Damn, bubba. I’ve got a hot water bottle on my lap. Serious. Outside it’s minus. But inside we gots the HEAT!
In the form of rap records.
(And a hot water bottle, obviously)
Damn, what a crazy week for retail rap music! Today, in Americaland, THE KANYE album dropped! The CURREN$Y album dropped! The YELAWOLF
repackaged mixtape album dropped! The NICKI MINAJ album dropped!
And I have had my ears open. As I have mentioned elsewhere, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is flipping brilliant on every level. It is bold. It is bad-ass. It has amazing, nigh-on ultimate Rap Drums throughout – the best of both New York AND Atlanta. Lyrically it’s like someone cracked ‘Ye’s head open and all the crap inside sort of rolled out. It would not exist were dude’s mother still alive. It would be a near-perfect album, were it not for the crap jokes on I’m So Appalled (“that’ll be the same day MTV plays videos/Allah/prada/tada etc).
Trunk Music 0-60 is the major label debut from Doncast mainstay Yelawolf, who got picked up by my ole label Interscope after his brilliant Trunk Music mixtape took the rap world by str0m in January. And what we have here, many dollars later, is the same mixtape with some of the songs taken off and 5 new ones added. And the new ones are mainly rubbish, yet they (along with the worst skit I have heard in three years) take up the first half of the record, making for a truly queer display of reverse top loading. So we shall have to pretend this didn’t happen and wait with baited breath for the real album. And let’s hope they do a better promo job next time – I only knew this record was out from a Raekwon tweet, and I’m a FAN, dammit. Sheee-it.
Pilot Talk 2, Curren$y’s new set, is just as you’d expect: Spitta’s hypnotic weed raps and caper stories over Ski Beatz’ deeply musical production. If you like weed raps and deeply musical production you will love this record, if not you are missing out on one of life’s great pleasures. Shout out dude for getting two dope albums out in a year.
I haven’t listened to Nicki Minaj’s record yet, as I didn’t like any if the singles. I will, because as I have been saying for years, she is a great emcee - as evidenced by her LP-stealing performance on Monster - but what I now see coming out of the body of this text is less about The Music, and more about The Industry that shapes and feeds on it.
Kanye’s LP is the result of a major label doing a good-ass job - providing the resources and the platform for an artist to make some grayte art. Yelawolf’s record is an example of a very very BAD job from the major label. 12 months ago Yela had himself a universally adored mixtape called Trunk Music and a big-ass buzz. Now he has a half-assed album called Trunk Music and half the buzz. DOH. Meanwhile Curren$y, independent veteran of two major label deals, puts out his second album of the year and the people love it.
Actually, this wasn’t more about The Industry at all. It’s just that, as a professional and a geek, I can’t not see all this stuff. I can’t just like, hear a record, without immediately considering its creation, and the circumstances surrounding. I look forward to my mountain break.
But I can’t have my mountain break until I have given you The Life Equation. And I can’t give you The Life Equation until I’ve hired some people and got some videos canned. So I gots to make more money. The money-making’s been going OK, thanks. Better than in a very long time, actually. I’m off to make some more now, actually. I’ll be spending all day tomorrow on it as well. The Wacom is hot. I’m making some drawings.
Oh, we fixed some stuff on the site today. That was pretty sweet. More will be fixed later this week. I added some lyrics too. As you requested. I shall keep doing that. I could do it at 3am with the music as loud as it can go if I wanted to. Because I have no direct neighbours. And my girl is away. But I shan’t because I am
mildly depressed on my period, so I’ll go to bed at a decent hour and get up early and go to the gym and come back and work hard and hopefully feel a bit better about everything. Hard work is one of the better cures I know of. It fixes pretty much everything.
Oh, and My Chemical Romance have a new album out TOO! Crazy! I just put it on and it is INSTANTLY AMAZING! They’ve even nicked half an Andrew W.K. riff! Huzzah! I hope it keeps it up, I’ve missed being able to listen to a My Chemical Romance album all the way through. The last one reminds me of Sadtimes, so I can’t.
Rah though, you lot are lucky I can only play 4 chords, I’d have made a punk album by now.
Hmm, that gives me an idea.