Vince Staples - Shyne Coldchain Vol. 2 (Mixtape, 2014)
Man I didn’t even know that David Paul had this collection of David “Funken” Klein columns up on The Bomb site. This is some real history here. Reading these words, I can remember his voice. He was one of the realest for real. Behind A LOT of the beginnings of the best that happened ever in hip-hop. Did it from a wheelchair while battling cancer too. We should all try to live as fully and as real and Funkenklein did. He passed away in 1995 and was a major loss to this entire culture… Anyway, reading these has me tripping. I’ma read em all tonight for sure. Re-educate myself.
Funkenklein invented rap Twitter.
“Gangsta Boo is going to be there, so will Crunchy Black, Koopsta Kniccaa, and a special appearance by Lord Infamous. We’re bringing his casket out; we’re bringing it to every show. I wanted him to be there. I’m that kind of guy—a weird, kinda creepy kind of guy. I had to pay a lot of money to get an extended tour trailer that would fit his casket and all of the merch.”
Nikatine Da King f/ Cousin Fik & Knowledge - “Snitch” (Mixtape, 2014)
This is quite the slapper and perhaps even a slumper.
mrion asked: Does it bother you at times that with every young, promising and creative new rapartist there comes this gigantic pool of meme-rappers trying to mimic his or her sound up to the point where even the original starts to sound corny/played out?
This has always been the case - do you have any idea how many forgotten Fig Faddy Fanes dropped terrible records in 1989? Young artists need to start somewhere and usually that means mimicking someone they admire. In of itself this does not bother me, it’s natural.
The problem as I see today is that the the industry, the media and, most frustratingly, a significant chunk of the audience seems more permissive of this sort of thing than in the past. Biting isn’t just allowed, it’s actively encouraged. Kids get publicity and fans and deals without anyone ever pressing them in a way that would force them to form an original thought. Then more biters bite those biters and rap just becomes this boring circle of teeth marks on top of teeth marks on top of the eight thousand fake ASAP and Keef songs that land in my inbox daily.