HALFTIME: Evan Nabavian's Tentative Favorite Rap Song of 2011

Written by Evan Nabavian of 'Metal Lungies'.
DJ Quik & BlaKKazz K.K. - "Poppin"
(The Book of David; 2011)

When I listen to 'Hard In Da Paint' and 'B.M.F.', I feel like I can topple a government with a kitchen knife. Lex Luger's bullheaded aggression can be very satisfying, but not as much as 'Poppin' by DJ Quik, which sounds like it could replace the music that plays in Kill Bill when Uma seizes up with deadly purpose. The beat sounds like holy retribution. The slightly goofy hook (“Up in the morning I keep it pop-pop-poppin'”) could suit dance floors if it had happier sounds behind it, but the foreboding drone and the heavy drums are pure malice. Quik's every move is calculated, down to the gunshots that accent every line. His targets? The game, his sister, and those who would compare him to Dr. Dre. He's cold and subdued – almost casual, giving K.K. even more impact when his roaring verse drops.

I saw Quik live last month at the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn. He bounced around his catalog a lot and did a thorough Nate Dogg tribute, but he was especially excited when 'Poppin' came on. There are a lot of angry rap songs, but few as focused and dangerous as this.

14 comments:

  1. Oh now Quik is a vet! He's a lot of cats favorite producer's favorite producer. A lot of people don't know, but he's a classically trained pianist, so this shit is simple for him. Props hl, What Up Dough?!

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  2. Whattup Digs. I wasn't digging "The Book of David" as much others were, but this song is tough.

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  3. Yeah Quik's latest albums have been struggling as a whole, but every one of them has something on there you can bump. I'm thinking he still got hits in him, he just needed the right situation.

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  4. Song of the year got to be "2Pac Back".....

    More than music.....

    Beyond beats.....

    On this side.....

    We resurrectin corpses.....

    From one legend tudda next.....

    Tha combination of two conglomeratis.....

    MAYBACHAVELI

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