July 12, 2007

For a young rapper, Mighty Infamous sure sounds mighty cocky. He’s from the Bronx, and he’s tired of the Dirty South. He’s disgusted with “Lip Gloss.” He’s ready to fight. And he wants you to help him out. How? “Turn the Radio Off.”

Just like your mother, he’s sick of that goddamn bass; it’s waking up the neighbors, and more importantly, it’s not true hip-hop. With today’s hip-hop, there’s no emphasis on tightly-crafted lyrics. It’s all about the instrumental hook. As Mighty Infamous puts it, it’s just a bunch of “Blah Blah Blah BLAHBLAH BLAH.”

OK, here’s the point in hip-hop where I find myself confused as hell. This guy is reasonable. His verses make fair, understandable assessments. And he’s rapping over this awesome flaring horn beat. I’ve listened to this track ten times in a row; it still sounds fresh.

But here’s the thing: I completely disagree with him. I love Lil Mama, Lil Wayne, and Young Jeezy. When “Oh” comes on the radio, I’m sure as hell going to turn up the volume. And yeah, lots of famous rappers suck at wordplay, but Mighty Infamous doesn’t even single out the worst offenders.

Lil Mama (also a New Yorker) is one of the cleverest new rappers I’ve heard. Duh, her topics are immature. She’s seventeen; that’s what’s in her life. She’s being truthful, and she’s showing wit. Good for her.

And y’know what, Might Infamous? I’m tired of serious New York. Do we really need any more Nas impersonators? I mean, honestly, I find most of the indie hip-hop scene boring as hell.

But I don’t find Might Infamous boring at all. He’s smooth. He’s got swagger. And he can spit. So, am I supposed to dislike this song because I disagree with the lyrics? Is that some unwritten rule with hip-hop? It sounds like it’s stopping Mighty Infamous from enjoying his crunk. I’m not sure; I…

Ah, forget it. Just turn the speakers on.

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Chris Boeckmann | 9:00 am

 
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