This topic has been bugging me for a while now. Rap crews just can’t keep it together lately. 50 Cent left Interscope, signed a new, apparently more lucrative, indie deal with Caroline/Capitol Records, and seems to have left G-Unit behind. Raekwon seems to be allowing money concerns to hold up the Wu-Tang’s work on a new album that would commemorate the 20th anniversary of Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). What’s going on?!
I decided not to do any year-end wrap-up stuff because a write-up for each album would be a lot of work (one reason most pubs do their year-end lists in early/mid December or wait until January) and because I haven’t listened to enough of what came out during 2013. Obvious albums like Killer Mike and El-P’s Run The Jewels are still waiting in my queue so it doesn’t feel at all right to try to sum up 2013. Not even calling it “my favorites” as opposed to “best” would solve the problem.
I really haven’t been up on the news lately, last I heard Kanye was flipping out because rich white people aren’t embracing him and his business ideas. And yelling at interviewers who calmly advise him to empower himself. Is that still happening? I meant to write a short piece collecting my thoughts on that situation but that first linked article really sums it up perfectly. And this is all evidence of what I complained about back in July. Kanye wants so much to be more than a rapper and this lack of focus is ruining his music. Either stop rapping or focus so you can make good rap music! is that so much to ask?