Wednesday, February 26, 2014
A brand new episode of the 100 Grand podcast is hot off the presses and ready for your listening enjoyment! I was joined as usual by Jesse of noonediesforever.wordpress.com and we had a wonderful time playing some great new rap songs. Along with the rap music, Jesse had some more great live reads and another beautiful poem. I break out some more edgy comedy (CAUTION: sensitive listeners MIGHT want to cover their ears for this segment). We also had two guests come into the show: a high school guidance counselor to discuss the dangers of cyberbullying and my cousin Lester (who is a real jerk, if you ask me).
If you file your podcasts under "CAN'T MISS" or "CAN MISS" categories then this one definitely falls into the former category!
Songs We Played:
1.) The Jacka "Ask God"
2.) Squadda B "A Venemous Tale"
3.) Young Bossi "The Game"
4.) C-Bo "Die N***az"
5.) Riv Locc "Murder in My Jean"
6.) P3 & Shoddy Boi ft. Magg "Cost to Beef"
Monday, February 10, 2014
Oh hi! How are you? You are about to do a whole lot better after listening to this brand new episode of the podcast. On this show I discover the perfect announcer for the podcast, Jesse says stuff about tickling that makes me lose my shit, I do an impression of a guy with a small penis watching porn with his girlfriend, Jesse has some more red-hot live reads, I share my latest Kentucky rapper discovery, Jesse reads a beautiful poem that he wrote, I break out some edgy comedy that will challenge your views of society, and we spend a lot of time making fun of theater and improv. OH AND WE PLAYED SOME RAP SONGS AS WELL.
This just might be our best podcast episode yet!
Songs We Played:
1.) C.W. Da YoungBlood ft. Bugatti Young "Do He"
2.) C.W. Da YoungBlood "Fuck N***a"
3.) Tha Homie Jai ft. E Tha Turflord & VS "Let the Beat Ride"
4.) Tha Homie Jai ft. Big Jaz "Not a Rapper"
5.) Mozzy ft. D Stax & Freddy B "Couple Real 1z"
6.) F.A. "Keep it Lit"
Be sure to check out the podcast on iTunes. Have a nice day and thanks for tuning in!
Sunday, January 26, 2014
A new episode of the podcast is here! On this show we explore rap music in commercials, Jesse tackles the subject of how to break up with a girl, we play some tight rap songs, and much much more!
Songs We Played:
1.) Stu Hustlah & Lil Juu "Can't Sale Dope Forever"
2.) Feddy Da Sneak "Patience to Wait"
3.) Mitchy Slick "She a Rider"
4.) Bird "She Wanna Go"
5.) 51.50 Illegally Insane "Why N***as Ain't Scared to Die"
Ads We Played:
Have a nice day and be sure to subscribe and rate the podcast on iTunes.
Wednesday, January 8, 2014
The podcast is back with a new episode for the new year. This one is action-packed with Jesse and myself analyzing one of the only songs that sounds better censored, I discuss my new favorite album, we cycle through a bunch of hot new songs, and I give an in-depth review of E-40's recent triple album. Jesse has an amazing live read for the listeners along with a wonderful segment in which he debunks popular myths about the ladies. This one is a "can't miss" in that you not listening could have adversely negative effects on your health!
Songs we played at least part of:
1.) Tee Flii "This D___"
2.) E Tha Turflord ft. Shoboat "Lovely"
3.) E Tha Turflord "Turfed Out & Turnt Up"
4.) E Tha Turflord ft. Strizzle "Sukka Dukkin"
5.) Ampichino "Eulogy"
6.) Rich the Factor "24"
7.) Keak Da Sneak & Jacka "Windows"
8.) Joe Blow "Mr. International"
9.) Cam City "That's Right"
10.) E-40 ft. Bosko "Money on My Mind"
11.) E-40 ft. Chris Brown & T.I. "Episode"
12.) E-40 ft. 2 Chainz "Countdown"
13.) E-40 "Throwed Like This"
14.) E-40 ft. Iamsu! & Kool John "All Y'all"
15.) Sonny Bo & Smigg Dirtee "Hate Repellant"
16.) Joe Blow & Young Bossi ft. Lil Rue & Gap "Bounce Back"
Have a great day!
Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Oh hi! How are you? Good? Good!
I'm going to write hella words about rap music now, I hope you don't mind.
How has life been since I retired from blogging, you ask?
*Leans back in chair and clasps hands behind head in a casual manner* ...life is pretty good.
Just kidding, I'm still miserable on the inside!
I'm not going to lie, it has not been easy switching from being a world famous rap blogger to becoming a world famous rap podcaster. Now I get recognized constantly by my voice. Every time I'm trying to buy some groceries the cashier inevitably says something along the lines of "why, I would recognize that dulcet tone anywhere: you're Thomas from the 100 Grand on My Wrist podcast!" Then I always have to sign one of the bananas I just purchased and give it to the cashier. Sure, it kind of sucks having to give up one banana every time I buy food, but I try not to forget about the little people as a world famous mega-super-star.
These go for top dollar on eBay
I'm honestly bummed out about not having any free time to write long-winded posts filled with dumb jokes on music that I like a lot, but part of being an adult is putting things first that will help ensure that you don't die alone as a homeless piece of shit.
I started writing this year end post just like all the previous years; with a detailed analysis of this year in Bay Area rap and its satellite scenes, but why bother at this point? I no longer have any aspirations to be an authoritative voice on regional rap music. Other things in life are much more important. Music will always be a huge part of my life and getting to share and discuss it with people across the world continues to be an awesome thing, but let's drop any notions that I know what the fuck I am talking about. So here are my personal picks for 2013:
Top Ten Songs of 2013:
Let me know if you can relate to this: there is a song that you like upon first listen, but just keeps growing and growing on you until it becomes the soundtrack to your shitty life. The track becomes more than just a song you listen to occasionally, it becomes embedded in your brain and something you need to listen to multiple times a day. When the song pops up with your iTunes on shuffle you are filled with an embarrassing level of joy and put it on repeat for at least 3 or 4 spins before you let the playlist move on.
Could I describe to you why this is a good song? At this point whatever elements originally attracted me to it have blurred into a large blob of "this is what makes me feel good."
After being convinced there must be other people that feel the same way about "All Out War" I looked the song up on youtube to find it has a grand total of 180 views (and probably 80ish of those are from me btw), which is great to know that something you are so deeply attached to is meaningful to literally nobody else. OK GREAT.
2.) K. Jizzle ft. Che Dolla & Spenn Na Benn "Come Up"
I am 26 years old now. The internet is filled with smug posts by 20-somethings scoffing at how popular-person-from-high-school-#8 now has 3 kids and works in dead end job, while they are doing "amazing things with their life." I am not that smart or well-connected, but also try to avoid doing dumb shit, so have fallen into that murky field of "doing ok, I guess."
How do you achieve happiness in this world? Idk, but I'm really banking on years and years of long hours and hard work eventually leading you to a place where people say "that guy has really got his shit together!" and you roll out of bed at 6 AM every morning like "fuck yeah, let's do this!" Until that happens you can find me working long hours and trying to keep it together.
The chorus of this song is the most motivational thing I've heard in years and is the current soundtrack to my work-heavy life. So when I have been working horrible hours at my job all alone late at night, hearing something like this reminds me that this is America, Goddamnit it, and the only way to improve your situation is to work even harder.
3.) Ampichino ft. K. Jizzle & Lucci "Betrayal"
Three songs with K. Jizzle in the top 10? You bet.
Let me try to to explain why his music connects with me so much: his raps are everything that the Akron rap scene represents taken to its natural extremes. Akron is known for its melancholy raps and K. Jizzle's music is pure misery. His deadpan voice is devoid of a single ounce of charisma, he has zero stage presence, and his rhymes lack any clever wordplay or silly pop culture references. K. Jizzle is not capable of anything besides telling his story and describing his surroundings and luckily for the listener that story is extremely compelling and some of the most interesting music created within the mobb music rap sub-genre.
Any words that can loosely be interpreted as rap boasts ("everything up to par") on K. Jizzle's verse here arise buried under a shroud of understanding that things will never be ok in life. Rap themes that most rappers revel in weigh down on K. Jizzle's conscience. When a female voice pops in around the 1:02 mark to ask K. Jizzle "when you gon' stop selling dope, J?" He responds with "I'm probably not...," which would typically be interpreted as a rap-brag, but his tone sounds utterly defeated, as he settles on a life of depression and poverty.
Ampichino's verse is really good too.
4.) F.A. ft. Feddy Eddy & Lil Rue "Gone"
F.A.'s Whats Understood Dont Gotta Be Explained was quietly the best Kansas City rap album of 2013 and features at least two other songs that could have easily cracked this top 10 list (this one and this one). It's hard to put my finger on exactly why Whats Understood is so good and takes so many spins to reveal its excellence. It probably has something to do with the lo-fi production masking the album's quality beats and F.A.'s blossoming talents within melancholy mobb rap.
The song opens up with the best Sad Rap line of the year:
My moms died, I sat in the cell
Didn't receive no visits or receive no mail
That's pretty much the perfect way to start a Sad Rap song, right?
A recording of some minister preaching does not sound like it would be a very cool hook, but it works surprisingly well here. The minister's message is basically that a person's state of mind directly dictates the happiness and success they will experience and you need to focus on having the right mindset in life. Pretty hard to argue with that point.
5.) C.W. Da YoungBlood & Tryf Bindope "Runnin N Yo House"
I really think C.W. Da YoungBlood is one of the best rappers out right now. He makes quality music utilizing the classic bad-guy-gangster-rap persona. It really bums me out how so few people have picked up on his sound. Do we live in a day and age now where rap fans are not entertained by a steady stream of ignorant raps about being in love with your gun, selling drugs, and fucking (specifically) your bitch??? Would we rather listen to "regular guy rap" with verses about playing xbox and snacking on doritos??? I demand answers!
This track is about home invasions, a subject that seems to produce an overwhelming number of quality hard-as-fuck rap songs. The off-kilter beat is what makes the song great, with its punchy drumbeat and eerie vibe and C.W. and Tryf hold their own with quality verses.
6.) Joe Blow ft. The Jacka & Bo Strangles "Militant"
A few years ago the Bay Area rap scene was genuinely exciting and producing some of the most creative and unique rap music out there. During that time Jacka was at the head of the Bay's movement, creating music that perfectly blended the gangster mobb aesthetic with genuinely catchy and accessible beats and hooks. During this time Jacka not only released several critically-acclaimed albums, but also achieved local fame with his regional hit "All Over Me."
Since then both Jacka and Bay Area rap have been on the decline. For a moment it seemed like Joe Blow might be able to pick up right where Jacka fell off, but his music has struggled to rise above mediocrity along with the rest of the Bay. However, both artists still manage to release a few gems every year and "Militant" is one of the strongest songs out of the Bay Area this year.
Jacka will always be one of my top 10 favorite rappers of all time, even if he has become super sloppy-sounding in the past few years and now wastes away all of his talents doing songs with Asian dudes who use the n word.
7.) Mob Figaz "Back and Forth"
Ah, the Mob Figaz... they sure had a good run there, right? I mean for over a decade the five of them were putting out tons of quality music in various solo and group projects. But I think it's time to accept that their best days are behind them. Let's quickly review the status of the Mob:
-Husalah continues to do nothing. When is his new album coming out? The answer is never. He had his window of opportunity and blew it. And you are kidding yourself if you think Hus' freestyle guest verses these past few years have been anything more than the same recycled lines.
-AP.9's albums continue to decline in quality and he has not put out a solid release since 2009.
-Jacka appears to be preoccupied with syrup and fried foods.
-Rydah J. Klyde finally put out his first solo album in four years and it was a huge disappointment.
-Fed-X remains M.I.A.
"Those Mob Figaz fell off, I don't care anymore!" I think to myself, but then I hear a song like this and am like "shit, never mind." Perhaps my favorite rap group of all time still has a few more quality songs left in them?
8.) Rondoe "Never Dreamed"
If I had lots of free time on my hands I would compile the ultimate rap mix of songs about being locked up and this song would be track number one. It's an interesting subject that is often neglected in favor of songs about getting pussy and money. Rondoe tells the story of how everyone in a man's life moves on without him as he is left in jail with nothing to do but kill time. The song does not attempt to tackle the larger issue of overincarceration in our country or blame anyone else for the time that must be served, but rather tells a simple story that will resonate with the listener more than any social justice bullshit.
Rondoe is a rapper that has been shot multiple times and bounced in and out of jail over the years, so the third-person narrative acts as a thin veil for his own experiences. In fact Rondoe has been locked up since September of 2013 (no idea what for or how long). The song provides no answers to the problem and ends abruptly with a blunt question:
And how you tell that man to keep his head up
when this man got to do like 20 something?
9.) Rich The Factor "Whippin Up Sum Work"
Rich the Factor continues to be one of my favorite rappers out. Sure, his music will never have the emotional depth of someone like Ampichino, but he consistently churns out interesting songs with his mushmouthed mobb raps. 2013 saw Rich continuing down the same path as years past by dropping a new 10-song album every month or two. Some of the releases were better than others, but overall his albums continue to be shockingly consistent. While there is no clear #1 Rich the Factor song of the year, "Whippin Up Sum Work" is the one that got the most spins from me. Its ridiculously simple hook will get in your head and the beat's chill vibes provide a perfect backdrop for Rich's sneaky-clever raps.
10.) Young Wappo "Cocaine in My Bag"
At the beginning of 2013 San Jose's Young Wappo released his first solo mixtape after doing a stint in jail and previously serving as a member of Take Money. The mixtape came and went like any other Bay rap hopeful, but Wappo happens to be an alarmingly skilled rapper and Not Guilty just happens to be the most well-rounded Bay rap album of 2013. On "Cocaine in My Bag" Wappo spits tightly weaved rapid-fire verses that are perfectly juxtaposed by the hook's moody and brooding singing. With a run time of only 2:43 the whole song breezes by before the listener has a chance to fully digest its brilliance. Hopefully we hear more from Young Wappo in 2014.
Here are those 10 songs zipped up for you:
I already wrote a long post about this album. It's really good. 2013 was the year Akron's rap scene exploded with debut releases from every rapper that has ever done a feature. The region's raps revolve around Ampichino and Da Krazies 2 serves as the perfect jump off point for the scene, featuring every notable name in Akron rap coming together to make the best rap double album I have ever heard.
Hook of the Year:
Mac Reese ft. Lil Raider, Lil Toro & Big Cholo "Nasty Gang"
Just listen to that shit!
Music Video of the Year:
I really appreciate how Ampichino is trying to tackle serious issues with his music while avoiding the pitfalls of sounding like a preachy goofball. A rapper trying to do something beyond lip syncing verses with some friends in front of a shitty liquor store for their music video is much appreciated as well and the visuals do a wonderful job of supporting the song's story. I like how K. Jizzle completely abandons the song's subject to rhyme some more about his friends dying and being miserable on the inside. Ampichino and K. Jizzle made the best rap music in 2013. Period.
Ok, that's it for now. Thanks to everyone who reads this blog and I hope you all enjoy the podcasts that we have been churning out. Me and Jesse are going to keep doing them until the end of time (probably gotta check with Jesse on that one).
Have a nice New Year.
What are your favorite songs and albums of 2013?????
Wednesday, December 25, 2013
Ho ho ho! Merry Christmas! 100 Grand on My Wrist has a special X-Mas edition podcast for you just in time for the big day. This time around I was joined by Jesse of No One Dies Forever and Nyquil AKA Galen of CobraSwag to celebrate everybody's favorite time of the year.
Unfortunately, the first 15 minutes of this podcast got deleted because the program I use crapped out on me. It really sucks because Jesse had some great dildo jokes in there, but as they say in "the biz": The show must go on. Plus the best stuff was not deleted, such as the three of us checking out some of the best Christmas raps out there.
Listen and enjoy and have a nice Christmas-time!
Songs that we played at least part of:
1.) Sage the Gemini ft. The Biebs & Iamsu! "Gas Pedal (Remix)"
2.) Lil B "Santa is Coming"
3.) Ying Yang Twins "Deck Da Club"
4.) Dirty Boyz "All I Want for Christmas"
5.) San Quinn, Silkk & Master P "High Fo Xmas"
6.) Jim Jones "Ballin on Xmas"
7.) T-Nutty ft. J. Stalin "Santa Claus for the Smokers"
8.) FYBTAYC** Gang "I Saw Miles Kissing Mrs. Claus"
9.) HD "40 Glock User (Remix)"
**F___ Your Bitch, Take All Your Cigarettes
See you in the new year!
Friday, December 20, 2013
a typical fan of the podcast getting stoked to hear the latest episode
After a bit of a hiatus the 100 Grand podcast is back and better than ever before. This time around Jesse has some more can't-lose dating advice, we play the inaugural game of "Which Chorus is the Best?", I give a brief tribute to the talents of Luni Coleone, and finally we are joined by the hottest up-and-coming chef out there.
Songs that we played (at least part of):
1.) G-Dirty ft. HD and some other guy "Pussy Wet Paint"
2.) Young Wappo "SJ Fitted"
3.) Shoboat "Gangsta Music"
4.) Kaz Kyzah ft. Kidd "Lit Life"
5.) Luni Coleone & Smigg Dirtee "Chain Smoke"
6.) Greedy, Luni Coleone & Gangsta Dre "The Life I Live"
7.) C.W. Da YoungBlood ft. Innerstate Ike, T-Loc & Glocc "Bussahead.com"
8.) Above the Law "In the Mix"
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Be sure to tune in next week for a very special Christmas podcast! Also there is an end-of-the-year post for this blog that will be up before the end of 2013, so keep your eyes peeled for that. Have a nice day.