No longer spamming, but still making sure everyone continues to read No Jumper. We had a brief break there for the last five days or so, and I retreated to my tumblr after some old man yelled at me. Thanks.
We’re back now, with a new batch of posts as well as our new editor: B. Michael Payne. He’s a great guy and an even better writer (..wait), and you should definitely follow his tumblr here. Also, shout outs to Thun for acting as a mentor to me during my these rough times and my homies for wiping away the tears (pause) caused by perpetually-angry bloggers.
…stop fucking freestyling over BMF and Hard In The Paint.
Especially if you’re lyrically lyrical. Lex’s beats just aren’t for you; you sound so awkward trying to ride a beat this humongous. I’m looking at you, Joell and Crooked; don’t even get me started on Lupe’s backpack rendition of BMF.
Or, if you’re Slim Thug, Curren$y, Yo Gotti, French Montana, or any other blog-famous street rapper, stop: please. I love ya’ll, but stop; you’re all just ripping off Waka and Ross’ flows on those tracks, respectively. I don’t need to hear the Memphis or New York rendition of Officer Ricky’s hit, nor do I want to hear them. Just let the originals live and let die.
I can’t believe people are still rapping over these beats in November, and the quality of the rappers freestyling over these beats is only slumping further (Tyga? Rock City?). Both of these songs got popular over the summer, but Ross’ song came out in the Spring and Waka’s came out well over a year ago. The fact that I’m still listening to Hard In The Paint to this day (despite the fact I’ve heard a good 400-500 times since SMOSM2) is a testament to how timeless that song is; I don’t fuck with any of these goddamn freestyles anymore though, simply because you guys can’t top Waka on this type of instrumental.
If you want to rap over a Lex Luger beat, buy one. Ya fucking lowlifes.
Gucci Mane - Chop It Up (prod. Lex Luger) (1017 Brick Squad, 2010)
So, you know, Gucci almost never gives us any Lex Luger produced tracks; he’s appeared on three so far, and of those one was new (To Be Loved) and two were remixes (Hard In The Paint & MC Hammer). So here Gucci is, rapping over Torture Rack Shawty’s production, and it’s a beat that’s over a year old; the same beat that was used on OJ Da Juiceman’s Early Mornin’ Trappin’. Back in the day (07/08, if you wanna call that “the day”) Gucci and Juice using the same instrumental (usually from Zaytoven) was common practice, and both of them took unique prospectives on the same beat. Needless to say, this isn’t Early Mornin’ Trappin’ - from a technical aspect, it’s far better (obviously) than anything OJ has done. It does kinda lack the energy of the original, but OJ in 2009 was far more animated than Gucci is here in 2010. We call that the effects of drugs, kids. Regardless of that, Chop It Up is nice, but I can’t help but feel like I already wore the fuck out of this song when Alaska In Atlanta came out. At least when Gucci and Juice used to share the same Zay beats, they usually came out within the same year. This song lacks the punch that it once had.
Which makes me wonder, why doesn’t Gucci use Lex’s beats more often? He obviously sounds great on them, as Lex is essentially just a denser, more aggressive Shawty Redd. Yet of the four times he’s been featured on one, I’ve already played the original version out the point that a remix (or reimagining, as seen here) is pretty pointless.
Yet here I am, saying this, on my third listen. Oh well, download it, and pray that Gucci uses those beat tapes Lex keeps sending them when he gets them instead of a year later.