The first minute+ here before the bass starts its slow steady rip is essentially the audio of the second Purge trailer layerd over slow, late summer b-roll of G$tar n friends skating and pointing guns and getting the cops called on them and I’ve had it playing all day because my heat is completely fucked. The past four years its been like him n his brother have been playing hot potato with being On. Rappers that find their mode again after doing a stint are always the rare exception. Its been about two and half years since Yung Ru’s clinical “In Sqad I Trust” mixtape (“Intro” was Favorite Song #6 of 2012 but favorite songs from favorite tapes change daily) and the most memorable thing he’s dropped since was a verse on Moe’s tape and a freestyle to “Ight Doe”.
G$tar Giorgio, “No Label” f/ Lul Rock (2014)
G$tar on the other hand released a 17-track tape with 16 near-identical songs plus a Leeke Leek Banger and he’s been on a roll since. If Ru and G$tar can get on the same page Manassas will finally be on the map for being home to something other than the World Famous Guapo’s Sauce and Civil War re-enactors.
Young Money Yawn, “Yayo remix” f/ Young Crazy (2014)
hundred bucks says that at this very moment on twitter, whenever this moment for u may be, someone from dc is telling someone from maryland that they’re doodoo soft, they’re fakin like shit, and that they’re dumb af for even saying “DMV”. @’s are flying back and forth and back forth until someone, a third, calmer voice, will tweet both parties and dead it all by reminding them that at least neither of em are from virginia (fukk yall). those are our day to day feelings and depending on who ur talking to are likely to change. 100% guarantee tho that there would be endless RT’s and subtweets were u to insinuate that Young Money Yawn, Swagga Smiles, or Young Crazy were from the “DMV”. They are not, they’re from the 757. They — along with most of Norfolk , e.g. Clipse — are definitely at least affiliates tho seeing as how 1) Swagga Smiles & Young Crazy’s latest v good mixtape was hosted by the gawd DJ Grady, 2) Yawn tapped Shy for the remix to his sleeper hit from last year and 3) Take Em 2 Church, the dude who shot the video to “Gutta Gutta” isn’t entirely unknown up here either.
Swagga Smiles, “No Problem” f/ Young Crazy (2013) prod 1007
easily the best song trel previewed as part of his SDMG tape, it for some reason didn’t make the release n was instead teased at w rumors of maybe showing up somewhere on Self Made 3 but since no one anywhere really knows wtf is goin on w trel n MMG, it didn’t show up there either n now finally drops but credited as Black Cobain’s. still trel’s tho, one of like four that probably should’ve shown up on his last tape. I mean, both of them open rapping bout broke girls n their motherless children — a community service according to some — but by the end trel’s shifted the shade to broke boys n comes out the other side still likely to get some. all of that “fingernail-toenail done up” n “told u meet me by the car, here I am here you are n u looking at me like u bout to come up” talk is slick. black tho, he’s out here calling y’all stupid bitches for mispronouncing “Hublot” n asking for toupee. TOUPEE. dog.
anyways, Black’s Perfect Contradiction drops on the 3rd.
Whip Game Whitey, “Best Kept Secret” (2013) Best Kept Secret
rap-does-gogo is usually better the more loose n open, for example I’ve replayed this maybe fifteen times in a row and am still not convinced those first four bars are actually the hook, hence I fuck with this song.
Good positive movements in 2012. Good rap year top bottom east west and any person real or internet who tells you otherwise is purping on very thin grounds. Future, Chief Keef, Mike Will, Kendrick, Gleesh, Young Chop, 2 Chainz and Juicy old asses. I mean, Wale was certified gold. In this economy! FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND PEOPLE parted with cold money they worked hard for, they put up with shit for, so they could hear Wale. That’s crazy! Aye Boobe, maybe most active DC legend rn, got regular spins with WHITE BITCHES. Things have not been this good for this many in a long while.