Short list of producers on the Wale album: 9th Wonder, Just Blaze, Pharrell, Cool and Dre, and "a couple of guys from DC" (which almost definitely includes Judah and Best Kept Secret.) You know you're something special when you can get that lineup of producers on your debut album. There is going to be so much hype surrounding this album, I really hope he delivers.
I must see this movie. In addition to that trailer, which looks incredible, check the soundtrack.
The Wackness Soundtrack
Nas - "The World Is Yours" Raewkon "Heaven and Hell" Notorious B.I.G. feat. Method Man "The What" DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince "Summertime" Donovan - "Season of The Witch" Biz Markie - "Just A Friend" Total feat. Notorious B.I.G. "Can't Ya See" A Tribe Called Quest - "Can I Kick It" Faith Evans - "You Used To Love Me" R Kelly - "Bump N' Grind" The Pioneers - "Long Shot Kick de Buckettfont" Vomit Launch "Exit Lines" Craig Mack - "Flava In Your Ear" The Wu Tang Clan - "Tearz" Mott The Hoople - "All The Young Dudes"
Thats fantastic. Except for the Mott the Hoople cover of the Bowie song which was almost the worst song on the Juno track except for the Sonic Youth cover of the carpenters. Please take it off and add some other fantastic hip hop classic. Anything but Mott the Hoople singing softly and sweetly about all the young dudes. Also did I mention that Mary Kate Olsen is in the movie? Thats her picture. She looks a bit busted though, (are those dreadlocks?) but I'm sure she'll pull it together for her kiss with ben kingsley. yuck.
Seeing Sounds is the third N*E*R*D* album, and it sounds like a conflation of the first two, In search of's spacey, hip-hop disco sound combined with the rock of Fly or Die. Unsurprisingly this makes for a great combination as the Neptunes make a very good album.
Time for Some Action-decent starter track, not the best the album has to offer, can Pharrell really see sounds? I don't think so, but he is one of the most succesful producers ever. Who knows?
Everyone Nose (All the Girls Standing in the Line for the Bathroom)- Fantastic first single, still not old even though it's been out forever, Lindsay Lohan does a cameo in the music video, as soon as I learn how to link videos easily I'll link it.
Windows-good song, only certain people (basically only Pharrell) could get away with this level of creepiness. This song sounds as if you added to a hip hop beat to seventies trash pop and came out golden.
Anti matter- I can't figure out whether I like this song or not, and whether it is annoying or just really cool.
Spaz-so good that even being played 12483943 times on Zune commercials during the playoffs hasn't ruined it
Yeah You-another very good song, about a fan/stalker, not much else to say,
Sooner or Later-At first I thought that this song was over-emotional repetitive trash. But it's not. The melody is extremely catchy, and the song just gets better as it moves along. Don't skip it after hearing the first falsetto line
Happy-Perfect Summer song, best lyrics on the album (not quite the strong suit of the band), another good one
Kill Joy-Decent, the breathing at the beginning is pretty annoying, but the song gets better. It sounds like grandmaster flash wrote this one though. Not particularly inspired lyrics, and Pharells bullet noises are kind of strange.
Love Bomb-Similar to Sooner or Later in that at first it kind of sucks, but it gets better and better, turning into a very likeable song
You Know What-Good Pop, would be a standout if this album werent so good already
Laugh About It-energize album closer, similar to You Know What, not much else to say.
Id rate the album about a 8.0 on a scale of 10, (I have lower standards than pitchfork). Every song is worth listening to, most are very good.
Several things today so I'm going to split up the posts. Firstly, I've added my favorite links to the blog. I've heard this is how you begin to get web traffic of your own, because friendly bloggers link you back to give you a boost, and then real people start to read what you think and comment in all sorts of ways. (see http://www.slate.com/id/2189281/) I've realized that the only inspiration that I have to write on this other than boredom comes from the other things i read, and rather than just link to them in every single post, i'd rather have permanent links up. That way if I plagiarize at least it doesn't look as if im trying to be sneaky about it. So a short description of all the links:
No Trivia-Baltimore Writer Brandon Soderberg writes in-depth analysis of rap music and culture. In-depth analysis means in-depth analysis. Dude wrote an individual essay on every song on Graduation. Every so often he's brilliant, he's usually decent, and he's occasionally ridiculously pretentious, boring, and self-important.
Format Magazine-Urban Art and Fashion, not much more, highlights streetwear, modern graphic art, and occasionally good music
Complex Magazine-Mark Ecko's Magazine's Website, consummate consumer guide for streetwear that even white people can rock
Gilbert Arenas's Blog-The second most ridiculous player in the NBA (Stephen Jackson is an obvious first) blogs about basketball and his life.
DCtoBC.com -Modele's blog (for anyone who knows him). Random ish, music news (usually about DC artists or N*E*R*D*), links to games and video. Generally well-written, always interesting
Nahright.com-Hip-hop news and song leaks
Passion of the Weiss- My favorite blog, music reviews and commentary with the occasional cultural side note.
Poisonous Paragraphs-Bostonian Dart Adam's Blog. posts are always of interest and he talks a lot. Thinks highly of the celtics (fuck the celtics) and himself. Music reviews are usually spot-0n, although Dart never really reveals what he thinks makes albums good, and has extrordinarily low standards. Also, his font is too small.
Not a Blogger-Excellent music blog, too bad posts are rare, never subtle, always entertaining.
Aquarium Drunkard-When posting about good artists, a very good blog. When not, completely worthless.
The Blowtorch-very funny basketball blog, rags on foreigners
Balldontlie, Hardwoodparoxysm, Freedarko, Ball Don't Lie- My brother's go to basketball blogs, all insightful, all worth reading.
Bill Simmons link-Obvious, another Bostonian.
Oh Word-Hip Hop forum, blog posts range from very good to very terrible. (i have said very 2000 times in this post, Im obviously getting bored, Lets speed it up)
elitetaste-DC clothes, culture, music
The Hundreds-best Clothes in the country
There We Go.
P.S. Listen to Bad Side, by Wayne and Juelz, terrible lyrics but the song still turns out great
I'm not the only one who thinks DC rapper Wale is one of the best lyricists currently making music. Here's a quote from Jeff Weiss's blog. Weiss writes for LA Weekly and the LA Times. His blog adress is passionweiss.com
"For those just tuning in, over the past year Wale has built a name for himself as one of the most promising rappers around, dropping the impressive 100 Miles & Running mixtape, signing to Interscope, earning the cover of Urb, a spot on EW’s Top 8 To Watch in 08 list and placement on the main stage of this year’s Rock the Bells tour. But for all the attention he’s already accrued, Wale’s conceptually brilliant The Mixtape About Nothing not only justifies the acclaim, but deserves to put him on anyone’s short list of the best rappers of his generation."
Don't say I didn't warn you. If I figure out how to link things I'll post a link to The Mixtape about Nothing. Knowing about Wale two years before he dropped this classic makes me feel so superior and awesome.