Tuesday, June 28, 2005

I can't stand Da Rain?

Dear Missy,

Remember when you took risks? Indian beats, and fresh Timbo production. You'd half rap half sing and you weren't such an icon for fat people?

That Neptunes song on your album is good, I guess, it sounds like Old Missy. Risky Missy. But how are you only gonna have two tracks with Timbo? And since when do you work with Scott Storch? Where are those underwater drums you kicked it with on "Wake Up"?

I'm glad you're thinner now, but this new cd is damn near anorexic. I miss the old groundbreaking Missy.

Please come back soon.

Saturday, June 04, 2005

...Swear I Must've Found Pun's Rhyme Book...

So the new Fat Joe just got "released." I guess it's pretty cool. I've never been much of a Joey Crack fan, but he's been stepping his game up and usually has great production choices. The standout track is definitely So Much More. Joe suffers through a bit of an identity crisis, though. He can't decide if he wants to be the thug on the sensational Temptation Pt. 1, or fall into some wack vagina love with Swizz Beatz and Mashonda. He even manages to make the obligatory Robert Kelly collaboration uninteresting. Cool & Dre essentially bite the shit out of "Hotel" and Cassidy is more successful rapping about sex than the 250 pound Fat Joe. Even though there's some corny shit on here, it's worth your download. When he goes back to hungry, gritty Joe, he carries the album. Safe To Say is crack, thanks to Just Blaze's crashing snares.

We just needed more of it.

Thursday, June 02, 2005

And on the count of three...

Because of the dearth of quality hip-hop over the last year or so, I think a lot of people have been getting a little too hyped about Be.

It's not a bad album, it's merely below the standards we have come to expect from Common Sense & Kanye West. I'm not going to talk about the Dilla cuts, because I think those two songs are the most intriguing tracks on the album. I think Common fell a little too much into the "intelligent, older MC" trap, and was content to churn out verses about the streets, injustice and love. Where's that extra step he took for Resurrection and LWFC? Even though I didn't like Electric Circus, he went out in a different direction, and I can respect that. He started to get a little cliche on Be. He's a good enough rapper that he can pull it off without being corny, but I don't think he's doing anything new here.

Now, Kanye has garnered a TON of deserved hype over the past couple of years. He's put out original beats and done some great songs. On Be, though, he's not really doing anything new or interesting. He got lazy with the samples - if you gave me the same breaks he used, I could come up with beats just as good as his. All he's been doing is throwing the same generic drums we've heard hundreds of times behind those samples. With the exception of Be and Testify (on the strength of its sample alone), he's not doing anything remotely interesting or innovating.

I don't think Be is a bad album at all. I'd probably give it an 8.3 out of 10. But can we please stop pretending its classic when it will probably have no tangible impact on hip-hop, and sure as hell won't be in my stereo three months from now.

Addicted to the game.

Money long like Shaq's socks.

In them candy blue Lacs with the broads in the back