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.
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?
Cool Breeze f/ Outkast, Goodie Mob & Witchdoctor - “Watch For The Hook” (Organized Noize, 1999)
A few years ago I saw Goodie - just the four of them - perform their “Watch For The Hook” verses. Lo and Jo traded their tag team sixteen in the same eye-to-eye formation as in the video and with the same level of intensity. Needless to say time stopped and the universe crumbled outward from the stage and we’re all just ghosts floating around the resonant memory of that performance now.
“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.”