Posts tagged music
Posts tagged music
Last year, the writer Touré brilliantly broke down Jay Electronica’s “Exhibit C,” one of my favorite hip-hop songs from the past five years, line by line. That song lends itself nicely to that type of treatment: it’s semi-autobiographical, it’s formed in a narrative and Jay Elect vividly describes his surroundings in each bar.
More importantly, the song bangs and Jay Electronica flows out of his mind. It’s a witness to greatness, like watching Reggie Jackson hit three home runs or wondering into San Francisco’s old Black Hawk nightclub only to see Miles Davis riffing on stage.
Anyway, I wanted to do give another track the Touré treatment, only with a song that might not seem as “deep,” or a song that most people would probably think is just slick punchlines and metaphors piled on top of each with little rhyme or reason.
Enter Lil’ Wayne’s “Abortion” off of The Carter IV.
Now, I should state that I liked the imagery Wayne used in this song’s flow, but “Abortion” is nowhere near “Exhibit C.” That’s also the point. Even in a song that isn’t garnering high critical acclaim, I want to show the artistry behind it. I want people to think differently about hip-hop, rather than a low-brow version of spoken word poetry.
Art is art.
I really like the first verse, but think there are some wasted lines in the second verse. Personally, I feel like this song has to do with Wayne’s incarceration and subsequent release. Wayne’s lyrics are in bold.
My friend Aaron rates his top 100 songs for each year, with the painstaking effort of a college student skipping class and shutting off the world to search for deeper meaning within the bars of indie rock and hip-hop tracks.
It’s awesome and he usually unearths a lot of gems before they would otherwise come across my XM in the car, if ever. I used to listen to dozens of albums each year, but for whatever reason, I’ve cut down on searching out most new music. This cuts out the work. [Tip of Your Tongue, Top of My Lungs]
Current rotation: “Lay Lady Lay” from Magnet, Pharrell and Snoop (Verses from “That Girl.”), created by DJ Erb.
Mash-ups have been released through the years with the frequency of an Allen Iverson jumper - from all angles and styles and (lately) to little success.
This is one of the exceptions. [H/t to Deadspin for linking this recently.]
The Thriller Diaries: The video that almost never was, how it changed the game of music and home video, and how Michael Jackson had already begun morphing into a real-life Peter Pan. [From: Vanity Fair]
Here’s a good read about all who all appeared on N.W.A.’s first album cover and what happened to them all: Whatever happened to N.W.A.’s Posse? [LA Weekly]
The Roots f/John Legend - The Fire — I’m loving this one.
(I linked it to YouTube, because the streaming links aren’t working. Image credit Okayplayer.)