White funeral clothes and Elysium fields and going ham and Schoolboy Q and Christian imagery and the death of Molly.
h/t to Gorilla vs. Bear
It must be something in the water. If you remember, last week I posted about OutKast releasing a comicbook, and now XXL is reporting that Ghostface Killah, of Wu-Tang Clan fame, is putting out a graphic novel to go along with his album release in April. Peep the album cover below, and check out the album preview/pre-order here. Thoughts??? Will you cop it?
The tracks I’ve heard so far sound dope….
Ok, so I found out about the Outkast Comic through my homegirl’s Instagram feed and I HAD TO KNOW MORE! From the comic book’s Facebook newsfeed it looks like the creators/authors were down at SXSW (which makes sense, OutKast fits the ethos of that festival to a T). The Facebook and Twitter pages for the book are here and here. Working on getting a copy, but in the mean time peep the cover below. What do you think? Are you digging Big Boi’s brolic metal exoskeleton, or 3000′s Jimi Hendrix-Archangel steez? Personally, I’m thrilled and want to know more about the storyline. Outside of OutKast, what other musicians/artists would you like to see in comic books? Parliament Funkadelic comes to mind…
This week on the show Marcus K. Dowling, of PinkLine Project/Brightest Young Things/Washington City Paper/Vamos Promo/Brooklyn Bodega fame, sat down to spread knowledge about his experiences in music journalism, spotting trends in music, the difference between douchebag (generic) and asshole (purist) tastes, and why the alley oop is super important. Take a listen!
Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah does a really great job of making the literary case for Kendrick Lamar over at the LA Review of Books. Even though this piece is almost a month old, it still gets to the heart of a few issues within the black literary tradition and makes some valid points, namely:
After seeing the visuals for Lamar’s “Poetic Justice” and reading Ghansah’s piece I couldn’t help but think of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Two young people fresh off of the high of new romance, enjoying a kick back, just having fun like young people do. Drake is the commercial in the middle of the real show, being all Drake-y, but it’s tolerable. The ending had me in my feelings – I wasn’t expecting so dark a turn in the video’s storyline but it was ultimately a great (and brave) choice because what makes a story great are the stakes – and far too often in lit and in hip hop the stakes aren’t made clear or tangible. These-star crossed lovers are slain, it appears, for simply having fallen in love in a place where you can’t even party without fearing for your life. A bitter bit of poetic justice, indeed.
What did you think?
Today I’m headed home for the funeral of a family friend. He was only 27 at his passing, loved by his family and everyone who knew him. This song has added significance as we lay him to rest, highlighting the questions we should be asking ourselves daily – where are we going? what are we doing? – and the fact that we should cherish each day and opportunity we have. Like Vince did.
If you didn’t hear the news already, Wyclef Jean, of Fugees and “Someone Please Call 911″ fame, is dropping his memoir today, and is spilling the tea on why he and Lauryn “taxes-are-for-the-birds” Hill don’t really fool with each other too tough any more. According to the New York Post she falsely told him that she was pregnant with his baby:
I was married and Lauryn and I were having an affair, but she led me to believe that the baby was mine, and I couldn’t forgive that,” Jean writes in “Purpose,” at which The Post got a first look yesterday.
Say what? L-Boogie is allegedly outchea living that Maury life. Not for nothing, but Wyclef is not the most trustworthy person in the world, IMO, so how can he be morally superior about her lying about the kid when he is stepping out on his wife? Remember his Yele Haiti swindle shenanigans? Something about him is Elegba tricky, and not in a good way. And with her recent tax woes and Rohan Marley running his mouth everywhere, I can’t help but feel bad for Lauryn (this does not excuse her actions). Maybe the virtuousness that she and the Fugees rapped about wasn’t anything more than a front. Its really sad to see the people with the most talent get caught up in foolishness.
So what do you think? Will you cop this book? Part of it wants to see what else is revealed, but another part of me just wants to let my love of the Fugees be untainted by the mess that Wyclef is slinging. Thoughts?