Sunday, June 28, 2009


Far Rockaway 23
Listen to POP THE TRUNK by Real Live.

I've got a bit of a problem, in that I've almost run out OF songs to blog. My blogging technique this year has been to set aside half a day every month or so and just upload a ton of tunes I'd like to share. Once you do that, and tag them online, the blogging is really easy. But I haven't set aside that time for awhile, and it's finally caught up with me. So it might be another light week.

Anyway, metablogging is super boring, so here's the song.

Pop the Trunk is from Real Live's 1996 album "The Turnaround." This is what they call on the underground scene. And when you're on the underground hip hop scene, you can be hard to find. Especially if you have a google-proof name like "Real Live."

Fortunately, heads know about Real Live and plenty of people have talked about how great the record is. I heartily recommend the whole album, and this track in particular. As does Oh Word:

"The Passaic, New Jeruz native and disciple of Marley Marl known to the world as K-Def could not have chosen a more appropriate year than 1996 to drop his full-length collaboration with Larry-O. ... At the time many hip hop producers were content to mimic the booming orchestral beats of Buckwild or the instantly recognizable, whistle-clean pop ditties of Puff Daddy. K-Def and Larry-O stand out because they create smoldering, cinematic gangster symphonies as a matter of course, and this is evident in the frantic car chase of the title track and the dramatically funky "Pop The Trunk." Their music is spellbinding yet cohesive, their chemistry is rehearsed to perfection but feels unforced, and the overall vibe of Turnaround is cool and focused even though the music exudes bombast and the lyrics celebrate excess."


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