Underrated / Underhated #9
Underhated : Black Star – ‘Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star’
What’s funnier : Mos Def’s facial hair, or the rumour that Talib Kweli burst into tears after getting slapped by a chickenhead he was unsuccessfully trying to chat up at a party? Both are pretty dang hilarious, but here at chez Fat Lace we’re equally as tickled by the spectacular display of backpeddling these two gentlemen indulged in once the Jansport-rap bubble started leaking air in 2000 where they swore that, yo, those flagrant disses to Bad Boy and Jay were actually about, um, some other rappers because they’s always loved Biggie and Jay, honest!!!!!
We’re not going to insult all y’all sophisticated F.L readers by trotting out the cliched partyline about Mos Def only being dope on his first 12″ and ‘Fortified Live’ because ‘Respiration’ was a mighty fine song (btw, has anyone managed to work out why Common’s Rawkus apperances and late nineties indie 12″s were all great, when ‘One Day It’ll All Make Sense’ and ‘Like Water For Chocolate’ were about as exciting as waiting for a delayed train at Birmingham New Street?), but other than that, ‘B-Boys Will B-Boys’, and those Nike Blazers Mos Def was wearing in the inner sleeve booklet thingmebob, the Black Star LP was an utterly mediocre release in a year which gave us 3 kosher classics in ‘Aquemini’, ‘Moment Of Truth’, and ‘The Dude’. Besides, the best song these two painfully overrated schmucks released as a duo happened to find itself on an album which was both closer to home and our hearts.
Underrated : The Creators – ‘The Weight’
If you can sit there with a straight face and tell us that ‘Hard Margin’ wasn’t the most brolic joint ol’ doghair beard Def and Talib Fairy ever made then you’re a better liar than all these dudes running with the “Dilla was the G.O.A.T” viewpoint when they know full well that Dilla was the dude whose sound managed to ruin both The Pharcyde and Tribe in the space of 3 years.
The Creators ft. Mos Def & Kweli – ‘Hard Margin’
The Creators ft. Mos Def & Kweli – ‘Hard Margin’ (Inst.)
Sure, you could fire a hearty rebuttal our way by pointing out that ‘The Weight’ featured a song with Out Da Ville, which we’ll concede is pretty much unforgivable under any circumstance, but we’ll just checkmate you by posting ‘Kronkite’ by Phil Da Agony or ‘No Love’ by F.T, and remind you that Scor-zay-zee can be pretty dope and, hey, at least C-Mone from Out Da Ville never made ‘Umi Says’, did she? Chew on that, suckaz.
The Creators ft. Phil Da Agony – ‘Kronkite’