Song of the day 2/15/13 RIP Tim Dog Edition

Dog’s gonna getcha By Tim Dog
The first time I heard Tim Dog was on the Ultramagnetic MC’s song “A Chorus Line”.

I honestly didn’t think much of him. Little did I know I was listening to someone who’s music would become a major part of my life a few short years later.
Explaining why I love Tim Dog to , say, a rap purist isn’t easy. I mean, let’s be honest, part of the reason he was so awesome is cause of how he walked the line between being the most thugged out man on the planet and being completely ridiculous. He was hilarious both on purpose and by mistake.
My second taste of Tim Dog would be the same one most people of that era had of him. It was the NWA diss song “Fuck Compton”. It kinda came out of nowhere. Prior to that, I don’t recall anyone in NYC having an issue with NWA (and the rest of the west coast for that matter). But, I guess Tim Dog was sick of west coast gangster rap getting all the publicity when there was plenty of hardcore New York shit going on under the radar. So, he said fuck it, and made this:

I mean, how awesome was that? The video. The song. Just perfect. He was basically like a mono syllabic bully who just started wailing on his opponent. It just worked.

Now, during that time, I lived a few blocks away for a record store that always got advanced releases. In particular, they would get anything that came out on Columbia Records like 2 months before it dropped in stores. One day I was perusing their cassette section (this was back when i only bought cassettes) and saw Tim Dog’s Album “Penicillin on Wax” just sitting there. Not only had it not been released yet but it hadn’t even been reviewed by the source. It was like it didn’t even exist yet and I was discovering it. I bought it for five bucks and went home. Life was never the same.

To say this is one of the best albums of all time is a stretch. Cause, “best”, i feel, should be saved for works of genius. However, without pause , I will tell you this is one of my favorite albums ever made. It bought me so much joy for so long. To this day, if 85% of these songs pop on anywhere (which is rare), I’ll rap along like a lunatic with a deranged smile on my face. The album is the perfect blend of hilarity, fear and craziness all set over a collection of beats seemingly touched by lord baby jesus/buddah/allah. I mean, for christ sake, the dude started his whole album rocking over the same beat NWA did to start of their album just as a fuck you…So good.

While his follow up album didn’t really match up, he still put a few things out over the next 10 years or so. One of the more slept on things he did later in his career was his album with Kool Keith called “Ultra”. On the song “The industry is wack” I think his verse is legit awesome. Not even in the slightest , ironic way…he kills it. The words “You used to wear tims now your ass is in tights” still rings true to this very day. The man was a prophet.

Well, anyway, yesterday I got home to see twitter a buzz about the passing of Tim Dog due to complications with Diabetes. Honestly, I was shocked as I had no idea he was even sick. The most recent thing I had heard/seen about him was a piece on Dateline about him ripping off lonely women. While this is something that was obviously not a good thing, it did somewhat support the Tim Dog Legacy as a fairly ill , fucked up dude.
The first person I saw mentioning it was, of course, J-Zone. Zone may be the only person I’ve ever come in contact with who has more passion for “Penicillin on wax” and TIm Dog in general than myself. In fact, he wrote a piece on him that I feel is pretty much the end all of understanding the man himself, Tim Dog. So, instead of me just re-writing a version of what he wrote, just peep this link. Aside from getting your learn on, Zone is a funny ass writer with a very unique perspective.

As for the song of the day? In honor of TIm Dog, there can only be one song that exemplifies his legend. That song? “Dog’s gonna getcha”. The same song that I’m somehow quoted on Tim Dog’s Wikipedia page as calling “Quite possibly The hardest song ever made”. Btw, No clue how I got in his wiki page but , obviously, it’s a huge honor.
RIP Tim Dog.
I suggest you all cuddle up with a copy of “Penicillin on wax” as soon as you can and just let the greatness wash over you.

RIP Patrice O’Neal

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you may know that I’m not a particularly sentimental guy. Especially when it comes to the deaths of people I don’t know who happen to be famous. However, every now and then, a celebrity will pass on and I’ll be legitimately bummed about it. Patrice O’Neal is one of those people. Easily one of my favorite comedians of our time. You may not be familiar with his work or only know him from seeing him randomly on a terrible VH1 show but, trust, me, the dude was hilarious.
Not only is it sad that he passed in general, but there’s a sense that he was just getting started. He seemed to be finally breaking through in his career and taking it to that next level.
Anyway, this post isn’t about me lamenting the life of a guy I have never met. Nope, it’s about me showing you clips of why I was a huge fan of this man. Just a heads up though, Patrice says some outlandish shit so, obviously, this isn’t for everybody (women, in particular will not be a fan of most of this).
He are some of my favorite Patrice moments (That I could find on the internet):

RIP Randy “the Macho Man” Savage

I realize this is slightly delayed but, what can I do? I dedicate my weekends to deep prayer , my clown school classes and bikrim masturbation , so there’s really no time to write.

So, I got off a plane on friday to find out The Macho man had died. While this news was not totally shocking, it is always odd when a staple of your childhood passes away.

When i was a kid, I was a huge Wrestling fan. Not even in the “I loved Hulk Hogan” sense. No, I was that fucking asshole buying wrestling magazines and following the obscure federation like the AWA and where ever the Von Erich brothers wrestled. I’d stay up and watch the NWA on TBS cause I felt it was “rawer” than the WWF. Yes, I was once a purist snob about fucking pro wrestling. Still, I did love the WWF. Like most kids, I was a huge Ultimate warrior and Jake the snake fan but in my top five was certainly Randy “Macho Man” Savage. Partially for his electrifying ring antics but also cause he confused the shit out of me. Was he retarded? Did he have Bobcat Goldthwait disease? He was a man in a rainbow cowboy hat , adorned in tassels ,who spoke as if he was pushing out a shit the size of his own thick, vein covered neck. But I was fascinated. Looking back, it really takes an inventive person to come up with such a character. I mean, there will never be anything like him in sports. He was truly one of a kind.

For my 10th birthday , I strong armed my mom into taking me a few friends to see a WWF card at Madison Square Garden. The Main event was Macho Man Vs. Andre the giant. At that point, Macho man was a fan favorite and world champ, while Andre the Giant was a heel. My friends and watched the under card fights with baited breath, just waiting to see our boy Macho Man in action. Finally the time came and the crowd erupted, as Macho Man walked out to his theme music with her arms spread in the air, looking like a wombat that ran into a gay flag. I honestly don’t remember much about the match. I mean, it was a non-televised MSG match , and belts never changed hands unless it was seen on TV or Pay-per-view. I knew this at the time so the outcome was secondary to the show. I think Macho Man won by DQ but I do recall , at some point, Andre the Giant chocking him out with the ropes (after the match had been decided) and forcing him to say “Andre the Giant is the new world champion” over and over again. For some reason, it had a rapey vibe to it and was somewhat uncomfortable to watch. I mean, if he could get him to say that shit, why not just sodomize him right there? Shit was that real in the ring, yo.

I’d also like to add that the Macho Man had the hottest girl in wrestling (before ACTUAL hot girls started getting involved) in Miss Elizabeth. She wore gowns and was “elegant”. Kinda like a child from a beauty pageants but older and more on cocaine. But the Macho Man held her down like a good man does. I could be wrong , but I think she died at some point and they replaced her with some other elegant whore. If that is the case, it’s nice to know that macho man is probably sitting in space heaven , Listening to a twisted sister/eminem mash up album, snapping a slim jim and cupping Miss Elizabeth’s long dead ass cheek.

And with that, I leave the legacy of the man that was Macho…oohhhhh YEAHHHHHH!

RIP Eyedea

I met Eyedea about 10 years ago. At the time he was Slug’s hype man in Atmosphere and they were both in town for the Rock Steady Anniversary. This was after he had made a name for himself by winning Scribble Jam , but before he had started putting out albums with DJ Abilities and had won the Blaze battle. This was also around the time the idea for “The Orphanage” was birthed. This was to be a super group of underground heads consisting of Aesop, Slug, Eyedea, Illogic and Blueprint. While this project never got off the ground (aside from a small handful of songs that were recorded in Minneapolis over the span of two days) , it did create friendships that bonded everyone.
I can’t lie, that was the last time I saw Eyedea. For a few days, we (The orphanage, Can Ox, Atoms Family) hung out in NYC and just fucked around. It was then that we recorded “Miss By a Mile” , that was later released on “It came from beyond pt. 2”.

I remember being really taken back by how on point Eyedea was. He was much younger than all of us but yet was like a well oiled machine when it came to recording. That kind of skill and exactness is rare to see, especially back then in the days of lyrical miracle rappers who never rhymed the same verse the same way.
We actually recorded a few songs that weekend. One was an alternate version of “Bent Life” (off of Labor Days) which featured Slug and Eyedea. I wish I knew where that was cause it would be really cool to hear again. I seriously have no memory of any part of it EXCEPT Eyedea’s verse. He destroyed that track and ,if memory serves, knocked it out in one (maybe 2) takes. Professional shit.
The third song we did was some truly embarrassing pre-emo emo shit that I think not a single person involved would ever like to see the light of day. Lucky for all parties, I had the only copy and I have no clue where it went. It’s probably buried at the bottom of some box of unmarked cd’s. This is a good thing.

Beyond all the music stuff, Eyedea was a good dude. He was friendly and had boundless energy. I really enjoyed watching him mature as an artist and admired his drive and love of what he did. I wish I had gotten to see him more over the years , if not just to shoot the shit and see, first hand, how he had grown up. My deepest condolences go out to his family and close friends.

Here’s a link to a facebook page that you can donate money to , to help pay for his funeral services.
RIP Eyedea