine, and it sounds like a Speaker Knockerz remake of Summer Nights from Grease. Tell me more, tell me more - it's like Swag-Rap will never die. Tell me more, tell me more - I didn't go to Rydell High, I went to Rydell high.

Sunday 5 March 2017

Late '00s 'til Infinity

DJ Jazzy Jeff ft. Peedi Crakk - Brand New Funk 2k7
(From DJ Jazzy Jeff's Return Of The Magnificent album; 2007)

Peedi Crakk's remake of Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince's Brand New Funk was the best solo song he ever made and you can't tell me nuffink to the contrary.

Down for a wave of obscure late '00s rap nostalgia right now. I wanna see XXL articles on the making of DB Tha General's Welcome To The Navy album, blog posts debating whether Big Tuck's Pussy And Patron #actually bangs harder than Not A Stain On Me, Complex listicles about the best rap songs to debut on Imeem (Mic Terror's Get Off FTW), and someone other than me celebrating Maino bangers and Juney Boomdata deep cuts which shoulda been singles.

Saturday 4 March 2017

Breaking news: WNC officially #TeamKevinGates

"And I'll still f*ck even if we was cousins"

WNC Whop Bezzy & 70th Street Carlos - Retarded N Dumb
(From t'internet; 2017)

Quite into the idea that WNC's songs with Trel Itz A Hit on the track are Louisiana's modern equivalent of Just-Ice's first LP with Mantronix on the beat in 1986: the tone is retro-futurism, the production is stark and savage, retardation & dumbness are lifestyle choices rather than birth defects, and the artwork looks like it's straight outta Skeme's blackbook in Style Wars. Even their respective goldfronts look like some cheap rhodium grillz off eBay that'll cause Gingivitis within 3 hours.

Don't believe me then peep my playlist of 70th Street Carlos songs produced by Trel Itz A Hit, essentially the closest 2016 rap came to Just-Ice's Back To The Old School album. True story like OMB Peezy.

Thursday 2 March 2017

Martorial elegance: O.G Bobby Robson edition

He ducks from Ralo, but he trusts in Rafa... it's Rich Homie Quan:

A lesson to be learned for all Atlanta rappers who stop makin' good songs and get their career stolen by (former enemy) YFN Lucci - f*ck around and end up wearin' a Newcastle United replica shirt in a British R&B sanger's video. Quan might be persona non grata in NYC for forgetting Biggie verses, but he's every Geordie's favourite ATLien doon Bigg Market on a saturday night, like.

Make the trap say "Wye Aye, pet!" Shit's hard out here for a Geordie today because it's exactly 15 years to the night since Bergkamp scored that goal against Newcastle.

Wednesday 1 March 2017

Your arms too short to Talkbox with Zapp & Rog'

Coulda swore I've previously posted about Glory's Let's Get Nice, but blogspot's search function tells me it was all a dream, I used to read HHC magazine. Before Arthur Baker and Maurice Starr & Michael Jonzun signed to Tommy Boy Records and became Electro pioneers, the 3 of them were in a little-known Disco group by the name of Glory who recorded one of the G.O.A.T vocoder-funk tunes. This is the music that the alien mothership in Close Encounters Of The Third Kind shoulda used to communicate with Earth:

Glory - Let's Get Nice (7" mix)
(From Let's Get Nice 7" single; 1981)

This shortened 7" mix of Let's Gets Nice pops in places that the regular 12" mix merely bubbles. Thus, it should be recognised & realised as the definitive version. One truncation under a groove, gettin' edited down just for the funk of it.