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Weekly Mixtape: The Week’s Best Tracks (Edition 8.23.12)

Welcome to your Weekly Mixtape August 23, 2012.

 

DJ Khaled ft. Kanye West & Rick Ross, “I Wish You Could / Cold”

Oh Hype Williams, where would we be without you? If not for Hype, modern pop music would never have known the visage of Will Smith decked out in full Pharaoh garb, or the artistic possibilities inherent in combining shaky cameras with dimly lit sewer tunnels.

This mega-cut from Kanye West/DJ Khaled/Rick Ross mashes three MCs and two songs together into a six-minute orgy of seizure-inducing self-aggrandizement. Much has been made of Kim Kardashian’s brief cameo in this video, but for my money it’s far more remarkable that both Khaled and Ross were able to fit into so small a tunnel without getting stuck.

 

Mariah Carey ft. Rick Ross & Meek Mill, “Triumphant (Get ‘Em)”

This might be the only Mariah Carey track that I can endorse without treating myself to a deep, stomach-clenching spasm of embarrassment. In truth, Carey confines her activities on this one to a hook and an overlong outro, letting Ross and Mill carry most of the song’s weight.

Once more proving the watertight logic inherent in pairing himself with the nimble-footed Mill, Ross puts up a solid verse, as well as a de facto argument for why he should never wear anything other than a humongous suit and a gaudy, seigniorial mink.

 

Twista, “Bath and Bodyworks”

Twista works best in small doses—guest verses, award show appearances and his better singles come immediately to mind. For my money, the most effective employments of the MC’s rapid-fire flow have been those in which other rappers essentially use him as a rhythmic device.

“Bath and Bodyworks,” with its slight runtime of 2:26, offers an acceptable dose of the MC without allowing his style to overstay its welcome. Plus, it proffers some chilling statistics about the homicide rate in Chicago, which…just wow.

 

Killer Mike & El-P ft. Scar, “Untitled”

I am very much down with Killer Mike. I might have mentioned this before. This clip for “Untitled,” from Mike’s brilliant R.A.P. Music, has further compromised my ability to function by adding to the depth and breadth of this obsession.

By restaging a series of paintings and photographs with himself in the crucial roles, Mike creates a video both visually arresting and perfectly in keeping with “Untitled”’s rancorous themes.


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About the Author

on MUSIC IS MY OXYGEN WEEKLY.

Shane Danaher's affection for pop music has peppered his adult life with a variety of aesthetically rewarding and financially disastrous decisions. After moving to Portland, Oregon for college (because that's where he heard Modest Mouse was from) Shane has wound up participating in the music world in roles ranging from 'drummer' to 'promoter' to 'bathroom floor scrubber.' He has toured without money, written about almost every band ever to have come out of the Pacific Northwest, and one time traveled all the way to Los Angeles just to see a catch hip-hop show. He currently resides in Portland, where he writes about hip-hop, pop and rock music for a variety of publications. He still plays drums. He wants to meet Kanye West.

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