Wednesday, 23 February 2011

SonReal Interview at Exclaim!

The March issue of Exclaim! is out now, take a look inside for my review/interview with Vancouver rapper SonReal about his tape Where's Waldo. Click the excerpt
below to read.

SonReal has held Vancouver, BC down for several winters, but still hasn't received the props he deserves. New mixtape Where's Waldo? should correct this oversight. Bangers from Rich Kidd and Classified and borrowed beats from the likes of J Dilla complement the Vancouverite's nasal cadence nicely. And Son is the rare rapper who flows deftly without compromising melody, effortlessly jumping from double-time raps to sung hooks.

Also: reviewed Ghostpoet's new album Peanut Butter Blues and Melancholy Jam over at the Passion. Spoiler: it's pretty great. Especially love the single "Cash And Carry Me Home". For those days when you wake up with 3 tons on your forehead and odd stains on your shoes. Vid's brilliant too.

Monday, 14 February 2011

Best hand gestures in a rap vid?

Or was it J.Cole, who does some borderline Tourettes level motions

I've never been a huge Clipse fan. I'm ambivalent about Malice, who's just not as good as Pusha T, despite having a damn near identical voice. I just don't feel like he brings a lot to the table besides being "the other guy".
Pusha is a incredibly precise rapper, both in delivery and lyrics, almost to the point where I have trouble liking him. Even Rakim had a "Mahogany" in him, a song got to be a bit more human. "The Funeral" succeeds for me mostly based on the video. They're dancing in black suits You can hear the hunger in their voices, that urgency in the sampled vocals, but Pusha and Malice's hand gestures and expressions weirdly make it for me. They're almost choreographing their plans for the afterlife. The Neptunes had beats back then, trust.

Speaking of which, besides sharing Neptunes production, the vid for "Bouncin Back" similarly centres around a funeral procession. There's still a kind of redemptive joy in just being alive even when death is literally marching down the street.

Saturday, 12 February 2011

Check Your Newstands, Ask Yo Paper Boy

I'm in this month's issue of XXL, in a piece on the best mixtapes of '10. Flip to pg. 125 for my take on Joe Budden's Mood Muzik 4.

For my money, the best jawn off MM4. Fast forward to 4.55 for the Royce verse. "The sober me is more nervous than Waka Flocka in a voting booth". Mannnn.

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