November 5, 2019

November 1, 2019

My Gut Reaction: Kanye West - Jesus Is King (October 25, 2019)

And now, a selection of lyrics from the catalog of Kanye Omari West:

“You got sick thoughts? I got more of ‘em / You got a sister-in-law you’d smash? I got four of ‘em/ Damn, those is your sisters / You did something unholy to them pictures” – “XTCY”

“Now if I fuck this model  / And she just bleached her asshole / And I get bleach on my T-shirt / I’ma feel like an asshole” – “Father Stretch My Hands, Pt. 1”

“I am a god / Hurry up with my damn massage / Hurry up with my damn ménage / Get the Porsche out the damn garage / I am a god / Even though I’m a man of God / My whole life in the hand of God / So y’all better quit playin’ with God” – “ I Am A God”

“I wanna fuck you hard on the sink / After that, give you something to drink / Step back, can’t get spunk on the mink” – “Bound 2”

“I know I’m preaching to the congregation / We love Jesus but she done learned a lot from Satan... Don’t leave while you’re hot, that’s how Mase screwed up” – “Devil in a Blue Dress”

“I be sniffing Miley Cyrus with Miley Cyrus / In a bathroom with my thumb in her ass / Now I’m actin’ like I’m white” – “Hold Tight”

“Poopy-di-scoop / Scoop-diddy-whoop / Whoop-di-scoop-di-poop” – “Lift Yourself”

“When I grab your neck, I touch your soul” – “Say You Will”

“Make her knees shake, make a priest faint, uh / Make a nun cum, make her cream-ate, uh” – “Hell of a Life”

“So here go my single, dog, radio needs this / They say you can rap about anything except for Jesus / That means guns, sex, lies, videotape / But if I talk about God my record won’t get played?” – “Jesus Walks”

That last one is important, as it is the foundation of today’s subject, Kanye West’s ninth solo album Jesus Is King. This project’s existence is a bit of a cosmic joke, as it seems to be the culmination of a bet Kanye made against himself back when “Jesus Walks” was originally released. “Here go my album, dog, humanity needs this,” he may as well have said.

Do we, though?

October 29, 2019

RandoMax Radio Episode #12!

You two were likely waiting around for me to review a certain somebody's certain religious rap album that certainly dropped at some point on a certain release date. I mean, I get it: I've reviewed everything else from a certain somebody, so it stands to reason that a write-up would be forthcoming.

However, as it is the last Tuesday of October, we press on, as RandoMax Radio waits for no man, and honestly, I likely had much more fun putting this month's episode together than I will listening to a certain album (which, as of this writing, I haven't actually done yet - sue me). I also put today's episode together five months ago, so who the hell knows what I was feeling when I compiled it, right?

But tonight I say, we must move forward, not backward; upward, not forward; and always twirling, twirling, twirling towards freedom!

October 22, 2019

For Promotional Use Only: De La Soul - The Impossible: Mission TV Series: Pt. 1 (October 20, 2006)

In 2006, De La Soul found themselves in a situation they were unfamiliar with: for the first time in their long and storied career, they were without a label home. Their deal with Tommy Boy Records effectively ended when the label folded in the early part of the millennium, and the group’s second partnership, with Sanctuary/BMI, ended after the release of a single album, The Grind Date. So Posdnuos, Dave, and Maseo decided that keeping the trio’s legacy alive was priority one, touring all over the globe while recording new music whenever the muse struck.

One of the ways they kept the De La Soul name active within the culture was by embracing an artform that isn’t exclusive to the genre, but was certainly defined by it: the mixtape.

October 15, 2019

RandoMax Radio's Producers Guild Episode #2.5 - DJ Premier

Producers Guild is a series celebrating the creators behind the boards of your favorite songs. Listen to today's episode and leave your comments, suggestions, questions, criticisms, and/or whatever you have for me below so we can continue the conversation.

I've been holding this one back for several months, as I try to queue up a new entry in the Producers Guild series before I unleash the songs that didn't make the original cut. The problem is that Chris "DJ Premier" Martin is hip hop, essentially: regardless of how you or I may feel about his output as of late, the man lives, breathes, eats, digests, and most likely fucks hip hop, and as such, he has a lot of goddamn songs under his production belt that could have been included on a Producers Guild episode. Narrowing this one down to a mere eighteen tracks was tougher than it should have been, so I had to impose some arbitrary rules just to make it easier on my own psyche.

So there are no Gang Starr songs on episode # 2.5. You read that right. I had to challenge myself somehow.

October 8, 2019

Reader Review: Warren G - The Return of the Regulator (December 11, 2001)

(Today’s Reader Review comes from BrianL, who returns to the Warren G well to write about the G-Child’s fourth album, The Return of the Regulator, on which our host himself seems to return to a similar well. Leave your thoughts for BrianL below.)

October 1, 2019

My Gut Reaction: Busta Rhymes - Year of the Dragon (August 21, 2012)

(An extended version of today's post appears on the Hip Hop is Done Patreon page. Subscribe today to access the bonus content.)

The solo career of Trevor “Busta Rhymes” Smith has been a wild rollercoaster ride in a haunted amusement park with structural issues, terrbile parking, and a shortage of funnel cake batter. Setting aside the many solid verses he’s provided over the past nearly thirty years of his life, whether on his own songs or on the work of others, he’s bounced to many a label home throughout his run.

For the hell of it, let’s run through them now, shall we?