Monthly Archives: April 2013

THERE’S A WAR GOIN’ ON WHEN THE SUN GOES DOWN

Here’s a great addition to this post from almost a year ago.

Paul White – Street Lights (feat. Danny Brown)

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SOMETIMES THE TRUTH DON’T RHYME (PART 4)

This is a real interesting one in that it slices right between the seriousness of parts 1 / 2 and the comedy of part 3 in a way that’s pretty hard not to grin and nod to.

The Pharcyde – She Said

This isn’t the only Labcabincalifornia track to feature a clear departure from rhyme in the chorus.  In fact, I think most of the choruses on Labcabincalifornia don’t rhyme.  Let’s get to the bottom of this:

1.  “Bullshit“:  “You gotta get on up off of that bullshit, stop fightin’ that feelin’.” – Doesn’t Rhyme

2.  “Pharcyde“:  “Imani, Booty Brown, Fatlip, & Slimkid Tre (x3), We do it this way (x2)” – Rhymes

3.  “Groupie Therapy“:  [no chorus, just Queen Latifah samples] – Doesn’t Rhyme

4.  “Runnin“:  “Can’t keep runnin’ away.” – Doesn’t Rhyme

5.  “She Said“: “And she said it’d be good if you’d stay with me tonight, so I granted her wish.” – Doesn’t Rhyme

6.  “Splattitorium“:  [no chorus, just chatter] – Doesn’t Rhyme

7.  “Somethin’ That Means Somethin“:  “Gotta spit somethin’ that means somethin.” – Doesn’t Rhyme

8.  “All Live“: “All the way live!  (baby baby baby baby baby baby)” – Doesn’t Rhyme

9.  “Drop“:  “Drop.” – Doesn’t Rhyme

10.  “Hey You“: “Hey You!  Can I take up a moment of your precious time to realize and define the whole truth?  Hey you!  Yeah take up a moment and clarify this for you.” – Rhymes

11.  “Y?“:  “Tell me why… Be like that, it just be like that.  Baby tell me why it’s gotta be like that.” – Doesn’t Rhyme

12.  “It’s All Good!“: “It’s all good baby baby.” – Doesn’t Rhyme

13.  “Moment in Time“:  “And we go round and round.  Life is just a moment in time…” – Doesn’t Rhyme

14.  “The Hustle“:  “Some do it illegal, brothas just want more than their equal, tryin not to get caught up in the evil, this goes out to all my hustling people… just do it do it do it… do it do it do it…” – Rhymes

15.  “Little D“: [no chorus, just an interlude]

16.  “Devil Music“:  “Every time I step to the microphone I put my soul on 2 inch reels that I don’t even own.”  – Rhymes

17.  “The E.N.D.“:  “This ain’t nothin’ but the E-N-D, follow me into the sun and let your soul be free.  The E-N-D, The E-N-D, The E-N, The E-N, The E-N-D.”  – Rhymes

18.  “The Emerald Butterfly” [bonus track]: “Feelin’ high…  I’m the emerald butterfly.”  – Rhymes

19.  “Just Don’t Matter” [bonus track]:  “Don’tcha ever try to get with this, it just don’t matter you’ll still get dissed.”  – Rhymes

20.  “Heart & Soul” [bonus track]:  “Heart and soul, that’s what it’s all about.  Heart and soul, let your spirit out.  Take control, of everything about you.  [something I can’t understand], that’s without a doubt.”  – Rhymes

So towards the end we get a little string of rhyming choruses, but I still count 11 out of 17 tracks (20 including bonus tracks) with non-rhyming choruses just on this one album.  Incredible!  I’m gonna go find Guiness’s phone number.

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HOW DARE I RAP ABOUT MY REAL LIFE

Damn it’s nice to hear some samples back in KRIT’s production.  I mean “Money on the Floor” and “I Got This” and “What U Mean” were all great, but for me, his most powerful work is his samplebased material.

Big KRIT – R.E.M.

James Blake – The Wilhelm Scream

Speaking of Blake’s recent work with rappers

James Blake – Take A Fall For Me (feat. RZA)

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SOMETIMES THE TRUTH DON’T RHYME (PART 3)

So far we’ve only seen how these wonderful departures from rhyme can be used for dramatic effect, but we shouldn’t forget that they can be equally useful for comedic effect, as ODB will show us here.

Ol’ Dirty Bastard – Got Your Money

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IF YOU DON’T JUDGE MY DO-RAG, I WON’T JUDGE YOUR RED FLAG

Sorry to interrupt the little series I had going here, but I just heard about this and I wanted to share it with you all.

Brad Paisley – Accidental Racist (feat. LL Cool J)

I don’t have much to say really, I mostly just think it’s a little disappointing that people are getting so upset about it.  To me it sounds like a very genuine, honest, real attempt at starting an extremely important dialogue, and coming from a successful white country singer I think that’s a bold step, and an admirable one.  And I think for LL Cool J to step in and handle the subject as genuinely and honestly as Paisley does is equally admirable, it’s way easier to naysay this kind of thing than it is to actually do it, it’s going to prove even more difficult to make the right next step, which is to openly talk more about this issue.  Sure there are some questionable things said, but it wouldn’t have been an honest song without those things, and if we can all calm down a little bit and discuss these things like decent human beings then I think we’ll be way better off than if we just sit around and talk shit.

Also, Bun B agrees with me, so you know I gotta be right on this one.

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SOMETIMES THE TRUTH DON’T RHYME (PART 2)

For part 2 of this new series, we’ll turn to someone else’s part 2, previously featured in this post which was published when his part 3 came out.

Kendrick Lamar – The Heart Pt. 2

This moment very much reminds me of Chance‘s, it comes at a very crucial moment in a very dark song, adding some serious weight to an already heavy mood.  Gives me the shivers.  Stay tuned for more, they won’t all be this dark.

SOMETIMES THE TRUTH DON’T RHYME (PART 1)

I’ve been looking for an excuse to do a series like this for a while now, and I think I just got the perfect opportunity.

Chance the Rapper – Acid Rain

This isn’t the first time I’ve heard a rapper craft an deliberately unrhymed cadence, but it is the first time I remember hearing a rapper perform such a maneuver and then call attention to it.  “Rhyming” is used synonymously with “rapping” in many rap circles, but in the long history of hip-hop some of the most eloquent, funny, powerful, and memorable lines have come when “rapping” departs from “rhyming” at a key moment.  Now that I have a quote from a rapper to title the series, we can begin revisiting some of those beautifully choice moments.  Chance’s stanza

Stressin’, pullin’ my hair out, hoping I don’t get picked;
all this medicine in me hoping I don’t get sick;
making all this money hoping I don’t get rich;
‘Cause niggas still getting bodied for foams.

makes it impossible to miss the gravity of that final line.  Check RapGenius if you need some deeper explanation on the slang, and stay tuned here for more choice departures from the norm.

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CHICKEN STRIPS, NO ESCARGOT

Iamsu! – Don’t Stop

Su drops some real obvious “wobbledy wobbledy” New Orleans-style rhymes throughout here, but does anybody else remember his little outro number from anywhere else?

Lil’ Wayne – Got Money (feat. T-Pain & Mack Maine)

This wasn’t the first time Mack used that little hook though.

Lil’ Wayne – Ballin’ (feat. Mack Maine)

Part of me feels like he’s maybe referencing something even older on here too, I’m not sure why though.  Y’all let me know if you’ve got the missing piece.

It’s really interesting how much the new West coast owes to the South, and how much the old South owes the even older West coast.

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