Viceland Rap is back, and this week I got all my goons to write something on the joint they’re bumping the most right now. If you’re not up on these cuts, start downloading immediately. This is all you need to be listening to… – Dave 1
Too $hort: “Blow The Whistle”
Ladies and gentlemen, we have a winner. I don’t know why everybody’s not losing their minds over this joint – this is the illest shit I’ve heard since “Hustlin’.” $hort Dawg, man, come on: best voice in hip hop, best flow in hip hop. And “Blow The Whistle” clocks in at two-and-a-half minutes of pure, nonsensical bliss. The first verse is some kind of disgruntled arithmetic breakdown of all the occurrences of the word “beyatch,” with your boy bragging: “And for the last 300 months, I made 16 albums with me on the front…and they bump!” The second verse is a long-winded dedication to UGK, Eightball & MJG, then UGK again. And for some reason, the third verse talks about some guy who’s gone off them pills. But it’s really all about the beat. Just when he was starting to become corny, Lil Jon reinvented himself and churned out this retro banger, complete with the vintage bass sound from “Freaky Tales.” Pac’s dancing in his Digital Underground outfit and Mac Dre’s looking down, smiling.
Project Pat: “Good Googly Moogly”
This has been out for a while, but I just want to make sure every single person on the planet hears it. We’re really in the higher spheres of perfection here. Maybe the music could’ve been a little hotter, but Project Pat absolutely murders this one, with the hilarious, “Good goodly moogly, that thang is juicy” hook and lines like: “Can I squeeze it till the juice start to runnin’ out / Greasy lips thick like a moose what I’m talkin’ ‘bout.” Oh yeah, and he manages to fit the word “caboose” in there as well. Insane.
The Pack: “Vans”
Now there’s a must hear. Three Bay Area high school kids whisper-rapping about their Vans over a snappy track that makes “Laffy Taffy” sound like a Dre beat. Call it Laffy Hyphy. I mean, this is beyond cheap. And we love it, of course. Quotables include: “You want to get right? Stop wearing those Nikes,” “Cost 36 dollars, all black, yeah,” and: “Since 1966 Vans has set a trend/ I got a blue pair yeah in a size 10.” Not to mention the chorus, which repeats, in a helium voice: “Got my Vans on but they look like sneakers.” Dial 1-800-955-KMEL to request it on the air. I’m serious.
Busta Rhymes feat. Swizz Beats: “New York Shit”
The consensus is that New York rap fell off and Bussa Buss thinks he can reignite some kind of hometown pride with this one. When the Big Apple’s biggest thugs are doing the lean-with-it-walk-with-it dance at Speed, I say: not a chance. However, this joint is absolute butters. Who would’ve thunk? I’m like the number one Busta hater ever. But the thing is, he barely raps on this cut. It’s like one giant shout out. And then you got hip hop’s most loveable character – Swizzy! – chanting some kind of off-beat chorus. So you can just zone out to DJ Scratch’s beautifully breezy throwback loop. Which was first used on what, incidentally? Come on, where my rap nerds at? Diamond D “I Went For Mine” – hello! All this is kind of ironic since it’s Swizz’s keyboard beats that killed the New York sound in the first place.
Pimp C feat. Bun B & Mike Jones: “Pourin’ Up”
And you thought Lil Keke’s “Chunk Up The Deuce” was tight? Dog… Pimp C’s breakout single has all the Swisha House ingredients on overdrive. You got the sinister Carnival Beat, you got Mike Jones yelling some retardedness in the middle, and you got a Michael Watts chopped-and-screwed hook lifted straight from “Big Pimpin’.” Young Pimp also gets technical and pulls off a double-time flow with jewels like: “The game gritty but the bitch pretty / Let me snort some white girl up off your titty.” And like I told you last time, Bun’s back in that dark, lyrical zone from the “Sippin’ On Some Sizzurp” days. You can’t go wrong.