Fat gold rope By The Def Squad (featuring Too Short)
This song popped on my Itunes today. I totally forgot it existed. It’s awesome. That is all.
People often ask me about a curious sample I use at the end of the song “carnivores unite”. well, allow me to let you all in on the secret (that no one really cares about). It’s Kool Keith , on the Stretch and Bobbito radio show, blabbering about his many ideas for comic book characters he wants to work on. The excerpt I used on the song comes from a whole interview which is all pretty amazing. I figured I upload it here and let you all enjoy the wonders of Keith and his crazy mind at work.
here ya go:
As a bonus, here’s Keith Musing about his favorite drink:
(thanks to verge from the TROY blog for Re-upping this for me after i had initially lost it)
High Street By Magic Carpet
This is some random drugged out hippie psych shit I found will looking for samples. For some reason it jumped out at me and I threw it on my IPOD. Hippies are funny.
Ok, so, thus far, I’ve uploaded two of these compilations of demo’s a rarities from the early/mid 90′s that i’ve collected over the years. I’m not gonna lie, judging from the wordpress stats, this hasn’t been a very popular kinda post. But fuck it…this is the last comp I got anyway so i might as well throw it up.
If you like rare 90′s underground hop hop , you should love all these comps. These are a collection of demo’s, original versions and just all around unknown shit. the majority of these were recorded off the radio (stretch and bob the underground railroad). Because these were taken off the radio, some of the names are just guesses as well as the recording quality isn’t exactly high.
If you like these, peep the others i’ve posted
Here’s the final installment:
1)Hold me back: Tony bones & Mr Live*
2)East/west: The colony*
3) Ohhs and ahhs: First born**
5)What time it is: Steady serve*
6)Both sides: surge
7)Animailistics: Last emperor
8)Follow for now: G-rock
9)Two flew over the cuckoo’s nest: Genesis*
10)Battle hymn: total pack
* denotes the song title was a guess
** denotes both the artist and the song title are guessed.
Party down By Little beaver
It’s friday…listen to the song. It’s telling you what to do. DO IT.
Gaslamp Killer and Gonjasufi
I got put on to his last night…At first, I thought it was a straight up old song, but it turns out it’s actually a new song with a dope sample. Regardless, It’s dope and I went on I-tunes and peeped the album (that comes out early next month). Sounds very promising. Yay for new music that doesn’t suck.
This post may date me pretty hard but I’ve pretty much given up hope on coming across “young and refreshing” at this point.
Megan Fox Hate -
EVERYONE (who doesn’t have a penis) hates Megan Fox.
There are countless stories of her cuntitude and interviews all over the internet where she seemingly makes a fool of herself, flagrantly exposing her inner retard. Now, I’m in no way rebuffing these facts; she’s a fucking idiot, there’s no question; From her stupid Marilyn Monroe obsession (that rivals that of Mariah Carey’s butterfly obsession) to her awful tattoos.
As for her being a total bitch, sure, why not? I don’t know her but I don’t doubt it. My issue is this: She’s an actress. I don’t know if people either, haven’t met actresses before (this includes struggling waitresses), or if people seem to hold famous people to a higher standard of expectations. However actresses, by and large, are the dumbest, most self involved, human beings on the face of the earth and to single out Megan Fox is just not fair. Detractors will argue;
“But she’s saying all that dumb shit in interviews and putting herself out there!”
Do you think, for a moment, that perhaps she’s answering all of these questions because they’re being asked? She’s doing fucking publicity for Christ’s sake! It’s her job. She’s got people knocking down her door trying to get her to answer stupid baited questions and pose in her underwear for whatever dumb men’s leisure magazine they write for.
Sure, she could handle herself much better, she could be more grateful of the things she’s been given, like I said, she’s very likely a bitch. However, if someone like Chloe Sevigny or Anna Paquin said the same shit no one would say anything, they’d just roll their eyes and keep it moving. The extreme hate for Fox is 100% because she’s so fucking hot. Women are furious that a girl so vapid and idiotic is still one of the most desirable woman on the planet to your average man.
In a strange way, the dumber and more annoying she gets, the more men are drawn to her. Her slutty eyes and over all “I’m the shit” vibe just repulses most women understandably so, still, don’t hate the player, hate the game. Whatever she’s doing physically is working and rest assured, her career will not be here in 5 years because some new slore will emerge from the fog with a slightly hotter body and a slightly sluttier look in her eyes.
Until then, let it go. Let Megan Fox do her….
Hopefully that will include a career in hardcore porn and then we can all rejoice and be happy, for different reasons.
This Vampire Craze -
I’m not gonna lie, I watch True Blood.
It’s a completely terrible show that is somehow both watch-able and entertaining but make no mistake, it’s very bad. Of the new rash of vampire based entertainment, True Blood is the only one that doesn’t take itself seriously and that, in it’s self, is why it’s not 100% laughable.
When I first heard about Twilight I paid it no mind because, well, it was a children’s book written by some Mormon broad, not exactly in my wheelhouse. Then, all of a sudden, it was fucking everywhere. The movie was coming out and people were bugging out like The Beatles did a duet with a newly resurrected Jesus. Normally, I wouldn’t even blink at something like this but I’m not talking about just children and ‘tweens freaking out, no, adults were also losing their shit.
Herein lies my beef with this vampire renaissance; If you’re an adult and truly deeply involved in those stupid Mormon virginity propaganda books, you might need to check yourself. The
thing is, I know TONS of girls who I like and respect who are into this bullshit. I think that’s what bothers me; I expect more, it’s fucking vampires for Christ’s sake! You might as well make a book called The Unicorn Chronicles about a far away land where all the unicorns live, and the inner workings of their dysfunctional teenaged unicorn relationships, as seen through the eyes of a beautiful unicorn. Go hard or go home, right?
Now, I wouldn’t take issue with Twilight if these girls I knew would just admit it’s some corny shit they like even though they know it’s the worst…but no..they fucking stand up for it; “It’s about unrequited love!” or “It’s sooooo good!” Fuck that. It’s a children’s book about teenaged vampires (hence appealing to teenagers everywhere) about Mormon values and more directly, abstinence. That’s it.
The same way True Blood is a mirror of gay rights in America. No more, no less. You’re an adult, get a grip. I’m not saying you have to watch the news but let the teenagers have this one. It’s enough that shit like that is making the next generation a bunch of pussies and idiots but the last thing we need is it effecting people old enough to know better.
Lady Gaga -
I was watching the MTV Video Music Awards and one of the highlights was the constant changing of Lady Gaga’s outfits. Now, I’ve seen numerous pics of her online dressed like a complete idiot, it’s kind of her thing but I had never seen her videos or performances. Well, thanks to the good people at MTV, I have now. I gotta say, she definitely goes there. She’s bugged out and takes ‘risks’ but that’s my problem. This same girl whose live show could easily be an avant guarde performance in a small playhouse also happens to make the most cookie cutter bullshit dance music on the planet.
How can someone so supposedly ‘cutting edge’ be so completely banal musically? If the book matched the cover, Lady Gaga would be doing free jazz dance recitals on the lower east side in the early 80′s. She’d be like Laurie Anderson (look her up youngun’s) not fucking Cece Peniston (look her up also, but she sucks). All I’m saying is, pick a side. You can’t be this high brow artiste and a low brow pop act at the same time.
However, I do appreciate that she always covers up her Cyrano-De-Bergerac-ass grill whenever she gets a chance. That’s pretty cool of her.
Dance Shows On TV -
These shows to me must be what watching sports is like for most girls, I simply don’t get them. I’ll hand it to the America’s Best Dance Crew People because they’re actually pretty impressive. But the ones that get me are the amateur dance shows, the worst of which is Dancing With The Stars. The popularity of this show is both staggering and depressing; Second rate forgotten celebrities of the past come back to clumsily dance their way into America’s heart.
I get the ‘watching a car crash’ element to this, kinda like the first few weeks of American Idol before they get rid of all the crazy people. However, to somehow get emotionally invested in that crap is unacceptable. It’s watching people dance as mediocre as humanly possible, that’s it…oh wait, they’re a little famous so that means when they do something mediocre, it’s more important. I swear, they could make a TV show of c-list celebrities wiping theirs asses (“Jenny Jones prefers the unorthodox
front to back method!”) and it would get a 5 year renewal within the first two weeks of broadcasting.
Dog Owners Trying To Convince Me How Great Dogs Are -
To step away from the pop culture, let’s talk dogs and their owners.
In the past, I’ve been very vocal about hating cats and that remains the same. While I don’t really hate dogs, I also am completely indifferent towards them. They can be in a room with me and I will neither pet it nor curse them. This apparently is an issue for dog owners cause every single one of them wants you to love their stupid fucking dog. Whether they’re beaming about how great he is or regaling you with quirky dog tales detailing his awesome personality, it’s all the same. What they don’t understand is that I’m not one of those people. I’m not an animal person. I do not feel closeness with anything from another species. They can’t speak, they can’t clearly communicate, all they can do is eat, run around, bark, shit and sleep.
A popular argument for this is; “Then you must hate babies!” Not true…babies are human. They’re adorable and as they get older, they acquire all the wonderful skills we as humans take for granted. With babies, there are things to look forward to and also they show us the beauty of an untainted human in it’s purest form. Dogs, however, have a ceiling. There will never be a time when a dog and I have a conversation, let alone one of any value. No, he may be able to communicate that he loves me (or loves that I feed him), but beyond that, he’s a wrap. I guess I understand the companionship angle of dogs but, at the same time, needing a dog to be your ace is kinda just throwing in the towel on humans. You’re basically saying ‘I love camaraderie but I’m not so crazy about talking and exchanging ideas. I need someone who will shut the fuck up and be loyal to me regardless of what a douche bag I am.’
Sure, some dogs are cute, puppies are pretty undeniable. But just understand that there are people on the planet who simply don’t give a shit about your fucking dog.
Caddilac dreams By The Field Mobb
In honor of dissing one southern rapper, I give two southern rappers I love. These guys pretty much represent everything i love about southern hip hop from this time. At least they did when they dropped their debut album.
Of these two singers…they’re both lunatics with a meandering style using no words.
One’s jazzy, the other’s a touch more…umm…european?
Who is king?
First off, I originally posted this blog on the def jux site a year or two ago. The response was insane. Partially because I was hating on Lil wayne and dumb motherfuckers assumed i was on some “I’m underground, he’s not” shit (which is something i get into in the blog) but more so cause i described his jeans as “homo hipster”. Apparently, that’s wildly homophobic. Not my intention at all but I’m also not about to change it cause a couple under grads got their panties in a bunch over it. To clarify to you simple motherfuckers: I don’t mean it THAT way. ok? ok. If it truly bothers you, i suggest you take up a hobby cause you’ve obviously got way too little going on in your life. This isn’t 1975 and if you can’t differentiate on how that word is used nowadays, i don’t know what to tell you.
also…I just wanna clarify a few things things to both the pro and con Lil’ Wayne parties….
Wayne fans: This is not about him being a pop-star mainstream rapper, I have no issue with that. This is not an underground rap guys vendetta against all things popular.
Wayne Haters: This is not some shit where your response should be “Yeah! fuck all that pop shit!” that kind of thinking is lame and also holds no weight to me. This is strictly a fan of rap music talking about the skill level of a rapper. I like Rakim. I like Mystikal. I like Aesop, and I like T.I.. Talent is talent and a good song is a good song.
again, this was written over two years ago. so, some parts may be dated…but i still feel the same way so whatever…
alright , here goes…
I tend to try and avoid much music talk here cause, honestly, I don’t keep up with enough new music to really care and I also get the feeling none of you really wanna hear it. However, there has been something bubbling up over the past two years or so that needs to be addressed. To some of you, this will be a no brainer and, to others, you will disagree with me like I just called your mom a whore. But, whatever the case, this must be said…
Lil’ Wayne is kinda bullshit. he’s simply not that good.
I could just leave it there and move on, but this motherfucker won’t go away. The thing is, it’s not like some pop sensation that is obviously bad but only liked by teenagers. This dude is the most loved retard on the planet.
-Hipsters love him
-Mainstream rap fans love him
-And, most shockingly, underground rap heads like him too.
I feel about Wayne the same way I feel about The Family Guy. In it’s essence, Family Guy is harmless and not terrible. I don’t hate it, but I just think it’s kinda obvious and not that funny. Then, people I know and respect made such a big deal about how great it was, that I had to re-check it and look a little deeper into what the fuss was about. In the case of Family Guy, I found what I had already thought was there, A one joke show that has occasionally funny moments. In the case of Lil’ Wayne, I’m just dumbfounded.
For as long as I’ve been listening to hip hop, I’d say I have a decent grasp on what is good and bad about an MC, obviously, it’s all opinion but I mean in the most basic sense. For Instance, “his flow is on beat” or “he is clever”. To me, Lil Wayne is a mediocre underground rapper, he’s not bad, he says some funny lines at times (as well as cringe inducing stupid lines) but he’s just nothing special. He’s a punchline based MC who sounds like he should never have made it off the mixtape circuit.
Whenever I discuss this with Wayne fans they bring up two things :
1.) His Voice
2.) He’s a weirdo
While, his voice is indeed interesting, I also find it insanely annoying and whiny. Wayne basically raps in baby talk. I will give it to him, he’s got an original voice, but “original” doesn’t always mean “good”. The lead singer of “the crash test dummies” has an original voice…and I doubt any would argue against the fact that he sucks.
As for being a weirdo, it’s actually refreshing to see a rapper, in today’s fucked up copy cat market, being different. In Wayne’s case, being different means dressing like an uber
homo-hipster/rocker and being REALLY high all the time. He does say some off the wall kool kiethe-sque shit, being really high tends to bring that out of people. But what separates him from Kool Keith is that Kool Keith is actually crazy. He’s not normal.
I’m not buying it from Wayne, he’s way more just plain “dumb” then he is “avante guard” or “strange”. We all have known that guy who is as dumb as a pile of bricks, who would get stoned and say crazy off the wall shit. That guy isn’t a genius, he’s slow and his brain can’t handle deep thoughts so it spits out random nuggets of nonsense that HAPPEN to be funny. Wayne is the rap equivalent to that guy.
Part of being a weirdo is also being unlike others, this is where Wayne loses this case hands down, cause that motherfucker is a BITER. He literally rhymes like older Jay-Z. From the flow patterns – to where he enunciates words, he obviously studied jay intensely and copied. That is the opposite of original. I do give him credit for moving away from his earlier “bling bling” era image and focusing on getting better at his craft. There’s no argument here that he has vastly improved since he first came out with the Cash Money Millionaires but even with that improvement, he’s still just Lil Wayne.
I think the most annoying facet of all this is his fans. In the case of the mainstream hip hop peoplem – it’s expected. They like anything they hear on the radio and are willing to make fucktards such as MIMS and Rich Boy famous. Lil Wayne seems like Rakim compared to those two.
If I bumped that kinda shit all day and then heard wayne, I’d lose my shit too.
The underground love is confusing though. I feel as if, in hip hop’s current state, there’s a strong underground hip hop backlash going on. All these former nerd rap fans wanna reject the shit they came up on by embracing some shit they hated less then a year ago. It’s as if they feel like they are redeeming themselves from ever being nerds. The thing is, these heads should know better. if you’re deeply immersed in hip hop, you know what’s original and what a good MC sounds like. These heads, more then anyone, are aware of that kinda shit so for them to just latch on to wayne like he’s this gifted artist, makes no sense.
With the hipsters, it’s almost offensive.
See, hipsters stopped giving a shit about hip hop a long time ago. That’s fine I can’t hate on that at all, hip hop is pretty boring right now. But they do this thing (it’s weirdly racist to me but I can’t quite put my finger on how) where they always have one rapper they claim to still love. Before wayne, it was The Clipse and that was good cause they’re actually really dope. Before that, it was Cam’ron. I was with this one as well cause he was funny, I’ve actually laughed out loud to some of his lines. There was an irony there that made sense and, on top of that, he made some good songs. But Lil Wayne?
You motherfuckers are seriously reaching. I don’t care how many studded bracelets he wears, how many non-sensical verses he makes rapped through auto-tune (still?!?!?!), how many shitty club hooks he comes up with over terrible beats, or how many “Street” tracks he makes rapping over some awesome old sample that no one else can afford to use. He’s still just Lil’ Wayne, he is not the greatest rapper alive, he’s not remotely close. He’s a semi-ok underground battle rapper who is, in all likelihood, seriously learning disabled.
Since this was written, i saw a documentary about wayne. It was actually really interesting. I gotta hand it to the dude, his work ethic is admirable and he does seem to have artistic motivation beyond what i gave him credit for in the blog above. However, I still don’t see what the big deal is outside of that. While he certainly stands out amongst the a sea of biters (Hi drake!) and southern rappers who can barely form a sentence, the fact remains that he’s just an decent underground rapper with a funny voice.. sorry…he is. Oh wait, my bad, he’s a rock star…my bad…
seriously? I mean, come on…