Rap music is the best genre of music ever. Not because it contains soaring melodies that will touch your heart or lyrics that bring you to tears because they speak to the human spirit like nothing else, but because it is mostly filled with artists who are not painfully self aware and pretentious like most other genres of music and therefore continue to churn out fun music.
White people are weird, so they feel the need to change their personal brand every couple of years, jumping from black metal, to indie rock, to dubstep, until they eventually turn 35 and get into rockabilly. Ethnic people don’t have this same problem because they have culture in their lives and are too busy trying to overcome white opression to sweat defending true pop punk or whatever, so they just find a genre of music they enjoy making and listening to and ride that shit out until death. What that means is rappers keep making good rap music regardless of how hip it is because that is what they like to do. And do you know how wins from all of this? YOU the listener:
Waka Flocka Flame ft. Trae Da Truth “I Got Em”
Here is Waka doing what Waka does best: yelling loudly about shooting your face off over a beat that makes you feel like your chest is caving in. Along with most people I was pretty disappointed with his last album and its various awkward attempts at radio hits, so it’s good to see him back doing ignorant shit that goes hard. This is not really music to write an in-depth and thoughtful analysis of, just shake your imaginary dreads to this shit while yelling FLOCKA and BRIIIIICK SQUAAAD.
Gap ft. Young Bossi “Life N The Trap”
If you are anything like me then you love rap songs about being poor and miserable in a shitty neighborhood way more than songs about diamonds dripping off all your limbs and being draped in Gucci. I guess the former situation is just a bit more relatable for me. The beat here has an appropriately mellow vibe for the subject matter, but the drums still manage to have a good amount of punch to them. Gap is a really great rapper from Akron, OH who will never become famous because a.) his rap name is GAP b.) he is from Akron, OH. I wrote a post about him last year for my blog and had to spend 20 minutes on the internet sifting through pictures of fucking vests to find a picture of him. CHANGE YOUR NAME BROH.
Alley Boy “Apartments”
This song is off Alley Boy’s new mixtape, The Gift of Discernment, which is a bizarrely titled rap album that features an even more bizarre album cover. Like if you removed Alley Boy’s name from the cover there is no way you wouldn’t mistake this for hip indie rock that men who wear scarves and Toms enjoy. Good for him for trying something new though, I guess. Alley Boy is a solid rapper with a great ear for beats (^^^ just listen to that shit), which is probably the most important quality to have as a rapper in 2012. Plus he is from Atlanta, so he probably just needs to make a couple phone calls to have his shit in heavy radio rotation.
B-Luv & DB The General “Give a Shit”
B-Luv and DB The General are probably not the first names that come to mind when you think of Bay Area rap, but they just came out with a duo album that does a great job of reminding listeners how the Bay can make gangster rap that is really fun to listen to. The album is titled Tweaker Muzic and features 30 plus minutes of high energy raps about doing drugs and other cool shit. DB The General has a particularly unique nasaly shrill voice that makes it sound like he very much enjoys copious amounts of illegal substances. Listen to DB’s verse on this song (starting at :30) and tell me he does not sound like that dope fiend at a party who is trying to convince you to lend him $20 so he can “go grab beer for everyone.” The beat on this song has that thing going on where the bass has been turned up to the point of distortion, which is never not rad as fuck in any genre of music
What do you think of these songs? Does that Waka Flocka Flame song make you want to disrespect your surroundings? What should Gap change his name to? Do you have the gift of discernment? Would you lend DB the General $20 to get beers?