I've got a confession to make: I'm not a good blogger. They are a rare and elusive species and we are blessed to have one of the best here in SKC-Land. Don't get me wrong, I love to write. I think I'm decent enough at it. But blogs are content driven and I'm just not prolific enough. I just don't have enough to say to fill up daily (or multiple daily) blog-column-inches; plus my opinion seems so right in my head that it hurts sometimes just trying to explain it. But I'm a bartender and I do SO love to shout about it at the pub.
So when Andy (and Bensa and GrayMatters, etc) got the FanPost ball rolling, I got excited. This is a spot where I can shine, because it fits my schedule!
Therefore, without further delay the first installment of "Our SKC Guys As..."
Jimmy Nielsen: KRS-One "Self-titled" 1995
Old school. This guy has been around the block and brings the knowledge at every opportunity. Everyone in the game recognizes his brilliance. Even if his career "tops out" at this level, he will always be highly regarded, and rightfully so.
Chance Myers: Mos Def "The New Danger" 2004
So technically gifted at everything he does, and is always doing the right things at the right time in a quality way, and yet will probably never be "the guy". Unless you're one of those "dig deeper" fans; and then you'll be rewarded beyond belief for getting to know more about him.
Matt Besler: Jay-Z "Blueprint" 2001
Bes is the man. Everyone knows he's the man, has pretty much always been the man, and has now been recognized by the powers that be as "the man". Everything he touches goes gold. Onwards and upwards.
Aurelien Collin: Kanye West "College Dropout" 2004
Pink Polos. Outrageous behavior and fashion. Aviators. Interruptions. Style over substance. And yet.... Once you get past it all, the glitz, the couture... The substance is there. So good at the role he was meant to play. All that other stuff is just so much blowing of steam.
Seth Sinovic: A Tribe Called Quest "Low End Theory" 1991
He just hangs out over there in the corner and is steadily solid. You never have to worry, you don't really ever even pay attention and yet the production is there. The smarts are there. Bringing a lot to the table and never really grabbing the brass ring, but yet, that's strangely okay.
Uri Rosell: Childish Gambino "Culdesac" 2010
Poised and confident and ready to step into MUCH larger shoes in the near future. Doing things on multiple fronts, at a level not seen for awhile. If you don't know yet, you better find out...
Benny Feilhaber: Outkast "Stankonia" 2000
So much creativity. So much technique. So much... head scratching? You might not always understand what he's trying to do, but you know that the journey to his intended destination will be quite a ride. Always confident that the next thing you hear from them will be the best thing you've heard from them.
Paulo Nagamura: Busta Rhymes "When Disaster Strikes" 1997
There's something not quite right here. He's a little off. He looks a little different and approaches the game a little differently. He's not always in the limelight, and some of his attempts kind of flop, but when everything comes together, he can really steal the show.
Graham Zusi: Doctor Dre "Chronic: 2001" 1999
He's there making sure everyone else has the funk. He's there making sure everyone else is producing at maximum capability. He's got some street-cred, some in-game-cred, and mainstream appeal. And when HE decides to show up and take over, everyone else can just sit back and get comfy, because there's really no one else like him.
Claudio Bieler: Eminem "Slim Shady LP" 1999
You heard rumors. You saw some grainy mix-tape freestyle something on YouTube. You want to assume greatness and impact and legitimacy. But you're never sure until the album drops. Boom. Platinum, baby. Plus, Ecuador is kinda like Detroit, right?
Bobby Convey: Beastie Boys "Check Your Head" 1992
A checkered past with flashes of extreme brilliance and critical success, yet the media bags on you and there are gaps and some letdowns on your resume. You have to kind of gauge your style and (not totally) re-invent yourself. Find a new niche and settle in to what you do best. Bring the groove and the creativity and take it to your own level.
C.J Sapong: Wu-Tang Clan "Enter the 36 Chambers" 1993
Big. Strong. Bigger. Stronger. More bravado. More work. Harder. More "Hy-Yah's" and martial arts sound effects. Yet there is a certain flair and style and grace to be found in the way you present yourself. Disparate fractions make your whole greater than the sum of your parts. Always to be respected.
Teal Bunbury: Snoop Dogg "Doggystyle" 1993
You either love him or hate him, and you know that he makes wherever you find him better by comparison. But the one certainty is that he will always leave a vast majority in his wake with quizzical looks, not even sure why they have the reaction they do, really.
Kei Kamara: Notorious B.I.G. "Ready to Die" 1994
Timeless grace and smoldering rage. Talented physically to a point almost freakishly beyond his peers. Always firing away without care where the bullets land or the wreckage falls. But a winner. Also, though he's gone from us... He's not REALLY dead.
Roger Espinoza: Tupac Shakur "All Eyez on Me" 1996
Red cards, hustle and taken from us much too soon. Truth.
Peter Vermes: N.W.A. "Straight Outta Compton" 1988
Original Gangster. He's been there before and done anything you think you might be able to do, better than you can, and way before you even thought of it. He goes hard and takes no prisoners. Much respect.
Eric Kronberg: Nate Dogg.
Always in the background and never hurts your chances when you call him in to be a part of your situation.
Soony Saad: The Roots "Do You Want More?" 1995
You know they exist. You've heard really amazing things. Talented and tight. Their going to get their chance and have to make the most of it when they do. (Pre-Jimmy Fallon, of course)
Peterson Joseph: 50 Cent "Get Rich Or Die Trying" 2003
His rough exterior and bravado-influenced style get him in trouble with just about everybody, but there's some sort of fun and quality under all the reputation.
Jon Kempin: Jurassic 5 "Quality Control" 2000
Underground and talented. Just waiting to be unleashed.