Weekend Rap Up: B.o.B.,The ILLZ, YONAS, Freddie Gibbs & Madlib, Dave Raps, Nas ft Rick Ross, Pusha T ft. Swizz Beatz, French Montana ft. Drake & Wayne & RossMeek Mill & Wale & MMG + More
How unnecessarily long is that title? Lots of featured appearances in this week’s Rap Up, and more than a couple different styles and sounds at work as well. One particular sound that stands out from the rest is The ILLZ. If you haven’t noticed, I’m a BIG fan of the indie rap movement. You know, that introspective shit over simple guitar strings, piano, and other indie rock samples. They really are a perfect match for eachother. The lyrics are meant to be listened to intently, and the musical backdrop is one that not only eliminates unnecessary distractions but also elicits emotion in of itself. That’s why I dig The ILLZ. The dude reeks of realness. B.o.B. is the same, when he’s at his best at least. Unfortunately being at your best and making money are two separate things these days in the music biz, or at least in hip hop. So you might not find many more like this off Strange Clouds, but that doesn’t take away from great pieces like this.
The ILLZ – Closer (Temper Trap sample)
Yonas is another up and comer you should already be mindful of. He’s been doing his thing in the mixtape game for a few years now, and eventually he’ll have built up a distinguishable enough rapport with his fan base that he can put out pretty much any type of record and he’ll sell some. That’s the name of the mixtape game, right? Love the pre-fame mixtape game (see B.o.B.). YONAS really isn’t on that level yet, but he definitely knows how to take someone else’s hot beat, and no matter how played out, make it his own so that you can listen again.
Freddie deserves a considerable amount of respect for his lyrical game. He’s not flashy, he doesn’t have a tag line to repeat 12+ times a song, and he doesn’t spit so utterly simple and slow that you could teach a 2 year old to
be ignorant as hell follow along. Sometimes it does take a beautiful soul sample like this to truly appreciate him.
Dave Raps delivered one of my favorite songs of 2011 in “Alive” off his mixtape H.Y.P.E. So I copped his latest effort AKA Dave Ruffin and spotted this lil gem. Take a listen.
Ohhhhh boy! Life Is Good is almost here. Nas drops his latest studio effort on July 17th and I can’t wait. Nas is my favorite rapper, hands down. There’s no one like him. We’ll talk more when his shit drops and I get the full effect. In this one, Nas calls out all the fakers out there that really aint shit. Ross delivers an excellent verse by the way. I’m serious. I might be too hard on him. I just can’t get over the fact that he literally only raps about 4 things; cocaine, cars, money, and girls he would never fuck without the first 3.
Since I’m on the subject of Rick Ross, I might as well just jump head first into that m-m-m-m-maybach music. I like this mayback music…kinda. The Meek joint is off his mixtape Dreamchasers 2 and dude does justice to one of the greatest instrumentals/songs of all time; The Fugees – Ready or Not. The Power circle joint is off Self Made vol 2. I must say, that’s a helluva lineup MMG is touting.
I know, I know. I’m not supposed to post shit I don’t truly listen to. But even in this next one’s case, there IS a time and a place. It just so happens that that time and place doesn’t fit into my usual listening patterns. This Pusha joint I can fuck with on the regular though. Does Swizz Beats do anything but drive around in his fancy cars anymore?
This.Is.The Remix: The Hood Internet (Wale vs Kavinsky), Ted Smooth (Drake ft. The Weeknd) & Trae Tha Truth ft. Big K.R.I.T., Jadakiss, J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar, B.o.B., + more
…or I guess it should read, “THESE. ARE. The remixES.” If you didn’t know, I am quite fond of “the remix.” Even when it’s not quite as good as the original, it’s still refreshing to hear a good song in a different light, or from a new perspective.
First up we got a quality mashup from one of the best. The Hood Internet takes Wale’s Chain Music and throws it over some dark, whiteboy electronic instrumental courtesy of Kavinsky. Never heard of dude(?), but….diggin it.
Next we got this simple Ted Smooth remix utilizing some slowed down percussion from Biggie’s “I Got A Story to Tell” mixed in with Drake’s “Crew Love.” Pretty subtle addition, but new life nonetheless.
Lastly, we have a classic example of the hip hop remix. Whenever someone is lucky enough to snag a beat/hook like this, it’s inevitable that they’ll be at least 10-15 rappers trying to jump on that shit. The original was star studded enough with the likes of Wale, Wiz, Lupe, and Big Boi, but it just got another lift with some even NEWER schoolers (K.R.I.T., J. Cole, Kendrick) and more importantly, the REAL Mark Morrison! WHOOOOOAAAAAAAAAOOOOHHHH!
Weekend Rap Up: B.o.B. ft Andre 3000, Ed Sheeran ft Yelawolf, Termanology, Jakk Frost, Fabolous ft Meek Mill + Tyga ft. Wale, Fab, Meek, Jeezy & T.I.
I told ya’ll I’d be back with some more jams tonight. First things first though; how bout my boy Derrick Rose today? My favorite basketball players have always been point guards. Not just because I played PG in my days, but because in most cases, the odds are stacked against them in a sport that creates a natural advantage for those blessed with size. So every time Derrick Rose takes it to the rack, slashing through defenders and adjusting his release while floating through the air so to avoid the outstretched arms of those taller than him, you have to appreciate the skill required more-so than that of Lebron James jumping over lil’ Johnny Lucas and throwing down with two hands. Although, that was pretty nasty, too. As far as the game as a whole goes, with no Deng, no CJ, I gotta say that was one of the most satisfying L’s I’ve ever witnessed. Plus I hit the over for Rose total points (22.5) and Noah total rebounds (9.5), along with 2nd half spread (Bulls +1.5). I swear I don’t have a problem….onto the music…
This one dropped a while ago while I was boycotting being productive. B.o.B. use to be confused with Andre when he first started dropping tracks 3-4 years ago, so it’s cool to hear them go back-to-back. I never really heard the connection, but regardless, I like the combo. Of course, Andre wins in this one. Which I guess means Bobby wins too. This one gets some body parts moving.
B.o.B. – Play The Guitar (ft. Andre 3000) (right-click, “save as” to dl)
This is just a great song. I really like this British (I think) dude’s voice/vibe. And Yela meshes his flow perfectly with that vibe, while his voice is the perfect compliment. Shit is smooth as hell.
Ed Sheeran & Yelawolf – You Don’t Know (For Fuck’s Sake) (right-click, “save as” to dl)
It’s extrememely difficult for me to not enjoy any song utilizing the Play N Skillz “Freaks” sample. Absolute classic. Well, actually in their song they sampled this weird “Moments in Love” song themselves, but to the hip hop community, it’s now the “Freaks” sample. Anyway, outside of the sample, I really like a lot of what I hear from Term. Dude can flow.
Termanology – Speed It Up (ft. Anjuli Stars) (right-click, “save as” to dl)
This is another one I came across a lil while back but just never threw up on the Funk. I always appreciate a verse from Fab, and Meek Mill surprises me more and more each time I hear a new verse. These aren’t your typical lazy coke rappers.
Fabolous – You Don’t Know (ft. Meek Mill) (right-click, “save as” to dl)
This one is interesting to say the least. It’s hard to take seriously because of the hook, but it’s actually some quality storytelling. I really like the quirky beat too.
Jakk Frost – Dirty Uggs (right-click, “save as” to dl)
I posted the Wale and Meek version a while ago, but this one includes some more high profile verses to complete the “official” remix. Tyga got real lucky with this beat.
Tyga ft Wale, Fabolous, Young Jeezy, Meek Mill & T.I. – Rack City (remix) (right-click, “save as” to dl)
Weekend Rap Up: B.o.B. [EPIC: Every Play Is Crucial], Los [The Crown Aint Safe], OnCue [Can’t Wait], Jon Connor [Season 2] + I.O.U. [Love,Great.Humans…]
It’s been a pretty lazy Sunday, but at least I was able to get through a few mixtapes I’ve had stashed away. Check out my favorite tracks and download the full mixtape if you’re diggin it.
I always appreciated Bob’s indie/alternative side. Unfortunately, it seems like that dimension doesn’t make it out as much lately. You do hear it hear on this one, though.
B.o.B. – Fucked Up (ft. Playboy Tre) (right-click, “save as” to dl)
We’ve had OnCue featured on the Funk in the past, and he’s really becoming one of my personal favorites. Not the corny/”trying to be funny” white rapper type at all, if that’s what you’re thinking.
OnCue – Can’t Wait (right-click, “save as” to dl)
OnCue – Kinda Late (ft. Mike Posner) (prod. 88 Keys) (right-click, “save as” to dl)
This mixtape was my first real listen to Los, and I’m extremely happy I checked him out. You need to do the same. Dude’s a spitter.
Los – Shine (ft. Phil Ade) (right-click, “save as” to dl)
Los – Outro (ft. Sean Hayz) (right-click, “save as” to dl)
Since we’re on the subject of spitters, let’s get right into Jon Connor. Best thing out of Detroit since the 2004 Pistons. Speaking of, welcome to Chicago, Rip Hamilton. Can’t. Fucking. Wait.
Jon Connor – Someone Like Me (right-click, “save as” to dl)
Jon Connor – No Thrillz (right-click, “save as” to dl)
These guys kinda remind me of The Dean’s List, musically. Lyrically, they’re not really on Sonny’s level, imo.
I.O.U. – That Bob Marley Song (right-click, “save as” to dl)
Weekend Rap Up: B.o.B. ft Big K.R.I.T. & Bun B, The Dean’s List, Lloyd Banks ft ASAP Rocky, Nipsey Hussle, Nas & Amy Winehouse, Freddie Gibbs & Cults + MGK & Skrillex
Let’s see, what have we missed in the past week since my last post? Well, Take Care dropped and I am not only thoroughly impressed with the sophomore effort, but thoroughly entertained as well. I always thought Drake was at his best as an RnB artist, rather than a rapper, and this album accentuates those talents. My favorite tracks are “Crew Love”, “Buried Alive Interlude” (which btw is performed by Kendrick Lamar), “Make Me Proud”, “Doing it Wrong” & “Practice”. Also, Childish Gambino dropped his freshman effort titled Camp. I’m also really liking that one as well. Some of his lines are a little repetitive, but his perspective, as well as sound, is brilliantly refreshing. My favorite tracks are “All the Shine”, “Heartbeat”, “Les” & “Hold You Down”. Hmmm, what else. Oh yea, the “nuclear winter” of the NBA began. Players showing resolve and willingness to actually lose money in order to take a stand against owners and their unrelenting demeaning attitude of superiority along with neglect for fair bargaining has a lot of people upset and unfortunately, out of work as well. As only he can, Bill Simmons lays it out there perfectly for everyone to understand the many different perspectives and motivations at play in this labor situation with his most recent Grantland article, MUST READ CLICK HERE. Whether it turns out to be a devastating move for the players or not, I respect and support it. I’m tired of arguing my position, and frankly anything NBA related, at this point to explain it again. But fuck, I still don’t know what I’m going to do all winter without Derrick and my Bulls though. Anyway, check out a variety of rap jams you may have missed out on too….
Omen dropped his mixtape Afraid of Heights a week or so ago. If you passed it up without a second glance, take a listen to this one and you might think twice. Really liking this jazzy joint.
Omen – Look of Lust (ft. Kendrick Lamar & Shalonda) (right click, “save as” to dl)
This is THAT jam right here. If you’re unfamiliar with the terminology, that means it’s currently dominating my most played on iTunes/iPod. Cults + Gibbs = good music + good raps. What a surprisingly amazing combo.
Cults – Bad Things (Remix) (ft. Freddie Gibbs) (right click, “save as” to dl)
Another example of good music + good raps courtesy of Nas & Amy. Great collaboration of two of the most talented ever. Unfortunately, there won’t be enough unreleased music like this to keep new Amy Winehouse in our radios forever. RIP Amy.
Amy Winehouse – Like Smoke (ft. Nas) (right click, “save as” to dl)
This is also a definitive jam. Big. K.R.I.T. has been showing up on all of the south’s finest in preparation for Live From The Underground’s 2012 release. This one kinda feels like an International Players Anthem part 2.
B.o.B. – 5 On The Kush (ft Big K.R.I.T. & Bun B) (right click, “save as” to dl)
The Dean’s List – Unbelievers (right click, “save as” to dl)
This one comes off Bank’s most recent mixtape The Cold Corner 2. Pretty solid project if you’re a fan. To a lesser extent than K.R.I.T., ASAP is gonna be a very common featured artist for the foreseeable future.
Lloyd Banks – Make it Stack (ft. ASAP Rocky) (right click, “save as” to dl)
This one’s from Nipsey’s recently released The Marathon Continues. Gotta love what the west coast has recently been producing, talent-wise, with guys like Nipsey and Kendrick Lamar to only name a couple. Great message from Steve at the end of this song.
Nipsey Hussle – Who Detached Us (ft. Steve Jobs) (right click, “save as” to dl)
I think I might slowly be turning into a MGK fan. That’s going too far, but I’m definitely open to the possibility upon hearing more solid material. He sounds just like a less rugged & raw version of Yelawolf. I’m pretty sure that’s a legit comparison and not just because they’re both white. Anyway, this one is off The Madden brother’s (Good Charlotte) Complex sponsored mixtape, Before Vol. 1. Surprisingly, a lot of solid artists/sounds are featured on the project. I’m not particularly a fan of the hardcore Skrillex sound at the end of this song, however.
The Madden Brothers x Machine Gun Kelly x Skrillex – OHMYGOD (OMGMGK) (right click, “save as” to dl)
Weekend Rap Up: Chiddy Bang ft Mac Miller, UGK, Tech N9ne ft B.o.B & Hopsin, Sam Adams, Skizzy Mars, Cobe Obeah
According to Merriam Websters…..Profound: a) having intellectual depth and insight. b) difficult to fathom or understand….if this dude is really “tryna make it, fuck the underground (sorry Harriet Tubman)” then I think he got his titles mixed up. I really like this song, but again, if dude really believes his “fuck it” attitude will get him to the top “cuz assholes and douche bags create the best shit”…..well, if his goal is to make money then he might be onto something. But don’t say you’re “too ambitious” and then accept being a follower like the majority of the rap game. Still, this being the first I’ve heard of dude, I’m liking him a lot. Definitely think he’s a little confused about how to play the game, though. Aren’t we all….
(By the way, I always make my write up and THEN find a pic from google images to attach. Looks like dude’s marketing team had the same idea as me with the whole dictionary definition)
(MP3): Skizzy Mars – Profound
I really wish I was born about 6 years earlier. It’s hard to go back in time and catch up on ALL the stuff you missed when you were only 10, like UGK in their prime. I think my next purchase might just be that ’96 release “Riding Dirty.” Gotta love that there are producers/DJs out there that still fuck with that classic shit, and in turn put younger generations like mine up on the original work. On a related note, I miss me some Ron Isley.
“I like you, but you’re crazy.” Those are pretty comforting words, don’t you think? You know, cuz then you know whoever is speaking to you already acknowledged your craziness, and STILL likes you! I think we’re all a little crazy. The ones that aren’t afraid to show it though, those are the ones I really like. In regards to this song? Dude Hopsin (never heard of him) kills that second verse Norman Bates style. Bob and Tech are no slouches with theirs either. Great song.
I posted that Cudi remix over this same instrumental/sample in Wifey Wednesday a couple weeks ago, and I’m still lovin it. This Cobe dude is another one I never heard of but has made a good first impression with this one. You know I appreciate dude for sharing all those dark thoughts.
(MP3): Cobe Obeah – Dark Night
Typical of most songs with a “whoooooooo…kidddddd” tag in the background, this is just a couple solid verses from some solid spitters. It’s not really a song, more like a quick sample of talents over a dope instrumental. Chiddy and Mac seem to be a very popular grouping with the kids these days. I’m not gonna lie, that “Heatwave” joint is gonna be that jam for the rest of the summer for sure.
I thought I’d close it out with Sam Adams since the internet was all on his nuts for a while, claiming the next great white hype. I still don’t see it, and would definitely take Mac over him, but this song is pretty cool. Don’t think I’ve actually heard anyone go over a dupstep instrumental track like this, so kudos to dude for doing something a lil different….and understanding his target demographic.
Weekend Rap Up: Childish Gambino, B.o.B., Mac Miller, Pusha T, Gorilla Warfare Tactics, The Five One
“There’s probably 6 or 7 girls who think this song’s about em”
If you’ve been following along, you know that I’m most passionate about music that reaches me on a personal level. By admitting this, even if you don’t know me personally, you’ve already got a glimpse into my mind. I’m pretty transparent in person as well, to high degree of fault at times. This is the very reason I’m so high on Donald Glover. This first song is a recently mastered track originally created a while ago, apparently while drunk. The second one comes off the recent Childish Gambino – EP.
Bobby Ray is really all over the place when it comes to musical style. “No genre” isn’t just the name of a mixtape, it’s the truth. He’s been on a lot of different sounding, feel good shit for a while, displaying this wide versatility. Finally, he comes back with that lyrical pain over some heavy drums for all the true hip hop heads, and haters alike.
Ok, dude is starting to grow on me….a lil bit. I can still say I’m not a huge fan, but definitely can’t hate though. I do think his persona is a major determining factor in his popularity, but whose isn’t? This first one comes off the recently released XXL’s 2011 Freshman Class: The Mixtape. The second one is quite a bit older, but I can definitely relate…minus the dro.
If you’re into the typical coke, money and sex raps (Rick Ross, Young Jeezy, etc.) then you’re probably also a big fan of Pusha. As usual, he delivers all of the above over some dope beats in his latest mixtape release Fear of God. Already posted a couple tracks that leaked before the release, but here’s another one I enjoyed after taking a listen to the tape myself.
Don’t know a whole lot about these guys, but I do know the classic hip hop heads can definitely dig this shit. Actually, just did a lil research and turns out they’re three Indian kids in college. Amazing how far reaching hip hop has become over the last 20 years. I love it. More importantly, I love this beat. This one is off their recent mixtape Premier.
“You’re cute, you look like Topenga before she got fat”
Ha. Just a feel good track to close out the rap up. These dudes put together a nice track right here sampling Semisonic’s 90’s smash hit “Closing Time” without sounding corny as shit. Well done.