Most of the stuff on Anticon doesn’t do it for me. I respect everyone grinding in the indie rap game cause it’s hard work but for the most part, Anticon puts records out that in general make me go “alright..sure, whatever.” Plenty of people enjoy it and should. It’s just not my bag, I’m an asshole who likes gritty turf raps much better than anything with cerebral content. If you don’t say my favorite word, “Biiiiiiiiiiiatch” and do it like $hort, I’ll probably yawn and tune you out.
Jel however is alright by me. He’s got this new 12″ out for his new album Soft Money, it features Wise Intelligent from Poor Righteous Teachers. The songs is pretty cool – but to be honest the reason I like it is because of the story Jel told me and my friend Max about how the track came together. So you may or may not be aware of the snack food line Rap Snacks. Rap Snacks are bags of chips with rap connotations in the names. They are pretty foul tasting but good for novelty and laughs. Anyhoo according to Jel, Rap Snacks were on sale at the 99 cent store by his house so of course, he bought some. Evidently, it came up in some sort of conversation with someone he knew that Wise Intelligent was supposedly handling customer service or sales for Rap Snacks. So Jel decides why not call the 1.800 number and see if it’s true? So he does. When his call is picked up he says, “Um, Can I speak with Wise Intelligent” and guess what? The dude on the other end goes, “Word, this is Wise” So Jel proceeds to kick game and convinces Wise to let him send some beats to listen to for possible collabo action. Jel sent the beats, Wise felt them and the rest is history. How dope is that? That’s some gully-ass why the fuck not diy shit. I got mad respect for anyone who will go on a random tangent like that. Who knew Rap Snacks would bring two people like Jel and Wise together.
Jel also got points for joining us at a Gurp City BBQ. The invite was prefaced with, “Listen, our friends have been drunk since last night, one of them has a black eye and the other we hear has a large gash on his forhead. We don’t really know and can’t promise you that fools will be sober or acting appropriate, but hey I’m making tacos and I’m a good cook!” He still agreed rather emphatically and then proceeded to hang out all day and all night and not be scared, horrified (well, maybe he was but he handled it well) or disgusted when fools proceeded to get shit-faced. So shit-faced that shenanigans ensued including but not limited to: throwing wallets, stunnah shades, bags of chips and anything not nailed down into the street, get shirtless to talk about tattoos including but not limited to ones on the inside of a bottom lip , share tales of being bitch-slapped by Sage Francis, wrestle, tip back massive swigs from bottles of Dominican rum and other wise run drunkenly amuck. He never once flinched or cringed, not even when the bottom lip tattoed was presented with an emphatic grunt. Peep the pic — that’s Jel’s response. A slight smile. Dude has cold game. I like that sorta thing in a person. So moral of the story is. Jel is alright by me. Get his record. He has rent to pay and more Rap Snacks to buy.
On a side note – peep “A Genocide” on Wise’s myspace page. That shit is fucking tight. It’s hella bouncy. Go on with yo’ self.
Jel – WMD / All Around
- Download “WMD (w/ Wise Intelligent)” (MP3, 192kbps)
Read an interview with Jel in Mesh.