Here is an article I recieved back in 98, through one of my tape trading pals, which painstakingly details the life, times, beef, and general family tree, of the short lived crew. I have no idea who compiled the article, but it's been suggested that the original source was Pedestrian, in the glory days of truehiphop.com.
Anyway, most of this so called beef is so old, no one cares anymore including the parties involved. But i guess it's still fun to read.
Next time i promise this will be a non cocaineblunts.com inspired post. I hope.
Hot on the heels on the "rap tapes" post, here is a nifty gadget that allows you to record/rip/play tapes directly from it's internal deck, to your hard drive. Even though it might be alot easier to run a tape deck through your sound card, nothing could be as fun or as ironic as a plus deck.
Our friends over at the cocaineblunts.com blog discuss a subject near and dear to my heart.
"Tapes to me are more hip hop than anything in the universe. That's my one element right there. The rap tape. Fuck KRS and whatever his temple tells you. You could do seven windmills while rapping and leave a hand style on the cardboard box beneath you, but if you've never worn out a cassette you need to get the fuck out of here and go to a rave or something.
In the mp3 blog press frenzy a lot of writers compared the phenomenon to making a mixtape and that's just not the case. As much as i love what technology has done for the dispersion of music (such as providing me with a venue to wax like this), it will never come close to the hand to hand distribution of a really good pause/mixtape. it pains me to think that the youth of this and future generations will never know what it felt like to have to tape new songs off the radio if the album hadn't drop and you either couldn't find or afford the cassingle. They'll never fret over getting everything perfect on a mixtape for or about a girl you had a crush on, they won't know third generation hiss or cross their fingers in hopes that the drop outs won't be that bad after rerecording over a tape for the sixth time. They'll never shove tissue in the top of a wack retail tape to record some good shit, or have a song cut off at the end of the side and have to rush to flip over the tape to get the rest of it. ipod playlists are heartless beasts in comparision. when i look through the tapes on that website i have a rush of good memories. here just a few things that come to mind when i see specific tape designs"
As always, noz says it better than I could've. Definitely a blog to bookmark and visit often. link
Back when Palm was origninally dropping those great video director collection DVD's (see: michel gondry who is my favorite!), rumours were already flying about a crazy DVD bonus involving Fatlip's chance encounter with a "special friend." After numerous delays, Fatlip's album "Theloniest Punk" album is finally being released on Delicious Vinyl. It will be interesting to see what direction this album goes in, and if there will be any sort of continuity, with some of the tracks which must be at least two years old.