OutKast’s Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik is 20 years old this year, and Myspace (of all places) has a look at the making of this classic album. Since the story came from talking to (only) two of the producers (Ray Murray and Rico Wade), and no one else, it’s hard to call this an oral history in the traditional sense. That said, it’s an interesting read.
When OutKast’s Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik dropped in 1994, hip-hop was coming off the back of a game of bi-coastal ping-pong. New York City’s dominant gritty golden era sound had been knocked off its stylistic pedestal by Dr. Dre’s smoothed-out, synth-swaddled G-Funk movement in 1992, before the stoney and rugged appeal of the Wu-Tang Clan’s assault on the rap world snaffled it back to the Big Apple a year later. Coming off the back of this broad production tussle, OutKast’s debut sounded like a melding of the two coasts, with soulful and honeyed live instrumentation being layered on top of drum patterns and breaks cut razor sharp. The credit for the album’s canny sonic make-up goes to Organized Noize.
Dr. Dre has been working on an album for a decade, but he needs Doc and Snoop. Who’s Doc?
Detox has become one of those mythically unfinished records—like the third My Bloody Valentine album, which took more than 20 years to see release, or Chinese Democracy before Axl Rose finally deigned to crap it out into the world. The conundrum of its perpetual imminence is just something you live with as a fan of rap music. When the rising L.A. MC Schoolboy Q rapped, “Word to Dr. Dre/Detox is like a mix away” on his 2012 album Habits & Contradictions, he may as well have been stating a constant truth, a fact about the landscape: Detox is just a mix away. Crenshaw High School is 30 minutes from the Hollywood Hills. That mountain is 10,064 feet high.
Pete Nice from 3rd Base has a pretty cool collection of pictures from his days as a rapper. Here are some of them with descriptions. He’s also a big time baseball memorabilia collector who has admitted fraud. (Boston fans may be interested to know he’s also a co-owner of McGreevey’s.)
Mic Check 1234 is a remix album by Max Tannone mashing up punk and hip hop, often very successfully. Two great ones below. Mos Dub an album mashing up Mos Def lyrics with dub tracks is also great.
17 year old LL Cool J performing live in a gym at Colby College in Waterville, ME. This is amazing. The arm waving at about 13 minutes, the mic drop at 18:30, the guy singing Memories, the break dancers… Amazing.
This is the standard against which all SEO experts should be measured. If your SEO consultant isn’t a rapper you’re really not spending your budget the right way.
Via Videogum, thanks Adam.
You might have seen this last week, but if you didn’t, watch Odd Future on Jimmy Fallon performing ‘Sandwitches’. Exciting.