November 28, 2007
Beanie Sigel - The Solution: Album Review
Beanie Sigel, The Solution (Roc-A-Fella, 2007)
It seemed like Beanie Sigel was approaching a certain creative peak on his last album, but that was a long-ass time ago. Since then, he's been in and out of jail and all sorts of shit. I wonder if he's still got it.
Album Preview: The Big Doe Rehab
Watching this Miss Info interview with Ghostface, I realized two things: a) If I'm ever gonna have a successful career in radio, I'm gonna have to work on my blaccent, regardless of how silly it sounds; and b) This new Ghostface album is gonna be the best Ghostface album in ages, maybe since The Pretty Toney Album.
Granted, I guess there's only been one proper Ghostface album since The Pretty Toney Album, last year's Fishscale. But then there was also More Fish, and that one he did with his weed carrier Trife da God, and that 718 album (nails btw), and maybe even something else that I'm forgetting. I liked all of them more so than I did pretty much anything else that's come out in the past few years, but I don't think any of them quite lived up to his first few solo outings.
But based on the snippets played in the following interview, it sounds like Ghost might be set for a return to form of sorts - the effect of which would of course be even that much more pronounced, given how shitty the new Wu-Tang album is. I know a lot of you fruits were bitching about my having called 8 Diagrams the shit sandwich that it is, but I wonder how anyone can listen to it, then listen to this new Ghostface shit and tell me that album doesn't suck balls.
(Speaking of which, you might want to check out my post from XXL yesterday about how the RZA has become the Syd Barrett of rap, and how it's incumbent on Ghostface to save the rest of the group from creative oblivion.)
Birdman likes 'em young
Today XXL has the story on how Birdman and Slim from Cash Money got busted with a pound of weed in their RV somewhere out in East Bumblefuck, Tennessee, but I thought they missed the most interesting bit.
According to the AP:
[Bryan "Birdman"] Williams, 38, his wife Brittany, 18, and his brother, Ronald Williams, 43, were each charged with possession of more than 1/2 ounce of marijuana as were 13 others, several of whom are also affiliated with the rap industry and Cash Money Records, which was founded by Bryan and Ronald Williams.
Notice how 13 other people were arrested, but none of them were mentioned by name or age. As my old man, Byron Sr., would say, clearly the AP is trying to tell us something.
Don't get me wrong, if I had the means, I'd have an 18 year-old wife, too, or at least a series of 18 year-old girlfriends. That way I wouldn't have to sit and listen to them yap about the High School Musical. But at least I'm still kinda young. Most of the girls I deal with on a regular basis fall into that 16-22 age range, on account of the the utter lack of success I've had in my "career," so to speak.
But I think you have to wonder, in the case of the Birdman, if there isn't some established pattern of behavior that might be worth looking into. I mean, it'd be one thing if there weren't pictures circulating on the Internets of him making out with his adopted son, but there are.
Rapper 'Birdman' arrested in Tenn. [San Jose Mercury News]
November 26, 2007
Wu-Tang Clan - 8 Diagrams: Album Review
Wu-Tang Clan, 8 Diagrams (SRC, 2007)
The RZA and Raekwon have been beefing back and forth in the press about whether or not this new Wu-Tang album sucks balls. Not to tip my hand too early in the review, but Raekwon was right. This album fucking sucks.
Barack Obama would make the best president
According to Last Week's Poll
With states like New Hampshire and Nevada pushing their primaries up damn near into 2007, I figured I'd better host my own primary before it was too late. Fuck the rest of the country. So in last week's poll, I pitted the seven candidates for the Democratic nomination against one another to see who'd make the best president. Here are the results.
Who would make the best president?
- Barack Obama (169 votes)
- Hillary Clinton (68 votes)
- Dennis Kucinich (66 votes)
- Joe Biden (38 votes)
- John Edwards (36 votes)
- Bill Richardson (21 votes)
- Chris Dodd (10 votes)
I suppose I should have known Barack Obama would do remarkably well in a poll like this. All year long he hasn't been doing as well in national polls, but his campaign has maintained that he's way more popular amongst young people, who don't participate in polls because they use cell phones or whatever. It'll be interesting to see to what extent this translates into actual votes in the primary elections.
Meanwhile, in a development that echoes the main thread in current BS campaign journalism, Hillary Clinton isn't doing nearly as well as you'd think. Barack Obama got something like three times as many votes as her, and she only beat Dennis Kucinich by two votes. For most of the week, it even looked like he might beat her. She must have had some of her netroots people find this site and sabotage the poll.
The other take-home point in this poll is that John Edwards is just plain and simple not a top tier candidate. So what if he was John Kerry's running mate in '04. His campaign is obviously dead in the water. Based on the debate the other day in Las Vegas and now this poll, I think it's obvious Dennis Kucinich has surpassed him in that regard. He better hope Obama or Hillary makes him their running mate.
For the sake of fairness and equal time, next week's poll is a similar competition between the candidates for the Republican nomination. After all, there's no guarantee that the Democrats won't lose again next fall, just like they did the last two in a row. The winner of next week's poll could very well be the next president. Vote early and vote often.