Directed by Coodie and Chike, the new video for the collaborative effort from upstart Brooklyn rapper Joey Bada$$ and '90s rap legend DJ Premier is like a hip-hop version of Richard Linklater's Waking Life. It's fun to watch! But if young Joey really wants to consider himself unorthodox, he might want to reconsider those dollar signs in his name. At this point, a regular old "s" is more iconoclastic.
Our friends at ego trip count Jay-Z's comments to CNN Monday as the fourth example of a notable rapper to have "publicly voiced some progressive opinion on the issue." (After Chuck D, El-P and Fat Joe.) But there have been more! 50 Cent, Eminem, Prodigy, ASAP Rocky and Lil B have, too. And N.O.R.E, who last year told XXL magazine, “If a gay person bothers you, that’s because they know something about you that you don’t know about yourself yet… Nobody should really care what happens in someone else’s bedroom… That’s their lifestyle. It doesn’t bother me. I live my lifestyle my way. It doesn’t bother me.”
“I’m bad, bad, bad, bad, bad/I’m nationwide.” — ZZ Top, “I’m Bad, I’m Nationwide,” 1979 Robert Johnson met the devil at the crossroads, and sold his soul so he could master blues guitar. "“We are not old men," said Keith Richards, sneering at 1967 jury. "We are not worried about petty morals.” Nas used to relax by settling down to "watch a flick, illin’/And root for the villain." The iconography of the antihero has long held a prime spot in the history of American music.
Gangsta rap has exploited this phenomenon more fully than any other genre. And no gangsta rapper ever realized the antihero iconography more fully [...]
I love everything about this new song and video from the Mississippian rapper Big Krit. I love the echoes of Biggie's "Juicy," and of Aretha's "Daydreaming." I love Krit rhyming into the handle of a mop on the stage in the auditorium of the high school he's janitoring at. I love that terrific soul sample—I wish I knew what it is, but I don't. Big Krit is one of the rappers currently on the cover of XXL's annual "Freshman Class" issue. Here he is rhyming over the classic breakbeat from Billy Squier's "Big Beat," with fellow freshman Meek Mill and Fred Da Godson in an [...]
If you only watch one video trailer for a forthcoming issue of a magazine today (and you should only watch one video trailer for a forthcoming issue of a magazine today), let it be this: Waka Flocka Flame promoting his appearance on the cover of next month's XXL. It seems funny, a trailer for a magazine. But Waka Flocka is Waka Flocka: honest, down-to-earth and very difficult not to love. And this video ends up being a lot like the video for LCD Soundsystem's "New York I Love You, But You're Bringing Me Down." (Except with less sadness, and more immolation.) Wait till you see the trailer [...]