If you missed any of the new reviews this past week including Amos Larkins II's "Miami Bass Christmas - Booty Style" and 2017 Year in Review pieces then do yourself a favor and check out this week's edition of the (W)rap Up!
Amos Larkins II :: Miami Bass Christmas - Booty Style :: Essential Media Group
as reviewed by Steve 'Flash' Juon
"Oh dear. Even though this is an album obviously meant for the Yuletide season, the timing was such that I didn't get this and review it until now, so there's a chance I might have been in a more jolly festive mood during Christmas time. Let me be clear that I've said many times before that there just aren't enough good Christmas rap songs. For me the holidays could pretty much start and end with "Christmas in Hollis" and I wouldn't be mad. That's not to say there aren't good hip-hop Christmas albums out there, just that they are few and far between. You can hardly be surprised when a lot of rappers are mad at how much the world sucks, and Lord knows 2017 gave us all plenty of reason to be pissed off, so it's hard to expect everybody to suddenly shift gears and give cheer. Maybe an older generation of emcees who has kids of their own they want to leave a better world to is the ones we have to rely on to bring that holiday positivity. I suspect Amos Larkins II is such a person, and good on him for the attempt, ESPECIALLY when you consider that the only thing more rare than a good Christmas rap song is a good MIAMI BASS Christmas rap song. Unfortunately that's exactly the reason things fall apart like The Roots or Chinua Achebe on "Miami Bass Christmas - Booty Style." These aren't exactly genres that mesh well. The progenitors of the Miami style that quickly soared to national popularity of the strength of acts like DJ Magic Mike and 2 Live Crew quickly became synonymous with beautiful women who have big booties who in the words of Pharoahe Monch could also shake them breasteses. Long before white girls were twerking, black girls were working that bass. The big beats are meant to dance to and the raps are often sexually explicit and/or secondary to that boom and pound. Does that make you think of "Silent Night" in any way? NO. And from an artist who is otherwise best known for songs like "Pop That Cherry" (example below) it doesn't make sense."
Year 2017: Year 2017 in Review
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* Y2K17: Steve 'Flash' Juon
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* Y2K17: Patrick Taylor
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