Monthly Archives: August 2013

RAP JOURNEY #20 – FROM ICE CUBE TO TWISTA & T-PAIN

Ice Cube – Hood Mentality

I could have made a post with just that track by itself and felt pretty OK about it, but why not throw in a little history?  I feel like anybody that appreciates that Ice Cube track will definitely appreciate this.

Eddie Kendricks – Can I

And anybody that appreciates musical continuity or T-Pain doing a sorta technical rap verse will have some love for this, too.

Twista – Creep Fast (feat. T-Pain)

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I’LL NEVER FORGET NO WAY

Sometimes you’ve got to just admit it when you didn’t realize something really obvious.  Anybody else not know that this was a cover?

Lauryn Hill – So Much Things To Say

Bob Marley & The Wailers – So Much Things To Say

If you did, then maybe you at least haven’t heard this yet.

Method Man – Say

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KINGPIN CHEF IN THE TOWN

Has anyone else ever seen Raekwon dance or smile before?

Raekwon – All About You (feat. Estelle)

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I STAY HEARTLESS TOWARD THE MUTHAFUCKIN’ SYSTEM

I might be the first dude to talk about MJG as a technical rapper, but after hearing this solo track a while back and then this one with Ball, I feel like maybe he’s got a streak of it.

8Ball & MJG – So What U Sayin’?

In “Good Damn Man“, his inspiration comes from the signature kick drum part on that beat, keeping in perfect sync with surprising consistency.  Here, he brings that same dedication to a single rhythmic idea in a more subtle way by punctuating every two-bar phrase with a pair of two syllable statements each separated by a one beat pause (“Texas/check this”, “highway/why they”, etc.).  He develops and plays with the motive throughout the verses but never fully abandons it, which is what makes these verses especially remarkable.  Many rappers would keep up a concept like this for maybe 3 or 4 lines but he stays in it the whole time in both of his verses.  Most people think of rapping as fast or complex as possible when speaking of “technical” rapping, but I think both of these tracks show a really interesting way that rapping technique can also be normal paced and relatively simple while still being challenging for the writer and engaging to the listener.

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I’MMA ALWAYS BE A SOLID NIGGA LONG AS I’M ALIVE

Catching up on 90s R&B has been very rewarding on many levels; here is one of them.

Jay Ant + Iamsu! – Get Your Money Girl

Brandy – Love Is On My Mind

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STRAIGHT MANIFEST

New Quasimoto.

Quasimoto – Catchin’ the Vibe

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