Hey what’s up guys, how are things? I have been keeping myself busy with my regular rap blog and have not had a chance to update my fellow SYWH readers with some new rap music that goes hard, but here we are now so let’s do this.
As much as I like to cry myself to sleep with Eighteen Visions’ “Gorgeous” on repeat, for everyday life you’ve got to get yourself some “fuck you pay me” music to get yourself pumped up on the inside and I have just the stuff for you:
E-40 & Too Short ft. Stressmatic “This Shit Pound”
A couple months ago Bay legends E-40 and Too Short dropped a collaborative double album and let me tell you something; it is rad as fuck. Double albums are almost always a bad idea, but History has only 2 songs that I skip out of 34, which is a really impressive ratio. The albums are filled with a nice balance of party songs about getting drunk and rubbing up on big booty hoes and songs about blowing fools’ tops off. Some of the beats on here are absolutely nuts, with a bass so loud that when I play them with headphones on my eardrums are like “hey fuck you bro.” Plus E-40 and Too Short’s raps are so entertaining and memorable, especially E-40′s, who has been releasing music at a frenetic pace since going independent (9 albums in the last 3 years). It truly warms my heart to see a pair of rap pioneers still making fun music well into their 40s rather than getting butthurt by today’s music and pretending that rap was better in 1995. History: Function Music and Mob Music are probably the best rap albums of 2012 and you should definitely check them out if you like good music.
Clyde Carson “Tuck Spot”
Clyde Carson is an Oakland rapper who signed with The Game’s label in 2007 after building up a good amount of local buzz with his group, The Team, but then promptly fell into major label limbo for several years. Lucky for everyone he has emerged from that limbo and had a nice 2012 with the immense “Slow Down” becoming a minor national hit and HUUUGE here in the Bay Area. “Tuck Spot” is about Clyde Carson tucking away large quantities of cash in hidden areas and keeping his wealth incognito. His fiscal plan is definitely a step up from cashing out with a condo on your wrist, but seriously bro get yourself a financial planner and diversify your investments. The song is off Carson’s excellent new mixtape S.T.S.A. (Something to Speak About), which is available for free download right now and filled with dope as fuck beats. If nothing else, please appreciate the fact that he opens the third verse by rapping “attic” with “addict” (brilliant!).
Lil Mo ft. Rondoe “Really Not a Rapper”
Rappers claiming that they aren’t actual rappers is probably one of the top 5 cliches in the genre and the boast rings especially hollow when it is being uttered by platinum-selling rappers. Like do you really think Rick Ross is selling bricks of white out the trunk of his Maybach in between interviews with MTV and GQ? However, it is quite believable that Lil Mo is not pulling in any big rap checks based on this music video. You know rappers are not exactly swimming in money when the hot whip they break out for their video is a 2010 Mazda 3. It’s too bad though, because Lil Mo is tight and the way his raps flow with this beat is fucking sick. No one outside of his hometown of Kansas City seems to really be up on this guy, but his new debut album is great and highly recommended. I’m pretty sure I’ve seen my girlfriend nod her head to the beat of this track a few times, which is more than I can say for most of the rap I play around her, so it’s safe to say this song is a complete pussy magnet to the nth degree.
C.W. Da YoungBlood “4 Minutes”
Speaking of Kansas City, C.W. Da YoungBlood is another talented young rapper from that region. He is affiliated with the Bloods and raps a lot about shooting people, dealing drugs, etc. but seems like a chill bro IRL via his twitter being filled with tweets about playing iPhone games, trying to find a woman, and his school assignments. C.W.’s lyrics are always real entertaining and on this freestyle he manages to squeeze in all sorts of weird and funny lines about fucking nuns, buying throwaway guns, and meth being bad for your teeth. I swear if this guy was from New York City or Atlanta rather than KC he would be on the cover of Fader magazine right now and Pitchfork would give his album an 8.1. C.W. Da YoungBlood releases new songs constantly, so it’s kind of difficult to know where to start, but his last two mixtapes, In Da Kitchen Vol. 3 and In Luv Wit Da Briccs are both extremely tight and up for free on Datpiff right now.
So there you go: some quality rap songs to play in the comfort of your home or at some sort of social gathering or anywhere else you want!
If you follow rap blogs/magazines/websites real closely (hopefully you don’t) then you may have noticed this growing trend of putting a hypercritical spotlight on people who write about rap music. Like suddenly if you are a white guy who enjoys gangster rap then it must be for weird, ironic/mildly racist reasons. That fucking sucks that internet rap fans are turning into IMNs who get angry about people liking that thing they like. As an official rap expert I herby declare it ok to listen to as much fucking rap music as you want without having to ponder complicated national race issues just like you can listen to Taylor Swift’s new album without pondering complicated national gender issues. Take care and please ponder this thought-provoking political gif: