Monday, April 6, 2009

I come directly at ya OG neck

Another chapter in the history of great hip-hop guest verses:

This pleasant fellow is the rapper known as Peedi Peedi aka Peedi Crakk, the author of my favorite rap verse from 2008. Rising Down, the album released by the Roots last year, opened with a devastatingly hard trifecta of tracks. Intro 'The Pow Wow' is an apparent phone conversation from 1994 between Tariq 'Blackthought' Trotter, Ahmir 'Questlove' Thompson, and an unidentified 3rd dude from the group. Basically the conversation devolves into the three screaming expletives at each other, and the phone distorts their voices into one unanimous roar that fades out into the gutter beat of track 2, 'Rising Down.' As far as rap intro's go, it's one of the greatest I've ever heard, up there with 'The Pretty Toney Album' and 'Illmatic.'

Track 2 is pretty raw, featuring a sub-ghetto beat and great guest shots by Mos Def and Styles P. However, it, and the rest of the album, are completely upstaged by Peedi Crakk's work on the 3rd track, 'Get Busy.' The song is progresses nicely, with bleak production reminiscent of the Neptunes work on Hell Hath No Fury. Blackthought and Dice Raw spit menacing, but fairly average verses over the tough beat before Peedi jumps in on third, scatting his way into a scintillating free-associative rap laced with gangsta violence and cliched misogyny. In spite of the lyrical content, Peedi's verse is a masterpiece of delivery, his nasally voice riding the beat with a sort of improvisational perfection, while imparting comic gems such as the following: 'You know I'm politically incorrect/ At the show, I start of with a 'Can I get a ho?'/ And the hoes go retarded/ The po-po tape off the stage for caution.' Lines like these might seem standard in the Lil' Wayne era, but even on his best days Wayne can't match the verbal dexterity exhibited by Crakk here. Sadly, the verse is over in a flash, always leaving me fiending for more. However, maybe that's what makes it great: ~40 seconds of unmarred rap perfection. Rare indeed, especially in the Lil' Wayne era. Hmmm, perhaps I should check out more of Mr. Crakk's work ...

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