Pass The Hand Grenade - Eric B. & Rakim - Dont Sweat The Technique (CD, Album) download full album zip cd mp3 vinyl flac
Hip hop is in crisis: the music blamed for all manner of societal Pass The Hand Grenade - Eric B. & Rakim - Dont Sweat The Technique (CD by an ill-informed media looking for something to explain events on the other side of the globe. At this moment, in a Las Vegas hospital, Tupac Shakur is in a coma: details in this largely pre-internet world are still sketchy, but everyone here knows he was shot multiple times while riding in the passenger seat of his label boss's car on Saturday - no-one yet knows that, possibly right at this moment, he's having a lung surgically removed.
Given his string of run-ins with the law and previous history of surviving life-threatening ordeals, many probably assume he'll pull through. But this is the Flavour crowd - hip hop purists, devotees of the art form, not thrill-seekers drawn to the music by the soap operas its stars are starting to insist on living out, or the voyeurism implied in violent rhymes about violent times.
These people are all about lyricism and craft: about music, poetry and microphone skills. And, contrary to what will become the accepted wisdom in the years that lie ahead, they don't consider Shakur to be one of the greatest rappers who ever lived: in fact, at this moment, quite a few of them are pretty angry with him.
They see him, perhaps, not as the victim of an orchestrated campaign by American law-enforcement to silence a voice of potential insurrection, but as someone who has, either by unintended lassitude or deliberate calculation, blurred the boundaries between life and art.
Not content with rapping about crime stories and gang violence, Tupac has become one of those characters he and others spend their studio time sketching out in rhyme.
And in the process, he's brought the heat on hip hop, got outsiders focusing on it as never before, and none of the attention is going to be good news for a genre that's always faced a fight for legitimacy in the eyes of a wider public. Far from a saint, Tupac is, right now, to these people, the epitome of the hip hop sinner: an enemy of the art form. But still, there are cooler heads and calmer thoughts among the Flavour crowd. The guy's been shot, for pity's sakes: he's fighting for his life, and whatever else he may or may not have done, or thought, or said, or implied, or come willingly or otherwise to stand for, he's a human being and a part of this culture, and this is undoubtedly his hour of need.
Respects need to be paid, and even this most secular of musics can surely offer up its own brand of prayer. So the call goes out to the DJ booth - play a song for 'Pac. It's that part of the evening where heads upstairs to settle the night's accounts with the venue, so the Technics are manned by his affable sidekick, Big Ted.
A skilled mix DJ, Ted will eventually get his own radio show, he and partner Shortee Blitz making a virtue of their larger-than-life physiques by branding themselves The Chubby Kidz. Tonight, though, he will write his place into the history of hip hop as passed down by the few here to witness it. In response to the growing clamour, Ted cues up a 2Pac record. He chooses an early single, the sex-themed party track 'I Get Around'. Maybe it's a poor choice - the side of Pac destined to get this particular crowd's hackles up even more than might have happened with 'California Love' given that the main sample in that track was used a decade earlier by the Ultramagnetic MCs, the Flavour aficionados doubtless would consider it 'biting', and thus beyond the pale - or maybe the reaction would have been the same whatever record 2Pac track Ted had played.
But as soon as the crowd recognises the song - within a couple of bars of its squeaky synth intro - the sound is all but drowned out by a sustained bellowing of boos. Some people start to get visibly angry. There are fists being shaken, people gesturing dismissively at the DJ Album), turning their back on Ted and the decks and the music he's playing, as if disgusted. The noise increases as the first verse gets going, the cocksure, happy-go-lucky sentiments and Pac's multi-tracked voice the antithesis of what, Pass The Hand Grenade - Eric B.
& Rakim - Dont Sweat The Technique (CD, to this crowd, Album) real hip hop. And suddenly there's another noise, louder: the sound of the needle being dragged slowly and deliberately across the record. Every head in the room turns to the booth as Ted rips the vinyl off the platter and - I swear I remember seeing this, but at 16 years' distance I can't be sure I haven't invented this one detail - throwing the record onto the floor. There's silence for a heartbeat, then he hits "start" on the other deck, and out of the speakers booms an iconic, unmistakable bass line.
Sample-hunters, some years later, will discover that it originally came from the intro to the second track on an obscure album by Cannonball Adderly's younger brother, Nat - but right now, the only thing that matters is that Ted is playing 'Know The Ledge' - the theme to Juice. It's a moment of genius: hip hop history coming to handle the crises of the present, a vinyl air-strike called in by a master tactician of the wheels of steel.
In the film, Shakur had played Bishop, a teenage hoodlum whose Pass The Hand Grenade - Eric B. & Rakim - Dont Sweat The Technique (CD cause him to spiral down into a hell of his own making. The parallels with the rapper's current predicament don't need to be underlined: and the contrast between the clumsy, banal, almost artless 'I Get Around' and the dazzling poetry and rough-hewn beats tumbling out of the speakers couldn't be more indelibly drawn.
The boos are replaced by cheers, Pass The Hand Grenade - Eric B. & Rakim - Dont Sweat The Technique (CD. And the most utterly appropriate tribute to the ailing, soon-to-die 2Pac is delivered, in a fashion that only an art form as complex, contentious and combative as hip hop is capable of.
Crucially, cruelly, even comically, there's another more subtle point that folks here will, later on, come to realise: the guy who would go on, in death, to become arguably rap's most potent icon is actually best honoured by a record he didn't even make. But there is no better illustration of the power of the music they - or, more accurately, in this case, Rakim - made than that unforgettable moment.
Of Paid Unknown Contributor Role: El Cimarr? Well recognized as one of the all-time great MCs, Rakim issues lyrics that are at once stimulating and devastatingly powerful. The Third Party Seller is responsible for the sale and dealing with any claims or any other issue arising out of or in connection with the product.
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Needless to say this album is rap gold to treasure! Thank you for your feedback. Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again. I genuinely think this is the most consistent album they ever made. Seriously underrated. Yes what a album this is just love it I got it on vinyl but now on cd too definitely worth buying. Excellent album from icons of hip hop Got it on repeat Load more international reviews. Quarto ed ultimo capitolo dei grandissimi Eric b Rakim apripista di tutto il movimento Hip Hop di fine80 Addirittura nei club di tutto il mondo con il famoso remix di coldcut!!!
Sempre in vinile!!! Translate review to English. Old hip hop beats that should have been never forgotten about. Pour les vrais fans de son old school. Was soll man bei den beiden noch sagen? Super Album. Ist nicht das erste was ich von den beiden habe. You've read the top international reviews. There's a problem loading this menu right now. Learn more about Amazon Prime. Get free delivery with Amazon Prime. Back to top. Get to Know Us. Amazon Payment Products.
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