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ONE TWO — UM — BUCKLE MY — UM

Chances are, everybody that reads this blog has at least heard of ASAP Rocky, his LiveLoveASAP mixtape last year was big enough to get him a multimillion dollar major label deal, where he’ll hopefully continue to shine as he has been so far.  A lot of people I hear talking about that album seem to enjoy the production on it as much or even more than Rocky’s rapping, and many people’s attention seem pretty acutely focused on the numerous Clams Casino beats on that tape.  I definitely get down to all those tracks, but I have to admit that when it really comes down to it, it’s the Beautiful Lou production that really resonates with me, especially on this one.  This has got to be my favorite song from that tape.

ASAP Rocky – Trilla (feat. ASAP Twelvy & ASAP Nast)

That beat to me sounds like if RZA had been born in Houston instead of Brownsville, the simplicity is perfectly executed and utterly captivating, like so many of Beautiful Lou’s productions.  So why am I writing about this now, almost 6 months after the release of that mixtape and after he’s already put out plenty of newer awesome material?  Because I just found out where that deliciously syncopated vocal sample came from that perfectly responds to the call of those thick, heavy drums throughout the beat.

Das EFX – They Want EFX

You’ve gotta really have your ears open to catch it, it only happens once, but it’s early on in the song when the beat drops for a couple seconds around 0:24.  Sometimes I hear an old song and it practically screams out for someone to come and loop a couple bars of it to make a beat out of, but this one is some very impressive selection on Lou’s part, in my opinion.  To catch that little break and then to combine it with the guitar and drums like he does in that “Trilla” beat is some serious genius-level sampling, it kinda blows my mind.  I hope Lou keeps grinding and putting out material of the quality he’s been releasing, I feel like he’s one of the more underrated producers in rap right now.  Keep it up, Lou, I’ll be following your ascension to musical success with much anticipation.

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RAP JOURNEY #17 – FROM ASAP ROCKY & MAIN ATTRAKIONZ TO THE ART OF NOISE AND UGK

The other day Reeve got ahold of me to ask if I’d checked out this song yet.

Main Attrakionz – UGK (feat. A$AP Rocky)

Somehow I hadn’t, even though there are three rappers I really like on this song AND it’s named after two rappers that I absolutely LOVE, so how this one slipped by me I’ll never know, but I’m very grateful for getting the late-but-not-too-late introduction to it.  I feel a responsibility to Pimp and Bun to let y’all know what UGK song the hook is taken from, but what really caught my attention was that simple sampler/keyboard part that opens that track up.  It’s got such a recognizable melody and tone, and it didn’t take me long to figure out at least one place where I’d heard that tune before.  It was a song by another duo that, coincidentally, Reeve turned me onto several years ago in their Bake Sale days.

The Cool Kids – Art of Noise

This is actually one of my favorite Cool Kids songs, it’s a little less silly and kitschy than a lot of their more popular stuff is, but it doesn’t sound forced at all, especially Chuck Inglish’s flow on that first verse, that shit just feels right.

I felt like that couldn’t be the only place that sample had been used though, I had this feeling like I’d heard it some other places.  Turns out I was very right, that same sample turns up in a LOT of rap songs from all over the place.  It shows up in the Memphis underground, in a classic 90s New York rap format, and in the ATL trap-rap scene, to name just a few.  But my favorite is probably this one, if for no other reason than the fact that it has three very different artists, one of which had been dead for over 10 years when this song came out, the surviving two coming from the same general region of the U.S. but definitely not sharing much time in the spotlight simultaneously, but they somehow all rap in basically the same style without any of them sounding like they’re reaching at all, it’s pretty amazing.

Lil’ Wayne – Nymphos (feat. 2pac & Ludacris)

OK, I know you might be tired of hearing it by now, but there’s no way I can not finish this up with the original.  It really is a nice listen, so if you’re sick of it now, come back tomorrow and take the time to hear the whole thing.  I think you’ll be glad you did.

The Art of Noise – Moments in Love

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