Unfortunately, I’ve been very sick and stressed lately so I’ve been out of commission. I still have some other personal issues to deal with so I’ll be posting rather erratically over the next month or so. A funny couple of questions popped into my head over the past week while I was lying in bed sick. What if a blogger, whose blog you occasionally visit, suddenly dies? Would anybody know or care? Lastly, I may be turning this little blog private in a week or two so be on the lookout for that as well.
The May 1993 issue of The Source featured LL Cool J on the cover. I really didn’t think LL fit in with the ’93 era of hip-hop but I went to the record store and picked up the CD anyway. I mean, Mama Said Knock You Out was still a rather good album and I figured that he must have had something left in the tank regardless of that horrible ‘How I’m Comin’ video. Well, suffice to say I was wrong. I tried so hard to convince myself and everyone else in my dorm that 14 Shots to the Dome was good but in the end, I gave up. I remember debating about it with this guy named Kam and he said, “Vince, some of the beats are good but I can see some other rappers freaking it differently.” I quietly stopped listening to LL after that and played The Beatnuts, Masta Ace and Brand Nubian the rest of the spring/summer.
Some other highlights from this issue:
– Books documenting hip-hop culture begin reaching the mainstream
– Sadat X with the hip-hop quotable for “Pass the Gat”
– Funkmaster Flex takes over the airwaves in NYC
– Dr. Dre and Ed Lover star in Who’s the Man – My theater teacher took a few weeks off that semester to be in the movie. He was the baldheaded sergeant.
– Slick Rick keeps his head up in the joint
Record Report highlights:
– Geto Boys – Till Death Do Us Part (3.5 mics)
– Who’s the Man – Soundtrack (4 mics)
– The Beatnuts – Intoxicated Demons (3.5 mics) – Still my favorite Beatnuts release!
– Lords of the Underground – Here Come the Lords (3.5 mics) – Why does this album sound gimmicky to me now?
– Masta Ace Inc. – Slaughtahouse (3.5 mics) – Definitely should have been 4.5 mics easily and not just because it’s my favorite Ace album. I don’t know how many times I stopped by Terrell’s dorm room between classes and heard this album blasting while he and Rahman were playing Madden or Mortal Combat on Sega Genesis. It’s a ridiculously great album.
May ’93 issue