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Monday, April 23, 2007

Mixtape Moday: More Whitebread and Mayo

Side A:

1. The Gas Face - 3rd Bass
2. Knockin 'Em Down - Spesh K
3. Deliverance - Bubba Sparxx
4. An Open Letter to NYC - The Beastie Boys
5. They Don't Know - Paul Wall
6. Vision Of Art - Company Flow
7. Prangin' Out - The Streets
8. Edie Brickell - DJ Vadim ft. Slug and Sixtoo
9. Fast Cars - Aesop Rock
10. The C.I.A. Is Trying To Kill Me - Non Phixion

Side B:

1. Rythm - Awol One
2. Sucka Mofo - Northern State
3. Jane Fonda - Mickey Avalon
4. Ch Ching - Lady Sovereign
5. Telephone - TTC
6. When You Wasn't Famous - The Streets
7. Maritimes - Classified
8. Internet Going Nuts - Paul Wall
9. The Tussin - MC Chris
10. Looking Down the Barrel of a Gun - Beastie Boys

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Crossing the line into hip hop nerd-dom.

I had no idea what I was getting into. When I was a doofy kid, I realized that I liked the way hip hop sounded. It made me dance, and that was really all I cared about. I didn't care who was rapping, or how they were rapping, or who the producer was....
However, nowadays there are times now when I really do cross a line that I never thought I would ever cross: it makes me sick to say this, but I think that sometimes I might be a hip hop nerd.

When I use the term hip hop nerd, I'm not talking about that white kid on your college campus that had the round-framed glasses and a creative beard and wore a pageboy cap and talked about the 'black struggle' all day while listening to the Higher Learning soundtrack. That guy was a douche. The fact of the matter is that I do care when certain producers take on certain projects, I read mp3 blogs like it's going out of style so I can have the freshest tracks, I don't want lyrically-driven hip hop to die out, and it kinda takes the fun out of things sometimes.

For example, when I heard that MF Doom and Ghostface were in the studio right now, I almost had a heart attack. Now, I honestly have no clue as to whether or not it'll be a good collab, and run the risk of being terribly disappointed in the end (remember DangerDoom?), and yet I can't help but wake up sometimes in the middle of the night and smile to myself at the thought of those two guys making tracks together.

Don't get me wrong, in the scheme of things, the most important part of hip hop is, and will always be, the ability to force me to shake my ass, but I can't help but get so, so jazzed every time Stone's Throw puts out a new record, or when someone has a ridiculous guest-spot on an album or some sort of obscene rhyming scheme.

When we started this blog, I don't think either of us realized that we'd end up with such a strong hip hop focus. I'd like to think that I don't get pretentious about shit, but I worry that there are times when I am just as bad as the dude with the creative beard. Hopefully my extreme love for shitty music makes me better than that.

At times I'm almost glad that party DJ culture is at the forefront right now. At first I thought that a movement built on irony and scenesters couldn't be good, but it's really grown on me (minus the scenesters, of course).... I think it forces rap-tards like me to lighten the fuck up.

~sarah p.

p.s. Not to throw any fuel on my fire, but here's an amazing MF Doom A-Z article.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Tie rags round your neck and learn the sets we throw (a guide to hip hop shows).

It's really been a while since the supermegafunteam has hit up a good hip hop show, but we've been to more than a few in the past. Every Calgary show is a little different, but there are some things that remain the same every single time:

1. The show will always start ridiculously late. This means that if the doors open at 8, the opening act will hit the stage at 11, and the real show doesn't start until 1:30. Due to the long wait periods (and the drinking and dancing that takes place while waiting), the majority of my memories of shows are not as clear as I'd like them to be.

2. There's always going to be a couple making out the entire show, and the male half (who will be wearing some sort of sleeveless shirt) will later get in some sort of ridiculous fight near the end of the night.

3. At least three-quarters of the crowd will be drinking imported beer (I don't know why, but dudes that love hip hop seem to really love Heineken and Red Stripe). The rest will be drinking cheapies (usually students, "writers", and the opening acts). Now, I'm a fan of hard liquor myself, but that's quite a rarity at shows.

4. There will be an asian guy that knows all of the words to every single song. Seriously, as soon as you get to a show, look around the sides of the stage. He'll be there. The guy'll know the words to everything, including all of those obscure remixes where they switch up the words in a song.

5. There will be about seven girls that are there to actually watch the show. The rest of the girls will stand by their boyfriends with their phones in their hands, and yawn a lot.

6. At some point, someone will try to start up some sort of dancing circle. If you have a good crowd, that circle will never amalgamate into anything. It's not cool to just stand against the wall either, but most people are there to watch the show, and not there to watch some lame kid in New Balances repeatedly attempt to do head-spins.

7. Everybody's got to go to their very first show sometime in their lives.... First-timers are usually wearing an expensive outfit that they picked out weeks ago, and spend the whole night on the phone re-assuring their moms that they promise they'll meet them outside in the station wagon at 12:30 sharp.

8. When the headliner finally gets on the fucking stage, the set will be way shorter than anyone would ever like.

9. Out of the seven or so girls that are there to actually listen to the music, at least one of them will want to sleep with the headliner. Gradually, throughout the evening, she will inch up until she's close enough to casually rest her ass on the stage. The rest, as they say, is history.... Getting a rapper to sleep with you is not rocket science.

10. I swear, before any hip hop show at any venue, the managers must give security some sort of pep-talk about being extra dick-ish. Although a good chunk of most hip hop crowds are way too stoned to ever think about getting violent, security likes to pretend that Calgary kids carry guns, and they know how to use them (which is not true... Unless you're in the Northeast, of course).

~sarah p.

Friday, April 06, 2007

The Friday Night Curse Is Over (Finally)

Finally something to do on a Friday night besides partying at TGIF's with the office.

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Ode to the 'fro.

I could be wrong, but I'm pretty sure that there's some sort of direct correlation between the size of your hair and musical talent. I'm sure that there hasn't been any official studies done on the subject, but perhaps one is able to 'store' musical abilities within the layers and layers of curls in an afro. Whatever the case, here are the best and worst afros in the biz today.

~sarah p.

p.s. Grad students looking for a research project for a thesis? You're welcome.

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

But What About Gucci Mane?

The 25 Worst Rapper Names of All Time.