Exclusive Pop & Hiss Premiere: Nocando -- 'Hurry Up and Wait Remix' featuring Murs, Intuition, Open Mike Eagle and Dumbfoundead
If life is so "hurry up and wait," few can empathize like Angelenos. After all, local living is characterized by starts and fits: glacial traffic jams, constant indecision from the dizzy entertainment industry, and the peculiar pairing of big-city existence with a slow sun-stunned tempo. So it's fitting that the best morning commute soundtrack since Aesop Rock's "9-5ers Anthem" would be created by five of the finest rappers to get stranded on the I-10 West.
The remix of the first single off Nocando's stellar Alpha Pup debut, "Jimmy the Lock," finds the erstwhile James McCall recruiting Murs, Open Mike Eagle, and the first two signings on his Hellfyre Club imprint, Intuition and Dumbfoundead, with whom he's currently barnstorming the West Coast.
Over a glitchy freeze-tag banger from Nobody, Murs boasts that he's the new "Bruce Lee making 'Fist of Fury 8,' " while proceeding to excoriate a shady ex-girlfriend. Next, Alaska-raised, L.A.-based Intuition, continues his strong run in the wake of "Girls Like Me," offering anecdotes about jilted prom dates and miscellaneous swag and sleaze. Leimert Park-raised Nocando again illustrates why he's on the short list of the city's best, branding his hometown a city of "slang and sin, where everybody wants to play and win," while shouting out "weird black chicks with shaved heads and blond bangs who shop on Melrose." Open Mike Eagle supervenes with a tar-and-feathering of kids trying to fit in "little skinny jeans like Russell Brand" as well as "conscious kids who keep their heads buried like an ostrich."
But the victor might be Project Blowed staple Dumbfoundead, who spits a tongue-twisting double-timed invocation of the Low End Theory as well as L.A. tacos and "dirty Chucks and chains." Five-and-a-half minutes of witty rhymes, heavy bass, and snapping drums the "Hurry Up and Wait" remix is a tacit throwback to the era when a posse cut didn't mean five aesthetically unrelated rappers e-mailing files back and forth. It's like tar-black coffee propelling you to slam on the gas only to realize you're still stuck in traffic -- which is what repeat is for.
-- Jeff Weiss
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Photo: Nocando. Credit: Marco Romano