Friday, 11 June 2021

Lose (on penalties) Yourself

Conclusive proof that World In Motoin will always be a better ENG-ER-LAND anthem than Three Lions or wot? A song so good even Keith Allen's Cockney geezer cosplay in the video couldn't tarnish it.

New Order & the Italia '90 England team - World In Motion
(From World In Motion single; 1990)

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. Snypa - 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.

Sunday, 30 May 2021

Generic list post: May 2021

INXS - Mediate
(From Kick album; 1987)

Obligatory wrap-up post of those songs I've played most during the month when ya host finally checked out Killah Priest's first album. Fair play to Priest for inventing a Rap style based on Michael Hutchence's Mediate flow. Maybe KP was an Aussiephile in general and the production on Heavy Mental was a homage to Down Under's most famous didgeridoo player?

Killah Priest ft. Shangai The Messenger - Atoms To Adam (1998)
Sporty Thievz - Ya Don't Stop (1998)
Homeboy Sandman - Stress (2020)
Nino Man - 5-0 (2021)
Uncle Murda - Bro Shit (2021)
Max B - 75 In The Can (2021)
P-Lo - Going Off (2021)
Rio Da Yung OG - Last Call (2021)
Eatem - Go Get Yo F*ckin' Brotha (2021)
A1 x J1 - Latest Trends (2021)
Donae'O - She Belongs To The Night (2021)
Chromium - Time Traveller (1979)
DAWN - Boomerang (2021)

Other notables: A-Wax's flow on Trophy Case is so cold that I can forgive the track's Spotify Playlist-core percussion; Saweetie and Young Slo-Be both made songs which entered my rotation for the first time with Fast Motion and Slime Ball respectively.

Friday, 28 May 2021

New Rap Slanguage

"Go get yo f*ckin' brotha, I'm fightin' both of y'all
I cracked his fortune cookie, left him leakin' sorry sauce"

Eatem - Go Get Yo F*ckin' Brotha
(From Go Get Yo F*ckin Brotha single; 2021)

No more talkin', no more arguin'. They do things differently in Baton Rouge: whereas Tom, Dick or Billy from yer average American city will tell a h8er to "go get your fuckin' shinebox", them Boyz-N-The-Rouge will tell you to "go get yo f*ckin' brotha!" For Eatem fans and Baton Rouge Brawl Music™ fans in general, this song is Whoop Sum part deux.

Tuesday, 25 May 2021

That British BBQ music, bitch!

Donae'O - She Belongs To The Night
(From She Belongs To The Night single; 2021)

Who debuted in the U.K Garage era and still drops choonz no competition, it's Donae'O

He now rides through London on his U.K Funky revival expedition, it's Donae'O

This choon also brings some South African Amapiano vybz to the party, it's Donae'O

And this choon almost makes me forgive him for jinxing Thomas Partey, it's Donae'O

Monday, 24 May 2021

Sporty Spicez

Sporty Thievz - Dogz
(From The Lost Cinema Pt 1 album; late 90s/2021)

Highlight of that recent album of unreleased Sporty Thievz songs imho. Chauvinism as an artform with a dash of equal opportunity hating from da ladeez. Definitely feel like The Culcha™ was robbed of this song being the follow up single Cheapskate, though they'd have to get their Nutty Professor on to come up with a clean edit. Also a huge pity Hot Pursuit got shelved because it's some Sporty & The Bandit type shit which lives up to the Street Cinema title of their debut album.

Sporty Thievz - Hot Pursuit
(From The Lost Cinema Pt 1 album; late 90s/2021)

Bonus beats: there's a few other deep gems on King Kirk's Bandcamp for #SportyThievzHive. Any Rap song with the Le Pamplemousse bass break is automatically a 4/5 banger.

Sporty Thievz - Ya Don't Stop
(From Diehard Sampler '98 "Lost In Yonkers" compilation; 1998)

Friday, 21 May 2021

Can You Hear Me?

Max B - 75 In The Can
(From 75 In The Can single; 2021)

75 In The Can? More like Recorded With A Coca Cola Can amirite? Nonetheless, Max having his wicked way with a cheap revamp of Dru Down's favourite song by The Fat Boys is right up my road.

It's New York treats friday with new Max and an album of unreleased Sporty Thievz songs. Dogz and Thief Thing are soundin' like some vintage Sporty X Ski Beatz to me.

Wednesday, 19 May 2021

#P-LoHive 1nce Again: Shmob Figaz

P-Lo - Going Off
(From Going Off single; 2021)

Husalah homage alert! P-Lo's killer little run of singles continues with his 5th yumper in a row. Man's slowly but consistently dropping anthems when too many of his NorCal contemporaries are content to drop any old shite in the name of #content. If a Bay Area slap doesn't make you turf dance a hole in your living room carpet then toss that song out on the corner and let the bin men take it away.

PS: I found the intro from Walked In.

Friday, 14 May 2021

Murda was the case in point

"Don't come round me talking all this Crew shit
You was strapped, saw the kid who shot me and ain't do shit
If that was me on the othΠ΅r hand
Woulda shot him and the n*gga he was with, I'm just keeping it a hunnid, fam
So miss me with all the phony shit
Woulda did a bid for you, thinkin' we was on somΠ΅ real homie shit
That woulda been time away from my kids, n*gga
Woulda been sick thinkin' bout all the sucka shit you did, n*gga
But it is what it is, n*gga"

Uncle Murda - Bro Shit
(From Don't Come Outside, Vol. 3 mixtape; 2021)

Me & Uncle Murda go back like Lil' Baby & Young Thug songs not named Pacifier, but my old chum ain't made shit dope since Cam'Ron Voice. Fortunately, friendship is a song topic which has brought the best out of everyone from Whodini to Dag Nasty and here it proves to be the ideal framework for Murda's foulness to flourish into a Bro Betrayal Ballad™. Listen closer tho because in every slice of Uncle Murda's ig'nance there's always a kernel of truth.

Last week it was Nino Man, this week it's Uncle Murda. Check back next week to see if I've found a Dave East song I like (probably not unless he miraculously drops some undeniable shit.)

Tuesday, 11 May 2021

Shinola songs from the shittiest artists (part 2)

Like the Mermaid mum in Round The Twist, this series may have legs.

Roots Manuva - Witness (1 Hope)
(From Run Come Save Me album; 2001)

A spectacular fluke in the otherwise dull career of stoner/student fave Roots Manuva or wot? Witness (1 Hope) is some bionic Englo-Jamaican Bashment-Rap - basically, that's my fancy way of saying it's the only U.K Hip-Hop song you can play in a DJ set between Mr. Oizu's Flat Beat and Dizzee Rascal's I Luv U.

Bad Bascomb - Black Grass
(From Black Grass Music album; 1973)

Breakbeat Lenny's Ultimate Breaks and Beats compilations contain a fair few shinola songs by the shittiest artists. For my money, Bad Bascomb's Black Grasss is the best of the bunch and I type that with the authority of someone who once bought Bascomb's one LP in the vein hope it contained any other jams (spoiler: it doesn't.) Originally a B-Boy favourite which Howie Tee later used as the backbone of Special Ed's Hoedown, Black Grass is peak Duelling Banjos-core.

A1 x J1 - Latest Trends
(From Latest Trends single; 2021)

Even Russell Grant couldn't have predicted that a CBeebies U.K Drill equivalent of WSTRN's In2 would be Brit-Rap's first legit anthem of 2021. Nuff respect to A1 x J1 for stickin' to the Nice & Smooth blueprint of one short chunky member & one long skinny member.

Thursday, 6 May 2021

Try to take it all in stride, please don't keep it all inside

"Stresses are all around
Stress wants to be a verb, make sure that it's a noun
When stresses are repressed, effects can be profound
So don't be in denial when stress is goin' down"

Homeboy Sandman - Stress
(From Don't Feed The Monster album; 2020/YouTube; 2021)

Better out than in: off-kilter observational Rap that's more of an Overlord Of Overthinking handbook than Organized Konfusion's hall of famer and its equally hallowed remix. This song properly clicked for me when I realised it's got that sneaky MF Grimm Tick Tick sloppy-choppy energy in Sandman's flow and Quelle Chris' production. Brain sick, tick tick, stress will blow it up!

MF Grimm - Tick Tick
(From MF DOOM's Operation: Doomsday album; 1999)

Tick Tick definitely ranks somewhere in the upper echelon of ya host's top ten G.O.A.T guest solo songs on other rapper's albums. The other nine? In no particular order: Lady Of Rage's G Funk (Intro) from Snoop's Doggystyle; Mac Dre's Game I'm Spittin' from Dubee's AKA Sugawolf; MF DOOM's I Hear Voices Part 1 from MF Grimm's The Downfall Of Ibylis; Kurious' Fastlane from King Gheedorah's Take Me To Your Leader; Fam-Lay's FamLay Freestyle from The Clipse's Lord Willin'; Lil' Cease's O.G solo version of Crush On You from Lil' Kim's Hard Core; Lil' Wayne's Wayne's Takeover 1 from Mannie's The Mind Of Mannie Fresh; Un Kasa's Un Casa from Dipset's Diplomatic Immunity; and Memphis Bleek's Hand It Down from Jay Camel's Volume 2.

Tuesday, 4 May 2021

To The Max (no Stezo)

"F*ck 5-0!
I was tryna get a bag on the ave but the slabs with 12 knocked down my do'
Had Show & Tell money, now I need bail money, man, 12 f*cked up my dough
Yeah, the trap was a crib so I stashed where I live, shoulda never had it there I know
Now n*ggas tryna take my flow, I blame 12 so f*ck 5-0!"

Nino Man - 5-0
(From No Turning Back EP; 2021)

Oi! Copper! Leave them dealers alone! New wave Harlem waviness for the Roddy Rich Homie Quan Durk-core generation. Conclusive proof that all New York rappers have at least one absolute CHOON in them when they take tips from the Max B manual to making music

Sunday, 2 May 2021

Late pass!

Something I learned today: Run-D.M.C performed You Be Illin' and It's Tricky on the BBC's Old Grey Whistle Test in 1987. Rap music and Adidas is how I was raised, Run-D.M.C and the Beasties were the guys that I praised - thus, seeing this as a kid in 1987 woulda blown my mind almost as hard as seeing King Of Rock on Live Aid did.

Turns out Run-D.M.C were also interviewed on Old Grey Whistle Test a couple of years earlier during the King Of Rock era. Andy Kershaw is lucky he didn't get sparked out on TV for some of those questions - the epitome of a stereotypical clueless white host demanding black artists make 'protest music'. Maybe if Kershaw had spent less time harassing his ex-wife and more time researching the artists he was interviewing then he'd know that Run-D.M.C had already released Hard Times and Wake Up by that point.

Thursday, 29 April 2021

Generic list post: April 2021

Obligatory wrap-up post of those songs I've played most during the month when Something For The Weekend unfortunately meant Rappers dying every week. Pour out a little beverage of your choice for Shock G and Black Rob. DMX too, though I only like a handful of his songs tbqh.

Me & E - Whatcha Need (1989)
Major Weight Media - Natural (1997)
Homeboy Sandman - Conjugal Visit To The Prison Of The Mind (2014)
P-Lo - Boomerang (2020)
P-Lo - Walked In (2021)
Mac J - Gotta Grudge (2021)
CupcaKKe - Mosh Pit (2021)
Chilly - For Your Love (12" version) (1978)
Cajmere - So Happy (2021)
Beabadoobee - Apple Cider (2019)

Other notables: that Gzus Haze album ain't bad but doesn't really have any stand-out songs imho; did anyone need a Real Instruments™ remake of Grand Puba's I Like It?; for my sins, I quite enjoy the CBeebies U.K Drill of Latest Trends by A1 & J1.

Bonus reading: can you believe 1991 was 30 years ago? (part 2) and shinola songs by the shittiest artists.

Monday, 26 April 2021

Curtis Jones' Future Shock

Cajmere - So Happy
(From So Happy single; 2021)

Some shit I wasn't expecting to find this morning: a new Cajmere choon based around James Brown's I'm Satisfied which sounds as Dirt McGirt Cajploitation as I'd hoped it would. Crazy visionz, BOOM: Cajmere's alter-ego Green Velvet is the ideal person to bring James Brown's batshit crazy late 70's TV show Future Shock back to life amirite?

Bonus beats: City Girls recently interpolating Percolator got me thinkin' about other Cajmere songs primed for rappers to use. Somebody could REALLY have their wicked way with Let Me Be, though that somebody preferably wouldn't be Kid Cudi, Vic Mensa or Makonnen.

Cajmere - Let Me Be
(From Underground Goodies Vol. 4 EP; 1992)

Saturday, 24 April 2021

#P-LoHive reprise

P-Lo - Walked In
(From Yours EP; 2021)

Walked in and shit got spooky the way this one has grown on me. It's definitely the most P-Lo Type Beat™ of his last four singles, but in a Hella good way. For best results use Walked In as the B-Side to Yours - an Oakland Yin & Yang combination of sweet romancing & dumb dancing which Shock G would be proud of.

Previously: #P-LoHive.

Friday, 23 April 2021

If we sacrifice Stevie G to a volcano can we get Shock G back?

Shock G never attacked an innocent DJ for rejecting a Phil Collins song request!

FFS is this 2021's new normal where a Rapper dies every Friday? R.I.P to Shock G AKA Humpty Hump AKA Piano Man AKA MC Blowfish AKA The Packet Man AKA Rackadelic AKA the musical genius who did think with his penis. Half the Rap eccentricities Kool Keith brags he invented, Shock G has a more legitimate claim to, and, as I recently realised, Humpty Hump even pioneered Hyphy. It seems like Digital Underground have been shunted into the margins of Rap history but this shouldn't come as a surprise - any Rappers who dare to display a sense of humour get deemed "non lyrical" and end up derided as glorified novelty acts no matter how great their music is.

Well, fuk the history books and anyone who wrote 'em because Digital Underground's first album and follow-up EP are God-tier Rap music, and Shock was a true genius Rapper/producer/dancer auteur. A man of many talents, he even bodied a couple 80's Hollywood comedy legends in their own movie, somehow coaxed a good remix out of CJ Mackintosh, and transformed a forgettable Prince single into Prince's last great song. Pop a Sex Packet for the Funk Mob Extraordinaire who originated sock puppeting on wax. Oh, how we'll forever love to bump thee.

The Apollo: officially more receptive to Digital Underground than Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince!

Wednesday, 21 April 2021

Late pass!

Homeboy Sandman - Conjugal Visit To The Prison Of The Mind
(From Homeboy Sandman Is The Sandman EP; 2014/YouTube; 2021)

This older Homeboy Sandman song recently got blessed with video outta the blue. Conjugal Visit To The Prison Of The Mind sounds nothing like Waiting On My Girl but my point about the latter song applies here too: when Sandman's music and my taste do converge it's always on some idiosyncratic bugged-out shit which could only come from him. True story: Killah Priest is still pissed that he didn't think of this song title first.

Bonus beats: if I'd heard Conjugal Visit To The Prison Of The Mind back when it first dropped in 2014 then I woulda had that shit up in my playlists next to Kurious' Best In The World. Call me Freedom Williams because I'm just a squirrel tryna get a nut - f*ck Rotten Apple Rap, gimme more Pecan Rican Rap.

Kurious Jorge - Best In The World
(From YouTube; 2014)

Sunday, 18 April 2021

If we sacrifice Purple Aki to a volcano can we get Black Rob back?

Black Rob - Up North (This is What it Is)
(From Game Tested, Streets Approved album; 2011)

This month is starting to feel like a new Final Destination movie where the Grim Reaper is on the hunt for everyone who appeared on 24 Hours To Live. F*ck White Cop, R.I.P Black Rob. Readers from the dayz of wayback will remember that I was a big B.R fan and why wouldn't I be? Rob was one of Harlem's vividest authors with an eye for detail and an ear for good old fashioned songwriting. Alongside Biggie, he was the only Bad Boy Records rapper to parlay Puffy's factory farm system into a couple of good albums; Rob also had an enviable stash of officially unreleased music dating back to 1991 when he recorded his first demo with Dan The Automator - still one of the unlikeliest rapper/producer pairings ever or wot? In and out of prison up until he hit the age of 40, a tiny crumb of solace can be taken from B.R spending his last decade on Earth as a free man who could transform a 2011 graduation party into The Tunnel circa 2000.

PS: the upload of my Black Rob deep cuts compilation is still live. I'd throw it up on Audiomack as a playlist but songs from the Bad Boy catalogue tend to get nuked by the DMCA within hours.

Saturday, 17 April 2021

TOTP Billin'

Nowadays my main Friday night ritual is watching BBC4's re-runs of old Top Of The Pops episodes, and two hall of fame Pop-Rap classix were performed on last night's 1990 shows. And I do mean performed because this was the era when Top Of The Pops began insisting that artists played live in a bid to make the show more credible/as a sneaky ploy to stop Rave acts with songs extolling drug use appearing on TV. If you were in high school or up in clubs when Vanilla Ice's Ice Ice Baby and Dream Warriors' My Definition Of A Boombastic Jazz Style first dropped you loved both songs and you either lyin' or you were listening to Timmy Mallet if you claim otherwise.

On the evidence of the Ice Ice Baby clip, Vanilla Ice was a far better live performer than many of the G.O.A.T's including Rakim and Nas. Get yourself a Rapper who can dance and rhyme at the Same Damn Time!™

Friday, 16 April 2021

More sax please, I'm British

"Mosh pit, I'm 'bout to put a hole in 'em
Better have on Calvin Kleins 'cause I'ma knock ya out your denims"

CupcaKKe - Mosh Pit
(From Mosh Pit single; 2021)

Then we squashed it, Instagram let me know "watch it", it's time to join Chicago's filthiest rhymer in the mosh pit. Definitely tryna hear more saxobeat in 2021 Rap. Gimme that TOOT TOOT and lemme get that BEEP BEEP.

Thursday, 15 April 2021

Francis Farmer Will Have Her Revenge On Boutique Reissue Labels

Major Weight Media - Natural
(From Music Speaks Louder EP; 1997)

Fave song on that recently reissued Major Weight Media EP. Some late 90's earnest everyman Seattle G-Funk with proper luscious bubble bath production. If Woodie's favourite rapper had been Snoop rather than 2Pac then his music probably woulda sounded like this.

Poor etiquette by the label who reissued this EP to not include a digital download with a release that's tape/vinyl only innit? Download codes with both formats should be mandatory, but this is what happens when reissue labels are run by music collectors as opposed to music listeners. Me, I like to jam the shit out of the physical releases I pays my money for, so you can catch me with my boombox ridin' shotgun in the passenger seat just so I can listen to this EP in its intended habitat of a car.

Tuesday, 13 April 2021

Shinola songs from the shittiest artists

Talking about the Chili Peppers' Give It Away and Metallica's Enter Sandman in this post got me thinkin' about other elite examples of songs I love by artists I loathe. Not so much One Song Wonders in the vein of Jay Electronica's Exhibit C, more detestable artists who somehow managed one Godly fluke in an otherwise ghastly catalogue Γ  la Weak Become Heroes by The Streets. Here's five diamonds from their artist's respective seas of shite - all genres, all gems.

Tricky ft. Martina Topley-Bird - Christiansands
(From Pre-Millennium Tension album; 1996)

You, a square: Tricky's Maxinquaye is the Illmatic of the Hardcore Continuum.

Me, a connoisseur: STFU Grimey Simey junior. Christiansands is the one song where Tricky's Worzel Gummidge whisper wap doesn't sound like a wet fart after a night on the cider. For that we can thank his backing vocalist bird, the subtle use of a Slick Rick sample, and John Woo for giving the song big villain's penthouse energy in Face/Off.

U2 - Desire
(From Rattle & Hum soundtrack; 1988)

You, a square: I hate U2, you hate U2, we all hate U2. Really doe, Brian Eno coaxed a few jams outta them in the 90's.

Me, a connoisseur: I wanna talk to you shorty 'cause you be trippin' sometimes. There was nowt more embarrassing than 90's U2 tryna be all arch and knowing. U2's one legit 10/10 classic came at the arse-end of their Christian cowboy cosplay era when they brought out the Bo Diddley beat for Desire. The result: MTV's answer to Mystic Eyes innit.

Big Sean - Paradise (single version)
(From Paradise single; 2014)

You, a square: I can't stand Big Sean but I can't front on the A$$ remix or I don't F*ck With You.

Me, a connoisseur: You all up in Da Game with the answers missin'. As anyone who went to a Westwood party in 2014 knows, Paradise is the one song where Big Sean's hyperactive valley girl steez worked. In my personal canon of Detroit spazz-Rap, Paradise is the mainstream club banger counterpoint to Pablo Skywalkin's All Facts.

Cliff Richard & The Drifters - Move It
(From Move It single; 1958)

You, a square: I refuse to believe that Tennis-loving Tory nonce Cliff Richard has ever made a good song.

Me, a connoisseur: Me too TBF until I heard Move It. Shit cranks. The Truth like Beanie first LP: Move It would be universally acknowledged as the G.O.A.T British Rock & Roll banger of the 50's if it didn't belong to Clifftiano Richnaldo.

Azealia Banks - Miss Amor
(From Broke With Expensive Taste album; 2014)

You, a square: I wish Azealia Banks would stop being such a troll edgelady and start putting out great music like 212 again.

Me, a connoisseur: LMFAO she's a far better troll than she is a rapper, m8. 212 was just a dry-run for Miss Amor where she did her usual Ya Kid K karaoke over an R&S Records classic and accidentally recorded a lost Lil' Kim song from Diddy's Last Train To Paris album.

Friday, 9 April 2021

True story or no story: back for 2021

"Bitch, I know my mathematics, I just keep countin'
Another sucker in the dirt and he ain't sprountin'
Ain't no playin' in that water, n*gga, they drownin'
They ain't even comin' outside, n*gga, they grounded
Bitch, you know that I'm the shit, you can't piss me off
I just called God, he missed mi call
I get in that pot, my wrist evolve
Never had a pet, I miss mi dog"

Mac J - Gotta Grudge
(From Tricky Situation EP; 2021)

Ah, that's more like it from Mac J. Subaquatic slap, sub-zero zingers, a soupcon of vulnerability, and he's actually spent time composing a chorus. His best song since Sparky or wot?

Thursday, 8 April 2021

Wax on, piss off

A buncha unreleased peak-era Casual songs? YAY! A 'vinyl driven release'? NAY!

Limited edition boutique Rap records are for Hypebeast teenagers on Instagram and middle-aged men who'd be stamp collectors or model railway enthusiasts if they'd never discovered Hip-Hop. Wax is a vastly-overrated format anyway - I give 12" singles their props but that's where it stops because vinyl has always been a useless format for Rap albums. Picture me paying money for an album on a format I can't play in a car or I can't even program out all the stupid skits about farts and blowjobs? GTFOH and take your pleas for crowd funding with you, m8.

Someone tell Dante he can keep the song with Everlast, though. I dunno what if it's Plastic Paddy-era Everlast or Wooden Guthrie-era Everlast but ain't nobody wanna hear any incarnation of that guy on a 90's Casual song.

Tuesday, 6 April 2021

Generic list post: can you believe 1991 was 30 years ago? (part 2)

Was 1991 as good a year for Other Genres™ as it was for Rap? This is the post where I prove that, yes, it was even tough that damn Bryan Adams song from Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves was utterly inescapable for most of the year.

LFO - We Are Back
Nirvana - Breed
SL2 - Way In My Brain
Massive Attack ft. Shara Nelson - Unfinished Sympathy
Slint - Nosferatu Man
Prince & The New Power Generation - Cream
Second Phase - Mentasm
Teenage Fanclub - The Concept
ESG - Erase You
Junior Reid - Banana Boat Man
Paperclip People - Oscillator (Electronic Flirtation Device)
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Give It Away
808 State - In Yer Face
A Guy Called Gerald - Sunshine
Soundgarden - Rusty Cage
Aretha Daye ft. MC Chan - No More (Making Love)
Talk Talk - Ascension Day
Jodeci - Treat U
Electronic - Getting Away With It
Cajmere ft. Dajae - Brighter Days
Helmet - Sinatra (Peel Session version)
Shades Of Rhythm - Sound Of Eden
Genesis - I Can't Dance
K-Klass - Rhythm Is A Mystery
Seaweed - One Out Of Four
The Ragga Twins - Hooligan '69
The Brand New Heavies ft. N'Dea Davenport - Never Stop
Metallica - Enter Sandman
The Source ft. Candi Staton - You Got The Love (1991 mix)
En Vogue - You Don't Have To Worry
The Todd Terry Project - Never Give Up (Melody Mix)
Thee Headcoats - Girl Of Matches
The Prodigy - Your Love
Madonna - Justify My Love
The House Crew - Keep The Fire Burning
My Bloody Valentine - Only Shallow
Crystal Waters - Gypsy Woman (She's Homeless)
Fugazi - Steady Diet
2 Bad Mice - Bombscare
Sounds Of Blackness -
Moby - Go (radio edit)
Throwing Muses - Counting Backwards
Altern-8 - Activ-8 (Come With Me)
Monster Magnet - Snake Dance
Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam - Let The Beat Hit 'Em
Born Against - Jock Gestapo
Shabba Ranks - Trailer Load Of Girls
Future Sound Of London - Papua New Guinea
Guns N' Roses - You Could Be Mine
Masters At Work - 69 Steps

Bonus thoughts:

Amazing year for British dance music or wot? Arguably the first year where the U.K overtook the U.S for sheer quantity of quality choonage.

Of course the best song from Massive Attack's first album was the one which didn't feature any Bwistolian whisper stoner wap vocals by 3D or Tricky.

I hate the Red Hot Chili Peppers but Give It Away is a legit 10/10 jam and if it's good enough for Pimp C then it's good enough for me.

I also hate Metallica but Enter Sandman is another legit 10/10 jam and if it's good enough for an entire country squeezed into a field then it's good enough for me.

Seaweed's One Out Of Four was the Generation X teenage skater boi's equivalent of the Brand New Radicals' You Get What You Give.

Madonna's Justify My love was a late 1990 song which didn't fully blossom until 1991.

I only discovered Masters At Work's 69 Steps a couple of weeks ago but it's a killer choon which is way better than the other 1991 MAW track which became a U.K Rave classic when played at 45 RPM.

Saturday, 3 April 2021


P-Lo - Boomerang
(From Boomerang single; 2020)

Since my comments turned into a surprise P-Lo fanclub meeting the other day, here's another of his recent singles I'm all over like Heinz ketchup on fish & chips (other ketchup brands are available!) Much like Yours and Get Me Lit, Boomerang puts the Fun into Function Music and comes as a welcome relief when so much current NorCal Rap is barely functional. Seriously - have you looked at Thizzler or Siccness recently? Both sites are near-endless successions of wannabe Da Boii, Mozzy and Lil' Yase clones whose music has more tickle than slap. Rap's grim up North California right now so these P-Lo singles are a much-needed blapp of Vitamin D.

Wednesday, 31 March 2021

Generic list post: March 2021

Obligatory wrap-up post of those songs I've played most during the month when Necro's brother from Non Phixion was lookin' a bit rough.
DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince - Jeff Waz On The Beatbox (live) (1989)
Coop MC - Blue Sunday (1995)
Money Boss Players - Yeah (199?/2021)
KLC ft. Mannie Fresh - No Place Like Home (2006/2021)
Digital Underground ft. J. Stalin - Hyphy Hump (2010)
P-Lo - Yours (2021)
City Girls - Twerkulator (2021)
Masters At Work - 69 Steps (1991)
Beabadoobee - Last Day On Earth (2021)

Other notables: fair play - Frankie Tha Lucky Dog's song with Level is a jam; two very unexpected comebacks this month with Snaggapuss and Pretty Tone Capone; Flo Milli's Back Pack (Flora The Explorer) gives me weird feels - like I'm far too old to be listening to this song; I'm bored shitless of new Rap songs which are under two minutes and have nothing resembling a chorus.

Saturday, 27 March 2021

Operation CB

You, a square: upon initial contact with this trendy new drumless Rap album, I can deduce that it has redefined how Rappers use negative space to find previously-unexplored new pockets.

Me, a connoisseur: M8, City Girls combined Planet Rock with Percolator and the results are pure Miami Bass Poison Quim madness.

City Girls - Twerkulator
(From the internet; 2021)

Apparently this song got officially cock-blocked by sample clearance. Gonna hazard a guess that Bambaataa was asking for too big a bag since the noncing allegations have left him broke and hiding out in Germany. Never forget!

Wednesday, 24 March 2021

God bless YouTube: Jeff & Will Waz On The Box

Rippin' up Showtime At The Apollo in 1989, it's Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince performing Jeff Waz On The Beatbox. Alas, the Apollo crowd were not as receptive to Jeff & Will's charms as the Union Square crowd because there's a stark contrast in energy levelz between artists on the stage and audience in the seats.

Alongside The Girlie Had A Mustache, Jeff Waz On The Beatbox is one of the two tape/CD bonus tracks from the shitty third Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince album which bodies everything on the regular LP. Them crackas at Jive™ f*cked things up big Willie style by relegating both songs to bonus status when they shoulda been the third album's two main singles: Jeff Waz On The Beatbox is a far better tribute to Jazzy Jeff's human-Octopus DJ skillz than Jazzy's Groove, while The Girlie Had A Mustache bangs way harder as a Fresh Prince storytelling yarn than the frankly Godawful I Think I Can Beat Mike Tyson. Plus, imagine how hilariously #problematic a video for The Girlie Had A Mustache could be by modern day Cancel Culture standards, right?

Tuesday, 23 March 2021

Late pass!

"It's gettin' hot in herre so take off all your nose
I am gettin' so hot that I'm about to take my nose off"

Digital Underground ft. J. Stalin- Hyphy Hump
(From The Greenlight EP; 2010)

As the popular parlance goes, I was today years old when I found out that Digital Underground recorded a Hyphy sequel to The Humpty Dance which interpolates Nelly's Hot In Herre. A legit slumpah which isn't that big a shock since Digital Underground were poppin' pills and wearin' stunna shades in NorCal decades before Mac Dre.

Related thought: is Packet Man (Worth A Packet Mix) the only good CJ Mackintosh remix ever or wot? Shit sounds like a New Jack Swing track produced by Khayree, which is obviously some wonderful shit to sound like.

Sunday, 21 March 2021

God didn't make you funky

"Pause for the cause, mouthwash wouldn't hurt at all
Stop tounge-kissing basketballs"

Lord Sear - Ya Mouth Stink
(From Hello! (The Wake Up Call) 12" single; 2000)

B-Side Wins Again from the Mr. Bongo era. Guru made halitosis a hot skit, Lord Sear made it a hot song. This ain't a joke, this ain't a game no mo', this is peak Reality-Rap for doz who brought their nasty niffs through the door. Maximum musical synergy here because Lord Sear's production on this is as funky as the bad breath depicted in his rhymes. It's all luv to 1997's Alcoholic Vibes but Ya Mouth Stink is the song where Sear's radio persona best translated to wax.

It's a pity Sear didn't drop another single with his old C.M Mob famalam DOOM on the production job.

Saturday, 20 March 2021

Truly Yours

P-Lo - Yours
(From Yours EP; 2021)

Now that's what I call Sang-Rap! Yours is the song which has officially earned P-Lo his Shmobby Brackins pseudonym. Same Squad proved that P-Lo could write/produce a million dollar solo choon which should be the biggest song in California, but who'd a thunk he'd conjure up the Bay Area R&Bass equivalent of My Boo eh? HBK Gang Bass All Stars Vol. 1 coming soon?

Bonus beats: last year's Get Me Lit was one of those songs I loved which nobody else on the Rap internet gave a f*ck about. Oh well, there's no accounting for everybody else's bad taste ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

P-Lo - Get Me Lit
(From the internet; 2020/Yours EP; 2021)

Monday, 15 March 2021

Generic list post: can you believe 1991 was 30 years ago?!?

Transitional, pan-regional, transcendent, pandemonium...

Best way to describe Rap in 1991 - all of the above or with this 50 song list below? A Wonderful 12 months in Rap that I'm still findin' jams from 30 years later. An annum of last hurrahs, grand entrances, artistic peaks, all-time anthems, and sustained plateaus. Let's party like it's 1991 - in a disused Essex warehouse or a Seattle high school gymnasium.

Ice-T - New Jack Hustler
Eric B. & Rakim - Juice (Know The Ledge)
Ice Cube - Steady Mobbin'
N.W.A - Real N*ggaz Don't Die
Slick Rick - Bond
Mac Dre - Da Gift To Gab
Geto Boys - My Mind's Playing Tricks On Me
Scarface - Money And The Power
DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince - Summertime
Digital Underground ft. 2Pac - Same Song
2Pac - Tha Lunatic
Nice & Smooth - Hip Hop Junkies
Gang Starr - Form Of Intellect
Naughty By Nature - O.P.P.
Cypress Hill - Light Another
Black Sheep - Try Counting Sheep
De La Soul - Ring Ring Ring (Ha Ha Hey)
A Tribe Called Quest - Buggin' Out
Leaders Of The New School - Case Of The P.T.A
KMD ft. Brand Nubian - Nitty Griity
Grand Puba - Fat Rat
M.C Breed & DFC - Ain't No Future In Yo Frontin'
Main Source - Looking At The Front Door
Big Daddy Kane - Nuff Respect
Kool G. Rap & D.J Polo - Bad To The Bone (Street Remix)
Biz Markie - What Goes Around Comes Around
Kid Capri - Don't Sweat Me
DJ Quik - Tonite
2nd II None - If You Want It
D-Nice - 25 Ta Life
Pete Rock & CL Smooth - All Souled Out
Heavy D ft. Kool G. Rap, Grand Puba, CL Smooth, Big Daddy Kane etc - Don't Curse
Above The Law - 4 The Funk Of It
MC Lyte - Poor Georgie
Positive K - Night Shift
The Convicts - Free World
Chubb Rock - Just The Two Of Us
Too $hort - So You Want To Be A Gangster
MC Pooh - Sex, Money & Murder
Showbiz & A.G. - Giant In The Mental
Compton's Most Wanted - Def Wish
Black A.G. - No Typa Drugdeala
A.Z. Of MobStyle - Don't Dis Nobody
Freestyle Fellowship - Legal Alien
Organized Konfusion - Prisoners Of War
Del Tha Funkee Homosapien - The Wacky World Of Mass Transit
Ed O.G. & Da Bulldogs - I Got To Have It
PHD ft. Cormega - Set It Off
Public Enemy - By The Time I Get To Arizona
39 Posse - Got What It Takes To Make It

Bonus thoughts: I'm genuinely jealous of folk who got to grow up listening to those early Mac Dre EPs; O.P.P. has always been my fave song from Naughty By Nature's first album so I'm happy it's gone from being overplayed to being not played enough; lots of potential honourable mentions here but the two I'm gonna choose are Kraftworks by the UMC's and Easy Star by Poor Righteous Teachers; Tim Dog can, indeed, suck a big fat dick.

Saturday, 13 March 2021

If your name's not down, you're not comin' in

Duke Deuce ft. Offset - Gangsta Party
(From Duke Nukem album; 2021)

WHAT DA FUUUUUUUUUUUUUK are Rappers thinkin' by adding Migos guest verses to their songs in 2021? The old adage goes it only takes two people to get a party started, but Duke Deuce woulda been far better off dancing with himself on this one. Gangsta Party is the only song from Duke's latest album which might have as good as Yeh, Crunk Ain't Dead, Bad News and Fat Mac if only he'd have hit Offset with a "not tonight, buddy" at the door. Let's stop the bullshit already, Rap would be a far better place in 2021 if Migos had never existed and Travis Porter had got the beats for Hannah Montana, YRN and Fight Night instead.

Tuesday, 9 March 2021

Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday...

Coop MC - Blue Sunday
(From Home Of The Killers album; 1995)

T-Funk! If Coop MC had been from Houston rather than Fort Worth would Blue Sunday be to Texas what MC Eiht's Streiht Up Menace is to California? I ain't qualified to answer that question tbqh. All I can say with any degree of certainty is that Blue Sunday is one of those Rap songs which will have you pondering your own mortality on any given day of the week. Everybody dies, B - you tuff, you'll be aiight.

Saturday, 6 March 2021

Surprise, surprise!

First another member of The Fat Boys carks it, then some unreleased Money Boss Players songs come out, now KLC's shelved The Drum Major album finally drops in full. Been waitin' on this shit since its lead single from 2006.

KLC ft. Fiend & Callicoe - Play It Loud
(From single; 2006/The Drum Major album; 2021)

Nice touch to have Paco Troxclair's Duffy on there even though it's from last decade. An even nicer touch is KLC & Mannie Fresh both giving Hurricane Katrina the finger on their Big Tyme love letter to New Orleans No Place Like Home. Had this song come out in 2006 it woulda been the best ode to the NOLA since 5th Ward Weebie's Supa Sunday In N.O.

"Now, let's talk about this bitch Katrina
F*cked over the city and soaked my Beamer
But it's aiiight, I got money from FEMA
And my new whip is so much cleaner"

KLC ft. Mannie Fresh - No Place Like Home
(From the vaults; 2006/The Drum Major album; 2021)

That "RE-UP!!" ad lib tho.

Friday, 5 March 2021

God bless YouTube: Keepin' The Faith

Something I learned today: Ed Lover & Doctor DrΓ© had a 1990 Yo! MTV Raps spin-off called Da Show where Faith No More performed Epic and Edge Of The World live. Check out Mike Patton rigged out in pyjamas + Doc Marten boots, Ed & DrΓ© doing Doo Wop backing vocals on the latter song, and Roseanne Barr's cameo at the end. Makes sense that Ed & DrΓ© would have Faith No More on their show since FNM were the best Rap-friendly Rock band of that era, but still a pleasant surprise on the Worlds Are Colliding™ tip.

From what little online info there is about Da Show, it seems that it was just a one-off special. Pity it didn't blossom into a proper series which ran throughout 1990 with a buncha Worlds Are Colliding™ live performances eh? Picture the cameras rollin as Ed Lover did his Dance while Jane's Addiction played Been Caught Stealing or EMF performed Unbelievable or Suicidal Tendencies brought the house down with Send Me Your Money or Depeche Mode ran through Enjoy The Silence or Danzig knocked out Devil's Plaything or Sonic Youth hit a rendition of Kool Thing or Happy Mondays shambled through Kinky Afro or Slayer cranked out Seasons In The Abyss - such a show woulda been the ultimate Yo! MTV Raps soundclash with 120 Minutes and Headbanger's Ball.

Thursday, 4 March 2021

Foe Tha Love Of Money Boss

Things done changed on the Rap Internet when I'm findin' out about a new album of unreleased/rare Money Boss Players songs via Bobby Dee rather than Robbie Ett. Minnesota should just release a double CD Money Boss discography that retails for no more than $20 and isn't some stupid limited edition thing which you only have a 5 minute 3 a.m window to cop. Buying a new Rap CD - can it be all so simple again?

Tuesday, 2 March 2021


Conclusive proof that Humpty Hump put the fun into funky via Digital Underground & 2Pac's performance of Same Song in the long-forgetten Dan Aykroyd movie Nothing But Trouble. Highlights include 2Pac in his very first movie appearance pretending to sing the hook, lowlights include Aykroyd as a decrepit Scottish judge who looks like a melted Xmas candle.

Nothing But Trouble is categorically not a good movie. It is, however, a pretty bizarre movie, so a performance of Digital Underground's other song from the soundtrack would have fit right in; Tie The Knot is a song that nobody other than Digital Underground could have ever made and plz believe that's nuttin' but a compliment.

Both Same Song and Tie The Knot later appeared on Digital Underground's This Is An EP Release, which was one of young Marty's favourite tapes of 1991. Bugs me out that EP came out 30 years ago this summer because it's older than some of this blog's readers. Shout out Norma Desmond - I'm not old, it's the people that got young.

Sunday, 28 February 2021

Generic list post: February 2021

Team Toon ft. Ya Boy Big Choo - My Hot Girl
(From My Hot Girl; 2016)

Obligatory wrap-up post of those songs I've played most during the month when Ricky Powell, Prince Markie Dee, and Blaza Da Beat Contractor all went back to the essence. You probably ain't familiar with Blaza but he was the New Orleans Bounce producer behind the boards for Ya Boy Big Choo, ReUp Reedy, 5th Ward Weebie's Club Luv, and Team Toon's R&Bounce classic My Hot Girl. R.I.P to the lads.

Foxx - Friends (2011)
CeeFineAss ft. MoneyBagg Yo - Payback 2.0 (2020)
Cellski - Clappin' (2021)
Devin The Dude - To Each His Own (2021)
TREE - For Y'all (2021)
Cookiee Kawaii - Rather Be (2020)
A Guy Called Gerald - Bad Boy Ride (1994/2012)
Real Lies - Boss Trick (2020)
Years & Years - It's A Sin (2021)

Other notables: Mouse On Tha Track's Knees Like Megan is more TikTok bait than track but still a step back in the right direction for him; nothing on Duke Deuce's new album is really stickin' for me - very disappointing since he's made a handful of my favourite songs over the past couple of years; Jim Jones is such a gym bore now that even his music videos are just extended work-out clips; it was inevitable that two dirtbag saltines like Yelawolf and Caskey would make an album together.

Bonus reading: had fun reminiscing about 2011 Rap and live performances on The Word.