Archive for the ‘Slick Rick’ Tag

Mighty Mos and Slick Rick the Ruler

This just in: Mos Def’s new album, The Ecstatic, is pretty good.

He was pretty enthused about it when I saw him in concert a year ago and he tried out a couple of songs then … at one point exclaiming “I like it … I really do!” at the end of one song.

Auditorium is my jam – my two favourite voices in rap coming together. I love that Slick Rick is a storyteller, which isn’t heard that much in rap anymore, and might explain why his Children’s Story is still kicking around in my miserable memory.

Have a listen:

Asher Roth tries to make me like him

Asher Roth’s first single & video (does anyone watch music videos on TV these days?) for “I Love College” is something for the MTV crowd, a laidback pop-rap track all set to fight for the “song of the summer” title. One strike.

Comparisons¬† to Eminem are so obvious – white guy, nasally delivery – that Roth addressed them in his “As I Em” track. That’s two.

This Washington Post article about his record is not so flattering, but hilarious –¬† summing up Roth as “Eminem as a frat boy, instead of a psychopath” – but here’s the thing: I don’t want to like him but he seems to know where my defenses are weak.

I was made to listen to this … a song with Slick Rick?!!! Well played, Roth.