KJ: Why is it important for guys to get involved with girls issues?
Shad: I think it’s important a) because we’re all human beings so all our issues are connected and hinder all of us if they’re unresolved and b) because we all know how it feels when someone is willing to listen and even advocate for you instead of you having to fight for yourself all the time. It can mean and do a lot.
I’m taking a second to plug my sister’s amazing shop, Pretty Things! It’s where I get basically all of my clothing, and now that I work here, it’s murder. Sassy murder.
We range from size 2-26, XXS-4XL in many styles! You can come by locally in Halifax on Blower’s street or shop online wherever you are. We just marked down a bunch of stuff half off, and even better, we’ve just started rolling out our own hand made in-house dresses. This stuff is made for REAL ladies with hips and boobs and bums like a real lady should have!
If you’re tight on cash for pretty things right now, you could help us out by reblogging this and sharing with your friends! Help support small local businesses!
Thanks so much!
Hey, I love this shop and I think that what Cadie has accomplished is incredible, but I just want to pipe up about the “real lady” business.
“Real ladies” can have hips and bums and whatever, and they can also have bellies. And shoulders. and penises. and ribs that stick out past breasts that barely exist. or breasts that hang past their bellybuttons. or no breasts at all, or maybe at least not yet.
When you try to define what a “real lady” is, even if you think you’re being progressive by encouraging a certain body type, you’re still shaming anyone who identifies as female but doesn’t fit your criteria. There are some women who will never be thin, and there are some women who will never get curves, and there are some women who don’t even know they’re women yet.
Today, Adam Warrock and Mikal kHill released their joint rapper/producer (in that order) mixtape, The Browncoats Mixtape. It’s based on one of my favourite TV shows of all ever, Joss Whedon’s space western Firefly, so I was going to be excited on the day that it dropped anyway, but the thing that really gets my pulse racing is when an album has talented people behind it, a great coherent theme (or not), beats that thump and well… perhaps most of all…
I appear for a verse on the track based on my favourite episode of the show, the one that never fails to make me cry like a kid being made to get into or out of the bath: “Out Of Gas.”
I was so lucky to be invited! I mean, I was lucky they barely objected when I all but stormed the song with guns blazing. I was living in an abandoned spaceship myself at the time, and the rest of the crew had made it in their escape pod to a safer place and I was just kind of freezing to death and watching the oxygen dip low low low.
I wrote from the perspective of the crew in the show (oh that did it… that one sentence just all at once made me realize I have participated in fan fiction. oh god dammit.), and to really harp on the theme of the episode, I put the affection and concern felt between them in that crisis at the forefront because it was what I needed in my drifting pod, too.
It may sound weird, but for the very end I knew another reference I wanted to pull into the mix because it gave me just the right feeling when I would hum it to myself - the hook from Lil Kim’s “I Came Back For You!”
I was kind of huddled in that nav room from the show, just really hoping someone would come back for me.
And I didn’t die out in space, so I guess someone did.
Caught unprepared, We left reluctantly; scared, everything up in the air. We were stuck if she wasn’t repaired. The one thing we spared was sentiment we hadn’t time for, Air was thick with sediment, and evidence to bat an eye for. As the temperature dropped therein, tempers just stopped flaring. Warmth became immeasurable, it was never less cool to be not caring. Always shook off any trouble with a crew like yours, Til we took of in the shuttles… two by four. Ooh, my lord! Swing low, sweet miracle, No doctor, no mechanic, no shepherd with parables No mercenary, no pilot, no lieutenant, no dependent child, No companion… you were abandoned. But Captain, you commanded every trick that there was. Stirred part of her heart. Left it slick with your blood. Fixed it with love, and you would do the same for us, So here we are, and here we’ll still be when you wake up.
We came back for you! The cargo bay of our spaceship vacant of all hard cases! We came back for you! All our fam on every world, all we got is our word. We came back for you! Sorry you were waiting on us; so glad you weren’t taken from us! We came back for you! Flying chrome, the sky is home - you don’t have to die alone.
On the show Toddlers & Tiaras, a mother was talking about her little girl who is a tomboy. She likes to hunt with her father and loves playing soccer. The mother concludes that the little girl is “part girl, part boy.” Apparently, liking soccer and hunting makes you a boy.
If gender isn’t sex, what makes you a boy or girl except for the things that society claims are for one or the other?
What is a boy, except for the balance of a collection of gendered characteristics?
So i just moved from California to Ottawa ON Canada about 2 weeks ago and today we drove ACROSS A RIVER, not like took a plane to another continent…. a river, and suddenly nobody spoke english. I was like “what the fuck is going on?!” I also noticed that i couldn’t really…
You moved there from California, and you’ve never had that experience with Spanish? I’m surprised!
I was listening to Relax this morning, and I realized that something about Das Racist’s appeal (to those who experience it) should have come as no surprise.
They are functionally an amalgam of everyone on Def Jam in the 1980s!
I am not going to make a strong case for Oran “Juice” Jones or Slayer, but as for hip-hop artists? Look at this:
Beastie Boys - especially in their Def Jam incarnation as hard-partying, substance abusing, girl-chasing and merrily pranking mayhem-inducers! Plus very goofy punchlines drawn from a fish-eye lens on pop culture;
Public Enemy - Kool A.D. is Flava Flav, @HEEMS is Chuck D and Dapwell is Professor Griff. All of them have elements of the others - I mean, Victor spits Griff-like streams of politicized facts when called upon, only actually true, and Himanshu wilds out arguably the most so it’s not like he’s not Flav at all - so what it’s really like is if you took those three members of Public Enemy, melted them down into one person, and then split THAT person into three people. You would pretty much get the essence of Das Racist, I think;
LL Cool J - Every so often on the record, as with the mixtapes, one of the dudes will suddenly snap into focus as a RAPPER instead of just a fun rappin’ guy, and blaze out some tough syllable play that wets your pants for you. It’s just a sharp injection of the Future of the Funk every so often, you know?
3rd Bass - Intellectual and educated, yet weird and hilarious. Racially conscious, yet confused. Introduced Zev Luv X (MF Doom) to the world, who is a personal hero of racial frustration to Heems. Surreal, cartoonish videos. They practically WERE Das Racist… except only the DJ wasn’t white, so I guess that perspective was lacking;
Slick Rick - Okay Das Racist are very little like Slick Rick. I will grant you that one. No story raps, no eyepatches, no shooting anyone’s cousin, no threat of deportation hanging over them. That I know of;
T La Rock - see LL Cool J… everybody else did!
EPMD - if we think of 1990 as “eighty-decca,” as 3rd Bass encouraged us to, then we can sneak in EPMD who signed in that year, and there we have a duo of even-keeled, witty and gritty rappers who crack jokes and domes almost equally. Also if we’re looking at guests on their Def Jam album, Business As Usual, I would have to consider similarities between Redman and Danny Brown. Both cultivating wild, dirty, almost grubby characters with distinctively grating deliveries and both poised to get a lot more attention really soon? Check. The LL Cool J guest spot I would have to liken to El-P or Despot if I were to continue that thought, and that’s not going to work, and anyway there’s no analog to Vikram Singh, so I’ll just leave it there.
I’m tempted to keep on going at least as far as Nice & Smooth, but then I’d never stop, so I’ll leave you to ponder that analogy yourself. I think it’s pretty obvious who is whom.
Tune in next time when I compare Das Racist to the following artists from East/West Records: Das EFX, Missy Elliott, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Simply Red, Tori Amos, Da Lench Mob, Da Youngstas, Marky Mark & The Funky Bunch, Stina Nordenstam, Terror Fabulous, Snow, and a fantasy superduo of Queen Latifah & MC Lyte.
You said that you would release Humble+Brilliant on vinyl in August. August is almost over and still nothing except the chapbook. Was that a miscommunication, or is Vinyl of H+B still on the way?
I let my hopes masquerade as a definitive plan, I guess.
So far, the number of H&B books and downloads sold has covered the costs of making the record, but not produced much in the way of profit. More copies sell from week to week, but not at such a volume that I’ve been able to build up enough on-hand capital to manufacture vinyl yet.
It still is a plan - if for no other reason than that I don’t wish for Mike Holmes’s awesome cover art to go to waste.
As a young man who grew up in the post-9/11 era, I have watched our country fight two wars that seem like they are never going to end. I have seen thousands and thousands of our brave men and women get killed in battle and often times, I think for what? A lot of people in this country are struggling to make ends meet and I think a lot about what if we had never gone to war. Where would our economy be? Our schools, our after-school and work programs, our streets?
…[A] lot of homeboys who I grew up with, a lot of people who come from the neighborhoods we live in … In no way do I want to hurt any of our honorable soldiers who put their lives at risk, regardless of how they feel about the two wars we fight in. I am just frustrated that we haven’t been able to bring you all home quick enough and my frustration got the best of me. I am deeply sorry.
Soulja Boy, in a letter to globalgrind.com, explains his line “Fuck the FBI and US Army troops” from the song “Let’s Be Real.”
Back in maybe 2007, I got way too mixed up in fighting with some terrible nerd rappers on the internet about whether they should make light of sexual assault or be racist dickheads. My position was, and remains, that they should not.
One of them was really ticked off though at my intolerance, and actually recorded himself rapping over a sample from Tori Amos’s “Me And A Gun.” You may or may not know that that song is a chilling retelling of a time she was actually assaulted in her car after a show. I don’t think it’s funny.
So I teamed up with DJ Snyder, the guy who provides amazing scratches for MC Frontalot, and made this song in response. I hope it made the dude feel bad, but even if it didn’t, I hope it said to anyone else who may have heard it that he’s a twerp for what he did and I want survivors to get more respect than that.
“And yes I have sex, but I have sex with condoms, I do it safely. Nothing I’m doing about I should be ashamed of because none of it’s wrong. So I speak about it openly and quite honestly it’s refreshing I think to probably hear somebody be honest.”—Ke$ha
“You know how rap has always been “my phone and my car and I’m awesome and saying my name over and over again and my jewelry and my money?” And it wasn’t until Eminem came along that vulnerability was brought to it? He raps about the embarrassing things about his own self instead of posturing.”—Sarah Silverman in a GQ article. Made me feel confused. (via microaggressions)
I hate when people offer analyses of rap in general who have only listened to an extremely narrow stream of it.