So, a few days ago, I saw an interview with Vince Staples with someone at Time magazine where he said that 90's hip-hop wasn't so great.
Once my head stopped spinning...I tried to find out what he meant...First I read the actual article and what he said isn't that crazy, except that he said that he didn't think the 90's deserved so much credit.
So, at the end of the week last week, as part of my end of the week odds + ends piece I mentioned some acts he might be missing...for instance:
Tribe Called Quest, The Pharcyde, De La Soul, Missy Elliot, well lots of folks (2 Pac, Biggie, I think I forgot Nas).
I also tweeted about a few times, and was taking some smack about it.
Enter Vince...like he actually responded.
Vince Staples is A Very Funny Guy
First, let me mention, I am actually a huge fan of both Vince Staples album Summertime 06 + of his EP. You will see articles about them many months ago (search his name).
Summertime 06 will 100% be in my best albums list, no matter what he says to me :). It is a great double album and you should 100% listen to it.
One thing I have learned since starting to follow Vince's twitter feed...the dude is really funny.
So, he started out making some jokes about us (the people defending the 90's) being old and suggested we do some old people stuff.
So anyway, I suggested that he listen to some Pharcyde...because it is GREAT!
And he responded
@OnPirateSat no, go listen to portishead, Suga free, and Eiht.
— Vince Staples (@vincestaples) October 30, 2015
He kind of nailed it...Because I do love Portishead (as in I am an old white music geek) and I am kind of old....
But, aside from that...I said something about that being a nice dodge and that he should listen to some Tribe, Pharcyde, and De La (and I would listen to Portishead).
He responded glibly....You do that...and I'm glad for you...
Well okay, earlier in the discussion, he did mention that he had not actually listened to but 2 Pharcyde songs (and one of the two was a solo project song by Fatlip).
Dusting Off The Classics 4 Vince
So, anyway, at my particular Assisted Living Home, we do have one of those old-fangled CD players that they let us use sometimes. After Vince's fine suggestion...I did indeed play some Portishead:
And, then when we were called to Bingo, I had them play a little Tribe:
And then, just before they make us go to bed early...so everyone can go to sleep....I ask them to play Summertime 06 :)
Of course, I am kidding, I love Summertime 06...And, Vince is really funny and really talented. So, it was fun to go back and forth with someone about their own interview and music. Thanks!
Bothered Me Just a Little
I wouldn't say it upset me at all, but a ton of people favorited and liked that tweet from Vince...But, ummm, do they know Portishead?
Do they also dislike Tribe, De La, and Pharcyde?
I get they probably just like that he was busting me up.
But truth is, that stuff is great.
I know when I was younger, I would ignore the music that my Dad said was good.
But, as I got older, I actually found that, for instance, Miles Davis was pretty amazing.
And, what I was saying was not that Vince's music (or younger rappers) = bad...I was saying that they are both good.
Loving Music Too Much
I love music so much, that I actually care when people don't listen. There is this scene in the movie "This is 40" where the main character is faced with the reality that nobody cares about Graham Parker and the Rumour...
He knows deep down it is great music, and he just cannot find a way to tell everyone else, in a way they will embrace, what they are missing out on.
Paul Rudd does a great job conveying his frustration. I knew exactly how he (or Judd Apatow) felt.
I still do.
Am I totally crazy....
Shouldn't everyone love Labcabincalifornia?
Also, on another subject, RIP Grantland...So much great writing, this blog might not be much, but it was partially inspired by the writing on Grantland (read it virtually every day for years).
Very angry at ESPN's treatment of the site since Bill Simmons was let go.
What do you think of Vince Staples Summertime 06 and/or what do you think of 90's hip-hop? I would love to hear your opinion, feel free to leave a comment!