West, Kanye West. Fresh off a dignified Grammy night, Yeezy and co-director Spike Jonze deliver some Freudian wish fulfillment: Agent Provocateur spy girls, over-saturated dusk-for-night,George and Jennifer inOut of Sight, and the a bit of vehicular mystery cribbed from the "Karma Police" video. DJ Federico Fellini would be proud.
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i must be in a good place nowI found this on the Abe Vigoda blog. She's coming back.
Go get this Bobby Charles album from the Heat Warps right now. It's literally the Band and Dr. John wading through a swamp of fish, whiskey and Jesus. It's creep vine in your mind garden, sunlight in your sweet tea, Bud for breakfast with a side order of hashbrowns. Mr. Charles played keys on the Last Waltz, wrote hits for Fats Domino and Frogman Henry,and that's all you need to know.
Chioma Nnadi's style interview with Rick Ross is my favorite piece of music journalism in this young year. The TV guide summary might read: **** Promoting his forthcoming album Trilla, Miami rapper holds court on fabrics and sunglasses. A discussion of airbrushed Timberlands leads Ross to remove his shirt, revealing his numerous tattoos, symbolized personal history, and unexpected intimacy (2008).
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Sunday, February 03, 2008
Re-Up Gang- "Good Morning"They reloaded! New clips! Re-Up Gang Records: WE GOT IT FOR CHEAP VOL.3: We Just Think We Better: We Like Multiple Titles: Promotional Strategy and Powder Product Demonstration
On First Listen: Sure, it's nice to hear the new coke rappers tip their hats (and scales) to some earlier coke rappers on 'Rainy Dayz,' and yes, their versions of 'Dey Know' and 'Roc Boys' kinda rip it, but this isn't the Clipse/Re-Up of Vols. 1+2. Those mixtapes were with cut with wordplay and metaphor, but behind all the clever vial/vile talk was resignation, resentment and bitterness. The Clipse despised not only Jive, but also the entire dunce-capping and kazooing music industry. They weren't merely trying to outshine some others rappers, they were trying to completely obliterate the originals with hate-verses, erasing with one white line at a time. Label woes and a critically acclaimed album behind them, Re-Up Records are now very much part of the music industry. The lyrics are still graduate thesis material, but they kinda forgot the hate=great equation. Solo albums from Ab-Liva and Sandman as well as another Clipse are in the pipeline, and I'm looking forward to them, but I hope they either get mad again or find a salt-substitute by then. There's a big Wayne diss on the 'Re-Up Intro,' and maybe the can go beat for beat with Weezy next time on We Got It For Cheap Vol 4: What Really Grinds Our Gears: Album Delays and Wayne's Psychedelic Non-Sequitors