“Anybody who wants to see all of us together - if you never saw me do ‘Black Ice’ with Outkast, if you never saw Goodie Mob do ‘Thought Process’ with Dre 3000, if you never saw all of us do ‘Watch For The Hook’ with Cool Breeze, with everybody - you’ll get the opportunity to see it this year.”
whogotnext said: 1017 Thug topped your Pazz and Jop. Have you written about Thugger?
I wrote a little about1017 Thug over at the Pitchfork year end wrap up, where it got honorable mention (possibly as a direct result of me throwing any and all of my points at it).
Really though there isn’t much to explain. Dude is just far and above my favorite rap performer right now. And I mean performer in the most literal sense. I’m enamored with his performance, the how of his raps.There’s a physicality and unpredictability to his style - that way he snaps in and out flows, how he pushes against the beat, how he raps like the room is running out of oxygen. It all scratches a lot of old guard technical rap nerd itches for me and I dug out this circa-1994 quote from a Source interview with Saafir for those of you who need to know what the fuck I mean by all of that:
I see images in my head and I copy them in rhymes… getting concepts from humor and pain. It’s all about imagination: slow it down like a washing machine or speed it up to a spiral. I’m not going to follow a pattern off a beat, i’m not gonna follow a pattern off a beat, I’m gonna follow a pattern off my mind… like the way Volume 10 does. You can’t catch his patterns at all. That’s how you know a rhymer is a titan.”
Those clips of Drake and Kanye turning up to “Danny Glover” do a great job of precisely illustrating what that record does to all human beings - it zombifies them into nothing but rap hands and shoulders. Or at least that should be the response. I know everybody has dramatically different standards of what a rapper is supposed to do these days but I find it hard to believe that any self respecting fan of the genre could hear “Danny Glover” loudly and feel nothing.