Rap Roundup: New Songs and Videos by Droop-E, Iamsu and More
As these new releases might suggest, Bay Area rap continues to evolve and become harder to pigeonhole. This is especially true when it comes to matching songs up with a visual; the same old bitches-in-the-club videos that we see all over the country don't really fly here unless they're super-duper fly -- and set, like, 80 years ago.
Sick Wid It Droop-E channels the 1930s with "'N The Traffic."
Droop-E featuring Nite Jewel and J Stalin, "'N The Traffic"
E-40's junior has fully developed into his own unique artist. His sophisticated beats and Nite Jewel's lovely singing make the perfect backdrop to the 1930s noir feel of the video. All other club videos must be immediately stepped up.
Rey Resurreccion, "87 Octane"
REL gives this San Jose artist a beautifully languid beat that recalls space travel adventures. RayRes matches the production with a cool and confident delivery. The track ends in just two minutes, leaving the listener wanting more.
IamSu! featuring HBK Skipper, "Young Homie"
No video (yet?) for the Richmond crew's new get-money anthem, which sports a soundtrack built of videogame sound effects. But it still manages to evoke an 8-bit hustling fantasy. Play on, players.
Brotha Lynch Hung, "Krocadil"
We've always confused the name of this Sactown rapper with that of Big Lurch, the incarcerated rapper accused of eating his former roomie while under the influence of PCP. This gory, cannibalistic tale of edible homicide from the Brotha is not going to help us keep them straight. If you can look past the blood, though, you'll hear some sharp critiques of mainstream rap.
Mayne Mannish, "GAP"
Well, Mannish (from The Team) is not talking about the preppy department store. This is an ode to "good-ass pussy." And before anyone gets their panties in a bunch about the latest in misogyny rap, this one is too funny to be offended by it if you listen to it all the way through.