Perhaps best known for is apparently hip new jack rap blogger code for I’ve never heard of this artist but I typed his name into my computer and the first song that came up was…
Nobody best knows the recent and random songs mentioned above, not even the handful of people who do know them. Everyone who knows best knows that Tracy T is perhaps best known for his 2008 appearance on Gucci Mane’s “Stunt" and Marc Decoca is probably best known for 2006’s "J’s At My Door.” These rappers are both products of that old New Atlanta of the mid-’00s, a very influential and creative stretch for the most influential and creative rap city of the 21st century which has nonetheless somehow fallen through the cracks of the rap internet timeline. I wouldn’t necessarily call either artist a high ranking or even integral player in their respective circles but they both have an established history of making goodsongs that perhaps some people know well. This is probably part of the reason they’re still here making songs. Marc just dropped a very nice full length and Tracy’s first track with MMG is kind of alright too.
YOUNG PEOPLE: It’s okay to not know things about rap music, even if your career goals theoretically require you to know things about rap music. If you do find yourself in a position where you don’t know about the rap music you are supposed to know about then STOP and THINK. DO NOT just pretend that you know about this rap music, DO NOT poke around on the internet until it looks like you know about this rap music. SAY SOMETHING. It’s your responsibility to either disclose your lack of knowledge in the body of your work or to find a responsible and informed adult who can then educate you about this rap music.
I forgot to share this earlier but here is K-Rob of “Beat Bop” fame and DJ High Priest of Gray rocking at some moment back in the day. K-Rob later had some success as a behind the boards, first producing the now sought after indie rap joint “Who You Be" for Bro-N-X and then lacing a little known rapper by the name of Shawn Carter with afewbeats.
I put together an oral history of Rammellzee & K-Rob’s Jean Michel Basquiat-produced bug eyed rap classic “Beat Bop” over at Spin, stitched together from an old Rammellzee interview and new comments from K-Rob, percussionist/graffiti writer Al Diaz, TV Party's Glenn O'Brien and Profile Records founder Cory Robbins. It's a great record and you should read about it and listen to it.
Ten years after from their last major record, Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, we trace Big Boi and Andre 3000’s path from Southern vanguards to the most universally beloved rappers in the world with a career-spanning essay followed by separate pieces on each of their six albums.
Fat Trel & Uptown XO - “Straight Killa” (Mixtape, 2013)
Yes two of DC’s finest hitting “Streight Up Menace" speaks directly to my interests. XO’s a smart rapper, one who has long been attuned to sociology and consequences, and so he does a good job of anchoring Fat Gleesh’s usual reckless hedonism here. It’s like a more extreme version of the Pusha/Mal dynamic. They should make a full length together.