WILLIE THE KID: Story To Tell

Over the years I've learned to love and appreciate my habit of acknowledging the existence of great artists inexcusably late. Being the last to parachute onto a bandwagon provides the opportunity to retread the trail of bread crumbs leading back to the artist's creative inception. The imposing quality of Willie The Kid's most recent excursion forced me to excavate all his previous works, and the research was surprisingly rewarding. Although The Fly 2 is undoubtedly his most impressive offering to date, each successive release following 2006's The Day The Game Changed displays flashes of brilliance.

One element of Willie's repertoire noticeably absent from The Fly 2 is his brand of dramatic storytelling that leans on intricacies within the characters established rather than creative plot twists. "Barbershop Theme", for example, is a period piece that utilizes the emotions and experiences of his childhood barber as a tool to project hindsight social commentary. Another notable narrative in Willie's catalog is "Stop Snitching", which explores the life of an informant on a personal level despite the author's obvious contempt for the individual. Willie peels each layer of the snitch cliche to reveal a family man consumed with regret and paranoia. If Willie can manage to marry focused accounts of this nature with the technical proficiency found on The Fly 2, he might finally receive the critical acclaim he deserves.

Willie The Kid - Barbershop Theme
from Day The Game Changed (Mixtape, 2006)

Willie The Kid - Stop Snitching
from Day The Game Changed (Mixtape, 2006)

9 comments:

  1. great write up man i didnt realise willie got that in-depth with the concept songs, suppose i dont really know much about him at all really. i think il check that tape now tho, which of his previous projects would you recommend?

    and man i do that sleepin on people shit the whole time, its never really a conscious decision but yeh i dont see it as a negative either. theres just way too much new (and old) music to find that itd be impossible to be up on it and appreciate it all properly without sacrificin way too much of your free time plus its easier to be objective and have an honest opinion if you wait out the hype. for example im only startin to check out gucci properly lately. (thats some really major obliviousness there)

    another thing that stops me too is stupid little prejudices/distractions - im pretty sure the reason willie passed me by was subconciously i just thought of him as a lesser gillie just off the name similarity which is just preposterous.

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  2. @Done Try The Fly 2 first, but generally I think the more recent the better. I'll probablly post a compilation in the future though.

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  3. sound, itd be appreciated. listening to the fly 2 and im impressed so far he has way more of an original style than i expected, his producers nice too.

    probly too early to tell but i hear a little roc marcy in the non-sequiter stop-start flow

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  4. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-XR_AElKIuQ

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  5. @Done Yeah, he reminds me of Roc Marc a little. His flow is a little more aggressive, while Roc's is laid back. I'd like to hear them collaborate.

    @November That's a really dope song, but WTK had the weakest verse on that one IMO. That's understandable though.

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