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I know rappers steal mics

Friday morning.  What a lovely series of rap video treats in my RSS feed.  First up Joell Ortiz, one of the finest with a fantastic a capella.

Stalley and Curren$y with “Hammer and vogues.”  I don’t love the silly sexist chorus on this tune, but the rest is pretty legitimate.

Fridays belong to Killa Kyleon.  I’m feeling the black T and Raiders cap (a nod of respect for this NWA instro).  Waiting patiently for T.R.I.L.L. from Killa K.

There is something wonderful about enjoying rap music these days.  For every tune that covers the predictable territory (guns, sex, drugs), there is another song that references Jason Seigel, teenage mutant ninja turtles, and is essentially about self-doubt.  If you don’t know Gerald Walker, now you know.

Thanks to you heard that new for almost all these videos.

And of course, the news that Brother Ali went to jail to help #occupy a soon-to-be-repossessed home.

Props go out to Minneapolis artist Brother Ali for getting himself arrested a couple of weeks ago. No Ali wasn’t doing the Chris brown/ Drake number and tossing bottles in a club. He got arrested for standing up and helping Occupy a House that was scheduled to be foreclosed on by greedy bankers. That’s who we need to be tossing bottles at. bankers who have made record profits and yet still insist on fraudulently foreclosing on homes.

In this recent case, the Cruz family in Minneapolis attempted to make a payment online, which the bank refused. This triggered the bank to impose a two month fine, which the family couldn’t pay which then led to foreclosing proceedings. Such tactic are not unusual and in this particular case, lots of folks came out to help the family keep their home. One of them was Brother Ali who wound up being charged with trespassing when he refused to walk away and let the bankers keep the house.

via Davey D Top 21 & Music Notes: Good bye Ms Melodie.. Brother Ali Gets Arrested ..Miller vs Finesse « Davey D’s Hip Hop Corner-(The Blog).

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Bun B vs. PETA and the EPA

Killa Kyleon and Bun B.  I would have bet all my money ($63.50) that Killa would wreck this track, but I’ll be damned if the slow loris of hip hop — Bun B doesn’t ride this Lex Luger beat to greatness.

I’m a vegetarian tree hugger, but I’m still feeling this.  “When you see B comin’ around the corner/sittin’ in the foreign that you never heard of/leather seats so fresh that the cow just died/ and PETA want me for murder/and the wood inside that bitch brand new cuz we just killed a tree/so you already know the EPA ain’t feelin’ me. ”

Of course Bun B doesn’t need to  prove anything.  It is just a pleasure to hear him rhyming so tight.

 

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Killa Kyleon: shining

Killa Kyleon is guilty pleasure summer music, and as the weather turns nice you might want to have some Killa on hand.  Yesterday he laced the world with a lush video about the pleasures of sitting in his car.  Over the 2010 Sade sound, he just does it with ease. “Kevin Bacon kush I’m coughing so I’m on my footloose.”

No question Killa Kyleon has a fantastic flow.  Mostly he basically rhymes as if his words were the snare drum, but he has a crisp double speed flow and varies his tone enough to actually match the melody of tunes, not just hitting the beat.  What I love is that he rhymes, but he also plays his words — picking consonants at the right places to make the vocals stand out.

I can recommend both of his recent mixtapes: Candy Paint and Texas Paint and Natural Born Killa. Topically, Killa Kyleon will tend to repeat themes about money, sex, guns, cars, drink, and weed.   Despite the predictable rap tropes, Killa picks some innovative similes and can really play with the words.  Consider the “Moon and Stars Remix” with Curren$y and Big K.R.I.T. is a great tune, and honestly I think Killa K. offers up the nicest verse.

A former member of Boss Hogg Outlawz, Killa K. was introduced as a lyricist.  From a 2008 interview with Slim Thug and the rest of the BHO Slim runs down all of the members, describing Killa Kyleon thusly: ” Killer Kyleon is the most lyrical cat. I think he’s up there with Lil Wayne when it comes to lyrics.”

via Slim Thug and the Boss Hogg Outlawz Interview – UGO.com.

I can’t vote for all the verbiage about  his “bitches” and “boppers,” but like Curren$y it seems like his sexism is casual laziness.  Without excusing or justifying his bias, it is worth talking about the particular frames of sexism presented in Killa Kyleon’s work.   In most of his tunes women aren’t really present, when they do show up they are positioned simply as arm candy like the women in the “Moon and Stars” video.  Killa is more likely to brag about being pursued by women, or comment that so little time he has for women because he is working so hard (“married to the game, you know I got a bad wife,” from “I live it”).   When he does give a full song’s treatment to “pussy,” he shares the track with New Orlean’s up-and-comer Allie Baby for some mild bragging.

I doubt it matters very much what Killa Kyleon says– in the era when Common is attacked as a gangsta rapper, there is really no reason at all for any emcee to second-guess their own prejudicial lyrics.  It is obvious that the medium by which you have chosen for expression will convict you even if you rapped about Strawberry Shortcake.   But I’m not interested in prosecuting, I’m curious about how entwined the sexism is for Killa’s persona, and it doesn’t seem like it is central to what is going on in his raps.

What is central to his rhymes is the place he lives (Texas) and his car.  He joins Texas legend Z-ro for “Swang real wide” on Candy Paint and Texas Paint and the big state automotive smoothness is at an all-time high. Killa:  “Big wheels looking like a wagon, buttons on it looking like a suit/maroon paint looking like an agate, butter seats in my candy coupe/I got no top, decapitated, got the ladies infatuated they fascinated with the way I roll but it keep the haters so aggravated.”

Kyleon’s beats are likely to be both head-nodding and sluggish, open canvases for him to write verses filled with expressive comparisons and crafty double entendres.  If you can handle the topics and the lingo, then pursue Killa Kyleon for his lyricism and talented rapping.

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