Tuesday, March 3, 2015

We ARE Slo Chem and Cold Conscious -- The Never Silver Spoon Fed

So, when you sit and think about it, there are very few instances in life where you can say “Yo, that’s my man’s and them, I was there in the beginning, no bullshit!” There are several reasons for this, the most glaring is that most of us haven’t expanded our social circle enough to meet any interesting and talented people. In other cases, people just don’t have enough belief in the people around them that have a dream. Can you imagine how the now incarcerated Bobby Smhurder’s homies and family felt when they first heard “Hot Nigga” on Hot 97? I’ve had this sensation on four different occasions, the most notable of which is my cousin Jamal Williams of the San Diego Chargers and Denver Broncos, a five time Pro Bowl Nose Tackle. I was there when he didn’t play any organized sports ... When he was a squirt. I say all of that to say I’m sure that I’m on the ground level AGAIN with an up and coming talent: The Never Silver Spoon Fed or NSF.

Back in the warmer months my peeps Ryan and Renee were on the deck, on a Sunday, while I was grilling. During which the subject of hip-hop came up and the debate raged. Who’s better? Biggie or Pac? Who’s the best Wu-Tang MC? Did Kim write her own rhymes and so on. As he departed, he mentions to me that he’s going to send me a few tracks to listen to so he could get an old-head’s perspective. “Word? Okay, Dope ... No doubt! Here’s my email.”, I said. Nevertheless, he sent me the tracks and I wrote a short piece ( http://hedonisticrantings.blogspot.com/2014/08/hip-hop-isnt-dead-its-just-being-held.html ), well 1.5 paragraphs. In the interim I’ve since received the entire track-listing and tracks for the forthcoming LP -- Ryan (Slo Chem) is a man of his word. So here we go...

Let me kick it off by saying for a new, relatively unknown, crew the production is pretty damn good throughout the majority of the album; it’s far more crisp and polished from the original product I received. One would be able to tell that these kids put a ton of time into getting it right. I somewhat enjoyed the intro to the album, but I couldn’t escape the feeling that it gave me. Perhaps it is just me but it felt the MC was rushing through track as if the vocals are in contention with the beat. Don’t get me wrong as these kids can MC and have a genuine grasp on how to construct a song. They aren’t on that Migos, Chief Keef trap/drill bullshit, the guys can really flow. Take the track “Light it up” dope hook, excellent production, and well above-average flow. They hit the nail on the head and it should be the lead single and followed-up by “Parking Lot Kisses” for the ladies and simps of the listening community -- it’s truly a dope track. But as De La Soul and The Native Tongues would say, “HOLD UP, WAIT A MINUTE” [ Ref: Buddy / 3 Feet High and Rising], then we have a track like “Torn” that makes you put your Grey Goose and Pineapple down and say “What the fuck just happened?!”, the track sounds misguided and chaotic. I cram to understand where they were going with the production AND flow. *sighing* But wait, there are also fun tracks like as “Border Jumping” which needs more bass for more dynamics and “Paula Deen” which is an original title for an original jam. I have to say they’ve blessed us with a track titled “Changes” which would be the byproduct if “99 Problems” and any of Odd Future’s recordings had a love child which is a good thing.

So, after extensive listening I would conclude NSF (Cold Conscience and Slo Chem)  has given the hip-hop community a solid effort. I don’t like putting stars and numbers on shit, either the record is good or it’s trash. Period. Some tracks are better than others, and then others are far better others ( “TORN” / “WAKE UP”) but you gotta start somewhere, right? Look, from what i heard this album is better than a lot of the bullshit they’re playing on WPGC and Hot 97 in New York. These cats with some more hard work are gonna go far and I’m gassed to know I’m ground-level with them. 


Update: Ryan's partner and co-collaborator is a young joker named Cold Conscience who plays the bass guitar and is an MC 

Atticus Bojangles

Twitter: @Just_KrisBoogie

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Friday, January 16, 2015

HATERS GONNA HATE: PEST CONTROL

If you are successful, you have to accept one thing: Haters.

The moment you start doing well, you are going to find that there are jealous people who have nothing better to do than spend their time trying to shame you.
For whatever reason, there is a percentage of the population that finds joy in pointing out faults in others. Something about their mentality is so screwed up that they will spend almost every waking moment focused on other people’s business.
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The more successful you are, the harder they will work to knock you down, because your success is an affront to their own failure.
Perhaps at one time in their life these haters had potential, but for whatever reason they miserably failed. Most of these guys in a previous era would have been relegated to sitting in the street while picking lice out of their hair and throwing their shit at people passing by.
Many of them will be famous in the future for being the crazy guy everyone talks about and wonders how he ended up in an insane asylum after being caught chasing down cats thinking he was a Chihuahua.
The internet and facebook has unfortunately given these guys a forum to speak out and be heard.

The first thing to remember about haters is that no one really takes them seriously. They create drama and often are extremely abusive, but that’s about it. While sometimes their obsessiveness crosses the line to stalking, most of them are just harmless people who have nothing better to do. It’s good to remember that 99% of them are not successful at anything, and their life sucks. They want to prove they are doing ok and that they could be successful by attacking others who are much more successful and pointing their flaws. They deep down inside want to be the people they attack, which is why they obsess over them like a jaded lover.

We all know who they are in real life: they are the guy or gal who wont stop talking about how much money they made, how they know so many famous people but they always need a loan, always need a place to stay, and always, always, are looking for new job or career. Nothing ever works out for them because they are never focused on doing well but always focused on other people’s shit instead of their own.


So most of the time, its important to just ignore the haters. It really doesn’t matter what they say or if they get it. Focus on building your business and success and ignore the attempt of the crazies to throw crap at you. If you don’t respond, most of the time the haters will either disappear into oblivion or find another person to be obsessed with.
Focus on those who get what you are doing and ignore those who don’t.

Sports Agent Scott Boras said, “If you are really effective at what you do, 95% of the things said about you will be negative. Keep your head on straight, don’t get emotional, take the heat, and just make sure your clients are smiling.” Simply put, if you are doing things right, people are going to go after you and criticize you. No one goes after failures, because no one cares what they are doing. Your haters probably don’t have anyone attacking them, because they aren’t doing anything remotely successful except annoying the shit out of people.

Perhaps the most important thing I’ve read about haters is to ignore what anonymous, hidden people say. According to Adam Gnade, “Anonymous” is not a real person. “Anonymous” is disappointment, weakness fighting back, and envy at its worse. The people who talk shit and complain and stick their nose in your business on the internet don’t hate you, they hate themselves.”

Lastly, if you want to be successful, do not expect everyone to like you. General Colin Powell said that, “Trying to get everyone to like you is a sign of mediocrity.” There are two types of people that everyone loves, strippers and the guy who takes your order at McDonald's.
So unless you are planning on wearing pasties and working at Macombo Lounge or saying, “How can I help you?” to everyone, you better accept haters as a part of success. No bullshit. 

Your Old Pal,

Atticus Bojangles (A.K.A Kris, Pat, The Hedonist, Daddy Longstroke, DC Slim, Da Plumber, Uptown Pat, GQ Shorty, and whatever else) 

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Email: KrisWDC@outlook.com