Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Mostly But Not Entirely The Voice
I'll have more to write about this once I get done doing some of the work I actually have to do, but news of Guru's death was sad indeed. He represented and embodied a lot of what does and doesn't work about hip-hop. It means something, although I'm not totally sure what, that basically everyone I know who cares about hip-hop (including me, still, kind of) both loved him and was under no illusions whatsoever about him being a particularly gifted MC. For all his lyrical shortcomings, the guy absolutely realized his potential, and there are not many rappers working who seemed quite as honest and un-grandiose. On the other hand, he kept trying to foist Big Shug on the world. But that's easy enough to forgive.