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I’ve heard from a couple of my aces the past 24 hours; I was reminded of one of my favorite ‘phony/jackass’ moments…

This had to be the last year of school.  I had come back from NYC so I had my fair share of New York swag.  Mixtapes, a Knicks jersey, a Brooklyn skullie.  Me and a couple of the boys were in Dillons one night buying…whatever.  The old white lady checking us out noticed my cap…

Checkout Lady: ‘Oh, you’re from Brooklyn?’

Me: (not missing a beat) Yeah, yeah.  You heard of the Marcy Projects?

Checkout Lady: No, that sounds rough!

Me: Yeah, that’s me right there yo!

I had enough sense to not even try to make eye contact with my two homies until we were outside.  To this day, those were two of the best ‘THIS MUTHA!’ looks I’ve ever gotten in my life!

Anyway, enjoy!


Art of Rap


I saw somewhere that Ice-T said don’t waste time with the ‘TV version’ of this doc, so I waited until it came out on Netflix.

This isn’t a must see doc for everybody, BUT if you love hip hop (Africa Bambataa is the first of many to break down the culture versus the music), and if at any point you loved the lyricists on display here, the Art of Rap is a must see.

Ice T takes advantage of a lifetime of connections to get interviews with nearly every living lyricist of note in hip hop history (noticeably absent is Jay-Z and L.L., and Ice-T makes reference to their beef in one of the interviews.)  Nearly everyone gives insight into their love of being an MC, and the true entertainment value of the doc is hearing everyone from Rakim to Eminem to Nas to Redman to Q-Tip to Yaslin Bey (Mos Def) to Joe Budden just spit.  For everything that’s associated with ‘Kanye’ now, his flow might have been my favorite, just as a reminder that yes, Kanye West can actually flow.

The only glaring flaw of The Art of Rap (in my opinion anyway) is there is NO representation from the South.  We all acknowledge the East created it and the West innovated it, but no Big Boi or Andre 3000?  No Geto Boys or Scarface?  Hell, even a Ludacris appearance would have at least acknowledged the South’s style.

I digress, that’s obviously the complaint of someone who watched hip hop go from ‘it’s just a fad’ to ‘gangsta’ to ‘bling’ to ‘corporate machine’ (another post for another time.)  Bottom line again, is The Art of Rap is a must see for fans of rap music.