And on the subject of beats that seriously fuck shit the fuck up here is Don Cannon scratching all of the old Neptunes itches with a Roc Marcy box cutter. It’s just too bad he went and wasted it on Pusha’s sad bag handler second childhood. It helps if you imagine that Push is reciting all of his taunts into a mirror.
well how did i miss this… ohh yeah ‘cause outside of JB and Bilal, and about a dozen of the Tyler’s songs, music has bored me to death in ‘13. Haven’t been bothering to click on links, rap or otherwise. This beat is nasty tho and Pusha is Pusha, even tho white boys keep telling me he fell off cause they mad he rolls with Kanye or sum shit.
i know people like me are suppose to love records like this, using all kinds of hyperbolic adjectives to describe it, but really, it’s unnecessary. the record speaks for itself (and you know the usual suspects will hit their keyboards in creative and boring as shit ways to talk about it b4 the 22nd even happens). I myself have it as one-bee after RAP MUSIC, after about 4 complete listens; AND NOTHING ON HERE IS BETTER THAN CARTOON & CEREAL (not on here because they could not clear the cartoon samples), which in a way speaks to how good this album is, and how talented the TDE roster / collective is. Not since Wu have we as rap fans been blessed with such quality from one team.
Good Kid Maad City also further cements how rap has been on an incredible run over the past 3 years. it honestly hasn’t been this fun to be a rap fan since i was a teen. all i know is imma buy the deluxe Tuesday and am preparing myself for all the Illmatic, ATLiens/Aquemini, NWA to Death Row comparisons and historinics that will arise.
right now: Kendrick, Danny Brown, Freddie Gibbs (top3, in order, alive, rapping after 2005)
Proud of my brothers to say the least. Co-Starring the rest of the fam too A$ton, Ferg, and The Zombies…
while the internets busts its collective nut over Kendrick’s leak, make sure you take some time out from your right-click, double-click @ school or cubicle life to make some times for Bamz full length. dropped last night, shit is official. “Don Francisco” makes me wanna hit up my momma to make some sopes while i drink a lime jarritos… also Al the Chemist gave Bamz one of his shank you in the kidney and watch you bleed out beats, plus much more goodness. hit that lank
‘member back in ‘99 when Rawkus and Cash Money were on opposite ends of the “real rap” spectrum, Yasiin and Mannie collabing would’ve made a backpackers head fall off on site-n-sound. thankfully rap has evolved past those arbitrary barriers and slogans. this can only be goodness. an aiiight song would make no sense. rubbin’ hands in anticipation
BACK IN THE DAY |7/25/95| Bone Thugs-N-Harmony released their second album, E. 1999 Eternal, on Ruthless Records
even though Bone was very popular during my youth, i really wish the hipster-phere rap blog world showed them much of the nostalgic/revisionist love they’ve given to regional 90s southern rap acts. yes, there is a contradiction in that statement, but me not gives fucks. They took (some claim stole) the Good Life’s speed rap, choppin’ style and made it National / Popular; which is something Myka9 (one of the best pure rappers ever to exist), Acey, Peace & Jupitor failed to do for various reasons. Basically Freestyle Fellowship was Impulse, while Bone was Motown in le 60s. Thankfully Bone’s influence can be found in acts like A$AP, Purp, and Danny Brown.
earlier this month Frank mag released their DOOM curated issue for free. i spent most of two weeks ago reading it, and it’s the best music writing I’ve read in a LONG time. Not only are the history and trajectory of DOOM’s career covered, but DOOM’s artistic process, and how other individuals/artists/hip hoppers were part of developing and documenting that process speak on it. It’s as much about DOOM as it is about how hip hop culture existed into the late 90s and early aughts (even some touches on Hip Hop in the 80s). Though most of the material related to his discography speaks either of only Operation: DOOMsday or Madvilliany, THE WHOLE issue is worth every minute of your time. There is great art within the pages, classic DOOM rap quotes, and Prince Paul, Jeneiro Jarrel, Masta Ace, and DOOM himself all get interviewed. Their is also some nice musings on the use of masks throughout various cultures in history, and the mythology around super heroes and villains in America. The whole issue just feels centered, well thought out, and original… kind of how Wax Poetics use to be.