The hip-hop world is a less than sensible place -- lots of times, you're even required to clarify when bad means bad and when bad means good -- so once a week we're going to get with a rapper and ask them to explain things. Something you always wanted to ask a rapper? E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
This Week's Rapper: Wes Coas
This Week's Prompt: Let's have you try and figure out which have been the seven best rap songs of 2012.
Kendrick Lamar, "The Recipe"
I heard this song when I was home and my first thought was this a good song, but when you listen to the arrangement and how Dre sounds so fluid, it's perfect Dre; the best he's sounded since the original Chronic.
Pusha T, "Exodus 23"
Pusha T is one of my favorite MCs, but he hasn't sounded hungry in a while and that's when he's at his best. So this is classic Clipse, in a space where no one really wants to be that direct.
Plus, the Biggie sample at the beginning is sick because you know off top it's gonna be a killer: "Wealth can't buy health, just ask Steve Jobs." When Pusha can capture the IDGAF attitude, not too many people are better.
Wes Coas', "Ozone"
I'm not into riding my own dick, but this song is to me the voice of every emcee and I don't know whats it's like to just rap because you can rap. When you are an artist you do it from a place where it's not about people but getting out what you feel.
I've been blessed to interact with different levels of artist from majors to indies to unknown. But it's like this song is the voice of each interaction I ever had in music. Its about hope and perseverance when there is no other option. You don't even see or hear anything else.
Flycat Music Group, "Still Look Good RMX"
What stands out about this song is it's comparable to Wu-Tang's "Triumph." When you see most posse or crew songs everyone is trying to fit together; that part was natural. I feel like everyone had an unspoken agenda to standout and make a great song as well as launch something more of a movement.
So as most people don't really get into that, we really aimed to give something to Houston that would feel special as well as respectful.
I hate R&B normally, but Usher really gave a lot to this song. It just sounds beautiful. And it's more vocal ability then it is backing track. I can say i haven't paid attention since Confessions, but happened to catch this on the radio and it got me immediately. And as Katt Williams said, "You have to really have something for the ladies."
Dirty & Nasty, "24KT"
I heard this beat and thought RZA made this; then again I pay a lot of attention to song arrangement so I'm listening to Hollywood FLOSS, who has been doing his thing for awhile, and people don't recognize in my opinion how consistent DNN really has been.
On this song it gave me a strong vibe of The Mack. Plus, when you add the female [Kam Franklin] singing and the smoothness of delivery in the singing it's an unexpected offering from one of my favorite groups.
7th Letter, "Elevators"
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Creativity and real-life situations. The ability to bring you into the song. When I first heard this song, I could see myself in the elevator watching this take place.
Concept songs don't really exist anymore. Most artist attempt to be "Real" or talk about their life. So this was super-refreshing for me to hear and it was something everyone could get into. He produced the track himself.
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