Song: Put Your Hands Up ft. Young Jeezy, Rick Ross & Plies
Artist: DJ Khaled
Label: E1 Music
Genre: Hip Hop / Southern Rap
Notes: Second single from 4th LP
Analysis: It’s to DJ Khaled’s credit somehow that while remaining one of the most obnoxious and irritating hip hop personalities both on, and off wax, that somehow he manages to spin out not just hits, but some pretty good under-the-radar cuts as well. Of course, he usually has no creative input to these tracks whatsoever, yet somehow takes the credit for them all just by handling the ad-libs and drops on every song. Regardless, Khaled’s name is on the cover so we can still blame him for the wack songs as well. Pulling in equal blame for ‘Put Your Hands Up’ is three of the most popular Southern rappers “in the hood”. There’s Young Jeezy, stretching words out (‘di-rect order‘) to fit his weak rhyme scheme; Plies rapping in a brand new language and bragging about never snitching (probably because he was in the bathroom); and Rick Ross, who is usually pretty sharp, spits a really lazy few bars about being as hot as a Kawasaki in the projects, and being in a car-buying contest (wha?). Naturally, with a dope beat, all could be forgotten and we’d make due with what these knuckleheads were saying, but the ‘Hands Up’ beat is as flat and generic as it is repetitive. Khaled needs to change his lineup around if he wants to keep this shit interesting.
Source: Nah Right
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