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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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NO INTRODUCTIONS NEEDED

When I see a track with a lineup like this, I always get really excited right at first, and then almost immediately really worried that it won’t be able to live up to the sum of its parts.

Big Boi – Gossip (feat. UGK & Big K.R.I.T.)

In this particular situation, you’ve got a lot of potential pitfalls: one of the dudes on the song has been residing in the spiritual world for the past four and a half years, two of them are very established, approaching middle-age rappers from different parts of the south, and one is a young and aspiring artist from yet another part of the south from everybody else.  Ideally, with a song with this many strong talents on board, it would be best for all of them to spend some time in the same room together to get on the same page and get all of their comparably genius creative minds pointed in the same direction, but in this case, that would clearly not be an option (see reasons above).  But in my opinion, aside from the Pimp C verse sounding a little uncharacteristically unsmooth and out of the pocket, this track actually does a pretty good job of living up to its lineup.  Plus, Big Boi in the first verse makes reference to one of my favorite non-Soul Food Goodie Mob tracks.

Goodie Mob – They Don’t Dance No Mo’

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WATCH WHAT I SAY

Sometimes really obvious ideas can be totally awesome if they’re executed right. For instance, if I was working with somebody who was trying to make a music video for a rap song and they were like “Ok here’s the idea I got: we get the rapper and we film them spittin’ all the verses, and while they’re doin’ it we have the words they’re saying pop up on the screen in some kinda cool animation or something!” I’d be like “…. and?” The concept seems like one of those tired-before-it-even-starts ideas. But over the years, I have to say I’ve seen some videos do it in some very captivating ways that I actually really enjoy.

I first started reflecting on this idea and trying to remember videos that use this technique in a cool way yesterday when I saw Big K.R.I.T.‘s newest video for the title theme of his latest mixtape.

Big K.R.I.T. – 4evaNaDay (Theme)

I consider myself to be only an amateur music video historian, but I think that possibly the first example of this concept being put to good use was this Bob Dylan song, which always kinda seemed like a rap song to me actually.

Bob Dylan – Subterranean Homesick Blues

Things have come along way in music and in music videos in the last 47 years though, and now we’ve got some substantially slicker examples like K.R.I.T.’s above from across the rap map.

Young L – Loud Pockets

Guilty Simpson – Get Riches (feat. Mr. Porter) (RFK Remix)

I’m not sure why the original version of “Get Riches” isn’t on YouTube anywhere with the video attached, I had to use the remix version (which is also cool, I have to admit). I’ve also already mentioned another video that incorporates this technique in a slightly different way in one of the earliest posts on this blog, if you recall…

Anybody else know of some good ones? These are the ones I could just think of off the top of my head today, but I’m sure I’m forgetting some, and I’m also sure there are plenty I’ve just never seen. Holler back!

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE TRILLEST ALIVE

I know I missed the anniversary of The Notorious B.I.G.’s death a couple weeks ago, and I felt bad about that, but I just couldn’t think of a way to honor him in the way that he wasn’t already getting honored all over the internet around that time.  And I know it doesn’t have to be like that, I don’t have to take into account what everybody else is doing before I do what I do, but I still just couldn’t think of what the best way to pay my respect was.  So I just let it pass.

Then when I found out that today is Bun B’s birthday, I made up my mind to do this one right.  Maybe because it’s the anniversary of Bun’s birth instead of the anniversary of Big’s death it’s more approachable, or maybe it’s because Bun B is on the first rap song I ever truly loved, but whatever the reason, I wanted to really tackle this one.  So I started thinking.  What would be the best post I could make for Bun B on his birthday?  Maybe I should just keep it simple, put up one of my favorite verses?  There are so many though, especially with all the guest work he’s done in the past few years.  Maybe I should dig up something kinda obscure for all the people that have heard his standard material.  That could be cool.  Or maybe just keep it classic and post up a UGK track that everybody can just vibe to and enjoy on his birthday.

But none of these really seemed right, so kept thinking.  Eventually it came to me, and I’m really excited about what I came up with.  I decided that the best thing to do would be to seek out some stuff that I’ve never heard by him before instead of putting up something I’m already super familiar with.  What better to honor an artist than to dig even deeper into their catalog than you already have instead of just re-listening to the same shit that you love over and over?  I think that might be my new policy from now on, I think it’s a great way to pay tribute to somebody you admire.  I know I’d like people to do that with my music.

So here ya go: my favorite stuff that I found cruisin’ around the internet today that I’d never heard before.  They’re not particularly classic, or necessarily my absolute favorite of all time, but they’re definitely excellent to listen to, and have broadened my already massive respect and love for the trillest man breathing.  Happy Birthday Bun B.

2 Chainz – Pimps (feat. Bun B & Big K.R.I.T.)

Bun B – Trillionaire (feat. T-Pain)

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RAPPERS AND MOVIES

You don’t have to listen to much rap to hear about a billion references to Scarface, Goodfellas, and movies of that type, but this Vibe article just came out asking what non-gangster movies they were really into, and it had some kinda interesting stuff in it.  I do have a couple qualms with some of how it was treated; many rappers still chose pretty gangster/crime movie titles (Juice, Mean Streets, New Jack City, etc.) and for an article that’s supposed to be interesting because it surprises you with “soft” movies being appreciated by people with very “hard” personas, they asked a fair amount of rappers who weren’t that “hard” to begin with: Common, Q-Tip, etc.  But there still were some interesting choices, Big K.R.I.T. chose There Will Be Blood, and for a pretty interesting reason, and my favorite was Sean Price, who chose Good Will Hunting.

I was real smart in school. I used to be really kind of a nerd almost when I was young, like grade school. I was in the top of my class always and I was into video games. But then by the time I was fourteen I was selling crack. That’s why I relate to that movie. A lot of smart poor kids who never get a chance because of their wild upbringing.

I think this is the kind of stuff that article was fishing for, and I really like that answer a lot.  I’ve always liked that movie too but I never thought about the part of me liking rap being at all related to the part of me liking Good Will Hunting, that’s pretty interesting to me.  But he brings up a really good point and it’s cool that he could relate to a character like that.

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LET THE BEAT BUILD #8 – BIG K.R.I.T.

Last night I was re-listening to Big K.R.I.T.‘s first big mixtape K.R.I.T. Wuz Here for the first time in a while, and I got reminded of this track that I somehow forgot about.  If I remember right, this was the first song that really caught my ears on that tape and made me want to listen more.  I guess I just got a little caught up in loving his newer shit and forgot about this older stuff.  I’m glad I remembered though.

Big K.R.I.T. – Viktorious

And if this is the first you’re seeing of this Let The Beat Build series, then check out all the previous entries here.

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UNDERSTAND WHERE I’M COMIN’ FROM

I came across this one coincidentally right around the time Gil Scott-Heron passed away.  I’m not sure I’ll ever stop missing that dude.

Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson – Delta Man

Slim Thug – Coming From (feat. Big KRIT & J-Dawg)

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