the king fish and the fisher king
The most important two albums on the shelves right now (and last week more than ever) are Fishcale
. My grandfather penned an unreleased novel called The Fisher King
. Coincidence? YES!
Ghostface is a poet, plain and simple. He labors over his words, and straight spits pearls into the mike, like a toothless Iron Mike after the fight. Like his cartoon alter-ego, Ironman has a tough exterior and a weak heart, a hero who's grasp of science keeps him alive. Ghostface cares about his hip hop deeply- he sees "Laffy Taffy" like a
war veteran sees flag burning (you're disrespecting the holy of holies that i am/was ready to die for, and for what, WHAT, what you morons?!).
Yesterday, I revisited the 36 chambers
, the Wu-Tang Clan's breakthrough. As the Clan slowly over-extended and crumbled over the last thirteen years, Ghost could have pulled a semi-retirement and rested on the laurels of his bulletproof solos or the peerless Only Built 4 Cuban Linx
. While other rappers his age are either content, suits, tired, self-satisfied, dead or worse, LL Cool J, Ghost actually sounds hungier than he did on his debut Clan spots. Expect more on ghost in the coming weeks.Ghostface [Killah]- Columbus Exchange/ Crack SpotJay Dee- One For Ghost
Tip Harris also has a way with words, but he's much more Periciles than Plato. I've listened to King
over and over again for a while now, and I've got to say a lot about it. I think I'm going to spread it over a couple of posts, so be content with this video of T.I. on the Jimmy Kimmel show
Live hip-hop performances often run into trouble- records aren't as exciting as live bands, and live bands aren't as familiar as records. The rhyme-sayer seems to be forced to choose between breathless solos without the magic of studio ad-libs or incoherent shouts from supporting hype me. As often as not, Tip splits the difference and offers something everything for everyone: DJ Drama spins the record +live band w/ Travis Barker X vocals on record+ real live rappin= the biggest song of the year, but sorta doubled up. He doesn't call his record label 'Grand Hustle' for nothing.