Sunday, February 15, 2009
::Ladies & Gentlemen...The Future of Hip-Hop::
Yeah...I said it. To all the non-believers...give the game up. I've been mulling it over for the past few years, and I'm convinced.
Our chapter as the pace setters in this beloved genre is coming to a close. We've bastardized, condensed, constricted, restricted, watered down, commercialized, raped, and pillaged one of the final frontiers in the cannon of American music. Relinquished it's true intention, power, and potential for a cheap thrill like a crackhead pawning a precious family heirloom. Marginalized our brethren who refused to follow the same template, seeking to carve out new paths in sound. We've had a hearty, yet volatile 30 year run with it. I think the sun is setting on our glorious day. European labels have been making innovative strides in sound, investing in some of our more unorthodox stateside soundsmiths along the way. Looks like the U.S. is behind the curve...1nce again. This Jazzy Sport comp is just a more recent example of what can happen when you think outside the box and eschew the stifling stats of sales and trends for visionary strides in art. Sample the future right here.
5x7 (that's 7" vinyl, for you dummies)
1x14 (14-track CD)
The choice is yours.
Europe and Japan only.