This is off a poorly produced album called Rasta Bass (You see where they went wrong, right?)
But this one right here…this is as beautiful as the Blue Mountains it’s named after. It’s got that sample, which normally gives chills down any hip-hop fan’s spine. There are the ska horns that receive the dub reverb. And then the bass hits.
Probably the best executed track on the album, it kind of puts you into what Brooklyn would be like if it were in the Blue Mountains.
I attempted to download Reggae Gold 1999, and mistakenly got Reggae Overload Gold 1999, a reggaeton compilation. It turned out to be a pleasant mistake. My Spanish is pretty rusty, but I think I got the overall theme for most of the songs on the compilation: Mami is hot, I got all the mamis, & stop the violence was appropriately accompanied with “Kill Kill.”
But really, a few songs by El Roockie struck me. This one in particular, with the Central American take on a Jamaican’s “Lawd Hav’ Mercy" and infusion of the patois "bwoy" to boast his womanizing skills were impressive.
porque tengo el reggae en las venas cuando suena un “da’crew” lo tienes que respetar
It’s true, you have to respect it. Probably due to the sizeable Jamaican population there, Panama’s reggaeton has always been a complement, not immitation of dance hall styles since the 90s. At least, I find it much more enjoyable than any current form coming out of Hispanic countries.
Not only does Luckie hit the worn out rap comparison of being a coach like…a well-known sports coach, but he is also at the Steakhouse, like Don Shula. He should have went for the trifecta and mentioned the perfect season.
At the least, enjoy a beat that isn’t Lex Luger inspired with brass that sounds like they’re from an ensemble.
69 Boyz presents their primer on Historically Black Universities & Colleges as well as Black Greek Organizations. In case you needed a musical reference tool in the form of this one for Rock Stars of the 90s & The Animaniac’s States List.
This is from an album which is a lot more like a mixtape before they were prominent national releases. It features a good amount of short songs (<3min), which seem like interludes, and skits that are kind of like prefaces for the following songs.
Clark’s lyrics are entertaining, although not as relatable as it should be for a piece so heartfelt (+ we don’t love these broads). This same smoothly dark vibe is prevalent all over the EP Stripes.
…So when you heard those toms hit, you knew it was serious right?
Although the music tends to be a bit post-808s&Heartbreak, less synth & more pop, it rides. I don’t get into R&B often, but the great combination of production and writing on Stripes makes it aurally pleasing.
I have a handful of songs from Quest. They are cherished. I hate to say it, but with Kendrick Lamar blowing up, I don’t know where Quest fits in. Quest normally tends to be more introspective while K Dot is more observant. He’ll find his lane.
None of these songs interest me. BUT the videos feature what I think is safe to assume as the rapper’s most beloved spots in their hometowns. We’ve got KRIT’s favorite forest in Mississippi, Black Cobain’s secret back alley, and the only abandoned mechanic shop Bun B could find in Texas.
I hope that I don’t have to go through another summer of videos likethese.
Young Jeezy - “Snow Go” (Feat. Slick Pulla) (Prod. By Lil Lody)
Off The Real Is Back mixtape. The song isn’t notable, but Lil Lody has already shown he can biteLex Luger then decides to takes it even further to use multiple aspects of Luger’s style all over this mixtape. Meanwhile, Lex Luger wisely reinvents himself.
Anyone else ready for Shawty Redd and Young Jeezy collaborations?
EDIT: DJ Squeeky made a track for this mixtape (#12 “Hoodstar”). So at least listen to that one.