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Jack & The Juggalos: Roll Over, Baby

It’s a big stretch between Loretta Lynn and the Insane Clown Posse, but you know Jack White – he’s a guy who can ape Son House while singing a tune called “I Fought Pirhanas.” So maybe, just maybe, he can convince us that Mozart’s ode to the back door, as rapped by Thing 1 and Thing 2 below, will be fun for a few moments. Mr. White produced. “Leck Mich Im Arsch” doesn’t need much explanation, but with Sinead O’Connor reveling in the needs of the be-hind this week as well, I’m wondering about upcoming trend pieces. Oh well, your body is a wonderland said that other young blues man.

New Jack (White) Swing : Black Milk For All

If you got a yen for every kind of music (Loretta Lynn to Son House), and you’ve not only got your own label, but a four-wheeled record store cum busking stage, sure you can probably get involved in hip-hop, too. That’s what Jack White has done. His Third Man imprint just dropped its first rap tracks, something sweet from Black Milk (don’t confuse him with Black Thought). Can’t say that JB – who produces and drums on two tracks – is as stone cold fonky as ?uestlove, but there’s something crazed going on with the backing track on “Royal Mega.” Have a listen. Jack got game when it comes science-dropping? Check the other song, “Brain” on BM’s site.

Danger Mouse, Blindfolded.

Was just listening to Rome, Danger Mouse’s spaghetti western collabo with Danielle Luppi (vocals by Jack White and Norah Jones), and was reminded that I once did a blindfold test with Mr. Mouse (Brian Burton) and Damon Albarn around the time Gorillaz’ Demon Days dropped. Here’s their exchange after we spun some EPMD. 

Danger Mouse: [after a minute or so]. It’s EPMD. You can tell from his voice, straight-up. I got into them from their singles. That was in the late ’80s, when I was getting all my hip-hop fed to me through my sister. I was listening to pop and hair metal at the time. I remember her talking about EPMD’s Erick Sermon, and the girls liking him when he was a little skinnier…’88 or so. I never disliked hip-hop, but I was into other stuff back then, trying to fit in – she and I went to different schools, did different things. I love EPMD’s simple delivery and monotone. 

Damon: It sounds pretty contemporary, though. 

Danger Mouse: It’s not unlike the way 50 Cent rhymes: very matter-of-fact. EPMD never get excited. Like Guru from Gangstarr. Straight ahead. Like 50. 

Damon: Except he’s shit. 

Danger Mouse: I don’t hate 50 Cent. 

Damon: Yeah, ‘cause you’re scared of him. He’s got big muscles. 

Danger Mouse: Nope, I love the idea that hip-hop has a record that everybody owns. 

Damon: Well last year they had Eminem.

Danger Mouse: No way. That’s bull. That doesn’t cross over the racial barrier. Black people don’t buy [his stuff]. Even The Game’s record is [embraced by both races]. I don’t like his record that much, but I like the idea that so many people agree on it. Dre and Snoop was the last time that happened.

Damon: Yeah, but that was good. Well, “In da Club” was good, I guess. But you need more than one track. It’s all become so pompous. 

Danger Mouse: I think MCs are doing the same things they always have, but I’m older now; they ain’t rappin’ to me. It’s not exciting to me. It’s for the same 12 – 24 year olds.

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