A$AP Rocky- Live Love A$AP
Hip-Hop needs a Nirvana. This is something I have been saying for a few years now. For the majority of this decade, rap has been in a stalemate. It wasn’t dead or wack – it was boring. The conservative “real hip-hop” ethos that dominated indie rap in the late 90’s early 00’s ran its course on listeners’ ears and (kinda most importantly) their wallets. Social media and blogs have provided that lane for the shake up that rap needed, yet the first few artists to break through using this vehicle were very good on attention garnering, but musically somewhat suspect, the ones with music to warrant the attention were to few and far between (in internet years) to be called a movement.
2011 changed that…
Now I’m not saying A$AP Rocky is that singular force that ushered in a new era of music like Nirvana did, but the face of this new musical movement (when you got a 3 million dollar deal you gonna be out there). Live Love A$AP answers the question ‘does he deserve to be the one?’ with a trilling yes. A perfectly executed album that draws on a wide array of styles without being patronizing to the various influences or listeners. Musically an original and poignant statement about what is possible when you’ve grown up in the boarder-less world of the internet with google and youtube to provide exposure to everything. Very very fresh.
We were only 1-2-1 last week, 4-3-1 overall for this column. Last week was definitley one of those “parody in the NFL” weeks. The Saints losing, Ravens and Giants barely winning, Brady & Belichik may not have the Steelers number and something IS wrong with Phillip Rivers. Even with all that we feeling good about Week 9 of the season….
New York Jets at Buffalo Bills (-1)
The Jets seem to thrive when they on the road and underdogs. This game come’s down to personal and Buffalo just doesn’t the receiving corp that will force the Jets to drop the safeties back and to create space for Fred Jackson.
San Francisco 49ers at Washington Redskins (+3.5)
Always a tendency to stay away from West Coast teams when they have to play a 1:00 game on the East Coast but Jim Harbaugh got this team focused, there are 3-0 on the East Cost this year.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints (-9)
The Saints trying to compete with the Bucs for “most head scratching team” of this year. Josh Freeman has yet to lose in New Orleans in his career, all things come to an end but this will be close.
Seattle Seahawks at Dallas Cowboys (-12)
Seattle’s offense is not quite as potents as Philly’s. This is what you call a bounce back game.