It’s another day, and another new release from Future is eminent. We’re beginning to reach a point where it’s not even surprising when Future puts out new music. I’m not saying that’s a good thing or a bad thing, and I’m certainly not mad about the quantity of new tracks he puts out on a regular basis, but I do wonder whether or not this pace is sustainable. I just don’t want to see the guy flame out. Future, if you’re reading this, and I assume you are, feel free to take a four-month vacation to Greece or the south of France or some shit. You don’t need to break us off again until at least like, July, fam.
Aside from Future, Denzel Curry continued releasing heat this week, putting out a black and white video for “ULT.” The word savage comes to mind, but I’d hardly be the first person to use the adjective in association with the south Florida rapper. Otherwise, Towkio put out a cool ass, footwork-heavy video for his song “Clean Up” featuring Chance the Rapper. I need to mention briefly that there’s a very good new song out by Casey Veggies and Dom Kennedy, if you’re into that type of thing. It’s definitely an upbeat, smooth vibe, and I predict lots of windows-down springtime rides spent listening to it this year. Also, holy shit this Anderson .Paak performance on Colbert was good. Like, damn near Kendrick level good. Check it out.
Now that we’re more or less up to speed with the week in music it’s time to talk about some serious issues. It’s no secret that the 2016 election is looming heavy over everyone, especially now that primary season has begun in earnest. With that in mind, I was viscerally upset earlier this week when I read that notorious side-of-the-neck-talker Marco Rubio had been talking out the side of his neck about a subject that’s very near and dear to me: Hip-Hop.
Marco Rubio describes himself as a fan of hip-hop, which I was previously aware of, but which I assumed was mostly just pandering in an attempt to attract younger voters. Turns out, he’s got all sorts of, er, opinions. The Washington Post put together a list of all the times Rubio has discussed his tastes publicly, and it’s about what you’d expect from a Republican presidential candidate. Which is to say, he’s an old head. He’s an old head who thinks that Eminem is the most thoughtful rapper to ever do it which, okay, fine. I’d allow that argument from a fellow rap music enthusiast, but I’d stop allowing it as soon as he came out saying some shit like: “I think Jay-Z needs to get informed. One of his heroes is Che Guevara. Che Guevara was a racist.” Or, if you like: “Tupac lived in a different time. These guys have some message in what they’re saying, but I think they’re largely entertainers.” THIS JUST IN Y’ALL, TODAY’S RAPPERS ARE ENTERTAINERS.
The article sort of goes on like that, and includes gems such as: “As [Pitbull] gets older he will have more 2 say about life.” And who could forget: “I was more of a West Coast fan, I guess, during that time. That distinction’s gone away now.” Oh yeah? Has it Senator Rubio? On that note, it does seem weird that for all his Tupac-praising deference, Kendrick Lamar’s name is conspicuously absent from the list of quotes. Maybe he’s talked about him before and The Post simply failed to include the quote. The stakes are entirely too low for me to actually go and look that up.
The reason I feel so heavily compelled to take Marco Rubio to task on his views is that I hear his perspective echoed on a daily basis from other people who call themselves fans of the genre. But how can you be a fan of hip-hop and go out of your way to ignore and defame every track that was released past a certain date? You can’t, I would argue. If you were alive and paying attention to music in the ‘90s, which Rubio was, you ought to realize that boring, watered-down music was being released back then, too. Old heads are the Republicans of hip-hop. They both have a nostalgia-driven misremembering of the past as being some kind of golden age, and neither species seems to mind contradicting themselves ideologically to score rhetorical points.
Even though Marco Rubio being an old head doesn’t surprise me, I do find it ironic that he’s so precious about music by artists like Tupac and N.W.A, who held views on issues like poverty, social justice, and police brutality that clash violently with his political party’s platform. I guess I should just be glad he didn’t bring up The Beastie Boys.