This is a pretty common sentiment that I recognize from recent conversations with other members of the 2010-2011 blog rap class and it’s beyond depressing. Just goofing off is what made all of that shit interesting in the first place.
If the music isn’t your cup of tea, the hustle of Kid Rock was super real and his story is VERY hip-hop for those of you perpetual adolescents who still care about that kind of shit. Another classic Grand Royal moment. Enjoy.
Yes wow so much rare history in this piece from rocking linear tracking turntables on Electrifying Mojo to sharing studio space with Awesome Dre and Prince Vince to tripping balls in Jersey City with Melle Mel to running guitars directly into an MPC-60. Kid Rock is hip-hop as fuck.
It’s a good enough interview that I’m even willing to look past the ridiculous second paragraph about Midwestern rap or the part where Rock calls Poor Righteous Teachers “faggot motherfuckers” and “Poor Righteous Creatures,” which I assume is just him being an insecure whiteboy.
Lil Silk - “Rapper” (Soundcloud, 2013)
Imagine a world where Young Thug is more influential than ASAP Whoever. Let’s make that world our world.
Mob Squad - “Get On My Level” (2009)
YG Hootie & Kendrick Lamar - “Two Presidents” (Mixtape, 2013/2014)
I have a lot of thoughts about this record but unfortunately they will have to wait until after you have already been offended by it.
Earl Swavey - Business Before Pleasure (Mixtape, 2013)
”Hit Yo Rickey" star Earl Swavey finally dropped a tape a few months back and nobody on the internet said anything about it until right now. On first listen it’s sounding like the Los Angeles rapper has made the best Oakland rap tape of recent memory, which makes complete sense given the current West Coast musical landscape.
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 good songs 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.