Cricet just dropped this music video for "Things Ain't The Same (remix)" with Jayo Felony. Cricet is one of the few highly respected, veteran rapper-producers from Southeast SD with roots going as far back as Mitchy Slick's debut album, Triggeration Station, and even further back still.
Even though this song comes from Cricet's recently released album, Rap's Rejects (which, by the way, features this kinda hilarious take on Marvin Gaye's iconic What's Going On? cover art), the original version appeared on his prior album, Mercy. The original mix is definitely solid but it also rocks a very typical, West Coast-styled beat with familiar guitars that bring to mind sunshine and palm trees along the streets. On the other hand, this remix offers an altogether different take. Each keyboard plink sounds like a drop in a pond creating small ripples on an otherwise calm surface. There's this watery quality that makes it all kinda sublime in a DJ Screw sort of way.
Cricet's Rap's Rejects album is available now. You can find it digitally on iTunes, Rhapsody, and eMusic. Or if you want to keep it real, you can make a trip to Fam Mart for a physical copy (I'm telling you: this album cover is worth it).
Quan Vu Quan Vu is the founder and editor of local music blog SD Raps.com. He has also written about local and national hip-hop acts for San Diego CityBeat and the San Diego Reader. You can nerd out on rap trivia by following him on Twitter or e-mailing him directly.