Like Aapie, I am a big fan of hip hop and like Aapie I am drawn to the independent, non-money, positive style of hip hop for want of better terms. And possibly my favourite hip hop track of all time is Timebomb by Public Enemy. It came on via shuffle this morning and from there on I was only going to be writing about one thing.
Everybody knows Public Enemy so there isn’t much for me to say there. But, I think it is fair to say that most people class ‘It Takes A Nation of Millions..’ as their best album. Many also class it as the best hip hop album of all time and some even list it as one of the best albums of all time..period. I can see why, but I have to say (and perhaps it is nostalgia induced) I always had more of an affinity with ‘Yo Bum Rush The Show’, their first album. It sets out some of the sample heavy production that they would go on to employ on ‘It Takes a Nation..’ but I love the rapping and pace of many tracks on ‘Yo’. I particularly love ‘Public Enemy Number 1’ with its relentless use of ‘Blow Your Head’ and some of the lines from ‘Miuzi Weighs a Ton’ are awesome.
But the track that still blows my mind is ‘Timebomb’, a track that isn’t even one of the main ones from the album. Bar the intro from flava flav it is 2.43 of relentless funk based hip hop – no chorus, no bridge, just Chuck D over a massive track. The sample really is as good as it gets, a simple loop from one of the funkiest records ever made ‘Just Kissed My Baby’ by The Meters and it is merged with a huge drum break. The MC delivery, well, even now it still makes me shake my head with admiration every time I hear it. In fact, I was tempted to just put up a transcript of the track as my post. .It has possibly the best opening line ever…”You go ooh and ahh when I jump in my car, People treat me like Kareem Abdul Jabbar” and they just keep coming…”All fall to the force of my swing, Like Ali, Frazier, Thriller in Manila, A pinpoint point blank microphone killer am I”, But seeing them written out just doesn’t do it justice. For the full weight you have to hear it complete, which you can below. I really don’t think it has dated at all – in my view, it is a hip hop master piece.
Playlist Thursday 22nd March 2012
It was cold this morning, properly cold at just over 2 degrees. Not sure where that came from. But as I waited for the train to leave the station, the sun came out and it started to warm up. Settled in my seat the normal routine of news + music commenced. I haven’ changed my music for some time and still only have a load of random tracks loaded up. Shuffle took me from the electro pop of Glass Candy, past the hip hop master class of ‘Timebomb’, to ‘Montana’ from the Youth Lagoon album that I covered recently. This got me to the end of my train journey, where I bumped into some people I know, bringing my music to an early end.
Playlist: Glass Candy – Feeling Without Touching, Midwest Product – A Genuine Display (Telefon Tel Aviv Remix), Public Enemy – Timebomb, Victor Bermon – Prospect Park, Innocent Lovers – One Dollar Rave, Youth Lagoon – The Hunt, Youth Lagoon – Montana