Sunday, November 13, 2005

Music to burn cars to! (Mp3 update!)

In Jarhead, (which I never actually reviewed did I? Fuck it, Siu Fung did), Donnie Darko complains about the PA system playing Vietnam music, in a hilarious denunciation of how anything can be reduced to the 60’s by boomers. This got me thinking that with all the chaos going on around the world, we’re going to need a mixtape of appropriate destruction oriented tracks to bust a cap or burn cars to. Luckily, I’ve done the legwork and collected not one, not two but FIVE tracks (and a bonus one! Which makes it like…SIX) dedicated to the fine art of rioting. Thank me later when the bourgeoisie burns.

Paris - Supreme NTM – Qui Paiera les dégats

You’d think they would have listened... This Supreme NTM song is a word for word descriptions of the Paris Riots from 2 inner city youths. The twist? The track was written in 1993, years before any of the destruction and chaos would go down. Qui Paiera les dégats (which means, who’ll pay for this shit?) includes dire warnings on how France’s social system is dysfunctional and how the whole thing is going to end up badly, plus it does so over a killer beat (this particular one is a 2000 era remix). If anyone anywhere is editing MiniDV documentary footage of this thing they BETTER use beats from these guys for the soundtrack because really, if anyone represents what went down in November of 05’, it’s the Nick Ta Mère posse.

New York - Juelz Santana ft. Cam’ron – Murda Murda

Juelz Santana has about 5 minimalist clicky beats on his album and none of them are as awesome as this bomb-squad meets Dr Dre meets Damian Marley wall of sound. Dense as all fuck with a loopy vocal sample, huge kick drums and some seriously deranged g-funk synths, the sonic molasses gives Juelz the right vibe to let off one of the more disturbing choruses this year: murda murda ma-murda murda murda ma-murda murda! His verses are alright too, but it’s Cam’ron who goes for broke with what can only be described as a nursery-rhyme as told to a rapper possessed like the kid in the exorcist. I’d try transcribing some of it but its practically phonetic scatting although the Kobe diss is hilarious (put on my Laker Jersey, then I go rape white (Number 8!)) he Dadaists would have a kick out of this…if they weren’t terrified by it.

London - Lethal B – Forward 2 (POW!!!)

Ok, Killa Cam was ALMOST scatting on that last one but someone one here is literally just making random sounds to the beat. Practically every grime emcee gets 8 bars on here and basically the objective seems to be to out-threaten the other guy in a ferocious display of lyrical puff puff pass. I don’t have the slightest idea of what anyone here is saying but I’m fairly sure I wouldn’t want to be around any of them when they were saying it. I guarantee that none of you will be able to play this one twice in a row without getting a massive headache.

Memphis – Three 6 Mafia - Body Parts Part 3

My image of Memphis is a very scary place. Imagine Mystery Train mixed with a graveyard where rockabilly and crunk artists fight it out. I’m sure it’s not actually like that, but it’s a nice image. I guess the fact that this is the third song these guys have done called Body Parts is a sign. A sign of what I’m not quite sure but it’s probably not a very good one. Over a creepy horror movie sample, the Memphis equivalent of the previous Grime lineup go for broke with Juicy J’s label dissing final verse standing out. Anything that quotes Rumsfeld (Most known unknowns) in a subversive way is fine by me.

Jamaica - Damian Marley – Confrontation

The intro to Jr Gong’s album is built on a driving rhythm and chopped up classical strings for a fairly tribal vibe that screams out I goin to war. I guess when you name a track Confrontation and include a Marcus Garvey sample as a bridge you’ve pretty much made your point without even having written a word down, but Damian Marley, as I’ve previously said, takes nothing for granted and delivers a riveting performance on this one. The rest of the album is a bit on the calmer side, but this one is all about that looting shit.

Bonus track for New Orleans: Juvenile – Nolia Clap

It’s not really a riot song at all, but if one were to be looting and/or finding in Nawlins, this would be the soundtrack of choice. Oh, and don’t bother with the boring Mos Def freestyle version that’s ACTUALLY about Katrina: the original is the only way to go.


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