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That Was The Week That Was: January 19th, 2015

The Bada$$ Was Born In 1995

The Bada$$ Was Born In 1995


Recorded: Let’s hand it to rap, two terrific albums to start the new year. Joey Bada$$ , Bed Stuyvesant liviest one co-founder of the rap collective Pro Era (the only other name I recognize is Dirty Sanchez), and who would be big time indeed if he widened his interests on debut album B4.DA.$$ . Or narrowed them as Lupe Fiasco did on his superb Tetsuo And Beyond.

Live Caught funny man Louis C.K. but that’s it.

Dead: Edgar Froese of Tangerine once said  ‘There is no death, there is just a change of our cosmic address.’ The electronic music pioneer changed his address at the age of 70. One of the original A$AP’s, A$AP Yams, died at the ridiculous age of 26. Dallas Taylor, CSN&Y sessionman drummer among many others (he was namechecked on the cover of Deja Vu) beat it.

Tickets: One huge get, D’Angelo at the Apollo on Saturday February 7th, and one less huge get but still significant, Mad Street Preachers at Webster Hall in April.

Sports: Knicks go on a three game winning streak just to insure they don’t get first pick at the draft.

Politics: Around about now you wonder whether the GOP are pushing their luck with a President who has beaten them every step of the way for the past six years. With world economies falling (including Russia and China), the US has never been healthier. unemployment down, Stock Market Up, oil down, spirits… well spirits have a way to. So there’s your State Of The Union. Meanwhile, it is always a nice photo op to have a heavyweight politician in cuffs, like Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver… but they better have him dead to rights.



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