"Now watch me rip the tat from your arm
Kick you in the groin, stick you for your Vanguard award
In front of your mom your 1st, 2nd and 3rd born
Make your wife get on the horn call Minister Farrakhan
So he could persuade me to squash it
I said nah he started it
He forgot what a hardcore artist is
A hardcore artist is a dangerous man, such as myself
trained to run 20 miles in soft sand
On or off land
Programmed to kick hundreds of bars off hand
from a lost and forgotten land"
1.) Canibus - "Second Round K.O."
2.) Canibus - "How Come"
3.) Canibus - "I Honor U"
4.) Canibus - "The Last Christians/Pay Me In Gold"
5.) Canibus - "Only Slaves D.R.E.A.M."
6.) Canibus - "Mic-Nificent"
7.) HRSMN - "This S--t Right Here"
8.) Canibus - "Negronometry"
9.) Lost Boyz f/ Canibus, Dogg Pound - "Music Makes Me High (Remix)"
All of those things have caused me to take stock of my blessings, which is something that's useful to do at any time regardless of your situation. It's easy to say "things could always be worse" but it's much harder to say "I've got a lot to be thankful for." In 2017 I'm very thankful for the friends I still have, and I know with each year that passes I need to tell them that, because you never know when you won't get another chance to. I'm thankful that both of my parents are still around for me to enjoy another holiday season with, and hopefully many more to come. I'm thankful to all of the readers of this website, all of the great people who contribute to it, and to the readers of all the others that I contribute to in some form or fashion. Most of all I'm thankful to my lovely wife and my fat obnoxious cat, both of whom love me unconditionally and accept me as I am quirks and all. To all of those people thank you thank you THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart.
I realize Thanksgiving is a pretty s---ty holiday for a lot of people. The original custodians of this land we call the United States got the rawest of raw deals once European settlers brought war and disease to this continent. The people forcibly imported into this country in chains had little reason to "give thanks" and their ancestors are still getting a raw deal in a racist society today. And even the people with white privilege may not have it so good if Thanksgiving means dealing with cranky overbearing relatives who drink too much and talk too loudly. Somehow though when I need cheering up Peanuts holiday specials always strike a chord. Even with their Christian overtones and unapologetically Eurocentric point-of-view, they are still charming in their own way.
Take the time this week to celebrate the ones you love whether you celebrate Thanksgiving or not.
I don't think it's really necessary to give a bio of James Brown, the most important and influential R&B artist of the 20th century, to open this week's edition of WSIB. If you don't know about the "Godfather of Soul" stop what you're doing, go pick up a book about him (physically or digitally), and read that s--t cover to cover. Aight. We good? Let's continue. This week's funky ass motherf---in' sample comes from the album "Black Caesar," which is the soundtrack to the movie of the same name, which itself is a certified classic. He and The J.B.'s were the only ones who could have done it justice.
For any track this good having to choose between only two songs just won't do. We need a FUNKY FOURSOME to equal the funky force of Mr. Brown. Here are the candidates I've chosen that sample "The Boss" - be sure to listen to each one before you place your vote.
1.) Ice-T - "You Played Yourself"
2.) Lord Finesse - "Bad Mutha"
3.) Nas - "Get Down"
4.) Pete Rock - "The Boss"
And now feel free to vote for who rocked with James the best!
RA the Rugged Man on Atlantic Signing Cash Me Outside Girl: I'm Not Surprised
Vlad: In this clip, R.A. the Rugged Man talks about the nature of the music business now and its inclination toward posturing up figures with large followings. Case-in-point, the "Cash Me Outside" girl and her being signed to Atlantic Records is a byproduct of poisonous celebrity culture.
Audio: Rock Mecca - "Killa" ft. Vast Aire of Cannibal Ox, Mach Hommy & Kool Keith
Wanja: Rock Mecca is joined by the best in abstract lyricism when Vast Aire of Cannibal Ox, Fashion Rebel Mach Hommy and the Ultramagnetic legend Kool Keith join him live from the Spacelab for the stream of consciousness cypher "Killa". Jake Palumbo's cosmic slop production is the perfect backdrop for the four emcees to get trippy. From the Ironworld LP.
Snowgoons: Sicknature is the Rapper and the Producer. Most people don't know Snowgoons member Sicknature produced underground classics such as Vinnie Paz - End Of Days, A.O.T.P. - Seven or La Coka Nostra - I'm An American just to name a few.