Shit man, I hadn't blogged in like 12 days. And i've gotta do something while I listen to music, right? So the posts keep on rolling.
I'm going to put out a mix next April, and I'm already thinking about it. I really wanna show how "subterraean homesick blues" illustrates most of the ideas of hip-hop, a musical movmement that comes decades later and is based on very different, though no less American, musical sources. People usually don't think about Sixties folk and contemporary hip-hop together; our culture treats Sixties folk as the sacred words of the prophets, and while hip-hop gets career achievement specials on tv, some still susupect it of somehow disposable. Nelly is not quite temporary, but he's not timeless. Tupac is a matyr, but do people fall in love to "I get around," they ask?
I'd like to make a blend that bridges the gap a bit. Subterran homesick blues is an up-tempo joint with inside jokes, nonsense lyrics, and an incredibly repetative bassline that is nothing short of revolutionary. I mean, leftist terrorist groups take their names from this song, son! Word is bond! I threw "Westside story" up, but it didn't work out all that well. Then I tried "Drive Slow," which faired better but left me wanting more. Now i'm going to try Dead Prez's hip-hop and the "The Corner" to see if I can get some music-message synergy going. I'd really like it if "Grindin'" would work- give it that raw crack rock sound and watch people freak out.
This song doesn't really do the trick, but it could work help out in the larger mix. We'll see.
Sizzla- Subterraean Homesick Blues