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Sunday, October 25, 2009

Clipse, Cam & Chicken

“Welcome To 2006...”

Way before Radric Davis became the chic rapper du jour of the sneering intelligentsia, Cameron Giles and the Brothers Thronton were perennially sweeping Pitchfork’s annual overly enthusiastic ironic rapper appreciation awards. Thus, it’s “kind of big deal” that Clipse and Cam’ron would decide to collaborate on Clipse’s new single, “Popular Demand (Popeyes)” for the Clipse’s upcoming album, “’Til The Casket Drops.”

In a lot of ways, Clipse’s and Cam’s approach to crafting hipster appreciated coke rap is diametrically opposed. The Clipse are all snarling, dystopic fury and perfectly crafted, menacing punchlines while Cam assualts the boundaries of cogency with his aloof non-sequiturs and assumed superiority. On “Popeyes,” they manage to synthesize these ideas to create the best track these three rappers have been apart of since Pitchfork stopped paying attention.

Pharell provides a dusty piano break in the vein of Lupe Fiasco’s “I Gotcha” for them to snap over and they all do a strong job attacking the beat. Highlights include a particularly memorable Pusha-T verse where he curiously taunts our Lord and Savior, LeBron Raymone James, for sleeping his with sloppy seconds that Pusha takes note looks like Madonna. Why Pusha wants to be smited by God is beside the point. It sounds awesome to hear the Brothers Thornton (...and Cam) over proper Neptunes production and kicking furious brag rhymes again after hearing a series of ill-advised overt plays for the club that marked the hideous “Re-Up Gang” album.

I’m cautiously expecting good things from “Til The Casket Drops” especially since “Kind Of Like A Big Deal" has grown on me significantly.

Download: Clipse [Feat. Cam'ron] - "Popular Demand (Popeyes)" - (Via Nah Right)

10 comments:

bding7 said...

I'm surprised you, of all people, like this song. I never pegged you as a person who'd take to the "Caaaaam/Dammmnn" and "butter flyyyyyy" lines. It took me a few listens for it to grow on me.

Also, making fun of LeBron always wins.

DocZeus said...

I like the Clipse. They are often single-minded and that's rather frustrating. But they are both great rappers and both of their albums are very, very good. I think I had "Hell Hath No Fury" at 11 on my top 50 of the decade list.

DocZeus said...

And even with Cam, there about a dozen songs I like. I just think Purple Haze is jaw-droppingly awful.

Joey said...

this song is my shit right. i'm the internets' gar-gargin.

bding7 said...

yea, what the hell is a gar-gargin/gargan/gargon?

tray said...

I've kind of hated everything the Clipse put out since the first album (including those universally acclaimed mixtapes), and the post HHNF-stuff has been total garbage to me, but this is pretty great. Cam continues his slide into the technical abyss, but here he finds a way to work around it. Pharrell's hook works. Pusha changes up his flow without doing something really stupid like ripping off Rick Ross ('I'm Good'). Malice's verse goes hard, and the beat feels like the first decent thing Pharrell's done in years. By the way, when Cam says he's Harlem's only Gagarin, he's referring to Yuri Gagarin, I believe, the first man to take a trip to outer space.

DocZeus said...

I don't know "20 K Money Making Brothers" and "Re-Up Intro" off of "We Got It 4 Cheap 3" were excellent but other than that, yeah, Clipse's post-HHNF work has been universally sub-par.

Trey Stone said...

you need to lighten up and smoke some weed or something man lol, i mean i won't defend Cam on a moral level but about half of "Haze" is hilarious as shit, plus ridiculous flow/punches that the deadpan style makes funnier. i dunno, different senses of humor i guess. though yes Cam is basically like the hood/rap version of the asshole who never left the high school mentality, lol.

dope track though, good to hear Pharrell doing a raw beat that doesn't sound lazy and unfinished, though the Clipse seem to always bring out the best of him there

Garganator said...

GUY GARGAN WAS A BOXER FROM NJ

Twilight said...

God Gorgan.

Gorgons are creatures from greek mythology that turn things into stone. Coke to crack. Powder to Stone