Stuck working for the man

“I’m off the wall like Michael Jackson, these other niggas is like Tito. Shout-out to Randy.” – Jay-Z

The other day, I got so bored that I actually watched a bit of MTV Cribs. It may have also been the case that I was too drunk to move myself from my sofa unless I really, really had to piss, but I can’t remember.

At any rate, they had that guy DJ Unk on there. I don’t think he’s been around for a year yet, but it could be the case that you’ve already forgotten him.

Earlier this year, he had a pretty big hit with that song “Walk It Out.” I don’t know if he actually sold very many albums, but that shit was on the radio (out here in the sticks) 24/7, as is often the case with awful rap music.

At the time, he was being put forth as one of the key factors in the rise of Koch Records, along with Jim Jones. Of course Jim Jones has since signed a supposedly fairly substantial deal with Rick Rubin over at Columbia. But I’m not sure if Unk is destined to leave the Koch fold, because, to be honest with you, I’m not even sure what he does. Perhaps Noz could fill us in.

This guy’s crib wasn’t impressive in the sense that it was genuinely impressive, like one of these athletes or something. I’m not even sure if it was nicer than the house I grew up in. But it was fairly impressive in the sense that, like I said, I’m not sure what the fuck this guy does.

His name is DJ Unk, but there isn’t any scratching in his record, is there? Maybe the main function of DJs in the South is to think up dance steps. Is there a connection to be drawn between today’s southern rap and the country line dancing phenomenon from the early ’90s? Hmm…

At that moment, it occurred to me: how bad off can hip-hop be business-wise when every bum who’s ever had a song on the radio lives in a much nicer house than I’ll ever live in again in life, unless I end up having to move back in with my parents?

The reason I bring this up is because I was reading last night. A lot of these rock groups are just saying fuck it and giving their shit away for free, as if they were Roosevelt Franklin.

I’m sure you fruits have heard that Radiohead is offering their new album In Rainbows for download for whatever you feel is appropriate. I’m not sure if there’s an option for, “I don’t feel it’s appropriate for me to be paying for music at all, given my financial situation.” If there isn’t, I may just have to steal it the old-fashioned way.

Similarly Trent Reznor has been pissed for some time now that his CDs cost so much money, so he’s been going around telling kids at his show to just steal his shit. So his label got pissed and dropped him like a bad habit. Or was it vice versa? At any rate, he’s done with this working for a major label bullshit.

Between this and the RIAA suing single mothers (read unscrupulous whores) for the amount of money DJ Unk paid for his house, many are suggesting this may be the beginning of the end (for real this time) for the recording industry, but I wonder if such a move would be as feasible for a rapper.

Of course if you’re Papoose or somebody, and a major label has no use for you anyway, you might as well give your shit away. But what about a group with an actual significant following? Presumably, groups like Nine Inch Nails and Radiohead plan to get paid anyway, from touring. But you know how rappers can’t perform live without running the risk of Saigon showing up and beating everyone up.

Fortunately, like I said, I’m not buying for a minute that the situation in hip-hop is really that dire any time a bum like DJ Unk can go from being entirely unheard of to having a house with not one, but two barbecue grills (something I’ve often dreamed of myself) in the space of like six months.

  • smog

    you watch to much mtv to be complaining about half the shit you do, stop supportin them, how much they pay you to do that real world shit man everyone knows that redman had the best crib anyway

  • R.Friday

    But you know how rappers can’t perform live without running the risk of Saigon showing up and beating everyone up.

    ^
    Fucking gold.

  • KLETEWOOD

    Bol – Have you ever heard of credit? These fools are up to their ears in debt…

    A hit single will allow you to borrow shitload of cash. Unk prolly has a HELOC and a car note on whip.

    Its the American Dream to drive yourself into debt.

  • Hip Hop since 79′/ Raised under Reagan

    Most of the houses are rentals ie. props.

    By the way Radiohead is supposedly, allowing the fans to come up with their own price.

  • CHICAGO PaPii

    I agree Bol that this kid DJ UNK should take the “DJ” out his name if he doesn’t even know how to scratch. I thought very seriously he knows what the significant element DJing is to Hip-Hop, but, as I always hold true that Africoids like DJ UNK, Lil Boosie, Young Jeezy and the such really aren’t Hip-Hop, but, more so of “Black Entertainment” for people who like to rock Air Force Ones and smoke weed all day laced with embaling fluid. There music is for people who think Africoids like Rick Ross is like the Second Coming of Biggie and TI is the New Jay-Z, it’s for Coons! Yeah and most likely the kid DJ UNK and people of his sort only talent is making up idiotic dance moves, corny catch phrases and smiling like a extra off of “ROOTS” slave scenes when the camera is in front of their face. I wonder if Africoids like these know that people think their Buffoons?

  • ricosuaveatl

    dj unk been puttin in work for a long time in atlanta..he was a dj with the southernstyle djs of Big OOmp Record before he was rappin…so he been had dough to buy an ‘impressive’ house…

  • 1st Down

    That radiohead thing is no joke. When I pre-ordered it last week they had a blank space for the price and let you put in whatever you want.

  • cHocolate Rain

    Music is on its deathknell….the world is ending

  • http://xxlmagazine.com Cal

    3rd paragraph last sentence. Absolutley, positively correctemundo!!!!!

  • http://xxlmag.com Bol

    >dj unk been puttin in work for a long time in atlanta..he was a dj with the southernstyle djs of Big OOmp Record before he was rappin

    Oh, well in that case!

  • 1,21,2..anditdon’tstop81

    CHICAGO PaPii
    ^^^^
    nope they don’t.not at all.

  • sleep

    Unk sold like 400,000 on koch so his money is good i guess. I saw that episode he lives in atlanta so that house cost like 300,000. Put down 20 percent, well hes a rapper so he has no finacial intelligence so he put down 10. So that 30,000 so that no big deal. Hopefully he wont have a forsale sign on his front lawn in 4 years. Bol i guess ur ghostwritter is back good post today as oppose to yesterday

  • these posts are racist

    Byron,

    You never cease to amaze me. Your constant jabs at black people and implications that blacks are not up to par with their white counterparts is baselss (and……self hating).

    While I don’t listen to DJ Unk and classify it as bad rap music (not of good quality), I respect the man and his hustle.

    >>>>>>>>>”when every bum who’s ever had a song on the radio lives in a much nicer house…”

    That’s the definition of a hater. How can you call him a “bum”? Do you know how difficult it is to make a hit song? To achieve his hits (counting the remix), he had to be organized, work hard, make the right decisions and…have talent. And you reduce him to a bum?

  • http://www.myspace.com/crockerishiphop Crocker

    Mr. Racist,

    We also admire handicap people for giving it their best shot in the Special Olympics. Doesn’t mean it’s entertaining. Hate On, Bol! Hate On!

  • T.R.E.Y.

    c’mon now Bol. you know the “Walk It Out” remix is better than anything on your favorite “album” of the year.

  • Fernando

    TPAR sticking up for Dj Unk?? wtf???

    TPAR says:

    “To achieve his hits (counting the remix), he had to be organized, work hard, make the right decisions and…have talent.”

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    Not true. To achieve his hits, he had to have a sh!t load of either drug money, pimp money, or white person money willing to be put forward to promote songs that are the equivalent of a 2007 minstrel show.

    You yourself (TPAR) said his rapping is of “not good quality” which instantly refutes your “talent” comment. This guy has very little talent.

    Sure he might have worked hard, or maybe he just knows the right people and capitalized on America’s pension for watching black people act like fools on T.V. Hmmmmmmmmmm.

  • OHHHHWEEE

    Chicago pappii, where’s your hit record faggot? I doubt his house is a rental and even though I think the dude is garbage, he still made a hit song that obviously alot of people liked…besides that, this “Africoid” has been around for a minute down south and probably makes more dough than most of you ever will…at the end of the day he got a nice house and a hit song. It’s a win win, while haters and losers are sitting on the sidelines complaining.

  • Fire

    Those recording industry people who go out of their way to enforce copyrights are too greedy and gluttonous. Maybe if people made better albums they wouldn’t get stolen as much (not in all cases, but some). All these people saying the music industry is dying or hip hop is dying are pretty melodramatic and need to open their eyes. Can’t believe I used to believe that shit.

    And two last things:
    Bol needs to quit hating the South because there’s a lot of good southern rap out there (but some shit on TV is too damn buffoonish).

    TPAR needs to realize that not everything is about racial conflict. It’s that kind of mentality that partially messes up race relations in this country. BOL’s hating on DJ Unk, not the black man. Calm down.

  • Bol Jr.

    Bol gives me inspiration to become a better hater

  • DANJA29

    TPAR is either the best gimmick poster on here, or he really is this sensitive in real life (which would be terrible).

  • http://www.hiphop-blogs.com Hashim Warren

    mixtapes

  • rhickey

    are we really accusing bloggers of not writing their own shit? damn.

    you know why hip hop sucks? because people who love hip hop hate hip hop.

  • rhickey

    >>>To achieve his hits (counting the remix), he had to be organized, work hard, make the right decisions and…have talent.

    are you fucking kidding? so any asshole with a hit song has to meet that criterea? so now d4l, huey, soulja boy, all that shit is the product of a talented, focused individual, huh.

    fuck that. people eat up any old bullshit. chocolate rain anyone?

  • FuckUPayMe618

    Unless that coon good with investments he gon be homeless in a year.

  • FuckUPayMe618

    98percent of the rappers from the south be cooning. The south killed music with their minstrel shows.

  • http://www.cocaineblunts.com/ noz

    Not that I would ever accuse you of not doing your research, Bol, but Unk was a significant DJ prior to “Walk It Out” and
    i’m sure gigs in that capacity will sustain him well past the success of that record. I know this news is a relief to you.

    The oomp/southern style tapes are some of the greatest mixtapes of recent years. Rife with heavy scratching, ron g style blends, remixes and old school song selections, etc. People who complain about a lack of true school djs skills on the mixtape scene would enjoy their construction if not song selection.

    http://www.southernstyledjs.com

  • CHICAGO PaPii

    This is to that lil guy “OOHHHHWEEEE” or whatever your name is,anyways, dude you sound kinda emotional on some Carl Thomas-ish just cuz I spoke the Truth on your Role Model DJ UNK. He’s Wack, plain and simple, grind or no grind, money or no money, no amount of a person’s hustle game can equate for the amount of Wackness that comes from their mouth, don’t believe me, ask Jim Jones. As far as the “Fag” comment well, only a true Queer-As-Folk Alumni like yourself would be offended by another Man’s Opinion, Men don’t catch feelings, only Bitches. Take a look in the Mirror and decide which are You?

  • Chad Biggz

    Dude said Bol has a ghostwriter. (Not scrollin up to get his name) That shit was funny.

  • General

    Why should we be suprised that DJ UNK is living large in the same era of hip hop that considers Lil Wayne as the greatest lyricist and every single is an instruction manual on what we should be doing while we are listening to the music, ie..Pop, drop, lock it, stop , 2 step, stop, think about it….

  • Moe Real

    “Perhaps Noz could fill us in.”

    Notice there was neither “nullus” or “no homo” after that one. HMMMM.

  • Atls ownner

    on da real dj UNK was an actual dj (scratching and all) and he parlayed his ability to hype the crowd up in ATL to a nation wide hit record.

    @ CHICAGO PaPii: bitch learn to have fun every body don’t sit on da couch @ dey mom crib and smoke weed all day while spinnin’ cuts from only yo specific favorite rappers. get a life ho! people r different individuals.

  • CHICAGO PaPii

    @ ATLS OWNNER: Kid why you semi-Retarded, noncleptic,Teh Geyish, Queer Eye For The Straight Guy type bum ass niggas keep saying my name? Dude you are a Low Class DJ UNK Stan,alas, you already need to look in the Mirror and Diss yourself for listening to that Garbage. Why are you bringing Trouble to yourself that you can’t handle? Get a burner and put it in your mouth and Kill Yourself CockSucker.

  • daesonesb

    These posts are racist, you sound like a pussy.

    I know some fucking dumbasses white trash rockers down the street who got a new Honda s2000, A new 800 CC Ninja,and a new avalon (i know) on credit.
    They had those fuckin joints for like 5 months before they had to give them back cause they were too poor and shit.

  • Styles

    As always… a very entertaining blog.

  • Kornphlake

    “But you know how rappers can’t perform live without running the risk of Saigon showing up and beating everyone up.”

    Indeed.

  • LowEndofDaChi

    Wow, this comment section…

    For dude to have such a monster single, I do have to give him props. I don’t know so much about his talent as TPAR mentioned, but I do know that to separate yourself from the oversaturated pool of rap acts these days, your grind has to be proper. While it might not be my preference and certainly not some shit I’d listen to on my MP3 player during my daily commute, it does have club appeal. Any joint that gets the ladies off their ass and their ass on me is not that bad in my book. So all of ya’ll crying about hip hop is dead and how the South is killing it, please stop. There is so much hip hop to choose from nowadays, all you have to do is search for what you like and support it rather than sit and wait for some corporate suits to spoon feed it to you.

    PS, Andre 3000 on the “Walk It Out” remix had one of the best verses this year…

  • http://www.myspace.com/meanassmo Marvelous Mo

    we aren’t in 1980s & 1990s anymore so the quality of music has been at a tipping point for quite some time. Artists aren’t really a true “artist” in the sense of being a lyrical mastermind. DJs are in the same boat… Who wants to try and change the game when “walk it out” is the way to put gwap in your pocket?

    hip hop will never be where it used to be because the mind frame isn’t where it used to be.

    BTW…i don’t know who said this but that whole “people who love hip hop hate hip hop” is a good thought. too bad there are a lot of duchebags reacting to the conditions instead of being proactive in fixing it.

  • http://www.myspace.com/meanassmo Marvelous Mo

    LowEndofDaChi Says:

    PS, Andre 3000 on the “Walk It Out” remix had one of the best verses this year…

    ____________________________

    Good point.

  • http://www.myspace.com/meanassmo Marvelous Mo

    I think TPAR gets a kick out of seeing his name in Bol’s blogs….or maybe just attention from bloggers in general.

  • these posts are racist

    Man, there sure is a lot of hate on this Board. I only posted one comment, yet the majority of the comments addressing my comments attack me personally, not my ideas.

    Respect to those (i.e. Lowendofdachi) for actually agreeing/disagreeing with elements in my comment…as opposed to simply trying to verbally insult me or question my intentions.

    Lowendofdachi, how you liking our new weather son? We were spoiled for a minute in chicago…now it’s back to the cold!

  • kritiq

    CHICAGO PaPPy is a straight faggot who has to go out more him and all those uptight wiggers who listen to too much wu tang.

    hey chicago go to a club or something and have some fun like ATL told you coz sitting in the house all day and listenin to nothing but dead prez will get head really fucked up.

  • name

    I don’t feel it’s appropriate for me to be paying for music at all, given my financial situation.” If there isn’t, I may just have to steal it the old-fashioned way.

    How come on your website you say you were too lazy to get your wallet (which is reasonable considering your weight) yet all along you are just cheap and fat.

  • LowEndofDaChi

    Man TPAR, you know most of these dudes that comment on here are imaginary alpha males that used to/still do get chased home from school.

    But yeah my dude, this weather is ill man! I had to bust out the leather jacket, the peacoat’s next! Also, by any chance is your firm located in the west loop? We may have to chop it up one lunch man.

  • these posts are racist

    Lowendofdachi,

    I hear you on these boot-leg Alpha dogs.

    To the Thugs,

    Grow up fellas, being a thug is not cool, in fact, once you hit 18 it’s sad. I thought I was a thug when I was 14, until I realized what that shit really meant: Being homeless/beat up/shot/jail. In junior high/high school the ladies may feel you and the fellas may respect you, but after that, trust me – it’s all over. Don’t do drugs (don’t even smoke weed) limit your alcohol consumption (to none if possible) get an education and try to build a career (as opposed to a job). Working hard is good, but working smart is better. Hustle, hustle and hustle. Be respectful of all those you meet, don’t beef just to beef. Stand up for yourself and what you believe in, but don’t let ego and pride burn bridges for you. Getting rich quick is a myth, in fact, getting rich period is a myth. Take it slow – and do things right. It is hard enough to succeed when you do everything right, so when you keep making mistakes you fall behind. Think through things and make wise decisions.

    Low end,
    We’re in the Sears Tower homey. We can link up sometime.

  • Fernando

    Aw, come on TPAR,

    I didnt attack you personally. And werent you the one who called me a b!tch one time? Hypocrite.

    And Low end,

    TPAR is in the cardboard box right next to the Sears Tower. Its quite the lavish set-up. He has a bed made of burlap and old Cheetos bags, and a wardrobe of vintage bum wear circa 1982.

    p.s – Contrary to my previous statements about BET, they do have ONE good show. American Gangster. The episode about the Gangster Deciples was entertaining as hell. BET needs to step their cheap a$$’ up and put it on HD, the production of that show is off the hook.

  • Fernando

    The funniest part about 3000 on the Walk it Out remix is that those bafoons probably dont even know that half of the sh!t he is spitting is poking fun at them.

    Talking about kids wearing 7XL white tee’s and feeling rap that appeals to the lowest mental denominator.

    Funny Stuff

  • LowEndofDaChi

    @ TPAR,

    Word man, I’m right down the street at the Chase building across from Union Station. I’ve been fucking with that Potbellys on Adams for a month straight.

  • kritiq

    Fernando and how much do you make in your moms basement? maybe if you cut enough grass you’ll be able to make as much money as the baffons hey.

  • these posts are racist

    Fern,

    You are an ignorant bitch, who’s also very close minded.

    I respect anyone’s opinion to say anything, including Andre 3000…and his verse on the walk out remix was sick, I loved it. He is also entitled to criticize the way some people dress, (the long white T’s), but he can be criticzed too…There have been many times where I can’t help but think to myself “Man, this brother looks like an oversized lephercan”.

    Fashion is so in the eye of the beholder, and people choose to express themselves differently at different times in their lives. Bigots like you however will take any opportunity to down black people – and that I do not respect.

  • Around and Around

    Fernando Says:

    October 11th, 2007 at 12:52 pm
    Aw, come on TPAR,

    I didnt attack you personally. And werent you the one who called me a b!tch one time? Hypocrite.
    ————–
    Is it really personal when you really are a white bitch? And a fake Latino on top of that?

  • Fernando

    Wow,

    right on cue, Around the Anus jumps off of TPAR’s balls to defend his butt buddy. Go back to holding his pocket, it suits you much better.

    As for TBAG,

    How are you gonna come on here crying like a little hoe that everybody is attacking you, then turn around and do the same sh!t? Get your mind right you fake-a$$ lawyer.

  • these posts are racist

    Fern,

    You are a bigoted black people hating bitch. There was more substance in my two comments to this post than all of your “comments” combined.

    Now go fuck your mother, who also happens to be your sister and aunt. You spam eating buster.

  • Around and Around

    Fern, it’s not about defending TPAR it’s simply pulling your ho card….Ho

  • Fernando

    TBAG,

    Substance like “Dj Unk is talented”? Yeah, thats the stuff of genius at work. And as for your last line, I thought you were in to attacking arguments and not people? Kind of like Muslims saying they are a religion of peace and then going out and blowing up children in markets. Hypocrites.

    Around,

    Did TBAG give you permission to talk? Your an upitty little b!tch aint you? Fall back in like with the rest of the stable before I get TBAG to handle you….lightweight.

  • These Bloggers Are Gays

    these posts are racist Says:

    October 11th, 2007 at 4:40 pm
    Fern,

    You are a bigoted black people hating bitch. There was more substance in my two comments to this post than all of your “comments” combined.

    Now go fuck your mother, who also happens to be your sister and aunt. You spam eating buster.
    ^^^
    Why are you so mad. You get so emotional, over what? Its conversation, do you feel that strongly about UNK to get all bent outta shape or are you just a gay? I think its the latter. You need Jesus.

    peace-TBAG

  • Around and Around

    Fern next time I see your mom i’m going to smack her with a can of spam

  • jjrs

    Think again about radiohead giving away their music for free being a bad sign for business…they made an average of 8 dollars per album on 1.3 million downloads. Thats over 8 million dollars in downloads in a week.

    Not to mention, they’re not looking at paying ANY of that money to a label, not even a generous indie label like Koch