Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Sliccs Gotcha, 1982-2010
Although I write extensively about music I've never been particularly interested in hanging out with musicians. Backstage passes go unused and I involuntarily roll my eyes when I hear the phrase "after party." It's especially true of Kansas City's hip hop artists. I love the music but I don't even pretend to do the handshakes or speak the jargon. Sliccs Gotcha was different. The rapper had a broader worldview than his recordings might indicate. On Prince of Whales, Sliccs raps about dealing drugs, exacting revenge on his rivals and eluding the authorities. Yet he didn't come across as a gangster when I spent time with him. Sliccs struck me as gentle, kind and worldly. He was murdered February 12. Here's chatter at Crime Scene KC.
I'm admittedly biased, but the new EP by Hidden Pictures sounds incredible. RIYL: Wilco, Freedy Johnston, Wings.
I'm convinced that "How Low Can You Go", the chart-topping hit by Ludacris, is a deliberate parody of everything that's wrong in our society.
Kansas City Click: RJD2 perform Wednesday at the Record Bar.
(Original image of Sliccs Gotcha performing at Taste of Troost on 7/04/09 by There Stands the Glass.)