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THE WIZARD OF POETRY

"It's my last album so I wanted to do the album I always wanted to do," Ghost explained in an interview. "You gotta tell the fans that you not gettin' no younger here, we gettin' older! And everybody don't sell crack no more, man. I don't sell crack, yo. I ain't movin' no bricks or none of that other sh*t. I ain't shoot nobody in like since the early 90's, man. How long you gonna be 40 years-old and actin' like you still sellin' cracks and you on the block and you doin' this and you doin' that when times is more serious, man... And the fans gotta stop bein' so dumb and ignorant, and know it's time to talk about grown-man situations. Sh*t that happen in the real life, inside your household, your love life, your personal life, that's just like, 'D*mn, it's hard for a n*gga to get some money!' It might be so hard to get some money that your girl might wanna leave you someday because you ain't get no money like you used to be gettin' money! Those are real situations, so I think it should start goin' back to songs that mean sh*t. All that other sh*t outside is just gonna keep us dumb, deaf and blind, yo, and we ain't never gonna get nowhere."

September 2009

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Yeahhh... I kinda took that quote out of context for dramatic effect. He means it's the last album on his Def Jam contract. It's likely to be the last he'll see of anything resembling a big budget, so I'm lead to believe he's gone aaaaaaall out in terms of getting high profile R'n'B singers on the hooks. In the hands of any other rapper, I'd be completely apathetic, but you know Ghost is gonna flip them shits through ceilings. After this one, he'll be back to slangin' rocks over grittier production, make no mistake. That's one of the main things I love about Ghost as an artist. He's got this fucked up dichotomy of rough and smooth going on all the time. Girl-you-so-fine rhymes one track, then some violent heist story rap the next. Tracks about being smacked by his moms, cooking up crack, breathing underwater, all that shit. The man's king.

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ghostface-2008-08-04-300x300.jpg

THE WIZARD OF POETRY

"It's my last album so I wanted to do the album I always wanted to do," Ghost explained in an interview. "You gotta tell the fans that you not gettin' no younger here, we gettin' older! And everybody don't sell crack no more, man. I don't sell crack, yo. I ain't movin' no bricks or none of that other sh*t. I ain't shoot nobody in like since the early 90's, man. How long you gonna be 40 years-old and actin' like you still sellin' cracks and you on the block and you doin' this and you doin' that when times is more serious, man... And the fans gotta stop bein' so dumb and ignorant, and know it's time to talk about grown-man situations. Sh*t that happen in the real life, inside your household, your love life, your personal life, that's just like, 'D*mn, it's hard for a n*gga to get some money!' It might be so hard to get some money that your girl might wanna leave you someday because you ain't get no money like you used to be gettin' money! Those are real situations, so I think it should start goin' back to songs that mean sh*t. All that other sh*t outside is just gonna keep us dumb, deaf and blind, yo, and we ain't never gonna get nowhere."

September 2009

Reminds me of the interview in Vice magazine this month with Raekwon. They're interviewing him about cooking and shit.

Vice: Who would win a Wu edition of 'Come Dine With Me'?

Rae: I don't know. There's some good cooks in Wu. GZA be on some baking shit. He does like a strawberry cake and, like, a lemon one, like that lemon glazed shit.

Vice: Lemon Drizzle?

Rae: Yeah.

The Wu are well on the middle aged shit these days but it's all good.

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O.C. & A.G. new album is about to drop...BRAP!

Premo on cuts and Showbiz on the boards. GIN & TONIC MIXED WITH CHRONIC!

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And on the t-shirts, i'd be coppin' that Biz and Cool V joint and the Cold Chillin crew in front of the plane from the In Control LP cover. :D

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SUP Y'ALL...

I'VE STARTED DOING A RADIO SHOW... VERY CASUAL FOR NOW.

DONE TWO EPISODES SO FAR...

HERE'S THE LINK TO DOWNLOAD SHOW #1:

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PLEASE GET AT ME WITH COMMENTS...

I'LL BE DOING THESE WHEN I FEEL LIKE IT FOR NOW.

ONCE I GET MY SHIT TOGETHER WITH THE NEW WEBSITE (LATER THIS YEAR), IT'LL BECOME MORE OF A WEEKLY THING.

ONCE AGAIN, MUCH THANKS TO THOSE THAT ALREADY CHECKED THIS OUT AND GOT BACK TO ME WITH KIND WORDS, ETC.

AS ALWAYS, THANKS FOR READING//LISTENING...

-EDAN

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They on some Boozy the Clown shit.

Fuck, yeah.

If you wanna be rappin' about bakin some cakes or how got a nice new pair of slippers with your pensioner's discount it's time to hang up the mic and stop embarassing yourself. Not that I don't have massive respect for older rappers but there has to come a time when your best days are past and its time to move on to greener pastures, otherwise you go out like Ice T, a parody of yourself.

I can't read that interview or the comments so don't assume I agree with them.

Edit: Got it it working and I'd rather read about the Wu baking than the pish you get in 99% of other hip hop interviews. I realised a long ass time ago that rappers don't live up to their lyrics. Most DJs spent a large portion of their teenage years locked in their bedrooms perfecting their technique and being social misfits. It's all fake, it's all phoney. It's entertainment at the end of the day. Rappers are no more drug dealers and killers than Bruce Willis is a hardboiled cop saving the world from terrorists. 99% of them are in fact complete arseholes.

Mesquite Seared Guinea Hen With Duck Confit, Reduced Raspberry Balsamic Creme-Fraiche Reduction

Ain’t Nothing To Fuck With

:blush:

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New Rap Language: The future of Rap Journalism is already here

Vibe Magazine once had the front page splash “Mariah Carey hits the beach in heels”, and considered Prancehall to be the world’s 47th best rap blog. And yet it somehow closed down. Queue all manner of handwringing and gnashing of teeth regarding how “rap print journalism is dead”. Who cares? Let it go. The internet has changed all of this, has any piece of written rap criticism this past half-decade come close to the thrill of that first hour you spent following B:Real on Twitter, being helpfully informed that it was “ONLY 3 HOURS TO 420”? Does any printed press byline stir the soul as much as that CollarMe.com lookin’ picture Combat Jack used to use for his profile? No. We celebrate the death of the printed rap press here, and for one welcome our new online overlords. Welcome to the first in a series of pieces detailing the future of rap journalism, those cats holding it down on YouTube. These guys understand rap.

One of the key texts in the “New Journalism” school of writing was Gay Telese’s 1966 piece “Frank Sinatra Has A Cold," a convention-defying pen portrait published in Esquire Magazine that, despite running to 15,000 words, was written without a single interview being conducted between Telese and the original King of New York. Many credit the article’s success to the fact that Telese wasn’t a celebrity profiler, or a music hack: he was a straight-up newsman, and his distance from the subject allowed him to take a new eye on it.

Most of the great journalists have written their finest works outside of their normal beat: Norman Mailer on boxing, Gore Vidal on 19th century warfare, Tanya Gold on dressing up as a fairy at Glastonbury. And it’s from this tradition that Ms Ashlee So Flyy comes from. Ashlee usually talks about topics such as “can i get an L-OH-L”, a satire of Myspace politics, or “stop tricking us tila," a paean to that busted-ass Vietnamese broad with the MTV reality show. But “TECH N9NE?” is just a great piece of art.

Never mind the fact she looks like Chris Crocker decided to bulk up at the gym, or never mind the fact that when she says “TECH N9NE” repeatedly she’s vocally reminiscent of the racist caricature scientist from Short Circuit, how can you not appreciate true emotional honesty when she says “All hail to the Nine”, sounding to all the world like a supporting character from Animaniacs? She then goes on to buy a cellphone. That’s pink.

I mean, we could talk on this for ages, but the comment box has it all:

SabuSexGod (55 minutes ago)

God, I would love to suck your dick.

Zeffa1234 (1 day ago)

u should be in one of those pornos where the guy(s) slaps the chick around lol

clickeduptexas (1 week ago)

im against hitting females

but i will punch you

right in the fucking mouth

And really, all great rap critics should aspire to that level of haterdom.

Imagine you were Tech N9ne, and you were watching that clip.

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there has to come a time when your best days are past and its time to move on to greener pastures, otherwise you go out like Ice T, a parody of yourself.

Yeah, but one way you make sure you don't become a parody of yourself, is by switching up your subject matter as you grow old. Ice became a parody of his'self because he was still rapping about ho's and shotguns well into his 70s or whatever.

If you wanna be rappin' about bakin some cakes or how got a nice new pair of slippers with your pensioner's discount it's time to hang up the mic and stop embarassing yourself.

Again, I think it's more embarrassing to see these old rappers trot out the same, tired, old gun talk or whatever, instead of growing lyrically in correlation with their age and experience. Admittedly, it's pretty much only Ghostface that's able to go places like that, and still make it sound natural and great. I like it when he maybe makes references to little whimsical, humble things within the larger context of some mental heist shit, a la his tummy rumbling in 'Shakey Dog,' or the cartoons on the television when shit kicks off in 'Maxine.' It all adds a bit more depth, and the end result is a much more vivid (and somehow human) story rap.

The Long Hot Summer album by Masta Ace, and latter day Sean P stuff, is along the same sort of lines. They dropped the bullshit, and put their hands up, and rapped about being pretty washed-up. People talk about keeping it real and shite like that, but they're the type of records that are really real. Also, 'What's Up Fatlip.' I love that song, but when I posted it in here years ago, people were like "WTF, he sounds washed-up and ridiculous." That's kind of the point. It's some honest music, and as such it's a bit more touching. Perhaps not as "entertaining" or whatever, but not every rap track has to be Terminator 2.

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Guilty Simpson. Oh No. Killer.

I think it's a remix of 'Kill 'em' from Guilty's album. Oh No is on some real Neptunes thing here. Bit of a banger.

Also, did anyone post this J-Rocc mix from Benji B's 1Xtra show last month? It looks absolutely slammin:

D'angelo - I Found My Smile Again

Lee Fields & The Expressions - Unknown

Dam-Funk - Hood Pass Intact

Morgan Zarate - Satin White

M.E.D. Feat Talib Kweli - Unknown

J Dilla - Come On! Instrumental Beat

J Dilla - Take It Back (Madlib Remix)

J Dilla - Untitled Beat

Sergio Mendes & Slum Village - The Movement

J Rocc - Malcom was Here Pt 2

J Rocc – Paaaarty

Azymuth - Rico Suave Bossa Nova

J Rocc Mega Mix:

Gp Interpreting Flying Lotus – Riot

De La Soul – Big Moof

J Dilla – Aretha vs Meters

J Dilla, Havoc ft Raekwon – 24K Rap

Chali 2NA- Intro

Common – Come Closer (Remix)

Me’shelle – Pocketbook (J Dilla Remix)

Kristal - Masquread

J Dilla – The Crush

J Dilla – Stress (Keya)

J Dilla – Take It Back

J Dilla –Make EM N.V

Madlib – Heat

Talib Kweli – Move Back Intro

Talib Kweli – Move Back

Madlib – Bobby Womack

Elis Regina – Quero

Madlib – Elis Regina Beat

Madlib ft J Roc – Broken Beat

Mobb Deep – Shook Ones P1 (Jay Dee Remix)

Tha Pharcyde – My Soul (Jay Dee Remix)

Build An Ark – You Got To Have Freedom

J Rocc – Intro

J Rocc – Chasing The Sun

Damian Jr Gong Marley – Welcome To Jamrock (Dubplate)

Junior Reid – One Blood (Dubplate)

Barrington Levy – Here I Come (Dubplate)

Chali 2NA – International

Frank n Dark – Pause

J Dilla – One Won’t Do

J Dilla – Raw

J Dilla – Conversations

GB Interpreting Little Dragon – After The Rain

Sa-Ra ft Georgia – Yeah

Sa-Ra ft Clipse – Hollywood (Remix)

IG Culture – Mumbo Tim

Rednose District ft. Benny Sings – My Dee My

Loose Ends – Back Again

Loose Ends – Love

Loose Ends – End

Jay Dee – African Rhythms

Karriem Riggins - 12s in 8

Reggie B - Belief

Common - The Hustle (Instrumental)

Slum Village ft Marsha - Cloud 9

EDIT: Looks like the link's been updated. The J-Rocc mix is gone :)

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Alchemist feat Three 6 Mafia & Juvenile?

, though it really shouldn't. :eyebrows:

Check that beat, man. Oh my GOD. The youtube comment says it all:

xgbertx (1 day ago)

hell yeah!

soo many rappers would kill this beat!

I want a big fuck-off remix with a bunch of heavy hitters on there. From your Nas to your M.O.P.

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Ooh thats good, I'm trying to hold it down at work Cal but i'm bouncing in my chair BLAP! :eyebrows:

Loving Alc's T shirt in that youtube pic as well.

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OH SHIT.

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Fuck. I don't even know what one I want most. Probably The Diabolic Biz solo joint.

I'd have to go for the bottom one as Kool G Rap is still the man, *squints* at least that looks like him on the right. He might not have quite had the success of Rakim and Kane but they couldnt touch him.

They should have done a tee of this

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what a shitstorm that caused

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Beastie's "Too many rappers" (feat. NAS) was played on R1 last night (so get it from the usual places, although note the recording is a little bass-light).

Yeah - thought it was merely 'solid' on first listen, but second and third listen pays off - very cool. Again like 'B-Boys on the cut' there's no great 'hook' like you'd expect from a Beastie track (apart from a pretty dandy chorus chant) but it worked for me. Not sure the Mic levels are quite right - but it does give it a lo-fi feel.

Nice. Definately.

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