I interviewed Murder Dog magazine founder Black Dog Bone over at RBMA. He is a rare legend whose life and legacy goes much deeper than just gangsta rap. We touched on revolution in Sri Lanka, punk in Iowa, pet shops in Dubai and more.
E-40, Carquinez Bridge 1989
marsburqua said: I think you're spot on as to what constitutes "best rapper alive", but I disagree that consensus about it is dead cuz like it or not Drake is there at the moment. He fits into your formula almost exactly (what other rapper could get away with "hold on") but he flips Jay's script: first he had the charts, now he has the streets. I don't think his persona is realistic and I hate "Thank Me Later" as much as the next clown but face it: pretty much everyone is down for Aubrey right now
Recently I went to Germany and talked to some students about rap music. When I asked them about Drake I was told “he’s very popular… but everyone hates him.”
Young Thug f/ Zuse - “Treasure” (Soundcloud, 2014)
Who put the syrup in the treasure chest? The treasure goes in the treasure chest, the syrup goes in the syrup chest.
Anonymous said: I recently digged up your post from 2011 about the best rapper alive and how that title is vacant. Could it be that Kendrick took the title? He made the audience adapt to his style and style of doing records, he had the streets, he's having the charts, and I see gkmc style albums and such dropping soon or A&R's telling rappers to make albums sounding like it etc. So Kendrick?
The title isn’t vacant, consensus is dead forever.
noahbenezra said: Are you going to speak on the Lord Jamar thing?
Why should I? Dude was the worst member of a rap group who released approximately one and a half great albums when I was in elementary school. I barely cared about what he had to say when he was making good music and I certainly don’t care about what he has to say twenty years later. It seems like the best course of action would be to let him wither away in obscurity while he clutches whatever ignorant and outdated beliefs he still holds deep in his heart or rectum but no the internet can never do that because it needs your outrage for fuel.