Last Saturday was the Booty Bassment in San Diego, and a notable one indeed. Six years has past since we started doing our little old thing at the Whistle Stop. It was a great time. We did the booty shake contest, we had Nite Jewel from L.A., we had Ryan Poulsen from S.F., we had Mario Orduno from Art Fag, and of course, good old Rob Moran. So much fun!
I just wanted to say that I really appreciate everyone who has come to the Bassment in the past six years. You have made it fun for me to play the same rap records over and over again, and you have given me yet another excuse for searching out new stuff (which is probably my favorite pass time). Lawrence Braun took photographs, which I have not seen yet, but I will post them as soon as I get them. Thanks again to everyone who has made this event possible!
A couple months ago I was talking to Mario and Nate at a party about rap records that we love. I mentioned the old St. Ides commercials from the 90's that Ice Cube and Wu-Tang and others had done, and they didn't know what I was talking about. I have been thinking about these ads for ages, wishing I still had those old video cassettes that I had taped back then with hours of Rap City videos and probably all those amazing St. Ides commercials.
My dreams have been answered by a special man named DJ Drank. He put together a compilation with all 30 commercials produced by E-Swift, Sir Jinx, DJ Pooh, and King Tee with a veritable who's who of golden era rappers including Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg, Nate Dogg, Warren G, The Geto Boys, Eric B and Rakim, EPMD, MC Eiht, Yo Yo, and of course, The Wu. All the songs are short; most about one minute. But, for a fan of 90's rap like me, this is amazing.
These ads were surrounded by controversy in the media and by activist groups. St. Ides was accused of advertising their products to teenagers through the voices of their foul mouthed idols.
"Getcher girl in the mood quicker... Getcher jimmy thicker with St. Ides Malt Liquor." Mr. Ice Cubes
Who can say, but St. Ides sales increased by 25% that year. Not too shabby. Unfortunately, the ad campaign was dropped, simultaneously depriving the public of all these great malt liquor soaked ditties, as well as opening the door for Cristal to take the place as the drink of choice in the rap community (even if Cristal didn't want it).
I hope you enjoy this comp. as much as I do. Download it below (they are 320 kbps mp3s... the entire album is about 69 megs).
Heard a funny story on NPR the other day. Like ta hear it? Here it go....
The two presidential candidates were asked to give their top ten songs. Kind of some odd picks in there. John McCain's number one is especially ridiculous:
John McCain's Top Ten
1. 'Dancing Queen' ABBA
2. 'Blue Bayou' Roy Orbison
3. 'Take a Chance On Me' ABBA
4. 'If We Make It Through December' Merle Haggard
5. 'As Time Goes By' Dooley Wilson
6. 'Good Vibrations' The Beach Boys
7. 'What A Wonderful World' Louis Armstrong
8. 'I've Got You Under My Skin' Frank Sinatra
9. 'Sweet Caroline' Neil Diamond
10. 'Smoke Gets In Your Eyes' The Platters
Barack Obama's Top Ten
1. 'Ready or Not' Fugees
2. 'What's Going On' Marvin Gaye
3. 'I'm On Fire' Bruce Springsteen
4. 'Gimme Shelter' Rolling Stones
5. 'Sinnerman' Nina Simone
6. 'Touch the Sky' Kanye West
7. 'You'd Be So Easy to Love' Frank Sinatra
8. 'Think' Aretha Franklin
9. 'City of Blinding Lights' U2
10. 'Yes We Can' Will.i.am
I'm not mad at ABBA by any means, but number one? Jeez, Louise, bro. Looks like someone forgot to grow a pair.
Actually, I don't really get Obama's number one, either. I mean, it's not as lame as McCain's, but almost like he was trying too hard.
In equally idiotic news, some idiot decided it would be a good idea to make a Barack Obama action figure. Don't fucking ask me.
Why do we have to have an action figure for ever prominent figure in American society? It's stupid. Save the petroleum it takes to make this pointless piece of plastic (that will probably be worth $3,000 in 20 years) and fill up your Escalade with it instead. All the full grown men that still collect toys should really reevaluate their lives.
My suggestion to curb this childish behaviour is for all the ladies out there: if you go over to a guy's house and he has action figures hanging on his wall, don't fuck him, and tell him why you aren't going to fuck him. He will quickly mend his foolish ways, and we will all be saved the pain of seeing our political figures being mocked by being modeled into a Curious George looking toy.
Another point against the mental retards that made this toy is that they are charging $15 for it, and only giving $1 to Obama's campaign for every toy sold on the internet. Weak.
I was watching the tube the other night when something terrible happened... a commercial. Yes, I know this is enough to drive anyone up the bloody wall, but I had some special disdain for this one.
It was a fricking Mars Bar commercial using the song Ça Plane Pour Moi by Plastic Bertrand. Great song. It always makes me sad when they use good songs for commercials because I can't focus as much hateful energy toward being subjected to advertising when it's on.
When I was looking for the commercial on the Youtubes, I stumbled upon this lil' doozy commited by Snickers. They use a really bad cover of the song for it.
Earhole cleaning time- the original song by Plastic Bertrand from 1978.
And now the weird gay and violent cover(?) version by Elton Motello, Jet Boy Jet Girl.
August marks the six year anniversary of Booty Bassment in San Dagotown, brol. We are all purrty excited by this, so we's doing a big old git-together on the 23rd. Ryan Poulsen, my partner in San Francisco, Rob Moran, Bassment originator, and Nite Jewel, from L.A., will all be gracing us with their stench on this night of wonder. It is also Dogg Captain Orduno's birthday, so come and pay your tributes to the man by listening to his selections.
We will also be having another booty shake contest, and if you were at the last one, you know you will not want to miss this. Cash and prizes go to the least disgusting contestants. The celebrity MC and judges will be announced this week. Stay tuned.
I am watching the Olympics right now; it's ladies gymnastics. Pretty cool, but a commercial for Direct TV came on and ruined me for the next few minutes. Remember my previous post regarding the Lollapalooza references all these idiots keep making? (Read it here.). Well, in this commercial, Jimmy Kimmel refers to a football game as a, "Hail-Mary-Palooza." What the hell, bro? What the fucking hell, broseph? Why? Whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy?
Bad move, dogmaster. That commercial places your ass on my shit-list.
In other news, I have decided to begin my campaign to speak out against Willow, from the movie Willow. I am in full support of Burgelkutt.
Also, I have decided to protest my company, Basstanic, and all events promoted by my company.
Huh... I actually got a response from my email to Mad Decent. If you haven't read the blog before this one, then do that and then come back here.
----------------- Original Message ----------------- From: MAD DECENT Date: 01 Aug 2008, 11:03
This is DJA, the engineer and producer at mad decent who suggested we start using black metal influenced design. We all actually do enjoy black metal music (especially me, i've been aware and listening to it in various forms since I was a kid in the 90s) We don't think its a joke.
I really like the darkthrone style logo on the first few. Why would you get so mad about this? We aren't blatently stealing anything from you, we weren't aware of your fliers before we made any mad decent related black metal style imagery.
The thing with Vice, i dunno. Didnt that guy do a photo style thing like 4-5 years ago and just now Vice decided just recently to flip it for a kinda half baked article?
+++++++++++++++++++ Here's my response +++++++++++++++++++++++
Thanks for your quick response. I guess my reaction is kind of pointless, now that I think about it. The thing is, which I explained in my first email, that for people who know about Booty Bassment, the flier art always comes part in parcel. What I mean is that people know when they see some weird corpsepainted dude standing in front of a Rolls Royce on 20's parked in front of a burning church that it is a Booty Bassment event. So, when I see other people in the "dj world" using the imagery from black metal, it is just too close for comfort. I don't feel as though I'm being unreasonable about this.
I suppose it was bound to happen at some point. But when I came up with the idea to mix the stark black and white photocopied images of black metal with the misogynistic and opulent imagery of modern rap, no one was doing it. Like I said, most people didn't even know what black metal was.
The fliers I make are more than just an advertisement for me. My first concern with each one is the image. This is why I am upset. Because I have been doing this event for almost 6 years and I have made every single flier for every event. That is one a month for 6 years in San Diego, one a month for almost two years in San Francisco, and a couple for our recent Los Angeles events.
I guess it is just another trend that is bound to play itself out (see examples)-