Monthly Archives: January 2017

BARE MINIMUM PART ELEVEN – SOMETHIN’ BOUT THIS NIGGA GOT ME FEELIN’ IFFY

Jumpin’ on the Peezy bandwagon with this one with the excuse that it (almost) fits into this series.  Sure it’s got a couple bass notes here n there but there aren’t many songs with more exposed vocals than this, and it proves Peezy’s no flash in the pan.

OMB Peezy – Rookie

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BLOOD ON THE FLOOR, RED BOTTOMS ON MY JIMMY CHOO

Do rappers ever do inverse-remixes where they cut out all the guest verses from the original and rap the whole track themself?  We need that for this:

S Dot da Fly Guy – Poles (feat. Notice Tay & Ron Rugga)

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NOW IT KINDA FUNNY HOW I KICK SHIT, HUH?

It’s a good thing I didn’t know about Yung Smoody when I gave Kodak the Best Pronunciation Award for 2016, it would have made the decision much harder.

Yung Smoody – Kickshit

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LET THE BEAT BUILD #15 – KORAN STREETS

I guess I got too cocky in my last post thinking I was on top of discovering relevant music happening in my backyard, because not soon after a certain midwestern writer put me on to Koran Streets, a Berkeley rapper that you would never expect to be from Berkeley from how gruff and downtrodden he sounds.  In the music I’ve heard thus far, he harnesses some Jeezy energy in his style, and conjures associations with Jacka with his East-Coast/Bay Area flow blending, but also clearly has an aesthetic of his own that is humble, diverse, and often very heavy.  This track seems most relevant for this outlet with its unexpected and effective instrumental build.  I’m going to have to keep doin’ my homework on these secrete talented rappers from around the way.

Koran Streets – Pinky Ring

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EVERY NIGGA THAT I CALL “BROTHER” I BUST FOR

I’ve been writing “I will not let another gloriously exuberant Bay Area posse cut slip through my fingers.” 500 times a day on my chalkboard since finding out about “Can I from a dude in Flordia via a different dude in the UK during Listgeddon 2016.  It would appear my efforts were not in vain.

SOB X RBE – Lane Changing

Shouts out to the skinny kid in the white Ferrari jumpsuit looking like the square neighbor from Friday, he’s killing it in this video.

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THAT’S WHY I’M OUT HERE ON SOME UNABOMBER SHIT

Nowadays all the singers think they’re rappers and all the rappers think they’re singers but occasionally somebody comes around that can actually deliver deliver in both events.  Porta Boy is just that somebody right now, and displays it masterfully on “Good Intentions” – you can clearly hear him switch from rapper voice to singer voice and back again every four bars in the first minute or so, and then the line starts to blur more and more throughout the rest of this chorusless jam.

Porta Boy – Good Intentions

If you’ve ever listened to a BJ the Chicago Kid album you know that heady R&B can get downright noodly at times but even Porta Boy’s more vampy moments never cross into that territory, there’s always a level of intention and purposefulness that keeps the music grounded and awake.  Here’s a more recent track that’s not quite as good but displays the same dualistic abilities, and has some more lighthearted energy in the writing.  Delivering a line like “something about the way you smile at your photographer / makes me want to hate on your photographer” without sounding lazy, goofy, or trife is an accomplishment R Kelly couldn’t even achieve.  Keep it up Porta!

Porta Boy – #WCW

BEFORE YOU GIVE UP ON ME, CRY A RIVER TWICE

Watch this video while imagining an alternate reality in which Future dies in a plane crash on December 29th, 2016 and “Buy Love” is unexpectedly the last visual he releases in his prolific and manifold career.  A perfect circle is formed, with his career-closing video framed just as his career-opening video was – flanked by images of opulence and flames, but the music transformed from the open-arms exuberance of youth to the practiced yet comfortable intimacy of a matured artist.  Shed a tear, then be thankful we live in the dimensional timeline in which Future lives on.

Future – Buy Love

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I DON’T NEED NO FEEDBACK

Digging into Kiddo Marv’s back catalog (and by back catalog I mean songs made more than one year ago) has been most stimulating for my ears and head-bobbing muscles.  Everything I’ve heard from Dying to Live has been very strong, but my favorite at this moment is “PRESHA“, a note-for-note rip of Mike Will’s “Itchin’” melody transformed from sparse, ethereal soundscape into driving, rapid-fire onslaught of interlocked rhythms and rhyme.  Easily one of the best interpolation/transformations I’ve heard all year, no lie!

Kiddo Marv – PRESHA

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DIAMONDS SO FROSTY YOU THINK IT’S INVISIBLE

I’m not sure I actually like this but I admire the Kubrick-level of tension in this silly rap song.

Famous Dex – HUH

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GOTTA DO THIS ONE TIME FOR THE HAITIAN FLAG

If there’s one thing compiling my 2016 Rap list taught me it’s that we really need to cherish and savor the few upbeat, jubilant rap hits that surface in these dark times.  Here Kiddo Marv accomplishes what Zuse hasn’t quite been able to achieve – a truly seamless blend of island flavor and ATL swag that transcends both genres and stands on its own as raw, irresistible listen.  Soak it up while you can before the next Metro Boomin collabo album comes out or the next celebrity you worship goes the way of all flesh.

Kiddo Marv – Watch Me (feat. Zoey Dollaz & Sam Sneak)

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