October 24, 2014

MC Lyte - Eyes On This (September 12, 1989)



Although I generally could give a shit about whether or not the readers are upset about a particular choice when it comes to these goofy-ass reviews, I admit that Missy Elliott most likely wasn't what you two were thinking about when it comes to female emcees.  Well, I'm still not writing about Iggy Azalea and am now going to rub it into your collective faces, apparently, as I've chosen to go back to an artist who is still highly regarded as an inspiration and as a role model for a lot of these acts on the radio, even though they all sound nothing like her: Lana "MC Lyte" Moorer.

October 21, 2014

Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott - Miss E... So Addictive (May 15, 2001)



I've figured it out, people.  You two have glanced at the album cover above and have already decided that you could give a shit about the subject of today's post.  In fact, you two may have dismissed it entirely based on the fact that today's subject is a woman, and absolutely nobody has requested that I write about any female artist in the past few years, aside from all of that bullshit about Iggy Azalea because people want to see me trash her work, which would actually require me to want to listen to her work, and I just don't have the time or the patience for that, folks.  I have too much on my plate, I treasure my ears, I haven't really liked any of her other stuff so what's the point, Charli XCX is the only good thing about "Fancy", blah blah blah, other excuses.  

But the subject of today's post isn't someone who's buying into the pop music world of today via three-dollar beats and the audio equivalent of blackface: no, instead, today I'm writing about a woman who legitimately changed the way pop music sounded in the 1990's and into the new milennium.  And I mean she changed it multiple times: Melissa "Missy 'Misdemeanor'" Elliott and her partner in crime, producer-slash-sometimes-rapper Tim "Timbaland" Mosely, are largely responsible for the risks taken on radio airwaves over the past eighteen or so years that you bastards merely take for granted today.

October 17, 2014

Prodigy - H.N.I.C. Pt. 2 (April 22, 2008)




I'm sure a couple of you were wondering why I chose to skip ahead in Prodigy's catalog to write about Product Of The '80s, because I like pretending that someone out there gives a shit about moves such as that.  The answer is: I have no idea.  There was no master plan: I merely got a couple of albums mixed up, and then it became too late to do anything about it.  Shit happens, especially when an artist attempts to become prolific just before a prison sentence.

October 14, 2014

Three Unrelated EPs That Nevertheless Help Me Advance Through My Ongoing Project

Today's post shines some light on three separate and unrelated EP projects.  I suppose I could have bought myself some time and ran each write-up individually, but where's the fun in that?  Besides, these EPs help me work through my "finish what I started" project.  Sort of.  Well, one of them does; another shouldn't really count in the artist's catalog, and the third isn't even really available for purchase unless you happen to be owed money by the rapper in question.  So it goes.  Click through to discover today's lucky subjects.

October 10, 2014

Hi-Tek - Hi-Teknology (May 8, 2001)



Reflection Eternal is one of those duos that hasn't gotten a ton of press on these virtual pages.  Obviously I'm aware of their existence: the sidebar features multiple entries for the team of rapper Talib Kweli and producer Hi-Tek.  And by looking at every other hip hop blog in existence, it's clear that Kweli isn't physically capable of not working: it's like he's afraid that taking a break will result in his banishment from our chosen genre, or maybe he's just afraid that he's going to miss something cool, like a child upset when they're told to go to bed early when their parents are in the middle of a dinner party.  But what is missing are some updates on the producing half of Reflection Eternal, which is why today's post focuses on Hi-Tek and not any of those myriad Talib Kweli solo albums that I will inevitably cut from my "finish what I started" list because I technically have yet to even start his solo discography.

Yep, Kweli gets dropped on a fucking technicality.  Ain't I a stinker?


October 7, 2014

Reader Review: Das EFX - Straight Up Sewacide (November 16, 1993)




(Today, Shoe-In gets back to his Hit Squad Appreciation posts, writing up Das EFX's second album, Straight Up Sewaside. So you two get another chance to read about your beloved Das EFX, a group the readers love so much that they didn't bother leaving many comments on his last post. You have to speak through your keyboard, folks. Anyway, leave your thoughts for Shoe-In below.)

October 3, 2014

For Promotional Use Only: Das Racist - Sit Down, Man (September 14, 2010)



Some of these write-ups come to be pretty quickly: the words flow out of my fingertips and onto your screen with very little delay in between (aside from rewriting, editing, and rewriting again, obviously).  That doesn't necessarily mean that it's easier to write about something enjoyable or that it's faster for me to trash something, though: it's about inspiration (whether drawn from the music I'm writing about or from outside influences) and lack of interruption (you get it).  So it is without bias one way or the other when I mention that it took me fucking forever to write about Das Racist's Sit Down, Man.