Friday, October 13, 2017

Cassette Review: Blaq Poet "Looking For Trouble" (Man Bites Dog Records)

In a lot of ways, this cassette is the truest form of a cassingle.   Featuring one song five times over (the titular track) and then an additional song on Side B, this is somewhere between EP and cassingle but it's really what a cassingle should be because I enjoy the instrumentals and remixes.    Also, it's worth noting that the first version of this song- "Looking For Trouble"- is the album version while the second is "clean".   Placing a clean version on a cassette is something straight out of the 1990's and I love it.

"Fuck what happened and fuck what the story is".    Somewhere between Eminem and Sage Francis comes Blaq Poet.   There are three other people on this track as well, which gives it that group vibe that I feel a single song should have for some reason.   It's not easy to discuss the other versions of this song, but it is worth listening to them all.  It's not like, "Oh, this song isn't good without the words in it".   The instrumental version is quite good and will still bang in your trunk.

The first song I ever knew all the lyrics to- in a rap sense- was "Scenario" by A Tribe Called Quest.    This song might not sound like that but it has that same feel to it.   It has that importance as a single but also by listening to this I searched for Blaq Poet on Bandcamp and found a decent amount of other music as well.   So, in that sense, this song is like a gateway drug and that's what a song single truly should be like.    People want to know what happened to the poets and I just think they all became rappers.    Go out of your way to get this one.

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