Okay, so Harris paid me my past due invoices and I am home from Atlanta and Jackpot has also threatened my employment(not really, but I don't want to get J Smoothed out this bitch). Plus I miss the writers here at the X-spot [ll]. I miss reading their drops. Bol is the best, if for no other reason than his inspirational single-minded douchebaggery. Ron Mex is definitely the dude with the hot hand. that is, until TrickTrick breaks them. Gooch is my nigga that actually cares about Hip-Hop.

Even before KanYe West said that he didn't listen to any rap in his house my nigga Gooch was on that shit. Gooch goes down to the ferry terminal to listen to Hip-Hop or the Port Authority bus station, or the men's bathroom at the train station, or a homeless shelter. He refuses to listen to rap anywhere clean because the music is in the shitter. I shouldn't be putting Gooch's business on Front Street tho'. He just became my Twitter friend.

Yes rap sucks. Yes Hip-Hop is dead. 808s is 2008's best rap album. Long live Hip-Hop. At the expense of losing my solid friendship with Combat Jack and the ability to drink beer on his stoop during summer Sundays I will defend the 808s album as a classic masterpiece. I've compared it previously to Andre 3k's 'Love Below' and Mos Def's 'The New Danger'. I loved both of these albums immensely. 808s eclipses both of them with originality and with creativity.

The 'Love Below' was Andre's attempt at acheiving some kind of Prince musicality. I think he did navigate the terrain successfully by having soulful songs and catchy dance hits. Mos Def also delivered a banger with 'The New Danger' but some of his songs didn't run long enough. I actually saw him perform the album in a live setting which really expressed the improvisational flow of the music better than the CD could. KanYe's 808's is filled with improvisation. It's filled with soul as well.

Listening to KanYe's album in the autotune reminds me of how much soul you can express using technologically advanced eqiupment. If you have that soul to begin with the auto-tune and the drum program don't hold back your sound. They push it forward, outward. Recognizing soul music is a bit difficult for some folks so don't be embarrassed or ashamed if you think the overriding message on 808s is mean-spirited. I will definitely call it emotionally aggressive. Honestly, that is what rap music has been missing. DMX where are you?

Even though I was on strike here at the X spot I was still busy doing my internets celebrity grind and that included producing unofficial videos for two of the tracks on 808s.

The good thing is that now that my money came through and can go hard again. I miss you fuckers too. Ereal, tpar, LOL, shit4brains, Pierzy, all of y'all. I hope none of you got trampled on or clapped at for Thankgiving and Black Friday. Let's have some fun [ll].