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And this is how Videogum and Stereogum will always be different.
I probably won’t ever get the chance to post this on this blog with any sort of germaneness, so with that said. RAY LEWIS GIFS.
Between this and LEP Bogus Boys “Commas,” it’s a big week for rap game punctuation.
Alex is gonna SORELY regret fucking with Hollywood Courts.
There’s another video that’s worth mentioning that came from The Chronic, and probably a Top 3 song for me off the album for “Lil Ghetto Boy”. It wasn’t on MTV or BET, I feel like I remembered seeing it on The Box back in the day at my cousins house in New Orleans. Anyway, Ego Trip did a great write up on it and it kind of flooded back to me. Also, it really captures the urgency, importance, and danger of the time with the clips from a documentary on the riots (the clips are also used on “The Day The Niggaz Took Over” the name of the doc escapes me, but I know it’s online, I watched it earlier this year with the 20th anniversary of the riots in April). It is a forgotten gem among what people most remember the thumping, knocking G-Funk and unfortunate misogyny. I mean, the album is classic, I fuck with it still, though I think Doggystyle is better, but it’s still sucks that vid and song got buried when it’s so good.
I love Bad, personally it’s my favorite era of Michael Jackson. It’s not his best record (though it does contain my favorite single in “Smooth Criminal”), but I feel like it’s the most representative of his true feelings. Under pressure to replicate Thriller, he sort of waved off Quincy Jones a bit to really take the helm on it. It IS very personal, it is almost petulant, it’s enormous, and it’s pop gold. And he really wouldn’t make another record like it again. Since it didn’t perform to Thriller’s standard (which is humanly impossible), he felt pressured to give the reigns back on Dangerous (then to Teddy Riley) and so on and so on. I sort of respect HIStory in that regard as well, but it was unfocused. He was purely angry, spaced out, and maybe on painkillers. But he did have a joint with Biggie, so fuck it.
It’s not an official (indie) Rock N Jock unless Dan Cortese is there.
I wish you would just stop hasslin me Corban.
Oh you’re a funny one.
No need to apologize about “Kokomo”. I have a great misunderstanding for the general dismissal of the song, yet acceptance of other Beach Boys early hits, some of which were recorded with such little care but regarded rather well. “I Get Around” comes to mind (Brian Wilson was creatively breaking away at the time). I think it fits well into their canon, if filed under their earlier work.
And plus, most things with Muppets are intrinsically better.