Nation-friend A-1 drops some knowledge over a Misfits-sample-centric beat produced by IRL-friend, and fellow Bushwick resident (actually I live in Bed-Stuy, and he lives in Ridgewood, not that you give a fuck) Sam "WooStaar" Staar. You can download the track here:
A-1 "Cough Cool"
One thing I really dig about this video is how it shows Manhattan for what it really is: a corporate-run police state. It's kind of the inverse of the sense of freedom that "Empire State of Mind" puts out, and it's not subject matter most rappers bother trying to tackle, so I can definitely appreciate that.
I've been so busy these last couple of months with my 3-4 jobs, that I have totally neglected the one that doesn't pay me anything, and as a result, I forgot to post A-1's latest mixtape: the After School Special, which is made all of flipped afternoon syndicated show theme songs, that you watched as a kid, or if you smoke lots and lots of weed and find yourself watching TV at like 4 in the afternoon a lot. It's really sick. Here are a few favorites:
Adam flips the classic rapper-meets-devil song, with a "Devil Came Down to Georgia" twist. This might be my favorite.
A-1 "Family Matters"
A thoughtful song about growing up, and life lessons, like those you might have learned watching ABC on Friday nights. Step by Step was totally overlooked by Sam and Adam, just saying.
A-1 "Black Ranger"
If you ever thought that someone had to flip the guitars on The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers theme song into a beat, this one's for you. I like the name, because I had forgotten that the Rangers' suits were race/gender-coded. Now I'm wondering if the nerdy dude who wore blue was Jewish...
Anyway, you should download the mixtape here. Enjoy your weekend.