Friday, January 26, 2007
PLO style:
My cubiclemate just turned on Enter the 36 Chambers. As a testament to the times we now face, "P.L.O. style" just doesn't sound threatening anymore.
--Spencer Ackerman
Yeah, but "buddha monks from the isle" is still hella frightening.
Blogger Eric | 9:09 AM

BTW: As per my previous riff on Nas and Illmatic, 36 Chambers also takes a spot in Eric Martin Presents: The Five Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time.
Blogger Eric | 9:11 AM

Sorry for the serial comments, but appropos of your reference to googling lyrics on another thread, I just realized (thanks to google) that its "buddha monks with the Owls."

Oh well. It's been a while, and most of my memories of these lyrics were formed when I was, er, becoming acquainted with the Owls.
Blogger Eric | 9:13 AM

Sheesh. You're right. It doesn't really sound hardcore no more...
Blogger russ | 9:53 AM

BTW: As per my previous riff on Nas and Illmatic, 36 Chambers also takes a spot in Eric Martin Presents: The Five Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time.

Word. Other 4?

(Apocalypse '91 is the only one I can unabashedly nominate off the top of my head...)
Blogger Pooh | 10:29 AM

Well Illmatic is one.

Allow me to part ways with you pooh, and suggest that "It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back" is not only a better PE album, but itself deserves top five status.

So I'd go: Illmatic, 36 Chambers, Takes a Nation and the fourth and fifth spots could be fought over between one from Biggie (Ready to Die), NWA (Straight Outta Compton), Jay Z (Reasonable Doubt), BDP (Criminal Minded), De La Soul (3 Feet High and Rising) and possibly Tribe (Low End Theory - though they might be able to replace De La if that's your bag as I'm not sure you'd want both).

Wildcard pick: Paul's Boutique.

Honorable Mentions: Aquemini, The Great Adventures of Slick Rick.
Blogger Eric | 11:14 AM

Can I hate on A Tribe Called Quest? FUCK A TRIBE CALLED QUEST. The first four songs on Midnite Marauders are great. The rest of their output? Middling at best. The fervor they inspire from backpackers? Intolerable.

It's a vivrant thing, you wouldn't understand.
Blogger spencerackerman | 12:07 PM

The canonization of ATCQ doesen't come from backpackers (do such people even really exist anymore? this is 2007)
Blogger Dustin Ridgeway | 1:07 PM

I thought it was kind of ballsy for Ghostface to name drop Uday and Qusay on De La's awesome Grind Date, or Clipse to name drop the Hutu.

Also, was P.L.O. Style a Che/violent underdog revolutionary reference or some incoherent 5 percent nation anti-semitic reference? Regardless, I still wouldn't want a wire hanger in my ass like tssssssss.

I can't believe you're hating on Tribe. The best part of the Native Tounges vibe was that they broke down the rigid MC persona and could incorporate more personality into their rhymes. The fell off when Q-Tip converted and started rapping about rapping (the most annoying backpacker tic - 'eff Lyricist Lounge) instead of once having an orgy. Lupe is the only one who seems real to me right now. Kanye tries, but his ego is just too big.

Last ramble: there around 100 quotes from the Clipse album that you could use for links to thuggish Bush admin behavior. "Who gonna stop us? Not a goddamn one a ya."
Blogger Harvey Birdman | 1:24 PM

Oh, dude, I've used a lot of Clipse lyrics and intend to use a lot more. The next blogger who comes after me is getting a taste of "Chinese New Year."
Blogger spencerackerman | 1:35 PM

"P.L.O. style" just doesn't sound threatening anymore.

To Marty Peretz it does.
Blogger Steve M. | 1:43 PM

Allow me to part ways with you pooh, and suggest that "It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back" is not only a better PE album, but itself deserves top five status.

I see "Nation of Millions" and genuflect. Yet I disagree, but it's probably a result of when I first got exposed to PE/Hip Hop in general. Fear of a Black Planet was out. Which blew my mind. And then A-91 came out and is unquestionably a better album. (Though I think a "Fight the Power" lyric would work well with the next M. Peretz post - "Elvis Was A Hero To Most")
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