February 19, 2019

RandoMax Radio Episode #4!

I know, I know, I'll get a new picture up soon.

The actual writing may continue to elude me: no bullshit, I haven't listened to a hip hop project from start to finish since that Wu-Tang thing on Christmas, and it's not because I'm being self-righteous or indignant - it's literally because I can't figure out where to start. The choices are overwhelming, and I find myself to never be in the right frame of mind to do the damn thing. (Anyone who has ever contributed a Reader Review will know exactly what I'm talking about.) But I'm working on it. There will be new content soon, the type you can peruse while hiding from your coworkers in the restroom that you're spending way too much time in as far as HR is concerned.

January 15, 2019

RandoMax Radio Episode #3!

Oh good, he's still doing these.

I'm nowhere near rested enough to jump back into the review wars, but I can provide you two with the third episode in the RandoMax Radio series.

December 25, 2018

That's It, I'm Done For The Year, Happy Holidays

Okay folks, that's it, show's over, time to go home. This is my actual final post of 2018, after which the Wu-Tang Clan goes back onto my shelves with no return date in sight. I'll be taking another break to recharge my batteries, as this year has taken a lot out of me. Thank you for still continuing to support the blog, even after the lengthy hiatus, and I hope to be back in 2019 at some point.

Until then, I urge you to click through the year's posts to catch up on what you missed, such as all of the Wu stuff from earlier today, the February run of write-ups, or its November follow-up. There's also the first entry in the revived Producers Guild series, focusing on Dan "The Automator" Nakamura's production across musical genres. And, of course, my latest side project, RandoMax Radio, whose first two episodes are live on my Mixcloud page.

I appreciate you reading through all of my bullshit rants and raves and nonsensical diversions, and I hope you continue to support HHID in 2019. Next year I'm hoping to record more episodes of both mix shows, if not other stuff, and I'm playing with the idea of putting together a way for you two to directly contribute to the continuation of the blog, as this shit takes a lot out of me, both time-wise and financially, and I don't really even like asking you to buy shit on Amazon anymore (although, by all means, please still do that). I'll have more info early next year, hopefully.

Leave your comments, suggestions, thoughts, and random iPhone playlists below, and enjoy your holidays. I'll see you when I see you.

Happy New Year,

The 12 Hours of Wu-Tang: #12 - My Gut Reaction: Wu-Tang - The Saga Continues (October 13, 2017)

The final write-up of the day goes to the Wu-Tang Clan proper, although it isn’t a real Clan album. Instead, it’s a compilation put together by producer (and the group’s longtime deejay) Allah Mathematics, The Saga Continues, which received the blessing of The RZA early on in the recording process, because there’s no goddamn way Prince Rakeem will ever record another Wu-Tang Clan album that sounds like their older, much more revered work. Let’s just say they won’t be touring to celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary of A Better Tomorrow when the time comes.

The 12 Hours of Wu-Tang: #11 - My Gut Reaction / Something (Sort Of) Different: Banks & Steelz - Anything But Words (August 26, 2016)

The weirdest project I’m writing about today isn’t from the only girl group out of the Wu to date, nor is it the Dutch homage to kung-fu flicks. No, it’s the rap-slash-indie rock album from the pairing of The RZA and Paul Banks, Anything But Words, that dropped upon an unsuspecting public in late summer 2016.

The 12 Hours of Wu-Tang: #10 - My Gut Reaction: U-God - Venom (March 30, 2018)

Lamont “U-God” Hawkins, the Wu-Tang Clan member forever at odds with the Wu-Tang Clan due to financial issues stemming from The RZA’s leadership, had a busy first quarter this past year. After having announced it two years prior, his fifth solo album, Venom, finally hit store shelves thanks to Babygrande Records. He also appeared in a completely different medium: his autobiography, Raw: My Journey Into the Wu-Tang, dropped a few weeks prior, providing important context for some of the more personal tracks on Venom, in addition to those from the rest of the man’s discography. I had toyed with the idea of another one of those Max’s Book Club entries featuring U-God’s book, as there are some specific topics I'd like to broach,but I haven’t yet gotten around to it: if that sounds like something you’re interested in discussing, let me know in the comments below, but don’t actually discuss the book in the comments, as that would defeat the purpose.

The 12 Hours of Wu-Tang: #9 - My Gut Reaction: Czarface & MF DOOM - Czarface Meets Metal Face (March 30, 2018)

Following 2016’s A Fistful of Peril and 2017’s First Weapon Drawn, an instrumental narrated storybook adventure that we won’t be getting into but rest assured it does exist, Czarface, the group consisting of the Wu-Tang Clan’s Inspectah Deck alongside Boston underground stalwarts 7L and Esoteric, decided to follow the Marvel Cinematic Universe blueprint for their fifth album. To do so, they partnered with a rapper-slash-producer so enveloped in pop culture references that his rap moniker and general aesthetic was swiped from a comic book supervillain. I’m speaking, of course, about Daniel “MF DOOM” Dumile, and the project was called, unsurprisingly, Czarface Meets Metal Face.

And it was a team-up that made so much sense that hip hop heads would have felt that something was missing from our chosen genre if these guys hadn’t worked together.