If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you know I dig the never-ending argument as to which rapper is the greatest. Souls of Mischief recently sounded off on their opinion. While I am a Souls fan, I disagree with almost everything they say in this piece. I have absolutely no gripe with them excluding Jay-Z, Nas and Lil Wayne from their personal lists but I just don’t think their claim that these guys have unequivocally failed to contribute anything original to the genre is not all that valid. Nevertheless, the video is definitely worth a scope.
And, as in any argument about the G.O.A.T., Soulja Boy gets his obligatory fulmination. He also, supposedly, went onto Youtube and ripped the Souls’ remarks on the comments board. However, those comments had been removed last time I checked.
MF Doom is the prototypical polarizing artist. His subjectively complex sound leaves fans either in love with Doom or incapable of listening to an entire track. For those that appreciate the British export, you should be made aware that Gold Dust Media are preparing a DOOM B-Sides and collaborations album entitled “Unexpected Guests”, set for release in November 2009. The compilation was sequenced by Metal Fingers himself, so unlike that Lil Kim tape, this is official. Even though MF Doom just dropped his album “Born Like This” earlier this year, Doom beats the path again and this will serve to be a great education tool for cats that slept on Doom since the 80′s. Peep the promotional trailer (below) and the press release with track list (after the jump).
I guess I get to call this the “Random Throwback Deutsche Edition”. Having lived in Germany at two separate points in my life I have a soft spot for German culture. No, it’s not the legacy of ethnic cleansing or greed for living space that piques my interest, it’s the little unique nuggets of micro-culture that Germany has to offer that I take pleasure in. For example, they do not subtitle English programming on German television, they simply dub over it in German. This is contrasted by the fact that they love English music and movies, but for the most part prefer Germans to sing and perform them. This leads to a campy phenomenon whereby terrible English speaking Germans emulate and propagate their equivalent of U.S pop and hip hop music.
Another thing to appreciate about Germans is their randomness and passion for it. Whether it be a strong preference for walking to places rather than driving, or, drinking 1 L mugs of beer rather than 300ml bottles, Germans don’t mess around. They’re also huge sports fans and though most of that fervor is directed towards the German Bundesliga or the national soccer team, they’re also pretty big basketball and hockey fans. Actually they’re much bigger hockey fans than Americans, though that says little I suppose, somewhat like being better at swimming than a Samoan. Either way, the German national hockey team is usually a player in world tournaments as well as a source of NHL talent. Jochen Hecht who’s 1996 national hockey jersey we feature here was/is an NHL player, though somewhat irrelevant and more attributed to being a bruiser than a flashy euro slasher type player. The jersey is sick though and you can find more hockey jersey gems like it over at Third String Goalie, a very solid micro-topic specific blog about NHL jerseys and more.
Sometimes the stars align and Germans simply get it. They fully appreciate what the States is all about culture wise and they draw inspiration accordingly. When the Germans are able to maintain the strengths that their culture has to offer and appreciate what ne0-movements matter in the U.S., that leads to a successful global product. One such product is German hip hop production outfit Snowgoons. Bringing an orchestra of grimey anthems to the table, Snowgoons 2008 project entitled Black Snow was hot fire. Snowgoons have a great eye for MC’s and choose accordingly, whether it’s Philly underground sensation Reef Da Lost Cauze or Boston’s Singapore Kane, Snowgoons have that “American” thing down pat. Look out for an exclusive Zebreezy interview in both German and English with DJ Illegal of Snowgoons soon.