Siti Slicka - “Kidd Shit” (2012)
Here’s a new video for “Kidd Shit” from Siti Slicka’s 2012 mixtape Art of Swagg. The first verse on this one unfortunately sounds a lot like Weezy (back when Weezy was Weezy). But the second verse improves in originality and there’s a bit more edginess to the delivery. Siti Slicka seems to do a good job when intensity required which can be seen of the better videos from last year in “Overload.”
Vurn - “Bang!” (2013)
Here’s another new albeit short track from Vurn to follow up the really cool sounding (and also short!) “Stacey Dash.”
Vurn lays a great hook on “Bang!” over a smooth beat by Mr. Manuvers. The sample in the beat creates a scene of bleakness that helps form the picture of tough circumstance Vurn tries to convey:
Still in debt ‘cause I’m bettin’ on the Dolphins.
Saw somebody get shot in the face. Don’t think about it often.
I stopped keeping up with backpacker rap a while ago because most of the material was fairly trite. Vurn has been a solid rapper for a while and fits this backpacker mold, but “Bang!” shows him finding a distinct flow that makes his style more appealing. This song works for me despite being very short for its content. Dope lines like this don’t hurt either:
They say we all just products of our environment.
No jobs, plenty work, we’re all firing.
New video from the awesomely named Skreetz. I’m not sure how often a two piece and a biscuit from Popeyes has done many people in, but I’ll take their word for it.
Bizzle - “Naked Hustle” (2007)
Miami rapper Bizzle was shot dead last night in front of a car wash in Liberty City. His kids were near by in a car (they were unharmed). Bizzle was well known for a handful of joints that were likely to be played at local strip clubs. But eventually tracks made their way throughout Florida thanks to accompanying dances like the wutang in the case of “Naked Hustle”. “Lip Biting Animal” and “Wet Wet” were right in the same vein of overt raunchiness that had come out of Miami in the previous decades prior to Bizzle.
On “Dangerous” Bizzle does a good job of complementing fellow Miami standouts Ball Greezy and Ice Berg’s flows by crooning as if he is regretful and enthralled at the same time by being “too dangerous.” He was shot at the same car wash that a few scenes of the “Dangerous” video were filmed.
Dat Guy - “19 In My Nina” (2012)
Davido - “OverSeas” (Feat. SinaRambo) (2012)
Last time we encountered Davido, he was spazzing intensely on “Dami Duro.” “OverSeas” uses the same sort of smooth, pop-sounding Caribbean-inspired rhythm and lots of energy. The track has a bit more romance than the swaggerificence of “Dami Duro”.
Normally when a young artist barely makes eye contact with the camera in a video it’s a sign of shyness or discomfort. But the instances of Davido’s utter disregard for the camera is probably just him in his own world jamming to the music. That passion tends to make his music even more fun.
Ball Greezy - “Toe Down” (2012)
After a couple of attempts at being pretty mainstream. and consequently pretty boring, Ball Greezy comes back into form with “Toe Down.” This might seem like a weak attempt at a Future-like mumbled sing-rap style but the Haitian descendant very deliberately mimics an ambiguous West Indian accent to add to the ridiculousness of whatever is toe down.
He reminds me of that desperate friend who likes to make it seem like they can game any girl but since they talk about it so much you know better. It’s silly enough to be entertaining.
“Shone” was one of the biggest hits of the jook movement and got as much radio play as the other jook standout “I’m So High” by Grind Mode. What’s impressive is that he stole the spotlight on “Dangerous” from local favorite Ice Berg. When the beat breaks his knack for making catchy melodies is shown in how he self-loops parts of his bars. It’s a poorly mixed track that turns out being a jam partly because Ball Greezy.