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DJ Bobby Black: Crack AddictionCrack Addiction (2009)
self-released

Reviewer Rating: 2


Contributed by: swankswank
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On Henry Rollins' Talk Is Cheap spoken word album, released in the early years of the Bush Administration, he was heard to say, "Wouldn't it be really bitchin' if you had a political leader who was running for the big office [...] where you could like them as much as you like your favorite musician?.
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On Henry Rollins' Talk Is Cheap spoken word album, released in the early years of the Bush Administration, he was heard to say, "Wouldn't it be really bitchin' if you had a political leader who was running for the big office [...] where you could like them as much as you like your favorite musician? So instead of like, 'Okay, time to vote,' you could be like, 'Fuckin' A, this guy fuckin' rocks! This guy's awesome!' It would be like if you were voting for Ozzy, or Bob Dylan, or someone really bitchin'; 'This fuckin' guy is so cool, I can't wait for this, it's gonna be bitchin'!' I'd love to be stripped of my political cynicism for just one time; it would be so refreshing to be so into somebody and to trust them and know that they want to do the right thing."

As we all know, since that time there has been quite the dramatic changing of the guard in Washington, and last November, it seems for a lot of people, Rollins' seemingly far-off hypothetical had come true. We've entered into a very different political climate than when Henry's words were originally spoken, and with that comes a number of very interesting byproducts. Obamamania spawned a bootleg merchandising frenzy of Simpsons-in-the-early-'90s-like proportions, with everything from stickers to Chia Pets, to T-shirts depicting the entire Obama Family as Jedis being released for consumption by the eager masses. Easily the strangest, however, comes from Atlanta's DJ Bobby Black. What he's done is constructed a widely distributed hip-hop mixtape (I found mine in a chain store, in the suburbs), which mashes up the music and lyrics of popular rapper Jay-Z with the widely revered speeches of President Barack Obama, and called it (what else?) Crack Addiction. Needless to say, it's hands down the most baffling release of 2009.

Musically, it functions almost as a Jay-Z greatest hits package, with many recognizable hits such as "H to the Izzo" and "In My Lifetime" all edited to now include selections from Barack Obama's pre-election speeches. Contributions from other rappers are present, but sparse; 50 Cent's "I get Money" and Lil Wayne 's"A Milli" are both non-ironically included. The mixtape is closed out by a musical rendition of one of President Obama's early "Yes We Can" speeches, done by R&B singer, Colbert Report favorite and Mark Oliver Everett nemesis, John Legend. As one would imagine, Barack's clips sound out of place to a comical degree. It would seem from his intro and outro that DJ Bobby Black's heart is in the right place; it's just that nobody sat him down and told him that mixing modern gangsta rap with the first black president's inspirational speeches and calling it Crack Addiction is a terrible, terrible idea.

I can only hope that DJ Bobby Black turns out to be a pioneer in this new genre of hip-hop/political speech mash-ups. Personally, I've always wanted to hear Martin Luthor King's "I Have a Dream" spliced over "Face Down, Ass Up" by 2 Live Crew, or perhaps FDR's Pearl Harbor address to the tune of Three 6 Mafia's "Slob on My Knob." The possibilities are endless.

 


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Fine Print: The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. We are not respon sible for them in any way. Seriously.
givemeamuseumandillfillit (December 5, 2009)

Is this guy seriously getting away with this being widely distributed? Wow, if only that was the standard..

Tudor (December 5, 2009)

If I could spell or had anything insightful to say about mu,sic I might write a review, but I don't so I'll just complain instead.

mikexdude (December 5, 2009)

Yet I still have to know why the fuck we post Jay-z albums on here when there's so many better punk/crust/metal albums that go totally unmentioned on this site. Save Jay-z for every other garbage top 40 music website for fuck sakes.

I don't think you realize these reviews are posted when there's very little being written right now; between midterms, the holidays, and the year end lists, there's very little staff writing going on. You remember last year and its sudden influx of Anchor's hip hop reviews? Similar story there.

Basically, iamgodsongs nailed it: write your own reviews for what you wan to see. There are probably 5 reviews every week from obscure or relatively unknown bands that no one gives a shit. Basically, the impression I'm getting is: 'I'm not seeing reviews for trenndy, overhyped bands.'

This was a well written review, even if I too find itslightly irrelevant. Political agenda behind music has been a punk staple for a while.

sloanedaley (December 5, 2009)

I made a mistake on my previous comment while "Zimbabwe" rules that is not the song that uses the speech.

Crust is good, let's see more reviews I agree. There is nothing wrong with hip hop reviews. I came to punk secondarily, after being a hip hop head from a young age. I do agree however, that Jay-Z reviews are not essential. I think there is a place here for everything from Crust to Hip Hop.

iamgodsongs (December 5, 2009)

and tudor, i have like 5 crust reviews in the works. also, keep in mind that you can always submit reviews for records you like. it's working for me so far.

iamgodsongs (December 5, 2009)

i expected a five star anchors review
Precisely dude, i was like jesus christ here we go again.

danperrone (December 4, 2009)

i expected a five star anchors review

Tudor (December 4, 2009)

I know that the few people who like rap around here feel they have some sort of "enlightened" musical taste because they feel punks are too dumb to understand why they like rap music.

Yet I still have to know why the fuck we post Jay-z albums on here when there's so many better punk/crust/metal albums that go totally unmentioned on this site. Save Jay-z for every other garbage top 40 music website for fuck sakes.

SloaneDaley (December 4, 2009)

Bob Marley's "Zimbabwe" lyrics are taken from a speech by Haile Selassie, that songs rules. (don't judge me assholes.)

iamgodsongs (December 4, 2009)

i'm going to go beyonf the obvious question of why this is being reviewed on this website and ask why it exists in the first place.

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