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!