I've got a whole city to hold down

March 17, 2004

Progress is slow

We've taken issue with Trib hip-hop freelancer Matthew C. Lurie here with some regularity. Mostly we've questioned his apparent obsession with crowd demographics.

Well, maybe some little bird heard us. Or maybe it's just an instance of the proverbial blind squirrel finding the figurative nut. Either way we're pleased to point you to a Lurie piece that resembles music criticism more than census-taking. (The subject is Monday's Lyrics Born bill with Diverse at the Abbey.)

That's the good news. The bad news is that the review is all sorts of wordy and stilted. Even though one of Lurie's main points is that Diverse is too wordy and stilted.

Call us curmudgeonly bastards who should just let our discontents ride, but we can't shake the irony of a cat who tells an MC to tighten up in a sentence with six commas. Witness: "As was evident on Monday, he is able to attract some of the most exciting producers in hip-hop, from RJD2 to Kutmasta Kurt, to both produce and remix that, at times, one wonders if Diverse should focus more on breaking up his congested, Common-influenced flow."

(Memo to anyone about to post the usual be-glad-the-Trib-gives-space-to-indie-rap-at-all riff: We hear you. But if it's worth doing, it's worth doing well.)