Wednesday 31 May 2017

Generic list post: May 2017

Obligatory wrap-up post of those songs I've played most during the month when VladTV took an unexpected turn.

N.O.R.E - Colors (2002)
T-Pain & Lil' Wayne - Listen To Me (2009/2017)
T-Pain & Lil' Wayne - Waist Of A Wasp (2009/2017)
Level ft. Mouse On Tha Track - I Bet U Won't (2015)
Creek Boyz - With My Team (2017)
Yung Cat - 2Chop Stickz (2017)
Yung Cat - Killa City Party (2017)
J Hus - Leave Me (2017)
J Hus ft. Tiggs Da Author - Good Luck Chale (2017)
J Hus - Plottin' (2017)
J Hus ft. Burna Boy - Good Time (2017)
Style Council - Long Hot Summer (Chuggz Refix) (1983/2017)

Other notables: the new BallGreezy song SE found is one of those killer summer jams that's unfortunately destined for obscurity; not impressed by any of the 3 Mozzy & Gunplay tracks so far; for better or worse, Sleep Dank's U Lose Chris exists because of me.

Tuesday 30 May 2017

Another prick in the 300 wall

Lyor Cohen may have bounced to pastures YouTube, but 300 Entertainment are up to their old tricks again by tinkering with songs they've acquired the official retail/streaming rights to. This past Friday saw OMB Peezy's Lay Down + When I Was Gone, and the Creek Boyz With My Team hit all the big retail/streaming outlets, and each song had been tampered with to its detriment; the changes are subtle production alterations rather than the bolted-on new verses 300 acquisitions were known for in the past, but the tweaks are still significantly jarring for anyone who's spent time jamming the Hell outta any of the 3 songs. The parts no longer fit, awwww shit!

This is precisely why we can't have nice things. It's also why we must make do with low-bitrate Soundcloud rips, and why YouTube remains the G.O.A.T streaming service for rap, at least until Lyor gains more control of its machinations.


Sunday 28 May 2017

Cat Tone

New school shit for old school whips, Kansas City style:

Yung Cat - Killa City Party
(From Only In Killa City: FTJ Vol. 1 album; 2017)

Nowt fancy, just the highlight of Yung Cat's tribute album to Kansas City's late and occasionally great hometown hero Fat Tone. Mam always told me there'd be slaps like this.

Friday 26 May 2017

Chale don't surf

"I'm in Aunty's yard with the crooks
The money makes up for the looks
Death comin', I ain't stickin' to the deadline
Tell them boys better luck next time"

J Hus ft. Tiggs Da Author - Good Luck Chale
(From Common Sense album; 2017)

Another understated fave from the J Hus album: Death Around The Corner mode, Behind Bars HMP as the fixed-abode. This shit is remarkable in that it finally puts an artist as Godawful as Tiggs Da Author to good use on the roadrapafrobeats Many Men as set in Porridge.

Don't get it twisted, though - as 2Shin once said, it's still open season on all self-styled Authors and Novelists until we've seen their Goodreads lists.

Wednesday 24 May 2017

Startin' to see Hustles on Westbank

That feeling when this song still only exists as a handful of Instagram snippets. Is this what it feels like to be a Young Thug stan?

Monday 22 May 2017

Generic list post: P.H.I.L.L.Y

It was monday night and I'm feelin' kinda like Gillie, fell down a wormhole of rap outta Philly. Not remotely high or even slightly drunk, so I threw together a generic list of my Top 20 Philadelphia jawns:

Schoolly D - Saturday Night (1986)
Cool C - Juice Crew Dis (1987)
DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince - Summertime (1991)
Beanie Sigel - Get Down (2001)
Freeway ft. Peedi Crakk - Flipside (2003)
DJ Jazzy Jeff & Peedi Crakk - Brand New Funk 2k7 (2007)
Tuff Crew - Behold The Detonator (1989)
Boone - Pop A Perc (2015)
Steady B - Just Call Us Def (1985)
Three Times Dope - Funky Dividends (1988)
Meek Mill ft. Young Chris - House Party (2011)
Cash Money & Marvellous - The Mighty Hard Rocker (1988)
Philly's Most Wanted - Suckas (2001)
Krown Rulers - Paper Chase (1988)
RAM Squad - Unfortunate (1996)
Ms. Jade ft. Timbaland & Nelly Furtado - Ching Ching (2002)
Ice City - They Ain't Ride'n (2004)
Young Gunz - Can't Stop, Won't Stop (2003)
Princess Superstar - Bad Babysitter (2002)
Phill Most Chill - On Tempo Jack (1988)

Bonus beats: never forget the O.G version of MC Breeze's DiscombobulatorBubalator AKA the song which pioneered #problematic AZN stereotyping in rap before DJ Louie Lou, Ice Cube, or Bun B.

PS: gimme The Goats over The Roots any day.

Sunday 21 May 2017

2 Thizz 2 Furlious

That post ya boy wrote about the time Ludacris met Mac Dre went stupid doo doo viral and got outta hand: over 100 thousand views in under a month, Dre fans goin' at Luda across various social media platforms, Luda responding to the accusations, and Nump from Thizzler News stepping in to play Farrakhan. Calm was restored until one of Dre's Vallejo weed carriers from way back just popped up with a Luda dis track, and now it's Super Sig time all over again:

"Pimp C said it was gay rappers from Atlanta
But the homie died before he could explain that one
I think one of them is you
Ol' lightskinned Beetlejuice headass-dude
You and Dre had a conversation in the bathroom
About the Playaz Circle album but you passed, dook
Then you turned around, boy, and did some f*ck shit
You and Fatlip impersonated some funk shit
But f*ck Fatlip too, y'all should apologise
'Cause I ain't got no respect for The Pharcyde
But as far as I could see, boy, it's a lotta lies
You couldn't fit Mac Dre's shoes or condom size

Sleep Dank - U Lose Chris
(From Soundloud; 2017)

This weekend's 2nd best beef after Mickey Rourke versus Funkmaster Flex or wot?

Friday 19 May 2017

Sang By Me

♬ "Everyday we on our grind
Baltimore too many n*ggas dying
Gotta watch out for me and mine
Everyday I'm with my team" ♬

Creek Boyz - With My Team
(From YouTube; 2017)

Camaraderie as the best defense against calamity, Friends Forever on The Corner. It ain't no fun if the homies can't sang none: who'd a thunk Baltimore would be the place whence Barbershop-Bop was born? Best Speaker Knockerz-influenced bubblegum-rap tuneage by some random young'ns since Ayo & Teo's Lit Right Now.

Thursday 18 May 2017

Tuesday 16 May 2017

Smoke a blogga like a Newport

Did you see what N.O.R.E done? Came with a remake of Ice-T's Colors that's just been discovered by Step One:

N.O.R.E - Colors
(From some obscure white label 12"; 2002)

Unlike Game's Buddens, this shit is a proper Colors remake in that N.O.R.E sticks to Ice's O.G script but flips specific details with his own twist of New York slime. At a guess, this was probably recorded for N.O.R.E's 2002 album on Def Jam since Ice-T briefly appeared on that CD foreal foreal, and Lord knows that album coulda done with a few more jams other than the Neptunes anthems.

Monday 15 May 2017

Late pass!

Thanx to the #BetYouWontChallenge, a previously little-known Level & Mouse On Tha Track cut from 2015 is currently one of the biggest songs in Baton Rouge. Good thing the song's gotten a new lease of life too because this one is a grand imperial jiggalator in the vein of Get It Back and we've all slept on it until now:

Level ft. Mouse On Tha Track - I Bet U Won't
(From Level's Authentic album; 2015/YouTube; 2017)

Level & Mouse did Ya Boy Big Choo dirty by featuring that biter Peter Pan Dan up in this video. Surprised Dan's even got time to appear in rap videos these days now he's a rising star on Arsenal FanTV, tbqh.

#WengerOut #PulisIn

Friday 12 May 2017

Capri Sun and Wotsits

"Now me & him got beef and we no longer speak
Still walk his nan across the street
Still put that motherf*cker in a body bag
Still help his mother with her shopping bag"

J Hus - Leave Me
(From Common Sense album; 2017)

Roadrapfrobeats like du-du-du-du-du-du. Buncha choonz on this J Hus debut album, the best of which fit his aesthetic like a pair of Universal Works almond rocks fit your plates of meat (G.O.A.T socks or wot? #BuyBritish!) What's missing from the album, however, is Dem Boy Paigon and Lean & Bop; couldn't give a monkey's uncle that both songs are now 2 years old - the anthems that reputations are built on should always appear on debut albums, even if it's just as bonus tracks innit.

Thursday 11 May 2017

Generic list post: legit jams of Louisiana 2010 - 2017

Bounce or brawn, Mardi Gras or Murder-Rap, whodunit or whydoit, Super Sunday or saturday night, arses that look like 2 planets in a hankey or arses flatter than a B.o.B's eye view of the Earth - wherever you stand on any of these pertinent issues, the past 7 years of Louisiana rap have a Legit Jam™ 4 U:

TRILL Fam - Turn The Beat Up (2010)
Curren$y - Michael Knight (2010)
Fiend & Curren$y - Executive Brass (2010)
The Show ft. Mannie Fresh - Enough About You (2010)
Max Minelli - Louisiana Sky (2010)
Young Bleed - Stamp On It (2011)
Webbie ft. Lil' Phat - What's Happenin'? (2011)
Lil' Phat ft. Mannie Fresh - Talk Some Mo' Shit (2011)
Mouse On Tha Track - Raise A Finger (2012)
Lil' Trill & Shell - Futuristic Lingo (2012)
Foxx - I Wonder (2012)
$hizz ft. Foxx - Send Ya Hit Man (2012)
Que Tha Truth - King Tut (2012)
Mystikal - Hit Me (2012)
Kevin Gates - Neon Lights (2013)
Point Blank Fam ft. Kevin Gates - Roller Coaster (2013)
Lil' Wayne ft. 2 Chainz - Rich As Fuck (2013)
Mista Cain ft. Young Ready & DJ B-Real - Mind Right (2013)
5th Ward Weebie - Let Me Find Out (2013)
Level ft. Mouse On Tha Track - Get It Back (2014)
Boosie BadAzz - No Juice (2014)
Ya Boy Big Choo - Is It The Shoes? (2015)
Paco Troxclair - Going Duffy (2015)
Maine Musik - Social Media Gangsta (2015)
T.E.C & Maine Musik - Ain't No Comin' Down (2016)
Eat 'Em - Trophy (2016)
WNC Da Label - Die 'Bout It (2016)
70th Street Carlos - Keep A Glock (2016)
Team Toon ft. Ya Boy Big Choo - My Hot Girl (2016)
NBA YoungBoy - 38 Baby (2016)

PS: never forget the tragic aftermath of Dhat Fam & Mista's Expose 1.

**EDIT** PG hit this playlist with the Milq treatment.

Sunday 7 May 2017

Plus I'll tell ya what the 80s like!

"I'm at my motherfuckin' vacatation home
because it's gonna be a motherfuckin' hot summer
....... for everybody!

French-beret tip to mon frere Tomo for hippin' me to this re-edit of the Style Council song where Paul Weller's switch from Beef & Onion to Prawn Cocktail really paid off. This re-edit extends the glorious "shiddy-diddy-diddy-doo-bop" bridge into a hypnotic mantra to stimulate the alpha-pleasure centre in your noggin. It's even more of jam, Jim, but not as The Jam fanboys know it:

The Style Council - Long Hot Summer (Chuggz Refix)
(From the Yacht Rock Chuggz Soundcloud page; 2017)

Friday 5 May 2017

...with a Jolly Rancher in her mouth!

The kid Donal AKA Mac Guinness swung through my comments with a Jacka obscurity neither of us have heard before. A little finger-work reveals it's from some obscure 2001 compilation, but it was clearly recorded sometime in the 90s. Not only does this sound pre-Mob Figaz, it sounds pre-Jacka from the era when he called himself Ouiny Mac.

Ouiny Mac AKA The Jacka - Mac Hand
(From ????; 199?/360 Records presents The Surfacing CD; 2001)

That bass! Studio Ton on the track?

Thursday 4 May 2017

Just sayin', bruv # 15

Yung Cat - 2Chop Stickz
(From YouTube; 2017)

The unlikely scenario where B.o.B trumps Mob Figaz: Yung Cat's refix of 4 Lit is a better 2017 Husalah song than Husalah's actual 2017 song. C'mon, bruh-bruhs - that M.O.B shit sounds like the worst of Tonka Boyz Husalah, and who wants a Buck Rogers Years redux of that era?

Plus, the best Hus song of 2017 is by an entirely different Hus altogether:

J Hus - Did You See
(From Did You See single; 2017)

Caught our Hus live in Liverpool last night and he debuted a couple of new songs from his upcoming album that sound like some proper naughty LL Cool J Hus Afro-Bashment.

Tuesday 2 May 2017

Late pass!

St. Lunatics - Gimme What You Got
(From Gimme What You Got single; 1997)

Check out the synchronised New Edition dance moves goin' on here! Had no idea the St. Lunatics began life in 1997 with Ali in the Busta Rhymes role and Nelly playing his position as the group's Spliff Star. Gimme What You Got ain't a jam of Ride Wit' Me stock, but I'm always down to find out that multiplatinum noughties rap groups had a Jiggy random-rap nineties past.