Tuesday, August 6, 2019

The Politics of Bandana by Freddie Gibbs & Madlib

Freddie Gibbs and Madlib’s new Bandana, the sequel to the already legendary Piñata is remarkable in a lot of ways but one is the depth of political commentary in Gibbs’ stories, in comparison to the first record in the series. In songs like “Flat Tummy Tea” and “Situations” he refers to Jeff Sessions, Obama, Bush and more that have been involved in lawmaking that affected him or the characters he raps about.

In “Flat Tummy Tea” he says
Obama can't make the law retroactive, what the fuck
Congress cock-blockin' niggas from comin' home to they family
If you lucky, when he left out of office
You got a pardon, overtime cut

This makes me think…Gibbs probably would not agree with young leftists that say there is no difference between the two major political parties or even given actors within the parties: here he is describing a situation where the small difference between two possible versions of a law meant the difference between the protagonist getting out of incarceration or staying. The Obama administration was always pushing for more reforms than the Republican congress would cooperate in delivering and here Gibbs explains point blank how that affected him. Per Genius.com, Gibbs says he was locked up when he wrote this so I suspect this stuff somewhat applied to his situation.
On “Situations” he says
Motherfuck Jeff Sessions, I'm sellin' dope with a
Only union some of me and my niggas got is the Western
I'm they favorite rapper when niggas fucked up and they stressin'
Lot of niggas feel like I got my bucks up and I left 'em
Tell them pussy niggas come get the fuck up on my level, yeah
This how it feel to wake up and you don't owe nobody shit
Not an explanation, not no conversation, Drug Administration, suck a nigga dick

Again, he isn’t just saying “fuck all the politicians…” despite references in his songs to having been arrested on the day Obama was elected. He is saying fuck these Republicans- almost as if he knows the right-wing administrations tend to seek harsher penalties and set up the more draconian frameworks in the first place.

The specificity of the bind the protagonist in Bandana finds himself in is one of its innovations in relation to Piñata; a friend of mine, notorious tweeter Wavy Jones said he thinks Bandana is more of a Gibbs record whereas Piñata felt like more of a collaboration. The depth of the story telling in Bandana backs this I think, it’s like Gibbs is letting us, the listener, in more and learning about some real shit. Worth paying attention to, I think.
Tristan "Tanjint Wiggy" Acker is a staff writer for Zus Entertainment, a Jooseboxx and Untapped Hip-Hop contributor, and member of the Inland Empire nerdcore hip-hop group the West Coast Avengers

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Movies Millennials Should Movie: Jim Carrey edition!

Yo, y'all have to get on this new King Dice / Parker Edison Movies mini-podcast "Movies Millennials Should Movie"! It's funny, short, sweet, to the point and it's about movies! This latest one will remind you of some Jim Carrey classics you may have to visit or revisit!

Sunday, June 23, 2019

THOPFest 2019- Tanjint Wiggy Woo Interview

JooseBoxx.com caught up with the Guardian of the I.E. and JooseBoxx.com contributor Tanjint Wiggy Woo, at this year's The Happiness of Pursuit Festival in Ontario California. We also get a bonus of having the one and only CalmFixUp too! Check it out! 

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Eddie Murphy Movies Millennials Should Movie

Parker Edison and King Dice give quick synopses of movies most millennials probably have never seen. This episode is about one of the original ORIGINAL kings of comedy; Eddie Murphy. 

Directed & Filmed by: 
Eddie Rangel  

Parker Edison's Instagram https://www.instagram.com/Kackjing

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Tolkienesque Triumphs of Greenery with Noa James & Nuglife

     “I’m drama freeee (yeah)  I’m lovin’ meee (yeah ) / be a queen / BE A KING / SPREAD YOUR WIIINGS”
It was a chill mood when I walked into Serious Cartoons Records & Tapes to the smell of tacos and kiefy pre-roll for the Noa James / Nuglife listening party. Lesa J was there as ever being brilliant and facilitating new people meeting. Phantom Thrett had been so kind as to open his doors and cook while everyone soaked in the new album. I’ve only met Nuglife a couple times but he’s a really bright soul and fun to kick it with. It’s wild how Noa is always talking about something substantial with whoever is posted with him on a couch – the more I speak with him and hear his work the more it’s clear to me that this is a man very aware of the preciousness of time.
          Their new album, The Majestic Travels of Orcamane and OGie, is a spiritual sequel to The Adventures of Young Orca, an IE classic that is now unbelievably over a decade old. It fits too – it’s chill, stony, melodic, positive and seeking of common ground between souls and artists. The intro’s synth sirens remind one of whale calls- Nuglife understand the James paradigm. Noa’s voice has been evolving from his grizzly bear growl of his early career to a more zen rap crooner of the 2020s and the album’s intro “Orcamane” is a great example of where his voice stylings are now and how subtle and thorough Nuglife's synergy with him is. Noa listened graciously as I shared my critiques and faves – I loved the Mescal and Cam Archer songs, the harder stuff near the end was less my thing but still really catchy and James is undeniably good at it. Berserk and Juggernaut continue the chronicling of Noa’s ever gradually increasing descent into the world of nerdcore while providing a positive space to crack concrete in. Noa’s ability to toggle between experimentation and musically chill comfort food is priceless and the triumph of control over one's demons and the emanating of positivity and generosity is an epic triumph. I've been listening back to James' older works and on each album he balances the beautiful and the darkness -in this album the heroes have returned to the shire in peace and success. Odyssean even.
                                                      “I just wanna roll up/ just wanna po’ up”

      Nuglife’s beat tape The Beat Dispensary is more of a compilation than a beat tape and it feels like a great immediate follow-up to Majestic Travels  - chill thick beats with lots of So Cal all-stars from the BrickToYaFace and EOTR Networks and beyond. A longer record with lots of Noa throughout, it’s a wonderful stony companion-piece to majestic travels. The Noa pieces are like motivational mantras that reflect the comfortable synergy the two have developed. The theme playing off the “dispensary” setting is fun and funny from the Rasta Doorman intro the songs that continue to play on the concept like “The Love Dispensary”. EOTR members Zzay and Don't Sleep are standouts on a collection of stellar and effective collaborations. When you consider his elegant and lush EP with Zzay in addition to these works it’s wild to think how much this cat Nuglife has done before hitting age 25 – he was one to look out for, now he’s one to listen to. 
Tristan "Tanjint Wiggy" Acker is staff writer for JooseBoxx, a youth hip-hop and poetry tutor, and member of the Inland Empire nerdcore hip-hop group the West Coast Avengers. Catch more of their work at westcoastavengers.com, follow Tristan on Twitter @Tanjint or e-mail him at tristanacker@gmail.com