B L A C K I E…All Caps, With Spaces – Only 4 The Real B L A C K I E…All Caps, With Spaces – Only 4 The Real

B L A C K I E...All Caps, With Spaces - Only 4 The Real (2013)

B L A C K I E…All Caps, With Spaces – Only 4 The Real (2013)

Ice T once said (and I’m going to liberally paraphrase here) that the Riots were a tantrum, the violent expression of a rage purely owned and unadulterated. The desperate action of a people offended, oppressed and ignored so long as to make the acquittal of the pigs who bashed Rodney King’s fucking head in the last straw needed to strip the blue power of South Central and forgive it to a desperate black anarchy, to light the great scorched earth action that scared the shit out of White America.

And should.

Because when I hear B L A C K I E, I hear my hometown burning. I hear the aged bristling, the structure creaking, the centuries of assurance succumbing to the strength of intelligence and the unwillingness to give a shit who wins so long as the system loses.

I hear power, rightly suited.

True, Only 4 the Real is nowhere near the magnum expression that last year’s Gen was (Is? When I speak of it, I speak of a terrifying perfection) but it is still a violent subterfuge whose coarse acts are as inspired as they should be inspiring to the toothsome buck who doesn’t care about the crass definitions of hip hop or punk rock, art or noise, promise or void.

It is also a return to furious form for the man who should be rightly credited with creating (for better or worse) the hipshit agitation of Death Grips and the bloated strip tone of Kanye’s latest endeavor. An in-the-red mess, a cacophonous anti-wonderland where sexual identity wrestles with substance abuse and a singular, objective sense of self chokes on its own tail while calling out for a victory, unnamable under the blue dawn on rubber sheets and raw, red beats like the inevitable pulse of humanity.

And goddamn if there isn’t something glorious to be found in the wet, merciless hump and clang of madness.

True spirit and not giving a fuck.

B L A C K I E...All Caps, With Spaces - Only 4 The Real, reviewed by Charles on 2013-10-22T03:36:32+00:00 rating 3.7 out of 5



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