Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Another Quality Story

Song of the Day: Concerto del Muerto ft. Android and Bobby Bloodbath- Wax and EOM
   Gather round, children, and let me tell you a story.
   Actually, wait. Let's do some updates. I am doing a wonderful Soulsilver Nuzlocke over on Pokebeach, which btw, has a beautiful layout that will force to spend even more time there. I'm back on my shooting regimen, after skipping a couple days at my dad's house. Still praying for that JV. Still praying.
   Ok, those are all the updates. I don't lead a very exciting life.
   Gather round children, and let me tell you a story. It's a story about how I became who I am today. The event that impacted how I live my life today.
   The 2009 MTV Video Music Awards. Bear with me. See, as everybody knows, that was the year that Kanye West jumped up on the stage to announce that Beyonce's "Single Ladies" was "one of the best videos of all time." Here's a hint: that's not true. But of course, it caused a huge backlash, controversy, blah, blah, blah. The most important part is that Kanye was, for a short while, an internet meme. Some were funny, some weren't and some I genuinely didn't understand. Like this one.
   I was thinking, "What is this weird-ass image with Kanye West and what appears to be a retarded black boy?" So I googled Tay Zonday, having no idea what to expect. I then discovered the Chocolate Rain phenomenon. For some reason, I couldn't stop listening to the crazy teenager (Tay Zonday is actually 27) going off in his ridiculous voice about "racism." I wanted to find more out about him, so I clicked on his YouTube channel.
   Now here's the thick of the plot, because the video that started playing upon clicking on Tay's username was this.
   It's a Tay Zonday song, whatever. But the part of the creepy white guy towards the end of the video was stuck in my head forever. This story, dear children, is that of how I became a rap fan. At this point in my life, I had no real interest in music. My favorite band was the Gorillaz, but I only owned one CD of theirs, and I didn't listen to it often. I was in that state where I thought rap was dumb.
   All I had heard of rap was... I dunno. But I was under the impression that all rap was about sex, drugs, money, and alcohol. And back then I wasn't into stuff like that. But the man that Tay called "waxandherbalt" was a revelation. I had to go to his channel, too. Bam.
   Holy shit.
   Holy fucking shit.
   This was rap. And it was beautiful. Meaningful. Interesting. I didn't want to admit I liked it. What would people think when I said I was a rap fan? But I couldn't stop listening. I listened to it over and over, spent hours relistening until I could memorize the lyrics. Until yesterday, I hadn't listened to it in like two months. I still knew the words, they come natural to me.
   This duo was fantastic. I made a YouTube account so I could subscribe to both the white guy (who I had figured out by this point was Wax, one half of "Wax and Herbal T") and the Korean guy. A few days later, the Korean, whose name I got as "Dumbfoundead" posted my favorite song ever. Ever.
   And from there, I was a rap fan. When I got an iPod for Christmas this past year, "Wax and DFD are Clockwise" was the first album I purchased. Since then, I've gotten acclimated with other underground rappers, and some mainstream artists, too.
   So, I'm a rap fan. And people think I'm a douche.

1 comment:

  1. That punchline made this post worth reading.