Demons Surround Me

Shady and Deniro continue on with their world issues commentary. Keyboard Kid provides the hazy GreenO-style chopped vocals and gooey bassline. Their joint venture is on its way.

Shady Blaze & Deniro Farrar “The Ballad Of Lost Souls” (Produced by Keyboard Kid)

Bonus: Two other recent thangs from the shadiest.

Shady Blaze “Shady Prayer” (Produced by Uptown Greg)

Shady Blaze “Hit Man” (Produced by Blissed Out)

After Twelve, It’s Fifteen

Kiss and Styles going off on their 1-2-pass game about dope/diesel/heron/boy…over a uniquely face-altering beat? Check (this is really all we need in life anyway). Sittin’ in the kitchen of a traphouse? Check. Randomly-placed, curvaceous, miniskirted joints IN the traphouse? Check. RAPPING MUPPETS (smothered by said slide-pieces IN the traphouse)?! CHECK!!!!!

What does this all mean? TOP-fucking-TIER street corner rap to learn from (and definitely the best video they’ve done in a while, off the strength of the muppets alone)…and definitely the best song off of Kiss’ Consignment tape).

“Dope Boy” (Feat. Styles P)

Bonus: Jadakiss, Trae The Truth, and SP get money.

“We Gettin’ Money” (Feat. Trae The Truth & Styles P)

Double Bonus: Another Jada verse off of The Come Up DVD.

“I’m On”

If They Ain’t…

Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire still stands as one of our favorite artists/people tied into this rap shit…underground or major or whatever. Watch this short interview and understand why.

Be sure to catch eX along with Killer Mike, El-P, and the brother Despot as they go Into The Wild, in a town near you:
big tour big raps

Front Me Anything I Need

Squadda Bambino back with another solo bit. Something about duke’s vocal tone and drawl that just works so well as it cuts through the foggiest of cloud-reverb tapestry (this time supplied by SpaceyNYC).

Squadda B “Buy The Pile” (Produced by SpaceyNYC)

Into More Crimes Than D.C.

New Troy Ave two-fer NOT off of the upcoming Bricks In My Backpack 3 (which we are anticipating quite a bit over here). Duke has definitely proven himself the superior archetype pretty (ruthless) drug dealer swag rapper. BIMBP3 and The Key Mix(tape) around the corner.

Troy Ave “Wings”

Troy Ave “BSBs In Da Trap” (Feat. Avon Blocksdale)

Also good to hear some hard bars over that “Beez…” joint (in a perfect world it’d be BSB featuring 2 Chainz).

Spotted on Xclusive Zone via Steady Bloggin’

Flyin’ Through The Clouds

GMane‘s second entry to his Late Nite Ridin’ Muzik series is now upon us. Six smokey-and-spacey-and-moody joints to roll to (take that however you wish) covering everything from Cymande to synth pads from a Ridley Scott film. Golden-voiced gangsta shit over backdrops laced by Dave Luxe, SLASH, Caness, DJ Rich Green, and Matzo Sweetlife. Upgrade your sauce.

Get you some Late Nite Ridin’ Muzik Vol. 2

Black Is Everlasting

The young god Haleek Maul is busy on his island finishing up two surely ut ridiculoid projects: the Oxyconteen EP and a Mishka-endorsed mixtape with Chi-Town producers Supreme Cuts. This seems to take right off from the previous leak (a syrup’y number by another Chi-Town duo, The-Drum); as a darker shade of youthful angst submerged in barrel-aged introspection and substance abuse. I don’t know what the fuck they’re putting in the water these days? Son is 15 years old, yet he’s far more engaging than the current lot of rap-blog-buzz fodder who are his senior by only a handful of years, probably because he seems to be pretty “anti-trend.” In Maul’s world, screwed-up vocal effects are something demonic, as opposed to a celebration of “dirty Sprite” and styrofoam cups. 808 kits are bubbling subwoofer psychedelia, as opposed to the beating drum of the trap tribe. Finally, son can fuckin’ rap while maintaining an entertaining and/or thought-provoking element, as opposed to just saying randomly cool, hashtaggy shit over a catchy backdrop.

In other words, his age ain’t the subject to throw focus on; here we have a new rapper who shows mega potential in the zone of living out a long-winded career and making worthy full-length listening experiences…all by being honest to his own unique upbringing.

Haleek Maul “88” (Produced by The-Drum)

After you peep this, head over to TheFader for a short interview (4 questions) with Haleek.

THEN, head over to Steady Bloggin’ for a mix (LRAD Chicago) by Supreme Cuts that contains another new joint by the dude.

Trapping Is Not Taught At DeVry

Gucci Mane released his latest mixtape I’m Up to the internet and world at large this past Friday. Initially when this release was announced my anticipation level was “turnt up” but as some selected songs began to hit the blogs, doubts began to creep into my consciousness. With Trap Back being one of the best releases of the year, the (fish) scale was set high for his follow up and the feature heavy leaks made it seem like this project was something hastily pasted together for the sake of keeping the buzz going.

So after living with I’m Up for the weekend what’s my conclusion? Well it does seem like a pasted together project using leftovers from Trap Back spiced up with emailed in verses from people who you thought you might wanna hear but really don’t bring it (Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, 2 Chainz) and people that you probably don’t want to hear (Jim Jones, Fabolous). However, I’m Up is not just 20 tracks swimming in mediocrity. There are moments of greatness that are strong enough to keep the feeling of disappointment away.

Since you may have a life I saved you the time of going through the entire mixtape and am giving you the highlights of I’m Up. But if you want the whole mixtape, you can download it here.

“Brought Out Them Racks” ft. Big Sean prod. by Drumma Boy

Endearing opening line by Gucci (yes, she sure is a “people pleaser”) starts off this creeping Drumma Boy track. Big Sean has one of the few voices that actually sounds cohesive with Gucci‘s.

“Get Lost” ft. Birdman prod. by Detail

Gucci displays his ability for taking white people words/phrases and making them sound cool (see “Gross”). Gucci also has a line in this track about making so much money that people think that he plays for the Chargers. Maybe it’s just coincidence but Gucci had a song recently entitled “Philip Rivers”, who is the starting quarterback of the San Diego Chargers. Either way, Chargers General Manager, AJ Smith is not know for handing out big contracts so Gucci may want to pick a new team to use for money metaphors.
The Detail produced track sounds like something El-P could of used on Cancer For Cure.

“Spread The Word” prod. by Lex Luger

Extra, Extra read all about it…Lex Luger updates his sound, “Spread The Word”. I can just hear Gucci‘s Mom at family dinners, “You were such a cute trap boy and now you a grown dope man.”

“Scarface” ft. Scarface prod. by Mike WiLL Made It

The Mike Will produced track starts off similar to Future‘s “Dirty Sprite” (which he also produced) but takes a much darker turn. Scarface sounds like he’s been listening to some Tyler, The Creator although it’s Face who is the original “Mind Of A Lunatic”. Gucci delivers his best line on the entire project with “Like Revenge Of The Nerds, I got a room full of squares.” Trap Lambda Lambda

“It Ain’t Funny” ft. Yo Gotti prod. by Drumma Boy

Best track on this mixtape. Gucci and Yo Gotti should consider doing a collab project, their distinctive drawls sound like cocaine and baking soda together. Cold-blooded raps with equally icey production courtesy of Drumma Boy who is the stand-out producer on I’m Up.

Some Drill Rap

Another day another 20 songs/videos out of Chicago (but here’s just a couple)…

Buck 20 Brick Boyz add some depth to the drill rap sound with an ominous synth line provided by the Chicago conduit, D Gainz. I don’t believe “Gettin Off Dat” will be the mantra of any 12 Step Programs but factually incorrect and humorous lines like, “gone off that shit like a hippie in the eighties” are sure to distract from any withdrawal symptoms for a short time.

Now that I think about it, maybe he’s referring to a hippie who’s been on a 20 year acid trip. It’s a drill koan.

“Gettin’ Off Dat” prod. by D Gainz

Lil Durk, who even though is locked-up, was able to drop a video for one of the highlights off his latest mixtape I’m Still A Hitta. Is that Lil Durk in the video or did he use his Def Jam advance to create a Lil Durk hologram to keep the streets “hot” while he’s away? I guess only the Drilluminati will know.

Fredo Santana is the most courteous rapper around. If you didn’t hear what he said the first time, he will gladly repeat it over and over again.

“Wild Niggas” feat. Fredo Santana

Rapping Doldrums

The Jacka is getting ready to drop the final installment of his street trilogy on June 5th with The Sentence. Hopefully on the latest edition we get to hear an inspired Jack. The Indictment and The Verdict weren’t wack but they did sound like he was just going through the motions. Which is understandable if rhyming some real street shit, are set to blow, then along comes someone from your backyard by the name of Lil B and all the attention on the Bay is paid to him- it may take a minute to regroup and figure out how the hell that happened*. Anyways, “Choosin Up” is a solid outing but The Jacka is so in pocket on this track that it makes me wonder if he really has taken a more laid back approach to rhyming or if he’s just bored with it all? I guess we’ll find out next week.

*Too many white critics who can relate to artsy easier than street.

The Jacka ft. Smigg Dirtee – “Choosin Up”

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