Don’t Do What I Say…

raekwon

Do what I do.

I usually have to take on the likes of XXL commenters who don’t know shit from Shin-ola on these drops I post when they tell me that my age has something to do with the tastes I have in rap music. Only an idiot would think that someone in their late thirties or even their forties wouldn’t be good at rapping. This shit is not skateboarding or playing freeze-tag. Those are things that children are good at. Putting together lyrics that relate to the universal struggle of looking good (feeling good) in order to secure the sexiest piece of poon is best left to the people that have experience in getting ass.

I like young rappers though. Kid Cudi is one of my faves, but he comes from Ohio which is a state that has a long history of churning out people who can make good music (yes G.O.O.D. music). I also fux with Asher Roth who could have pwned the frat boy summer anthems if not for Drake and his deal with Mephistoles (no Sylvia Rhone). Still and all, the best music that I have heard in 2009 has come from old head rappers. By old head I mean people that were 30 yrs old or better. DOOM, Mos Def, Eminem, Raekwon, Ghostface and SlaughterHouse.

The fact that only Eminem has been able to sell records means ZERO to me about the quality of the music that those people I just mentioned have produced. In my mind the main reasons why rap record sales are primarily in the shitter these days is because our economy sucks balls. If I can stream some music from zShare, DivShare, iMeem, SoundCloud, Pandora or motherfucking MySpace why in the hell would I buy it?!? The answer is that I wouldn’t. I can use that $15 bucks to put towards my recreational drug budget. Loud Pack anyone?

The crazy truth is that only dinosaurs and retards are still buying CD’s. Hence the fact that country music still moves off the shelves, but even that is showing some signs of slowing down. So if you are one of the dinosaurs that thinks the sale of a compact disk determines the quality of the music contained therein you might should prA’li set yourself on fire with a fuckin’ meteor. One of the best albums of 2009, fuck it, the 2000’s decade is about to drop in two weeks and it may only move 100K in its first week. Or it may not even reach that number since I haven’t heard any of the leaked singles on the radio as yet.

Only Built 4 Cuban Linx 2 is over ten years in the making. From the time its predecessor was released as the master plan for cinematic rap the music industry has gone through a massive upheaval. There have been all kinds of gangster mafia biography copycats that have diluted the sharpness of OB4CL and there is no shortage of rappers looking to craft their own rags to riches sagas on their own CD’s (Ro$$ anyone?). But you should remember who taught you to call the diamond ‘ice’. You should remember all the language that you have been gifted from these rappers who now have some grey hairs in their beard.

Think about all of that when September 8th comes around and you have to make that decision on how to spend your recreational drug money. I’m copping that purple like I always do.

raekwon


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8 Responses to “Don’t Do What I Say…”

  1. B'rer Rabbit says:

    ASHER RO$$ supergroup, I’m telling ya’ll it’s the next movement.

    Take away the false-grail of Laughterhouse*, add the way slept-on RZA “Afro-Samurai Resurrection” soundtrack (which is definitely too sprawling for kids), the great parts of U-God’s “Dopium” and the great babble of Brooklyn voices that’s General Steele’s “Welcome To Bucktown” project and I’m with you (ll).

    *There’s little I want more than for Joell to learn the lesson of “cinematics” the Chef has taught us but will he rock Netflix hard enough to get there?

    Hint: “Carlito’s Way” a fucking horrible movie.

    I rest my case (no Edwin Torres.)

  2. Amadeo says:

    Sales means nothing. Hell I remember when people looked with a wary eye towards high sales as it normally meant you softened up so white people would buy you.

  3. King Elz says:

    as long as were listening who cares about the masses? Real niggaz know what it is.

  4. mykraphone says:

    dude first off.. much props on having the purple tape… had that joint and still to this day if it is a shitty rainy fall day, there is nothing better than the purple tape, andi aint talking a bout no killa cam mix cd. Amadeo
    White youth have always been the largest group of buyers for hip hop since it became a multibillion dollar industry, groups like Wu, NWA, geto boys, and artists like too short, snoop, dre, 2 pac, biggie all are staples in the white rap fans catalog, and they didnt soften anything….
    Sales do mean something… cause dont nobody want to work for free.
    30,000 down loads in a day (drake ) is merely a stepping stone to getting paid. the fact that these older (wiser ) rappers dont sell as much is the fan base grew up and have real world shit to take care of like a mortgage payment or child support. the mentality of your average hip hop fan has not changed, not to mention as DP said the internets has made it possible to get this music for cheap or free, which in theory is having your cake and eating it too ” wow i can bang this new cuban link 2 and still pay my water bill, and i got enough left over to get a blunt” real world economics… from a white rap fan…. btw some of these new cats are killing the game. Look for the song “changes” feat. b.o.b. asher roth(who kills his verse) and charles hamilton ( who does not) its a glimpse to the future…. also just curious what age were you guys when you first got into hip hop/rap….. and what would you have done if there was the internets… DP keep reppin !!!! http://www.oneness287.com
    on the myk

  5. Mark Dub says:

    “Cause if you go platinum, it’s got nothing to do with luck; it just means that a million people are stupid as fuck” (c) Immortal Technique – “Industrial Revolution”

  6. Amadeo says:

    @ Mykraphone

    You forget….”The Crossover Era” when people weren’t going platinum or gold like that…then it was MC Hammer, Kriss Kross and Vanilla Ice who started making money for real.

  7. Casey says:

    All time classic post. Respect

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