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DMD: Special Delivery

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Last Saturday I went to the Special Delivery exhibition in Berkeley. I really didn’t expect so many people there; I hadn’t waited in a line like that for an art show since Banksy’s Barely Legal show back in 2006!

It was worth the wait though. I took a few quick pictures, and had a good time. Shoutouts to Fernando for the awesome b-day destination.

Make sure to check it out when it reopens again later this month!

Stuck In My Head: “Guv’nor”

JJ Doom – Guv’nor

Watch the Regular Show: “Ello Gov’nor” [Part 1] [Part 2]

With all The Regular Show samples strewn about this beat, It almost seems like this was commissioned by Cartoon Network (wouldn’t be the first time for the Villain). As the first real track on DOOM’s new collab album, “JJ DOOM”, it doesn’t stray too far off his well-worn path as an idiosyncratic MC with an ear for beats. But though formulaic, Dumile’s ingenuitive rhymes still cut sharp:

Catch a throatful/From the fire vocal/Ash and molten glass like/Eyjafjallajökull
The Volcano out of Iceland/Go conquer and destroy the rap world like the white men

Along with the MC’s good showing, Jneiro Jarel’s production stands strong. With beats reminiscent of early MF & Viktor Vaughn cuts, cut alongside the spacey synths found in contemporary spacerap tracks. I’ve always liked the electronic influence that has shaped rap production from the UK; it’s definitely a bit grimier than the Electro sound that’s gotten popular on this side of the pond.

The video itself is pretty dope too, and again, very DOOM: simple, but with interestingly different expectations. Worth a watch, if only to get a good glimpse of the Villain’s profile near the end of it.