Monthly Archives: December 2012

CALL THE PLUMBER UP, SHE LEAKIN’

Ty$ & Joe Moses – The Weekend

Somebody’s been watchin’ Luke videos.

Luke – It’s Your Birthday

And listening to Wreckx-N-Effect.

Wreckx-N-Effect – Rump Shaker

(Who was listening to MC Lyte before that.)

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BE THANKFUL FOR THE GIFTS YOU RECEIVE

For Christmas this year, I just want Nate Dogg back.

Nate Dogg – Be Thankful

Merry Christmas

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FOR THE GREAT DAY OF HIS WRATH HAS COME

Dudley Perkins – The Last Stand

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ALLOW ME TO DEMONSTRATE

Gunplay – Guillotine Swordz

Raekwon – Guillotine (Swordz)

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LUH MA SQUA

Rap pronunciation is getting pushed to the limit.

Chief Keef – They Know

Metro Zu – Dey Shunnin’

Future – My

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LIVIN’ LEGEND, RAP SCHOLAR, ART MAJOR

Big Boi – Mama Told Me (feat. Kelly Rowland)

You can’t fool me with wordplay and neon colors; I’m a baker.  Those are bagels.  Not donuts.

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NOW THAT I ESCAPE, SLEEPWALKER AWAKE

This has to be the biggest coolness boost a song has received that I’ve come across since the whole Michael McDonald/”Regulators” discovery.

Enya – Boadicea

The Fugees – Ready or Not

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WHAT NIGGAS, THEM NIGGAS?

The other day Matt sent me this video with the simple commentary “no limit era snoop: the most under-appreciated era of snoop.”

C-Murder – Down For My N’s (feat. Magic & Snoop Dogg)

I probably don’t know enough about other people’s opinions of Snoop to confirm or counter Matt’s assessment, but I think that song is pretty interesting in light of this one.

Kendrick Lamar – Tammy’s Song

I think the relationship between these two songs is a nice microcosm of what Kendrick Lamar is: his roots, background, and inspiration are unquestionably in the street, but he adds a level of nuance and balance by subtly shifting turns of phrase (and also introducing a genuine interest in a female perspective), and then occasionally goes a little off track with it (the whole “turnin’ dyke” direction).  That part just feels a little too late in the game to make a joke, or at least that joke.  Don’t get me wrong, you can ask my girlfriend, my blog, or my iTunes play count if I like Kendrick Lamar a lot and the answer will be unanimously “yes”, but every now and then I remember that he also particularly turns me off sometimes.  Usually not though.  Usually he’s doing something cool like turning a C-Murder song into a relationship analysis or a Janet Jackson song into a complex reference to a Janet Jackson movie.

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