Cosmos is the shit. It's the best show on television right now. Neil deGrasse Tyson aka NDT aka Astro P aka Big Homie Scientist aka Saturn's Sickle is the host. The show itself is a reboot of the Carl Sagan show of the same name. Seth MacFarlane, of Family Guy fame, is an executive producer for the show. He was able to get that FOX money for the show and the $$$ has been well spent. Mind blowing and expanding are the graphics and stories that are told. It's really great to have an educational show in prime time on a major network. The only drawback is that it is slated as a mini-series of 13 episodes only. I think we need this show to go multiple seasons. Do it for the kids.
Q likes em thick like waffle mix.
PCKPR was recently in Paris and in between all the eating, shopping and sightseeing there was plenty of Parisian graffiti and street art to be seen. Whether the art was hung up or thrown up on a wall, spray painted or oil painted, behind glass or stuck on glass it was all dope. Check out the streets of Paris below.
Bringing it back with one of the best rap videos ever. Many of the guidelines in this "Rap Video Manual" are still very true today. Pitchfork has a really great interview with Questlove and he tells a story about this video, how pissed off Diddy was about it (since it was mocking Biggie's "Juicy" video) and the subsequent confrontation.
"Puffy was in my right peripheral, watching me going crazy the whole time. He was 14 deep with dudes dressed in all-black with black sunglasses. I literally went from, "God damn!" to "Oh, fuck." [laughs] I thought I was done.
"I felt horrible that Biggie thought we were even coming at him like that with the 'What They Do' video."
Keep in mind that this is on the heels of Biggie telling The Source how he had been the biggest Roots fan and took offense to our "What They Do" video, which mocked Biggie's "One More Chance" video. Listen, I hate videos. I'm meticulous on everything from cover art, fonts, productions, mixing. But when it comes to videos, I just feel so defeated. I don't pay attention. I slept most of the time they filmed "What They Do". I really didn't have a clue that we were mocking Biggie. And when we saw the final product, we thought, "OK, that's silly, go with it." [Biggie] didn't like that one bit, boy. I felt horrible that he thought we were even coming at him like that.
Back to the show-- when I spotted Puffy, Q-Tip just happened to be within reach. Unbeknownst to all of us, Tip had invited Puff so that Puff could sign Mos to Bad Boy. Tip was the only artist that had one foot in the Soulquarian underground and one foot in the champagne rap that was going on at the time. He was the delegate. So anyway, Puff's like, "Yo, I want a meeting now!" We went backstage and Tip's playing the role of Minister Farrakhan with me and Mos on the right, and Puffy on the left with his 14 hitmen. That's when I realized how he came into power. It was basically hearing Puff go off like he does at the end of "My Downfall" on Life After Death. Screamin' it. He was like, "Let me tell you something, playboy. Big had nothing but love for y'all motherfuckers! And y'all shitted on him! Y'all shitted on my man!" I thought we were in the principal's office. And he just went on and on for an hour. Thirty minutes into it, I realized I wasn't going to get killed. It was just strange."
Questlove has been in the background for much hip-hop's seminal moments. Like the 1995 Source awards and the whole East Coast/West Coast beef, but Questlove tells a story about Nas at the award show, who had dropped Illmatic that year. His stories are so great that I just ordered his book , Mo' Meta Blues: The World According to Questlove.
Questlove might have meant "Juicy" and "One More Chance" in regards to the video "What They Do" was mocking, but we posted both since they are both great. Check out the videos below.
We know what time it is. We know the Internet dictates how we live our lives. The 24/7 news cycle and FOMO (fear of missing out) cause us to consume news, media, anything ASAP. Just so we can hurry up and move on to the next thing. And don’t get us wrong, we bout that internet life, but there are some things that just don’t fit in that box and yet we still try to stuff it in. Pause.
The album review is one of those things. It is something that needs to be written after multiple listens that expand over days, weeks and years even. Today, an album drops and reviews hit the same day. Not to mention some of these reviews are probably based off youtube streams of bootleg copies. The artist can’t win. The people that don’t care enough to wait/purchase the official album write superficial reviews with no skin in the game.
In an interview with the Breakfast Club on Power 105 Jay-Z was asked if he read the reviews on the album and he said they have lost their importance. Jay-Z knows the game has changed. Everything is moving faster and faster. But he also knows that an album review that comes out in 24 hours is total BS. The lyrics, instrumentation, nuances and stories are impossible to digest and comprehend in a few listens. I think saw Questlove tweet something about how he needed at least a month with an album in order to form an opinion. And how come there are no follow ups to reviews? That would be the most fair thing to do. Eat your words or confirm your points in the review.
This is the reason for the HELLA LATE album review. Being first is the name of the game nowadays, but it’s an empty win. For us, albums/songs can sound different each time we listen to them. Picking up on another hot line or chord progression. Let’s face it, just the mood you are in makes a song sound different. Hearing that your friend is feelin’ a song or going out to the club and hearing the crowd go wild when a song from the album plays will make you like it more. And then you start reading/listening to the interviews about the album. Who produced certain songs, how all the people on the song came together (artist, features, produces, wives, fashion designers, etc.), catching the double entendres and everything else that’s dope on an album. That shit takes time. Nah mean.
Remember when MTV came out with the Best MC rankings back in 2008? Jay-Z (when he still had the hyphen) was #1 and everyone was appalled. Well, if they did that again today, I bet peeps would be singing a different tune. Not so outrageous is it?
Now this is how Magna Carta Holy Grail unfolds. As the early reviews showed, people weren’t feeling it. Pitchfork gave it a 5.8 on on July 8th (album unofficially dropped 7/4. Officially 7/9). 5.8?!?! FOH. “Born Sinner” got a 6.0?!? Big Ghost knew what was up tho and folks were tripping on him. He gave that shit “4 Zeus slaps outta 5”. Earl sweatshirt said to unfollow him if you fucked with Magna Carta. I do, but I still follow you Earl. (make sure to peep Doris tho.)
Now I’m not saying this is a classic. Jay Z said it’d be fighting for at best #4 in his catalog (per Jay Z, 1. Reasonable Doubt 2. Blueprint 3. Black Album, w/ 2 & 3 switching spots, depending on how he feels). It is for sure a solid album and better than anything out right now. Yeezus? Born Sinner? The Gifted? Jay Z got it over all them, plus he’s writing their checks anyways and collecting those percentages.
Some say that Jay Z’s on another planet and his fans can’t relate. Those people aren’t really listening tho. They hear Tom Ford and Basquiat and turn their nose at Jay. But if they were really listening, Jay is still saying the same things, but just in a different setting. F.U.T.W. is classic Jay. Tom Ford is Gucci is Versace is any other name drop in any other rap song. Tom Ford just shows classy Jay.
So I think the question to ask yourself is “As I go down the album playlist, what song(s) can I skip?”
Holy Grail. PLAY. While heavy on the JT, still a good opening song. And everyone loves JT.
Picasso Baby. PLAY. That beat. The video. Blue leaning on yellow Basquiats in corner of the kitchen.
Tom Ford. PLAY. This song will get the party going. Dope beat. Clapping. Easy to repeat lyrics, especially since Molly is mentioned. Always a crowd pleaser. smh.
fuckwithmeyouknowigotit. PLAY LOUD AF. Pimp C’s intro is too trill. Rozay plays his part perfectly. Not bopping and doing the Money Dance.
Oceans. PLAY. Ocean on Oceans. Hope there’s a video for this one. Feels like a movie.
F.U.T.W. PLAY. This. My favorite song on the album. Don’t be good. Be great. Listen to Jay. Fuck up this world.
Somewhereinamerica. PLAY. Hit-Boy beat. Straight cash, he bought your neighbor out. And then there’s Miley Cirus twerkin’...
Crown. PLAY. 16 year old girl from Canada co-produced the song. Jay Z has his hardest line on the album. “Scott Boras you over baby, Robinson Cano you coming with me” No other rapper can claim that line.
Heaven. PLAY. I see a pattern developing here. Only God can judge us muhfuckas.
Versus. PLAY. Jay why you gotta tease us. See, if this and “Beach is Better” were full songs the album hits another level. We need a deluxe version with those as full songs.
Part II (On the Run). PLAY. I heard a lot of chatter about Jay and B not clicking on this song. I dunno about them, but they're clicking to me.
Beach is Better. PLAY. See #10. The homies always try to say “Don’t bring sand to the beach”, but when you got Beyonce, you bring your own beach. Jay Z you always win.
BBC. PLAY. Jay Z, Beyonce, Nas, Pharrell, Swizz and Nigo are all on that track. Jay said all them were at the same studio one night doing different projects and he told them they had to make a song. How fuckin cool is that?
Jay Z Blue. PLAY. Just the right amount of Biggie.
La Familia. PLAY. Jay down with the lingo bruh. He ain’t got time fo that. #factsonly
- Nickels and Dimes. PLAY. I mean that’s the whole album. Not skipping one of ‘em.
What more can I say?