I woke to a WeChat messages saying “Rap is in such a golden age u are sound asleep on. Feel bad for you.” Him talkin Chance The Rapper’s “Acid Rap” mixtape. Mahanadan also warned me not to sleep on this. Twice in twenty-four hours; I had to cop.
We may be in a golden age of rap. Music like this proves that creativity and new styles still exist in a genre that’s at least 35 years old. This mixtape might be on par with Kendrick Lamar’s debut LP, especially this track “Juice.” This kid is 18 years old, on a lot of drugs, and getting kicked out/suspended from his elite high school in Chicago. Crazy flow, so fresh. Download the whole tape for free over at DatPiff.
Chance The Rapper – Juice
Another 18 year-old kid, not chill like Chance The Rapper, kept flashing a cell phone in my face requesting Jay and Kanye’s “____ in Paris” and I never played it. Boy got all angry was huffing around real fierce. Kids need to learn song request etiquette and context. I had 17 year-old girls requesting “something more upbeat” at 10:17PM when a) was still plugging in my Serato b) her and her Becky friends were literally falling on the floor repeatedly, at 10:17. Anyway, this is the only version of that Jay/Kanye I still play. Shout to Chicago, again. Still remember leaving Love Bang last December, walking into Shelter, and hearing Kode9 drop this.
But god damn this song/melody. I stayed in a few Saturdays ago, laying on my bed at 2:00AM, looking up at the ceiling in silence and all the sudden from seemingly four floors above… “Deen den Deen Den…” came through the wood. Funny to drop this version in the club. People expect the verses but everything crashes into noise until “don’t let me get in my zone…” reemerges. Brilliant.
DJ Rashad – Welcome To The Chi
Moving on from Chicago to New York. I’m confident that Wu-Tang Clan’s Ghostface is definitely a real life gangsta who just happens to make brilliant music sometimes. His new LP with Adrian Younge is incredible. A full story, beats made with antique instruments, the sound of death in the rain…don’t sleep on this one.
Ghostface & Adrian Younge ft. William Hart (Delfonics) – Enemies All Around
And finally, some Fat Boys – from 1986.
Fat Boys – Can You Feel It