I was as unmoved as the rest of the world when troglo-clowns pelted a topless TILA TEQUILA with bottles and feces at the Gathering of the Juggalos — who cares that the world's worst dregs flung dooty at an insufferable pseudo-celeb? Did anyone really expect better of Juggalos, or wish better on Tila? I'm sure we'd all rather the two parties just didn't exist.
Good news: this looks to be a self-solving situation. Tila announced that she plans to sue the Gathering into oblivion — and to judge by all the evidence of abysmal security, she'll probably bankrupt the hell out of everything ICP-related for the rest of eternity. Then, inevitably, she'll be killed and eaten by vengeful Juggalos. No more redneck rap-clown jamborees, and no more Tila Tequila. Everyone else wins.
There was a great interview with FAITHLESS on nme.com the other day — they licensed their new single for a Fiat commercial, but they insist that doesn't qualify as selling out. "It's a different world out there in terms of selling music," said vocalist Jazz. "So if you want to get your music out there to people, you have to try new avenues, as Prince has, as Radiohead have, and as we are trying to do." Added DJ Sister Bliss: "I do believe we have a measure of artistic integrity. There was a certain amount of artistic conversations that went on."
Oh, for heaven's sake. We know it's tough to make a buck out there, but at a certain point you have to admit to selling out — and I think that certain point is when a car company pays you a bunch of money to use your song in a commercial. I'm not sure we can move the sellout bar much lower than that without its becoming meaningless.
Sister Bliss also referred to the Fiat deal as "a little experiment." Yeah, just like Radiohead's pay-what-you-like model — totally uncharted territory! Who the hell knows what happens when a company gives you a bunch of money to use your song to sell shit? Never been tried!
Rapper JAY ELECTRONICA has been frustratingly reluctant to share his gifts with the world, but there's a glimmer of hope: he's shooting for September 19 to drop his new release, which is said to feature beats by Dilla and Just Blaze and some kind of Nas collaboration. Depending on the source, it's either a mixtape or his debut album. Either way, I'm sick of waiting. How is it that LIL B can upload 26 hours of rap per second to YouTube but Jay Electronica hasn't given us one new single since 2009?
Well, I guess there's an obvious answer: Jay might just put more time into his lyrics. Here's a quick comparison:
JAY ELECTRONICA"I'm bringing ancient mathematics back to modern man/My mama told me never throw a stone and hide your hand." (From "Exhibit C")
LIL B"Hoes on my dick cause I look like Matlock/Bitch, kiss my ring, your baby daddy is a mascot." (From "Suck My Dick Ho")
JAY ELECTRONICA"I swam down shit creek and came up clean/With a new lease on life like Andy Dufresne." (From "Exhibit A")