Archive for the ‘Comedy’ Category

Scooter Island – Not Yours ft. Junglepussy

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015
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I’m actually not crazy about the first half of this song, I think it might make more sense in the context of the Broad City episode it was created for, which I have not yet seen. BUT, the second half of it, starting at 2:10, is a tremendous verse from Junglepussy which again confirms my opinion that she is the best rapper in New York at the moment.
 

VIDEO: Thundercats ft. Eric Andre – $5k Videos

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014
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Thundercat and Eric Andre take the ‘Tron Song’ and make it … something else.
 

Wu Tang & Killarmy & Jon Stewart On The Larry Sanders Show (1998)

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014
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Had this stuck in my head ever since Wu’s widely ballyhooed appearance on The Daily Show. The Larry Sanders Show isn’t very widely remembered now but it was pretty big in ’98, and as I was an impressionable 18yo Wu-Stan at the time this particular episode stuck with me ever since.
 
The clip above is only a part of the episode, but it has all the salient points – the network brings on Jon Stewart to guest-host, Stewart turns out to be something of a wildcard and books the Wu, white awkwardness and concerns about scaring the Mid-West audiences ensue. The scene where co-host Hank meets The Clan (actually it’s RZA, Cappa and Killarmy) is a particular highlight.
 
This was great satire when it aired and remains a valuable time capsule of how rap and rappers were viewed by the mainstream media at the time. Watching it in 2014 also creates some poignant ‘then and now’ moments. The question of ODB’s absence resonates tragically in light of his storied legal troubles and untimely death. The absence of the other members also strikes an inadvertent chord about the group’s later fractured relationship and their notorious inability to get all the members in one room (granted they managed it for last week’s appearance.) On a lighter note, the brief off-hand reference to RZA doing a movie has become weirdly prophetic considering his forays into Hollywood, while the actual movie he was likely referring to in the clip has become a lost holy grail among his fans.
 
The main difference is of course in the music. In 2014 I am still a huge Wu fan, but even so I would have to admit that by now they have become something like a legacy act. They still make good music here and there, but there is an obvious difference between the medley performed in the clip, a combination of ‘And Justice For All‘ and ‘The Pillage‘, and the single they debuted on The Daily Show. The new song is not bad, the verses are actually rather nice, but the edge that made them a possibly dangerous unknown quantity for the Larry Sanders showrunners has clearly dulled.
 
I’m not too mad about that, it’s natural. People mellow out with age, they are not the same rappers they were back then, and I’m not the same Wu-Stan either. It’s good to see the group still doing things, good to see Stewart still supporting, and it’s cool that they can still come together at least in some measure. For the rest we will always have ’98.
 

GWAR – Phallus In Wonderland (1992, Full Movie)

Monday, March 24th, 2014
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RIP Oderus Urungus.
 
I’m not going to claim extensive fandom of GWAR, I’m not even a huge fan of metal. But this band was a big part of pop culture for anybody growing up in the 90s, you didn’t need to be a big fan of the music to enjoy and appreciate their existence. The same extends to this mini-movie video, their Grammy-nominated magnum opus. Before Netflix, before Youtube, before DVD even, this was an infamous and mysterious cult item. Whispered about during study halls, blurry VHS dubs of it made stealthy rounds through my school, often as contraband. GWAR’s other videos were also held in similar regard, but this one was by far the most notorious (at least in my circles.)
 
In 2014 much of that mystique is obviously long gone, surviving mostly in nostalgic memories, if at all. But the movie still holds up well and entertains tremendously as hilariously ridiculous cinematic oddity, assuming you’re not too squeamish or easily offended. Highly recommended, even if you’ve never heard a single song from the GWAR’s discography.
 

Apropos The Game Of Thrones Mixtape, Here Be A 4 HRSMN Song

Thursday, March 6th, 2014
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I’m sure Catch The Throne is gonna deliver it’s share of hilarity (it already kinda there). But due to its existence, I feel the need to remember The Four Horsemen (4 HRSMN).
 
Rightly forgotten by most, 4 HRSMN were a super group consisting of Canibus, Killah Priest, Kurupt, Ras Kass. If you didn’t live through the glory days of late 90s-early 00s underground rap, you probably won’t understand why this seemed like a good idea circa 98-ish. For the purposes of this post, all you need to know is that their song ‘The Horsemen’ (above) is already the top contender for the greatest medieval/fantasy themed rap song of all time. Rap Genius has a transcript of the song’s lyrics, it’s predictably inaccurate but close enough to give you a proper idea of why I hold it such high regard. Daddy Yankee is going to have to strain really hard on those Gasolina:Dragon Fire metaphors to top Canibus’ campaign plan of marching on France.
 
If you want to hear more from the hilarious trainwreck that was The Horsemen Project, CLICK HERE.
 

Burial – Can I Borrow A Feeling?

Thursday, February 6th, 2014
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A very rare remix demo that has somehow found its way to youtube.