Friday, December 19, 2008

Poor Lil Kim

Last weekend I was in NY for the Notorious junket (and it was coold as hell. i also got stuck in a very small elevator for an hour and a half and it was quite tragic. i didn't even have an epiphany or memorable flash-back moment like they do on tv and in the movies. mostly i just wanted to GET THE HELL OFF).

Anyways, after seeing the movie, I had one clear conclusion: I feel sorry for Lil Kim.

I never was a Lil Kim fan. Her last album was cool, but other than that, I feel like she's largely responsible for female rappers going the way of the woolly mammoth. But damn, Biggie treated her like shit. I mean, yeah, we all knew that... but seeing even the censored version on the big screen was disturbing. I know Hollywood tends to exaggerate things, but it's a movie glorifying Big and his transition into manhood and it STILL made him look like he treated her like doo-doo-- so you gotta times that by at least 10 to get a better picture. She's like the epitome of an abused woman.

Then, at the junket, she was like the only person with a major role in the movie who clearly had nothing to do with the actual production. Yeah, I'm sure that things aren't exactly kosher with her and Faith-- but Naturi (who played her in the movie) said she didn't talk to her at all during filming and the director said she came by like one time. Wondering if there's not some bitter feelings there?

Anyways, the movie just showed how women, young women, can be manipulated and pressured to do things if they have low self esteem and no overall sense of self. Too bad that like 14 years later, the same thing is going on.

Boogie's Year End List

I like doing year end lists. Here is mine. Don't judge me, otherwise I will be forced to pretend you're W. Bush and hurl my shoes (both of them) violently at you.

Best Song..."Royal Flush"- Big Boi feat. 3Stacks and Raekwon
Man, just think back to how you felt when you first heard this song leak. If you're anything like me, you listened to it like 7 times in a row. Then on the 9th listen you fully comprehended Dre's "they say change is dang-erous as a King standing on a terrace..." (don't front like I'm the only slow one) and you listened 10 more times in a row. You then ran and hopped in your bathtub and yelled "Go 3000!"

Runner Ups:
-"Warrick Avenue"- Duffy
-"Violet Stars (Happy Hunting)"- Janelle Monae
-"Daykeeper"- Foreign Exchange

Best Overall Album.... New Amerykah Pt. 1: 4th World War- Erykah Badu
I know a lot of people thought this album was weird, off-kilter, not as jamming as Mama's Gun or whatever. But just listen to the lyrics, on "That Hump" or "Master Teacher." I'm telling you. This is one of the those albums that maybe like 7-10 years from now people will get hip to and not understand why it wasn't more appreciated when it was released.

Runners Up:
The Death of Adam- 88 Keys
-Leave It All Behind- Foreign Exchange
-Emeritus- Scarface
-Renaissance- Q-Tip

Best R&B/Soul Album....Foreign Exchange- Leave It All Behind
This really wasn't a good year for soul or whatever you want to call it. Really, I'm not even sure that FE's album really fits into this catagory, but for the sake of saving unnecessary confusion I'm saying it is. I know everyone loved the Raphael Saadiq album (Raphael is my favorite contemporary artist period and is severely underappreciated) but to be honest, I'm not feeling it like that. Yes, it's great musically, but I'm not interested in hearing him channel the 60s on his solo projects. I would've much rather have had a straight Saadiq project, ya know? Anywhoo. Foreign Exchange's production is elaborate and flawless... Tay's writing is complex and rich the vocals are soothing and emotive. This is a very moody, wonderfully sculpted project.

Runners Up:
Jazmine Sullivan- Fearless
(Have you listened to her? This kid can't be 21. If she is, she clearly needed more parental guidance becuase she was definitely in some age-inappropriate relationships as a teen.)
Anthony Hamilton- The Point of It All

Best Hip Hop Album... 88 Keys- The Death of Adam
Now, I went back and forth between this, Q-Tip's Renaissance, Killer Mike's I Pledge Allegiance 2 and Face's Emeritus, but ultimately, the concept album wins out. Maybe it works best because dude pulled some of the best emcees in the game and got them all focused on delivering themed, in-depth verses (namely Redman). This jams though and shows what hip-hop is still capable of.

Runners Up:
Killer Mike- I Pledge Allegience to the Grind
Q-Tip- Renaissance

Best Verse... "I Gotcha" (first verse)- Killer Mike
I know this probably isn't actually the best verse of the year. Maybe I should just say it's my personal favorite because damned if I didn't ride down 85 blaring this through by blown tweeters, reciting this verse with all of might...
"...I'm the voice of Mike Vick sayin 'suck my dick!'/treat me like an animal and love them pits/hate to see me ridin but you love my 6/while your kids at the Best Buy buyin my shit/got me feelin like Tupac/hoppin out a new drop/got me feelin like a new pop/cuz I give the dope boys hope on the block/Michael Luther King to the sellers of the rock, ahhh!"

Runners Up:
"Royal Flush"- Andre 3000's verse

Okay, I would do more but I've decided I'm tired and am now finished.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Scarface = Consistency (Random Ramblings)

(pic I took in NY at the studio. he was complaining cuz nobody had brought him a left-handed guitar. he also did not feel like taking pictures... as you can tell by his excited expression.)

Been a couple of weeks, I know. Oh well. You don't come to this blog because I post regularly anyway. Wink.

I had to say something about this new Scarface album, Emeritus. Like Encylopeezia Brown says, every time you get tired of listening to hip-hop, Face drops a new album to make you remember why you ever liked it in the first place. This one comes right in time for Christmas.

I swear, every other day, I say I'm not listening to rap music any more. If it's not already in rotation, I'm not adding it. The shit sucks. And not because of the plethora of overexposed, inconsequential, under-achieving rappers clogging up hip-hop's music drain. I'm just grown, dude. And this genre unfortunately hasn't caught on to the fact that older artists make the best music like rock, jazz and even R&B has. It's like, even if you're 35 you have to still rap like your 19. It's retarded. But I'm being redundant. I said I wasn't gonna complain about it any more.

Anyways, this Face album jams- of course. I love Face because he is for real, the definition of consistency. He's like one of the dudes who I can still listen to the same way I did in '95, and not feel juvenile, immature or otherwise stunted in my growth while listening to him. Can't say that about many rappers... or artists period for that matter.

I've only been listening for a couple of days, but my favorites right now are "Who Are They" feat. Slim Thug and K-Rino (these dudes are really underrated). Also dig the Product song (if you weren't up on the Product and claim to like southern rap, shame on you). "High Note" jams too. Sounds like it could've been on Made-- Face is making love on the track, which is great. I mean, he always had a couple "girl" songs sprinkled here and there ("Goin Down," "Sex Faces," "Only Your Mother," "Heaven") but he's really been on the female tip lately-- and the results have been great. Dude's story telling is topnotch. If you rap and want to know how to make a song about relationships w/o sounding corny or degrading, take note.... speaking of making great relationship songs--what the hell ever happened to Field Mob? But yeah, check the album out should you get a second. Great plantation music.

*Just spotted this... had to come back and post because it went so well with my earlier post.

On a random(er) side note: Make sure you're at Sugar Hill this Saturday (Dec. 6) if you're in Atlanta. I've been looking forward to seeing the Foreign Exchange, Yahazarah, Darien Brockington, Stacy Epps and my favorite indie Atlanta rapper, my boy, Small Eyez for weeks now. This is gonna be a great show-- don't sleep, seriously.