Wednesday, October 27, 2004

I said on Jess's site that I'd be stealing his DJ Paul and Juicy J = Lungfish thing, and here I am doing it! Except they switch it up just a little bit more than that. Their beats on the Lil Wyte album are a lot harsher and more brittle than usual, and that makes sense because Lil Wyte raps about 50% faster and is generally about 482% more amped than just about anyone else who works with Three-6. Paul and J lean a little bit lighter on their John Carpenter piano and hit the itchy hit-hats just that little bit faster. Lil Wyte sounds like a southern Eminem, which is the obvious thing to say, but it's true. He's all dork-amped and endearingly nerdy and adenoidal and he rhymes "ham sammiches" with "shenanigans". He's going to be the Willy Nelson of the next generation, a rising legacy shining across every nation. He doesn't stretch out his vowels into weird new formulations the way everyone else in Triple-6 does; he just hammers away at the consonants. He sounds really, really nervous. There's a DVD included with the CD, and he bounces his leg like crazy through the whole interview. But does he drop the N-bomb? I thought I might have heard him do that a couple of times. Can't do that, Lil Wyte. And this line: "I roll with murderers, robbers, drug dealers, killers, and rapists"? Murderers, robbers, drug dealers and killers are one thing, but since when do you get badass points from hanging out with rapists? Can we never hear that again, please?

GTA: San Andreas looks great. The gameplay is pretty much the same as it was in Vice City, but you can do a couple of new things like ride a bike and climb a wall and lock on to someone when you're fistfighting so you don't end up just running around like a chicken with your head cut off. All the missions are pretty similar, too, which means I do them over and over again while screaming at the TV in frustration every time I fuck them up because I'm terrible at video games. But everything looks really cool. The game doesn't have the same all-star voice lineup as Vice City; the only blockbuster-for-a-video game talents are Samuel L. Jackson as a cop and Axl Rose, Chuck D, and George Clinton as DJs on the radio stations. Instead, we get semi-obscure West Coast rappers in major vocal roles: MC Eiht, Yo-Yo, Kid Frost. That rules! And the radio stations are amazing. It would've been cool if they'd stuck a little bit harder to the time period, but then they wouldn't have been able to put on "Don't Be Cruel", so I guess it's all good. And man, some of these songs, "Nothin' But a G Thang" and "Dre Day" obviously, but also "It Was a Good Day" and "Voodoo Ray" and Primal Scream's "Movin' On Up" and Faith No More's "Midlife Crisis". Seriously.