monday mixtape kryptonite

June 17th, 2013 by | Tags: , ,

I was telling a friend last night that I don’t think I’ll ever stop being impressed by rap. I was talking specifically about the lyrics at that point, but it goes for beats, too. There’s always gonna be something to rock my world. Example:

Left Brains produced this Hodgy Beats joint, making it a de facto Mellowhype song. “Sale” sounds tinny and bad on Youtube for some reason, but the bass is way deeper on my headphones. My first thought was “I need to hear this in a car” when the beat started up and that bassy rumble started. I don’t think I was expecting a beat like this on Hodgy’s Untitled 2, which made it even more hot.

Over on the lyrical side of things, Fabolous has bars. I’ve listened to “We Get High” from The Soul Tape 2 dozens of times at this point. Video:

My favorites are at the top of the second verse. “How high? How high? Just came from the O.G. man/ My eyes so Redman, that M-E-T-H-O-D, Man!”

The skill needed to make good weed songs is an increasingly rare talent. Curren$y can knock them out, maybe, but most cats are slacking. Fab, right here? He’s doing pretty good.

-I read and enjoyed Cheryl Lynn talking about that new Kanye. She’s right about Yeezus, I think. The beats are super hot, or at least interesting/baffling in an interesting way when they aren’t hot, but Kanye is just not good enough lyrically. He’s not that dude. And it’s starting to show.

-I read and enjoyed Jeff Parker talking about Man of Steel. I haven’t seen it, but he makes it sound like a movie I’d want to see.

-I read and enjoyed a Jog two-fer–first an old look at Frank Miller’s The Spirit and Zach Snyder’s Sucker Punch, and then a piece on After Earth, Watchmen, Man of Steel, and more besides. I’ve only seen Sucker Punch and The Spirit, so I guess today is the day I recommended essays about movies I haven’t seen.

I posted this last year, but I put “dice-k” up on my stories site. One night in the life of a yakuza, shortly after the death of his uncle.

-It’s been slow running here on my part as I get caught up with this new job. I’d intended to write this weekend, but instead I saw a movie, bought some clothes, and managed to spend Father’s Day sleeping and playing Metal Gear Solid Peace Walker. Much-needed weekend of nothing, I think, but now it’s time to get back at it. Full service to resume if not this week, then next.

This Is The End was really, really funny. Michael Cera stole the show, then Danny McBride stole it back, and then James Franco snatched it away in the final minutes.

Open thread. What’re you reading/watching/hearing/enjoying?

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2 comments to “monday mixtape kryptonite”

  1. Whoa, I can contribute more than usual! I had a busy weekend.

    Played – Devil Summoner: Raidou Kuzunoha vs. the Soulless Army – The “missing pieces” of our home’s MegaTen collection (there are still a couple of outliers but they get so obscure as to not bring up) is not a perfect game, for sure, but on a narrative level, it’s one of the few games where the threads from all the others intersect. Despite its flaws, it’s very fun – it’s a rare “action” RPG from those devs, you’re actively stabbing and blocking the demons. Still pretty grind heavy. I could go into this further but I’ve exhausted everyone’s interest.

    I’m also still playing a lot of Crashmo on the 3DS.

    Watched – Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence. Agh, finally! I’d never seen it. It’s like pure uncut Oshii right to your lobes. I enjoyed it a lot more than the original, for sure, although naturally so much of it comments on the original that it wouldn’t have worked as well if I hadn’t seen it (as everyone has). I very much feel that The Sky Crawlers feels like the final extension of the throughlines that Oshii really digs into, here. Loved it, but I can see why a lot of people don’t dig this one at all.

    Read – I was at CAKE this weekend! So I have a sizable pile of stuff around for once. There’s tons and tons I didn’t get though, and I’m a little crazy about it, could’ve spent ten grand. What an amazing show. Thickest book I got was the collection of all of Zac Gorman’s “Magical Game Time” material, which sort of supercedes my general nostalgia issues both on levels of craft and the way he uses it to reflect on a more general feeling of childhood, rather than just the reference (usually).

    A lot of books that I got were from people I know – particularly comics from Kat Verhoeven and Georgia Webber – but that should not stop anyone from seeking them out, as they’re great stuff. Among other things I got, though, was DeForge’s Lose #5, which I probably -don’t- need to say was fantastic.

    Uh wow this is running long. I’ll probably get Fire Emblem next?

  2. Hey,

    Apropos of absolutely nothing, I thought you might like this:


    Disney’s version of the John Henry legend. God DAMN, when Disney puts their mind to it they can tell a terrific story.