I’m gonna be writing a long protracted piece on Barack Obama’s race speech and how it relates to hip hop music soon but until then here are some new songs that I’ve been blaring on my iPod as I traverse the subway system on the way to work these days.
Foul Mouth Jerk Feat. Masta Ace –
As any avid fan of this blog (or anybody on the hipster-infested streets of
Rakim Feat. Lil’ Fame – I’m Back
Somebody must have put some of that stuff that Lil’ Wayne’s been drinking that keeps Weezy making so many songs into William Griffin’s fish (which would be his favorite dish) because Rakim has been producing a lot of quality tracks after such a long creative hiatus. The God MC and Fizzy Womack on the same track?! Somebody give me the ol’ proverbial ass pinchin’ because my non-believing butt needs to wake up. Fame laces the track with some of his signature moody bass heavy punch you in the face production and provides the hook to this heater. Rakim is back in rare form on this one and when this happens basically means that he’s the best rapper currently working outside of…well, no one really. Rakim basically takes the jumping point from Nas’ “U.B.R.” a few years back and explains what the hell he’s been doing the last couple of years and how he’s still dope which he uses as basically just an exercise to flex his godly lyrical muscles. Thanks for the update, Ra. Don’t be such a stranger, next time.
Wale Feat. Bun-B & Pusha-T – Back In The Go-Go
If you need further proof that Wale should be your favorite new rapper, you only need to hear his new single, “Back In The Go-Go”, off his upcoming new mixtape, The Mixtape About Nothing (Wait isn’t that all mixtapes?). The song features the venerable Bun-B, who has been an absolute tear since the death of his partner, Pimp C in December, and noted cocaine enthusiast,
Now, I could be completely wrong about this song being a good song because I generally avoid anything that sounds like bootleg Timbaland (or normal Timbaland, too…No, I’m kidding…Sort of) but I kind of like this. “Touch & Go”, supposedly the first single off The Padden Room, Joey’s first album since Hova decided he was gonna ruin Budden’s career for being jealous that Joe was a better rapper than he was, is a naked club track with strong electro influences that sounds suspiciously like something that Swizz Beats would do (hence the bootleg Timbo reference earlier…) but despite all that I’m kind of digging on this. While Budden always has been a quality lyricist often his style can get intolerable when he’s rapping just to show off but his best stuff has always been the clubbier stuff, surprisingly. This song could be completely terrible but for the moment, I’m gonna risk my reputation and give it the thumbs up. It’s definitely better than that Lil’
The Roots Feat. Mos Def, Styles P & Dice Raw – Rising Down (Hum Drum)
Finally, my favorite whipping boy,
P.S. To Tommy: You know I got love for you, baby...Wait, um, pause.