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They Gave him 20 Now He Looking for a Penpal; Called Home All he said was this Shit Wild

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Allstar JR ft. Steven B the Great – Felony Warrant

Monster verse by Allstar JR out of Detroit over a nice raw instrumental; this song comes out firing. I love these types of beats.

“Look how the feds gettin my dog boxed with them, took them to a bench trial, they gave him 20, now he looking for a pen pal, called home all he said was this shit wild. All my niggas got fed cases, single parents raised them to be some headcases.”

“Remember I was riding in stolies, free Bud he a savage he would shoot at the police.” (And of course its ‘po-lice’ in that midwest accent so it rhymes with stolies).

I like the cartoonishly over the top ‘Skrrt skrrt’ adlibs someone screeches out while the Hellcat is doing donuts in the parking lot.

Also, I’m probably too broke to credibly pull it off but I’m also feeling the satin Richie Rich jacket he’s rocking

 

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Down by the River

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Lil Boosie – Webbie I Remember

9 times out of 10 when you see someone standing at the banks of the the river with a pensive look on their face, throwing twigs into the water or skipping stones, you know that something deep and introspective is about to happen (especially with those piano keys setting in as the beat) and Boosie delivers on that here in ‘Webbie I Remember’.

Boosie has been through a lot of ups and downs in his 34 years on this Earth and here he reflects on his relationship with Webbie and life in general. I love the black and white photos and video clips periodically interspersed throughout the video giving you a look back at long-buried memories of a simpler time. You really get a window into all sides of the coin of Boosie’s life; rocking out shows and cutting up with friends, to kids, to falling out with longtime friends, to cancer, to walking in and out of court and his prison stint.

Great wardrobe selection by Boosie for all 3 combinations in this video, whether it’s the Seahawks stuff, the all-white Nike combo (although I’ve voiced my qualms about these all-white get ups in outdoor music videos before) or even his own Jewel House gear which I’m usually not a huge proponent of but actually isn’t looking bad at all here.

“Went to war had a lot of niggas running. Behind bars, like a boss how I’m coming.”

“We was young and fucked up in the head. Drag you from the river if you fucking with my bread. Had a little money but we living in the red, we ain’t got it like we said.”

“Walking through the mall with a strap, 13 chains on I ain’t going for the jack.”

“When was kids we just wanted our turn, in the hospital me and you don’t learn, steady asking God give us one more turn.”

I can’t wait for BooPac to come out next week (Dec. 15th). Whether you love every song or not, I think everyone can agree that Boosie is undeniably one of the realest artists alive; very few other artists could touch on such a wide range of emotions (like pain, love, regret, nostalgia) in a short video like this and make you feel what they’re saying so much.

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Kooooooooda

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6IX 9INE – Kooda 

I don’t know if Kooda will hit the same heights as Gummo or cause quite the same stir but it goes hard af (maayyyybe even harder than Gummo, this Nintendo-sounding beat is another sledgehammer) and I have to give credit where credit is due to Tekashi – I honestly thought Gummo would be a one hit wonder and then we’d never hear from him again but he’s definitely got a second hit on his hands here with Kooda. (Tekashi is coming up with some great names for these songs, better than his own moniker 6IX 9INE. He should consider just going by Kooda or even Gummo).

I like the part where Tekashi yells ‘We’re gon show what we about” partially because it sounds cool and partially because I actually am genuinely curious what exactly it is that he’s ‘about’.

I also like the ‘We don’t do the race, you gon die today’ line. A Tay-K reference/slight?

Imagine if you were an unsuspecting commuter just looking to use this subway station on a normal day and then walked in on this video being filmed? Lmao.

Shout out to the guys at about 1:04 just being an absolute menace to the public transport system. What exactly is he up to? Come on bruh the NYC subway system is already slow enough on its own without people blocking the tracks.

My only minor quibble about this one is the Hilfgier polo that Tekashi is wearing with the buttons buttoned up all the way to the top and the tips of the collar curling up, loosen up a bit bruh you’ve got a face tattoo and rainbow-colored hair, the top button isn’t going to make you look any more formal, you can loosen your collar a bit!

Between Gummo and Kooda Tekashi has really been taking the interweb by storm lately (I also even heard Gummo on late-night terrestrial radio the other night, a big surprise and a rare foray into FM radio by me not by choice but by bad circumstances) , acting as a blunt instrument to just hammer these hard beats with his abrasive flow. I’m looking forward to seeing what he comes up with next –  I have no idea what’s going on in the very beginning of this video, but based on the guy at 0:07, could we possibly get a Tekashi song with phoned-in Bobby Shmurda and Rowdy Rebel verses, just to break the internet? Would that be too much to ask?

 

 

Top 10 Songs November 2017

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The last month or so has had more good new music than any I can recall in a long time, so this top 10 list is stacked; I couldn’t even pick out an official #1 since there were so many good candidates. We really got a veritable cornucopia of new slaps for Thanksgiving, hopefully December is just as kind to us.

Joseph McFashion ft. FMB DZ – On Go

Detroit’s FMB DZ is starting to really blow up right now and clocks in with a late entry for one of the top songs for November 2017. Here he demonstrates why, doing some of his finest work over this SMOOOOOTH beat. I love the flow and the great lines coupled with all the Detroit-specific references…

“Oh you need a job nigga? Come and sell that cling cling. One spot 3 cell phones and they all ring, If it ain’t about no money bitch it don’t involve me. Had to change my number, weird hoes tryna stalk me, gotta keep that stick can’t let a nigga chalk me”

“Niggas really soft, FMB you fuckin with the boss, I be playing golf, down my way I be ducked off, at Asian Cornbeef tell them I need some more duck sauce, go to Au Corant ask them boys how much my Buffs cost”

Cam’ron – Lean 

One of many highlights off of Cam’ron’s new album ‘The Program’. From the original article…

“Rather than an ode to the purple, slumber-inducing concoction, ‘Lean’ is literally a rap song over a beat sampling the 1972 classic ‘Lean on Me’ by Bill Withers. I guess this should come as no surprise since Cam’ron has mastered this type of song and rapping over these types of samples more than any other artist, whether it was Journey’s ‘Don’t Stop Believing’, ‘Oh What a Night‘ by the Four Seasons talking about the night he got shot in D.C. and drove himself to the hospital, or improbably rapping about IBS over the all-too-short ‘Any Way You Want It’, or one of my all time favorite Cam efforts, his take on Rose Royce’s ‘I Wanna Get Next to You’

Killa is rattling off lines like he’s in the midst of a lengthy, multi-decade prime here…

“I grew up with Big L, all I knew was ebonics; jealousy, crack, greed, homicide and chronic, where niggas catch a body change their name like the Sonics. It was hot like Phoenix, I used to look up at the Lenox Ave sign, on my heart, and pledge allegiance.”

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At Asian Cornbeef Tell Them I Need more Duck Sauce, Go to Au Courant Ask them Boys How Much my Buffs Cost

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Joseph McFashion ft. FMB DZ – On Go 

Soooooo smooooooth.

Detroit’s FMB DZ is starting to really blow up right now and here he demonstrates why, doing some of his finest work over this silky beat (definitely in the running for best production of 2017). I love the flow and the great lines coupled with all the Detroit-specific references…

“Oh you need a job nigga? Come and sell that cling cling. One spot 3 cell phones and they all ring, If it ain’t about no money bitch it don’t involve me. Had to change my number, weird hoes tryna stalk me, gotta keep that stick can’t let a nigga chalk me”

“Niggas really soft, FMB you fuckin with the boss, I be playing golf, down my way I be ducked off, at Asiancorn beef tell them I need some more duck sauce, go to Au Corant ask them boys how much my Buffs cost”

“Hope you can read between the lines well read these, these red bottoms I got on exclusive you ain’t seen these”

“Used to ride shooters now we pulling up in Porsches now”

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Where the Neighborhood Bad but Y’all Ain’t Got Enough Money to Move

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Baby Soulja ft. Lil Boosie – Dirty

Repost from the big homie Martorialist

http://themartorialist.blogspot.com/2017/11/with-one-and-half-pair-of-pants-you.html

This song/video by Baby Soulja out of Jacksonville goes so hard I needed to go outside and take a break after I listened to it a couple of times in a row before I watched it again because it was so intense. ‘Dirty’ had so many hard lines it was honestly hard to pick out a few to highlight but these were a few of my favorites…

“I’m from where you ain’t got a car you catch the bus. I’m from where if they try you retaliation is a must. I’m from where if you cut that heat on your mama fuss.”

“The bill due lights get cut off you lighting candles. Where you can’t trust a soul so your house gotta have cameras.

“I’m a 90s baby, we don’t care about what you did, nigga we crazy. I’m from where if you hustle you go a while without bathing. No food in the house so your breakfast the candy lady.”

“Where you and your brother wear the same shoes; neighborhood bad but y’all ain’t got enough money to move.”

My only one *minor* gripe with this video, and I’m being VERY picky here, is Boosie’s outfit – don’t get me wrong it looks pretty fly but that white Lacoste t-shirt and white shorts combo is just way too clean and pristine for this video/song concept and this hood, it’s going to get filthy quickly. Believe me I’ve tried the all white combo before and sometimes it’s just not worth it. I also liked some of the older Boosie chains (i.e. the nearly life-sized Jesus chain or the really thick-looking Bible) better than this one he’s rocking here with the finger pointing.

Boosie was a nice feature here and I have to say Baby Soulja outdid him in terms of the heaviness and overall weight of his verse, which is quite an accomplishment (especially for a young artist) since Boosie is usually spitting some of the heaviest, realest material in the game.

P.S. Also note the really weak, poorly done shark tattoo that the cop is showing off at 0:47.

P.P.S. – Check out the guy all the way on the far left’s t-shirt at 0:36!

Definitely in the running for top song of 2017

 

She Told All Her Friends I’m Her Baby Daddy – RIP Bambino Gold

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According to Dirty Glove Bastard, Bambino Gold and his cousin were found dead in Alabama after they went missing from Atlanta for several weeks. My thoughts and prayers obviously go out to them and their families and I wanted to post my favorite song/video by him as a brief tribute.

I love this one mainly just for the sheer audacity of the braggadocios chorus bordering on almost obnoxiousness; “she see me out trapping she get super happy, she told all her friends I’m her baby daddy,” as he gestures with his hand to show that they’re all happily gossiping about it. Also extra style points for his impressive collection of fine females in this video especially the one in the headband, and for literally bringing a chauffeur to his trap house to pick them all up. This is a fine example of that certain post-Gucci Atlanta trap scene from the early 2010s with guys like Bambino, Parlae, Alley Boy, Eldorado Red etc. right before Atlanta got really crazy with all kinds of new styles like Migos, Future, and Young Thug taking over the sound of the city. RIP Bambino.

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“I’m a Vampire Bitch Counting Money Up, I’m with Lil Peep and we Higher Than the Sun” – A Brief Tribute/Top 10 Songs by Lil Peep (RIP).

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Now that the Hellboy himself is somewhere up at the big emo night in the sky forever, leading his ‘Goth Boi Clique’ from beyond the sun, I figured I would put together a list of my top 10 Lil Peep songs as a mini tribute. He’s a bit outside the realm of the music that’s usually on this site and I hate being one of those people that writes an article about someone because they died, and I certainly can’t get behind everything that he did/put out, but overall if nothing else he was certainly an interesting artist doing his own thing and pushing the boundaries of rap. It’s up for debate whether it’s a good trend or not but Peep was certainly at the vanguard of this wave of rappers incorporating emo/metal/punk etc. aesthetics and textures/elements into their music and now there are a myriad of new, generic guys trying to do the same thing, to the point that it seems like for a lot of younger artists and fans, this is the main type of rap now.

I remember last December browsing new mixtapes on Datpiff and seeing one entitled ‘Hellboy’ by a guy with pink hair and face tattoos wearing a New Jersey Devils t-shirt and debating whether I should check it out, eventually succumbing to post-holiday boredom and deciding to do it, figuring if nothing else I’d get some comic value/troll value out of it. Much to my pleasant surprise, the tape actually had quite a few bangers on it (is that really the right type of word for this type of music??) and it threw me down a bit of a wormhole for a few weeks listening to his other material and that of his other cohorts and minions.

Favorite Lil Peep fun fact: Apparently he once played a show with Cam’ron. That must have been an interesting conversation backstage. I wonder if there is a lot of unreleased Lil Peep material still in the GBC vault. Before stumbling across these guys on a cold dark day last winter I don’t think I ever expected to hear all this talk of vampires and goth babes in a rap song, and for that, I salute them. RIP Peep, I hope they have a Hot Topic and a wide variety of seasonal Peeps confections for you in heaven.

10. Lil Peep – Worlds Away 

Lil Peep over a Horse Head beat sampling an indie rock dweeb ‘Bright Eyes’ and actually giving it some punch. I didn’t want to like this one at first but it grew on me.

9. Lil Peep ft. Xavier Wulf – Drive By 

Peep collaborates with Memphis’ Xavier Wulf for this hypnotic track from his Hellboy album. MOTOROLLA PHONE I AINT GOING HOME

8. Gab3 ft. Lil Peep – Hollywood Dreamin

I don’t know who Gab3 is but ‘Hollywood Dreaming’ makes the list on the strength of Peep’s chorus, he actually was a pretty good hook guy. This is probably Peep’s best ‘summer jam’ type of song.

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I Used to Look up at the Lenox Ave Sign, on my Heart and Pledge Allegiance

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Cam’ron – Lean

I don’t know if we even deserved Cam’ron lacing us with a new album, but I can’t think of anything America needs more right now. I wasn’t expecting this at all so I’m hyped.

Rather than an ode to the purple, slumber-inducing concoction, ‘Lean’ is literally a rap song over a beat sampling the 1972 classic ‘Lean on Me’ by Bill Withers. I guess this should come as no surprise since Cam’ron has mastered this type of song and rapping over these types of samples more than any other artist, whether it was Journey’s ‘Don’t Stop Believing’, ‘Oh What a Night‘ by the Four Seasons talking about the night he got shot in D.C. and drove himself to the hospital, or improbably rapping about IBS over the all-too-short ‘Any Way You Want It’, or one of my all time favorite Cam efforts, his take on Rose Royce’s ‘I Wanna Get Next to You’

Killa is rattling off lines like he’s in the midst of a lengthy, multi-decade prime here…

“I grew up with Big L, all I knew was ebonics; jealousy, crack, greed, homicide and chronic, where niggas catch a body change their name like the Sonics. It was hot like Phoenix, I used to look up at the Lenox Ave sign, on my heart, and pledge allegiance.”

“I share my wealth, humble beginnings, hunger strangled us, Pops had a choice, me or drugs, he chose angel dust.”

I’ve only listened to ‘The Program’ a couple of times so far but it certainly does not disappoint. A few early favorites aside from ‘Lean’ include Coleslaw, It’s Killa (the album opener, which brings back memories of the ‘Killa Cam’ intro from Killa Season), Chop it Up, and ‘Dime after Dime’ which features a welcome return from Sen City, which would also fit in with the examples above, as Cam’ron raps about serving fiends over Cindy Lauper’s prom classic ‘Time After Time’. Because of course Cam’ron would do that.

With this new album and a new song with both Cam and Jim Jones called ‘Once Upon a Time’ coming out a couple of days ago, hopefully this is just the beginning of a lot of new material from Dipset.

*Update: Didn’t realize there’s also already a video for Lean, see below. Dope video for this type of a song and I’m feeling Cam’s New York Lotto hat.

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Smoking Cookie, and my Baby Mama Hating Tryna Jugg Me

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Lazy Boy ft. Snootie Wild – Kinda Famous 

Another highlight from the new Lazy Boy mixtape, this one the eponymous intro track featuring an unexpected cameo from Snootie Wild of ‘Yayo’ fame from a few years ago.

Best Lazy Boy line – “Got the draco on the seat when I’m in the car, I’m going hard for my brothers on the prison yard.”

I had basically completely forgotten about Snootie and didn’t expect to hear from him again especially not on a mixtape by Lazy Boy but I’m enjoying his feature on here as he plays more of a Fetty Wap type role, contributing a sing-song verse where he details how he’s ‘Famous Amos smoking cookie, and my baby mama hating tryna jugg me’ which I love because of how ridiculous it sounds. There’s also a very unexpected Al Bundy reference that works. I certainly wouldn’t mind seeing Snootie make a comeback in this type of a role going forward let’s see some more rappers utilize him on tracks in this fashion.