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Naledge - U Oughta Know

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  • Artist: Naledge
  • Track: U Oughta Know
  • Producer: Bird!
  • Album: Unreleased [The Chicago Picasso Studio Sessions]

First things first: who read the title U Oughta Know and expected an Alanis Morrisette sample? Fortunately (for me, anyways—husky-voiced angry girl music isn't my favorite genre), Naledge's latest feature isn't based on the hook from that famous David Coulier kiss-off, but rather revolves around a sped-up sample from Billy Joel's hit working-class lament, Movin' Out (Anthony's Song). Unfortunately, that sample is the reason this record won't be on the tracklist of the Kidz in the Hall hip-hopster's forthcoming Chicago Picasso mixtape—I'll save you the rant on intellectual property law and simply say that it's a damned shame, because this unreleased cut has a lot going for it. The singer's propulsive piano riff and the memorable "Cadillac-ack-ack-ack-ack-ack-ack" hook prove even more insanely catchy in Chipmunk speed, and Naledge comes with energy to match Bird!'s driving boardwork, detailing his musical ambitions in three bouncy, brag-heavy verses. The rapper's commitment to movin' up in the game is plain as day here, and, despite not appearing on Chicago Picasso, this cut is sure to raise fan anticipation for the street album's June 30th release.

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