Now I was jumping for motherfucking joy when I heard Fol Chen‘s “No Wedding Cake” last month, so you can understand how I felt when I received an mp3 in my inbox today. I motherfucking jumped for joy again. Ten times.
And that was just the beginning. While the video for “The Believers” was totally deep and interesting, it can’t hold a damn candlestick in comparison to the “No Wedding Cake” video. All the whack-ass bloggers creaming their panties over that whack-as-fuckin’-ass Fever Ray video need to check themselves. This is the best indie video of 2009 so far.
“Hump-Hop Hooray” is the latest regular series here. Every Wednesday, I’ll be bringing you a different hip-hop track, new or old, for your hump day consideration.
I don’t normally like to post tracks that I don’t enjoy, but I felt like this is one that deserves to be discussed. I’m not crazy about Maya and Santi being adopted as hip-hop’s hottest gals to sample. While I know it’s a great way for artists like T.I. and Jay-Z to get serious hype from the indie-blog world, those samples were annoying as fuck. Seriously. “Paper Planes” was a great fucking song, but I dread hearing the line “No one on the corner got swagga like us” every time I hear it. That’s not even considering that the term “swagga” somehow sound as dated as “homie”…
But I digress. Yung Trev is the latest rapper to jump on the M.I.A.-sampling bandwagon. His flow isn’t particularly impressive, at best reflecting a second-rate Too $hort, but I have to give him credit for taking the initiative to sample something aside from the “swagga” line. When I say that “he” took the initiative, I literally mean that he produced this track.
Now, I don’t like this beat. I don’t like his flow. I don’t ever want to listen to this song. But I do think that sampling the line “bonafide hustla making my name” was a smart move, with the potential to provide a relatively timeless hip-hop reference instead of latching onto trendy slang. ::sigh:: If only his production skills and lyrical skills could match his ideas.