Raheem The Dream - “Freak No More” (Tight 2 Def, 1998)
I haven’t seen anyone on the internet mention this yet - possibly because internet users aren’t much interested in knowledge or knowing things no more - but Migos’ rising hit “Freak No More" is a very loose remake of A-Town pioneer Raheem The Dream’s mid-career Sexual Harrassment flip by the same title. Lyor better make that check payable to The Eliminator.
“I like moments of staleness and mildew, simply because it creates the lane for change. Remember when everything was full of color and happy-dappy when Bad Boy was running everything and then we came with DMX? Do you remember that summer? How excited people got? That’s my favorite moment—when I sit on a porch in the summertime and the air gets really thick. There’s no breeze. The birds start darting around. And then all of a sudden a violent storm comes through—raindrops as big as cups; lighting and thunder. I know when things get stale there’s someone making an opportunity.”
jerelbworld said: Do you know of work or piece that explores the California-Texas rap connection?
Ronin Ro covers a little of this in his Death Row book Have Gun, Will Travel but that book is not at all essential. As I remember the key connecting point is honorary sixth or seventh NWA member The D.O.C., who is originally from Dallas. Prior to Death Row he and Suge were planning a similar label to be built around another Dallas rapper by the name of Chocolate.
mentalhygene said: It makes me so happy to read what you wrote Record Store Day and the sad state of modern record stores. For the last 10 years I've weaned away from collecting records, the "vinyl resurgence" has driven up the prices, and every last old or interesting record goes straight to ebay. I started collecting tapes for the same reasons I used to buy records - they're cheap and allow me to experiment and try music outside of my comfort zone. But now that tapes are gaining popularity (and value) I dunno.
Right, that’s why I got into records too. Back when you actually had to own music to hear music on demand it was a luxury to hit a flea market and leave with the entire Stevie Wonder catalog for $15 as opposed to going to Sam Goody and buying just one of his CDs for the same price. But now that you can hear the entire Stevie Wonder catalog for free on your computer I don’t quite see the point in dropping $30 for a 180g reissue that was possibly mastered from digital anyway and definitely has some flimsy new booty high gloss sleeve that doesn’t even smell like history or cat piss.