Things that are wrong with the world part 24


By now, you’re well aware of the newest movement sweeping the world of dead musicians. Holograms. Performing. At Live shows.

Tupac’s pixels rocked Coachella this past weekend and I’m just kinda scratching my head. First off, it’s good to see Pac’s ghost has been hitting the gym. Obviously, whoever designed the hologram was taking multiple weight lifter magazine masturbation breaks. But , hey , good for him. Also, it is nice to see holo-pac sticking with the baggy jeans and tims look. I mean, he could easily thrown on some skinny jeans and a rainbow hoodie but he went classic. I appreciate that. Even if he does look like the weird 45 year olds you see loitering outside of random bodegas in the hood.

Okay, now that that surface stuff is out of the way, let’s get down to the reality of this whole thing. A fucking hologram of a dead rapper…performing. I can’t front. the animation is impressive and whoever made this put in a lot of work.They did a great job. I get the gimmick. I’m sure the people at Coachella were excited. But we realize that this whole thing is like a video game, right? I’m still not sure if that’s a bad or a good thing.
However, my issue here isn’t really that they did it. It’s more that we , as fans and people in general, can’t just let dead people stay dead.

As i’ve said before, famous people die. It’s a fact of life. Anytime one goes, there’s another one right behind him/her waiting to follow suit. It’s funny…THEY’RE JUST LIKE NORMAL PEOPLE, AMIRITE?!?!?! Because this is such a fact of life, I’d think that we, as a race of humans, would have accepted that kind of thing as final. This means, after the person has died, they no longer exist currently. This isn’t to say they shouldn’t be celebrated and remembered fondly. By all means…but , as a living being, they’re no more here than a dodo bird. Every heard the phrase “let sleeping dogs lay”? How bout “Let dead motherfuckers stay dead”?

Now, as a one-off thing, I’m not mad at this hologram pac. It’s cute and whatever. However, I can’t help but think this has just opened pandora’s box of shitty taste and false memories. First it’s pac…Biggie can’t be far behind. Kurt Cobain at Lalapalooza? A grateful dead tour featuring a lifelike Jerry Garcia anime spectacular? When does it end?
Shit, Whitney houston’s body is still warm and I bet the grammies are already planning a “greatest love of all” all duet with Whitney’s pixels and sheryl crow’s life like walking corpse body.

This whole thing brings me back to to when Natalie cole remade “Unforgettable” with her dead dad.

When this dropped, people were both offended and overjoyed. I could be wrong but I think it won like a bazillion grammies. Unlike Posthumous Pac and Biggie records, this was actually received with accolades cause it seemed less like people trying to make a quick buck off of tragedy and more like an earnest thing done within a family.

I’m actually shocked it took THIS long for something like this to happen. Oh wait…IT DID HAPPEN ALREADY.

(Way to go Japan. in a world of creepy shit, you guys consistently raise the bar)

It scares me that technology has reached this point cause, really, who needs real people anymore? Fuck touring. Just get a hologram and project it on a stage. This just opens so many doors that really have no business being opened. This is the type of thing we might look back on in 20 years and be like “Hey man, remember when people made music and they actually performed it in person? LOLZ”

I hope I’m wrong but I have a feeling this will be the first in a long chain of events that leads to the robots taking over. Mark my words. It will be all Tupac’s fault.

Song of the day 10/13/11


Tha Lunatic By Tupac
http://limelinx.com/files/4dfdc2ca5e91f2dbe639184c38de3833

I’m not one of those “Tupac guys”. Meaning, I’ve never really gave a fuck about him since post “I get around”. In fact, anytime I meet someone who champions him as “one of the greatest” , that’s a pretty strong personality definer right there. It’s like “ohhhhh, you’re one of those ‘Tupac guys’…we’re done here.”.
However, I also don’t think he was the worst rapper or anything…he simply wasn’t making music that appealed to me. But, prior to his breakout album “Strictly 4 my N.I.G.G.A.Z.” , he was kinda dope.
I remember the first time I heard him on Digital underground’s “Same song” , I was like “Who was that guy?”. Shortly after that buzz began , he released his debut album “2pacalypse now” which was a slightly uneven yet potential showing album. He was certainly rough around the edges but, even then, he showed signs of being the same polarizing character he would later embrace. I mean, “Brenda’s got a baby” may be the sappiest rap song about finding a baby in the dumpster ever. Then you got a song like this , “Tha Lunatic” where he’s pretty much just talking shit about guns and bitches (I’ll take that topic over unwanted pregnancy anytime).
So for future reference, rappers, Guns and Pussy>>>>>Dumpster babies.

Before they were stars part. 3


victim of the ghetto: the college boys
Romany malco may not be a household name but if you’ve seen the movie “40 year old virgin” or the tv show “Weeds”, you are more familiar with him then you think. this brooklyn born actor has been doing it since the late 90’s. however, what many people don’t know is that before he was an actor, he was the lead rapper in the group “the college boyz”. while i’d be lying if i said they were very good, they did have on single that had a little buzz going in 1992.


Tha’ lunatic: tupac
it’s well documented that tupac first came up with digital underground as a dancer , and then later as a rapper on the posse cut “the same song”. shortly after , pac signed with jive and released his debut album “2pacalypse now”. being a fan of his verse on “same song” i bought this album when it dropped. my favorite joint on it was the Live squad produced “tha’ lunatic”. it was just Pac rapping, before shit got all crazy for him and he became a platinum selling artist/movie star. obviously, this isn’t some hidden gem, but i do think it’s an underrated song and an interseting look at tupac before he became super star.


the genius is slammin’: the genius
a couple years before Wu-tang took east coast hip hop over, Cold chillin’ records dropped “words from the genius”. mostly produced by easy mo bee, the album was void of any kung fu references and pretty much fit nicely into that era’s cold chillin’ braggadocio roster. it’s main fault was the first single “come do me” which made the genius out to be more like Father MC then the man who would eventually pen liquid swords.

time to build:mic geronimo featuring Jay-z, DMX and Ja rule
while this line up may seem like a hot 97 listeners wet dream circa 1998, this song was released in 1995. Jay had a little buzz but DMX and Ja rule were not yet established artists. in fact, weirdly, mic geronimo was the most famous guy on this track at the time. well, time is a motherfucker and over ten years later, Jay-z is the richest man alive, ja rule sold millions of terrible records then fell off and DMX (also a multi platinum seller) is a rumored crackhead who gets arrested pretty much every other week. as for mic geronimo…you’re guess is as good as mine.

bring the ruckus: lil fame (sorry, no video could be found of this song so here’s a different song from the same album)
before he was half of M.O.P. lil fame had a few songs as a solo artist that were featured on the 1992 release “the hill that’s real”. while now he’s known for his yelling rhyme style and being on of the more threatening mc’s to ever do it, fame was way more on the punchline tip in his earlier years. he sounded more like a young kool g rap with a little lord finesse mixed in.
http://www.sendspace.com/file/33yl71
before they were stars part 1
1)bring the ruckas:lil fame
2)victim of the ghetto: the college boyz
3)tha lunatic: Tupac
4)the genius is slammin’: the genius
5)time to build: mic geronimo featuring ja rule, jay-z & dmx

(This blog was originally posted in the TROY blog)