Skywlkr’s instrumental tape Impressions is my pick for this week. Sorry, but I still can’t keep a straight face when I hear that sub-par Crystal Method impression on the first track on El-P’s Cancer For Cure, so maybe it’s mind-blowing eventually. Just not for me.
“Those image concepts are all Lil B. 6 Kiss was first and then, Black Ken. That’s all him. He sent these really amazing emails of art direction. They are incredible, obviously. They’re in like, all caps. When you get emails in all caps, it’s like, a different sort of thing. You know? With email and with text messaging, people get lazy with capitalization. A lot of times you just get lower case stuff. But when it’s like, all caps, that’s reserved for like, my crazy aunt, you know? Like someone who doesn’t really know what’s going on.”
In memory of David Foster Wallace, who died four years ago this past Saturday, I took a look at the hip-hop book he wrote with Mark Costello. Why this guy’s undergraduate senior thesis is in-print, and not this book makes no sense at all. Used copies go for 100 bucks or more, so I also included a few of my favorite quotes from Signifying Rappers to give you a sense of what this book is like.
I got the chance to talk to “Freeway” Ricky Ross or “the real Rick Ross,” former cocaine trafficker and C.I.A./Contra/crack conspiracy fall guy. We talked about his life in crime, Ricky Rozay, the drug war, the prison industrial complex, and his attempts to sue Universal and Rozay. Very proud of this one.
Mostly just an excuse to talk about Mindless Behavior’s All Around the World, which I think is pretty great. Still, these guys’ relative success seems telling of the increased whitening of pop music. I make a case for Travis Porter as boy band as well.
RiFF RAFF trolling James Franco, Diddy at Wrestlemania showing LL Cool J how to pander properly to poor whites, Sean T. Collins & Andrew White’s Amanda Bynes & Drake comic Murder She Wrote, Acidpizzadude plays bass to Antwon’s “Helicopter,” and something about Mannie Fresh’s recent output.