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.
8:50 am • 1 March 2014 • 36 notes
hitthatnumber asked: schoolboy q oxymoron... what do you think
It’s just a rap album. It’s not even just just a rap album. It’s the most just a rap album-ass rap album I’ve heard in a long time.
Rap albums drop every day, b.
7:43 am • 1 March 2014 • 70 notes
Shy Glizzy - Young Jefe (Mixtape, 2014)
Lil Herb - Welcome To Fazoland (Mixtape, 2014)
A great day for mixtapes.
8:01 pm • 17 February 2014 • 53 notes
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.
12:24 am • 17 February 2014 • 271 notes
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.)
12:18 am • 17 February 2014 • 19 notes
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?
11:05 pm • 16 February 2014 • 35 notes
“'He sold 300,000 with no promotion,' Jackson says, citing the label's worldwide sales figures for 'Finally Rich.' 'People can say it was a stupid deal, but the project is in the black. Our marketing spend on it was literally crumbs.' Jackson points to the video for 'Love Sosa,' which has more than 36 million views on YouTube. 'We spent $1,500 on that. I know videos that they've blown $500,000 on that don't have that many views.'”
— Crucial statistical context from Chief Keef’s A&R, Larry Jackson. (via Billboard)
6:26 pm • 14 February 2014 • 357 notes
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:
6:04 pm • 14 February 2014 • 171 notes