From Sky: Week Ten Response

I knew it. From that first note to be honest. All I could think of after that drop ten seconds in was, FAB’s “Ghostride the Whip”. But how did I know? Well, I guess I’ll answer that in a second.

Frist, be forewarned that I really want to use the word hyphy, but that I am not exactly sure this applies or, for that matter, if hyphy is still a thing. So I won’t go there. Ha, I guess that’s kinda the story of my life–when it comes to this Music Monday that is–terminology.


What really made me %100 positive that this was some Bay Area noise was that beat. There is a distinctive sound that comes from The Bay, much like there’s a distinctive southern sound or a distinctive sound in drill. (See? Tied mine in with yours!) At first I thought that it probably didn’t have much to do with the lyrical content. Where some areas and genres are associated with their lyrics or their flows, other are associated with their beats. I feel like Bay area hip hop is one of the more easily distinguishable regions.

But back to FAB. So, I’m sure you’ve heard it, but here it is:

Ghost Ride It.

Now, I haven’t spent much time in California, and I have never been to NYC, but one of the biggest critiques I hear from people from NY about CA is that you can’t walk anywhere. In NYC you could walk all around the city, take public transit, and that there is no need for a car. I mean, can you imagine owning a car in Seoul? I mean, why?! Now, I realize the Bay is a little different. I have spent some time in San Francisco and it is accessible by foot and of course the BART, but I think there’s a California mindset here. Cars. I mean, “Ghost Ride It” is all about cars. Granted, yes, a lot of hip hop is car oriented. MMG? I mean, one of the reason I know about Bentley’s and Maybacks are because of hip hop. Now, if we look it NY hip hop for example, we hear rapper spit about cars much less than they do on the west coast and in the south. Cadillacs make me think of OutKast. Granted I don’t automatically associate a specific type of car with California and west coast rap, but I do associate it with cars. Maybe it’s because a car in a necessity on the west. I mean, can you imagine how difficult it’d be to live in California without a whip? So I think there’s something there.

To be honest though, I know why I can’t quite pin it down–lack of terminology. I don’t have the vocabulary to tell you what it is in the music that makes me automatically associate it with the Bay. I’m sure there’s a word, or a term, that someone could use to more articulate what I know I hear. I don’t know it. Maybe you do. Maybe you can help me out here.

On a final note. I fucking love Sage’s voice. I had known of IamSu! and have listened to his most recent mixtape. I am looking forward to Remember Me dropping on the 25th. Looking forward to more from this guy.

Great pick ‘cole.


From ‘Cole: Week Ten Response

This week is going to be short and sweet for two reasons: one, I am stuck at the airport for my fifth hour and want to make the most of my time and two: I’m writing on my cell phone so be prepared for some interesting autocorrectisms.

I’m also going to be discussing something that has been less of a concern for the majority of by posts in the past, which is form.


I’m really concerned more with Chief Keef’s artistry when it comes to his inflection and cadence. Most songs have a rise and fall, a sort of build up and climax (the best examples of these are, I think, in dubstep WAIT FOR THE DROP). But Keef manages to keep everything level the whole way through. Which is interesting. It’s almost like he’s defying the way we expect a song to be structured.

Defying the establishment is nothing new for hip hop, so the fact that he’s playing with the status quo is not surprising. But it’s very intelligent the way he does it. Making a song with no discernible chorus and no rising or falling action creates an ambience different from what we were previously exposed to.

You said to do no research so I didn’t. But I am interested in the fact that this is a genre. Is it a genre of songs that are all consistent cadences? Are they all pretty much party or brag tracks? Which artists gravitate toward his particular medium? Is there anything in particular in common with these artists, place or maybe content?

See, this is what happens when you don’t let me use the internets. ^^

From Sky: Week Ten – Chiraq pt. I

Alright, I’ve been waiting to discuss this artist and this sub-genre for some time now but I didn’t quite know how to go about it. Now I do.

I’m not going to give too much away this week. It’s simple. I want you to listen to the two tracks below and I want to know what you think of them.

One catch. Absolutely NO research. Not this week. Simply watch the tracks. Break them down. Do you. No research though. None. You are allow to look at lyrics, but I’d prefer not RapGenius.

This is Chief Keef. This is drill. This is Chicago. Or as they call it there, Chiraq.

From ‘Cole: Week X – Who? What? Where? Week

Sometimes my assertion that every work has a piece of the zeitgeist comes back to haunt me. But I swear and stand by it.

By which I mean, sometimes I can’t quite find it. But I feel like it’s there.

This week, I’m asking you to listen to the first thirty seconds of this song, and tell me where he’s from.

Then, listen to the rest of the song and ask yourself,
how did you know?