ct5holy said: Do you think rap will ever produce an analog to the singer-songwriters of the 70s and 80s like Tom Waits and James Taylor? I think rap has some auteurs (DOOM, Diamond D) but those guys have not breached the mass consciousness. Kanye would be the closest thing but I think his liner notes have always been full of co-production/writing credits (except maybe "808s"?). Are the masses even open to the idea of a guy telling stories/sharing his worldview over his own simple but accessible beats?
I don’t completely understand this question. If you’re asking about rappers who produce their own beats and tell stories/share their worldview then you should check out Breaking Atoms by Main Source. Large Professor made all the beats and raps, which deal with a lot of emotional shit pertaining to relationships, racism, etc. in a pretty smart fashion. (There are two Canadian DJs in the group too but I don’t think they actually did anything at all.) Alternately check out DJ Quik’s Trauma which is more about raw, unchecked emotions. Or if simplicity/sparseness of the production is your principle concern then maybe try Ka’s The Night’s Gambit or Roc Marciano’s Marcberg. And does Pimp C count? Because he should. Beatmaking is beside the point really. All rapping is writing and at a certain level writing is an inherently auteurist form.
2:48 am • 7 September 2014 • 69 notes
Young Thug - “You The World” (Brick Squad, 2014)
12:55 am • 28 August 2014 • 47 notes
Cocaine Blunts: Kevin Gates Live In Oakland
I watched Kevin Gates rap last night and wrote about it on my blog this morning.
12:11 pm • 31 July 2014 • 28 notes
Lil B - No Black Person Is Ugly *MUSIC VIDEO* MOST POWERFUL SONG OF DECADE?
3:40 pm • 30 July 2014 • 5,565 notes
ashturbate said: My obsession with knowing about rap (genesis to infinity, bc rap'll never end, will it?) and desire to write about it is consistently trampled on by the banality of rap media. I'm very early in my "career" and I'm interning at one of the big publications (read: one of the shitty ones) bc I feel like it's the only way to make $ doing what I care about. How did you keep your soul alive when you were starting out?
You have it backwards. People don’t give you money to do what you care about, they give you money to get you to do what they care about. And usually what they care about is generating more money. Or brand/social clout which is the new and more useless form of money. Either way writing about rap music - or at least writing well about rap music, which is what I think you’re asking about here - is not the most bankable pursuit these days. Yes some Mountain Dew fronted content farm will always be around to give you a little bit of money for a lot of writing but this won’t ever add up to enough to actually constitute a career or even a “career.” (It was never that for me. I kept my soul alive by juggling a bunch of dumb side hustles which allowed me to only take on the work that I cared about and more importantly gave me the option of not taking on any work during the stretches when I stopped caring completely.)
So really it’s a question of what your goals are: If you aspire to have a career in the media then put your head down at your internship and make sure to not fuck up the Chipotle order. If you’re lucky they will eventually offer you a full time paid position and you can continue to not fuck up the Chipotle order every day until your soul dies and the sun burns out. If you want to be a good, caring writer who knows things about rap then just find some time to listen and think and read good writing and write bad writing until you can write good writing. And if you’re lucky someone will pay you for that writing sometimes.
Most people in the world don’t care about anything. Most of the few people who do care about things will never be paid to enjoy those things.
3:37 am • 30 July 2014 • 102 notes
zahalienrah said: For my ears, Kanye was the first person to use soul squawks (really tiny samples of grunts/moans/exclamations etc as part of a beat/mock-adlibs) but if it's one thing I've learnt about rap is that I'm probably wrong. Anyways, it's all over the place now and I'd like to know if you had any idea who was the first? if you don't know would you please still reblog and see if any of ur readers can trace it for me? just curious about the genealogy of the phenomenon is all. cheers
People have probably been sampling and cutting up James Brown and James Brownish grunts since before Kanye West was born. Maybe even since before James Brown was born. Low key there isn’t a whole lot that Kanye does as a producer that Marley Marl or Paul C or Ced Gee didn’t do first but hey genius is no match for celebrity in the world today.
12:45 am • 30 July 2014 • 56 notes
Common f/ Lil Herb - “The Neighborhood”
Great rapping on a great rap song.
12:43 pm • 18 July 2014 • 88 notes
Cocaine Blunts: Stunt This Summer
My other website isn’t owned by a multibillion dollar corporation and it won’t ever harvest your creative labor, personal information or internet fame lust for sellable marketing data but it does feature some new(ish) rap songs that you can hear for free as well as a few words for you to read about those rap songs.
3:26 am • 8 July 2014 • 65 notes