Old School Friday: I Had A Bad Day At Work
Please. Do not even get me started on bad days at work. Instead of a bunch of premature commentary on the sorrow of work-life and how much I’m bursting at the seams with it all, I’m going to focus on the music.
When I have a bad day at work I usually favor rowdy “down with the man,” jams over soothing mood music. I am perfectly fine with taking my anger, balling it up into an imaginary knot, and directing it all to this imaginary “Mr. Charlie,” who is ultimately responsible for keeping me down. And who is better to help me do that than X-Clan? For those not in the know, X-Clan consisted of Grand Verbalizer Funkin’ Lesson Brother J, Professor X the Overseer, Paradise the Architect, and Sugar Shaft the Rhythm Provider. Their special brand of militant Afrocentrism included rocking pink Cadillacs, criticizing mainstream culture, and constant use of the linguistically creative term “vanglorious,” which is almost like “vainglorious,” except that its not a real word. They released two albums in the nineties, all of which were “protected by the red, the black, and the green (sissy),” and the last of which, 1992’s Exodus, spawned my favorite hate-whitey-jam “Fire & Earth (100% Natural).” But before we get to the video a little update: Sugar Shaft died of AIDS in 1995, and Professor X passed away from meningitis in 2006. Brother J has since reincarnated the group, and released a few albums that failed to chart. Considering they’re currently the opening act for the all-white rap group Insane Clown Posse, let’s put X-Clan’s particular brand of Afrocentrism in the “early nineties relic,” category, shall we?
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