Lately I’ve been getting into Houston rap, specifically DJ Screw. Screw is the originator of the “Chopped & Screwed” style characterized by slowed vocals with chopped up beats. Here’s a 35 minute (!) freestyle from DJ Screw’s crew, the Screwed Up Click. The beat is a remix of Kris Kross’s Da Streets Aint Right in Screw’s signature style.
This is New Zealand hip hop group Organized Rhyme. (Unrelated to the early 90s Tom Green project.) I found this on YouTube while browsing around for, of all things, New Zealand rap. (Hey, I was just curious.)
This track, “We Bak”, is actually pretty good. The production is really cheesy but I enjoy their flows a lot, and man that hook is great. They have a couple of other videos and they’re worth checking out but I think this one is probably the strongest.
This dropped earlier this week: Domo Genesis, Earl Sweatshirt, Vince Staples and Action Bronson all on the same track, produced by Alchemist.
I could write a thousand words about this — how Earl’s voice sounds so different now, how both Vince and Action Bronson just keep getting better and better — but you should really just listen for yourself.
“On My Block” features Scarface (of the Geto Boys) rapping over a fantastic Nashiem Myrick beat — as featured in the aforelinked Cam’ron freestyle. This is off 2002’s The Fix.
Amazing production by Nottz on this track from the Def Jam Vendetta OST. Yes, really, that’s where it’s from.1
As usual, verse after incredible verse from Meth. Either you get his brilliance or you don’t. Simple as that.
Thank you to reader Patrick who figured this out. Truly, you have the eyes of the eagle and the toenails of the hawk. ↩
The GZA of the Wu-Tang Clan performing “Liquid Swords” with the band Wavves. Totallly amazing for any number of reasons — GZA rockin’ a button down and rapping without a hype man, for starters.