Two new eppys of HEY FAM!

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Two weeks have passed, which means there’ve been two more episodes of my smash hit podcast Hey Fam..! Both episodes feature my co-host Angus Truskett and I shredding it up with bonafide Melbourne comedians. Subscribe to Hey Fam on iTunes or stream those shits below! No girls ALLOWED (until next week).

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Episode 7: The Scene (with Tommy Dassalo)

Levins and (sober) Angus are joined by Melbourne mate Tommy Dassalo, host of The Little Dum Dum Club Podcast. We think about the things that make YOU think, including that second last eppy of True Detective, the abomination that is Pixels vs. the Adam Sandler movies we grew up with, Nintendo in Japan and how hard it is keeping up with Ballers every week. Plus we introduce multiple new segments, like the enthralling DREAMCAST and the extremely next level MAKES U THINK.

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Episode 8: New York (with Stuart Daulman)

Hey Fam is eight episodes old! We celebrate by cutting us a birthday slice of Melbourne comedian (ugh we know, another one) Stuart Daulman. Together we dissect that final episode of True Detective season two and take a look at the season overall. Did we love it? Who do we want for season three? Is there any other podcast in the game that will spend a solid 20 minutes recasting The Sandlot Kids for a new generation? We answer all these questions PLUS give you some tight chats about Star Wars, The Beatles and our favourite laneways of Melbourne.

Subscribe to Hey Fam..! on iTunes or stream it on our Libsyn page.

My new podcast: Hey Fam!

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I’ve started a new podcast, three years after the death of my short lived Hip Hoptimists podcast with Franco. This new one is called Hey Fam..! and I host it with with my good friend Angus Truskett, the genius behind my favourite Facebook page, Plucka Duck Memes. Each week we hang out in his living room and talk about all the pop culture we’ve ingested over the past week – movies, tv shows, comics, video games etc etc. Recording the podcast has become the highlight of my week and we’ve started getting guests to join us in Angus’s living room.

You can subscribe on iTunes (and leave a review if you like it!) or listen to each episode individually below. Thanks fam!

Episode 1: Entourage

For our very first episode we slap on a few classic Entourage eps and talk about the new season of True Detective, our reservations regarding the upcoming Suicide Squad movie, the emotional rollercoaster that is being a Nintendo fan and our favourite lines (AKA every single line) in The Rock’s new HBO sitcom Ballers.

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Episode 2: The Review

Episode 2! Levins and Angus get deeeeep into Pixar’s new movie Inside Out, catch up on the latest True Detective (and Ballers obviously), discuss the recent Spider-Man and Marvel comics news and compare Arkham Knight to Yoshi’s Wooly World.

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Episode 3: Talk Show

We’re back! Angus and Levins check in on Vinnie and the boys before going through the highlights of the latest episodes of Ballers and True Dickies. Angus tries to convince Levins to buy a PS4, we go through the latest Star Wars news (and comics!) and try to work out what those darn Minions are all about!

Episode 4: Date Night (with Gen Fricker)

Angus and Levins welcome the first ever guest to Hey Fam HQ: comedian Gen Fricker! She brings with her some hot takes on Magic Mike XXL, we reflect on the new DC previews from Comic-Con, read the new Archie comic, catch up on True Detective and pay homage to gaming legend Satoru Iwata.

Episode 5: The Script and the Sherpa (with Siobhan Coombs)

This week the babybros are joined by comics guru Siobhan Coombs for A long look back at the work of Geoff Johns after it was announced he was co-writing the new Batman movie! We also review Marvel’s latest flick Ant-Man, dissect another episode of True Detective and make some bold predictions for the future of Ballers!

Episode 6: Busey and the Beach (with Henry Stone)

Our first drunk episode! The fam is joined by Henry Stone, former YouTube star and host of our rival podcast The Blank Slate Movie Podcast. Angus plays a drinking game where he drinks whenever Levins says something. We discuss the latest episode of True Detective, Henry’s habit of finishing the Arkham games a day after they’re released, the dark side of the extended Star Wars universe and work out what the funniest part of the male anatomy is. Oh yeeeeah!

Subscribe to Hey Fam..! on iTunes or stream it on our Libsyn page.

THE BEST OF SOULJA BOY

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Originally posted on Pages Digital.

Every few months Halfway Crooks write a playlist for the artist they feature on their poster. This month is Soulja Boy…

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Soulja Boy. He was inescapable in 2007 but he released his fourth album in February this year and I only just found that out two minutes ago after googling ‘Soulja Boy new album’. He’s still worth $25 million and Ice T probably still blames him for killing hip hop. He’s still my go to rapper when I want to piss off a real hip hop head, playing a badly mastered Soulja Boy mp3 is even more infuriating to a 2015 Zulu Nation hanger-on than playing an entire Miley Cyrus album. There’s still something appealing about his weird bratty attitude, every song he’s ever made sounds like it was made by a 16 year old – not just due to Soulja’s hilariously simple lyrics, but there’s always a youthful energy to his tracks, an energy that sounds especially great when blaring through a mobile phone on public transport. Here are few of his best tracks from his albums and tapes. Come back to me in a few weeks to see if there’s any good ones on his latest album.

Crank That (Soulja Boy)

The song that started it all. I used to get in trouble at clubs for playing the original version that I ripped from Soulja Boy’s Myspace. I never actually learnt the Crank Dat dance, but I still have a playlist filled with Crank Dat variations. My fav of the bunch was Crank Dat Urkel Dance by PLP. When they released this single properly I was given a Crank That Soulja Boy tshirt which I wore for most of 2007/8 until it mysteriously disappeared shortly after people started booing when you played Crank Dat in the club. Life is unfair sometimes.

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Just to show how much money Soulja Boy’s record label was throwing at him, they got Dog the Bounty Hunter to star in this film clip. This song did better in the Australian charts than it did in the States and is probably the most fondly remembered song from his first album, the eloquent lyrics and delivery still tug on the heart strings of everyone who’s ever gotten fed up with the constant adoration of their fans and yelled in their faces. That synth line is our generation’s ‘Jump’ by Van Halen, it’s impossible not to punch the air as soon as you hear them.

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Most of Souljaboytellem.com was self produced, and this is probably the hottest beat on there, and had one of the best dances to go along with it. Even though it sold by far the best, Soulja Boy’s debut is my least favourite of his first three albums, with most of the album sounding dated and flat when listened to today. This one still bangs though.

Kiss Me Thru The Phone (featuring Sammie)

Soulja Boy’s second biggest song after Crank Dat is about a very low stake romantic dilemma – he’s a relatively short distance away from his girl (short enough that he’ll be able to see her “later on”) but he misses her so goddamn much that he requests she kiss him through her phone somehow. That’s the very underrated singer Sammie on the hook. To hear more from him listen to this or this. Soulja made a few more sweet R&B numbers like this on his next album, Hey Cutie with Trey Songz is almost as good as this one and Soulja sings the hook himself on Blowing Me Kisses. Even his more stupid lines work best on his R&B tracks where he’s not trying to be tough at all.

Gucci Bandana (featuring Gucci Mane and Shawty Lo)

Weird fact: Gucci Mane has two verses on iSouljaBoyTellEm. This is the better of the two, those dark piano notes setting a perfect tone for Gucci alongside Soulja and another sadly forgotten relic from the tail end of the 00s’ first decade: Shawty Lo.

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The rest of Souja’s second album is a mess of ideas and different song structures, some which work, some which don’t and then there’s a couple of absolute curveballs like the written-and-recorded-in-five-minutes banger Hey You There. I always liked the weird High School Musical vibe of this song, and that bassline is almost as good as the one on Lemonade.

First Day of School

The first song of Soulja Boy’s third album has more plays on my iTunes than it does on YouTube. When my son starts school I’m going to blast this from the second he wakes up right up until I drop him at the school gate, just so he can blame me for all his problems in life from that point onward.

Pretty Boy Swag (Remix featuring Gucci Mane)

Another Gucci x Soulja classic, one of two great remixes from The DeAndre Way singles, the other being the T-Mix of Speakers Going Hammer. Hopefully one of the 50 albums Gucci Mane releases from jail in the next year is a collab with Soulja.

30 Thousand 100 Million (featuring Lil’ B and Arab)

The best of the collaborations on The DeAndre Way (sorry 50) features Soulja Boy one-upping the inevitable Lil’ B “hoes on my dick…” line with the unbeatable “word around town bitch my dick taste like ribs”. Nobody has written a better line about their dick since, but Lil’ B and Soulja made a few more tracks together before Lil’ B accused Soulja of biting his swag (he kinda did). Soulja Boy’s remix of Swag On My Dick is a modern classic though.

Zan With That Lean (featuring Kwony Cash and J Money)

There was a good year or two where every one of Soulja’s monthly mixtapes was worth getting for at least one banger. This song was very integral to the High IQ music movement.

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The 21: EP kicked off with the anthemic Swag Daddy (“Came out the water like a pretty ass dolphin!”) but the star of the EP was this dreamy melodic sleeper hit. This whole EP is worth picking up tbh.

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A real treasure for true SOD fans (like the ones I forced to watch Soulja Boy: The Movie with me) is this strange lullaby to LV, featuring Soulja Boy crooning over a head nodding bassline. The only bad thing about this song is that it isn’t an hour long.

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Who said Soulja Boy wasn’t a real lyricist?

I’ll be playing all these songs and more (including Soulja’s song with Snoop Dogg minus the Snoop Dogg parts) at Halfway Crooks this Saturday night. Jayteehazard’s playing too, and of course the good Captain Franco.

RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1440400696260799/

THE RHYTHM OF THE NIGHT

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Every couple of months I run a 90s party at Goodgod called The Rhythm of the Night. Most of the time it’s 90s dance in the backroom and 90s r&b in the front but I’ve always wanted to do an 90s alt rock party, ever since hearing Nick Catchdubs‘ awesome Radio Friendly Unit Shifter mixes. I even did my own all Australian alt rock high school hits mix in 2012. This weekend The Rhythm of the Night moves the dance to the front bar and fills the backroom with angst and powerchords. It’s the 90s alt rock special!

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For the first time we’ve got a live act playing – a genuine 90s live act at that – Swoop! You might remember their 1995 top ten hit Apple Eyes.

I put together a few articles to promote the party, as always they’re a bunch of (hopefully) super entertaining lists.

21 Essential Australian dance tracks from the 90s on Stoney Roads

This took forever to put together and then I found out In The Mix had put out their top 100 Australian dance songs of all time list the day before mine went up. Surprisingly there’s a few tracks on my list that didn’t make theirs!

6 nu metal songs you can dance to on Pages Digital

Pages editor and prince of style Christopher Kevin Au asked me to write him a nu metal article and I did (for the nookie, obviously).

Essential 90s alt rock bangers on Oyster

The DJs playing at The Rhythm of Night (Joyride, Ariane, Chux, Shag, G Coo, babygirl and myself) pick their favourite alt jam from the 90s.

Talking 90s with Swoop on the Goodgod blog

Roland from Swoop talks about his favourite things from the 90s – the music, the dances, the food and Tom Cruise.

The Rhythm of the Night is the Saturday night at Goodgod Small Club. RSVP here.

 

RO SHAM BO: THE REUNION

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One of my favourite things I’ve ever written is this RO SHAM BO: 5 YEARS OF DANCE CONFUSION post, a wrap up of the history of Ro Sham Bo, a DJ team that I started with some of my best mates in 2006. We threw a retirement party when Ryan moved to London in 2011, claiming that his absence would make it impossible to stay together as group, but to be honest Ro Sham Bo had naturally run its course by then, the up-tempo multi genre club music sounds that we’d fallen in love with had morphed into weird EDM off-shoots that we’d grown too old to keep up with.

The four of us obviously stayed close friends – Elston was my best man at my wedding two years ago, Ryan and I became dadbros after we both had kids within a week of each other and Jimmy and I still work together almost every week at Goodgod. We also kept fond memories of our old parties, and the music we used to play at them, getting nostalgic about old tracks whenever we saw each other. Jimmy and I decided it was time for a reunion and got Ro Sham Bo back together for a celebration of late noughties club music with some of our other club buddies who were playing the best shit back then too.

Tomorrow night Goodgod becomes a celebration of 2007 (a decidedly less retro era than my all 90’s dance Rhythm of the Night parties!), with sets from Ro Sham Bo, Disco Punx, Catcall, Jaime Doom, Kato, Gregg Sandwich and Shantan Wantan Ichiban. You can find all the details (and make a request!) here.

I’ve been putting together a few articles for various sites that highlight some of the best tracks and moments from eight years ago, have a trawl through them below and hopefully I’ll see you getting nostalgic on the dancefloor tomorrow night!

Sydney DJs: Then and Now, 2007 – 2015 on Stoney Roads

“In 2007, nothing sounded hotter than 96kbp MP3 that you’d ripped from some French cunt’s MySpace page.”

Goodgod’s REUNION DJs pick the forgotten hits of 2007 on TwoThousand

“Goodgod got a ahold of everyone’s number and organised an eight year reunion for 2007’s hottest DJs. Instead of serving frozen spring rolls at the local RSL they’ll be serving up forgotten bangers in the Goodgod Danceteria.”

RO SHAM BO: 5 YEARS OF DANCE CONFUSION

“The worst Ro Sham Bo set ever was us playing after Spank Rock in 2008 at Becks Festival Bar. While Spank Rock were playing the greatest set ever, Ro Sham Bo thieved everybody’s rider and stumbled onto the stage with bottles of wine in our hands and promptly forgot how to mix in front of a crowd that had just been told that the afterparty was elsewhere and were desperate to leave.”

Ro Sham Bo Survivor Mix – a mix Moriarty and I made in 2009, probably my favourite RSB mix from start to finish.

I’m now about to run out the door to host FBi Radio‘s Midday Mix with Moriarty, the first Ro Sham Bo set in years!

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NEW MIX! CASH MONEY BOUNCE

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I finally finished a mix that I’ve been working on little by little over the last year, exclusively after 2am. Blame the stupid working hours on the fun of becoming a dad – each night I was volunteering to stay up all night to look after my son’s night feeds and would spend my new nocturnal spare time answering questions like “I wonder how many gigabytes the entire No Limit discography will take up on my laptop” (the answer is 12.17). I became addicted to staying up late and delving deep into the back catalogues of my favourite artists, producers and record labels; my downloading marathons interrupted by the cries of a hungry baby, who would be fed with one as I spent way too much money on the eBay app with the other, bidding on old tapes and CDs with a recklessness not usually associated with new parents.

A mission I accepted early into my night rap crusade was to fill the gaps in my Cash Money discography. Cash Money has always been the label I’m quick to blurt out whenever someone asks what my favourite rap label is – but it’s always immediately followed by “until 2005!”. That’s the year Mannie Fresh left the label, the best rap producer of all time and the heart and soul of Cash Money during their best years. It was crazy to me how different the early Cash Money releases were to what they put out these days and I wanted to hear the progression of Mannie Fresh as a producer, of Cash Money as a label and of Cash Money’s influenceon the sound of New Orleans hip hop. I’d become fascinated with the history of New Orleans rap scene in the 90s (spending as much money on old No Limit albums and the odd overpriced bounce 12″ as I was on Cash Money releases) so I bought a few books documenting the bounce movement, most of which were useless and referenced the articles I was finding online anyway (Matt Miller’s Bounce is a great read though). For the purpose of this mix, the best article I found was this fantastic history of Cash Money’s independent years on the Amoeba Records blog, which the perfect introduction to the labels beginnings and the characters involved in their long story. (Sidenote: last year I found Lil Wayne’s 500 Degreez on vinyl at Amoeba Records in LA for $1 but I’d parked illegally in the Jack In A Box across the road. My car was towed and I had to pay $250 to get it released. Bargain!)

A weeks worth of Paypal transactions and illegal downloads of hard to find tape rips was all it took to complete my collection and soon my iTunes library contained every single record released on Cash Money from 1992 until 2004 (even the Teena Marie album). As my son slept, I immersed myself in the back catalogue, burning dozens of comps of my favourite tracks for the car and whittling it down to the essentials. I was immediately drawn to the bounce stuff as that’s where Mannie Fresh’s roots with Cash Money are. The beats on the first few releases are rawww (especially when heard as a low quality mp3 ripped from a cassette), with fairly primitive drum machine loops and recognisable samples. With each release Mannie builds on the bounce framework more and more, adding live instrumentation and relying less on loops, eventually removing the tell-tale bounce samples and producing his more hip hoppy (but still clearly bounce influenced) signature sound.

Originally this mix was gonna just collect the bounce tracks produced while Cash Money was an independent label (until 1998) but it made sense to include the last two proper bounce tracks Fresh produced, the mega hits ‘Back That Azz Up’ (from Juvenile’s 400 Degreez) and ‘I Need a Hot Girl’ (off the Hot Boys’ Guerilla Warfare) to show how he brought the sound of New Orleans bounce into the mainstream rap charts. Plus, they’re fucking awesome songs.

At some point I’ll make a mix of all of the more straight rap stuff Cash Money put out, from the Pimp C produced Kilo G tracks, to seriously half the songs on B.G.’s two part album It’s All On U. Even if I stuck to the independent years there’s enough gold to warrant another two mixes, showcasing one of the best labels and eras in the history of raps. Until then, here’s Cash Money Bounce.

Tracklist:

LIL’ SLIM bounce slide ride
B-32 shake that ass like a salt shaker
MC HEAVY gangster walk
PIMP DADDY got 2 be real (remix)
PxMxWx mo bounce
U.N.L.V. get into it with a nigger
U.N.L.V. eddie bow
PxMxWx still smokin’
PxMxWx splift out
PIMP DADDY keep on kick it
B.G.’z true story
B-32 feat MS. TEE i need a bag of dope
U.N.L.V. 6th & baronne
PIMP DADDY god bless the dead (rip)
LIL’ SLIM feat PxMxWx blunt after blunt
LIL’ SLIM feat B-32 ho’s i used 2 sweat II
PxMxWx feat LIL’ SLIM big man got hoes
U.N.L.V. pussy c’mon to me!
MS. TEE let’s get high
U.N.L.V. jazzy bitch
MAGNOLIA SHORTY monkey on tha dick
JUVENILE feat BIG TYMERS & MAGNOLIA SHORTY 3rd ward soulja
MS. TEE i like it (MANNIE FRESH style)
JUVENILE feat LIL’ WAYNE & MANNIE FRESH back that azz up
HOT BOYS feat BIG TYMERS i need a hot girl

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I’ll be playing a shitload of bounce hits this Saturday night in Sydney at Goodgod Small Club for Halfway Crooks. It’s Mardi Gras night and every year we do a New Orleans Mardi Gras Party which is always my favourite party of the year. Huge lineup, free beads and a solid three hours of triggaman samples. Come dance. RSVP here.

Artwork by Daniel McKinley.

HOTTEST 100… LEAKED!

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After weeks of what I assumed was a joke campaign to vote Taylor Swift into triple j’s Hottest 100, it turns out everyone’s fears were completely valid. I thought for sure that those suits upstairs at ABC would never let Taylor get past 50, let alone into the top 10. But then I saw this leaked Hottest 100 and my world turned upside down. I mean sure, she definitely has a lot of fans, but I would put good money on that NOBODY saw this coming! I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to listen to music again.

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What a result huh? Talk about a “shake” up! Sorry to make a joke during this hard time for our country. RIP MUSIC.

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Originally posted on Pages Digital.

Halfway Crooks will be moving home as of tomorrow – taking over the excellent GoodGod Small Club. To celebrate this new chapter, we asked Andrew Levins from the crew to name his Top 10 tracks by Pusha T – seeing as Pusha T is the rapper to grace their very cool gig poster this month.

Pusha T has long been one of my favourite rappers. Well, that’s a lie kinda – Clipse were my favourite rap group 8 years ago. Lord Willin’ is one of the best albums of all time and Hell Hath No Fury is pretty great too. The mixtapes in between those albums are incredible. I love Clipse and was stoked to support them when they toured in 2010, with a set that garnered high praise such as “Levins showed little skill on the 1’s and 2’s.

I’m not as crazy about Pusha T’s solo output these days. He can still put a great song together, he just hides them amongst a bunch of boring ones on his albums and tapes. Also his guest verses can sometimes be really out of place (like Kanye’s Runaway). Pusha is best rapping about selling drugs or having problems with women. These topics make up about 85% of rap songs anyway, so why does he keep getting featured on the other 15%? Anyway here’s my favourite Pusha/Clipse tracks. Franco put a few in there too.

Clipse – Gangsta Lean

I had to start with this one, you know how Pusha is best rapping about either drugs or girls? Why not both? This is five glorious minutes of Pharrell, Malice and Pusha rapping about having sex with weed. So romantic.

Clipse – Ma I Don’t Love Her (featuring Faith Evans)

This is a perfect Clipse song, a perfect Neptunes song and a perfect rap song with an r&b hook. It’s actually really sweet too, poor Pusha is just trying to prove to his girl that he’s been faithful. I love how he suggests that the only way he’s been unfaithful is by keeping a second gun. I’m sure my Dad can relate to that.

Clipse – I’m Not You (featuring Rosco P. Goldchain, Jadakiss & Styles P)

At this point you’re probably thinking “is this dude just gonna list every song off Lord Willin’? And I totally could. When I had a restaurant, I once left the kitchen for about 15 minutes during peak trade to go and argue with a table of friends who were saying that Hell Hath No Fury was the better album. Get the fuck outta here. ‘I’m Not You’ is the sleeper hit off Lord Willin’. Those steel drums are hypnotic and Pusha’s ‘rappin’ n tappin’ intro is probably my favourite ridiculous rap intro in the history of ridiculous rap intros. Shout out to Rosco P. Goldchain as well. I miss you.

Baby featuring Clipse – What Happened to that Boy?

Someone else who rules at ridiculous intros is Baby aka Birdman, the head honcho of Cash Money. He’s tame on the start of this though, presumably because of how hot the rest of the song is. This song is 12 years old now and still gets played out all the time.

Dre – Chevy Ridin’ High (Remix featuring Pusha T and a bunch of other rappers who cares)

Pusha’s verse is so good on this. I had no idea it was one of his own favourite verses as well. This remix came out in the hot summer of 2006 when it was illegal to not put at least 20 rappers on your remix. This would’ve been a hit if it was just Pusha’s verse, then the hook for three minutes.

Clipse – Definition of a Roller

My problem with Hell Hath No Fury when it came out was that it was nowhere near as good as the We Got it For Cheap mixtapes that came out a year or two before it. There was so much hype and excitement about these tapes when they came out and other random tracks would leak that were incredible and now they’re almost impossible to find. When you google ‘Definition of a Roller’ the first thing that comes up is the actual dictionary definition of what a roller is. The only version of this song on Youtube is this slowed down one from M.I.A.’s Piracy Funds Terrorism tape. Try and track down the actual version if you can, it’s so goddamn good.

Clipse – Zen

This might be my favourite Clipse song ever, and nobody knows it. It’s easily better than everything onHell Hath No Fury at the very least. The beat is so hot – more songs should begin with gunshots like that! This was the only original track on We Got it 4 Cheap Volume 1 and was later re-recorded with an inferior beat but nobody knows that version either anyway. Life sucks but go download that tape and feel me on this one.

Clipse – Eghck!

You know that “yeurck” noise Pusha T always makes? They made a whole song about it! This came out during a magical time when every week a hot new Clipse song would just appear on every blog once a week. The excitement for their new album was crazy and then none of the songs that I loved ended up on it and everyone forgot about them. How am I even still alive after that?

Clipse – Mr Me Too

I’ve been running my mouth off on Hell Hath No Fury but it actually doesn’t have one bad song on it. Maybe if they released an album of all the best mixtape cuts before they put it out I wouldn’t have been disapointed. When ‘Mr Me Too’ came out the whole internet went nuts, mostly for two things: Pusha T’s line about the crackers not playing fair Jive and that tambourine that comes in halfway through the song. This is one of those songs that people still proudly shout every word to.

I spent too long bragging about how cool I am with all my obsucre mixtape cuts and ran out of spaces for all the songs off Hell Hath No Fury that I actually love, so I’ll use this spot to mention that ‘Momma I’m So Sorry‘ still gets a massive cheer whenever I play it, ‘Nightmares‘ is the shit and ‘Wamp Wamp‘ is so good that Kato and I named a party after it in 2006. Hell Hath No Fury is a really good album. Don’t be mad at me for not putting more songs from it on this list – instead you should be mad at me for not putting one song off Till the Casket Drops on here lol suck shit.

Pusha T – Let Me Love You (featuring Kelly Rowland)

When My Name is My Name came out last year I had become that shitty dude who writes off anything new that a rapper does that doesn’t sound like their old stuff (it’ll happen to all of you, don’t judge me). So naturally I was attracted to the Neptunes-y guitar song with Kelly Rowland doing a cute lil 90s hook and Pusha doing his best Ma$e impression. This is a hot song. Stop not dancing to it when I play it.

Captain Franco is a much bigger Pusha T in 2014 fan and would like to add Blocka and Hold On to this list. I hope you found a few tracks you didn’t know while reading this! See you on Saturday!

MY FAV RAP SONGS ATM

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Originally posted on Goodgodgoodgod.com

Halfway Crooks makes its Goodgod debut this Saturday and we couldn’t be more psyched. Captain Franco and Levins will be bringing their magical rap party to the Danceteria, playing nothing but rap hits as they’ve been doing for the past five years. You can hear Captain Franco’s fav songs of the month every time he puts out a new mix for Acclaim (October mix dropping tomorrow!), so we asked Levins what his favourite new rap songs are at the moment…

Rich Gang – Tell Em (Lies)

We have been listening to the Rich Gang tape non-stop since it came out. Before that we were listening to Lifestyle every single day. Tell Em (Lies) is like a weird sequel to Lifestyle. Same tempo, that similar piano beat, Thugga and Quan both passionately crooning about things that I’ll never understand. That’s the blueprint to a hit in 2014.

Yung Lean feat Travis Scott – Ghosttown

When I first saw the name of this track I thought Yung Lean had covered The Specials and was immediately disappointed. Disappointment quickly turned into fistpumping though as I heard the best track that the Swedish sad boy has made so far.

Kari Faux – No Small Talk

This one is so cool. Her voice is the best and the beat is a reprise of one of the best Three 6 Mafia songs. Her clip is cool too but nowhere near as cool as that Three 6 Mafia one – probably because they spent at least a billion dollars on theirs.

Gucci Mane – Swole Pocket Shorty

Somehow Gucci released his tenth album from jail after being locked up for just over a year. In this one he raps about relatable subjects like watching The Simpsons and rolling joints on top of shitty albums that his rivals put out.

Tre Capital feat Sean Leon – Prestige

I heard this on Xzibit’s radio show when I was in LA last month. Why was I listening to Xzibit’s radio show? I have no idea. This Tre Capital bloke is his nephew or something and his rapping is a happy balance between not that good and easy to ignore. I love that weird hook but most of all I love that weird beat that WondaGurl made. She’s great.

Future – Codeine Crazy

Future’s most recent tape is unfortunately garbage but this track is the saving grace at the end. Equal parts gloomy and triumphant, Codeine Crazy will either have you terrified of drinking lean or more excited to hit it than ever.

New Ara – KMA

I put this bro from Chicago on the last tape I made and here he is again with another weird banger that nobody will care about except you and me. I’ve never heard someone ask his listeners to kiss his ass so gloriously.

Halfway Crooks comes to the Danceteria this Saturday night from 11pm. Get the full info here!

UPDATE: Listen to Franco’s OCTOBER mix for Acclaim!

HALFWAY CROOKS MOVES TO GOODGOD

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Thanks to everyone who came to the last Crooks at Phoenix last month – and thanks even more to Phoenix for having us for the last 5 years! Cheers to 49 amazing parties!

We’re stoked – seriously so stoked, typing one handed while the other hand is shaka-ing above our heads – to announce that the new home of Halfway Crooks will be our favourite club in Sydney, the incredible funhouse that is Goodgod Small Club. No huge surprise there right? We can be found at Goodgod almost every other weekend and have run some great special Crooks parties there but we’ve always wanted to run a monthly party there. The sound system is great, the staff are the friendliest and the vibe is just unbeatable. We hope you’re as stoked as we are about this and we’ll see you on the 8th of November for the first Halfway Crooks at Goodgod – with special guests Nes and Liz Bird aka Lazer Gunne Funke!

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