So about that whole, “me regularly contributing to the site” - yeah, that didn’t really actually happen…yeah. Not a surprise to anyone. But anyway, since I’m back home for Krampus for the next few days, it’s either fuck around on my computer or interact with my family, and I’m way too big a piece of shit to willingly talk to my kinfolk. Like, what are we gonna even talk about? All those times I got super drunk and did something stupid? Cheyah right.
Antisocial antics aside, it’s the end of the year, and that’s the time when Internet music tastemakers like ourselves get to making lists of our favorite shit from the previous 12 months. It’s kinda our way to fill a ridiculous amount of content quotas while still acting like opinionated music assholes.
So without further ado, here’s Wally Sean’s ten favorite LPs from 2012.
Three in one day? Am I trying to make up for lost time or something? You bet your sweet ass I am. But I’d also be an utter simpleton if I didn’t give this the B.O.M.B.S. seal of approval: a stream of Ab-Soul’s #controlsystem project.
Some of you more rock-inclined (namely my partner in crime Big Red) may be thinking to yourself, “Why is the Wally Man in such a tizzy over this Ab-Soul bro? I mean, three posts in one day - what a hardo. Couldn’t this wait a bit?” No, it can’t wait a bit, America. Maybe you haven’t heard, but Top Dawg Entertainment - a label consisting of emcees Jay Rock, Kendrick Lamar, ScHoolboy Q and Ab-Soul - has been straight mobbing the rap game these days. And I don’t mean in the way that everybody hopped on Young Angel’s bozack; these dudes are raw talent. And this project is absolutely no different from Kendrick Lamar and ScHoolboy Q’s most recent successes.
So when I say that it’s imperative I post this shit up then respect the realness of my vocab. And if you’re fucking with this album a bit more than others, go cop it on iTunes. Depending on my bank account statement, I may be heading over there pretty ASAP.
Coachella was this weekend (way to snub the new leading Internet music tastemakers on press passes, assholes), and while everyone was on Jedi 2Pac’s hologram dick, Childish Gambino snuck through with a dope remix. Live on stage, Gambino brought out Kendrick Lamar and Danny Brown to debut the remix of his 2010 song “You Know Me” (see way down below for reference), and while the sound quality of video is crap, it sounds like the CDQ is going to fucking bump.
I’ve been really impressed with Gambino’s recents sounds (Camp was dope, fuck a Pitchfork), and Kendrick Lamar and Danny Brown are seemingly incapable of doing any wrong when it comes to music. Kind of a random pairing since Lamar is so socially-minded and Danny Brown is an utter lyrical nutcase, but I fucks with it hard. Double time flow for the fucking win.
But since I already mentioned it and it’s all the rage on the ‘Nets, what the fuck was with the hologram 2Pac last night? I’m all for paying respect to the legends, but we’re stepping into janky territory with hologram performances. Like, is this going to become a real thing? Are Biggie and Pun gonna be rocking posthumous sets at Summer Jam? Are Paul and Ringo gonna reunite with the ghosts of John and George and tour the States getting bitches panties wet all over again? I’m not with it. Not only does it sound like a ticket scam, but I’m pretty sure it’s on some end of days, Book of Revelations type-shit. One minute, dead rockstars rising up to rock CGI sets, the next - BOOM, Mel Gibson’s driving our oil rig through the desert while a bunch of S&M goons try to jack it.
So thanks Dr. Dre, you just turned the Apocalypse into the 2Pacalypse. And you still haven’t even dropped Detox. What a jip.
UPDATE: Turns out Dre donated money to the Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation in exchange for using his likeness. That’s actually cool of him to donate to a good cause, but still, you think a label that owns someone’s recordings is gonna be that generous? Fat chance, we all know Industry Rule #4080 (look it up if you don’t).