Rappin Ass Thursdays #9

Posted on Jul 30th, 2009 in Downloads > Rappin Ass Thursdays by admin

This week we have car tunes from Dorrough, B.O.B. redeemed (kinda), Chip Tha Ripper and Husalah getting their 90s on, and one particularly dubbed-out gem from Gaslamp Killer. Moody!

Dorrough “Play My Game” [mp3]
Dorrough f. Tum Tum “Trunk Bang” [mp3]
Dorrough f. Slim Thug “Piece & Chain” [mp3]
I didn’t know what to make of Dorrough when I first heard the name – as “Dorrough Music,” which made it sound like some kinda collective (Sa Ra Domestic Partners!) or weird group project rather than an individual artist. But then I heard the tracks and ditched the jokes, it all came together. Cuts like these three have a cohesiveness in sound and vibe that makes me look forward to paying eight American dollars next Tuesday for the CD, which will not leave my car for the rest of the summer. An addicting mix of straight up Dallas bangers (we’ve talked about this) and melodic, Nelly-esque (EI EI UH OHHHH) jams like “Ice Cream Paint Job” and this Slim Thug cut, which is basically what I wanted B.O.B. to sound like.

B.O.B. “My Sweet Baby” [mp3]
Ah, B.O.B…. After the crazy, crazy CRAZY promise of “Haterz Everywhere” and “Cloud 9″ he got signed, got press, and made a bunch of terrible, Gnarls-y guitar songs instead of rap sanger jams. It was a bummer. Fortunately, there’s a handful of songs on his last mixtape that almost make you forget about those other tracks, and this Dirty Dancing soundtrack-sampler is one of them.

Chip Tha Ripper “Pawn Shop” [mp3]
Cause if you have to do rap rock, do it like this! Sublime sample might cross the line for some folks, but tell me this shit don’t work.

Husalah “Pray For You” [mp3]
Hearing the Faith No More piano that opens this track, I thought we were in for another alt-rock robbing treat. But in fact it gets far better and stranger than that. Traxamillion goes all over the place with the beat, while newly-free Husalah (one-time owner of the craziest hi-top fade in the Bay) more than keeping pace, free-associating, auto-tuning, spoken word rambling… never trying hard to be “different” but getting there all the same. “Fuckin orbit music, man.”

Gaslamp Killer “Anything Worse” [mp3]
Might as well end on another spacey note with this great new Gaslamp Killer track, flipping the same sample Alchemist used for Mobb Deep’s “Cobra” (maybe one of my favorite beats of this whole decade). Looking forward to the rest of GLK’s forthcoming EP for sure.