Murder of the Month May 2009: Grind My Gears Edition (Pause)

You know what really grinds my gears. Lol I know you’ve seen that Family Guy episode and maybe DJ Teknikz fiendin’ out on Twitter doing the same. ( I know you addicted to that shit fam. Might have to have a Twitter intervention soon.) But truthfully what “really grinds my gears” is just that…grindin’ gears. Complaining, bitching, moaning, crying…all of it.

Rapmullet came up off all of the above. That’s just being honest. It made for good reading; it was entertaining and based on truth with a whole lot of extra-ness to keep you reading. A lot of the old murders of the month and editorials were prophetic and I say that without hopping’ on my own dick. I mean mixtape wise Dimez and myself were on the front lines of mixtapes for years. If it dropped, you sent it to us. Go back to 2005 and peep what I said about artist mixtapes. How it was where mixtapes where going and that it had arrived…look where we are now. Was it luck? Probably some luck involved but also some well-schooled vision involved too.

When we started reviewing unknown artist mixtapes back at the end of ’04, we got flooded with requests. Why? Cause no other site was open to those cats. What happened back then you ask? The traffic on the Mullet jumped exponentially. There was and continues to be talent that comes thru too. But the point being is those unknown artist supported us just like the DJs supported us back then. The only other site I can recall supporting the unknown was HHG. Now you see a site like DatPiff, that was a torrent site originally, let unknown artist upload anything and what happens? Those same unknown MCs promote the hell out of it given that DatPiff supplied them with the tools (see embedded mixtape players) to do it. Who benefited the most from that tho? Datpiff. They also were probably the one thing that put the final nail in the coffin of the effectiveness of artist mixtapes as well as help turn every fan into a fledgling MC, DJ or fake CEO. Thanks.

We birthed a lot of success for cats. We were the building blocks of your “career”. DJs who were just starting out, DJs who had been out but never got their just due. MCs who were lost in obscurity took label meetings off someone “important” reading their review on the Mullet. (True story) That Mullet spotlight shines bright on cats with true talent.

The countless people who studied the Mullet and thought they could do it better. Even bittin’ the early controversial style, trying to state the obvious but never really backing it up. Never being able to gain the credibility needed to sustain over time. You’re welcome. Glad some of ya’ll now see the work we put in with your failures trying to imitate.

The point being that you can’t complain forever. At some point, you have to grow up and really put yourself out there in the most authentic way possible. Being a critic is fucking easy…in 2009 too easy. To quote the movie Ratatouille:

“In many ways, the work of a critic is easy. We risk very little yet enjoy a position over those who offer up their work and their selves to our judgment. We thrive on negative criticism, which is fun to write and to read. But the bitter truth we critics must face is that in the grand scheme of things, the average piece of junk is more meaningful than our criticism designating it so. But there are times when a critic truly risks something, and that is in the discovery and defense of the new. The world is often unkind to new talent, new creations, the new needs friends”

(I always wanted to use that audio to open a mixtape.)

To be blunt: stop complaining! Find that new and be a champion of it in the most authentic way possible. Don’t exploit it. Don’t mask your intent in false self-promotion. You don’t think people see thru that. If you can’t dig it then your whole persona, you’re whole movement is a DatPiff embedded music player on the myspace page of 3 dollar MC. You will have no credibility and that is the one thing you need to survive.

To sound cliché…everyone is a critic. We at Rapmullet are not critics. We are champions of the new and the authentic. It’s what we’ve been doing. You’ve read it here first tho right now as with many other things. Find the “good” that is out there, speak about it, educate, and make it know to your friends and spread the word and let people know what doesn’t grind your musical mixtape gears.

Dimez Verse: That’s was some motivational shit my man Chew just spit. I agree with the “complaining” aspect. However, I think what separated Rapmullet from the replica’s is the practice of not only complaining, but suggesting or providing a solution. We told you why you’re mixtape was ass and furthermore, we listened to it when no one else would, but even that sounds like complaining to me. So the matter at hand is, “what grinds my mixtape gears?” I might be off the subject, but it isn’t the “complaining” for me, its the “best of” mixtapes. The joints that are dropping today aren’t “artist” mixtapes, their “best ofs” in better fucking packaging. The “Dedication” series with Drama is an “artist” mixtape, “The Drought Is Over” series are “artist mixtapes”. They provide new material and I don’t give a fuck if Fatt Matt paid for the tracks, it was new shit! That’s what’s those artist mixtapes used to be. It was some new shit. Now niggas can’t Dj, they don’t put shit together well, they have a catchy title and they’re willing to go to Def Tone, Kaos or one of the other dudes who know how to make Pro-Keds look like Jordans. I’m not as eloquent as my co-de. I got to make shit simple for niggas who don’t understand all that. STOP DOING THAT WACK SHIT!!! Sincerely…Dimez

djcc | May 7, 2009 12:08 AM | Reply

im one of the cats that owes everything to RM…so i cosign that sentiment!!

im also a BIG ASS complainer…. so everything you guys said rings true… its the same reason im tryin to quit pouncing on situations that are just “too easy” (see vlad) to complain about…

im old and stuck in my ways…and ive witnessed music completely evolve MULTIPLE times over 4 decades …so sometimes i cant help but comment… but theres so much truth in the above words…. and nothing i ever say will change the course of events in the music world… all i can do is give folks an alternative..


Levar MTM | May 7, 2009 1:37 AM | Reply

Good read! I agree with you CC and I am sure many others will also. We owe alot to RM. It’s easy to complain but hard to implement change. Chew is correct we should focus on the latter.

ILLSTRIP | May 7, 2009 2:57 PM | Reply

lol @ make pro keds look like jordans lol … mos def good read and i really appreciate what yall do … article was onpoint man … we mos def owe Rapmullet and HipHopgame for the love they showed us before anyone else … in the words of 2Pac u are appreciated 🙂

Legend | May 7, 2009 6:28 PM | Reply

true spit
much respect Dimez & Chew