Been listening to album loads the last few days. It’s really good. Great pick.
2000 was a weird year for me, hip hop wise. You could definitely see the scene splitting apart.
There seemed to be a lot of quite conscious/positive ‘real hip hop’ stuff coming out (this, Common, Jurassic 5, pre Fergie Black Eyed Peas, Dilated Peoples) that spawned club nights like Scratch. Did any of you guys ever used to go to that? Such a fun night, but for me it lacked the grit and grime that I like - both the crowd and the music itself.
The more mainstream stuff was boring to me (Ruff Ryders, Nelly, Eminem, Ja Rule). People like Prodigy, Ghostface and Screwball were good for a fix of what I was really into, but I was definitely getting bored and started scouring the internet for something a bit weirder and ended up going full backpack. A Supreme one, with both straps on. Necro, Non-Phixion, Jedi Mind Tricks, Aesop Rock, Atoms Fam, Anticon…
So whilst I quite liked Kweli, I didn’t really get into this album too much, aside from Scratch classics like ‘Blast’ and ‘Down for the Count’. Just wasn’t grimy enough. So it’s great to revisit and there are so many amazing tracks on here, and it really doesn’t feel like theres 20 of them. ‘This Means You’, ‘Some Kind of Wonderful’, ‘Too Late’, Kool G Rap is one of my favourites - didn’t know he was on this. Sounds a bit autopilot, but even bad G Rap is good. Love that there’s one producer - nice cohesive sound, but Hi Tek switches it up enough to keep it interesting - sounds a bit Dilla on some tracks, a bit Premier on others. Those interludes are bad though.
I still wish Kweli had stayed a bit weirder though - I loved the stuff that was on the first Soundbombing. Same goes for Mos Def.
“So we in your ass like you was Richard Gere, and we was gerbils”