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ONE FOR THE ROAD

This new Devin the Dude has everything you’d expect from a rap video: a late-model Chevy Tahoe, a Google Instant Search demo, a hot girl eating cheerios, and no rapping at all.  So typical.

Devin the Dude – One for the Road

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THE BUDS ON THE STEMS ARE LIKE TREES IN AN ORCHARD

I don’t celebrate 4/20 in the usual way but I have much appreciation for the many great songs written about the world’s most rapidly-becoming-legalized herb.

Devin the Dude – Sticky Green

Angie Stone – Green Grass Vapors

Quasimoto – Greenery

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I GOT HOES FROM JANUARY ALL THE WAY DECEMBER WANNA PLEASE ME

Young Thug & Bloody Jay – Movin’

My new favorite mumble-rap, even better than the chorus of “She Want That Money“.

Devin the Dude – She Want That Money (feat. Odd Squad)

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I FORGOT TO THANK YOU FOR ALL THE THINGS YOU DONE FOR ME

When I heard Devin the Dude was releasing his 8th solo album, One for the Road, it made me realize how long it had been since he’d been in my regular music rotation.  So on a short trip across the Golden Gate last night I chose his debut album as the soundtrack, and maybe it was the mood I was in after a tiring workday, but I realized for the first time just how many dark, somber, even straight up sad moments can be found among all the weed and sex jokes that he’s more usually known for.

Devin the Dude – Alright (feat. Randy-Ran)

It made me realize one small thing that I really appreciate about a lot of rap (this also ties in with this post to a degree): it actually does have all of the emotional content present in any other kind of music, but it’s so infrequently blatant about it that when those rare candid moments hit you, they hit with such honesty and presence that the effect is much stronger than if a similar sentiment was being expressed by a dude singing and playing an acoustic guitar or something.  Because the kind of vulnerability that is commonplace in many other genres is so rare in rap, it cuts so deep when it comes out.

With my newfound perspective on Devin’s music, I returned home and discovered that the video for the main single from One for the Road had come out just the day before, and I was refreshed to find the same honesty and vulnerability I found on his first album holding strong in his newest track.

Devin the Dude – Probably Should Have

I feel like it’s worth reiterating that this is his eighth solo album, and Devin is well into his 40s at this point.  Not a lot of 40 year olds (much less 40 year old rappers) are cool with portraying themselves in such an unflattering light, and it really makes me respect Devin a lot for being willing to when he probably could be making himself look as cool as he could dream of if he chose to.  Sure I like what Raekwon did in this video too, but I also really appreciate Devin for doing the opposite.

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I’M TRYNA KEEP THAT GLOVE COMPARTMENT CLOSED, PLAYER!

As a dude who has to climb into his car from the passenger side, I really appreciate songs like these.

The Coup – Cars & Shoes

Devin the Dude – Lacville ’79

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THESE HOES BE DIRTIER THAN FISH TANKS

Freddie Gibbs has a real knack for teaming up with really unexpected people and making it sound unquestionably good.  It’s been that way from the beginning;  when Matt first turned me on to Midwestgangstaboxframecadicallmuzik and The Miseducation of Freddie Gibbs, some of the first songs I got really into of his were the couple tracks he did with Devin the Dude, a rapper from a very different place with a very different aesthetic, mood, and style than what Freddie is most comfortable doing.

Freddie Gibbs – Something You Should Know (feat. Devin the Dude)

Freddie Gibbs – Stray (feat. Devin the Dude)

Then after signing to Young Jeezy‘s label, a much more obvious pairing, out of nowhere he starts releasing songs with Madlib, another dude from an even more dissimilar place, background and style.  But once again, the pairing worked out surprisingly nice.  Maybe he can just make great songs with anyone as long as they love weed as much as he does.

Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – Thuggin’

Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – Shame

Now Freddie is officially leaving Jeezy’s CTE label and some of his most recent work has been with LA’s flagship Ratchet artist YG, another dude who I never imagined I’d hear rapping alongside Freddie’s rapid-fire midwest syncopation, but once again, I find myself quite impressed by how well these styles comingle.

Freddie Gibbs – Every City (feat. YG)

Lil’ Sodi – Do It (feat. Freddie Gibbs & YG)

 Now we just need to wait for the Freddie Gibbs / Lil’ B collaboration that’ll just blow everyone’s mind.

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MO’ FA ME

Ooh, remember when I was talkin’ about odd team-ups in rap?  How bout this one?

A-Trak – Piss Test (feat. Juicy J & Danny Brown)

This one’s a three-way mind warp with a Montreal-born turntablist/producer of much prestige as well as Kanye’s ex-personal tour DJ, a Memphis born Three 6 Mafia member and general old school dirty south crunk master, and a new school crazy ass from Detroit with possibly the most far out voice in rap.  What unites all of these talents?  Is it only a dislike for being inconvenienced by drug tests?  Surely not.  I feel like it’s really A-Trak’s production that makes this strange-on-paper combination work.  He’s known for fusing rap and dance music elements in his production, which often means juggling a combination of loose, syncopated rhythms and simpler, on-the-beat rhythms in the same song, and if you listen to Juicy and Danny rhyme over this track, you’ve got that trademark ultra-simple on-beat style of Juicy J that sits well on top of that on-beat synth line, while Danny Brown’s less predictable style is more reminiscent of of the various snare and auxiliary percussion elements in the beat – you’d be hard pressed to clap in rhythm to it, but you can’t deny that it fits in there in between all of those accented strong beats.  This is a match that I never would have come up with in my mind, but I think it works pretty impressively.

I also just couldn’t resist posting this song when I heard Juicy J drop the line: “You say no to drugs/that mean mo’ fa me” because of my undying love for this track.

Devin the Dude – Mo’ Fa Me

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