Monday, February 16, 2009

THE LOST LOST RAP: RELEVANT RAP

I'm reading this book called "Signifying Rappers" by Mark Costello & David Foster Wallace, as sent to me by NOYZBOY (THANKS!). It was published in 1990, which to me was the end of the explosive peak of Rap Music, where you had the most styles in the most high quality & the most relevance & the most saturation of the market in a meaningful way, in that it wasn't just pervasive, although it was, it was still dangerous & exciting & people were afraid of it. The book is kind of crazy, i hadn't read any starchy white intellectual/academic analysis of rap, unless you count articles in VIBE. But, despite the weirdness of looking at rap like that & their incredible ignorance of the whole thing (which might make the book better actually), they make alot of very astute observations & helped to bring this 1988 feeling way back into FULL EFFECT. Anyhow, recently KRS-One was on Alex Jones & all of these things are coming into a convergence which i'm still working on, but whatever it is, IT'S TIGHT. Like this track. I remember when it came out, i was hell of excited when Ice-T, Digital Underground, Eazy-E & yes, even MC Hammer made their appearances.

West Coast Rap All-Stars - We're All in the Same Gang

Eazy-E's rhyme is the tightest.
Last but not least, yo, Eazy's no sell-out
And if you can't hang in the streets, then get the hell out
I'm not tryin to tell ya what to do
You have your own freedom of choice who to listen to
You knew good from bad, fair from foul, right from wrong
Now your mother's singing that sad song
(My baby ain't never hurt nobody!)
But he still got smoked at Baybay's party
But you're not the first or the last
You're nothin but a short story from the past
You're dead now, not number one but a zero
Take notes from Eazy-E, the violent hero

1 comment:

noyzboy said...

Amherst boys slumming in the 'hood, HAH!