Mata – I’m Different

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So this finally got a video clip. Mata, of Paper Route Gangstaz is part of the Huntsville, Alabama collective that has given us G-side, Block Beattaz, Jackie Chain etc and the kind can rap real nice. The beat is typical of their output, more of a soundscape that brings a feeling to compliment the lyrical content+flow than just another rap beat.

What I liked about this is that on the video it includes DJ drops/promobot.


5 years ago this would’ve been a cause to upset a lot of people but now days, when most people consume music via youtube and mixtapes, it almost stnds as a commentary that that sort of behaviour is acceptable.

Or I’m just using it to back up me telling people that I think it’s perfectly fine for tracks played in clubs to contain dj drops.


Raps with Live Musicians/Instruments

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Nine times out of ten when rappers and musicians link up to do a live performance it’s garbage. Utter shit. Chali 2na, funky white people, “real hip-hop” shit.  And it detracts from both participants.  Most likely because they’re not used to working together so it doesn’t gel as well as rapping over the same instrumental you’ve done it over a million times in the recording studio as well as live. Or some “funky” jazz bongo playing white dreads stoner decides he can help a track with an improv moment. Fuck that noise, I’m not trying to hear it.

Then last year, this was amazing.




And, today I saw this. G-side can do no wrong at the moment. The whole slow motion soundz collective are all putting out work to watch for, from production to rapping to promoting their own stuff. This is due to being really selective about what they do and the quality of it, rather than taking the approach most rappers on the come up have taken, firing off any and all output and hoping some of it catches on. So it makes sense that they got the live instruments aspect right as well, even though the sound quality on the recording sounds like it’s playing from the tapedeck in a 1989 corolla.

(5 years is too long in Australia, I was surprised to see black people playing violin…srsly.)



And just so you know, I don’t care for The Roots, Jazzmatazz or any of that other shit that you most likely do if you’re offended by the post.