El Generico (w/Kota Ibushi)
Look, if I got all that bothered every time I saw a stupid list about something, I’d spend my entire life in comments sections. But when Vulture, a website I generally like, makes some bullshit like this, I sort of fume about it all day. Action movies are my shit, they’re still generally…
I know a lot about the natural world. At least 957 things, obviously. I’ve graciously decided to share this one with the public, for everyone’s safety. Vultures are precisely the reason I wear awesome sunglasses at all hours of the day and night.
Future ft. Young Scooter & Trouble - “Freebandz”
Courtesy of Future, Scooter, and Trouble five years ago, “Freebandz” is a potential-dripping and long-forgotten bellwether foreshadowing the then-future, now-present of Atlanta rap. I found it undisturbed, preserved in amber deep within the digital cave that is the Duct Tape Ent. Myspace page. I’m guessing this anthem never saw proper release due to Scooter and Trouble both beginning prison sentences not long after the song’s October 26, 2008 upload date. “Freebandz” might not be the hallmark of any of these rappers’ careers, but origins are important. It’s captivating, if only to hear three rappers with such developed brands and sounds trade verses before any of them had even so much as released a mixtape. And with such confidence. The bravado and sureness Future and Scooter exhibit here at such an early point in their careers make the heights they have risen to today appear less of a feat and more of an inevitability. Trouble’s features often seem too sinister for their songs they are on, but here he sounds more insouciant than despotic. Perhaps his trademark menace had not yet reached full bloom. Anyway, I revisit Future’s Kno Mercy constantly for similar slivers of early promise (“Lil Mexico Lingo” in particular), so this song’s discovery is a pretty exciting rap archeology find for me. Mining outmoded social networks for low bitrate mp3’s doesn’t feel all that different from record digging to me, but rarely are the digital rewards as sweet. This, my friends, is a Vengeance.
Cam’ron - “Spend the Night”
This is my favorite Cam’ron song from what I think might be my favorite Cam’ron album some days. I know this seems like a contrarian opinion but I think it just comes down to how much I love “Spend the Night” and "Cookies & Apple Juice" more than any other songs ever written. I know Come Home with Me is a superior record, but it doesn’t get better than a song like this. Conjuring up a halcyon daze, “Spend the Night” feels just like approaching the lights of downtown in an E55 AMG with one hand on the steering wheel and the other under a girl’s sequin dress. Sidenote–Trel goes in on this beat too.
Spend the night with me. We’ll chill and watch TV. She said, “Sure, you’re right.”
I love doing comedy in London. English people are very big fans of comedy, and my dark, dry and sardonic brand of jokey jokes seem to do very well over here. I love the audiences. I love the lack of a creeping political correctness that seems to be over-saturating American culture in the past ten…