What a natural-sounding pun. Sorry for the lack of updates over the past week. I’m sitting on pure posts but what with one thing and another I ain’t had time to put into words the genius thoughts in my head.
Thought for the day number one: are those ashtrays the most tacky things ever made? Thought for the day two: are MCs of Jamaican heritage automatically awesome rappers? The case for:
Chubb Rock. Born in Kingston, one of my favourite ever rappers. Sometimes drops into a little ragga flow like on this freestyle verse on the last ever Yo! MTV Raps. In at 2:52.
You may have noticed KRS-One on that clip as well if you rewind a tad. He’s well known for dropping bits of patois into his raps. Let’s pick one at random, errr…GO!
Another one is Heavy D who tells us that he was “born in Jamaica, Mt. Vernon I grew”
Busta Rhymes has two Jamaican parents and rips it up in a pretty unique way
That video used to get heavy rotation on MTV Base back in the day.
Finally, perhaps only a Jamaican MC such as the master Douglas E. Frehsington could come up with lyrics like this. Yeah it’s a duet piece, wannafightaboudit?
Woman: ‘scuse me Doug E. Fresh some one to see you named Bob
Woman: Yes, Bob.
Doug: Who drives that old white Saab? Tell him to wait I’m eating lunch I’m having corn on the cob.
[sarcastic trumpet riff]
I had to revisit this cracking blues number because it was also used in Chubb Rock’s “Just The Two Of Us”. For my money Chubb Rock is one of the all-time underrated MCs in hip hop. His line “she went all Vanessa Del Rio on me” got into my head like an earworm. The only problem was I didn’t know who she was so I Googled her. At Work. Don’t do that.
Sample: Chubb Rock’s – Just The Two Of Us
Check out the frat boys dancing in the Chubbster’s video. Slick. You can also see part one of this “series” here.
This has to be one of my all-time favourite samples in hip hop. The original is so soulful and that comes through in the sample.
Sample: Ultimate Force – I’m Not Playing
This has been used again in one of my favourite vocal performances in hip hop ever so stay tuned for part 2!