Music Writers Have it Hard


Peep Eliott Wilson get in the gristle about actually receiving
threats of violence for some of his Hip Hop reviews.

Stakes is High man.

Dres (from Black Sheep) We all know what majestic masterwork A Wolf In Sheep?s Clothing was but I had the unfortunate job of being the first one to inform my fellow Queens brethren that his second album Non-Fiction was a true shit sandwich.

It was a write-up in One Nut magazine, an independent
publication based in Connecticut owned by a gentleman
named Barry Wade. Barry would pay me about 30-50 dollars
to review as many rap albums I could get my hands on.
Fun fact: When I retired from that gig, kris ex filled in the
kid?s shoes. Sorry exo!

I know I am late with this, but that it was SUCH a good
example of art
that is convered by the Fair Use doctrine
in Copyright law.

In other news Jay resigned.
I am indifferent to him resigning. What I would be
interested in is hearing what THOSE negotiations
sounded like.

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I don’t like going to jails.

They are dehumanizing.

But, you have to do what you have to do, right?

In that spirit I am glad that this piece was written by
Graham Rayman about the horrors of visiting
a loved one in Rikers
.

Each year, about 350,000 people?or about 1,000 a day?visit
someone at Rikers or elsewhere in the sprawling city jail system.
There are a lot of reasons why Rikers visits take so long?some
reasonable and others not?but together they amount to a hidden
penalty exacted by the criminal-justice bureaucracy on a
population largely made up of moms, wives, girlfriends, and sisters.

1000 people a day. Good grief Charlie Brown.

“It’s an all-day thing,” Gordon says. “You have to plan your life around it. On a good day, you wait two hours for a one-hour visit?on a good day?and the COs are rude. Sometimes they load you on the bus at Rikers and we’re sitting there, and the driver is standing outside smoking, and it’s like he’s not going to take you until he’s ready.”

Gordon says she was once turned away for wearing a tank top. Another time, she says, she waited eight hours to see her boyfriend. In the end, she was told she couldn’t see him. “It was almost 9 p.m., and I was sitting there with a couple of other people, and the officer goes, ‘You’re an idiot for staying so long.’ “

All I can say is wow.

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Brandon at URB magazine sent me an email last
week
saying that Doom apparently appeared at another
show lip-singing.

However, this time, the promoter retaliated and posted
his personal information on the internet.

The email is signed by Randy Castello / Tight Bros Network, an Atlanta-based promotor, and came from a MySpace bulletin sent out by the show’s venue, Drunken Unicorn. He goes on to list Doom’s address and phone number (sorry, fan boys and bill collectors, it’s irresponsible to paste it here).

Dec 14, 2007 8:30 PM
Subject: Anyone want to prank call MF DOOM?
Body: Many apologies go to all of you who came out to the MF DOOM show last night at MJQ and paid $30 of your hard earned money only to watch him lip sinc for 20 minutes at 1:30 in the morning. This was by far one of the single worst experiences I’ve had as a club promoter and I sincerely apologize if you walked away feeling cheated. To make matters even worse MF DOOMS appointed doorman took off with all the money from the door after the show! As soon as we realized the money was stolen we decided to help ourselves to all of MF DOOMS merchandise which included a bunch of T shirts and posters. So, in an effort to make it up to everyone who walked away feeling cheated, we’re giving away all the merchandise for free so come and get it while supplies last!! And if that’s not enough, feel free to let MF DOOM aka Daniel Dumile know how you really feel by calling him at his home in Kennesaw Georgia.

Wow.

Hi Doom,

What the eff is going on dude?
I mean really.
In my opinion you make headphone music,
so I don’t want to soil my image of that
by going to one of your shows.
But still dude.
Sending OTHER people to come and lip synch.
Es a joke, no?
Knowing you, your probably in the crowd
recording everyone’s reaction for some weird Vaudeville Villan II
extra DVD scenes. (giggles).

-m.

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Was it greasy for dude to put Dooms info on the internet,

or was he within his rights?

Does grimy get grimy?

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Doom is Different.

Doom is nuts.

Why is your boy paying other people to perform for him?

Though unverified accounts of “fake” Doom shows have been swirling for a couple years, the critically beloved rapper usually does justice to his brilliant studio catalog in concert. Schwab, for one, says Doom’s performance on the same stage two years earlier was one of the best he’d seen.

But this guy was a joke.

“I went up to the sound guy about two songs deep and said, ‘No one can hear Doom’s mic.’ He looked at me and said straight-up, ‘I know. His mic’s not on, and that’s not MF Doom.’ “

Having performed only a handful of songs, whoever it was abruptly ended his set and fled the stage; attendees booed and tossed water bottles. Doom’s scheduled Independent show the next night was also canceled, as were the seven remaining dates on his tour.

Even club co-owner Allen Scott doesn’t seem entirely sure what happened. “I watched the show, but I didn’t see him personally,” he says. “He walked [into the building] with his mask on?that’s how he always does it. I can’t say for certain whether it was him or not.”

The concert seems to have inspired a full-scale Internet mutiny among Doom fans. Incensed YouTubers point to clips from his July 29 Rock the Bells show at Randall’s Island as evidence of egregious lip-synching. Fans at his August 12 show in Los Angeles make the same charge? one even put up a Craigslist post headlined, “MF Doom Show Was Fake.” (Few attendees at either gig accuse him of not actually showing up, however.)

Who does MTV have in mind with “Dances from the Hood?”
I was happy to see that a Brown lady was the focal point.

But it was boring and simply hard to watch.

I kept waiting for “something” to happen.

I would rather watch someone GO to the hood and ask people
to do the damn dances.

That sh*t would be hilarious.

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The Yonce for Armani.

Classy!

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This sh*t is enough to make you cry on a pay day Friday.

A pregnant woman stabbed another pregnant woman to death at a Long Island homeless shelter where both women were staying with their children, the Suffolk County police said yesterday. The victim?s fetus also died. The two women were eight months pregnant, and had been quarreling for some time, but it was unclear why, according to the police.

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Bob Morris, of the Times is JUST as neurotic as I am.
Nice.

He talks about being shook, and hiding out because he has been invited to an
island in New England and he fears running into members of the offended parties.

Checking a reservations list, I was relieved to find myself in the clear. But later, getting an ice cream on the island?s small village green felt like being in highly exclusive enemy terrain, and I walked with head down and turned in fear from each passing station wagon.

In the church thrift store where space is tight (and the clothes irresistible) I hid behind racks with my heart pounding as each shopper entered.

?Why is the idea of a confrontation so upsetting to you?? my host asked.

I?m not sure. Clearly, issues remain unresolved, many because of my own guilt. But who doesn?t sometimes mortally fear the prospect of running into someone? You didn?t return a call or read a manuscript. You didn?t accept an invitation to be a friend on Friendster. A romance or business combusted. You wrote something on your blog that offended.[priceless]. Someone stole your client.

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Sherrie Shepard is joining The View.
I thought she was the Lady who usta be on Eve’s show.

But, I wasn’t sure so I had to check.

So, you know my compulsive a*s had to imdb Eve’s show,
find the cast. I determine that it WASN’T Sherrie Shepperd,
but Natalie Desselle.

There is something I have always liked about her.

She has some, Jennifer Hudson- Dream Girls action popping off.

If you catch her. Watch. She is bound to shine.

She just need a role thats RIGHT.

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Open Thread.

Let me hear from you fam.

Tell me something good.

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When Is Doom Gonna Guest Star on the Simpsons?

Top Ten Nuances of Prankster Rap Simpson episode.

1. “People stopped saying Keeping it Real three years ago.”

2. ” Assualt Magazines Man of the Year.” Lol.

3. “Just what we need, another lame surburban kid that loves rap.”

4. “Rappers stopped saying illin’ twelve years ago.”

5. “Rap music encourages lawfullness, punching and rudeness to hoes.” <

6. 50 cent cameo.

7. Dude w/ a date plate around his neck on stage @ the concert.

8. N*ggas pullin out on Wiggums.

9. “The way I was raised, by MOM, the truth can’t be swept under the rug.”

10. The sign that says, “Murder for Life Benefit”, no gang colors except red.

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The Simpsons and Hip Hop all in one post.

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"Its Me B*tches" is a mainstream Doom Beat or Smoke Good/Eat Good.

I first heard its me beeches last fall on the radio.

I was like.

Tha hell this xylophone beat.

When was the last time you heard xylophone in hip hop?

Do I hear a summer anthem?

Smoke good/eat good.

This is the perfect song to wake up to.

Think imma parlay that into the CD alarm clock.

Tom Brehain @ Status said,

How does frequent Swizz client and sample-source Jay-Z feel about Swizz constantly repeating that he’s sitting in his car and listening to a song that brutally eviscerates Jay?…..
He probably doesn’t like being reminded every time he hears “It’s Me, Snitches.” Also: why does Swizz keep trying to make “Ether” rhyme with “Beamer”? It doesn’t.

It does rhyme.

Shush. Tom.

And did Swizz exhaust himself so completely coming up with his two quick little nonsense verses that he just couldn’t manage to write any more? Is that why he just repeats those two verses twice? Or is it an aesthetic decision? Is it the old Ramones “third verse, same as the first” thing? If it is an aesthetic decision, why does it work so well? I haven’t heard “It’s Me, Snitches” in a club yet; when I do, is my face going to explode?

It certainly is fun hearing it while flying on the freeway.

The versus is simple ’cause niggas got add and cain’t remember lyrics.

Keep it simple so the quasi literate kids can sing along, and you are more likely to have a hit.

Duh.

Swizz doesn’t quite rap on the song; instead, he plays hypeman for his own ridiculously frantic track. When two of his lines rhyme, it almost seems like an accident, and he’s definitely not talking about a damn thing. And the track doesn’t really leave any room for him to say anything even if he wanted to say something. The churning strings and enormous drums and weird fast-forward noises and siren-howls are so insane and overwhelming that anyone who tried to do any actual rapping would just get trapped in the mix.


Ummmmmm. Trapped in the mix.<<<<

With a track like “This is Why I’m Hot,” there’s always a vague impression that a real rapper could always come in and steal the song away from Mims with minimal effort;…….That idea doesn’t work with “It’s Me, Snitches.” A remix of the song leaked out to the internet a couple of days ago, and it’s even more of a dizzy mess than the original, except this time not in a good way.



I disagree.

Redman would killed this sh*t. For trill.

Redman. Jay. Doom. In fact that beat is a mainstream doom beat, w/ xylophone and staggered arrangement.

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Beans on the radio talking ’bout he a killer for hire.
(Hi Eskay. Thanks for the swipe).

Em. Okay.

First I was like whats the point of saying that?

Then I caught myself, and remembered is that Beans from
Philly which is like a East Coast Oakland. Nuff said.

Beans is kinda gully though.

I have allways been more of a Freeway Fan….Even though what we do is wrong….

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I also say “its me beeches” when I walk into the train/building
and the outfit is cute that day, so I guess I was predisposed to feeling this song.



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