Last night, Snoop Dogg made a pit stop by Hal and Mal’s in Jackson on his way back from the All-Star weekend in New Orleans. I was apprehensive about checking out the show for various reasons. That was until they announced that 5th Child / DJ Young Venom / Southern Comfort would be opening up the show. 5th Child (Vintage Noize) took full advantage of the opportunity to open up for a superstar. Assisted by James Crow and Violator All-Star DJ Young Venom on the tables, 5th set the bar high for the night. As people were pouring in they were treated to a great performance with incredible energy. The crowd’s reaction let’s everyone know what they thought. They didn’t even drop 5th Child when he dove from the stage into the crowd. One thing was made certain last night, if you have a hip-hop show in Jackson this guy should be on your bill, period.
The name A-Plus should not be new to you if you’re a hip-hop fan. Whether it’s his work with the Souls of Mischief or the Hieroglyphic crew, he is considered a veteran of the scene. He has been branching out into some different sonic plains lately, Think Tank is a return to the sound fans have come to love. This is not to say that his experimental stuff was ill received, it was not. But he is such an asset to us producing these kinds of tracks. Looking forward to what Hiero has in store for us this year.
As the world patiently, or not so patiently in my case, anticipates the release of Schoolboy Q’s Oxymoron next week, TDE drops a new jewel featuring Q and the Chef, Raekwon. This year should belong to Schoolboy Q.
Slum Village announced that the proceeds from the iTunes sales of their new J Dilla produced “Yes, Yes” will go to Dilla’s children. I applaud the group for doing this, but I do take issue with the subject matter of the song being used to benefit his daughters. The song is a celebration of the groups sexual exploits. What happens when Ja’Maya and Ty-Monae hear the song. Here young ladies, enjoy this song which was meant to be a sort of dedication to you. It’s like making a song to benefit the educational programs available to children in communities with poor schooling, and said song being about drugs, jewelry and cars. It’s worse than that though, it’s like making a song to help fight the blood diamond trade in South Africa and the subject matter of that song is about how big your chain is and how many carats your watch has. I find this to be utterly tasteless and while I applaud the fact the group is willing to do something for Dilla’s children (which they should be doing ANYWAY), it should have been thought through a little more thoroughly.
It was 1988, I was going into the 6th grade and obsessed with the song “Cult Of Personality”, which was getting major play on MTV that summer. One weekend just after school started, my parents and I were at a local mall when I went into Sam Goody and saw the cassette. I expressed to them that I wanted it and for some reason I did not leave with it that day. But a few days later when my father came home from work he had it with him. I was so excited, I had a little component set in my room and I know I burnt that tape up. I had a portable walk-man that I took with me to school. So the next day, tape in hand I cruised the couple blocks to school listening to the whole tape front to back. To my surprise “Cult Of Personality” was not even my favorite song on the tape. That honor went to the track “Open Letter To A Landlord”, something just clicked with me. I can’t explain it today just like I couldn’t then. It’s the feeling you get from a song that connects you to the vision the writer had when creating it. It happens instantly and it stays with you forever. As I listen to the track now, it conjures up the same emotions that it did when I was 11 years old. Vivid still remains high up on my list of favorite albums.