Filed under: No Country For Old (Rap) Men,Not Your Average,Old Moufs,TV,Web Work
Written by: Robbie Ettelson
Is reality TV the only answer for aging rapper dudes?
Is reality TV the only answer for aging rapper dudes?
A decade ago, the magic of the Blogger platform allowed many an aspiring rap message board warrior step into the big leagues and pull themselves up by their bootstraps to become the media big dogs that they are today. The characters covered here have risen to the ranks of published authors, college professors, internets celebrities, Tumblr cult leaders and even presidents of important international movements. Let’s take a look back at some early rap blog gawds…
One of the highlights of the forthcoming Marco Polo album PA2: The Director’s Cut, as Large, Rebel INS, O.C. and Trag all go in. DJ Revolution steals the show, however, with what can only be described as scratching so great it should be illegal.
Many an afternoon, I sit alone in a a four-cornered room staring at candles, wondering, “Why hasn’t anyone made a decent rap version of Billy Squier‘s ‘The Stroke’ yet?”. Turns out that Rick Rubin was saving it so he could follow up his Billy Squier Break Beats For A-List Rap Stars series which began with Jay-Z‘s “99 Problems”. The bad news is that Eminem refuses to make a song that doesn’t have a really shitty hook that involves either himself or some emo broad singing. The good news is that this doesn’t sound like Linken Park. Nevertheless, I’m happy to support any rap that uses abrasive guitar stabs and encourages Rubin to put some shoes on and stop sleeping on leather couches. Also….cowbell.
The story behind Jeru The Damaja‘s “Come Clean”, aka why we should forgive him for discouraging women to wear tight jeans.
I’ve never been a huge fan of these guys, but they did help KMD get on so I’m willing to cut them some slack. This recent reunion show certainly doesn’t seem to do them any favors, basically resembling what would happen if a guy who owned the local pizza store and his accountant decided to put on a rap show.
Highlight’s of the Big Daddy Kane park jam, including performances of “Set It Off”, “The Symphony”, “Wrath of Kane”, “Raw”, “Ain’t No Half Steppin’” and a cameo from Dres. Kane lived up to his reputation as live performer and kept the old heads hyped. Shouts to Dallas Penn for rolling through with me despite near exhaustion status.
While waiting for Big Daddy Kane to hit the stage, I spent some “quality” time with Brooklyn’s very own Spike Lee, with fairly predictable results.
New Complex TV feature about the making of Pete Rock and CL Smooth‘s signature hit.
To be honest, I’ve found post-Prince Paul De La Soul to be hit and miss. They basically lost 90% of their sense of humor and became Mad Rappers with sometimes questionable beats. That being said, this new song has ESG‘s “UFO” on it, so it’s good money.
First in a new series over at Complex that talks about classic songs with the artist and those who it inspired. Good to see this kind of stuff getting coverage with quality production values.
Attack of the old moufs as the the great man Kool Moe Dee has his story told in full in this Unsung episode.
Things take a turn for the worse when one of Buc Wild‘s old weed-head buddies tries to get Star to pass on a message.
More Dew Doo Man madness.
The duo debate important topics such as dance styles, workouts, slang, mustaches, Auto-Tune, and analog vs digital reverb.
Check the complete video of the Stretch and Bobbito‘s appearance with ego trip’s Sacha Jenkins at the New Museum last Friday, which followed their special 1993 broadcast on WCKR. Shout-out to Mr. Armstrong for being the only other rap dude other than myself to rep sports coats and boat shoes on the regular.
New Museum: In conjunction with the New Museum exhibition “NYC 1993,” Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Garcia discussed New York City circa 1993 through the lens of rap music. Events like the election of Rudolph Giuliani and the World Trade Center bombing changed the city’s landscape, as debut releases by the Wu-Tang Clan and Black Moon established a new tone for New York rap.
Courtesy of ego trip
Uncle Ralph McDaniels did pioneering work by being the first music program to cover a major hip-hop concert for his Video Music Box show in 1985. Here’s an edited version of what went down, including a press conference freestyle session from Whodini and Run-DMC, a typically modest Mister Magic talking about ho he broke every act there, some anti-graff commercials, the Furious Five‘s pre-show warm-up routine and a whole bunch of rapping from Whodini, Run-DMC, and the Fat Boys.
The third installment of Old Moufs vs. Young ‘Uns. These videos have turned out to be more entertaining than the Negroes On Ice album in retrospect…
Another Paul vs. Paul video? I guess that Paul Jnr. didn’t go to jail for those traffic tickets then?
In this second episode the duo debate important topics such as fresh breath, Serato, hip hop emcees, space echo, and video games.
OG ego trip crew member Elliott Wilson weighs-in on recent shitty records by LL, Joey Crack and Eve. Good thing veteran MC’s like Sadat X, Grand Daddy IU and Sean Price are still delivering the goods by ignore dumb internets trends, huh?
Son of Bazerk featuring No Self Control are back with another DJ Johnny Juice produced single. They credit the comments section of Unkut Dot Com with inspiring them to reform a couple of years back, and the resulting EP was surprisingly enjoyable. Downoad it from SlamJamz.