Archive for November, 2009

Anticipation Replaced By Shock

November 9, 2009

fashawn

I bought a CD!

I can’t remember the last time I bought a CD. Do people still buy them? Looking at groups like M.O.P. sell 2,000 records their first week makes me wonder what happened to the other  people who used to buy their records. What about Heltah Skeltah? They pushed gold on their debut if I remember correctly and I doubt their last record pushed anywhere near six figures.

Years ago there were constantly new hot albums coming out. There was anticipation! I still remember faking sick to run up the street and buy Midnight Marauders. Now, not so much. Nowadays when I hear a good record I am shocked. I honestly don’t expect quality albums to come out. Face it-many of the albums you want to be a classic really aren’t. I just listened to that new Cormega album, and as much as I wanted to love it, (look at the production) it simply fell short. Granted, it had some hot songs on it, but you know the Pete Rock and Premier production on it is not anywhere near Illmatic level. Large Pro’s song is amazing,though.

I know where my hip-hop money went- car payment, rent, DVD’s. You name it-anything but CD’s. Where did yours go and how many discs do you purchase every year?  If you purchase a couple a year like me, is it due to the wackness that they try to pass off as quality hip-hop? Do you feel like a sucker paying for something you know you can get for free?  When is the last time you can honestly say you were excited for a new disc? Like drooling/your calendar is marked/you have $10-$15 bucks set aside for the purchase?

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Which Rapper Would You… Pt. 1

November 8, 2009

Sean-Price

Visited one of my favorite websites Badlefthook.com and caught a post with some open ended survey questions regarding boxers. For this post I will bite the concept and then flip it. Feel free to leave your own answers in the comments section.

1. Have a discussion with about the current economic crisis? Mos Def

2. Punch in the face? Nas

3. Give a hug to? Jean Grae

4. Have a rapping lesson from? Pharoahe Monch

5. Match them up with any other rapper of your choice? Aesop Rock & Jay Electronica

6. Advise to stop rapping? Jay Z

7. Invite to a dinner party? Sean Price

8. Work out with? RA the Rugged Man

9. Get drunk with? The Alkaholiks

10. Work their street team? Fashawn

How does a blogger become a fallen blogger?

November 6, 2009

How did I fall the fuck off? I always used to laugh at the XXL Milk Carton feature, and if there was one for bloggers I would have been on that ish.  I can only speak for myself, not my fellow fallen bloggers, but let me break down how I went from a few posts a week to 2 posts a year.

white girlsOther endeavors-I decided that I was through with white girls and was going to write a movie about it. It would be called I’m Through With White Girls and would star a white man in the lead. Much funnier than what actually resulted. (Note: This concept did not arise until after I met my now wife.)This had me fucked up for a minute. I’m just playing- I did focus on other hobbies that had more of a return than blogging- poker(money) and boxing (physical).

arthroI fucked my knee the fuck up. This resulted in arthroscopic knee surgery,which left me limping around and unable to work out. I decided to throw fitness and diet out the window and chose to eat ridiculous amounts of junk food,putting myself at risk of getting a NORE gut. Lack of fitness and motivation was further amplified by a lack of quality music and interesting content to write about.

nore-gutWTF?

bachelor-partyWhile all this was going on  I was engaged to my now wife. We had a small wedding, but even they require plenty of time and planning. Shit gets stressful and there gets to be some yelling and bickering. I wasn’t really checking for a lot of new albums at this point. My time was mostly consumed by figuring out what type of beer and liquor was going to be at the wedding/picking the DJ & photographer.

money_pitDid I mention that while I was crippled and engaged I bought a house?  Yep, pretty soon that fat tax credit will be in my hands! I am going to need it after buying a 90 year old house in Pittsburgh.  Add a promotion on top of all this and you have one busy 2009.

Yep, a depressing music climate along with real life shit can really derail a blogger. If you think it can’t happen to you, think again!

Skills sets, baby! Skill sets!

November 6, 2009

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Do I listen to Jay-Z? Nahhh. Well, I did listen to him on Mike & Mike’s ESPN show the other day on my way to work. I have to admit that Jay-Z gets on my fucking nerves.  Do I listen to Beanie Sigel? Nope, can’t say I do.Do I find the beef and Jay-Z’s response amusing? Hell yes!

If you look at this situation based on what has come out so far in a rational way, you shouldn’t support anyone in this matter. Beanie Sigel is crying about the fact his old friend boss didn’t love him while he was locked up and didn’t let him out of his deal. Hmmmmmm. I guess  Sigel apparently never learned the lesson that when it comes to the power structure all races,colors, and creeds show allegiance to the almighty dollar. Black is green. White is green. Fuck even your Indian homie that you thought wouldn’t betray you could give a damn about you once they are in that power position.

Jay-Z was recently asked a question regarding Sigel’s complaints and made himself sound like a complete idiot. He discussed giving Sigel various things-cars,money, a record label, and a clothing line. Jay-Z let you know that Sigel had the world in his palm thanks to him and that he doesn’t know why he has any reason to be upset. Sigel denies this, and says he earned everything that came his way.

Let’s ignore that and go with Jay-Z’s account of things-he gave Sigel the world and what else could he do? How about not giving him those things? Check the name of the post. Not everyone can be a Jay-Z. Not everyone can display talent in various endeavors and be a successful businessman/rapper. Not everyone who can flip that burger can run the cash register, and not everyone who can do the office’s dirty work can manage the office. Does Sigel come across as one who could manage much of anything?

Most rappers shouldn’t even try. So Beanie Sigel had a clothing line? Like he owned it? Ran it? What qualifications did Sigel have that made Jay-Z think that once given a clothing line he would do anything with it but fail? What made Jay-Z think that a guy like Sigel who was once so fucking whacked out on cough syrup he had the RZA eyes (yes,both!) should have a record label? What background did Sigel have that made Jay think he could do anything with a label? What training/education/mentoring did he receive? Just because somebody can rap doesn’t mean they can do anything else.

It all boils down to skills sets, baby. Stick to what you know and what you excel at. It isn’t shocking that Sigel’s abilities in one area didn’t translate to success in any other areas that required him to do more than hold a microphone.  Unfortunately, from how Jay-Z explains it, he failed as a manager and was unable to recognize what kind of talent those were underneath him were working with.