Song of the day 10/1/12 and an explanation

Bang Bang By Young Buck

I got interviewed recently and the guy bought up “pop rap” to me. Typically, this is what some journalists do to underground artists when they try to bait them into saying something stupid. Fortunately, I don’t really need the bait and I tend to just say stupid things without any prompting.
Anyway, the conversation meandered away from him trying to get me to complain about “The state of current rap” (which i’m actually okay with) and into me remembering how good we had it in late 90’s/early 2000’s , as far as radio hip hop went. You had Timbaland and the Neptunes producing about 75% of all music played on the radio. You had guys like Mystikal, Jay’z and Snoop getting regular run on the radio, which is now owned by Drake and Nicki Minaj. It was the best time for pop rap in my entire lifetime. Even in raps heyday, I don’t recall hearing such consistency on the radio. Then along came 50 cent. I liked 50 when he dropped. EVERYONE in NYC did. The only down side was, while he made good music, he also somewhat closed the door on that era. I wouldn’t say he bought back the shiny suit mind set but he was definitely more about making his money than making quality music.
This song is one of the last songs of that era that I remember grasping to. It wasn’t even popular on the radio but it was 50’s boy Young Buck just talking shit over a Nancy Sinatra loop. As usual with me, sampling is always welcome in mainstream rap. And this song is no different.

and now for the explanation, I was gonna post this on friday but my computer died on me while I was in eastern europe…on tour…using my computer to perform. I’ll get in to more details when i post about the euro tour but I just wanted to thank all the people who came to the euro shows with Dj Cam and I. We had a great time. I also want to apologize to the people who came out to moscow, St. Petersberg and Vilnius expecting a live set but actually got me just djing (Did i mention i’m not a dj?) but I’m afraid that was the only thing I could do considering I couldn’t even get my computer to register it had a hard drive at all. Hopefully, I’ll make it back to those places and be able to put on a proper show. Until then, I’m crossing my fingers that I can retrieve most of the stuff (if any) from my dead ass hard drive. That includes a Fiona Apple remix i did for fun on the road that I have a feeling may be lost forever. AWESOME!
Anyway, I’m writing this from my girls computer and all the content I use for this blog (answers for questions, fuck marry kill, demo review, ask dr. tony ect…) was all on that old computer so I have no clue what I’ll be posting this week, if anything. Just wanted to give you all a heads up on the off chance that you give a shit. If not, carry on!

Song of the day 4/13/12

Frozen Sunlight by Billy Woods Feat Open Mike Eagle and Marq Spekt

It’s been a good month for rappers I like/work with doing songs together. Earlier Illogic, Marq Spekt and open mike eagle did a song and now, Open Mike Eagle and Spekt join Billy Woods for a non-album track banger produced by Willie Green.
In case you were unaware, Billy Woods released his album “History will absolve me” earlier this week. It’s literally the only thing I’ve been listening to. I can’t express enough how much you should buy this album. It’s on I-tunes or available at .

I’m not about to write a review of the album but I can say it’s a real album. In the sense that it was made with consistent themes, it ties together musically, and Woods seems to have an overall concept behind the entire thing. To say that kind of thing is rare nowadays is an understatement. Not to get corny but this kind of thing is art. I generally hate that word and think throwing it around when discussing rap is extremely lame but there’s no other way to put it. It’s not always easily digestible but it’s something you can go back to , time and time again and pull something new out of. So, yeah, if you like hard rap with a head on it’s shoulders that somehow manages to be not at all nerdy, this will be your shit.

As I said, this song was a track that didn’t make the album and , that alone, is a testament to how strong this album is. Peep it.