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Pitchfork: G-Side – The One…Cohesive


It’s been very hard not to post some thoughts on G-Side’s The One…Cohesive, discussing certain songs (“Inner Circle,” “No Radio” “Imagine”), or specific details (Kristmas’ “c’mon people” verse on “Y U Mad,” GMane’s “wash my dick off in the sink” verse from “Pictures,” the transition from “Inner Circle” to “Jones,” the way “Never” makes me want to drive my car off the road it’s so awesome) but I got to review it for Pitchfork and wanted to save my thoughts for that review–and you can read it by clicking below:

Last year, Huntsville, Ala., hip-hop duo G-Side took message board buzz and rap blog kudos for 2008’s Starshipz and Rocketz and turned it into a mini-movement with the ambitious, worldly, blog-obsessed Huntsville International. The biggest musical export from Huntsville last year, however, was Antoine Dodson and the Gregory Brothers’ “The Bed Intruder Song”, an embarrassing local news clip turned Internet meme that inexplicably hit the Billboard Hot 100.

On The ONE… COHESIVE, G-Side rapper ST 2 Lettaz, the braying, bold contrast to partner Yung Clova’s raspy skepticism, makes two purposefully crude references to Antoine Dodson. “Never” features a dismissive aside (“tampons for you Antoines”) and on “Came Up”, he warns rappers, “like the Lincoln Park rapist, I’m comin’ through your window.” ST’s ire stems from Dodson’s complicity in presenting Huntsville as another backwoods hood (G-Side calls it “a mini Memphis” for good reason). But Dodson’s use of the web to make a better life for himself and his family is probably something G-Side can get behind…

Written by Brandon

January 14th, 2011 at 6:13 am

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Independent Weekly: 9th Wonder & David Banner – Death Of A Pop Star


So yeah, this 9th and David Banner album is pretty incredible. Neither artist really sounds hedged here or like, leaning too heavily into the others’ milieu, and they’re both are a little out of their comfort zones, which is a good thing. “Slow Down” is my favorite right now. 9th’s secret weapon: his basslines.

“The Light,” the angriest track on the debut collaboration between Mississippi rapper David Banner and Durham producer 9th Wonder, uses this disdain-filled couplet as its hook: “Started livin’ for money, yeah most of us did/ Rappers turned into singers, preachers touching the kids.” For David Banner, there’s no difference between priests abusing the authority of the church and rappers abandoning hip-hop to sing some R&B (Rap & Bullshit?) to get the wonderbread. The Mississippi rapper doesn’t believe in gray areas…

Written by Brandon

January 13th, 2011 at 4:36 pm

City Paper: NOISE

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I’ve started contributing close-to-daily posts to Baltimore City Paper’s music blog Noise. If the occasional Baltimore club and hip-hop I post over here interests you, you’ll see a lot more of it over there.

Written by Brandon

January 13th, 2011 at 4:31 pm

Posted in City Paper

Pitchfork: Zoo Kid – “Out Getting Ribs”

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Reviewed this amazing song from some 16 year old British kid who calls himself Zoo Kid for Pitchfork’s “The Playlist.” You can read it here.

Written by Brandon

January 4th, 2011 at 6:40 pm

Posted in Pitchfork