Big K.R.I.T./Childish Gambino
Pimps 'n Wimps‑-Not
"I ain't rap about dope nor do I sell it," raps a Mississippi "country boy" who's more mixed about pimping‑-maybe unreadable, maybe of two minds, maybe blurring the pimp sound and the pimp hustle. The sound he's definitely got down: a rich, comfortable funk he transports south from Willie Hutch's The Mack. And as befits someone who believes N.I.G.G.E.R. stands for "Naive Individual Glorifying Greed and Encouraging Racism" and gets life satisfaction from rotating his tires, his sound equals his hustle. Some may think his rhymes are too simple. I find "Some thangs are forever, nothin' ever last/Like the risin' of the sun or when Big Mama pass" pretty deep myself. B PLUS
Childish Gambino: EP (free download)
"Set the game ablaze I'm an arcade fire," Cheezy boasts, but because he "don't wanna be alone," he joins a clique of "freaks and geeks" where he's "down with the black girls of every single culture/Filipino, Armenian girls on my sofa," only they're not thick enough, so he'll "make music for wack blacks to blast back" until he finds "a small chick with a fat ass" ready to "make out with a Gap ad" who's "not a thug a/k/a what they pretend to be." Of course, the Gap ad in question isn't exactly a geek anymore. He's a stand-up comedian bringing intelligent rap to the masses, one one-liner at a time. B PLUS
But I suppose we'll have to wait for Lil' Wayne to OD on cough syrup for that ever happen.
No thumb bomb, just a wtf. Others feel free to thumb away.
p.s. I kinda like Alec Baldwin, he was great in Mamet's State and Main.
Fun fact, Kanye West actually takes credit for inventing what we call "hashtag rap." Of course, he pretty definitely did not, but that's Ye for ya.
So...what was everybody's favorite music-related Christmas gift this year?ClownDJ gave me Local H's As Good as Dead on CD, and some family people got me Jonathan Sings! on vinyl. I love them both.
And Jon, I need to second John's wtf. Loudly, though. So uhh WTF!
"Hey Mama" - Black Eyed Peas
"Rock Star (Jason Nevins Remix)" - N.E.R.D.
"Are You Gonna Be My Girl?" - Jet
"Channel Surfing" - Feature Cast
"Walkie Talkie Man" - Steriogram
"Saturday Night" - Ozomatli
"Vertigo" - U2
"Ride" - The Vines
"Jerk It Out" - Caesars
'"Feel Good Inc." - Gorillaz
"Gimme That" - The Resource
"Original of the Species" - U2
"Lose Yourself" - Eminem
"Sparks" - Wynton Marsalis
"Love Train" - Wolfmother
"Someday Baby" - Bob Dylan
"The Audience Is Listening Theme Song" - Cut Chemist
"Who's Gonna Sing?" - Prototypes
"Flathead" - The Fratellis
"Mi Swing Es Tropical" - Quantic and Nickodemus
'Dance Tonight" - Paul McCartney
"1234" - Feist
"La la La" - The Bird and the Bee
"Music Is My Hot, Hot Sex" - CSS
"Work That" - Mary J. Blige
"What I'm Looking For" - Brendan Benson
"Shut Up And Let Me Go" - The Ting Tings
"Viva la Vida" - Coldplay
Not that I'm a hip-hop web site expert, but remembering the blog roll project, I note that I've found informative reviews and notes on hiphopdx dot com. And quoting Bob from the B and N piece but in an entirely different context, "I hoped more reading might help me become, if not fluent, at least an informed citizen", their reviews allow comments. The majority there are boasts and put downs which don't tell me anything I didn't already know, but the thoughtful ones open up the world for me a little bit.
p.s.: Forgot this part -- the reason I mention it is that the Big K.R.I.T. "album" was their top-listed free mixtape of the year. http://goo.gl/RqQRu
about the blogger
Starting in 1967, Robert Christgau has covered popular music for The Village Voice, Esquire, Blender, Playboy, Rolling Stone, and many other publications. He teaches in New York University's Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music, maintains a comprehensive website at robertchristgau.com, and has published five books based on his journalism. He has written for MSN Music since 2006.