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So, my friend Kory Pritchett and I are going to be putting on a concert for the benefit of AIDS research.  It is probably going to be going down in September, and we are going to have all kinds of music playing.  Most notably for you hip-hop-heads is S-Preme, our headlining act.  Also in attendance might be Tha Clown, a local kid that spits fire like you’ve never heard.  But, keep your eyes on that.  Big shit poppin’.


Alright, Another Question

While my friend and I were listening to Airplanes Pt. 2 off of The Adventures of Bobby Ray, we began discussing Eminem’s verse at the end of the track. Original, uniquely rhythmed and almost impossible to rap over word for word, it’s not hard to see why everyone in hip hop wants a verse just like that one on their album today.  This got me thinking. Who else besides Eminem has been as influential (and controversial) in our generation? I would argue that Slim is probably the most influential MC of our generation. He brought a new style to the game, making it okay for white boys to rap; speaking about the vices of our society, the corruption of the American political system, and the tragedy of the broken, impoverished home of a small Detroit child. I think in retrospect, Eminem will be our generation’s Godfather of “the game”. The late 80’s had N.W.A., the 90’s had Tupac, and now the new millennium has Shady. I challenge the reader to dispute this. Well, I actually encourage it.

T.I. Speaks

“The only way you really lose is if you quit.”

Let’s put this out there before we proceed: This album is the first in ten years which features the entire Bone Thugs crew. With that said, I can’t say it sounds like the Bone Thugs I’ve come to love. There are snappy, quick lyrics throughout. No where else do you see sheer quantity and speed of delivery than with Bone Thugs. Tracks like “Rebirth” and “See Me Shine” pack a hard, single-type, radio punch, while the anthem “Only God Can Judge Me” seems a little cheesy, as if digging for introspection. The album features production from group loyalist DJ U-Neek, while Krayzie Bone, Thin C, and Fatboi are among honorable mentions. I can’t say I see this album as a production success, though. Choruses are repetitive, light and almost electronic at points. The group that preaches “Thug Love” needs production that backs their creed. I almost think that the more Bone Thugs try to make a record that packs lasting depth of mind (the Intro is jammed with Biblical references), they come away with a record that doesn’t accomplish much. It’s an easy listen. I’m glad the crew is finally back together, now if they could just iron out the wrinkles. Three stars.

I Would Be Remiss…

…If I didn’t say happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there.  Especially Marina Bouvy, Vivian Bouvy, Mary Beth Allen, and Rita Butcher.  Without all you moms , Christian and I wouldn’t be here.  Thank you.

Best Rapper Of All Time

Everyone has their own opinion.  Give me yours.
Who is the best  to play this rap game?


Coming Soon

Bone Thugs N Harmony’s new album, Uni-5: The World’s Enemy, will be reviewed as soon as I can get the time to fully devote myself to writing it.

P.S. From what I hear so far, this album is solid. What’s even more exciting, this is the first album with all 5 members intact in quite some time. (Sorry for your stint with the law, Flesh N Bone).


Limited Vocabulary for The King

Quick Thought. T.I., as articulate as the south bred M.C. can be, seems to think a few select words are necessary in the title of his tracks. As follows:

Song: I’m Back

Song: King Back

Song: Front Back

Song: Top Back

Album: King

Album (Yet to be released): King Uncaged

Words he likes: Back and King

“Whoever said illegal was the easy way out couldn’t understand the mechanics
And the workings of the underworld, granted
Nine to five is how to survive, I ain’t tryin’ to survive
I’m tryin’ to live it to the limit and love it a lot.”

Jay Z- D’Evils

Hip Hop Is Not Cool

I was asked, quite kindly, by a gentleman of my highest regard to write for this blog because I guess I give off the kind of vibes that would lead someone to believe I know a thing or two about Hip-Hop. Whether or not this is true about me will probably remain to be seen. I can’t say confidently, yet, that I have the clout to speak with any degree of absolute authority about rap. I can never know enough about the genre or the culture, or the figures that have changed and evolved it throughout its short history. What I can do, though, is provide my insight, expertise, and advice to the reader about the select aspects of hip-hop music on which, I may say humbly, I think I’ve got a grasp.

Let’s make this quick and painless:

1. Hip-Hop is not dead, as the prophet Nas would put it, but in fact growing quite steadily.

2. Just because he’s deceased doesn’t mean he’s good. (I’m looking at you, Eazy.)

3. I don’t know who the “best rapper alive” is, but it certainly isn’t Lil Wayne. No disrespect.

4. A rap record is good when it is good ten years after it is released.

Works I consider immortal. (In no particular order)


Jay-Z- Reasonable Doubt, The Blueprint

The Notorious B.I.G.- Life After Death

Tupac- All Eyez on Me, Thug Life Vol. 1

Eminem- The Marshall Mathers LP

Dr. Dre- The Chronic

Eric B. & Rakim- Paid in Full