nas’s ‘the don’ is a pretty serious tune. salaam remi on production. cv of a big producer since here comes the hot steppa, fu-gee-la, made you look, bust your windows and luv a dub. this one’s a slow burner for slow summer. Nas interview here.
massive attack introduce a lot of space. live (sounding) snares evoke that a-la-mode mid 90s hip hop, but the amount of variation on tone and reverb really opens it out and gives the track more breath.
hot city’s remix brings a different level of density. jump up and bashy as fuck.
“At the death of Francis I in 1547, a meal was served to the king’s coffin, while a wax effigy (complete with moving parts) was set up in a salle d’honneur, where it was ritually fed until the king was buried.”
alex macpherson just published a great article on lil b, tyler the creator and sexuality in hip hop. in case you’re unaware, lil b has announced his new record will be called ‘i’m gay’. he’s not gay, but he does play with his sexuality, calling himself that pretty bitch and freestyling “niggas on my dick cos i look like a princess / bitches on my dick because i look better than them” (4:28).
a lot of this comes down to taste, but in terms of swag, lil b kills absolutely everyone. if we are going to draw an artificial comparison, tyler is technically very very strong but in an age of information, technical skill is only one piece of information. a highly prolific, chaotic, public profile is A LOT. think of wiley on Ustream… that’s a lot of information, but in these times, that chaotic information will organise itself (e.g. wiley’s strawberry jam endorsement) with a little help, or with an overarching narrative, like #BASED or #swag. all of a sudden tweeting “Ladies go suck that mans dick that works hard and is trying everyday to find himself work a job and stay positive, suck his dick – Lil B” is #BASED and the people say:
“Being based is being positive and not worrying about other peoples opinions about you. Keep hating, we’ll be here with Basedgod looking at the bigger picture, questioning the secrets of the universe on a based level. You’ll be on the computer insecure, unaware of your own flaws, dissing LiL B because you just don’t understand smh” countchunkula
this also ties together a really varied, experimental approach to producing content. whether it’s a dictionary book, mixtapes, or trying to turn himself into a god:
the point is that in an age of manipulate-able information, you CAN turn yourself into a god. and that’s swag.
musically… there’s a lil b record of spoken word over beatless synth pad productions which is also #RARE called ‘rain in england‘. to re-emphasise, this is a long way from what is expected… and is from a record containing 67 minutes of this. you have to respect how uncompromisingly hard that is… here’s the final track:
I love Reykjavik. it’s all energy by summer and by winter hibernation (and the experimentation that results in). badly-lit brown unredecorated coffee shops with human grease stains on the walls, churches that look like waterfalls, outdoor baths, abundant mushrooms…!
here one in a HH/RnB style (let’s not be specific). Henrik Biering & Blaz Roca ft Friðrik Dór – Keyrumettígang (produced by StopWaitGo). Hold tight the executable saturated current.
Sykur are three sweet young people from Reykjavik. Here is some well-penned hype and a track from their 2009 record “Frábært eða frábært” [buy].
“SYKUR was originally founded in the early nineteenth century by a small group of Icelandic aristocrats who envisioned music as a means of letting go of one self and rejoice in a wild dance. Naturally, they were way ahead of their contemporary musicians who mainly used music for science and skiing.
The original team, who then called themselves ‘Sigkjör’ held countless social gatherings, some said to have lasted for days on end until they suffered a horrible synthesizer accident in 1893, decapitating three and rendering themselves unable to easily access their spleens and other internal organs. Over the years several people have upheld their legacy and now the latest group to take up their banner consists of Stefán Finnbogason, Halldór Eldjárn and Kristján Eldjárn Hjörleifsson.
No one knows what happened after 31. may 2008. But you are about to find it out.”
“Part demon horror flick, part zombie shark and whale fight scenes, it is to be overpowered by the largest independent tentacle in the world. Corporations take notice and use this roaming squid appendage as a source of bringing dead pets back to life to work dullish day jobs, leviathinii walking on large makeshift scaffolding leggings with the power generated, and a it’s also a proprietary syllogistic model for CEO loss set up in close circuit yacht videos.”
“We suggest the term ‘civil war’ as conflicts within cognitive capitalism that have no clear class composition and share the same media space… immaterial civil war is also the usual conflicts between brain workers despite all the rhetoric of knowledge sharing and digital commons.” from Matteo Pasquinelli ‘Immaterial Civil War‘.
…which is really my long-winded way of saying that hating on UK hiphop achieves nothing. Pasquinelli’s essay is also good for a David-Harvey-quoting section on symbolic capital feedback loops and extracting rent-as-surplus-value in Barcelona.
meanwhile here’s track from Juice Aleem’s fine new record on Big Dada…