Celph Titled – Step Correctly (produced by Buckwild)
Stanning for Celph Titled feels like a pretty lonely path to take for a rap blogger these days, not even the Euroblog cats are dedicated that much space to this track. Fuck it though, Celph Titled is ILB’s favourite rapper because, basically, rap music should consist of little other than wordplay related to the punching of women in the face and shooting people.
We’re gonna have to put up a top 10 Celph verses of all-time here at some point as, as with Half Man Half Biscuit, reviewing anything by him tends to run the tendency of just being an excuse to list your favourite lines (Celph’s finest bar ever is probably either “Is there a heaven for a gangsta? Nah, but there’s hell for a faggot” or “Brother man, you see me load the clip in the gun? You better kill that crip walk and start doing a crip run”.
Anyway, “Nineteen Ninety Now” is the first ever Celph solo album, a mere, what, 13 years into his recording career. Featuring entirely Buckwild beats from the mid 90s and poorly designed album cover in which he appears to be levitating, we’ve not anticipated anything this much since (insert joke here).
If this was the glory days of Stylus, in the year-end polls I’d be bargaining with other writers to include this in their ballot by agreeing to put one of their picks in mine, explaining why my year-end ballots used to contain shit like Miranda Lambert or Booka Shade. Anyway, as it stands, nobody else other than me will care about this album, but if this track is anything to go by, it’s gonna be straight-up 9/10 fire.