My primary attraction to rap music is the clever wordplay the emcees use to describe situations, emotions tell stories. Unfortunately I find a lot of today’s rappers really lack in this discipline. I can’t recommend enough a rapper named KA from Brownsville, Brooklyn. A lot older than his peers, KA had anything but a good life growing up but he managed to work his way through all of the pain, loss, struggle and strife to concentrate on his passion for words and the way they helped express his emotions and share his knowledge with the listener. An independent artist publishing, producing and promoting his work, KA is not seeking a wide audience but rather the select few who scratch beneath the surface of mediocrity in search of something pure, original and great. KA’s brutal honesty and stark depictions of living day to day in the face of adversity is a real inspiration and motivation for listeners like myself to keep pushing and writing rhymes about the things that have influenced us both positively and negatively. My life has definitely been a lot rosier that KA’s, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t experienced loss of loved ones, struggles with self esteem and other obstacles life threw in my path. Thankfully I’m focused on seeing things through and know that there is always an upside to everything getting me down.
When you’re unemployed it’s very easy to slip into the rhythm of doing nothing all day – or at least nothing of any great significance. Combine this with some writer’s block and you have a recipe for disaster. Thankfully I tracked down an instrumental track by producer-extraordinaire MF Doom entitled ‘Benzoin Gum‘ which I had first heard mixed to Wade Fyfe’s skating in the Studio Skateboards masterpiece ‘Moodlighting‘. The beat, the samples and the mood worked so well together. Anyway, I tracked the music down as one of many piece’s that composed MF Doom’s ‘Special Herbs’ compilations. Multiple volumes of dope … Continue reading Listening to MF Doom instrumentals