Hey guys! Back at it again this week on Verses From the Abstract, and last night I had my man Nick come through again and help out with the show a little more. We talked a little bit about the crazy NCAA March Madness that’s been going on since Thursday. I cannot even begin to describe how bad my bracket is this year. Every single upset I picked has been wrong except for one, and this year there have been more upsets than pretty much any year in the past. I still have a minor chance of winning the steak dinner bet I have with my girlfriend if I get all my remaining picks right and she gets them all wrong, but the way this tourny’s been going so far I’m about ready to call Wildcraft and ask for a table. I used to love this tournament but now it just makes me angry every year. Not that I will ever stop watching it or making a bracket, I’m hooked for life even though the results usually don’t end well.
After I wiped my eyes from discussing the wreckage of my bracket, we got into a pretty grimy segment on the show, with songs from the likes of Busta Rhymes, Raekwon, and ONYX. That last group was one Nick brought in, and I hadn’t heard anything by them before this except for an old song from 1993 called Slam, which old school hip-hop heads should recognize at least for the chorus. The song Nick played was a newer song from a few years ago called Black Hoodie Rap, and the video is pretty intimidating with all the members of the group walking around these alleys and parking lots with, um, black hoodies on. Not hard to figure that part out.
We then went old school for a bit and touched on some stuff from The Pharcyde, who are still touring these days, and one of my favourite Common songs of all time. I Used to Love Her is a great song with a lot of meaning, and Common sounds off on some of the things he didn’t like in hip hop back in 1994. Specific points he brings up is all the violence seen in hip hop since it moved out to the West Coast and all the commercial fame and selling out he started to see in the game. Great song with a great meaning that still resonates these days.
Anyways, that’s it for me today as I should probably get started on this mountain of work that’s built up and is coming due now. It’s crazy to think I’ve only got a few more shows left before I finish my last university exam in exactly one month. As always, the full playlist is up on my Facebook page which you should probably go and like right now! Or you can follow on Twitter at @t_rev91, I like posting stuff up there about music and sports too. Have a good week everyone and Happy Easter too!