"Not now Julie, the boss has been riding me all week about getting this fucking report done"
I was listening to a story on NPR a couple weeks back where they were talking about the guy from Amazon buying Washington Post and what that means for the future of newspapers. One of the commentators said that it will be good for the paper as it shifts more into digital media because "there will be no more print newspapers in 20 years." Damn, really bruh? So when I am a miserable middle aged fuck with two teenage kids who don't respect me and a wife who deeply resents me I will not have a physical newspaper to open up in the morning before I get in my used minivan to drive to my job that I hate but have to stay with because I am barely able to make mortgage payments and pay for my teens' smartphone bills? That kind of sucks.
Anyways, it got me thinking about that statement in relation to music and how long before physical copies of music cease to exist.
If you follow the regular movement of Bay Area rappers on sites like the excellent Bay Undaground you may have already noticed how most releases are digital only now, with a select few that seem to be relatively popular getting a limited CD release. I suppose the chain of events there is that if a rapper sells a certain number of copies digitally he invests some of that money into getting the CD pressed up, knowing that there are always going to be a certain crowd of people that don't fuck with mp3s for whatever reason.
"like watching a film blindfolded"
I can see the shift to digital music taking place in myself. 2013 marked the year I stopped trying to seek out physical copies of albums I really enjoyed and just settled with buying them on iTunes. Sure it's nice to hold a physical product in your hand for a few minutes, but it's not like underground rappers are putting any money towards detailed linear notes that reveal fascinating details about the production of their album. Usually I just feel good about supporting an artist I like, spend a few minutes looking at the insert and then set it aside, never touching it again. I just don't see the point anymore. It's not like you are going to invite girls over to your apartment and impress them with your fucking CD collection or get a raise at your job once your boss discovers that you own an original pressing of The Click's Down and Dirty. If it still brings you happiness on the inside then by all means, but for me I have openly embraced the digital age now and will not shed a single Indian tear if my favorite rappers never press up another CD.
I started this post with the intention of writing about Roach Gigz's new mixtape, so let's get to that now:
It's been almost a year since Roach Gigz's last album and to be honest my enthusiasm for his music has been waning a bit in the last couple years. But guess what? Roachy Balboa 3 is great and my Roachy-Enthusiasm-Meter is redlining once again. Roach Gigz is getting better and better as a rapper and its crazy how much more "lyrical" he is when compared to his earliest songs such as "Gassin Em" (still a fuckin dope song though). At the same time he has not become annoying with his rap talents by rhyming about boring non-rap topics like pyramids and aliens or whatever the fuck. There are still endless raps about drugs, women, and good times and that leads to Roachy Balboa 3 being a really fun and catchy album:
Roach Gigz ft. Clyde Carson & 1-O.A.K. "100 in the Fastlane"
The 48 minute running time breezes by and this is easily one of Roach Gigz's strongest releases to date. The production has a nice Young California sound to it, reminiscent of the post-hyphy/ratchet music being churned out by HBK Gang and various SoCal rappers right now. The sound suits Roach well and I'm sure a lot of young kids on the West Coast will dig this one.
A couple of the hooks don't really click for me and some of the lesser known features miss their mark, but overall there is nothing major to complain about.
Also there is this neat video:
HEY NO HOMO ROACH GIGZ BUT YOU ARE LOOKING PRETTY COOL WITH LONG HAIR AND MORE RACIALLY AMBIGUOUS THAN EVER BEFORE
What a great song title here, it reminds me of my high school days when my official nickname was "pussy magnet" and women would swoon in the halls as I walked by. Actually come to think of it, none of that is true.
This video is pretty rad because there is a lot of T&A and the video's concept is nothing beyond "hot chicks hanging out at pool." I wish more rap videos would take on that concept; it is very relevant to my interests.
I love how they only filmed Kreayshawn from the shoulders up because she is very much pregnant right now. I wish they had gone the TV sitcom route and put her in baggy clothes and positioned her in front of an unnecessarily large item:
Roach Balboa 3 is everywhere for free on the internet now, so be sure and download it asap. I have been feeling pretty pessimistic about Bay Area rap for the last couple months, but I think this is probably the best Bay Area rap album I have heard this year.
Pitchfork gave it a 7.1 and I give it a 8.576 out of 10.
Is listening to mp3s instead of CDs like watching a movie blindfolded???
Do you still buy CDs???
Do you like Roachy Balboa 3???