Friday, May 23, 2008

Quick Hitters:: Kid Static

If you're a rapper, there's a number of ways to get your shiz covered here on the hill. It's simple stuff really, you could sample Hall & Oates, reference obscure 80's NBA players, dress like Kool Moe Dee, or feature a cameo on your album by Rodney O, Joe Cooley or even General Jeff. Or you could just exhibit a level of chutzpah that makes you hard to ignore, like Chicago's Kid Static for example.

Considering in both his solo work, and his collab with producer Yea Big, Static has been marketed through music blogs (there might be huge Kid Static ads in The Source, I have no idea), it strikes me as a little radical that he has a song on his new release, In The Meantime, that attacks hipster gents that sport the tight, tiny slacks currently in vogue. However, considering the tightest pants I've worn are likely a pair of red Cooperalls I wore for a season in peewee, I thought Man Up ("lookin' like you had to lay down to get them shits on") was kind of hilarious. He also takes on those frequent whipping boys, internet hip hop nerd-thugs, as well as rude airplane passengers that he might like to tell off or sex-up. I hadn't heard Static rhyme before this album, but he exhibits a level of bitterness I can get behind.

In The Meantime zips by pretty quickly at 10 songs, 3 of which are very short instrumental-ish numbers (including the finale Stupid Panflute, which would likely draw a disapproving frown from Zamfir). The beats are dense, heavily electro-influenced numbers that aren't boom-bap scene stealer's, but Static is able to turn them into appealing songs with his personality and lyrics. And I shouldn't leave you with the impression that every song is simply Static riffing on things he hates, as Of Prophets & People has a solid golden-rule themed message. He can also flex his punchline muscles, which he shows on Rappin N Shit ("God wiped with his fingers and dealt you a shitty hand", "so dope I get smoked by Bobby & Whitney", "I'm a chastity belt rapper, you can't f*ck with me", etc.) which might be a response to the Pitchfork review of his album with Yea Big, which claimed he rapped about rapping on every song.

If you're like me, and hadn't checked out Static before, this album serves as a quick intro to what he's all about. After listening to it I have to say I'm interested in seeing what he does next.

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