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Chris lives in Austin, TX, where he once shook Willie Nelson's hand.

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  1. Avatar Glyph says:

    I haven’t listened to these tracks yet Chris (it’s Jessy Lanza all day here), but some thoughts prompted by the text:

    1.) Looks like it’s time for MC Chris to take the matter of an Austin scene (or lack thereof) into his own hands.

    2.) RE: purple. It’s always interesting to me, the influence of a musical or artistic scene’s intoxicants of choice. Good music shouldn’t need drugs to make it work (good music IS drugs); but some tunes make MUCH more sense when you know from whence headspace they came.

    3.) Regional scenes: have you ever listened to any of the Numero Group’s “Eccentric Soul” series? Basically, they dig up and compile obscure soul/funk cuts, generally focusing on a regional label or scene. Some real gems to be found there. I wonder if something will be done one day for hip-hop too.Report

    • Avatar Chris in reply to Glyph says:

      1) Have you seen the video of Alex Trebek reciting rap lyrics on Jeopardy? That’s how well I rap.
      2) This is particularly true of hip hop where drugs are so central to a theme in so much of the lyrics, particularly pot, mollies, and purple. If rappers ever get really into LSD, things are going to be fun.
      3.) I have not, but it sounds like a great idea. Since pretty much everyone and their brother puts out a mixtape, it’d be fairly easy to find material, too.Report

      • Avatar Glyph in reply to Chris says:

        I remember when MDMA hit hip-hop hard around the turn of the century and well, you could just TELL.* Even if Missy Elliot hadn’t made that album.

        It seemed like around that time, not only did the productions get much more “electronic/synthetic” and simpatico to the headspace (some Timbaland might as well be minimal/abstract techno), but the lyrics also got much less “hard”. Loved-up rappers.

        I just sort of assume that cLOUDDEAD, and all those related guys, are trippers.

        (There is a Lips compilation appropriately called Finally the Punk Rockers Are Taking Acid; I look forward to the equivalent “Rappers” version).

        Great tune that I discovered on an “Eccentric Soul” comp:

        *If, of course, you had ever partaken of such things, in your distant and irresponsible youth. Hypothetically. Which of course I never did. Forget I said anything.Report

      • Avatar Chris in reply to Chris says:

        I could tell because someone told me what to look for.

        And man, I’m a sucker for soul. That track, which is awesome, says to me “You need to be listening to James Brown, not that silly electronic stuff you’ve spent the day with.”Report