Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Random Ish

Yeah, my little girl is getting bigger by the day. Children are amazing people. That pic was taken before she had her ears pierced and she was absolutely miserable afterwards. Women go through a lot of pain for men, huh?

I’m sure the majority of you already know that those back to back issues of The Source, featuring Biggie on the cover, are up next. I read them again over the weekend. What a shame to get taken out so young when you’re still on the rise. I took a moment to flip through the rest of the 1997 issues as well and I think we have a slight problem. I forgot that the later issues, beginning with September 1997, are packed with advertisements. I’ll experiment with the scanner but if it doesn’t work, then I’ll just post a few individual pages from the larger mags and keep it moving. I may throw up a few more XXL's and Ego Trip’s, too, if anyone wants to see them. Also, for those of you requesting re-ups of the 1991 to 1996 Source magazines, they may be posted again on a site with much more exposure. Stay tuned.

Is anyone else feeling Royce’s music this year? He was on fire with Slaughterhouse and the few joints I’ve heard from his upcoming album (Street Hop) are also pretty good. He won’t sell many units but dude can still spit with the best of them and we old folks appreciate real MC’s. On the other hand, I don’t know how any of you can stomach that Jay-Z garbage. He’s older but boring and severely overrated. Did you hear that stinky album??? Shameful! I think I told my wife that unlike Biggie, Tupac, Big Pun and Big L, I would feel absolutely nothing if I heard that he died today. He’s that wack to me. Anyway, Raekwon has the hands down best album of the year so far and I don’t think anyone will supplant him on my imaginary list. Even his throw away tracks were good. Canibus and Keith Murray also put out a good EP that few people have heard. But my sleeper album of the year is Del & Tame One’s Parallel Uni-Verses. It’s quirky, weird, abstract, and even lazy in some places. But more importantly, it was creative and obviously fun for them to create. And the production? I love it! I need somebody from the Strictly Beats crew to get those instrumentals ASAP. In the meanwhile, check out the album here: http://scarberiaoriginal.blogspot.com/2009/10/tracklisting-01.html

It’s kind of funny that most of the hip-hop I like these days is created by people who are 32 and over. I remember when it was all about the youth in the 80’s but now that the youth have grown up it’s good to see that hip-hop has matured somehow. And let's not forget the young bull holding it down, Freddie Gibbs. I think I heard his stuff via Passion of the Weiss and haven't stopped playing it since. He's oozing with talent and potential. It's rare that I big up the young cats but he's pure fire and unlike a lot of clowns (Gucci Mane, anyone?) he has a secret weapon (a brain). Can't wait for the official album. Get his mixtapes here: http://kevinnottingham.com/2009/10/17/freddie-gibbs-mixtapes/

One last thing, if you had to pick one rapper from the list below for a head to head 5 minute battle against any other rapper for one million dollars, which one would you choose?

Chino XL, Canibus, KRS-One, Xzibit, Redman, Black Thought, Big Pun, Lord Finesse, Masta Ace, Ras Kass, Biggie, Andre 3000, Pharoah Monche, Eminen, GZA, Mos Def, Casual, and LL Cool J.

That's it. Get back to work people.


  1. you're so right,i don't understand how most people can't see that jays whole career,and particularly these days,is so very much overrated..by the way,beautiful pic,you must be proud :)

  2. Good to hear everything's good with your daughter, man. And good to see that you're still at it with the Source mags.

  3. Children grow up so fast. Just yesterday it felt like I was in middle school and now I'm in college. For the battle I think it would be between KRS and Biggie. Where do you rank Jay-Z on your all time list btw?

  4. @Dan - Jay-Z ranks very low on my all time list. He's way too overrated because of his popularity. I've said many, many times that his career would not have been the same had Tupac, Biggie, Big L, and Big Pun never died.

  5. @ Vincent- I agree that his career wouldn't be the same, he hasn't made a great album since 2003, and that he lost the battle to Nas. But he did make great music from 1996-2003 and like you said his popularity makes that he can never fall off even though skill wise he has but I still have him at 7th best.

  6. @joko - I like that idea. But wouldn't that matchup be too cerebral for most people?