With No Mountains In Manhattan, RATKING’s Wiki is sure to bring in a lot of new fans who didn’t know about him before. While the pictures Wiki paints might lean more towards the abstract, he manages to bring a street-level grittiness to his music that takes you on a colorful but dangerous tour of NYC. “Chinatown Swing”, produced by RATKING member Sporting Life is easily a standout joint.
Back in June, Meyhem Lauren dropped a vicious freestyle over a sinister beat crafted by Daringer for Top Shelf Premium‘s “Off Top” series. Check out Meyhem’s last album Piatto D’oro if you’re unfamiliar.
“I like making full plates,” Action Bronson said of his music in a recent No Jumper interview and as a longtime fan of the anomalous MC, I can say that Bronson’s been making full plates for listeners since Bon Appetit…Bitch, back in 2011. While it’s clear that Bronson is in a whole other stratosphere than he was back when I first saw the “Imported Goods” video (you’ll notice, for one, that his sound is no longer primarily in the boom-bap realm), the man continues to provide his own unique stew of artistry, replete with trademark absurdism and obscure references touching on everything from ’80s action flicks to fine cuisine to bodybuilders.
With this long, hot summer coming to a close, it’s only right to acknowledge this good weather we’re having in the golden state by bringing you a playlist I’ve been meaning to bring to the site for a long time. Susie Torres’ #WestCoastWednesdays hashtag has flourished for years as a weekly celebration of west coast gangsta rap, bringing the sounds of DJ Quik, Above The Law, Ice Cube, Kid Frost, and many others to the forefront as a slice of rap history that’s impossible to forget. Rap Dad is proud to announce the official West Coast Wednesdays playlist. It’s currently a work in progress, but it’s collaborative, so feel free to add some classics of your own.
Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to post last week’s DOOM release (“True Lightyears”, featuring Jay Electronica) from his Missing Notebook Rhymes series on account of that flute being absolutely unbearable. However, one thing about DOOM is that you can expect something different every time, especially when it comes to production. On the ominously- and aptly-titled “DOOM”, the enigmatic MC links with Alchemist for a record that makes true heads hunger for a DOOM/ALC collaborative project (MAD ALCHEMY? Come on, man. Please.)…because this, though really good, will not be enough.
EYRST Records head and producer Neill Von Tally blesses the boards for a stunning remix of UK duo Equals’ “Old Habits”. While it might not be immediately apparent, the original song is actually about an artist’s addiction to alcohol wrapped up in what could easily be mistaken as a heart wrenching ballad about tripping over an ex. Phenomenal record, phenomenal remix.
Hailing from Portland, Oregon (another one!), 20-year-old Wynne (imagine a young Margo Robbie with bars) surprised me with this incredibly thoughtful and heartfelt rhyme addressing a whole host of issues swirling around our country and its fugazi President. I’m just going to go on record saying that Portland and the surrounding area are churning out soulful, interesting artists by the dozen and you’d be a fool not to be paying attention because Portland is definitely up next. As for Wynne herself, she describes her style as “Kendrick Lamar with a feature from Julie Andrews”…and if that doesn’t pique your interest, I’m not sure what will.
Growing up on the west coast, DJ Clue and Funkmaster Flex’s respective album series were my first introduction to the mixtape format. When I went to DC for college, I began actually collecting the more consistent street tapes by Clue, Kay Slay, Flex, and others. Dj Clue’s The Professional remains an album I hold dear for several performances on it. On “Brown Paper Bag Thoughts”, Raekwon floats over a sinister track while DJ Clue somehow improves the record by screaming incessantly in the background.