So, for those of you who follow, and/or this tumblr, you know I’ve been contributing to them for a little bit. Today, to celebrate the fact that yesterday saw the release of what might be my favorite rap album all year, YG’s “My Krazy Life”, I compiled a mix w/ the assistance of Son Raw to serve as a sort of primer to YG for those uninitiated.

If you interact with me or know me, you are aware that I am a total fucking dork when it comes to YG. I indicate eras of his career like he’s Picasso or something, I hunt down video clips of him getting into trouble like my name was Charles “@drugmoney” Willhoit, and I defend even the most lunkheaded of his verses (yes, including the verse on function where he rhymes “dick for days” with “dick for days”.). It’s a personal crusade that’s finally paid off.

The reason for this mania is actually another blogger who’s no longer with us; the first time I heard YG properly, it was on Matthew Africa’s “Jerk” megamix (tracklist found here; I believe I still have the mix available should anyone want it, but I’d have to ask for permission). “AIM Me” was everything I wanted out of rap at the time, but didn’t realize I was missing. And after that, this led to several years of laughing my head off at this kid, and the way he’d do things like cry out “HOOTERS!!!!” on DJ Mustard’s “Burn Rubber” or the absurdity of how goofy the video of his “Otis” Freestyle w/ partner Reem Riches is.

So this mix, which I’ve been looking forward to for a minute, does two purposes. Obviously it exposes the back catalog of a rapper who doesn’t get a lot of love from people because ‘lol jerk’, 'lol Toot It And Boot It’, 'lol not K. dot’ and whatever reasons they come up with. But also in my haphazard way, it’s my way of extending the gift Matthew gave to me indirectly to everyone else. Though obviously I wish he could see it.

RIP, and I hope y'all enjoy.


Chief Keef - John Madden (2011)

Somanyshrimp’s David Drake has done an article on 16 year old Chicago rapper Chief Keef. It casts valuable light on the grassroots origins of Keef’s recent online/viral explosion and is well worth reading. Also worth reading are the comments underneath, which take issue with David’s failure to write something about the real future of hip-hop: the Cunninlinguists and Sage Francis. Similar hilarity there to the comments you get on the Guardian’s website when somebody writes about hip-hop: “Hip-Hop isn’t dead! You obviously haven’t heard Apathy’s latest EP yet!”

Keef’s Back From The Dead mixtape dropped yesterday.