Category Archives: Hip-Hop

Shot of That 100 Proof: Apathy – Weekend at the Cape

 

Weekend at the Cape expertly finishes Apathy’s series of releases centered around his asshole raps and his New England home. Like Connecticut Casual, it’s awesome to witness how great Apathy is when he’s focused and keeps the tracklist short.

Apathy - Weekend At The Cape
I LOVE the art on these albums/EPs!

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Kanye West – The Life of Pablo

Where to begin with this album? It’s consumed my free time for the past week and change, but I’m already tired of thinking about it. I definitely don’t feel like writing a lot, but I probably have no choice. Kanye has been a complex character lately. One who seemed bored with rap but never completely let it go in favor of terrible singing and over high-priced fashion. Given that ambiguity, The Life of Pablo is impressive in its cohesion, but disappointing in how little it feels like Hip-Hop to me. I won’t get into his twitter antics during the lead-up to the album, but Google them if you need to. It’s worth the laugh and the possible insight into this guy’s psyche.

Kanye West - The Life Of Pablo

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Shot of That 100 Proof: Aesop Rock and Homeboy Sandman – Lice

The Lice EP is available for free at StonesThrow.com. The streaming player is embedded below

I’ve fucked with Aesop Rock since Labor Days, back in the Def Jux era. I can’t claim to be a huge fan, but I always liked his strong delivery and beat choice enough to gloss over the fact that I rarely knew what he was speaking on. Late last year he dropped this Lice EP, for free, with Homeboy Sandman, and I’ve been ready for some nerd rap lately. So, two rappers with weird deliveries and abstract writing? Let’s see how this collaboration turned out…

Aesop Rock & Homeboy Sandman - Lice
No idea what this title means…and only slightly more idea of what the verses mean

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Shots of That 100 Proof: Meek Mill – 4-4 Parts 1 & 2

Meek dropped a couple of EPs this month, the latest two days ago, both named 4-4. Apparently the name is a reference to when his Dreamchasers 4 mixtape will release, because apparently somebody is hotly anticipating that thing. Anyway, let’s get down to it.

4-4 Pt 1

ermm, that's not how hash marks work
Ermm…that’s not how tally marks work

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Apathy – Connecticut Casual

T has been patiently waiting, so let’s get into some Army of the Pharoahs material that I don’t hate. The album stream is embedded at the bottom.

I think Apathy is probably my favorite white rapper. Or maybe El-P. Both are clearly attached to the East Coast boom-bap that I love, and both SPIT. Where El-P’s music is very personal and often sonically and lyrically challenging, Apathy has much more of a back-to-basics ethos that makes him instantly likeable for any fan of hard beats and boastful lyrics. Lucky for us, none of that changed with Connecticut Casual, his 2014 album.

Connecticut is apparently lousy with rich preppy asshole skeleton monsters
Connecticut is apparently lousy with preppy asshole skeletons in loafers

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