Friday, February 16, 2007

peedi, you ain’t write that!

the look of young America...

When the host of ‘The Sound of Young America’, Jesse Thorn, refers to himself as “America’s Radio Sweetheart” immediately following satire-ready intro music (“Maximum fuuuun!!...”) and then describes his show as being “about things that are awesome,” it’s no wonder that a listener would be taken off guard by the following interview with none other than Peedi Crakk. Mr. Thorn says Peedi is one of his favorite rappers and proceeds to do one of the more interesting interviews with the not-yet-household-name rapper.

Peedi’s descriptions of his love for old school rap include memories of PE and LL at big all-ages arena shows which his mother brought him to because he was “not a big fan of after school programs.” And he emphasizes that these are not the “old school throwback shows… these are the original shows” placing him at a very young age to witness some classic performances. His description of their influence is classic understatement as he recalls being “real amused and intrigued” by the militant PE stage show. He says these days he’s been listening to BDP, Tuff Crew, and The Beastie Boys although he’s “not this old fart!”

The biggest laugh comes when Peedi describes the first time he met Freeway at a Halloween party (“a kiddie hop”) in Peedi’s cousin’s basement across from Freeway’s grandmother’s house. Both still early in elementary school at the time, Freeway came dressed as a ninja(!!!) and enjoyed doing “karate moves” instead of dancing. Peedi can’t quite recall his own costume but he assumes it was either a cheap-ass ‘Hulk’ or ‘Spiderman’ costume… or Dracula (he says he dressed as Dracula “for like 10 years straight.” Freeway reconnected with ‘Pedro Tequila’ in high-school. Jesse Thorn makes an astute observation when he notes that although they are very distinct, Free and Peedi have related vocal styles although neither seems to have “specific precedent.” Is America finally recognizing the genius of these two MCs?

Peedi comes off incredibly honest and thoughtful throughout the interview. He admits to being spoiled (“I wouldn’t say ‘blessed’…”) and declares “I can’t mope!” He clarifies all situations related to The Roots, incarceration and inspiration, State Property and Juelz Santana, who Peedi respects for not responding to his dis rhyme, not only for business strategy but because “it would be the end of (Juelz’) career”

The only thing I don’t believe is that Peedi can’t remember what Halloween costume he was wearing when he met Freeway. C’mon, Free… we all wanna know…

A slowed down old school style from Peedi on the Benja Styles JDS ‘What We Do: The Movie’ Mixtape (copped via The Fader)

Peedi Crakk – I’m Peedi Crakk

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

she used to strap me with the whip…

Ghost riding responsibly

Slum Village continues their odd Detroit repping by getting strapped.
Their Chevy is heavy… with toddlers and there is something kinda working here beyond novelty-kids-safety-song money. I mean who wouldn’t sing along with the hook at a club? “Sit, pull, cross, click!” It’s better than every ‘don’t drive drunk’ song, isn’t it?
The ghostride mixtape-jack should have fun flipping lines like “Click clack, that’s the sound of the strap!”
C’mon yay area, let’s get crash test dummy and buckle up that yellow bus.

Slum Village - 4 Steps With Kids

Wednesday, February 07, 2007


the buzz...

Timbaland still flips ‘em the best but… let me feed the ‘beat origin’ discussion.

throw some swedes on that bitch

Timbaland, The Hives - Throw It On Me
Via Analog Giant...

Monday, February 05, 2007

'bone,' 'thugs' and... harmony?

one blood...

HBO debuts 'Bastards of the Party' by Cle 'Bone' Sloan and co-produced by Antoine Fuqua Tuesday night. I loved it. Interview with Sloan here.

she white, she bright, she shines like a pearl

Prince Paul, DJ 3D and my old boy DJ Avee aka Shoe Heffner will be spinning for the 'accessorized' folk in a celebration of Black History Month as only Prince Paul could concoct.

still chillin' in my b-boy stance

throw your hands in the air...
now keep 'em there.

Derrick honors the ultimate b-boy stance (seen via Line Out) and inspires a fond recollection of the most iconic stance striker of all, LL's anti-hypeman, E-Love.
Wait for the last line of this scene..."You was gonna shoot him, too..." and ponder: Did that lead Chuck D to cast E as 'The PE' in the logo?