De La Soul - Buhloone Mindstate Sessions (1993)
As you might’ve heard De La Soul are giving away all of their albums for free on their website today. Err… allegedly that’s what they’re doing. The whole process is a mess - endless waits for broken links in emails that never arrive. I tried to get something called Remixes, Instrumentals & Rarities a few hours ago and still have not received it. Or a link to it. Or anything more than a sad email containing cartoon drawings of each De La Soul member making this face -_-.
Assuming the rest of you are having similar luck, here’s something to hold you over: the folder of Buhloone Mindstate-era b-sides and remixes that is permanently filed in my Itunes. Buhloone is possibly their best album and definitely their best B-sides era, thanks in part to the deep and wide promo-only Clear Lake Audiotorium EP.
If you don’t know De La Soul’s music yet because you are a young person then that’s fine but you probably don’t want to start here. Grab either the proper Buhloone or maybe De La Soul Is Dead because they are both perfect (3 Ft. hasn’t aged quite as well imo and a lot of their later shit is just sour). If their site still doesn’t work you can hit the Torrents like any sane/savvy internet user should’ve done ages ago. Or you can go to a used CD store and spend two dollars to have something you can hold in your hands and show to your children.
1:11 pm • 14 February 2014 • 176 notes
P.E.A.C.E. - Freestyle (Live, 2014)
According to Vimeo this is “a trap beat” produced by Jaswho and The Gemini.
3:08 am • 10 February 2014 • 41 notes
robinvndamn said: Do you think the whole "industry plant" thing that's thrown around for guys who come up quickly on the independent tip (macklemore, chance etc) is a legitimate thing or something the internet created to discredit guys work?
As far as those particular artists go I can tell you that’s absolutely crazy talk. Macklemore was selling out shows and crushing digital sales for years before anybody in the industry begrudgingly acknowledged his existence. He had to land a number one album to make that happen. Chance’s rise was more rapid but dude already had a solid local fanbase when 10 Day dropped in 2012 and nobody was touching him. Then he made a tape that was better than 10 Day and shit snowballed.
If you watch these things you’ll see these things. But a lot of these armchair internet A&Rs idiots have their blinders on so tightly, blocking out everything outside whichever corner of the culture caters directly to their interests. Then when something beyond that purview does become successful they get all huffy and confused and stubborn about it. Macklemore and Chance are both acquired tastes in very different ways but even if you loathe them it shouldn’t be hard to listen to either and recognize why they would organically and immediately connect with certain people. And when art truly connects in that manner it tends to spread quickly because there is now this web of interconnected computers throughout the world.
This sort of paranoia is understandable though. The industry and blog culture specifically has cultivated this environment of distrust with all these secret signings and backdoor bloggers turnt managers. And the whole mess does tend to trickle down from there but that has less to do with an Illuminato conspiracy than it does with sheer laziness/cowardice. Everyone in both the industry and critical spheres is looking at one another to see what’s hot instead of engaging the interests of real life audiences or just straight up trusting their own instincts. It’s a shit show that makes me sad and is a big part of the reason I don’t write as much anymore.
But here’s the thing - a secrete manager/label/publicist can get you on a blog or all the blogs or in a magazine or on a Kanye West song but they can’t actually make anyone care beyond the basest of cool kid hypebeast type posers (who will be over it and on to the next thing in six months anyway) and I guess a handful nerds overseas (which is where a lot of these guys will tour for the rest of their days). That thing the cigar chomping executive cliches of old always said about stars having IT is very real and generally speaking a plant won’t grow without IT word to Travis Scott.
7:34 am • 9 February 2014 • 104 notes
flockapella said: What do you think about the DC area ever "popping off" with rap? Everybody keeps telling me that it won't happen because Go-Go or DC is too small or DC doesn't have the connections like somewhere else...
Well the thing to remember about DC is that this is a city that has always been far behind the curve as far as hip hop goes. As I understand it rap music wasn’t even really considered cool until BIG and Puff smuggled it in through Howard in the ’90s. And prior to Wale (and Tabi!) getting a push in like ‘07 local rappers were mostly rapping for other local rappers and transient college kids or rapping as underbills/homies at the go-go. Not to devalue either of those circles, it’s just that they were very insular. So as far as commercial/crossover viability goes the scene is still in its infancy, the network infrastructure is still being built.
But the talent is definitely there. Trel and Glizzy are tremendous lyricists and legitimate street stars locally. Lightshow and Gleesh are well on their way too. Then on the other side you have Oddisee and XO exporting some of the smarter and more progressive boom bap being made anywhere and all sorts of promising new artists popping up in the middle. To be real things look better for DC rap right now than they ever have, certainly better than they did when I was living there. It might take some time before anyone else notices but I’m optimistic and I’m almost never optimistic.
6:12 am • 9 February 2014 • 46 notes
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 • 168 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 • 55 notes