Tuesday, 8 February 2011

Martorial elegance : Yelawolf edition

Big Boi ft. Yelawolf - You Ain't No D.J (2010)

Seeing Yelawolf cavorting around in the You Ain't No D.J video looking like every hackneyed tumblr account dedicated to waifish white ppl with ol' Martin Skrtel lookin' ass tattoos distilled into a single saltine rapper nearly kiboshed the song for me entirely, but catching The Fifth Element on TV last week for the first time since 1997 brought forth the revelation that the trick to not letting 'wolf's look (the result of DJ Kno from The CunninLynguists colliding with Nu-Metal one hit wonders Crazy Town) in full motion prevent me from enjoying his music is if I hoodwink myself that he's actually going for that whole intergalatic evil scoundrel swag instead by using Gary Oldman's Jean-Baptiste Emanuel Zorg character as his chief style catalyst :

But Yelawolf signing with Shady Records was the worst artistic move he could've possibly made since it'll result in a bloated major label debut album which is bound to be full of sterile Eminem production instead of Burn One's whoozy Country-Rap beats, and it also means he'll follow Eminem's commercial blueprint and chase the whole downhick dollar with music that's less like this :

Bubba Sparxxx - Lovely (2001)

(I dunno why Bubba berated rappers for "spittin' that booty chatter" on Ugly when the songs on Dark Days, Bright Nights that featured his most intricately crafted rapping and which remain the acme of his career to this day - Lovely, Betty-Betty, Twerk A Little, All The Same, and Open Wide - were all primarily about women.)

with music that's, unfortunately, more like this :

Bubba Sparxxx - Back In The Mud (Travis Barker Remix) (2003)

The phrase ‘Travis Barker remix’ is an even more dread-inspiring triumvirate of words than ‘CJ Mackintosh remix’ once was, and you've every right to shudder because the days when Fieldy from KoRN was a mainstay on Rap records and in Rap videos are seemingly nigh again, signalling that the official Nu-Metal revival will burst asunder in december 2011 when Joe Budden announces that he's collaborating with his spiritual forefathers of gaylord navel-gazing, Papa Roach, on a cover version of their teen-angst sulkfest Last Resort.


Boothe said...

heh...good call on the Oldman thing.

what's up with the credit sequences nowadays?

I haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaate these hip hop videos.

Kelvin Mack10zie said...

Credit sequences are bad, but trailers for videos are just the most ridiculous thing ever.

brad said...


that first bubba sparxx song is dope.

step one said...

Didnt Budden already do something with Fallout Boy?

Kelvin Mack10zie said...

Apparently so, according to Youtube ;


Dance Dance by Fall Out Boy > Budden's career.

done said...

boothe: ditto for the behind the scenes shit too and music video trailers are a trailer for a trailer. it is nice to know who directed the things tho. i like the razor myself, that vid with j stalin ina basketball net was great.

anyone remember when game remade colours as a budden diss? thats one beef where its hard to pick sides.

AaronM said...

Precursor to "You Ain't No DJ", older cat with established fan base links up with buzzing cracker
Minus the hook and Jada's verse, this is fire.

Kelvin Mack10zie said...

Hah, I've been on a Bubba listening spree the last few weeks and I listened to that the other day.

Got vague memories of Buddens/Colors by Game.