Chillin’ In Cold-Blood: A Fish & Lizard Collab

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Scales and tails.

In the spirit of Dagon’s sporadic Chillin’ With Fishes series, I decided to write about this great hip-hop artist I just discovered recently. Then it dawned on me, why not do another collaboration with the man himself? He regularly sifts through the genre and determines what is rap, trap or just crap, so I’m sure he’d have some new gems to show us all. Considering we’re two of the only writers here burning our respective arses off below the equator this Summer, it is always a good time to find something to chill to.

Last time Dagon offered up some dreamy rap to float away with from Clouds and showed us the soulful siren named Lianne La Havas, while I encouraged you to light some plants to the sounds of Pacific Yew‘s “Money Tree”. This time Dagon has some U.K. fire, and I’ve got a young lady named Sampa The Great to show you all. I’ll hand it over to Dagon to get this thing going.


Little Simz

Little Simz is a 21-year-old rapper hailing from Islington, U.K. What this british gyal may lack in age, she sure makes up for in flow – the combination of her accent and her rhythm is pure fire. Simz’s flow is a controlled flame though, burning over soulful or hard hitting beats at varying speeds, never snapping out of the pocket. Despite some  similarities with a few U.K. grime/rap artists, there’s a clear bridge between her style and that of American rappers Mick Jenkins and Isaiah Rashad. Besides her musical prowess, the young artist has also been developing an interesting visual identity in her videos.

The Theory Of…

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This is the record that got me on board. It’s actually released under the name SPACE AGE, a quartet of four MCs over four tracks: Little Simz, Josh ArcéChuck 20 and Tilla Arcé. The production on The Theory Of… is sublime – using modern elements to create a classic feel. Right on the opener “No Pressure”, Simz blew me away with the way she switched her flows, reminding me a bit of Skepta and his unique delivery. She slows things down for the chorus right after setting the tone for the whole song, a characteristic that repeats itself over the EP. Every MC in this release is worthy of your time, but Simz just steals the show.

A Curious Tale Of Trials + Persons

littlesimz

“Women can be kings” is the motto that kicks off Little Simz’ debut album. Released in October 2015, this collection of 10 songs sees the artist claim her throne by displaying her versatility. From the aggression in “Persons” and “Dead Body” to more reflexive cuts like “Wings” to the glorious “Gratitude”, there’s nothing that this young woman can’t do. In modern hip hop, the ability to do hooks is almost as important as the actual rapping; A Curious Tale delivers both, and signals at what could become a stellar career. – Dagon


Sampa The Great

Born in Zambia, Sampa’s family moved to Botswana at a young age where she started rapping at age 9 after hearing the 2pac track “Changes”. She quickly encountered difficulty trying to be respected as a performer due to her gender. After recently moving to Sydney, Australia to pursue a BA in Audio Engineering she has been productive and dropped a couple of mixtapes, continuing her activism in musical form. The result is phenomenal. Blending the influences of Lauryn Hill, Nas, Yasiin Bey (Mos Def), Nina Simone, Thandiswa Mazwai and Kendrick Lamar, Sampa creates a unique yet accessible atmosphere from which to launch her expressive and effortlessly stylish vocals from.

The production combines elements of the old and the new, with similar sonic attributes and soundscapes to those found on Kimbra’s tracks or Kendrick Lamar’s acclaimed To Pimp a Butterfly from last year. Sampa’s lyrics are cerebral but always remain cool, calm and collected. There are times when her voice blends in so well with the rest of the composition it seems too good to be true. There isn’t much more I can say to do this artist justice. I will however say that she is too damn modest, as I think her records should be labelled Sampa The Supreme. Having already done some collaborations around the Australian scene, including one with Hiatus Kaiyote, I expect Sampa to take on the hip-hop world, grab it whole and run with it as far as this Earth can take her.

Weapon Chosen (above) is her latest work. Check the track “Prince Miniqueen” for that Kendrick vibe I mentioned earlier, replete with some Australian magpie call samples. You can pick up her previous work The Great Mixtape for free on the Wondercore Island bandcamp page.


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  • Edward/Breegrodamus™

    BOOKMARKED GUYS

  • Why do rappers use “Lil” and “Little” in front of their names? Just curious is all.

    • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

      Small humans?

    • DVRKBEVRD

      racist

      • Good call.

        • DVRKBEVRD

          lolol

  • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

    Hmmmmm.

  • Dubs

    I think I like Little Simz more than Sampa.

    • Lacertilian

      Simz was getting a bit of radio play over here last year, a bit more upbeat & electronic than Sampa.

  • Dubs

    UK rap has always been harder for me to get into, but I liked some of Lady Sovereign’s stuff. They used to play “Love Me or Hate Me” a lot in the rec center freshman year when I was getting my pump on.

    • Likewise. Aside from her, The Streets, and Dizee Rascal, not much did it for me.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZGvnI37mxk

      • Dubs

        Dizzee was big back when we were in high school Joseph. As was Rahzel. Remember when folks thought he was the best beatboxer around?

        • Honestly, I don’t remember ever hearing that name.

          • Dubs

            Huh. Maybe that was just at my high school. There was a beatboxing club.

          • hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah

          • more beer

            That is every single class in New York Public Schools.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            Agreed. I knew too many people who attempted to beatbox and failed miserably.

        • Edward/Breegrodamus™

          Rahzel could beatbox and sing at the same damn time.

          • Dubs

            See, that’s why folks kept talking about him.

          • Edward/Breegrodamus™
          • Lacertilian

            Yeah man, Rahzel got a lot of play over here. Lots of kids immitating during high school.

      • Stanley
      • RJA

        I dug The Streets a bit – had such a no fucks given flow.

    • Óðinn

      I used to be obsessed with Lady Sovereign but I couldn’t decide whether I loved her or hated her. 😉

  • These Sampa tracks are very chill. I dig her.

  • Waynecro

    These aren’t my kind of jams, but I still appreciate the informative article. Thanks, dudebros!

      • Waynecro

        Man, I hate bananas. And banana breath.

        • DVRKBEVRD

          dat sodium-potassium pump tho

          • Indeed. Good energy boost before exercising.

          • DVRKBEVRD

            better for after a hard days lifting. instant end to muscle cramps (combined with pickle juice!)

          • DVRKBEVRD

            similar body type to mine!

          • Wow, good for you.

          • Waynecro

            Buffbeard

          • CyberneticOrganism

            Buff Hardback

          • DVRKBEVRD

            i hope yall know i was exaggerating

          • Waynecro

            I refuse to believe that.

          • DVRKBEVRD

            im way bigger than that dude

          • Waynecro

            I can believe that. I can also believe that you work out with a broadsword strapped to your back.

          • DVRKBEVRD
          • Waynecro

            Beats using a weighted vest that looks kind of like a bomb.

          • DVRKBEVRD

            you mean with my long nappy black beard? nah, man.

          • Waynecro

            Plus, you can use a broadsword if orcs, wizards, or ninjas try to launch a surprise attack while you’re lifting.

          • DVRKBEVRD

            it does happen kinda often

          • Off topic here. This album fucking rules. Check it out if you get the chance.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=83VVYFx-KMM

          • Waynecro

            Goddamn. That does fucking rule. Thanks!

          • DVRKBEVRD

            i saw this vinyl somewhere

          • Really!?! I only have the cd.

          • DVRKBEVRD

            no, youre right. i saw the cd

          • Waynecro

            Littering the floor of your gym with the corpses of your vanquished foes boosts testosterone.

          • srs question: what is your blood pressure/cholesterol like?

          • DVRKBEVRD

            cholesterol is only slightly higher than avg, but i have always had crazy high blood pressure.

          • Just had a yearly physical this morning. My blood pressure is:

            Systolic: 118
            Diastolic: 58

            Very low. Not sure what my cholesterol is though.

          • DVRKBEVRD

            thats crazy low. good for you

          • Waynecro

            Postworkout carbs >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

          • Edward/Breegrodamus™

            What about fish oil? Worth taking for general health?

          • DVRKBEVRD

            no doubt, i take the highest concentration fish oil tablets available every morning

          • I know a lot of people who swear by it, I have never gave into it though.

          • DVRKBEVRD

            give it a try man, itd be a cheap investment if you didnt want to keep taking em

          • Waynecro

            I take 6 grams of fish oil per day to get the amounts of EPA and DHA I’m after.

          • DVRKBEVRD

            that is a fuck ton

          • Waynecro

            Two pills three times per day isn’t too bad. TrueNutrition has good fish oil for pretty cheap.

          • DVRKBEVRD

            yeah im only taking one a day with the rest in the morning

          • Waynecro

            I rarely eat fish and stuff, so I have to supplement.

          • DVRKBEVRD

            i also take digestive enzymes (porcine bile), a small amount of niacin, and a Mens 50+ multivitamin every morning

          • Dubs

            I eat one human heart every Saturday and have been doing so for 13 years. Seems to be working out pretty well.

          • Goddamn Khaleesi.

          • Dubs

            It’s increased my fireproof-ness but unfortunately increased my vulnerability to predatory birds.

          • DVRKBEVRD
          • Rob M

            Wait…I think I have a good recipe for human heart somewhere around here

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            Why eat human hearts? Isn’t that cannibalism?

          • Stanley

            Salmon >>>>

          • Waynecro

            I wish I liked salmon, but I just can’t deal with fishy-tasting fish.

          • Stanley

            It was never my favorite fish, but I’ve convinced myself to like it and now it’s the one that I eat most. I still take a fish oil pill in the morning though. These ones.

            http://www.costco.com/Kirkland-Signature™-Fish-Oil-1000mg.-400-Softgels.product.11072245.html

          • Waynecro

            The B complex I take is from Kirkland.

          • Stanley

            I take that one too: 1 multi, 1 calcium with D3, 1 fish oil, 1 B Complex. Sometimes take another fish oil later in the day if I remember.

          • Waynecro

            I take quite a few supplements, but that’s because I need a lot of help. Working out all the time, eating a very restricted diet, and dealing with diabetes requires a lot of supplements.

          • he benches a literal fuck ton every night. well, every other night.

          • Waynecro

            Fuck ton = 6,250 pounds

          • DVRKBEVRD

            i think you can do it.

          • Waynecro

            In five sets of five I can.

          • Edward/Breegrodamus™

            Serious question: EPA and DHA?

            What if one wasn’t working out a lot and just wanted to improve their health and well being?

          • Waynecro

            EPA and DHA are the omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil. A lot of health claims about fish oil remain unverified, but I’ve noticed a lot of benefits since I started taking it. It seems to help my joints and blood pressure a bit. It’s probably less essential if you don’t work out a lot and you get omega-3s in your diet. I don’t really eat fish, so I supplement.

          • Broscience time: I have more productive workouts on days that I take fish oil supplements. Therefore, it works.

          • Waynecro

            That’s a totally valid metric.

          • Waynecro

            I just take a potassium supplement.

          • Boss the Ross

            Open up this potassium-pit!!!

        • They’re the only fruit I eat on a regular basis, which is almost never.

          • Waynecro

            I rarely eat fruit (because of the sugar), but I do enjoy some types from time to time.

      • CyberneticOrganism

        Ha ha ha ha “I brought this from home!”

        • Boss the Ross

          You did’t get it from the merch table? I thought I saw them for sale.

    • Janitor Jim Duggan

      It is a good article. I’ve been busy listening to The Byrds unfairly maligned albums Byrdmaniax and Farther Along for 2 possible reviews for my blog.

      • Waynecro

        I don’t listen to much dad rock, but your reviews are good. I like your blog.

        • Janitor Jim Duggan

          Thank you.

      • can we turn those non sequiturs into sequiturs somehow?

        • Janitor Jim Duggan

          I like these rappers. They’re very good.

  • Dave Vincent’s Perm

    England <<<<<<<<<

    • DVRKBEVRD

      shots fired

      • Dave Vincent’s Perm

        Not really, because I come from this disgusting grey shithole.

        • DVRKBEVRD

          more shots fired

          • Dave Vincent’s Perm

            All it does is rain and when there is a change in the weather it lasts just enough to get your hopes up that the sky will turn a different shade of grey and then go away. Would you like me to continue?

          • Excellent. Let’s swap places.

            Here is sun 24/7. So it will be the same thing, but we will complain about the different weathers at the same time.

          • The great thing about Massachusetts is you get all the unique seasons.

        • Oh, well ignore my comment then.

        • Stanley

          Where do you live, Curly Hair?

    • You do know a lot of good bands/musicians came out of England though right?

      • Dave Vincent’s Perm

        Yeah, the noir filter inspires how grym the music is. Have you seen the UK black metal documentary?

        • Nah. Should I see it?

          • Dave Vincent’s Perm

            Well, yeah.

          • Noted!

          • Dave Vincent’s Perm

            I kinda disagree with the opening statement that most early UKBM was a Norwegian ripoff, since you can’t exactly argue that Salem Orchid and Gorgoroth sound exactly the same.

        • CyberneticOrganism

          What’s it called?

          • Dave Vincent’s Perm

            It’s called ‘the grim darkness of Grimsby; a black metal boogaloo.’ No, it’s called ‘British black metal: the extreme underground’

  • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

    Hey Lizard, you’re the Lizard.

    • Lacertilian

      ..

  • Rob M

    I think I wandered into the wrong website

  • Boss the Ross

    Scales and Tails would make an excellent album title.

  • Boss the Ross

    I enjoy Simz rap style, I’m not to keen on her beats though. And Sampa is interesting, but doesn’t do much for me. The talent is there, just not my style.
    The “Dead Body” video was pretty cool though.
    Excellent write up nontheless!

  • Janitor Jim Duggan

    If you think these rappers are good you should wait and hear my rap concept album about Simo Hayha aka The White Death. He killed 505 men as a sniper and is basically the god of sniper rifles.

    • Boss the Ross
      • Janitor Jim Duggan

        Well shit. My concept album is now cancelled due to my idea having been used already. I also am not a good rapper.

        • Boss the Ross

          It’s okay, you’ll find something else.

        • more beer

          Learn a trade!

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            I’m saving up some money so I can go back to college and become an EKG Tech.

  • DVRKBEVRD

    in somewhat related news: Flatbush Zombies new album 3001: A Laced Odyssey comes out Mar 11

    • Lacertilian

      Dagon and I keep each other updated regularly, they post so many weird little 5 second videos. Mostly just of colourful racemes.

      • DVRKBEVRD

        coming to my city in May!

  • Hot Fappin’ Wet Booger Muffler

    Good picks! Sampa The Great has quite a bit of Lauryn Hill and Digable Planets feel to her.

  • wild a.i.

    Don’t start posting hip hop here man… I can barely keep up with metal and punk, all this does is remind me of how much I’m slacking with rap. (please post more hip hop.)

    Last good thing I checked was Open Mike Eagle’s EP.