“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.”
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.
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.)