Another video from Mel and Dorian’s double album combo Cognac / Four Corner Room. That came almost a year ago already so the streets really demand the next installment of their five-part “Texan Chronicles” series, which by my calculations should be JayHawk’s solo.
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Maxo’s single from late spring gets re-made and beefed up with Fredo in the cut.
Here is a cool collusion of sounds and circumstances. During the late summer I extensively revisited UGK’s Underground Kingz, a great album to bike to and a great album period. One of my favorite songs on this album was and still is ‘How Long Can It Last.’ It’s a long and winding piece of country blues rap with an assist from Charlie Wilson; quintessential UGK in both sound and its mixture of braggadocio with heartfelt lament and sorrow. I’ve always loved the production on this track, but back in 2007 I didn’t associate it with anything in particular.
Returning to it now, something about it seemed familiar. The sample nagged at me, reminding me of something I’ve heard more recently than 2007 but couldn’t quite place. I looked it up on WhoSampled and discovered the stupefyingly good original by One Way, but no connection to any others songs I felt attached to. I became obsessed with the original, but just couldn’t place it. It tore me up for a good week. Then, purely by coincidence of timing, I got it…
Awful Records has been getting a lot of blog burn lately, deservedly since they’re putting out a lot of cool music. Among their ranks is Ethereal, a rapper and producer I have been following for a few years now. All the attention on this group prompted me to revisit some of Ethereal’s prior material. In the digital pile of music I was digging through I found an old track taken from his instrumental album No Saliva Vol 2 (circa 2011). That album is no longer on bandcamp, but I happened to have this one track on my hard drive. It was called ‘Dapper Dan’, a smooth glide with D&B-ish drums and a wicked drop around the 2:35 mark. And when that drop hit I almost shit myself… THAT was the track I was looking for, the one with the same awesome sample used by UGK. As it happens, it’s up on youtube as well.
So here we are then, a song from 2007 which prompted me to find an amazing song from 1979, which also just happens to be sampled on a song I used to jam heavily in 2011. #Music.
Some cool Southern space pimp shit from Awful Records. The combination of sparse drums and drifting synths makes the productions sound both minimal and expansive and a little proggy all at once, and a good fit for some laid back rapping about bending corners with bitches and blunts and such. ‘Tucked & Rolled’ has the most plays in the set, but ’4th Of July’ with it’s awesomely chipmunk-ed ‘Back II Life’ sample is my favorite here. LIYL the more care-free elements of early G-Side, Outfit TX, etc…
For a second I thought they were gonna pull a ‘Ft Curtis Mayfield’ type stunt here with a snippet of Mega’s lyrics from ‘D.U.‘ but nah, it’s a real verse. Rap is officially saved or some such.
From Zilla’s dope and much slept on Zilla Shit 3.
Another good loosie from GOD.
The production sounds like Ka is moving further in the same unusual direction he took on Night’s Gambit’s best moments, which I am a big fan of. It’s great to see Ka continue to experiment and evolve as an artist instead of resting on the heaps of well deserved praise from his last 2 albums.
VIA Adult Swim
Have you ever listened to The Outfit, TX … ON WEEEEED. Of course you have.
Outdates movie references aside, The Cannabinoids nailed the production here, it’s completely in tune with The Outfit’s own style. As much as I love the group doing all their production in-house, I would not mind The Cannabinoinds having some beats on the next Outfit project at all. Get Erykah on there too while we’re at it, why not.
Like the title says, classic rap re-imagined via classic cult/exploitation posters. That’s 50 as Troubleman up top. Below is Red & Meth’s Blackout as Rats: The Night Of Terror, Atliens as C.H.U.D., Jay’s ‘Big Pimpin’ as Black Shampoo, KRS One as Detroit 9000, and The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill as TNT Jackson. There are more of these to be found on adslibitum.tumblr.com, the series is fitting called MusiXploitation.
S/O to our buddy Spartan for the heads up.
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