Mystikal: “Hit Me”

Back in the early 2000s, urban radio was about as unboxed as it has ever been. That this coincided with Mystikal‘s heyday is no coincidence– the New Orleans legend is truly one of the singular voices in rap history. 2012 is far from 2001, unfortunately, so it was no surprise that “Original”, his comeback single, was mired in Lil Wayne and Birdman‘s empty gravitas. “Hit Me” wipes all that away, revealing an energized, vamping Mystikal back firmly in his element. Over a prancing bassline, rattling drums and call-and-response horn stabs, he reanimates the spirit of James Brown, rapping, talking, zinging, and mocking across a livewire three-plus minutes. It ends with him and his sashaying backup singers chanting, “Say it proud/ I’m black and loud.” As vital it ever was. (via Rap Radar)

Stream:> Mystikal: “Hit Me”

– via http://pitchfork.com/reviews/tracks/14664-hit-me/

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