2 Mixtapes & 1 Beat Battle: A Busy Underground-Rap Saturday
This weekend, Boy A and Boy B participated in their first soccer game. It was brilliantly entertaining.
Larami Serrano Authentic Snoopy signs a fan's shirt at his Everything Ain't Enuff mixtape release.
At one point, Boy B turned to a player on his own team, began talking shit ("I'm too fast, you're too slow"), then picked up the ball and took off running, shouting "JUMP SHOT! JUMP SHOT!" At another point, Boy A ran clean off of the field and onto another adjacent field to kick a ball in play during a wholly separate game. That shit was amazing. Little Brian Chings, they are not.
As such, Saturday morning was spent doing our very best to mask embarassment with enthusiasm. We weren't expecting them to score six goals or anything, but we were at least expecting them to stay on their field. But Saturday night was a tad more productive.
Rocks Off spent approximately six hours and 15 minutes at and/or driving to rap events here in Houston. In chronological order, there was Authentic Snoopy's Everything Ain't Enuff mixtape release party at SF2 North, DJ Castle and DJ Demo's The Come-Up mixtape release party at Republika, and the Space City Beat Battle at Warehouse Live's Green Room. Some categorized notes from each one, 3-2-1 style.
#AuthenticSnoopy Snoopy is still a pup (see what we did there?) here in town. He first had his named typed by Rocks Off after delivering an enjoyable verse at SF2's now-defunct Kickback Sunday event back in January. He's not the best, but he's talented and he appears to work hard and he has nice teeth, so we've charted the beginning of his career with marked interest. Everything Ain't Enuff is his first proper tape.
#AuthenticSnoopy Regarding the tape, it's both what you'd expect from, and hope to find, in a first project: Several good parts, a couple of bad parts, and one or two overachieving parts from which a prosperous amount of potential can be gleaned. Quick:
- #3BadParts: 1) The first proper song on the tape is called "Sit On My Throne," the fourth is "Hall of Fame," the seventh is "Dynasty," the tenth is "Love Me" and the eleventh is "I'm Cool." That type of braggadocio certainly isn't unique to Snoopy - nearly everyone does it; Google's effect on culture and hyperbole and blah, blah, blah - but its ubiquity doesn't make it in any more palatable. And, actually, "Hall of Fame" is titled as an aspiration, but you get the point.
- 2) There are not very many extra-innovative moments; handfuls of hashmark punchlines and A-A-B, A-A-B rhyme schemes and so on.
- 3) He accidentally tried to hijack Nicki Minaj's "Did It On 'Em," a genuine atom-smashing instrumental. It's admirable but overzealous, like challenging Kobe Bryant to a game of 1-on-1, him agreeing, then you calling his mother a whore and then letting him have the ball first.
- #2GoodParts: 1) "Love Me," the evolution of his best song ("Hello"), utilizes an obscure rock sample and works hard to impress. It is reason enough to anticipate smart, bold moves from Snoopy in the future.
- 2) He does not bog the tape down with features, a trap plenty of newbies have fallen into. Here, we find K-Dogg, Yung Truth, KAB Tha Don and YP as guest stars, all comparable talents. By the way, those features are listed in the order of impressiveness. In due time, K-Dogg is going to be a real headache.
#1ExceptionalPart: "I'm the coach after practice, 'Don't sit on my balls.'" That's a metaphor that's also a parable that's also a homonym. Aces.
#AuthenticSnoopy The place was packed, surprising considering Snoopy's current place in the underground rap pecking order. He seemed genuinely appreciative. All of the featured rappers on the tape were there, as were Doughbeezy, Renzo, Will from Affiliated Soldierz, Cuddy, Tha Centop, Hoodstar Chantz, an albino guy and a guy in a perplexing sweater vest with a hood on it.
Towards the end of the event, a cipher broke out. Most everyone that went had a clever part or two, but Hoodstar Chantz was uncontainable. He was pointing people out in the crowd and talking about them just to show that he was genuinely freestyling. His best line came when he was talking about girls that he might meet on Twitter, saying, "You already know that bitch 'gon swallow/ If she don't, get on Twitter... and unfollow."
Laughter, laughter, laughter, download Chantz's music.