Wednesday, January 05, 2005


gun yoga style

Kris Ex For President.

Not only has he stormed all over the blog game like he started it, but this interview he does with Government Names is golden. Here's some nuggets:
    "My plan was simple: I was gonna do this music journalism bullshit for two years and earn enough money and cachet to write the Great American Novel. Life was so much easier when I knew everything."

    " Chairman Mao remains one of the most economical writers doing it. He's surgical in his analysis. I hope I'm not getting on some stereotypical bullshit, but every time I think of Mao writing, I see him meditating before pulling out his samurai sword and writing a review using as few strokes as possible. Then he sheaths his sword and goes about his day."

    "... there's not really any cross-generational dialogue happening. There's always been one-on-one mentoring, but no process to pass on what's been learned has ever existed. I think that's because the game is evolving so fast and everyone's still trying to get their footing -- even old dinosaurs such as myself. The greatest problem that results form this is that new writers have no sense of history and think that they're making new observations when they're really not."

    "I'd say magazine writing is so tame for the same reason blogs are tame, TV is lame and a lot of music is wack: there's just a lot of corny motherfuckers in the world. It's not really that deep."

    "... a lot of these writers really don't know who they are. You have to keep in mind that for the most part we're dealing with 20-something year olds that are still figuring out who they want to be. We're not Tom Wolfe or Dan Rather here. We're all still very much figuring out who we are."

    "...if there is a pattern to my work, it's pure laziness. I really try to do this shit with as little effort as possible."

    "...there's no money in hip-hop writing. It's all about the fringe benefits. Sure, a few lucky ones break through to make the mega-bucks, but for every one that makes it, there's a few hundred guys selling off promo CDs to pay the rent."

    ...and the coup de grace:

    I love this whole blog world. It's changing so much of what I do and how I do it. I love the opportunities to kick up dust and start trouble, and I'm grateful for the ability to connect with so many people and just shoot the shit. There's so much potential here. I haven't even begun to piss people off yet."

This is what you waited all year for/the hardcore, that's what Kris Ex is here for.

In other reading material, Greg Tate hits you with a double-tap in this week's Village Voice. He's absolutely brilliant on both counts: the first being an essay on hip-hop's 30th anniversary and what it means for Black public culture and politics. The other is a review of Nas' new album, which actually ends up touching on many of the same issues as the other essay. I don't feel ashamed to say this but his Nas review shreds mine into confetti.