Lil B - Basedworld Paradise (Mixtape, 2014)
I figure I still have another month or so of trying to process 05 Fuck Em ahead of me before I can even think about digging into this one but the artwork alone is important.
ovrabndnc asked: No mention or review of the new Goodie Mob LP? Did I miss something? Or is it just that bad?
I put it out of my head because it hurt to keep it in there.
It’s frustrating because it’s not like the album needed to be bad. They didn’t fall off, they didn’t dumb down. There are some hard ass raps and smart ideas in there but most of them have been rendered unlistenable by all of the awful musical choices. Which is to say that Liberace Lo ruined it with his dumb billowing shirt Michael Bolton singing explosions and sub-Danger Mouse adventurous post-rap circa-2006 beat selections. It’s all the same mistakes they made on World Party, just inverted to reflect Lo’s bad taste and excesses instead of Gipp’s.
It should be easy for people who rap as well as they do to make a great rap album but they need to embrace the fact that subtlety is what suits them best. “Understanding" was one of the only tracks that worked on there precisely because it stuck so closely to that old stripped down Dungeon formula. (I’m not sure if it can truly be considered a Goodie Mob reunion album without any Organized Noize involvement anyway.)
murkytimeistimeschool asked: what do you think about young thug signing with cash money?
Have we even confirmed that yet? Sure Thug stuck his head out of a Maybach during All Star Weekend and said “yeah I signed” to someone who may or may not have identified himself as a reporter (but who did take a selfie) and predictably the whole damn world wide web ran with those three words as if they had been stamped with the CMR family crest in the blood of Sir Bryan “Baby” Birdman himself but none of that makes it reality. Media literacy means trusting no one word to Mulder and Scully.
See it’s my understanding that Thug’s been half secretly signed to Atlantic/Warner for at least few months now - they’ve been working “Stoner.” Though maybe there’s some sort of collaborative situation going down with Cash Money or maybe everyone in the music industry is just a fucking liar. I don’t have the energy or time or desire or obligation to try and chase down a confirmation on any of this and I guess nobody else does either. Those celebrity selfies aren’t going to take themselves after all.
Cash Money seems like as good a fit as any though. Can you imagine a Thugga and Mystikal song? Or a Thugga and Fred Durst song?
— Crucial statistical context from Chief Keef’s A&R, Larry Jackson. (via Billboard)
Of the six albums that are actually downloading (the rarities compilation isn’t arriving in my inbox either), several seem to be no more than pirated MP3s. Check out the Comments field of the MP3 tags:
De La Soul - 3 Feet High And Rising Bonus Disc (Tommy Boy, 1989/2001)
And here’s the bugged out bonus disc from a very Dan Stuckie deluxe reissue of the first album. It covers most of the 3 Feet b-sides that need to be covered including the grailish promo only “Double Huey Skit,” which is not a skit.
I guess I should try and find or compile a De La Soul is Dead b-sides collection to complete the cipher but I don’t have anything like that in front of me at the moment and iirc it’d just be a thousand different house and disco remixes of “Saturdays.”
De La Soul - Buhloone Mindstate Sessions (1993)
As you might’ve heard De La Soul are giving away all of their albums for free on their website today. Err… allegedly that’s what they’re doing. The whole process is a mess - endless waits for broken links in emails that never arrive. I tried to get something called Remixes, Instrumentals & Rarities a few hours ago and still have not received it. Or a link to it. Or anything more than a sad email containing cartoon drawings of each De La Soul member making this face -_-.
Assuming the rest of you are having similar luck, here’s something to hold you over: the folder of Buhloone Mindstate-era b-sides and remixes that is permanently filed in my Itunes. Buhloone is possibly their best album and definitely their best B-sides era, thanks in part to the deep and wide promo-only Clear Lake Audiotorium EP.
If you don’t know De La Soul’s music yet because you are a young person then that’s fine but you probably don’t want to start here. Grab either the proper Buhloone or maybe De La Soul Is Dead because they are both perfect (3 Ft. hasn’t aged quite as well imo and a lot of their later shit is just sour). If their site still doesn’t work you can hit the Torrents like any sane/savvy internet user should’ve done ages ago. Or you can go to a used CD store and spend two dollars to have something you can hold in your hands and show to your children.