Weed and Shoes


Soulja Boy – Weed and Shoes

Was thinking through the whole Mac Miller thing, and about how easy it is to shit on his music. It’s ultimately quite empty stuff — if anyone knows of a single reason he has a fanbase that isn’t the color of his skin, I’d be interested to hear it. Because the only way I see Mac Miller differentiating himself from an endless stream of dudes rapping about weed is that collegiate types see themselves in him, up on stage. Of course, he seems like an affable dude, and I have trouble hating on an independent artist able to separate people from money for music, so I think I’ll just hate on his audience & our sick society for blatantly surrendering to (subconscious?) racial pride at this point. Mac Miller is in way over his head, anyway.

Frankly, even if you name a more talented version of Mac Miller, I’m pretty tired of this entire archetype. I think Soulja Boy basically lapped them all by creating the most cynical distillation of the zeitgeist in “Weed and Shoes.” I’m not one of those strange internet critics who thinks SB is still releasing worthwhile music — I DL’d a tape of his earlier this year, hated every track except for the one that jacked Kingpin Skinny Pimp, gave up — but it’s hard to resist the complete desperation present here.

Thus ends any somanyshrimp discussion of Soulja Boy or Mac Miller, barring an earth-shaking collaboration from either with any artist I care about.

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5 responses to “Weed and Shoes

  1. very well put on the subject of Mac Miller.

    Still think Soulja Boy creates great beats from time to time, and the occasional memorable hook and/or phrase/line, but I’m starting to give up on him ever developing as a rapper. It’s a shame he doesn’t concentrate solely on producing for other rappers.

    but yes, this sums up alot for me:
    “if anyone knows of a single reason he has a fanbase that isn’t the color of his skin, I’d be interested to hear it. Because the only way I see Mac Miller differentiating himself from an endless stream of dudes rapping about weed is that collegiate types see themselves in him, up on stage.”

  2. I wonder if appreciating rap hasn’t become way more contingent on one’s knowledge of every random subtrend, if that makes any sense. I say this because, with my new rap consumption down to about a dozen songs a year, literally, and therefore not being aware of the people Soulja’s ripping off here, I listen to this and it sounds like a really good, non-desperate song. But I can certainly imagine how it might sound painfully derivative and desperate if I did listen to Wiz or whatever this is a copy of. On the other hand, I feel like I can accurately recognize a good 90s Houston song when I hear one even though I know nothing about 90s Houston rap. So I wonder if rap isn’t getting really context-dependent. Maybe as a genre matures that’s what happens; certainly when I read rock criticism everything’s about how x sounds so much like a b and c.

  3. Coincidentally, my blog got around 5 separate hits for “Rap blogger Tray” the other day. I think it was the post where I suggested Max B should’ve hired Tray as his lawyer instead of Gerald Saluti.

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