Welcome to the Terrordome!

Why does anything that is good get ruined? Think about the way in which MySpace, never really for me, but seemingly popular with everyone else, gained success and notoriety and was then feasted on by everyone as if they were piranha that had not fed for weeks. The result? A rotten carcass floating about the interweb, the foul stench of web-bots emanating from inside it. Sorry, I got a bit carried away there – anyway, you get the point. The same can be said of Apple Macs. All nice and shiny (and stable) until Pystar go and sell non-Apple hardware running OS X Leopard where the experience is diminished, not as God (or any other supreme cosmic… oh fuck it – you understand) intended it, ruined.

I’m a bit of a rebel. Not in the James Dean sort of way, more in the aliens and robots sort of way. What, you don’t watch Heroes? Erm… I like to think for myself, I don’t follow the crowd and I’m not afraid to stand out. One of the chief benefits of this is that I don’t feel obliged to listen to the same music as everyone else. In fact I am completely unable to listen to the radio since: I will rarely hear a song I like, if I do it will be censored to shreds and in between I will be subjected to Nickelback, Girls Aloud and Cold Play! Actually, my dislike of Coldplay stems from the political message they seem so eager to promote without offering a single argument…I digress. So I like music that is not mainstream, or music that didn’t use to be mainstream. Now my penchant for metal aside (A7X rock), I have been listening to hip hop since I was very young. I may have started with MC Hammer and Vanilla Ice, but I quickly became something of a connoisseur of rap and can now appreciate the difference between Wu Tang and Soulja Boy is something akin to comparing Cristal to the cheap sparkling wine on sale in ASDA.

What do you get if you combine the two ideas explored here. The Blackout Crew. A group (as in a collection of, rather than a musical reference) of blokes who seem to think that the subtle political messages of Public Enemy, the smoothness of Snoop Dogg, the non stop grime of Wu Tang and the lyrical wit of Jay-Z and Nas are not a required part of the hip hop recipe. No, just get a dance beat and say lots of words that rhyme over the top of it. Nice!

6 thoughts on “Welcome to the Terrordome!

  1. ColdPlay’s new single ‘Voilet Hill’ is being offered as a free download for seven days (well six now I guess). Bet you’re glad about that.

  2. My opinion is this: if Chris Martin feels that the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are illegal, all about oil and any other tired argument he cares to wheel out, then he could probably have a greater effect by attempting to be a positive political influence, rather than sniping at George Bush whilst collecting another award!

  3. I haven’t forgiven Public Enemy since that kettle whistling song. Not their fault, but I was in University halls at the time, and there was some ‘hip’ guy down the corridor playing it continuously. Didn’t he know you were supposed to only listen to The Smiths?

  4. “Rebel without a pause” is one of my favourite songs ever! A simple beat, mixed to perfection by Terminator X and laced with non-stop lyrics from Chuck D.

    The Smiths…is that that Morrisey bloke…permission to say cock!

  5. When I said ‘hip’ I should have said ‘painfully white’. Morrisey, yes, he has deep psychological problems, but instead of counselling he sings his problems to us so we all have to suffer.

  6. Hey I have no problem with him serenading us with his opinions, it’s just that he seems to think he isn’t one of the people – a bit like Mr Coldplay. I always found Public Enemy to make things seem like us and them, i.e. they stood shoulder to shoulder with us, whereas Morrisey and Coldplay give off an air of “you and them”, as though they are above it all and can just shout intsructions.

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