Early Morning, Catch me Serving Grits like it’s Wafflehouse

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LBM Lil Joe ft. Big Wan – BackEnd

I started listening to LBM Lil Joe after Crimedawgbylaw posted ‘Labeled a Dealer’recently (and he’s right, it really is a luscious beat from RichieWitDaHitz) and have been playing the whole album on repeat all week and am really enjoying it. I didn’t look at the tracklist or anything ahead of my time and was listening in the car so it was to my pleasant surprise when ‘BackEnd’ came on and I was like ‘Wait a minute I know that voice, is that BIG WAN?!”

“A nigga diss Big Wan? I ain’t diss him back, grab the axe, bullets rip through wood I’m a lumberjack.”

I love at the end when they trade bars back and forth like a Rio and RMC Mike song.

P.S. Crimedawgbylaw alerted me to the fact that Big Wan is locked up right now let’s all keep our fingers crossed that he’ll be home soon, dude is too talented at 18 to get derailed off the tracks  at such a young age

 

My Homies Sick They Allergic to the Cops

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Rich City D – All Eyez On Me 

My main man Martorialist going deep out in the field to find this hidden Bay gem by unexpected Asian rapper Rich City D. Dare I say, could this be one of ALLBLACK’s “Cambodian niggas that’s blacker than Barack Obama?”

Either way the homie is lacing us with a true slap here and spitting some flames; “I ain’t got no love for the opps, my homies sick they allergic to the cops.”

“I’m a big dog catch me brushing off the fleas, keep this banger on me til the day that we leave”

I’m feeling the jade piece and the pony tail too. Between this guy, Zay Bang and Llama Llama I feel like pony tails are making a bit of a resurgence with Bay rappers, which I’m certainly in favor of it.

My main question is, is the name Rich City D, as in that he’s ‘D’, from ‘Rich City’, or is it Rich City D as in that he’s City D and he’s rich?

Enough Clips to Shoot from 6AM Until the Afternoon

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Big Wan ft. Goowap – Breaking All the Rules (Bonus)

Big Wan is breaking all the rules. I kind of love the fact that Big Wan had the audacity to call this a ‘bonus track’ on a 13-minute mixtape that would have been 11 minutes without it.

The big homie Crimedawgbylaw put me onto Big Wan and sent me over the Dog Slayers mixtape that he bought at a streetwear shop in Milwaukee (and in a move Big Wan himself would probably be proud of, they tried to charge him an extra $5 over the top for it), and now it’s also on Spotify and Youtube for the world to enjoy.

Big Wan had me at’Fast Lane Lifestyle‘ but ‘Breaking All the Rules’ further sealed the deal. While Fast Lane Lifestyle was more of a bleak, cold tour de force through the Milwaukee winter, ‘Breaking All the Rules’ is a more laid-back, summery vibe where Melodroppin 30 switches it up from his usual signature sound (at some point someone has to make a Melodroppin 30 compilation with some of his best production, I’m going to take a stab at it soon but others out there will have more knowledge of him than me) and almost gets a little tropical on us with the beat. I’m breaking out my Hawaiian shirt with the coconut buttons and hula dancer print for this one. But don’t let the beachy production fool you; Big Wan is flowing like a demon on this.

I Trap Like it’s July when it’s February

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Chicken P – Chicken Fly 

Not sure if this is a Melodroppin30 beat or someone else but between the beat and Chicken P throwing out bar after bar this slams hard as fuck. This whole ‘Billy’ tape is hard and this is another highlight its between this and Fast Cash Baby for my favorite.

Lil Chicken aka Big Chicken aka Chicken P is in his zone here –

“I trap like it’s July when it’s February/I be stretching canines like a veterinary/smoked a whole quarter pound it was necessary/me and bro making plays just like Tyler Perry/never seen this many junkies man it’s getting scary/in the trap paranoid get my culinary on/4 4s slamming I put fiends in every phone/pourin’ up 6’s like they let Larry home”

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“Name ring bells through the city we them one niggas, all work no play ain’t no fun with us”

“Nigga laughed and said I had a purse like I ain’t got a gun in it”

“Scared to go to jail cause I be running into plugs in there”

 

Money Counter Go Be-eep

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Chicken P – Fast Cash Baby

I’ve been on a big Milwaukee kick lately thanks to Crimedawgbylaw. I was listening to a lot of Lil Chicken a couple years ago  and at first I wasn’t into the new direction he was going in with more singing then rapping and evolving from Lil Chicken to Chicken P but it slowly grew on me and now I’m loving it. This song ‘Fast Cash Baby’ from his latest project ‘Billy’ is so fire. I’m loving the flow here – Lil Chicken/Big Chicken/Chicken P is sounding like a disembodied, self-promotional ghost here floating around in the ether imploring the fiends to come shop with him – ‘Come shop this shit cheeeee-eeeep’ (I love the idea of Chicken P standing outside a mattress store or a hood cell phone store singing this)

You don’t work you don’t eeeeee-eeaat

Dope production from Melodroppin30 as always I feel like this guy is one of the most underrated producers in the game at this point

Top Songs January 2020

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Happy Super Bowl Sunday…

Mozzy – Big Homie from the Hood (2019)
YNW Melly – Bang Bang (2019)
ZayBang – In That Rain (2019)
YNW Melly – 100K (2019)
Big Wan – Fast Lane Lifestyle (2019)
Bee Rich ft. Rio da Yung OG – Big Pape (2019)
Drake – War (2019)

Mozzy – Big Homie from the Hood

Damn I am feeling this one. This is exactly the type of song I have been wanting to hear from Mozzy. This is OG music. ‘Big Homie from the Hood’ is my favorite song by him since Bladahdah. He’s spitting some real knowledge and hard-earned reflections here about being the big homie and the burdens that come with it. This came out in December and I’m just hearing it now but I’m really thinking about going back and giving it a spot on my best of 2019 list.Video of just the local ballgame in his neighborhood is awesome (I love that the two teams in his hood are rocking Red Sox and Phillies gear) and the beat is perfect for this song; so soulful.

“Mama knew I’m hustling can’t say nothing about it, I’m putting food in his fridge and I ain’t ate nothing out it.”

“How you run me out the hood but I’m the one who run it? I’m the one who make sure auntie ‘n ’em don’t want for nothing. I’m the one that motivate ’em baby, ask the youngins, tell ’em re-up with the 20s, stack the hundreds.”

YNW Melly – Bang Bang 

AAAHHHHHHHHH I had to pull my hands off the keyboard quick because my computer is too overheated from playing ‘Bang Bang’ and all these other scorchers off the Melly album.

There are a good four or even five highlights to choose from, but after many listens I’ve decided that in my opinion, Bang Bang is Melly’s magnum opus on Melly vs Melvin.

Melly blesses us with what I would honestly say is an all-time great hook here. Only Melly could pull off using ‘I bang blood Gang’ and then mentioning ‘Stranger Things’ twice in the same hook. (P.S. Melly is talking a lot about being a blood on this album; maybe more so than on any mainstream record label release that I can think of; “Big blood, big blood shout out GD”, “I’m a real blood, G-Shine, ain’t no bitch in me”.) I don’t know much about the producer but according to Wikipedia it’s C-ClipBeatz and he made this the perfect backdrop for Melly’s warbling.

At this point, I think my five favorite Melly songs are Ingredients, Bang Bang, 100K, Waitin’ on You, and then either Robbery or Adam Sandler.

ZayBang – In That Rain 

Saw this one on Thizzler and I’m feeling it. I don’t know much about ZayBang but I like what I’m hearing here. I’m loving the flow, the hook is super infectious and it’s a also a really good message of resilience. Hairstyle is on point too with the ponytail, I guess that is a Nor Cal thing as I’ve also seen Llama Llama rocking i? Either way I can get behind it. The beat from DJ Taliband is dope too.

“When I was stuck on (???) I was fishing off the tier, in case you didn’t know, that’s the pen, I’ve been losing tryna find out how to win” damn I felt that part.

“My brother watched his enemies but lost it to his friends”

“They try to say it’s love, I think it’s hate… you supposed to be my brother why you turn this to a race? I do this for my brothers they gonna meet me at the gates. I do this for baby Zay, this your dad, I did that time and we gon leave that in the past.”

I’ve got to check out more of ZayBang’s work

YNW Melly – 100K 

This beat is just so celebratory and glorious. THIS is function music! I can’t find any production credits for ‘100K’ anywhere but I would love to know who made it. If not for the lyrics/subject matter (and who knows who would even be listening anyway) I feel like this would not be out of place coming on at a wedding or baptism. If you didn’t know it was Melly you would almost guess that this is some sort of unreleased Young Thug gem from prime Thug.

I’m not sure if I’m feeling the “diarrhea/gonorea” rhyme scheme but the ‘pull up on a nigga, onomatopoeia’ that follows it does sound pretty dope and kind of makes up for it although I’m not quite sure what that would entail.

The more and more I listen to this Melly vs. Melvin album the more I’m feeling it. ‘We All Shine’ was one of mytop albums of 2019 with one of my all-time favorites with ‘Ingredients’,  but this might be an even better overall project top to bottom. It’s too bad it came out so late in the year that it missed a lot of the end of year lists and all that. I also feel like I have not heard much about this album and didn’t even know that it was coming out, compared to maybe a year prior when Melly was one of the most talked-about rappers but I guess that is just the nature of the hype and post-hype cycle that music lives in today; I’m paraphrasing Ray Garraty here in that people just treat music as mass consumerism or fast fashion now and gobble up what’s hot one day and then move on to the next trend and never check for the previous artist again. ‘Melly vs. Melvin’ Just filled with bangers on every track. I mentioned Adam Sandler the other day, I’ve been feeling 100K and giving this a ton of plays but my favorite of all might be ‘Bang ‘Bang‘ . And this isn’t even including the Juice WRLD and Glokk9ine features. In an era where albums have kind of become a throwaway or just a bunch of songs thrown together to get streams, this is actually a really well thought-out, carefully put-together, well-crafted album.

Big Wan – Fast Lane Lifestyle 

Not only did I forget all about posting this on my top songs of 2019 list, I even gave it the gross oversight of forgetting to even include it in my more recent and extremely belated top songs of December 2019 list. I found this of course thanks to Crimedawgbylaw, who at this point has become a virtual Lonely Planet guide to Milwaukee slaps. This fucking goes. Beat by MeloDroppin30 is so cold. Perfect type of beat for a cold midwestern winter night. (Can’t find his solo mixtape on Spotify anymore SMH it had a dope intro on it I forget who rapped on it too so will never find the song again. He’s also done some nice beats for Lil Chicken).

Like Big Colin, I’m feeling the prefix of ‘Big’ here in the name instead of the more common ‘Lil’, and similar to the Big Colin song I posted a while back, I love when Wan’s crew starts yelling along with the one line as he raps it. I would not mind this becoming a new trend in songs/videos. When Wan switches up his flow after that to the faster flow it almost reminds me Tee Grizzley’s flow change from First Day Out.

Dude at 1:45 is going super hard lol

Bee Rich ft. Rio da Yung OG – Big Pape

I’m not sure what it is but there’s just something about saying ‘big pape’ instead of ‘big paper’ that I went from dislking at first to now kind of loving just the sheer obnoxiousness of it.

Just more absolute nastiness from Rio da Yung OG and one of his many statesmen that he’s been pumping out features for non-stop.

“Alright, now it’s time for me to talk shit, chop take a chunk out of his leg, look like a shark bit it”

“Hit the tar with the fetty wap now it’s dark skin, no NBA but we got 2 K’s at the park with it”

“Ain’t no love in my body bitch I’m heartless, I ain’t worried about the opps them niggas harmless”

In related news of Rio features, Crimedawgbylaw posted another one of the many recent ones, “Ghetto Brothers” this one with Rio and the fantastically-named ‘Talibando’.

Drake – War 

The Martorialist recently described this one as Drake’s ‘Silly UK drill song’ and he’s 100% accurate in that description – but in spite of myself, I have to just come clean and admit that I can’t help but liking it, mainly because the beat is cold as fuck. I wonder what Drake’s opinion on Brexit is.

Ride Around the City Dumping Honey Smacks

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Big Wan – Fast Lane Lifestyle

Not only did I forget all about posting this on my top songs of 2019 list, I even gave it the gross oversight of forgetting to even include it in my more recent and extremely belated top songs of December 2019 list. I found this of course thanks to Crimedawgbylaw, who at this point has become a virtual Lonely Planet guide to Milwaukee slaps. This fucking goes. Beat by MeloDroppin30 is so cold. Perfect type of beat for a cold midwestern winter night. (Can’t find his solo mixtape on Spotify anymore SMH it had a dope intro on it I forget who rapped on it too so will never find the song again. He’s also done some nice beats for Lil Chicken).

Like Big Colin, I’m feeling the prefix of ‘Big’ here in the name instead of the more common ‘Lil’, and similar to the Big Colin song I posted a while back, I love when Wan’s crew starts yelling along with the one line as he raps it. I would not mind this becoming a new trend in songs/videos. When Wan switches up his flow after that to the faster flow it almost reminds me Tee Grizzley’s flow change from First Day Out.

Dude at 1:45 is going super hard lol

They Left me in that Rain, But I’m Here

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Zay Bang – In That Rain 

Saw this one on Thizzler and I’m feeling it. I don’t know much about ZayBang but I like what I’m hearing here. I’m loving the flow, the hook is super infectious and it’s a also a really good message of resilience. Hairstyle is on point too with the ponytail, I guess that is a Nor Cal thing as I’ve also seen Llama Llama rocking i? Either way I can get behind it. The beat from DJ Taliband is dope too.

“When I was stuck on (???) I was fishing off the tier, in case you didn’t know, that’s the pen, I’ve been losing tryna find out how to win” damn I felt that part.

“My brother watched his enemies but lost it to his friends”

“They try to say it’s love, I think it’s hate… you supposed to be my brother why you turn this to a race? I do this for my brothers they gonna meet me at the gates. I do this for baby Zay, this your dad, I did that time and we gon leave that in the past.”

I’ve got to check out more of ZayBang’s work

No NBA but we got 2 K’s at the Park with it

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Bee Rich ft. Rio da Yung OG – Big Pape 

I’m not sure what it is but there’s just something about saying ‘big pape’ instead of ‘big paper’ that I went from dislking at first to now kind of loving just the sheer obnoxiousness of it.

Just more absolute nastiness from Rio da Yung OG and one of his many statesmen that he’s been pumping out features for non-stop.

“Alright, now it’s time for me to talk shit, chop take a chunk out of his leg, look like a shark bit it”

“Hit the tar with the fetty wap now it’s dark skin, no NBA but we got 2 K’s at the park with it”

“Ain’t no love in my body bitch I’m heartless, I ain’t worried about the opps them niggas harmless”

In related news of Rio features, Crimedawgbylaw posted another one of the many recent ones, “Ghetto Brothers” this one with Rio and the fantastically-named ‘Talibando’.

Top Songs December 2019

Yeah this feels unbelievably anticlimactic after not only my top 50 songs for 2019 and my rambling top songs of the decade list but I realized that because I had worked on those and they took so much time I never put up my top songs for the month of December. I’m not sure why I’m bothering to do it now 11 days into January 2020 but I don’t want to break the chain and I’m going to take a stab at doing a somewhat abbreviated version of it, hopefully without being too redundant.

Zelooperz ft. Earl Sweatshirt – Easter Sunday 97
YNW Melly – Adam Sandler
Rio da Yung OG – Shit Talkin’ Part 4
Griselda ft. 50 Cent – City on the Map
Yung Cat – Gangsta Shit
Black Eyed Peas ft. J. Balvin – Ritmo

Zelooperz ft. Earl Sweatshirt – Easter Sunday 97 

Probably my favorite song that I found reading other people’s end of year/best of 2019 lists, thanks to Rap Music Hysteria. I’m feeling everything about this one, from the beat, to the title to the video and just the overall vibe. Between Some Rap Songs, Feet of Clay, and features like this, Earl has quietly had quite the year and change.

YNW Melly – Adam Sandler 

YNW Melly stays releasing some heat from behind bars with ‘Adam Sandler’. Now I’m assuming he’s evoking this new, bossed up version of Adam Sandler i.e. here –

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as opposed to the previous, more typical sloppier Sandler that we’ve come to expect, before he glowed up…

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The Martorialist pointed out last month that we could a spate of rappers named Buffalino and Tony Pro in the wake of the Irishman, is this going to be the month where we get a new rapper named Howard Rattner?

“I’m a real Blood, G-Shine, ain’t no bitch in me. I’m a real nigga ain’t no Lilo ain’t no Stich in me.”

Rio da Yung OG – Shit Talkin Pt. 4

Just more pure savagery from Mr. Consistency aka Rio da Yung OG. That “On Christmas we was getting shit we need, I didn’t want a coat” line hit hard. Anyone know what he said before that about ‘we didn’t have slice cheese we had (Focus Help?)’ I couldn’t quite make out what he was saying at the end there/and if it is Focus Help don’t know what he means.

FREE BIG GHETTO!

Griselda ft. 50 Cent – City on the Map

I’m not a huge Griselda stan like some people so I’m not extensively familiar with all their work but I do like these guys especially Benny (I wish that they had given Benny a verse on this track) and I’ll check for their stuff, and it was nice to hear a new verse from the Godfather in 2019. I wasn’t sure what to expect since he hasn’t exactly been the most frequent rapper in recent years but he does a nice job here, kind of taking on a boss bad guy type role. “Chill, play it cool, til I come and get frostbit, let the D’s find the strap in the snow after I toss it.” I love the callousness and just casual disdain of ‘Let the D’s fine the strap in the snow after I toss it,” that’s trademark 50 right there. This isn’t something that I’ll put on every day but it’s nice east coast winter time type music for when you’re driving around with the heat on and wearing a hoodie with a hockey jersey over it or under your winter coat and some Timbs. (This song and the album as a whole).

Yung Cat – Gangsta Shit 

The official title ‘C-Bo presents Yung Cat (Fat Tone Jr.) – Gangsta Shit’ is a little too busy for my taste but regardless, like the big homie Martorialist said, it’s a “big, hooky Kansas City slapper.” Yung Cat just comes stomping through the Kansas City streets on this beat/hook. I’m not 100% sure what the deal with Yung Cat’s sloth shirt is but I’m kind of feeling it.

Black Eyed Peas ft. J. Balvin – Ritmo 

I’m not sure what this is from or why it’s also called ‘Bad Boys for Life’, and it seems like a blatant ripoff of the original ‘Rythm of the Night’ instead of just a sample, but you know what? It actually is supq1d`er catchy and gets people moving and my one and a half year old son goes wild every time it comes on and dances around the living room so I’m going to be honest and include it in my top songs for the month since it may be the most played song in my humble abode at the moment.