Memorial Weekend Rap Up: A$AP Rocky, Swizz Beats, Big K.R.I.T, Dom Kennedy, Aesop Rock, Juicy J, Freddie Gibs, 2 Chainz, Mac Miller, Asher Roth + More
In the words of the legendary Timbo, “It’s been a long time. I shouldn’t have left you without a dope beat to step to.” I don’t feel like getting into the excuses for my hiatus, nor can I say it won’t happen again. But I will say this; If someone wants to pay me for the hours I spend looking for legit, quality music (especially rap, which is like trying to find classy wifey material out at the club. You can do it, but shit, listening to some of that garbage can take a toll on ya), not to mention writing something halfway intelligent about it, then by all means let me know and I’ll never take another day off the rest of my life. Any who, let’s get right into this cuz I got plenty of material for ya’ll all week long…
This dude A$AP is blowing up fast, and so far he hasn’t swayed from his original style. One can’t count on that forever, so enjoy the early material while the gettin’s good. Attention all producers: Please keep making bangers for this dude. ***Updated: This was previously featured on the Funk back in April, but this guy is wayyy behind still… and it’s that good***
Joe Budden has a line in the forgettable club anthem “Fire” from his early years that goes, “I’m glad producers charge so high for they tracks. Now they do it all, you just applying the
wrap rap.” In most cases, it couldn’t be more true. Now I don’t know how much “La Musica de Harry Fraud” costs, but I bet he makes a pretty penny. I can’t get enough of this hypnotizing masterpiece right here. Thankfully, Action and Rif don’t fuck up the packaging.
I just came up on this one this morning, so I haven’t listened to it long enough to determine if it has any replay value. But Gibbs and Tip rarely disappoint, and the beat is decent enough for a “ridin’ round the city” mixtape.
Add this one to the aforementioned “mean muggin’ in the whip” mixtape. I had this one blasting with the windows down last night, ooh wee.
I usually rip on artists with unimaginative slow motion flows, but none of that matters if the beat is right. And this my type of banger. Seriously though Dom, “money give me a boner?” Really?
I’m more embarrassed that I’m sharing a song with 2 Chainz rather than Justin Bieber. I just don’t understand why 2 Chainz pops up everywhere nowadays and has a stan-like following? While I may have just answered my own question, still, It’s slightly more annoying than the Gucci Mane phase. At least Gucci came out on the scene and from the start made a name for himself earning the right to bank off the stupid noises that came out of his mouth over hood beats. 2 Chainz on the other hand, literally had to make a new name for himself so no one would associate him with his worthless early years as Tity Boi. It’s just more evidence of rap being overcome by the business suit strategy. Seriously, here we have an artist simply renaming himself yet providing the same garbage, just as a company would rename themselves after a scandal or something yet producing the same shitty product. And people buy it! What the fuck people, we as consumers have the power to demand better. Fuck, I’m just getting myself upset. But seriously, this instrumental is a problem and Justin
Timberlake 2.0 Bieber kills the hook.
Another remix featuring some artists that should not be allowed to spit more than one verse at time. One of my favorite cuts off 4Eva N A Day. Live From The Underground finally on the way!
Never heard of this Bas dude, but I’m definitely feeling the flow and the way he flips Rihanna “You Da One” into what most respectable dudes would probably now say to Rihanna after years of showing us just how little respect she deserves/demands. But damn, she fine.
Hopefully you made it all the way down to the bottom cuz I had to save the best for last. I’ve been rocking this on repeat for almost a month now and until today, only the below lines really made any sense to me. Aesop Rock does not make easy-listen songs for first grade level listeners to be able to follow along. I suggest you do as I did, which is enjoy the impeccable flow over the adrenaline fueling instrumental for a while and then take a gander at Rap Genius’s line by line interpretation : http://rapgenius.com/Aesop-rock-zero-dark-thirty-lyrics#note-697016. ”
“Are we supporting the artist or enabling the addict
I mean, I guess it matters to me
I wish it mattered to you
How a thousand virtues
Kick the same bucket like Chinatown turtles”
During my time away, I thought to myself, “who cares if I stop writing, it’s not like this shit really matters. And who cares if I stop looking for/listening to new music, it’s not like I’ll miss anything that groundbreaking.” Wrong and wrong.
First of all, I know all too well the distress caused when one can’t seem to escape the four walls that surround their brain. It’s a dangerous place to permanently post up. The Funk, for me, is like that emergency exit. And second, if I stopped listening to the random mixtapes and underground leaks that have occupied my hard drive since the 8th grade, I would have most definitely missed out on this Asher Roth blessing. That’s right, Asher Roth. I know, I’m kind of surprised myself. But like ASAP Rocky’s LiveLoveA$AP mixtape, Pabst & Jazz has got that whole “mixtape sounding more like an album” shit going on.
This mixtape really has it all, from both a musical and a lyrical standpoint. Well, everything except that coke rap and obnoxious bass-line. Sorry I’m not sorry. It should be noted first that just as Clams Casino deserves to be credited for much of LiveLoveA$AP’s success, so should Blended Babies with Pabst & Jazz. The production is impeccable. I mean, this really is my type of shit though. You know that soulful, head-nodding, throwback Kanye-type of shit along with some soft, soothing, indie-type vocals.
As far as the lyrical flow goes, first you got that stupid off the top, nonsense-type spitting. But even when it sounds like Ash isn’t really saying anything, he’s still actually kinda saying something….if that makes sense. The first half of this tape is packed with rhyming reminiscent of another white rapper when he first came out.
and previously featured: Asher Roth – More Cowbell
Then you got the pen & pad, long look in the mirror introspective-type lyrics. One could easily see how the flow might suffer from actually having to put together words that not only rhyme, but actually tell a story and serve a purpose, but this is not the case for Ash. The second half of the tape gives insight into the real Asher Roth while spilling words of wisdom.
And of course you got some feel good, join the party, cypher-like sessions featuring a diverse set of quality MC’s. Side-note: I love me some GLC voice.
Asher Roth – Charlie Chaplin (ft. Phil Ade, GLC & Thurz)
And then this last one pretty much encompasses every aspect I’ve mentioned in this post so far. Seriously though, just scroll back up top and download the whole tape.
Weekend Rap Up: Kendrick Lamar ft Busta, Wale ft Rick Ross, 2 Chainz & Trey Songz, Red Cafe ft Trey Songz, Wale & J. Cole, Wiz Khalifa & Snoop, Sway ft Lupe Fiasco, Asher Roth, CYNE + 1982
Sorry for the hiatus, but your boy was in a little bit of a funk. And not the good kind of funk you’ve come to regularly find on the funk. Nah, this funk had me boycotting my Beats altogether. You ever just get sick of music? Shit, that’s hard for me to come to grips with, but that’s kinda how I was feeling.
Rap music really pisses me off sometimes. So in actuality, it’s not all that inconceivable to find myself needing a break. I may have been warming back up to the thought of throwing on my Beats and bingeing through all my go-to blogs to see what’s up in these streets, but then I witnessed the most obnoxiously arrogant, not to mention annoying, encore in live rap show history; Watch The Throne. “N’s in Paris” is not the most amazing song ever. It’s not even the best Jay or Ye song. Therefor, what would warrant playing it over and over as if to achieve the Guinness World Record for consecutive playbacks? The opposite of D. Rose, that’s what. I mean, the show was AMAZING (minus Kanye’s boring Amber Rose dedication set) but I literally ended up leaving the UC pissed off after that shit. It was especially disheartening to look around at the 10,000+
stans fans encouraging this type of behavior in the first place. Moving on…..
I’ve found myself with some extra downtime this weekend and decided it was a good time to get back at it. After a long discovery session yesterday, I have a good amount of new music I’ll have to share throughout the week. But let’s start off with that rap shit.
Now I’m not going to pretend like I know every new artist out there, or equivalently have heard every new song from the up and comers I’ve already been introduced to. But I do know this; Kendrick Lamar is going to be making one of the biggest leaps in the rap game coming up in 2012. Not as big as K.R.I.T., but seriously, listen to this shit. Kendrick is nice as hell.
Kendrick Lamar – Rigamortus (remix) (ft. Busta Rhymes) (right click, “save as” to dl) or @ Hulkshare
I’ve always been a big fan of the soulful scratches from Statik Selektah. Team him up with the knowledge kickin’ Termanology and there you have the underground masterpiece known as 1982. If you’re into the head nodding lyrical shit, check it out.
Never heard of these guys but immediately after hitting play for my first listen, I had to snatch this chill ass shit. I have a real love/hate reaction to short songs like this. I love them because of their simplicity, but I hate them because they always leave me wanting so much more. Oh well, repeat.
Asher and Blended Babies come together again to create that nonsensical head nodding shit Asher’s skill set adhere so well to. Another simple beat with a beautifully rhythmic flow to match.
Asher Roth – Common Knowledge (prod. Blended Babies) (right click, “save as” to dl) or @ Hulkshare
This one comes off Wiz & Snoop’s “Mac & Devin go 2 High School” soundtrack. I don’t really know the details of the movie. Are they featured in the film as well? I don’t really care, actually. I’m not that big on Wiz or Snoop, but this one seemed pretty smooth. Chill shit.
This is the opposite of chill. Following the vibe of his latest mixtape, Friend of the People, Lupe hops on this UK native’s high octane jam sure to get you a speeding ticket if left on repeat in the whip.
Sway – Still Speedin’ Reloaded (ft. Lupe Fiasco) (right click, “save as” to dl) or @ Hulkshare
And finally, we have remixes to two of my favorite commercially appealable jams of 2011 featuring some more popular names from the year. Shout out to the producers on both of these, since beats are basically 90% what we’re talking about when we’re talking commercial appeal, right? Regardless, shit is bangin’.
Red Cafe – Fly Together (remix) (ft. Trey Songz, Wale & J. Cole) (right click, “save as” to dl) or @ Hulkshare
Wale – Bait (remix) (ft. Rick Ross, 2 Chainz & Trey Songz) (right click, “save as” to dl) or @ Hulkshare
Weekend Rap Up: Chip tha Ripper, Fabolous ft Trey Songz & Red Cafe, Asher Roth, Crooked I, Main Attrakionz ft ASAP Rocky + L.S.D ft Phonte, King Mez & Charlie Smarts
Got my fantasy football draft tonight and I haven’t done any research yet, so I apologize for some of the short descriptions but I just don’t have time to get too insightful. As far as fantasy goes, I’m not too worried about my unpreparedness though, most of it is luck. And anyway, the best part of fantasy football is just gettin with the dudes during a live draft and then constantly talking shit from then on throughout the rest of the season. It helps when you have a good team but I’m really not the best fantasy manager. This is because, like music, I find it hard to draft (or get into musically) a player (artist) if I don’t like/respect them as a person. Was never very good at separating business from personal feelings….or anything and personal feelings for that matter.
Chip. tha. Rip. Reeeeeeally diggin this one right here. I’m lovin beat and especially the way Chip’s vocals match up with the overall vibe. Sounds like something to unwind to during the after-party, or maybe the opposite to kick the night off with the dudes. Probably follows a similar mantra as “Two goin’ at once. I like my girls like I like my blunts.”
“I was uncool before the uncool became cool”
(MP3): Chip tha Ripper – Great Time
This one can keep the party going as well. Fab is one of the most underrated rappers in the game. He consistently produces quality verses no matter the type of feature. The B.I.G. sample and Trey Songz hook make for an ear pleasing, easy listen.
Asher continues to impress me more and more this summer. He just went from an afterthought, to a “I’m definitely going to check out that album as soon as it comes out” type rapper in my book. Beat smooth, sample dope, rhymes tight. Real talk.
(MP3): Asher Roth – Ampersand
Slaughter in the house. I mentioned underrated earlier about Fab, but if that is the case, then Crook must be considered invisible. Even when people talk about Slaughterhouse I feel like Budden, Royce, or even Joell get the majority of the credit. While Joe Budden is close to my favorite rapper, I still gotta say that lyrically, as far as flow and punches, Crook is actually #1 out of the group. Talk about a group of rappers that really fit together on a lyrically conscious level, though.
I really have a hard time paying attention to the lyrics in this one for two reasons. One, I don’t expect to be impressed with anything rapped because these dudes are not lyricists. But more importantly, the other reason is because this sample is one of the coldest of all times. And I’m not talking the U.G.K. vocal sample, I’m talking about this Art of Noise (how creepy is this video?) beat sample. Took me a frustrating amount of time to remember where I knew it from, but the word “Freak” was the clincher that came to mind.
(MP3): Krayzie Bone – 2 Many Freaks (ft Play n Skillz & Adina Howard)….CLASSIC!
I’m not a huge fan of Little Brother, but mostly because it’s hard for me to get into 9th Wonder’s production. You know, kind of similar to the J. Dilla type shit. I know both dudes are respected to the utmost, but I just never really got into it. I still think Phonte is a sick spitter though, and while this beat is of the same soulful spectrum, this time shit’s got me bobbin’ back and forth without a doubt.
Weekend Rap Up: Sonny Shotz (of The Dean’s List), Big K.R.I.T. ft Yelawolf, Face Tha Music ft Jon Connor + Asher Roth
“Wait for it. I promise you the best shit, just…wait on me.”
Sonny has been doing a lot of solo work lately, apart from his group The Dean’s List. I don’t really know what that’s all about, but I’d think he’d want to build off the hype from The Drive In WITH the rest of the group. And maybe after they actually get an album out and he makes a name for himself outside of the internet, he can ditch the dude’s that got him there and make all the money for himself. Just seems a little premature is all. I still really like dude’s music a lot, so I’m not complaining, just saying.
(MP3): Sonny Shotz – We Good
Damn, I’m lovin this shit right here. The keys baby, the keys! Once again K.R.I.T. kills it with the production. This one’s off the hold me over mixtape titled Last King 2: God’s Machine while we wait for K.R.I.T.’s debut album Live From The Ungerground. I love when these two get together on the track.
“Persistence overcome resistance.
The Black Album was such an incredible project, and My 1st Song was definitely a personal favorite of mine. Great use of the vocal sample to go along with the jazzy dope beat. First listen to Face tha Music, conclusion; diggin it.
Asher recruits dude from Chester French to sing the hook for this positive chill jam. Real nice vibe to this one. I really like Asher’s mentality and I seem to be getting into most everything he’s been putting out in the past year. Check it out.
Back to the Rap: Theophilus London, Chiddy Bang, Wale, Chip tha Ripper + Asher Roth with Production from Blended Babies
I started this blog to share music, not to overwhelm/repel people with my issues about life and the bullshit I see in the world on a regular basis. It just so happens that music is very close to my soul, so the two often go hand in hand. Regardless, it’s time I get back to just sharing some different shit that I come across. Don’t worry though, I’ll still bless you with the inner thoughts of my mind when the inspiration arrives. But for now, check out some fairly new shit I’ve been feelin’ lately.
First up we got Theophilus Londons first single off his album “Timez Are Weird These Days.” Very different than the typical hip hop sound, but dope nonetheless. You hear a lot more hip hop infused with rock elements these days and I like it. Again, originality is a good thing.
“It’s the skill and the confidence, the will and the dominance. The deeper you get, the more the reaper is prominent.”
Next up, some new Chiddy that dropped a couple weeks ago. Xaphoon Jones always comes with the Indie type intrumentals that all the hispsters dig so much. Again, not the type of head noddin’ hip hop I often praise from days of ol’, but I respect this shit way more than that ignorant shit you hear on the radio.
“Take a second look and you’ll see, there is no one like me”
Gotta post my guy Wale whenever he drops some new material. I check out dude at GMAD and his song selection quite frequently. Our musical tastes are somewhat similar. Our opinions however, not so much. Dude was trying to hate on Wale saying he can’t afford to give the fans free music, citing Joe Budden as a reason to smarten up and have a more business-like mentality when it comes to sharing his talents. Guess what dude, some artists really mean it when they say they do it for the fans, and not for the mass amount of fickle radio listeners that will love your single one day, and forget about you the next. Fuck the business aspect, all that does is curb creativity anyway. Not that “Bad Girls Club” is the most creative, but I still dig it.
(MP3): Wale – Bait
(MP3): Wale – Lacefrontin
The Chicago based producer Blended Babies is easily becoming one of my favorites in the game. Remember that Twista joint he produced on Categroy F5? In case you don’t, I gotchu. I actually like (and have shared below) the original performed by Fanesha Fabre’, not included on the album. Anyway, here he blesses the beat for Chip who brings along some others to make another song with some substance. And then there’s this Asher joint, also produced by Blended Babies, with Chip and Whatzisface. I feel dudes. Feels good going home sometimes and reminisce bout the stress free days of adolescence.
I don’t have a whole lot of material this weekend, but that’s not from lack of effort. I spent a good chunk of my day looking for new shit, but A) my internet is slow as hell back home in the burbs, and B) there just hasn’t been a ton of quality shit come out the past week. This one hits pretty hard though. Pretty impressed with Asher for recruiting Akon to come kill the hook.
(MP3):Asher Roth – Last Man Standing ft Akon
Personally, I think this sample was better used in G-Eazy’s “Kings”. Sounds like this producer liked that one too, but wanted to change it up a little bit so he added some drums and kicks from Drake’s “Light Up.” At least thats what it reminds me of. I can always appreciate some new Drake. Dude kills it. I’m still re-listening to catch em all.
Finally got through this Tayyib Ali mixtape Keystone State of Mind. Real impressive music coming from a 18 year old. That “California Girls” joint I posted a while back is that jam for sure, but here’s another one I liked a lot off the tape.
Chiddy Bang recently released their mixtape Peanut Butter & Swelly. Props to dudes for making that Taco Bell money. You’ve seen the commercial with their song “The Good Life”, right? Swelly, swelly, swelly! I’m actually kinda disappointed with the mixtape as a whole, but this one is a pretty cool jam.
This next one’s at least a year old, but it’s never too late to get up on a dope jam. These dudes dropped a pretty cool mixtape called A Midsummer Night’s Dream a long time ago. Welp, it’s getting to be summertime again and I could use some more jams. Let’s hope they come with some new material soon. Love the Lauryn Hill sample along with the rest of the instrumental.