My man Parrish at SOBs hit me up to let me know about this benefit they are having tonight. If you are in NYC, you really should check it out. Also, let Knobbz know if Styles does his ‘Kill The ******’ Song.
Who would have thought the giant bearded rapper I randomly met at Fat Beats would have such an amazing musical output. His flow is one of a kind and his beat selection is otherworldly. “The Abduction” may be his best song yet. 6th Sense’s beat is from another dimension.
From what I’ve heard of 100 Proof (The Hangover), the album has its hits (“Do It 2 Death”) and misses (“So Close, So Far” and “Fake Love”), but I’m anxious to hear how it sounds as a whole. “Life Is Short” goes in the hits pile for its winning combo of hard drums and a light vocal sample.
“I Confess” is a 1995 single released by Philadelphia rapper Bahamadia in support of her ‘96 album, Kollage. “I Confess” is as Q-Tip, would say, a fly love song, produced by Rap-A-Lot architect N.O. Joe. Joe provides a silky smooth backdrop with warm keys, tapping hi-hats wah-wah guitar and a bass line. The chorus is a sung interpolation of the first verse of “Let’s Get It On” that suites the vibe nicely:
I’ve been really tryin’, baby
Tryin’ to hold back this feelin’ for so long
And if you feel like I feel, baby
Then come on, oh, come on
“I Confess” got a second single release in ‘96 for a 12’ with remixes by the Roots and Erick Sermon. The Erick Sermon remix uses the same beat as Redman’s “Da Bump” (released the same year) and features a shorter chorus and adlibs by the Green Eyed Bandit. His beat has a thick bass line and eerie strings that works surprisingly well with Bahamadia’s buttery flow.
But the Roots’ remix is the real treat here, which pairs a live drums with a soothing bass line and woozy synths. Black Thought does very subtle backing vocals and doubles every line in a subtle but ear catching manner. This remix, more than even the original really captures the weak-kneed feeling of falling head over heels. Damn near perfect. Bahamadia even kicks 3 completely new verses and does the chorus herself:
I con-f-e-double es
Shorty show your interest/put me to a test
Yo my love/I con-f-e-double es
Don’t compare ya to the rest because to me you are the best
I can’t find an mp3 of the Erick Sermon remix (listen on YouTube) at the moment but readers, feel free to share in the comments.
Long before DJ Khaled and Lil Jon were yelling their slogans all over other rappers’ songs, DJ Kay Slay, “The Drama King,” was screaming all over the newest, hottest mixtape tracks. I first listened to many of my favorite songs with Kay Slay screaming his name or the name of his mixtape over them. Now blogs supply CD quality untagged versions of our songs and you have to listen to Kay Slay’s radio show to hear his sultry tones.
But Kay Slay wants you to know he’s still a compiler of great music. He’s pooled his connections in the mixtape game for his album More Than Just A DJ, which comes out February 9th. I don’t know where he got it, but this banger with AZ, Raekwon, and Ghostface is straight up punch-you-in-the-face New York rap.
To continue our recent spree of hip-hop related commercials (every time we post one of these, someone sends us a suitcase full of cash), here’s Black Milk’s surprising placement in a state-sponsored ad for Michigan products. At 0:22, he says “Fresh Milk!”
The ad does a much better job of promoting Michigan as a travel destination than say, Hex Murda.
Royce and Budden rap 40 bars apiece about Benzino who made a song about Royce or something. More trivial rap beef, but at least we got a great song out of it. The Slaughterhouse MCs have redoubled their efforts on the microphone with ever more clever pop culture references and wittier punchlines. Rap rappity rap rap.
The premise of this mixtape is pretty cheesy. Buckshot and KRS-One made an album called Survival Skills (with spectacularly bad cover art) which no one really cared about. The Survival Kit mixtape features Duck Down artists and friends paying tribute to Buck and KRS by reinterpreting their songs.
And yet, the mix is solid. The younger cats did a great job of channeling Black Moon and KRS-One’s early 90s vibe. Admittedly, underground rappers like Sha Stimuli, Chaundon, and the Kid Daytona never impressed me much, but they all mastered their contributions.
Skyzoo and Torae need to do an album together. I’m bringing that up at the next Duck Down box social. Oh you weren’t invited to the box social?