October 1, 2009

Diversionary Tactics: Zzzzzzzz........


That's probably the graphic that you two expected at the beginning of the month.

Anyway, I learned something over the past sixty-one days: two months is waaaaay too long to stunt blog. When all of the music starts sounding the same, and you don't look forward to throwing another CD into the stereo, you have a problem, especially if you write a hip hop-themed blog that is all about listening to stuff and then writing about it.

I'm not quitting or anything, but it's time for a rest. So that's exactly what I'm going to do, and hopefully during my vacay, I will be able to gather some different albums that may inspire me much more than, say, fucking Rapper Noyd.

And now, a question from the audience:

Why the hell didn't you write about either Q-Tip or Ghostface Killah's new albums?
The answer is simple: major labels don't send me advance copies (yet), so any Gut Reaction pieces that appear are representative of my actual purchase of the album (unless I specifically mention otherwise). Unfortunately, to my chagrin, other shit kept getting in the way in September, so while I was able to swing Raekwon and Hova, everything else was put on the backburner. (Considering how good the Raekwon joint was, I feel I made the right choice.) I was considering reviewing the older version of Kamaal The Abstract that leaked to the Interweb almost a decade ago, but I figured that would be doing a disservice to Q-Tip, who finally convinced a label to release his jazz project. As for Ghostface, I can't say that I'm one hundred percent thrilled to listen to what is supposed to be his 'R&B' album, but as a Wu stan, it's a given that I will get to it soon.

Thanks for sticking around for the past two months. Drop me a line if you enjoyed the stunt and want to see something similar happen in the future (nothing before 2010, though: this shit took a lot out of me), or if you have any other suggestions for albums or artists that I should cover.

In the meantime, here's a link to the September posts, in case you missed any. And for completion's sake, here's the link to the August posts, as well. Tell your friends, and be sure to leave some comments.

I'll be back in a bit.

Love,
Max

PS. If you have a submission for the next Reader Review series, you can still send them to the e-mail address in the top right. Truth be told, when I pick this back up, I'll probably be running those with more regularity until I get back up to speed, so...

54 comments:

  1. You the man, Max! You the man! Thanks for the two months of stunt blogging. I enjoyed them very much. Peace.

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  2. I have to say that I have MAD respect for you for the work you've put into this blog. ESPECIALLY the last 2 months. This is just a reminder to let you know that your work is appreciated. My music collection has dramatically improved since I started reading this blog. Thanks. Keep up the good work.

    - Keeshawn

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  3. How about a suggestion of some artists you SHOULDNT cover IE: Cam'ron. Anyway well done the past 2 months, enjoyed the reading, gave me something to do in the middle of the day.

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  4. How bout some brother ali

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  5. Review some Skyzoo, & that new KRS-One/Buckshot album when you come back. Those should be a funny read.

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  6. I do not comment your reviews but I'm reading this blog and loving it. I guess I'm not your only quiet follower... Just so you know: Your work is appreciated!

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  7. Goodnight max

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  8. Have a good rest, Max.

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  9. Best reviews on the net! Thanks for keepin it '100'

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  10. "Go Galaphile, sleep the Druid Sleep and replenish thy PenChant, verily shall The Two faithfully await thy return."

    Blessup king, duh yuh ting and wheel and come again.

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  11. Take your time Max. Listening to a CD once, then writing a definitive review, is folly. You have to live with the music. I'm sure your opinion of cuban linx has evolved now that you've lived with it for a few weeks.

    I haven't enjoyed the writing as much recently, and now I know why: Your cranking these out every 24 hours! Alarm bells should have gone off when during about the 45 minute mark of almost every album review, your track-by-track turns into one word.

    If I know the reviewer has only listend to the album once, I completely dis-credit the review. Do you look at a painting for 3 seconds, then judge it? Take your time!

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  12. I'm also one of your many silent readers !
    keep up the good work, these are some of the best reviews i've read... and i'm not even THAT big of a hiphop head :)

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  13. thanks for the effort
    i enjoyed reading most of your reviews

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  14. Beowulf - the "cranking them out every 24 hours" thing was what the stunt was all about. And, for the record, unless it was a Gut Reaction post, I've heard the albums before: I just haven't buckeled down to listen enough to write about something until now. The one-word reviews are just truly representative of how I feel about the music at that point: the "meh" write-ups don't always occur near the end, you know.

    Thanks for reading! And I look forward to taking my time.

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  15. So, it starts with a month stunt blogging, now two; can we expect 90days non-stop in 2010? You're not gonna cheat and start in February to save yourself a few days are you? That wouldn't be gansta!

    Anyway man, from a long time listener, first time caller; big up your bad self, get yourself a vodka and sit the fuck down for a minute...

    All love holmes...

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  16. Cape Veardean princeOctober 02, 2009

    yeah i have enjoy it a lot 2. but u should do a review of stickys fingaz's blacktrash the autobigraphy of kirk jones when u come back from your break

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  17. Keep up the good work! Thanks for this nice Blog!

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  18. i have never commented this site, but have seriously sappreciated the site since i started checking it out, just so you know the stunt did work with me at least, I used to come here with a specific album in mind and then leave, now i've been coming every day reading everything, and its great, thank you my man, also out of respect imma try and email you with a review or two one love

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  19. This blog is the shit!
    I like your reviews...As I asked befor:
    What about some Lord Finesse..?

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  20. thanks man, this is the only blog i regularly visit. take your time, take a break - but get back here please!

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  21. Lil' VenkiOctober 02, 2009

    Good work! Good reviews! Keep on keepin on. can't wait till the next round.

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  22. i second the lord finesse

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  23. i guess were going to read boring reader reviews until max comes back

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  24. how about some organized konfusion

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  25. this blog (still) whips ass.

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  26. Hurry back!!!

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  27. Thanks for all the posts Max

    Now review that J Cole hotness!!!

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  28. Nice reviews you have:)

    If you come back you realy review a album of public enemy! Like 'Muse Sick-n-Hour Mess Age'.

    ;)

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  29. okay, you got one week. now get back to work! pardon me, i'm being sellfish

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  30. come back already!!!

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  31. Very well put together blog... you da man!

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  32. hurry up bitch

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  33. 2 epic months, cheers Max. Now come back!






    Blake

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  34. yo max.can u review krs on/buckshot collaboration album (survival skills)and the blaq poet/dj premier (the blaqprint)and some schoolly d early albums if u can and your blog iz da shit kid peace

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  35. Your hiatus is well-deserved. Good work, Max.

    Get to finding a copy of Masta Ace's first album... hahaha...

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  36. waiting for your next write up

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  37. album review requests-
    Obie Trice - 2nd Rounds on Me
    Masta Ace - A Long Hot Summer

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  38. Your reviews are enjoyed and although I don't agree with everything you say, I certainly respect it to have been reading your site THIS long.

    One of my favorite albums is Uncle Sam's Curse by Above The Law.

    At least I hope it still will be if you get around to reviewing it some day...

    Cheers to you and come back well rested.

    Peace.

    Annonymous

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  39. This blog is dead.

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  40. your hiatus is well deserved my brother. they should give u a fuckin prize money 4 what u did at stunt blog.can u review krs 1 and buckshot collab album coz what i heard the album is claaaaaaaaasic shit (hiphopjunkie)

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  41. HE'S ALIVE :D

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  42. I expected a long wait till the next write up, you want two solid months of write ups. You deserve a long ass break dude.

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  43. I wouldn't waste your time on the KRS-Buckshot album, it's trash; much like all of KRS's work over the last 10 years. Thanks for all the time and effort you spend on this blog.

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  44. KRS is just in a slump.

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  45. (response to unborn) you wrong my brother,krs-buck album is not trash,it‘s classic man,first off did u ever listened the album coz the rhymes are perfect and the production are top notch exhept the way i live coz it was a lil bit poppy but it will grown on you if u give it a shot though,i mean they recruited the best of the best in the underground,i am sorry but your DEAD WRONG about what u said but i kinda agree what u said about krs,in the last 10 years he may be released 3 good albums,1 the mixtape,2 kristyles,3 hip hop lives,look my nigga,i‘am not trying to start beef with u nor hurt your feelings but krs-buck has released a modern-day-classic-album,u know what,let‘s start a friendly bet,if max reviewed the album and he didn‘t like it,i swear to god that i will make my friend slap me twice in the face but if max liked the album u gotta make your friend or girlfriend slap u twice in your face,it‘s a deal or what,i‘am waiting for your response (hiphopjunkie)

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  46. krs-one is a washed up preachy ass bum.


    ... with that being said, that krs-buck album was pretty good. way better than that bp3 garbage.

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  47. I hope I don't sound too demanding, but could we get some more KRS-One up in here? Like another BDP album or his self-titled album or something?

    just wond'ring

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  48. (response to anonymous who said that krs one is a washed up preachy ass bum) i agree what u said about krs-buck album being WAY fuckin better than the blueprint 3 album BUT saying that krs-one is a washed up preachy ass bum,i know krs be preachy sometimes but he is one of the greatest mc‘s ever to touched the mic next to rakim and kool moe dee,so your wrong my brother,i‘m not trying start beef with u but i‘m just telling the truth but thanks though about u saying that krs-buck album was good,it seems too many people hating the album on this blog. (hiphopjunkie)

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  49. I wouldn't change my opinion on something based on what one person says, I've had a look at 10-15 albums Max has recommended, probably about 7 of them I've disliked/not given much of a fuck about after one listen am I wrong to dislike those albums because one person happens to?, I won't automaticly like an album just because Max says so, and I CERTAINLY won't allow someone to slap me.

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  50. review the new Cormega- Born and Raised people seem to be on the fence about it..no homo

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  51. (response to unborn) look unborn,previously when i said(first off,did u ever listened the album coz the lyrics are perfect and the production are top notch etc etc)i was telling you listen it again with open mind this time coz maybe u will change your mind about the album but it seems u really didn‘t like the album but its all good man,if u didn‘t like than its no problem for me coz i respect your opinion,just like me believe it or not i was not completely fond of eric b and rakim‘s paid in full,people say it was a classic but for me it really isn‘t,my friendz tend to argue with me all the fuckin time about paid in full is a classic and blah blah blah,but at the end of the day they rspect my opinion so i gotta rspect your opinion too,and when i said that let‘s start a friendly bet,i was just trying to break the tention so u don‘t think that we have a beef nahmean so my intentenion was good (hiphopjunkie)

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  52. my album requests are\ blaq poet (the blaqprint) cormega (born and raised) krs-one and buckshot (survival skills) skyzoo (the salvation) kurupt and dj quik(blaqkout) la coka nostra (a brand you can trust)prince paul(a prince among thieves)schoolly d(schoolly d)and (saturday night-the album) (hiphopjunkie)

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  53. and oh i forget\ black moon(war zone) nine(nine livez) (hiphopjunkie)

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