Thursday, January 11, 2007

3rd Bass- Wordz of Wizdom

Class is over.

I endorsed VH1's new reality show featuring white rappers earlier this week. A large part of the show's appeal is seeing MC Search of 3rd Bass again. The out-of-print The Cactus Cee/D was issued the same year as Paul's Boutique. Both were sandwiched by It Takes a Nation of Millions To Hold Us Back and Fear of a Black Planet. Lengthy samples weren't so difficult to clear back in '89, and "Wordz of Wisdom" is constructed on Gary Wright's "Love Is Alive." It's by turns funky and funny. "I'm a slick stupid scientist!"

My friend Lee Ingalls posted a terrific story about the late Kansas City jazz musician Russ Long.

If you haven't already done so, download Liberation by Talib Kweli and Madlib. It's smart, hilarious and free.

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