Monday, April 03, 2006
Time for some Akshun!......I Mean a Retraction....sort of
I have to admit that I made a mistake and a retraction is due....sort of. Keeping with the prior entry's theme regarding Black Rock, I just rediscovered a great record that I suspect was somewhat panned by the hiphop buying public last year. Mos Def, who has made quite a name for himself in the thespian world, released a long awaited sophomore album some time last year. Now first off, some may perceive me to be somewhat of a music elitist and they would probably be correct. I just can not fall victim to overtly commercial music(Laffy Taffy notwithstanding...jeez) but I have to admit that I didn't quite understand Def's latest effort, The New Danger. But upon researching for the Black Rock entry, I came across a song entitled, Zimzallabim (Jonny Quest fans may be familiar with the term) from the Danger cd and it was simply smokin.' I went throught the album quickly upon its release the first time and just wasn't impressed if not disappointed. This time around I actually listened and that's where the retraction comes in. Danger is definitely an experimental work with it's culmination of funk, rock and blues but it's just what the current state of hiphop music needs at this moment. The weird thing is...I have done this before with another favorite artist of mine...Prince. It was the Around the World in a Day album and I just didn't get it....initially. After being totally immersed in the Purple Rain movie and album, ATWID just didn't cut it. But after numerous listenings, Around the World became an imprint in my mental musical repertoire. The same has happened to me with Danger. Do yourself a favor listen to this album....really listen and I assure you this is a Danger you should seek.
Posted by desmond burton at 10:03 PM