WHO’S C/KRAZIER?

Both of these videos came out in the past week and it’s interesting how the artist and titles are just a couple syllables away from each other but COMPLETELY different in every other way.

Lil’ Wayne – Krazy

Lil’ Boosie – Crazy

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RAP JOURNEY #22 – FROM STARLITO & DON TRIP TO ATLANTIC STARR

I could never be a hip-hop producer.  My culture’s ideas about “originality” are far too strict and entrenched in my artistic life to allow myself to to do what Lil’ Lody did here.

Starlito & Don Trip – Life

It’s silly once I think about it, because when I actually analyze this song, there’s no reason to see anything but a well-crafted beat that inspired some very talented rappers to say some beautiful, real things.  It doesn’t have to be any more complicated than that.  If I’d started to make that beat though, there’s no way I could have gone through with it after listening to this track the amount that I have.

Nate Dogg – Nobody Does It Better (feat. Warren G)

I would have told myself, “Warren G has made this perfect, beautiful instrumental, what makes you think you have the right to go back and make another version?”  It’s a good thing Warren G didn’t think that way though, because this more obscure, upbeat New York interpolation actually predates the G-Funk classic by about 2 years.

A+ – A+Z (feat. AZ)

This is a good lesson for me in creativity and the limitations we self-impose.  All of these songs are actually very different from each other, and none could be said to be any more or less “original” than the others.  Just because the foundation of a piece of art is the same as another doesn’t mean its essence is.  I’m glad the imaginations of all these producers aren’t as uptight as mine, or we’d never have had as much musical progress as we’ve had.  Maybe it wouldn’t be so bad though, as long as we could still vibe to this, the “original” track that inspired them all.  But then again, who inspired Atlantic Starr…?

Atlantic Starr – Let’s Get Closer

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BARE MINIMUM PART FOUR – STICK TO THE PROMISE

This raw percussion + vocals format is far from unique to rap music, as Nina powerfully evidences here.

Nina Simone – Be My Husband

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KISS ME THROUGH THE EVERGLADES

Add this to the extremely short list of ternary form rap songs.  I actually can’t think of any others.

RiFF RaFF – The Neon One

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SO LOUD

I didn’t expect to come back from India with fresh material for my rap blog, but

Kalyanji Anandji – Dharmatma Theme

Jaylib – Champion Sound

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WE DON’T LIKE YOU

Not that you shouldn’t just watch the whole thing, but to me this was the most memorable moment from Ice T’s “Something from Nothing – The Art of Rap“.

Nas – Response to: “Why Do You Think Rap Isn’t Respected?”

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SHOW THE WORLD

Put away your “Free Boosie” shirts, pull out your “Trill Entertainment” shirts.

Lil’ Boosie – Show the World (feat. Webbie & Kiara)

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REAL LOUD, NO NOISE

In honor of 4/1 I took the opportunity to revisit Fat Trel’s April Foolz mixtape today, here’s something to listen to from that.

Fat Trel – I Get Dough

Here’s where that hook’s from also:

Lil’ Wayne – Go DJ

BEHIND BARS

This almost qualifies for a BARE MINIMUM post, but there is a melodic component in there the whole time with the background voices, so I can’t quite let it into that category.  If we’re lucky, this will start its own category of illegally-shot and illegally-uploaded rap videos from correctional facilities, because that’s a genre I can get behind.  Unless the punishment for these kinds of infractions are super harsh, in which case I wouldn’t wish that on anybody.  Whatever the case, check out the first rap video shot in prison.

Inmates of South Carolina Department of Corrections – I’m On/Mix The Game Up

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THAT MEAN I’M MELLOW RIGHT NOW

Emphatic relaxation.

YG – Bicken Back Being Bool

Waka Flocka – Bickin’ Back Bein’ Bool (feat. Slim Dunkin & Wooh Da Kid)

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