Rap music has been known to elevate the tongues of individuals involved in preaching its stanzas by turning them into merciless tongue twisting maniacs, spilling about 5 words per second and doling out a story in several lines, no matter how superficial or irrelevant the story could be. As stereotypical as rap could be, it still speaks volumes on different levels. And this song is on that level that passes a profound message across to the listener. Slumerican Shitizen is the 14th song off Yelawolf’s 2011 album Radioactive (also known as Radioactive: Amazing and Mystifying Chemical Tricks) featuring Killer Mike, who I must say is a likable rapper to me.
Slumerican Shitizen is more or less like a political song, with hardcore rap and profane yet down-to-earth lyrics that portray the doings of an average citizen with little to nothing to his name. Yelawolf goes in the first person pretext, referring to himself as ‘the bitch society raped’, saying he’s ‘sick to the soul with hate’. In earlier parts of the first verse, Yelawolf goes about questioning people saying ‘What d’you mean I’m white trash? Grab my nuts and kick your poodle in the face’. Apparently this question was a result of his claim that he didn’t care about morals or environmental policies and stole a drink then threw the empty bottle into the gutter.
Yelawolf uses this song as a means to get the listener to visualize what bottom-tier people could be feeling and reacting to circumstances, not because they’re lazy to change anything but because hope for the brighter side has been lost. A good example of this is the lines beginning the second verse with him stating;
‘My body is covered in tattoos that are totally offensive.
If I did it I did it for life, no regrets you know that I meant it.’ Not only that, he also tries to describe the state in which such neighborhoods are left to crumble, with his line ‘That crack in the Chevy’s window been there for over 7 months’ stating how the car had been neglected and how certain suburbs on the bottom tier of the scale are neglected as well.
Killer Mike goes more political, asking why people who are arrested with little amounts of drugs trying to make ends meet end up having such long prison sentences. He goes on to tell of how after a prison sentence one’s mom could be dead and his baby grown, with his girlfriend who was ‘…tight in that thong, fat as a fuck and her body all gone.’ With her reallying on government rations because the stash left for her had finished and she wasn’t working, the ex-con comes home to find out he owes the government about $50,000 for the free lunches. He ends the verse with the question ‘Do you go legit, and never have shit. Or do you g’up and re’up and get you a brick?’
Over all the song is a deep whirlpool of messages that raise the right questions despite the rather wrong circumstances they are based on. And on the case of racism with regards to finances, Killer Mike ends the song with;
‘What you fuckers don’t understand is, this ain’t even about race. This is about who got it and who ain’t got it. So if I’m on the bottom, and you’re on the bottom, then we’re the same color. Dark fucking poor.’
And just to put it out there, Slumerican Shitizen is a play on American Citizen with Slum and Shit used.
This one slipped under my radar. I wasn’t expecting an accompanying music video for the song so soon. In any case, here is the video for Schoolboy Q’s infectious, hedonistic jam “Hands On the Wheel” featuring A$AP Rocky. The video, shot in black and white shows Schoolboy and A$AP in a cramped room filled with weed and women, drinking and smoking everything they possibly can. They ingesting one illicit narcotic after another while rapping their verse.
Its nothing much; simple and straight to the point.
Remember, Habits & Contradictions in in stores now. Check the video out below
One of the stand out tracks from Schoolboy Q’s just released sophomore album Habits & Contradictions “Hands on the wheel” features A$AP Rocky. Hands on the Wheel is an anthem dedicated to all manner of hedonism; getting as high, faded, wasted and drunk as humanly possible. The song samples folk singer Lissie’s cover of Kid Cudi’s pursuit of Happiness and uses a steady, high energy beat to pass across the songs message of Schoolboy and A$AP’s hedonistic habits. Through out the song you hear Schoolboy declare “Life for me is just weed & Brew” , a mantra almost on par with Drake’s now infamous “YOLO: you only live once”, but taken to another level entirely. Both Schoolboy and A$AP’s flows are impeccable! Its immediately infectious and you’ll be bumping this in the car for a good while.
Schoolboy Q’s album Habits $ Contradictions is out now. Make sure to cop it! In the mean time, listen to Hands on the Wheel Below
As a huge fan of Busta Rhymes, I figure I owed him this much to share this track. This is coming from arguably the fastest Veterans in the Rap game. This track is madness. After playing it, I threw in the towel and said, Na dude, I cannot Keep up. Sick hardcore beat, great transitions from both speedy Gonzales rappers. I cant wait for Busta’s latest Album to drop. Before I sign off, I have to ask, can you keep up? Drop us a comment below with your answer!
This morning Wande Coal surprised us all and released Three new tracks. Wande has been on a bit of a hiatus for the past year so he made it up to fans and made his presence felt with three great dance tracks.
It’s an understatement to say that 2011 has been an amazing year for Donald Glover. Besides being one of the stars in the critically acclaimed NBC comedy Community, Glover has also had a very successful music career under the moniker Childish Gambino; a name he generated from the online Wu-Tang name generator. Childish Gambino has been releasing a steady stream of free music since 2008, but 2011 will see the release of his first official studio LP -under independent label Glassnote Records- titled Camp. Where as his previous releases consisted of him rapping over various indie rock instrumentals (I am Just a Rapper 1 & 2), or a directionless collection of good songs (Culdesac), Camp is a coherent album, built from the ground up (with sole production by Glover himself, and friend/composer Ludwig Goransson) with the intent of telling a story. The use of violins, a choir and a stadium sized “arena rock” sound, coupled with Gambino’s sincere lyrics sets the stage for an engaging album.
Emerging artist and Harlem native A$AP Rocky, deliver’s “Peso, his Harlem interpretation of Southern Trap Rap. Peso is loaded with a lush, laid back beat, vivid, gritty imagery from the streets of Harlem and Rocky’s smooth yet boastful flow. Continue Reading →