Saturday, March 15, 2008

Buckshot /9th Video was Made for This Blog. Sorta.


I just had to feeling that this video was made for this blog.

Buckshot being the epitome of boom-bap, and all.

Is it me or is Buck getting more mature and starting
to favor Rakim?

No wonder I have always flirted with his grimey @ss when I've
seen him.


New Living Legends. I am so glad these cats are still rapping.
I use to go to their shows as a teenager and try and get my
"hip hop photographer" on.
(via Grand Good)


Wendy Day has written about how to put out your own music.

Regardless of the reasons, controlling your own project and proving to the world that your music is marketable, while making money, is very attractive. There are many successful examples of self-released artists and labels who have come before: Too Short, No Limit, Cash Money Records, Esham, Slip-N-Slide, E-40, Luke Records, 3-6 Mafia, Big Oomp, Swisha House, Lil Boosie, Webbie, Young Jeezy, and many, many others.

There is a lot of money and prestige in owning your own shit in this industry, provided you have the financing and staff to do it correctly. It isn't rocket science, so provided you have the proper tools and determination, you can make it happen for yourself. That's our focus: doing it correctly-- meaning profitably.
I like how most of the independents are in the South and the West.


Some of the most honest sh-t I have read about the music industry
in a long time. From the Blenders 20 Biggest Record Screw Ups of All Times:

#19 The industry kills the single—and begins its own slow demise
In the early ’80s, the music industry began to phase out vinyl singles in favor of cassettes and later, CDs. Then, since it costs the same to manufacture a CD single as a full album, they ditched the format almost altogether. But they forgot that singles were how fans got into the music-buying habit before they had enough money to spend on albums. The end result? Kids who expect music for free. “Greed to force consumers to buy an album [resulted] in the loss of an entire generation of record consumers,” says Billboard charts expert Joel Whitburn. “People who could only afford to buy their favorite hit of the week were told it wasn’t available as a single. Instead, they stopped going to record shops and turned their attention to illegally downloading songs.”


I have been on a Mobb Deep twirl. In fact post break up, I have moved from
Erykah, Mary and Donny Hathaway to...........Mobb Deep.
It's 4:23am and I am listening
to The Realest from Murder Muzik.
I guess the poetry
is so rugged and dark, its matching my "get my soul
clean" mood. Besides I haven't listened to them for a while

and it reminds me both of Filthy and of wanting to live in NY as a teenager.

That being said, imagine my surprise to find the Mobb Deep Originals
for the songs Tip produced on The Infamous at From Da Bricks.

Q-Tip’s contributions to Mobb Deep’s seminal sophomore LP are without a shadow of a doubt some of the very best examples of his work behind the boards. Nestled in amongst the dark and grimy soundscapes created almost exclusively by Havoc, The Abstract’s three additions to The Infamous are priceless, aptly providing the listener with moments of melodic respite in the midst of a collection of songs that are otherwise deeply shrouded in the shadows of the Queensbridge housing projects. With ‘Give Up The Goods (Just Step)’, ‘Temperature’s Rising’ and ‘Drink Away The Pain (Situations)’, Tip not only provides the LP with a depth that it would otherwise have lacked but also solidifies his status as a producer who was able to effort.


Boom Bap Lives.



uts said...

dont let havoc fool you. tip produced that whole album. why you think the mobb sound was never the same on two albums? all ghostproducers after tip

M.Dot. said...




You don't understand Trife Life and giving up the goods, man...has me Open for both MOBB, feeling like I'm 16 again, Story telling....

I am mean...I have rap turrets, and I just busted out with "Queens get the money" and Filth responded "long time no cash" I was like...did P say that? HELLL NAW...he did.


neo said...

Boom bap ain't goin' nowhere all it needs is more marketability and less "regionalism" as far as sound. A Buckshot vid like this can do just that. Cats wanna see rappers having fun with music and just enjoying themselves, a vid like this helps that...which is why I was ecstatic for Little brother. Their arrival on the scene helped get more voices this side of the mason-dixon get heard as far as an "alternative" to what's out there. I don't reference Outkast 'cos 'kast is more 'musical' less 'bap if you get what I mean..

but wait till you hear one of the joints off my 'tape..I went back to the "essence" on that junt..

Model Minority said...

I don't reference Outkast 'cos 'kast is more 'musical' less 'bap if you get what I mean
Put nicely.

But, were the ever boom bap?

Dan Love said...

Thanks for hipping people to the Q-Tip/Mobb Deep piece: appreciated.



Model Minority said...

Going hard for MOBB.

BUT. The love is earned by uts @ From Da Bricks, blog, as he did the, ahem, heavy lifting of the research.

the prisoner's wife said...

LOL @ the intro for the Buckshot vid.

i've always loved grimey negroes (maybe too much? LOL). but this joint is smooth. i rock my BCC Greatest Hits album like once a week. the Bucktown remix is my joint. every time i hear Buck Shot or any of the crew i miss brooklyn that much more. damn.

neo said...

I think they were influenced by Boom Bap on "Southernplayalistic" as far as style and approach to a certain extent but they sort of attempted to put their own spin on it..methinks till they pretty much "discovered" music for themselves on "ATLiens" and found they could enjoy doing them and it still was hip hop.

M.Dot. said...

i rock my BCC Greatest Hits album like once a week.


M.Dot. said...

methinks till they pretty much "discovered" music for themselves on "ATLiens" and found they could enjoy doing them and it still was hip hop.


^&*(%$ Part of the game is that?

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