Thumpin Thursday: Chris Brown, Chiddy Bang, Major Lazer ft. Partysquad, The Wanted (HLM Remix) + Foxes (Adventure Club Remix)
Is the alliteration thing too obvious? In any event, whether you’re trying to sweat it out on the dance floor or the treadmill, these beats outta get the blood flowing. I don’t really have anything else to say about the music because I’ve been too focused watching my shorthanded Bulls take it to the Knicks in the Garden. Derrick Rose again showed us why he is the MVP of the league. So sick. As a Bulls fan, it’s truly a blessing to witness this kid’s growth. It’s real nice to be a season ticket holder too.
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.
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.
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.
So I finally realized in order to get outta this funk (no pun intended) I just gotta get back to what I do to feel that sense of accomplishment and the rest will work itself out. After a good 2+ hours of playing catch up on the blog scene, I got a real hot set for you in this week’s Rap Up. I’m still a little hungover, somewhat mentally drained, and really wanna get back to “The Wire,” so forgive me for being short with this post and skipping the details. I got a lil something for all my hip hop heads though (including that hard shit), so make sure to at least skim through all of the songs. I guarantee you’ll find something you like. Thanks for tuning in again, coming up on some heat like this makes it all worth it, trust me.
Good thing I know good people who know good music, cuz this isn’t my typical jam. But if you know me, then you know why it really is. I always try and play the DJ role, mainly for the simple fact that I’m always trying to get my juke on and don’t really trust anyone else to provide a better slate to get down to. All I really need is one female partner who can hang, and I’m usually pretty good at finding her too. Definitely not mad at slowing things down to get a lil more intimate either. Really, really liking this one right here. See the Chiddy Bang version if you’re looking for some higher octane bump and grind.
This beat and chipmunk’d sample makes me want to stick my chest out, move my hips real quick, and shake my shoulders like my arms don’t work…..I think I’m just doing the harlem shake to the rhythm of the silly voices but hey, it feels right. Anyway, not much that needs to be said bout this one. Been waiting on some new Chiddy for a minute now. If you can get past Xaphoon’s nasty production, Chiddy lays some quality rhymes. Good shit as usual.