Song of the Day 8/19/08: Arabian Prince - Let's Hit The Beach
Innovative Life: The Anthology 1984-1989 hails from a disorienting moment in rap history: it chronicles Arabian Prince's earliest electro-rap oddities, before he gained notoriety as a founding member of N.W.A. "Let's Hit the Beach" features a deep, stripped-down beat spliced with digitalized seagulls and other coastal sound effects - a thin sampling by today's standards, but surprisingly prophetic in light of this decade's electro-rap boom. The last half of the track segues into a bout of coy, silly grandstanding, and it plays like advice to today's emcees: don't take yourself too seriously. The best - from Jay-z to Kool Keith to Aesop Rock - never do.
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