Here’s a couple of joints that dropped over the summer that you might’ve missed. We got Soulja Boy slowly going insane, Jeremih holding us down until The-Dream drops a new album and TheClvsh making music that sounds like it should come from someone dressed like Wiz Khalifa on the cover of his new album.
Honestly, there should be something here for everyone. If you’re not into rappers with loose grips on reality, future sex jams or space weed boom bap — what are you into?
Jeremih – Late Nights With Jeremih (2012) // Grade: A-
Back in 2009 Jeremih released “Birthday Sex”, a song about the dangers of unrealistic expectations, the cyclical nature of time and wish fulfillment. Actually, “Birthday Sex” was just about having sex on your birthday. It was a fairly notable hit—even R. Kelly covered it—that has since constantly served as a beacon in clubs for drunk broads trying to get laid for their birthday. For that, thirsty dudes around the world thank Jeremih. Unfortunately for Jeremih, thirsty dudes around the world didn’t actually run out and cop his two resulting albums. This mixtape, Late Night With Jeremih sees breh dropping the follow up to “Birthday Sex” the streets (read: girls in mini dresses looking to do body rolls) were waiting for.
Late Nights has Jeremih doing a great job of channeling The-Dream and pairing his flighty vocals with a bunch of stripper friendly trap production. Jeremih isn’t as idiosyncratic as The-Dream (he doesn’t curse nearly enough or air out exs as hard) but he is equally gifted with the hooks and cooing melodies. His voice isn’t wild powerful but with melodies like he has, anything north of Ciara will get the job done. The production is solid throughout with tons of slow burning joints that would be perfect accompaniment for award winning and emotionally resonant pole dancing routines. that’s really one of the highest praises I could give toa r&b record. Speaking of which, the national pole dancing championships take place here in New York next month, I’m sure there’ll be plenty of Jeremih fans in the audience.
Soulja Boy – Skate Boy Deluxe Edition (2012) // Grade: B-
Soulja Boy has to be one of the weirdest post fame rappers since pre-Doomsday MF Doom. While most dudes in the rap game with waning popularity make desperate attempts to stay relevant by making increasingly shittier music, Soulja Boy has somehow made better music the less relevant he’s become. While he’s still a non-stop swag jacker, the shit he makes between biting popular rappers is somehow on point if you’re down for a trip into ignorant oddity. Skate Boy Deluxe Edition finds Soulja alternating between rapping over gigantic 4th rate trap beats (somehow still fun) and making songs that sound like a drunk dude happily sing rapping you Immature/IMX songs through a modem.
The drunk, modem songs are really the highlight of Skate Boy Deluxe Edition. Songs like “Ocean Gang”, “Ocean Gang Remix” and “Came Out The Water Part 2” have no right to be as ridiculously catchy and awesome as they are. The songs don’t really make sense, are sung off key and generally pretty plodding. At the same time dude rants about the ocean, swag, and remedial Egyptology (yes you read that correctly) in a free form manner that reminds you of “Versace Python” Riff Raff and “Zan With That Lean pt. 2” Soulja Boy. Either you took that last sentence as a list of positives or you hate Soulja Boy. I can’t blame you for hating Soulja Boy, but I’ve listened to “Came Out The Water Part 2” about 50 times and still have no clue what the fuck it’s about. I love it though. What’s the water metaphor for? Is Soulja Boy sea punk now? No clue. Pretty sure Soulja Boy has no clue either, but that’s probably why it’s awesome.
TheClvsh – OPM (2012) // Grade: B+
I was pretty sure that LA had a lock on the spacey jazz influenced bedroom production game. Shit like Sa-Ra Creative Partners, Flying Lotus, Thundercat and Jet Age of Tomorrow. You know, dudes that smoke a lot of weed and hang out going through their dad’s acid jazz record collections. I always figured the heat, high-grade weed and proximity to the ocean out there influenced dudes brains and came out through their music. TheClvsh is our of Virginia, but sounds like he should have a L.A address. Dude’s sound is totally burnt out boom bap that wouldn’t sound totally out of place on a label like Stones throw.
Somehow though dude is a member of Raider Klan. I guess dude is not part of the Klan but rather a crew called Terrorist Po$$e — but keeping with the 90s revivalism vibe – While the the Klan is all about reviving Memphis and West Coast gangster shit of the mid nineties, TheClvsh is making the type of songs that Ice Cube might rap over on “It Was A Good Day” type breaks in the action. “Cvmxrv” is the highlight of the tape, with its looping female vocal and boom bap. Dude even manages to dip into a lil bit of later Andre 3000 type flow over the futuristic lady lovin’ track. Sounding like Andre 3k is never a bad thing, unless you’re playing guitar.