Posted on February 11, 2013
"BALLER BLOCKIN’ (FEAT. E-40)" BY CASH MONEY MILLIONAIRES
BALLER BLOCKIN’ (2000)
NOLA + BAY >
I really need to watch the film that this soundtrack accompanies because Wikipedia’s plot description has me scratching my head:
“He [Juvenile] also witness’s someone getting raped which leads to him becoming a dog, eating people’s food. In order to take revenge on the rapist.”
So … Juvenile turns into a dog to take revenge on a rapist? Is this a metaphorical dog or does he go full Eddie McDowd? And if he does, in fact, transform into a canine, there has to be more revenge-potential to that situation than simply eating other people’s meals, right?
Posted on February 5, 2013
"14,400 MINUTES" BY CHANCE THE RAPPER
10 DAY (2012)
Chance’s new tape Acid Rap should be dropping soon. This is good news for people who like to listen to rap. Check out the first single here.
Posted on January 28, 2013
"I DON’T LIKE TO DREAM ABOUT GETTING PAID (FEAT. NATE DOGG)" BY THA DOGG POUND
DOGG FOOD (1995)
G-Funk over everything.
Nate Dogg over most things.
Dogg Food over a lot of things.
Posted on January 25, 2013
“LEROY” BY KING SHORT SHIRT
When in Antigua, visit KING SHORT SHIRT’s beach bar and restaurant at Halcyon Cove, and enjoy the unrivalled [sic] splendour of Antigua’s marine life from aboard Short Shirt’s glass bottom boats. - From the back covers of KSS’s Leroy and Hang On
Posted on January 24, 2013
"BANNED IN DC" BY BAD BRAINS
BAD BRAINS (1982)
"Banned in DC with a thousand more places to go."
Posted on January 24, 2013
"BUCK JUMP TIME" BY GREGORY D & DJ MANNIE FRESH
"D" RULES THE NATION (1989)
The point behind this whole rap
This city is cold as any other on the map.
New York this, California that
Forget that talk, this is where it’s at.
They’re talking bout California like it’s so dope;
Let me see Cali walk through the Calliope
Posted on January 15, 2013
"ROLL U OUT (FEAT. ZION I)" BY MAC DRE
OFFICIAL TRIBUTE (2007)
"L.A. is gangsters, the Bay is hustlers." - Davey D, from the beautiful spread on Mac Dre in the new issue of Wax Poetics.
Posted on January 10, 2013
"LOOSE BOOTY" BY JUNKYARD BAND
CREEPIN’ THRU DA HOODZ (1994)
Youtube comments tell no lies:
"the original ‘clappa anthem’"
”They really need to bring gogo back to this them new bands all some bamas realive”
”hey, i’m from deecee, and i lived in bawlmer hon for ten years, and there’s no shortage of talent in bawlmer- best town i ever lived in… but yeah, deecee got go go, and ain’t nothing can compare to go go!!!”
”This joint still crank no matter what. Ah Loose Bootty”
Relevant: D.C. Slang: A Quick Primer
Posted on January 4, 2013
"TRU STORY" BY SHY GLIZZY
FXCK RAP (2012)
First got word of DC’s Shy Glizzy from my roommate, a former teacher in the District who’d been introduced by one of his 7th graders. Paid less attention than I should have, and Fxck Rap, released at the tail-end of 2012, is making sure I know what a mistake that was.
Posted on January 2, 2013
"AKOKO BA" BY GYEDU-BLAY AMBOLLEY
Academy just rereleased this gem by the godfather of “hip-life,” the amalgamation of hip-hop and Ghanaian highlife. Though Simigwa sits closer to Afrobeat than it does rap or traditional highlife, it’s not difficult to understand how he claimed his title. Like his American proto-hip-hop counterparts, Ambolley is an undisguised James Brown disciple - the opening vocal lines of the record are simply a laundry list of song titles by the “Hardest Working Man In Showbusiness” called out in heavily-accented English. Distinguishing him from most of the West African legends that get dusted off for short-run vinyl reprints, Ambolley, sans Gyedu-Blay, is still performing today.