Tuesday 31 October 2017

Generic list post: October 2017

Obligatory wrap-up post of those songs I've played most during the month when New Orleans cooked up a different kind of pumpkin pie for Halloween.

Queen Key - My Way (2017)
OMB Peezy & Cardo Got Wings - Go Down (2017)
Lor Choc - Fast Life (2017)
Count Bass D ft. Snoop Dogg - Too Much Pressure (2017)
Open Mike Eagle - Dating Ghosts (2017)
Fun Boy Three - Best Of Luck Mate (1982)
Fun Boy Three ft. Bananarama - Alone (1982)
Junei - Let's Ride (1987)
Ty Dolla $ign - Message In A Bottle (2017)

Other notables: prefer Nef The Pharaoh's recent remake of Beeda Weeda & Lil' Kev's My Way to Nef's proper new single Drop Addy; Mouse On Tha Track's new album Everything On Blossom is an unfortunate example of of a Louisiana artist indulging in bland Atlanta jockhopping; Dumbtarded by the O.G GMoney & 70th Street Carlos is a song that does what it says on the tin; typically, Bag It Up and Ding Dong are both leagues better than the rest of 70th Street Carlos' new mixtape EP thingymebob.

Sunday 29 October 2017

Born to Audiomack: 2017 jams (again and again!)

Updated my 2017 jams playlist with songs by Lor Scoota, Open Mike Eagle, and Count Bass D & Snoop Dogg. What is a music blog in 2017 if not a tiny corner of t'internet to inflict the songs you like on everyone else?

Thursday 26 October 2017

Dwight Shih Tzu

Count Bass D ft. Snoop Dogg - Too Much Pressure
(From Too Much Pressure EP; 2017)

Here's a collaboration ya host never saw comin' - Count Bass D & The D-O-G-G. Turns out that Snoop's a fan and that the song's a Strictly 4 Streaky Bacon Sunsets jam. Tell ya what else ya host never saw comin' - both Pharrel and Count Bass D being a better Dâm-Funk for Snoop than the real Dâm-Funk.

Monday 23 October 2017

Generic list post: 1 For The Team edition

There's #levelz to weed carrying and they're tricky like spelling Mississippi. Here's 40 Legit Jams™ by the sidekicks, the back-up dancers, the ghostwriters, the family members, the henchmen, the hypemen, the homegirls, the mini-mes, and the MC's who played their position in Rap's pecking order.

Fam-Lay - Skrung Owt (2006)
Stezo - Girl Trouble (1989)
Consequence ft. KanYe West - The Good, The Bad, The Ugly (2002)
B-Legit ft. Too $hort - So International (2002)
Cousin Fik - Knocka N*gga Down (2012)
Big Noyd ft. Prodigy - Recognize & Realise (1996)
Gunplay - Jump Out (2012)
D12 - Shit On You (2000)
Harlem World - Cali Chronic (1999)
Loon - This Ain't Funny (2003)
Un Kasa ft. Cam'Ron - Un Casa (Intro) (2003)
A-Mafia - 1000 Grams (2010)
Beeda Weeda - Baserock Babies (2010)
Lil' Cease ft. Notorious B.I.G - Crush On You (1996)
J-Diggs - What Would Dre Say (2014)
Dana Dane - Cinderfella Dana Dane (1987)
Kam - Stereotype (1993)
Mack 10 ft. Ice Cube, WC & Butch Cassidy - Connected For Life (2002)
Jae Millz - Sober (2009)
Backbone - 5 Deuce - 4 Tre (2001)
Slimm Calhoun - Characters (2001)
Rock D The Legend ft. Big Boi - DDT (2007)
Megalon - Rain Blood (2002)
Wacko - Nolia Clap (2002)
Red Cafe ft. Pete Rock - Heart And Soul of New York City (2009)
Legit Ballaz - Ball Wit' Us (2001)
Ms. Kane - Getty Up (2002)
Big Scoob - Suckaz Can't Hang (1994)
Young Buck - Shorty Wanna Ride (2004)
Tony Yayo - Fake Love (2005)
Rittz - Like I Am (2013)
B.G. Knocc Out & Dresta - Down Goes Another N*gga (1995)
Lil' Debbie - I Do My Thang (2014)
Sauce Money ft. Jay-Z - Pre Game (1998)
Memphis Bleek ft. Trick Daddy & T.I. - Round Here (2003)
Lil' Phat ft. Mannie Fresh - Talk Some Mo' Shit (2011)
Stack Bundles ft. Jim Jones & Max B - Cold Rockin' It (2007)
Chinx Drugz - Superlight (2011)
Slim 400 ft. TeeFlii - Where The Party At? (2014)
Y@k Ballz - Home Piss (2000)

Saturday 21 October 2017

No Kool G. Rap & Nas

Lor Choc - Fast Life
(From Fast Life single; 2017)

Once ya host got past the initial shock that Lor Choc is quite literally a pre-teen lesbian Boosie, Fast Life's charms became undeniable and I was like "me thrice!" Between this and With My Team by Creek Boyz, it seems like Maryland is puttin' its own twist on Chicago Bop right about now; Baltimore's come a looooooooooonnnng way from da streetz going about their business to deep cuts by Cage and J-Live in The Wire's first season.

Added this and Brick Body Complex by Open Mike Eagle to my 2017 jams playlist innit.

Wednesday 18 October 2017

You can't see me like Charlie Angel's boss

Redman - Can't Wait (Remix #2)
(From Dat Undaground Shit!!!! promo EP; 1995)

As featured in ya host's recent 60 songs Westwood put me onto post. Like Spunk Bigga's remix of AZ's Your World Don't Stop, this one is a "remix" which is actually the original version and is #actually superior to the official LP version. Your guess is as good as mine why Reggie Red & Erick Sermon felt the need to mess up Tonight's Da Night part two by adding a bunch of doo-dads and turning it into some stodgy boom-bap.

Tuesday 17 October 2017

Kickin' tinny rap songs off the Earth part 2

What do Elvis Presley, Sid Vicious, Shane McGowan, Limp Bizkit, the Fat Dancer from Take That, Fetty Wap & Monty, and the Kung Fu lass Queen Key have in common? They've all rewritten My Way in their own image. And what special quality do My Way and Kung Fu have in common? Whether you're in the house like LL Cool J or in the car like like Ivan Locke, both songs will leave your speakers as nuked as Queen Key's pizza.

"Meanwhile I'm turnt as f*ck
I left my pizza in the oven, that bitch burnt as f*ck"

Queen Key - My Way
(From My Way single; 2017)

PS: Sid Vicious woz innocent! It woz the mysterious Michael lad wot done Nancy Spungen in.

Monday 16 October 2017

Nas was a gun, Open Mike Eagle is a block of flats

"My other name is 3-9-2-5
Make sure that my story's told
Sixteen or so stories high
Constructed fifty five years ago
Winter weather, yeah here we go
Chi Town in my building code
Stood here for ten million snows
Wind is chilled and all in my bones"

Open Mike Eagle - Brick Body Complex
(From Brick Body Kids Still Daydream album; 2017)

This one appeared in last month's wrap up, but definitely deserves its own post. As me nan used to say, a well executed rap song/video about a Pertinent Issue™ is worth a thousand of yer little thinkpieces. Dunno enough about Project Blowed to know where/why/how this song fits into their lineage, but I do know that it soars where most Open Mike Eagle songs are content to flap about in oblique formations under the guise of Unapologetic Art Rap.

Wish there was more eccentrics on wax who made 2017 backpack-rap as good as this and Quelle Chris' Buddies. Quite like When Cats Claw by Shabazz Palaces too.

Thursday 12 October 2017

Max Markin

Remember when the Beastie Boys' keyboard noodler transformed one of his rickety lo-fi album interludes into a U.K Top 40 hit which was catchier than herpes on a Concert Square hookah pipe? Lemme kill a whole flock of seagulls with one fact here: Hand In Your Head is empirically the best song Mo' Wax Records ever released, and, yes, that includes songs from any of their licenced U.K reissues.

Money Mark - Hand In Your Head
(From Push The Button album; 1998)

Fun fact: John "The Scouse XXXtentacion" Lennon's son played the bass on Hand In Your Head. That's his half-AZN 'Murican son Sean, not his full CAC Scouser son Julian. Another L for the city of Liverpool or wot?

Wednesday 11 October 2017

Ante Down

"Look, you know whassup, it's finna go down
We both got a pistol, you better bust, this ain't no showdown
Don't even try it, I got somethin' to shut the show down
After I shot ya, whole block looked like a ghost town"

OMB Peezy & Cardo Got Wings - Go Down
(From Humble Beginnings EP; 2017)

The Overkill name stays the same, but Go Down is a whole different interpretation of Feel The Fire. This one redeems Peezy's Chinese Jordan YFN Lucci-isms elsewhere on his EP with Cardo - you're from Alabama not Atlanta, m8.

Ain't gon' lie, though - it bugs the Hell outta me that Peezy repeats lines in a row on both his verses here. Jimmy Spicer didn't rap for nearly 14 minutes on Adventures Of Super Rhyme so these lazy modern day rappers could play Jimmy Two Times on songs that are south of the 3 minute mark.

Monday 9 October 2017

Born to Audiomack: 2017 late pass (1nce again)

I've heard things you people wouldn't believe. Fire Berner joints that aren't even off a Drought Season album. I heard J-Diggs glitter in the pen style of Andre Hicks over the Cutthoat Soup beat. All those songs lost in time like piss in the shower. Time to update:

Expanded my 2017 late pass playlist with new-to-me discoveries by Biz Markie, Juvenile & Big Tymers, Dru Down, Fat Tone, Berner, J-Diggs, and Valee. If you're out here music blogging but you're only searching out gems from the present day then you're doing it all wrong. Wake up, time to dig.

Saturday 7 October 2017

R.I.P to Bodil Joensen's dog, I had to regurgitate

It's about time Frankie Tha Lucky Dog's favourite Swedish pop diva dropped something proper naughty given that Europe Invented The Kink Pr0n™. That isn't necessarily kink pr0n in the hot sense (teenagers lezzing off with their IRL mams? NOOOOOOOO! People shagging various farmyard animals? A trillion times NOOOOOOOO!), but you've gotta respect a 2017 songstrel who takes it back to that 1977 Euro-kink essence on a Popsicle House bangeur. Probably the only time you'll enjoy a smutty video where some bork lass gallivants with a furry midget who has someone's arm up his backside.

Tove Lo - Disco Tits
(From Disco Tits single; 2017)

Bonus #1977synergy points for having a song with the word Tit in the title starring a Muppet in the video - Tove Knows!

Thursday 5 October 2017

A slightly belated happy 60th birthday to Westwood!

His jeans have gotten tighter and his polo shirts have gotten snugger, but the Big Dawg's thirst for music stays unfadeable, baby. Ya host has already written the definitive tribute to Westwood, so here's a generic list post of 60 songs I've discovered via the Big Dawg over the years - a mixture of classics, personal favourites, and deep cuts. As Westwood nearly told Rae Sremmurd, I ain't got no type, either - I'm just grateful for all these joints.

Run D.M.C. - Slow And Low (1986)
London Posse - Money Mad (1987)
Juice Crew - Cold Chillin' Christmas (1988)
Marley Marl - No Bullshit (1989)
LL Cool J - Year Of The Hip Hop (199?)
Super Cat - Ghetto Red Hot (Hip Hop Mix) (1992)
Time Zone - Zulu War Chant (Remix) (1993)
Slick Rick ft. Doug E. Fresh - Sittin' In My Car (1994)
Notorious B.I.G - Just Playin' (Dreams) (1994)
Lil' Vicious ft. Doug E. Fresh - Freaks (1994)
Frankie Cutlass - Puerto Rico (Instrumental) (1994)
Mary J. Blige ft. Smif-N-Wessun - I Love You (Remix) (1995)
Greg Nice - Set It Off (1995)
Redman - I Can't Wait (Remix 2) (1995)
Aaliyah ft. Slick Rick - Got To Give It Up (1996)
Smif-W-Wessun - Nothing Move But The Money (1996)
The LOX ft. Notorious B.I.G - You'll See (1996)
The Firm ft. Half-A-Mill - Firm Biz (World's Famous Mix) (1997)
Beenie Man - Who Am I (Sim Simma) (1997)
Crooklyn Crew - Tha Franklinz (1997)
Total ft. Missy Elliot - What About Us (1997)
Faith Evans - Love Like This (1998)
Juvenile - Ha (1998)
Missin' Linx - M.I.A (1998)
Noreaga ft. Nature, Big Pun etc - Banned From TV (1998)
Black Rob - The Heist (1999)
Lil' Wayne ft. Juvenile & B.G. - Tha Block Is Hot (1999)
Lil' Kim - Suck My Dick (2000)
Lord Tariq - This Cold World (2000)
Rah Digga - Lessons Of Today (2000)
Rodney P - Big Tings We Inna (2001)
Tweet ft. Missy Elliot - Oops (Oh My) (2001)
Busta Rhymes - As I Come Back (2001)
Havoc ft. 50 Cent & Big Noyd - Bump That (2002)
50 Cent - Wanksta (2002)
Foxy Brown - Stylin' (2002)
Peedi Crakk ft. Freeway - Fall Back (2003)
Wayne Wonder - No Letting Go (2003)
Bubba Sparxxx - Disappear (2003)
Twista ft. Jazze Pha - Badunkadunk (2004)
Kano - P's And Q's (2004)
Trina - Leaving You (Big Ol' Dick) (2004)
Mike Jones ft. Slim Thug & Paul Wall - Still Tippin' (2004)
T-Pain - I'm Sprung (2005)
ODB AKA Dirt McGirt - Lift Ya Skirt (2005)
Donae'o - Party Hard (2009)
Gucci Mane - Lemonade (2009)
Cali Swag District - Teach Me How To Dougie (2010)
Giggs - Monsta Man (2011)
French Montana ft. Charlie Rock - Shot Caller (2011)
K Kutta - Lum Lum (2013)
Kranium - Nobody Has To Know (2013)
Looni - Right Now (2014)
Spice - So Mi Like It (2014)
J Hus - Dem Boy Paigon (2015)
Krept & Konan ft. Jeremih - Freak Of The Week (2015)
Vybz Kartel - Dancehall/Work (Jugglerz Remix) (2016)
Uncle Murda - Cam'Ron Voice (2016)
Dexta Daps - Chinese Jordan (2016)
Busy Signal - Go Again (2017)

Monday 2 October 2017

Another mystery solved!

Ah, so it was Easy Mo Bee who produced Nas' Life Is Like A Dice Game. Surprised to find out it was recorded in 1995, though, because I always thought it was a pre-Illmatic demo. If I was a real Nas Stan I woulda known that already - he mentions his daughter Destiny being born on the song and Google tells me her year of birth was 1994.