Busta Rhymes f/ Q-Tip “Thank You” (Cash Money 2013)
I’m late but this is nice. Tip and Bus hit that Alicia Myers and prove once again that rocking enormous disco loops is the simplest way for old heads to make fun songs.
Related: 50 Cent - Sincerely Yours Southside (Mixtape, 2008)
K-Rob & High Priest - Live (198?)
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 a few beats.
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.
I wrote a short piece about Stankonia for this.
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.
Related: Fat Trel & Black Cobain “Turn Up”
Is Eazy E Rap’s Top Romeo? Or Is He More Of A Middle Mercutio?
Young Thug - “Danny Glover” (Mixtape, 2013)
I don’t think I’m ever going to find my way back to earth rap.