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Top Songs March 2019

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Album of the Month 

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Peezy – New Car Smell

As my fellow Peezy evangelists like Nyquil510 and Raygarraty have recently been pointing out, Peezy is on top of the game right now.

Obviously we’re used to hearing Peezy over more intense Detroit-type beats and he excels on that type of production, i.e. this or this but it’s also nice to hear him kicking it over a little more of a laid-back, soulful beat like this that you can picture cruising around to or chilling with in the spring/summer. After a couple of listens to ‘No Hooks 2’ this is my favorite song off it or at least the one that jumped out at me the most, but honestly the whole album is fire. New Car Smell is also a great name for a song. Crime Stoppers (another great name), the title track, No Limit, etc. were all dope.

“Leftover lobster, champagne in the fridge” is such an ultimate humble brag. Peezy is just so accustomed to fancy restaurants and lobster that he said that’s enough at the restaurant and will just finish it whenever he feels like it at the crib next time he doesn’t feel like leaving the house to eat, no big deal.

“Bossed up on these niggas like I’m Darnell, niggas selling couches rapping like the cartel.” Such a great diss line since we all know someone who’s working at like Bob’s Furniture or Aaron’s and living at their mom’s house but acting like they’re some big plug to anyone who will listen.

“Ain’t no heat inside the crib but it slap though, Ghetto Boys baby we the new Death Row,” a bold claim but I’m feeling it and hey someone has to go for that mantle it might as well be Peezy.

Let’s all hope that Peezy doesn’t have to sit down for any length of time for the charges he’s fighting while he’s in the prime of his career like this.

Juvenile x Birdman ft. NLE Choppa – Dreams 

I’m ABOUT this 2019 Juvenile resurgence. I would have been a happy camper after just JAG but this new ‘Dreams’ joint is a nice unexpected surprise. Juve comes through and delivers again with another fire hook. He’s turning into 2019’s unexpected hook god.

It was only a matter of time before Birdman and his cohorts got in on this rapping over acoustic-sounding beat that guys like Lil Baby and Gunna have been making hits with. (Great beat by D-Rock here yet again, after a nice beatjack/update of Too $hort’s Dope Fiend Beat on JAG as I learned from Martorialist. I’m not too familiar with him but maybe he’s Birdman/Cash Money’s new in-house producer which based on his showing thus far I would certainly welcome.)

While JAG was just Birdman and Juvenile, here, they link up with Birdman’s latest protege NLE Choppa, he of ‘Shotta Flow’ and it’s 2 billion views fame, giving this a circle of life effect as one generation of Birdman cronies passes the torch to the next. Choppa does a decent job of holding his own here and proving he’s worthy of standing alongside a legend in the game like Juve. Birdman’s verse was predictably mediocre but he’s the money man putting these all together so I can’t complain. I wish Juvenile did a verse here instead of just the hook but the hook is good enough that I can’t get greedy. C’est la vie.

Last time aroundBirdman was showing off his art collection of questionable quality to some sort of female curator/critic, this time he’s showing off his taste in animal-themed topiary on the grounds of his sprawling estate to a group of lovely ladies, because he’s Birdman.

Let’s hope that there’s a part 3 to this series.

Saint Jhn ft. Lil Baby – Trap 

I bet y’all weren’t expecting to see me post this. I’m not gonna lie, I wasn’t expecting to like this guy because he seems like a plant because he’s been getting pushed by Roc a Fella and been appearing on a lot of radio shows/interviews etc. but I can’t front, his hook on ‘Trap’ is just too fire to hate on. It sounds like some unearthly message being beamed down to us from the heavens. I don’t know much else about him yet but after this I decided I needed to be a little more open-minded and get out of my usual lane a little and decided to check out his debut album from last year, Collection One. It was a little more on the ‘artistic’ vibe than what I usually like but he had a couple of good joints on there I surprised myself again and really liked ‘I Heard You Got Too Lit Last Night‘ as well.

El Camino – Davis St 

Dope intro off of El Camino’s new ‘Don’t Eat the Fruit’. El Camino is really coming into his own and going from Griselda sidekick to featured artist. If you like this lane, you were eating really good this month or so with new albums like Eto’s Hell’s Roof, El Camino, Flee Lord’s Gets Greater Later, Rick Hyde’s Plates, and Knowledge the Pirate’s Black Caesar all coming out seemingly one after another.

Rick Hyde ft. Benny, El Camino 

Speaking of Griselda/El Camino etc., Lanez off of the aforementioned Rick Hyde mixtape goes hard as fuck. Benny is the best of the bunch in terms of Griselda. It’s crazy how deep upstate New York is right now, Rick Hyde doesn’t seem to get as much hype as some of these other guys yet but this tape was really good. Lanez was my favorite song off of it. The intro had me all hyped up between that sample of the guy talking about how these are the real Sopranos (no idea what it’s from but just sounded awesome), the beat kicking in, the El Camino hook, the brrrrraatt, and Benny yelling his trademark ‘The butcher coming nigga!’ ‘Eastside Buffalo shit!” I felt like I got taken back in time to an old DJ Clue or DJ Kay Slay mixtape from the mid-2000s which is a very good thing.

“Six figure diet make my heart stable” is such humble brag by Benny since at the end of the day health is the ultimate luxury.

Also this might sound like sacrilege but is it just me or is El Camino sounding at least just a little like Max B on the hook here? At least a poor man’s Max B. But with the wave god still locked up, I’ll take it.

Memo the Mafioso – The Race 

Saw this on Nyquil 510 and I’ve been on a big Memo the Mafioso kick ever since. Memo the Mafioso > Shoreline Mafia in my opinion. I’m feeling this San Diego wave that Memo is at the forefront of.

Memo the Mafioso ft. C-Loccs – Swervin

It seems like Memo is starting to get some deserved buzz with the above video; this one ‘Swervin’ is from a year ago so well before his star turn. The production is kind of low-budget but it kind of goes with the old-school west coast vibe of the song. I don’t know who C-Loccs is I’m assuming he’s Memo’s OG or something but I love the way he’s flowing on this song I feel like this could really be some early 90’s Death Row era album cut. ‘Just bangin’ and slangin’ what’s the word on the street, here in Southern California where you gotta pack heat.’

Memo the Mafioso x O’Way

Another heater from Memo and his boy O’Way. Alright I’m officially a Memo fan now I guess.

I don’t know who Alejandro that they refer to is but it’s clear he’s not one to cross and his association with Memo apparently means that this sentiment extends to him as well.

PLUS TAX WE THE SAN DIEGO BEATLES. I’m loving the boldness of this line and the ‘Alejandro’ ad lib afterward. Not just Plus Tax we the new Hot Boys or Plus Tax we the San Diego Death Row; Plus Tax we the San Diego Beatles, just going straight for the crown of the best-selling band of all time, I respect it.

Flame Blazin x Shotgun Quannie – Regardless 

Still been bumping this all month because it’s so hard. ‘Judge put me on probation, I’ma be with my squad regardless’.

‘If they bring him back to life than we shoot the doctor’.

‘We got too many guns we gon go to jail/chill bro we got money for bail/we got too many bodies we gon go to hell/fuck a judge he can get it as well.’

Leeak ft. Peezy – True Story 

This wasn’t on Peezy’s No Hooks album, since it’s just a feature for another artist, but his verse on here is crazy which just gives you an idea of how insanely prolific Peezy has been lately. This is probably one of my favorite Peezy verses and it’s just a quick feature that didn’t make it to his album.

‘Big bag on my like it’s Christmas Eve, smoking fluffly light green Christmas trees. Judge thought I was gonna fold told him sentence me.’

‘Brodie heard I’m in Cali want to send us cheese, cuz called me from the joint said he need a sleeve.’

‘I can’t help but eat I gotta get it gotta chase these millions gotta get my people out the swamp gotta feed my niggas.’

I also love the Peezy pretending his playing the keys in the video like he’s Mannie Fresh!

Peezy – Crimestoppers
Peezy – Homecoming 

 

More heat off of No Hooks II. I love the Peezy billboard.

NLE Choppa – Shotta Flow

Yeah I’m hella late on this (crazy that in this era a song from like 2 months ago can already be ‘old’ but I went back and listened to all of NLE Choppa’s other stuff after ‘Dreams’ with Juvenile and Baby and this one really grew on me. ‘Extended clip long as a rope’ is such a vague unit of measurement but it sounds nasty.

Project Pat – Choices

Went back and listened to a bunch of old Project Pat this month. So smooth and such an all-time great flow and voice. I’m surprised how positive/upbeat ‘Choices’ was, with songs like this and ‘Choose U’ Pat kills soulful production.

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Ghetto Boys Baby We the New Death Row

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Peezy – New Car Smell 

As my fellow Peezy evangelists like Nyquil510 and Raygarraty have recently been pointing out, Peezy is on top of the game right now.

Obviously we’re used to hearing Peezy over more intense Detroit-type beats and he excels on that type of production, i.e. this or this but it’s also nice to hear him kicking it over a little more of a laid-back, soulful beat like this that you can picture cruising around to or chilling with in the spring/summer. After a couple of listens to ‘No Hooks 2’ this is my favorite song off it or at least the one that jumped out at me the most, but honestly the whole album is fire. New Car Smell is also a great name for a song. Crime Stoppers (another great name), the title track, No Limit, etc. were all dope.

“Leftover lobster, champagne in the fridge” is such an ultimate humble brag. Peezy is just so accustomed to fancy restaurants and lobster that he said that’s enough at the restaurant and will just finish it whenever he feels like it at the crib next time he doesn’t feel like leaving the house to eat, no big deal.

“Bossed up on these niggas like I’m Darnell, niggas selling couches rapping like the cartel.” Such a great diss line since we all know someone who’s working at like Bob’s Furniture or Aaron’s and living at their mom’s house but acting like they’re some big plug to anyone who will listen.

“Ain’t no heat inside the crib but it slap though, Ghetto Boys baby we the new Death Row,” a bold claim but I’m feeling it and hey someone has to go for that mantle it might as well be Peezy.

Let’s all hope that Peezy doesn’t have to sit down for any length of time for the charges he’s fighting while he’s in the prime of his career like this.

I Let the Jewelery Hit the Sun and let the Shit Gleam

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Juvenile, Birdman ft. NLE Choppa – Dreams

I’m ABOUT this 2019 Juvenile resurgence. I would have been a happy camper after just JAG but this new ‘Dreams’ joint is a nice unexpected surprise. Juve comes through and delivers again with another fire hook. He’s turning into 2019’s unexpected hook god.

It was only a matter of time before Birdman and his cohorts got in on this rapping over acoustic-sounding beat that guys like Lil Baby and Gunna have been making hits with. (Great beat by D-Rock here yet again, after a nice beatjack/update of Too $hort’s Dope Fiend Beat on JAG as I learned from Martorialist. I’m not too familiar with him but maybe he’s Birdman/Cash Money’s new in-house producer which based on his showing thus far I would certainly welcome.)

While JAG was just Birdman and Juvenile, here, they link up with Birdman’s latest protege NLE Choppa, he of ‘Shotta Flow’ and it’s 2 billion views fame, giving this a circle of life effect as one generation of Birdman cronies passes the torch to the next. Choppa does a decent job of holding his own here and proving he’s worthy of standing alongside a legend in the game like Juve. Birdman’s verse was predictably mediocre but he’s the money man putting these all together so I can’t complain. I wish Juvenile did a verse here instead of just the hook but the hook is good enough that I can’t get greedy. C’est la vie.

Last time around, Birdman was showing off his art collection of questionable quality to some sort of female curator/critic, this time he’s showing off his taste in animal-themed topiary on the grounds of his sprawling estate to a group of lovely ladies, because he’s Birdman.

Let’s hope that there’s a part 3 to this series.

Top Songs February 2018

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Juvenile ft. Birdman – JAG

This one got not just one post on here but two this month, one for the song itself and one when they teased the sample so it’s only right that Juvenile tops the charts for February. Lmao @ Juve sounding like an old suburban dad talking about how one man’s trash is another man’s treasure in his verse here but it’s actually kind of a wierdly dope line and the chorus sounds beastly. Juve can always make a hit no matter what year it is.

I’m welcoming this Cash Money resurgence, it’s a shame BG is still locked up and couldn’t jump onto this with a verse. As The Martorialist mentioned to me, this is a re-use of the beat from Dope Fiend Beat by Too $hort, I knew as soon as I Youtube’d it and heard the prolonged ‘Biiiiiiiiitch!’

It seems that Birdman’s entire art collection is other famous paintings (or figures) wearing red bandanas, because of course it would be. Also, what’s the deal with this woman at the end of the video that Birdman is trying to put onto art-world game, some type of collector or curator? I wonder what type of art-world knowledge Birdman is lacing her with. Or he may just be trying to hustle her into buying one of his paintings at an inflated price or selling him one of hers that she wants for a lower price BELEEE DAT PLAYBOY.

Chippass, E-40, ALLBLACK – Me 

It’s only right that ALLBLACK and E-40 would finally link up; two off-kilter flowing Bay Area P’s from overlapping but different eras with their own eccentric senses of humor. Even better that these kindred spirits are spitting over this monstrous Bay beat from Sho Nuff. This beat is nasty I can’t wait to put this on full blast in the whip. Add in a verse from the always-reliable Chippass and you’ve got a perfect Tres Amigos track. ALLBLACK is one of the best out right now. You’ve got to love the fact that he’s one of the hottest names in the game but he’s still grateful on every song still humbly thanking everyone for fucking with him. For every E-40 line nowadays that makes you say, “come on E-40” he has a simple but dope line like “If I go broke I’m selling the car that I’m driving” or “If you jump ship there ain’t no getting back on my boat.” ALLBLACK’s whole verse is filthy as you’d come to expect at this point.

38 Spesh ft. Eto – Flour City 

I know we might be killing the previous vibe jumping from sunny, bouncy Bay Area beats and beat jacks to grimey, wintertime east-coast Timbs and keeping a gun in your Carhartt jacket here but in the words of Pimp C it just be like that sometimes. We’re renaissance men over here. Rochester NY’s 38 Spesh and Eto team up to kill this one. I didn’t realize the city of Rochester had so much rap talent. 38 Spesh did a great project with Kool G Rap and one with Benny, and has a couple of his own solo tapes out over the last few months that I still need to check out in full (I love that he’s wearing a hoodie with one of the graphics from that album/his own album). Meanwhile Eto recently released a short project with V-Don which was pretty good and just released his album ‘Hell’s Roof’ yesterday, I started listening to it last night and am excited to really give it a full listen today because it sounded sick so far.

I wasn’t feeling the beat here much at first and was just listening to it for the flames from Eto and .38 but now that I’ve bumped this about 100 times the beat has really grown on me and it’s perfect for this type of song. I may be wrong but I believe 38 Spesh actually produced it himself. Eto really brings it on this one I keep rewinding this beginning again and again ‘Squeeze fire, two strikes out, three priors, you grew when you went from the toasters to deep friers, can’t keep niggas afloat, I need divers, can’t keep grips in my coat, no revivers.”

I’m ready to circle the wagons on this appropriately snowy weekend here in the Northeast and give Hell’s Roof a serious listen.

Flame Blazin x Shotgun Quannie – Regardless

TOO… MUCH… HEAT… from Newport News, Virginia’s Flame Blazin’. I’m kind of cheating here because I only heard this song yesterday so it’s probably more for top 10 songs for March but I can’t stop playing it and couldn’t keep it off this list. Flame and Shotgun Quannie trading verses back and forth is so dope, ‘We’ve got too many guns, we gon go to jail, chill bro we got money for bail, we got too many bodies we gon go to hell. Fuck a judge he can get it as well.’

Bloody Jay ft. Lil Boosie – Thug My Way / Bloody Jay – Seen it All / Bloody Jay – Foot on they Neck 

Was meaning to do a full post about the new Bloody Jay project but time got the best of me and it’s already March before I realized it so figured I might as well put these into my February top 10 instead. The tape, Real Forever, which a newly-free post-prison Bloody Jay recently released, is really good. I always felt like Bloody Jay was a sort of unsung predecessor to these singing Atlanta rappers that never got the credit he deserved, maybe the powers that be felt that he just wasn’t as marketable as someone like a Lil Baby, but go back and check out his Black Portland mixtape with Young Thug if you haven’t, or my favorite Bloody Jay song, ‘Get it in Blood‘ and maybe you can kind of see where I’m coming from.

Back to ‘Real Forever’ i.e. the current Bloody Jay, and there are a lot of bangers on this one. These are my 3 favorites. I love Boosie’s line on ‘Thug My Way’ where he says ‘Me and Tupac the only pictures in my studio’. The intro, Seen it All, went hard and the Bigga Rankin intro in the beginning had me surprisingly hyped for it, like I was listening to some mid-2000s mixtape. I also loved the ‘Red zoooonnne’ ad lib on it. “You know how I’m comin, ABG We bangin’ like we straight outta Compton.” I was unexpectedly into the ‘You gon think it’s raining bullets from the sky, dog’ on Foot on they Neck, because it sounds like it should be kind of dumb, but it sounds dope when Bloody Jay says it. Side note I was NOT expecting to hear a reference to Goldberg from WCW in a rap song in 2019 but it happened on Foot on they Neck.

Offset Jim – No Pressure

Saw this one on Ray Garraty a couple weeks back. I remember seeing this guy in those Thizzler end of the year cypher videos too. This beat is so crunchy and ALLBLACK’s homie acquits himself nicely here. “Knock a nigga’s lights out like I’m Tyson, ten niggas ten straps we ain’t fighting.” I love the look on his face and the dismissive wave of the hand when he informs you that ‘we ain’t fighting’. I’m always down for an ALLBLACK cameo in a video and here he’s styling in that black Chris Webber jersey. Would it be too bold of a claim to say Offset Jim > Offset from Migos at this point in time?

The Click – Scandalous/E-40 ft. Bo Rock – Things’ll Never Change 

Was listening to a whole bunch of old mid-90’s E-40 this month, maybe spurred by hearing the aforementioned ‘Me’. Scandalous has been an old, long-time favorite of mine ever since stumbling across an incredible remix of it by DJ Screw years ago, whereas Things’ll Never Change is brand new to me. I never knew 40 had his own version of Tupac’s ‘Changes’ using the same sample that came out around the same time! It’s a touching, heartfelt and heavy song by E-40 and I’d venture to say a bit more pessimistic than Tupac’s version, touching on problems both personal like him being beaten as a child by his parents and struggling to find a job as a young man, to the societal like domestic violence and suicide. It also slows down the beat a bit compared to how Pac used it. Sometimes it’s nice to just take a step back and appreciate the geniuses!

Bizzy Bone – Carbon Monoxide 

These overly long-ass video intros are a trend I’d like to see die down, and this one SPECIFICALLY was super annoying. This one specifically was really annoying. BUT that being said, the song itself was actually a lot doper than I expected; Bizzy Bone has definitley still got it in 2019 and really brought some heat on this one. His various flows he breaks out are all on point and he has a lot of good lines here, the beat was nasty too. My favorite part is him saying that the Migos get a lot of streams but streams barely pay anything, which is basically him gloating that he rapped in an earlier time, it’s obviously not Migos fault that the music industry collapsed and you can’t make millions selling CDs anymore, so it’s kind of an unfair taunt but that’s what makes it so evil, which is what Bizzy is going for. The video was actually kind of cool too with all the old clips once you get past the intro.

DJ Screw – Comin Out (Diana Ross)

The treatment that Screw gives this is truly something to behold.

Nipsey Hussle ft. Roddy Ricch, Hit-Boy

Nipsey’s Victory Lap from last February was one of last year’s best albums so it was nice to get a new joint from him this month. Nice chorus from Roddy Ricch here too.

I Pull up in a YAG

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So Baby and Juve delivered and the full song of this actually came out now.  Juvenile is sounding like he’s at the top of his game; we need him to get back in the studio and at least make one of those 7-track type albums that Kanye was churning out last summer for his artists. I’m welcoming this Cash Money resurgence, it’s a shame BG is still locked up and couldn’t jump onto this with a verse. Not sure who the producer is but this beat knocks hard.

It seems that Birdman’s entire art collection is other famous paintings (or figures) wearing red bandanas, because of course it would be. Also, what’s the deal with this woman at the end of the video that Birdman is trying to put onto art-world game, some type of collector or curator? I wonder what type of art-world knowledge Birdman is lacing her with. Or he may just be trying to hustle her into buying one of his paintings at an inflated price or selling him one of hers that she wants for a lower price BELEEE DAT PLAYBOY.  She’s definitely not one of the video vixens.

P.S. Whose the dude at 3:24 is that Birdman’s older brother Terrance Williams?

Ten Niggas Ten Straps We Ain’t Fighting

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Offset Jim – No Pressure

Saw this one on Ray Garraty a couple weeks back. I remember seeing this guy in those Thizzler end of the year cypher videos too. This beat is so crunchy and ALLBLACK’s homie acquits himself nicely here. “Knock a nigga’s lights out like I’m Tyson, ten niggas ten straps we ain’t fighting.” I love the look on his face and the dismissive wave of the hand when he informs you that ‘we ain’t fighting’. I’m always down for an ALLBLACK cameo in a video and here he’s styling in that black Chris Webber jersey. Would it be too bold of a claim to say Offset Jim > Offset from Migos at this point in time?

I Could Make a Treasure out of Trash

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Juvenile ft Birdman – Just Another Gangsta (Snippet)

I could definitely go for some new Juvenile in 2019. I’m sure Birdman’s ‘feature’ will just be him saying a sentence at the end at most but this still sounds pretty fire (I didn’t realize Juvenile was still rocking with Birdman maybe this is to repay a debt or something but hey I’ll take it). Not sure if/when the full song is coming out but let’s keep our fingers crossed that they don’t just tease it and then let it go to that big snippet graveyard in the sky. Lmao @ Juve sounding like an old suburban dad talking about how one man’s trash is another man’s treasure in his verse here but it’s actually kind of a wierdly dope line and the chorus sounds beastly. Juve can always make a hit no matter what year it is.

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ME TIME

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Chippass, ALLBLACK, E40 – Me 

It’s only right that ALLBLACK and E-40 would finally link up; two off-kilter flowing Bay Area P’s from overlapping but different eras with their own eccentric senses of humor. Even better that these kindred spirits are spitting over this monstrous Bay beat from Sho Nuff. This beat is nasty I can’t wait to put this on full blast in the whip. Add in a verse from the always-reliable Chippass and you’ve got a perfect Tres Amigos track. ALLBLACK is one of the best out right now. You’ve got to love the fact that he’s one of the hottest names in the game but he’s still grateful on every song still humbly thanking everyone for fucking with him. For every E-40 line nowadays that makes you say, “come on E-40” he has a simple but dope line like “If I go broke I’m selling the car that I’m driving” or “If you jump ship there ain’t no getting back on my boat.” ALLBLACK’s whole verse is filthy as you’d come to expect at this point.

P.S. Ray Garraty put together a nice compilation of ALLBLACK loosies over the weekend

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Top 10 Songs January 2018

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Shordie Shordie – Betchua (Bitchuary)

The top song of the month finds your host sitting back eating a bag of crab chips, taking a long, relaxed drag from my Black and Mild taking in this Baltimore rap scene feeling like I’m Prop Joe. Caught this one Betchua (apparently aka Bitchuary) by Shordie Shordie on Crimedawbylaw the other day and haven’t stopped playing it since. This is the hardest song I’ve heard in a minute.

Betchua is going to hit millions of views, or at least it should. Shordie Shordie is a star. So far everyone I’ve showed this too in real life basically for the first 30 seconds or so was like ‘I don’t know about this one’ and then shortly after was nodding along and agreeing that it’s pure fire. Shordie Shordie has the requisite charisma and image that give Betchua the star power needed for a smash hit; Betchua has literally got it all – the song, the dance, the beat, the super catchy chorus, and most importantly it pulls off the difficult tightrope act of simultaneously having something for the ladies but still being something that the hard rocks in the trenches will appreciate, for example “When I leave you be going seeing different faces, when I leave I be fucking bitches different places; still in these streets, I’ve got charges that a nigga facing”. It’s basically the perfect slap for 2019.  I challenge anyone to listen to it and not have it in their head for at least a week afterward.

“I’m in the club drinking Henny with my black and Mild, got my gun in I can wave it and start acting wild, but I won’t do that ’cause I guess that shit is out of style, that’s why I left the club early.” This line really says it all these days.

YNW Melly ft. Fredo Bang – Ingredients 

Basically a 1a and 1b for song of the month because ‘Ingredients’ is up there too.

ure, unadulterated heater off of the YNW Melly album. Another early nominee for song of the year for 2019? Save for a track here and there the entire Melly album is straight heat. I’ve been blasting this all week and I think I played in 9 or 10 times in a row in the car after I first heard it. I’m a total square but I can def see the appeal of bumping this in the car driving away after hitting a lick in Florida. I love the hook here and the beat is nice too. It took me a minute to warm to NBA Youngboy opp extraordinaire Fredo Bang’s part but it’s grown on me more and more and now him stepping up to give his verse is one of my favorite parts of the song. While lyrically it’s pretty run of the mill/mediocre (what exactly does ‘picking that ass apart’ entail anyway? Lol), I’ve grown to appreciate the blunt-instrument quality of his voice/flow that he brings to the track as a foil to Melly.

FREE MELVIN!

YNW Melly – Robbery 

Another banger off of the new Melly album. Pure heat. Possibly the most melodic song ever written about robbing? (Although I’m sure readers can come up with a few other candidates). Melly is definitley getting some shine but I’m surprised he isn’t blowing up even more with songs like this and the above.

Shordie Shordie – Pablo 

Another heater off of Shordie Shordie’s fantastically-named ‘Captain Hook’ album. Shordie’s flow to kick this one off is sick. He definitley won’t be a one-hit wonder.

Earl Sweatshirt ft. Navy Blue – The Mint 

I never really checked out or got into Earl Sweatshirt or any of these guys over the years, but I finally gave in and checked this out after seeing it on a bunch of year end lists and seeing a lot of positive reviews for Some Rap Songs, and I have to admit, this was just as dope as everyone was saying. Earl’s flow on this was sick. I ended up listening to the album probably 8 or 9 times in a row over the course of the long MLK weekend, it was only 24 minutes or so but it was definitley a captivating album. I also really liked ‘Ontheway!’ and ‘The Bends’ on here.

DB Tha General ft. Mistah FAB – Dope Era  

Got this one from Rap Music Hysteria’s Best of 2018, just one of many gems on there. Beat is so sick. DB is always reliable and I’m never opposed to some new Mistah FAB. I’m still wondering why DB keeps yelling that he’s Brutha Man, Fifth Floor, like the Martin character but whatever I’m down with it.

JPEGMAFIA – Panic Emoji

As you can probably see by now I’ve been getting into some wierd stuff over the past month. Actually, let me rephrase, I’ve been getting into a lot of Baltimore stuff and a lot of wierd/’artistic’/avant garde type rap which I’m not usually into but for some reason I’ve been feeling in January. I finally checked out JPEGMAFIA for the first time, after seeing him on a lot of people’s Year End lists, and I had no idea what to expect with ‘Peggy’ i.e. I had no idea what to expect him to sound like. He was a bit hit or miss to me but the songs I did like by him were absolute bangers, my favorite of which is ‘Panic Emoji’. This beat is wild, it almost reminds me of some song you’d hear in some dark 80s movie in a scene about a prom or something.

MIKE – NeverKnocked 

Another favorite from my out of left field avant garde grind. I love the ‘This year I’m playing Pac for my kids’ line and the lo-fi beat really grew on me after a few listens. This was an interesting album I’m looking forward to see what this guy does next. Side note – this guy is going to be hard to Google.

Kiddo Marv ft. John Wicks, Freese Cola, YBJ & CBE – Visa 

One of many highlights from Crimedawgbylaw’s best of 2018 playlist.

I’m always up for some new Florida Haitian rap. I had been listening to a bunch of Marv a couple of years ago and had unfortunately kind of just forgotten about him so it was nice to see he’s still out here grinding. I have to go back and check out the rest of his recent output.

Poppa – R Kelly 

I honestly wasn’t sure before I clicked this if it was going to be an R Kelly song called ‘Poppa’ or a Poppa song called ‘R Kelly.’ I’m not 100% clear here on what Poppa is doing wading around in that dirty water which cannot be heatlhy, but this song is low-key fire and really grew on me after a couple of listens. It’s not even particularly recent it looks like it’s from 2017 but I guess people have been re-posting it because of all the recent R Kelly news.

Westside Gunn – Elizabeth

This is a great example of the type of music these Griselda guys are capable of when they are at their best and not trying to be overly lyrical just for the sake of it. This is like ‘classic’ hip hop to me that evokes memories of a bygone age while still being ‘new’. ‘Every color Lambo truck we can make it, OG just came home from being caged in, don’t know what to do been locked up since Reagan, Allah got a better plan for you be patient.’

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, Riding in a Stolo with YNW Melly and Fredo Bang

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YNW Melly ft. Fredo Bang – Ingredients 

Pure, unadulterated heater off of the YNW Melly album. Another early nominee for song of the year for 2019? Save for a track here and there the entire Melly album is straight heat. I’ve been blasting this all week and I think I played in 9 or 10 times in a row in the car after I first heard it. I’m a total square but I can def see the appeal of bumping this in the car driving away after hitting a lick in Florida. I love the hook here and the beat is nice too. It took me a minute to warm to NBA Youngboy opp extraordinaire Fredo Bang’s part but it’s grown on me more and more and now him stepping up to give his verse is one of my favorite parts of the song. While lyrically it’s pretty run of the mill/mediocre (what exactly does ‘picking that ass apart’ entail anyway? Lol), I’ve grown to appreciate the blunt-instrument quality of his voice/flow that he brings to the track as a foil to Melly.

There’s a whole bunch of other bangers on this album, my second favorite of which was ‘Robbery‘. People who were into the whole Lil Baby/Gunnna acoustic guitar wave will probably also love ‘My Heart‘ on here. The song with Kanye seemed kind of out of place with the rest of the album and wasn’t really my thing but it was different/worth a shot and should give him exposure to a whole new audience. I feel like he also might as well have thrown ‘Freddy Krueger‘ on here as well since it’s still fairly recent and had been a huge single. I didn’t think I liked that one at first but I can’t get that haunted house-sounding  ‘Cooling in the cut with my shooters’ hook out of my head so I guess now I’m a fan.

FREE MELVIN!