Less than 24 hours after Barack Hussein Obama was elected 44th President of the United States, Americans began to declare irony dead.
On August 25, twenty-three-year-old rapper Wiki, the most conspicuous third of New York hip-hop trio RATKING, released his first official full-length solo album, No Mountains in Manhattan. The 16-track download from XL Recordings features cameos and production from an array of peers and elders, including Ghostface Killah, beatmaker and high school chum Tony Seltzer, Earl Sweatshirt (as randomblackdude), and a dozen others.
In Hollywood and the Recording Industry Association of Americas unchecked attempt to keep the world safe for Lady Gaga and Harry Potter, were seeing the beginning of the possible destruction of the web as a site for virtual libraries, archives, andmost importantcommunity.
Gary Sullivan writes about international music and immigrant culture at Bodegapop.com.