Not the issue I wrote for, but you get the idea.
Thanks to the wonders of blogging, it seems that Modern Fix, a primarily rock-based magazine from San Diego, decided to scout-out some quality hip-hop scribes, but the best they could come up with were me and noz (who also landed a “job” over at XXL ). My first piece is a two-page interview with the legendary Blaq Poet (Hoo-Ha!) in the latest edition. I might even post the bits I edited out of the finished article at some stage. Anyway, you can pick up issue #51 in Cali, New York, Arizona, Washington and a few other places. Who knows, they may even print some more of my ramblings in the future.
The other day I read a great article about graff in Vice Magazine. I used to do a bit of that shit when I was a kid, but I couldn’t help but appreciate quotes like this:
“What the fuck is it anyway? You make up a nickname and you write it in bubble letters all over other people’s property? Sometimes they even take the time to color it in. That’s what little girls do on their schoolbooks, only instead of ‘TSK 132′ they write ‘unicorn’ or ‘I love Bobby.’ Your sister used to do that. It’s for little girls. A bunch of little queers running around the city writing their nicknames everywhere. It’s pathetic.”
Bol offered his views on the subject in his latest XXL column. All I can say is that any move to get rid of that awful “four elements theory” gets my full support. What with clubbers breakdancing to techno, “turntablists” making all sorts of noise with little regard for rhythm and the fact that half of all writers listen to Coldplay or Pink Floyd, the whole concept had never really held water beyond some kind of revisionist marketing campaign.
It seems that a couple of well-known rappers have posted comments on the XXL blogs (LB‘s
Pronte Phonte and UGK‘s Bun B), which is all well and good but I would have though these guys have better stuff to do than get mad at dudes on the internets. I know it’s a sign of the times but can you imagine Rakim or Just-Ice getting into a message board war with their critics? Me neither.
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