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Today is the fourth anniversary of the death of my favourite rapper, Ol’ Dirty Bastard. There’ll never be another one like him.

Russell Jones AKA Ol’ Dirty Bastard 1969-2004 R.I.P.


I watched a lot of the Glastonbury coverage at the weekend, by far the best performance I saw was from Manu Chao. He was the singer in the group Mano Negra who you might remember, I think he’s better than ever now though. I’ve been listening to his album Radio Bemba Sound System all week, it’s amazing, beautiful music. My new mission in life is to see Manu play live!

I’m man enough to admit Neil Diamond was great too! I muted the TV when that tedious stroker Mark Ronson came on though.

Ghost Dawg

Ghost Dog-The Way of The Samurai is one of my favourite films, and I would say one of the ten best films of the 1990s. One of the things I love about it most is the extraordinary music score by The RZA from Wu-Tang Clan. The soundtrack album was disappointing though, it’s good but more of an ‘inspired by the film’ affair. Not what I wanted!

I recently discovered that RZA’s score for the film was available in Japan, so I ordered it on import. It was expensive, and took forever to arrive, but it was worth it. I’m listening to it non-stop, (apart from a little Calexico here and there) I find it hugely inspiring and it’s without question my favourite soundtrack album ever. A masterpiece.

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