Kodak Black – Identity Theft
Kodak with a heartfelt ode to credit card fraud. Rappers have been rapping about the dope game for probably at least 30 years so it’s about time the identity theft game got some love.
Kodak Black ft. Travis Scott, Offset – Zeze
Zeze finally came out and it had your host walking into Midwestern travel plazas and Quaker Steak & Lubes going ‘Bum bum bum bum bum’ and pretending to play the steel drums all weekend while I was on a road trip.
The song with the highly-flammable steel drum beat that Kodak has been teasing in snippets where he’s dancing in his sensibly understated lavender church sweater for the last month or so finally came out, and I’m thankful to say that not only did it live to see the light of day unlike other fire snippets that never lived to see the light of day like ones from Kevin Gates or Ya Boy Big Choo, it also lived up to the hype. The D.A. Doman beat could cure a lot of the world’s problems, you get a simple but incredibly catchy hook from Kodak, and solid verses from Kodak and Offset. An all around solid effort on all levels and certainly a song of the year contender for me. Also my favorite Kodak song I’ve heard since probably some time last year.
My only real gripe is Offset’s lazy ‘in the middle of the field like David Bekcham’ line because it just sounds dated at this point and David Beckham wasn’t even really a central midfielder in the first place, he couldn’t have said someone more current/central like N’Golo Kante or someone and rhymed soemthing with that? But hey c’est la vie.
Baby Soulja ft. Lil Boosie – Dirty
Repost from the big homie Martorialist…
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
PC Tweezie ft. Vandam Bodyslam – Lost Key
Last time around I was talking about PC Tweezie’s ‘Really,’ a breath of fresh air that takes us back to the days of club bangers like ‘Knuck if You Buck’ that made you want to start throwing ‘bos in the club even if you had never been to one at that point in life. Tweezie raps about punching dudes, hitting the gas if he gets pulled over, and ‘dragging hoes by they extensions,’ while in the video he menacingly swaggers around the prison literally taking food off of other inmate’s plates. I checked out the rest of his work including his newest project Mouf of da Souf and in another highlight track, ‘Lost Key,’ he takes that imagery a step further with one of my favorite lines I’ve heard in a while…
“Don’t call me a rapper I’m a convict, the Mac in the back come with a drum kit, in prison I was beating up niggas snatching they drumsticks”
I enjoy Tweezie’s ‘king of the hill’ type imagery here; you might be a bad MF since you’re in prison but he’s worse so you’d better show respect.
He and his labelmate Vandam Bodyslam really just snap for the whole song…
“Lost Key the mob we catching bodies if you play with us, keep them K’s with us, free my nigga Brassa I can’t make this up, paper chasin, I’m thumbin through a check getting paper cuts.”
I actually don’t know much about Vandam Bodyslam besides that he’s also from Florida and has a pretty ridiculous name, he’s part of Tweezie’s Lost Key movement, and he absolutely slaughters the First Day Out beat on Instagram, but I want to find out more…
This is purely wishful thinking on my part/I have no basis for saying this but being that he mentions being locked up, I like the idea of he and PC Tweezie meeting in a Florida prison and then deciding to join forces and take over the rap game upon their release, in sort of a ‘getting the band back together’ type thing where they’re like ‘Hey we already took over the prison, how hard could it be to take over the rap game?’
I’m definitely interested in checking out ‘Back to the Old Me 2’ when it comes out. Lost Key is quickly becoming one of my favorite camps in the rap game right now.
PC Tweezie – Really
PC Tweezie’s got me ready to fight people at the club with this one, and I don’t even really go to the club. This song goes too hard. There’s nothing overly-complicated or subtle here; Problem Child Tweezie just comes in and throws haymakers in a straight up tour de force. It’s not physically possible to put this on in your car and not start speeding.
PC Tweezie opens strong and makes his presence felt right away, pummeling the opening verse, “I was really in the trenches with them wolves, I really tote a .30 hit the gas if I get pulled. I’ll really beat your ass run up on you like a bull, I’m really getting fat them hos say I’m getting full.” I love everything about this verse – The hit the gas if I get pulled line just sounds badass AF, while in the days of rappers talking about their nose rings and desinger messenger bags it just feels refreshing to hear PC Tweezie rap about doling out a good old-fashioned beating and literally taking food off of other inmate’s plates. Lastly, I definitely respect that his hos are admiring his weight gain, because usually when I put on some extra pounds I end up just getting fat-shamed into jogging so he definitely has some serious clout.
In possibly my favorite rhyme of ‘extension’ and ‘extension’ ever, Tweezie deftly deploys it in two different usages and some pretty evocative imagery that shows he’s absolutely not fucking around: “I really keep a 40 glock that came with the extensions, I’m quick to bat a bitch and drag a ho by the extensions.” (Made even better by the ‘I’m silly’ ad lib right after).
So many other hard lines…
“I’m really bout to set the record straight. I’m really from the gutter food stamps section 8. I really did time 6 years 30 days. I’m really slangin iron you can check my resume.”
‘I really got a chopper in the rental. I really try to kill ya I ain’t shooting out the window.”
(*Another low key and easy to overlook highlight of the video is the newspaper headline “Tensions Rise in Local Prison” with the byline “PC’s First Day in Lockup Didn’t Go So Well for the Other Inmates”. )
Florida really is quietly perhaps the most diverse and underappreciated state for rap; you have everything from Kodak to guys like Lil Pump and Smokepurp to of course wing mogul Rick Ross, and everything in between, and now we can add Riviera Beach’s PC Tweezie to the list. I’m looking forward to listening to both of his mixtapes and some of his other stuff as well as some of the other guys from his Lost Key Records squad.