Thursday, December 11, 2008

Throwback Thursdays: Method Man & Redman - Da Rockwilder (1999)

This is a great record. It particularly stands out, because it's the only single that I can think of that is two minutes long and has no hook. The only other song I can think of is P.S.A., and that wasn't even really a single. They just played it on NY radio because everyone on Hot 97 is a Jay-Z stan.

Anyway, these two guys are just fun. I specifically remember this video because of the "choreographed dancing" that they were doing the whole time. They just seemed to be having so much fun with each other (nhjic). And honestly, that's exactly what this tandem is all about: having fun. They're a bunch of goofballs, and they're not scared to joke around with their music, which is something you rarely see in the hip-hop world.

These guys were on the famous Hard Knock Life Tour that I mentioned here, after which they dropped their only album together. The album featured the song shown above, which I believe was titled after the producer who made the record. They would then go on to star in a comedy together, which was then followed by an unsuccessful sitcom. They keep saying that they're going to do another album together, but they've been saying that for the past 10 years.

It would be nice to see something new from Doc & Meth. After all, the only clown we have left in hip-hop is this buffoon, and he barely qualifies as a rapper.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Men, Women & O.J.

With the O.J. trial Part II wrapping up this past weekend, I felt it appropo to mention Orenthal's latest verdict. As they say, karma is a... well, you know.

Also, discussion on the age-old debate: Men vs. Women. Instead of complaining about who's right and who's wrong, why don't we try to come up with some solutions? I think I may have some answers.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Throwback Thursdays: Canibus - Second Round K.O. (1998)

I was having a conversation with a friend of mine about the best beef tracks of all time. Of course, the LL Cool J vs. Canibus feud came up. I wasn't very familiar with the beef, so we went to YouTube.

The whole thing started when Canibus was featured on LL's song "4, 3, 2, 1". Canibus' original verse referenced LL's microphone tattoo, saying, "L, is that a mic on your arm? Let me borrow that." Cool James was offended by the lyric, as he felt that Canibus was taking shots at him. He asked Canibus to change his verse, to which he obliged. However, LL never changed his verse, on which he said, "The symbol on my arm is off limits to challengers." Canibus' original verse eventually leaked, and people figured out that LL's verse was directed towards Canibus. After that, it was on.

Canibus followed up with the video shown above, which was featured on his debut album. LL then responded with "The Ripper Strikes Back". Canibus responded to that with "Rip the Jacker". There were a few more shots the two took at each other following that, but eventually, the beef just sorta fizzled out.

There are differing opinions on who really won this battle. In my opinion, "Second Round K.O." was the best song of the entire feud. Canibus really went in, even going to far as dissing LL's corny TV show ("And if you really want to show off, we can get it on/ Live in front of the cameras on your own sitcom"). However, "The Ripper Strikes Back" was a great response, and "Rip the Jacker" didn't really hit as hard. So, even though I felt Canibus had the best song, you're only as good as your last punch. LL's final punch was harder, so I guess that means he won.

Oh, and for the record, the top five beef tracks probably go something like this:

1. Nas - Ether
2. 2Pac - Hit 'Em Up
3. Jay-Z - Takeover
4. Boogie Down Productions - The Bridge Is Over
5. The Game - 300 Bars & Runnin'

Black Friday, Grammys & Plaxico

They say art imitates life, right? Maybe life imitates art, too.

In the ultimate example of movie mimicking, this week's Bonehead Athlete of the Week is a real no-brainer. No, seriously, a no-brainer.

Also, some discussion on Black Friday and this year's Grammy nominations.