eamonwhalen said: Who else used to be hip hop canon but isn't anymore because modern memory is stupid?
This is a good question. Obviously the canon is a completely abstract construct and I’m sure some of this shit could quickly be negated by a “but he’s huge in Germany!” or a “but they were trending on Twitter when the Unsung documentary aired!” but I don’t really care to split those hairs. So here are a bunch of once revered rap artists who seem like they don’t get nearly as much or enough love anymore:
Schoolly D - The guy invented gangster rap but now is mostly known for his contributions to a cartoon about a talking meatball, if at all. His first few records were absolutely otherworldly - reverb drenched unapologetic street shit that I think might appeal to people who dig those shitty Chief Keef records I just posted about. And then slowly over time he grew into making really thoughtful street shit which is precisely how it’s supposed to go down. Plus his artwork destroys all of the other artwork and he gives an awesome interview.
Where to start: “PSK;” Schoolly D LP.
5:43 am • 9 February 2014 • 169 notes
silentgodz said: am i the only one who likes new sosa?
I like the new Sosa.
If we’re talking “All I Care About”: Once again I think a lot of dudes shitting on this record are wholly unqualified to comment because they are likely listening on some earbuds or laptop speakers or whatever Dr. Dre sold them. They need to get a real system and let that cracked autotune fuzz of his voice melt itself inside the slap. Shit is psychedelic as fuck.
If we’re talking “War”: I mean Keef breaks out in a coughing fit in the middle of the hook! How is that not both a crazy innovation in the field of things rappers can do in the short distance between their mouth and the microphone and an exact realization of his never ever ever giving a fuck persona? Shit is punk as fuck.
There’s definitely that Lil B effect where it’s frustratingly obvious that all we’re ever going to get from dude are tossed off glimpses from his sketchbook, never a fully realized work of art. That’s unfortunate because he might could achieve something truly great if he were to dig his heels in and do some real work (cf. Flockaveli, “Sh!t”) but as long as he continues to care so much about not caring at all he’ll probably be worth paying attention to on the internet.
4:40 am • 9 February 2014 • 93 notes
Future f/ Pharrell, Pusha T & Casino - “Move That Dope” (Epic, 2014)
3:25 pm • 6 February 2014 • 524 notes
Spice 1 - “Killa Days" (Demo, 1992)
The god 12 Man Rambo just laced me and us and them with the full version of this otherwise unreleased Spice 1 demo.
Spice is one of those artists who used to be hip hop canon but isn’t so much anymore because modern hip hop memory is stupid. He should still be up there with Biggie and Scarface and G Rap in the lexicon of panoramic narrative gangsta rappers. The first three and a half albums are hard as all fuck and he once put a beret on a bottle of peppermint schnapps.
1:22 am • 6 February 2014 • 54 notes
Anonymous said: what's wrong with being interested in yung lean because he's white
1:21 am • 4 February 2014 • 54 notes
baptizedinmollywater said: is there anywhere you know of where I can watch the original Take This video?
12:52 am • 4 February 2014 • 7 notes
maxernstman said: Are you doing an Avant Garde list for 2013?
I was going to do one of these but in the process I realized that it would basically be the same list of names as last year, rearranged and attached to different song titles. I guess you could add Chance and Majjin Ski and maybe Sicko Mobb if you really wanted to.
Otherwise it doesn’t seem like anybody except for the usual suspects are actively trying to push the act of rapping forward at this point. Maybe that’s always been the case though - a small group of forward thinking individuals providing the creative engine for everyone else.
I don’t mean to be a downer but very little new rapping surprises me anymore except for Young Thug and Future. I’d certainly be open to avant rap recommendations from this year or last year or any year but keep in mind that I do not consider garbled third rate imitations of Lil B or ASAP Rocky to be avant garde. Moar like avant garde a clue am i right George Harrison?
12:47 am • 4 February 2014 • 29 notes