Alpoko Don – Married to the Game
Speaking of great single take rap videos, here’s the king of the single take with a brand new one.
Alpoko Don – They Say These Streets
Alpoko Don – The Ol’ Soul EP
This album could have gone so wrong, and it so didn’t. Not that I’m opposed to Alpoko Don’s style progressing into a more “produced” sound, but I really admire his courage to put out such a raw body of work for his debut. I’m sure we’ll someday hear his charismatic genius over drum machines and synth guitars, I just hope it grows there organically. I’d hate for him to give in to pressure to sound like other rap music before he’s really ready. He’s got a truly great, original thing going and I see no reason to abandon it unless he begins to feel stifled by it. How great would it be if he could start recruiting already established rappers to guest on his songs in his style instead of the other way around. I’d be so excited to hear “Alpoko Don (feat. Rich Boy)…”, “Alpoko Don (feat. Tim Trees)…”, “Alpoko Don (feat. Gunplay)…”, or think about this: “Alpoko Don (feat. Erykah Badu)…” with NO production. That would be incredible. Until then though, I’ll totally pay $8 for 30 more Alpoko Don albums that sound exactly like this.
Alpoko Don – Street Life
Alpoko Don – Get My Paypa Dog
And if you haven’t already, check out some of the related videos to that one on YouTube, there are several of him sitting on a porch performing songs in this same vein, but in a much more raw format. It’s pretty amazing to see a dude not only rapping complete, over-4-minute-long songs from memory without stumbling over a single word, singing on the chorus, and playing the beat on a front porch banister all at the same time. There aren’t many rappers, past or present, that can do even half of that stuff. I’m definitely looking forward to the music he’s working on now (especially that track with Scarface he announced!), which will no doubt be a more polished version of what we’ve seen so far, but the rawness of these original videos is pretty hard to beat.
Dondada (Alpoko Don) – Talk to God
Alpoko Don – All I Know
I wish I knew a bunch more songs with dudes like Alpoko Don & Royal Rock doin’ the tabletop MC thing (definitely let me know if y’all know of any), but I have noticed that making a song centered around this somewhat modest expression of your knowledge can yield some really nice results.
Rich Boy – All I Know
MED – All I Know
Feel free to let me know all that you know in the comments section, anytime.