Category: rap

Today (July 25) is the 30th anniversary of thi…

Today (July 25) is the 30th anniversary of this landmark album—the Beastie Boys’ “Paul’s Boutique.” This is my original pressing, amazingly still sealed with the hype sticker. I always believe that records are meant to be opened and played, but when I stumbled across this a few years ago, I felt the weight of history upon me to keep it as-is and intact. A commercial disappointment when it came out, the LP has gone on to become considered a classic and with good reason—it’s fun!


Public Enemy ‎– It Takes A Nation Of Millions …

Public Enemy ‎– It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back (1988) 

Pete Rock ‎– Soul Survivor (1998)

Soft spot for the older guard.

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Part of why I dig the Beastie Boys’ Check Your…

Part of why I dig the Beastie Boys’ Check Your Head is because I interviewed them when it came out. I had a tape of it a month early so that I could do a phone interview for The Island Ear, and I loved the album, got SO into it, told anyone who would listen that it was going to be huge, could rap along with most of it, had lots of questions for them, and when the big day came, I spoke with Ad-Rock and Mike D at the same time, and to put it mildly—they were dicks. 
The interview was a trainwreck—they didn’t answer questions and often didn’t even acknowledge there was someone on the other end of the phone; instead, they just spent their time trying to crack each other up over stuff that wasn’t even remotely amusing. Eventually—and it took a while—it dawned on me that they were high AF. The interview went so bad that their publicist even called a few hours later to apologize. I mean, when you’re doing damage control with ME? That’s bad. The resulting article was awful, too, because I had nothing usable to work with. 
AND YET, to this day, I think the Beasties are great, and this album is so much fun. That’s how talented they were. It’s also part of why I enjoyed the recent Beastie Book so much—I finally found out answers to some of my questions, decades later. I was bummed at the time, but today I can say I interviewed them when they were high as hell at 2 in the afternoon on a Tuesday—and if you think about it, that’s exactly what you would want an interview with the Beastie Boys to be. 


Cardi B – Invasion Of Privacy (2018)

Cardi B – Invasion Of Privacy (2018)

First needledrop.  Just flipped over to side 2, Bodak Yellow on 11! I look forward to bonding with my kid over this.  It’s cool to be the one who introduces her to new music, but I think I might enjoy discovering it together a whole lot more.  She knew Cardi B way before I dropped the needle, 20 minutes ago.  It’s her language, I wanna learn and appreciate it. Music brings us together.

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Cardi B – Invasion Of Privacy (2018)

Cardi B – Invasion Of Privacy (2018)

First needledrop.  Just flipped over to side 2, Bodak Yellow on 11! I look forward to bonding with my kid over this.  It’s cool to be the one who introduces her to new music, but I think I might enjoy discovering it together a whole lot more.  She knew Cardi B way before I dropped the needle, 20 minutes ago.  It’s her language, I wanna learn and appreciate it. Music brings us together.

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Coffee, Smoke, De LaThe VMP box arrived.  This…

Coffee, Smoke, De La

The VMP box arrived.  This sold out immediately, the vultures are doing their thing on Discogs.  I spent the morning doing a A/B shootout between this version and the 2013 Tommy Boy reissue I have.  Note form, ok?

Sound
Same, to my ears.  If that was the only determining factor, I’d be happy with either copy.

Vinyl
VMP are the clear winners here.  My original has dimples on the surface.  They don’t affect the sound but I don’t like buying physically flawed records.  The Vinyl Me, Please platters are well pressed, no defects.  If you like colors, they do that too.  

Packaging
The 2013 Tommy Boy album jacket is flimsier, too thin to really house 2 discs.  The VMP jacket is made of thicker cardboard stock, same deal with the inner sleeves.  Neither pressing has a polylined sleeve for the actual records, minus 1 for both sets.

Conclusion
If sound is all you care about, get the cheaper one.  Now that the VMP reissue has landed, I’m betting lotsa folks are gonna be willing to part with their reissue.  The VMP pressing sounds the same, but every aspect of the physical product is superior to the 2013.  If that upgrade holds value for you, then you go for the newer one.

No music link for this one.  As mentioned in  2 Minute  Vinyl Review #7.  The only way you can hear this album, in it’s entirety, is if you buy a physical copy.  

The kid never wants to take a pic, she’s a uni…

The kid never wants to take a pic, she’s a unicorn that way.  Today was an awesome unicorn sighting. 12 year old high school junior with a newfound appreciation for hip hop, because potty mouth.
Does a blind needledrop on this T.I. album make me a bad parent? I don’t think so.  Besides, 12 year old me loved metal for a lot of the same reasons. If hip hop is what brings me closer to my daughter, I’m thinking I might need to see about that Cardi B everyone goes on about. Potty mouth and a phat ass won’t corrupt her, I like em too.

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NEW RELEASE Newbury Comics Exclusive, Ltd. 50…

NEW RELEASE

Newbury Comics Exclusive, Ltd. 500 copies

Czarface, Ghostface ‎– Czarface Meets Ghostface
Silver Age ‎– SIL 007-LP
Vinyl LP, Blue Swirl Translucent

Masterful hiphop, delivered by 2 masters.  From album art to music, all killer.  Ghostface = favorite Wu Tang member. Fishscale and that collab with Badbadnotgood convinced me I need to keep listening way beyond Wu and his early solo stuff.  

RTJ care about the quality of their vinyl pres…

RTJ care about the quality of their vinyl pressings.  EL-P’s for real, on every level.  The attention to detail isobvious with the art and packaging. I’m happy to see it extends to the quality of the vinyl record. We buy our music on vinyl to enjoy the full extent of what you’re laying down.  

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Pete Rock ‎– Soul SurvivorRCA ‎– 88875040831…

Pete Rock ‎– Soul Survivor
RCA ‎– 88875040831, Nature Sounds ‎– NSD-803
2 × LP + Bonus 7", Red/Black Split Vinyl
Released: 2017

Classic Hip Hop. Be careful out there.

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