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Monday, August 14, 2006

Cycles

Thanks for the responses on Friday’s posts

Had some thoughts over the weekend...

This cycle will be different in that this is the 1st cycle of the information age. The ability to see what 'they' were doing is unprecedented. Search engines, camcorders etc give people access to 1st hand accounts of the past.

Hence it feels more like mimickery rather recycling. But who knows it's all relative. I am sure my pops said the same thing when he heard the 1st JB's sample on 'Paid In Full.'

This the 1st cycle of the long tail

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-in other thoughts. Rarely have I witnessed the Hip-Hop intelligentsia turned their back on a good artist like they have to Rhymefest.

He went from Grammy winning unsung hero to highly touted draft pick to 'the goofy version of Kanye' in less than 12 months. And in my opinion it has little to do with his music. While the album is no classic it is far better than the Lupe leak or the last album from 2005's Hip-Hop saviors Little Brother.

Fest is a talented MC, no question. Actually too much talent and not enough fluff for the system he is in. That record should have been on a strong indie (not sure which) or a less big hit driven label. Maybe Geffen?

As it was, Fest will be lost and shunned. No fashionista, skateboard angle like Lupe. No Questlove back story like LB. Only a Kanye connection which seems to be less valuable than one would imagine. No female audience of note (that is really the killer). Just good quality Golden era records. And that is not enough. Even for today’s backpacking hipsters or even worst, the purists.

Well I got you covered homey. “Condi Rice step up and get you a slice…”

2 Comments:

Blogger ian said...

Amen re: Rhymefest. I still haven't heard the whole album but based on the leaked pre-release tracks, the album could be one of the best of the year. Why are underground hip hop fans sleeping on this??

August 15, 2006 9:34 AM

 
Blogger ian said...

Amen re: Rhymefest. I still haven't heard the whole album but based on the leaked pre-release tracks, the album could be one of the best of the year. Why are underground hip hop fans sleeping on this??

August 15, 2006 9:35 AM

 

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