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Akira The Don x Method Man & Tom Petty - THE JOINT

Slowly but surely my mission to get my back catalogue on Youtube continues apace... and today the internets may rejoice as I added THE JOINT, one of my favourite works that doesn't have me rapping on it, from ATD10: CLONES, which I made in Los Angeles on an old portable PC computer. SHit sounds as fresh today as it did back in '05.

Enjoy!

http://youtu.be/twWOOGYoVTg

Meanwhile, on Twitter...

https://twitter.com/jamiepotter/status/243348415822577664

Kill Nick Simmons With Guns And Fire, The Thieving Little Sod!

"I've been plagiarising my whole life. It's called learning." Akira The Don, 2008, paraphrasing Hunter S Thompson

So, I was taking a break from the rent-earning task I was doing today that I kinda hoped I'd have got out of the way by this point what with having loads of really important stuff to do like songs and comic strips and whathaveyou, riiiight, and I had a look at Tweetdeck, and at the top of my mentions column, which is essentially an inbox, I had the following, from fellow Death's Head fan @jaykayell_ :

@AkiratheDon Sorry to beg of your services good sirrah but could you let your followers know about this http://bit.ly/a5Frv9

And I thought, sheee-it, who am I, Neil Gaiman? Then I clicked on it, cos I am totally into helping people out. I figured it might be a song that needed some promo, or a charity, or something. But it was not! It was a link to a message-board, seething with outrage over this indie comic that's full of art that rips off other comics, that'd I read about already earlier on Robot 6 while I was eating my hot buttered toast.

So I was like,

@jaykayell_ The thing about Gene Simmons' son? I saw that earlier. Silly boy. Why'd you want everyone to know?

And he was like,

@akirathedon Art theft really pee's me off. Speshly when it's so blatant, just thought you'd be the man to report them :)

And I was like, HMMMMMM. I suppose I AM that man.

I am, after all, an authority on comic books - well, the comic books I've read at any rate. Or the one's I've read that I can remember. Like, I read a lot of Justice League comics at one point, but I'm buggered if I can tell you what happened in any of them, apart from that one where everybody fell alseep. Actually, that's all I can remember about that one. Batman probably figured it out. He usually does.

ANYWAY! I know stuff. And you know what stuff I probably know most about? Ripping stuff off. Shee-it, I even called my second album - well, my first album-mixtape, my Hatfull of Hollow, shall we say - Thieving. That's something I do. I steal stuff, bubba. And make new stuff with it. And that's what this kid Nick Simmons did, right? He ripped off some stuff and made some new stuff with it. For example, a panel from Tite Kubo's famous Manga Bleach, and a panel from Simmons' Incarnate:

OK, that's pretty similar. I'm not quite sure what he's added there. Other than laughter. Laughter's good, right?

"AH AHA HA HA HA HA HA HA!!!"

Oh no, I just noticed the other guy's laughing too, just with a uniform typeface. Oops. Well, Simmons got rid of the drooly blood stuff! That changed it, right?

Um...

Further investigation reveals that much of Incarnate is copied from Bleach, from fight sequences to character designs right down to personality types. Simmons is obviously a big Bleach fan.

Now, as I mentioned, I am an authority in the field of creative theft. I have sampled the crap out of most of my favourite artists, and have always been as brazen as possible about it. Like, when I ripped off a gang of Jack Kirby art for my second album-mixtape, The Omega Sanction's sleeve. I said I'd ripped off a load of Jack Kirby art. I'd changed it a bit, I'd made it look like me, and arranged it in a big Omega Symbol, so it was something new - it looked like something else now, and, more importantly, it said something else.

Not that saying something new with your stolen art is necessary. The message I put across in CLONES was pretty much the same as Alice Cooper's in his Clones (We're All). I just went into more detail - my detail. And I went crazy with the drums and bass.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SGBgQHDl9w8

I also credited Alice Cooper on the record. Maybe if Nick Simmons has put a nice "inspired by Tite Kubo's Bleach" at the start of his comic people wouldn't be calling for his immediate DEATH by ANGRY BLOGGING. Then again, maybe if he was someone other than Gene Simmons' son, and people weren't already suspicious that he's got his own comic book because of that monied parental bonus, rather than any of his own talents, maybe there would less of a giant shit being given. I mean, it's not like this sort of thing is rare in comics. They have a word for it: "Swipe". Some of the industry's biggest names have been doing it for years. People like Levi's Ad star Rob "Crosshatched Groinal Area" Liefeld, for example:

And so on... Sheee-it, Rob even has his own character called SMASH!, who's a, shall we say, hulking individual with purple skin and a propensity for city-levelling fights with other super-types.

But so what, right? Doesn't Alan Moore steal all his characters from out of copyright Victorian books? Wasn't X-Men a rip off of Doom Patrol (super powered outcasts lead by bloke in wheel chair)? Wasn't Batman created by drawing on top of a picture of Superman? Wasn't Superman himself a big rip off of Doc Savage, Man of Bronze?

The Stones Stole. Led Zepplin stole. Kool Herc stole.

If we dismissed all stolen works from popular culture we wouldn't have any popular culture.

So Sayeth The Don.

As for Nick Simmons, he's only 22, give him time to learn. You gotta copy a whole gang of pictures before you get good at making your own. He obviously loves what he's doing, so let him get on with it. He will learn from this. Either way, I'm not salty about any jump-starts he might be getting. I don't imagine having Gene Simmons as a dad is all that fun in real life.

Well, that's my 5pence worth anyway. What do you think?

LISTEN: Akira The Don ft. Littles & Lickel P - Try Walking In My Shoes

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DOWNLOAD: Akira The Don ft. Littles & Lickel P - Try Walking In My Shoes

A bunch of you asked for this, so I've done the right thing and liberated this most excellent joint from ATD18: The Don Shoes Mixtape (I gave it a fresh mix too).

Speaking of which, the postman just staggered up 32 metal stairs to my front door dragging another massive ass box full of d-d-d-d DON SHOES!

So boss up ladies and Gs - Don Shoes are back in stock, cop 'em while they're hot from the brand new shop!

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LISTEN: Akira The Don - John Shoot It Up

John Shoot It Up Thassright, even in death John Hughes continues to inspire. Some of that ole ATD magic done come back to me tonight, and I made this in tribute. Then I didn't stop. Guess what's turning into a tape RIGHT NOW?

STREAM: Akira The Don - John Shoot It Up ft Sigue Sigue Sputnik and Method Man

Download here.

Tha Carter III Leaked.

Lil Wayne's ridonculously anticipated Tha Carter III comes out on June 10th. It's May 31st, and I got a copy of the thing in my email this morning (cheers!). By this afternoon I had a whole fistfull of the fuckers (more cheers!). It should be noted that the version that's rampaging through the interwebs isn't the whole album. It's 5 tracks short. Anyway.

Who's taking credit for this historic leak?

Dirty, stank-ass mixtape DJs.

What it was, was, Wayne pissed off a whole load of people last week when he said, "fuck you if you a mixtape DJ.”

He was being interviewed by a mixtape magazine at the time. They'd asked him who his favourite mixtape DJ was.

“I’m against it, anti-mixtape dude," said Wayne. "I don’t know no mixtape DJs.”

Which I thought was fair. Mixtape DJs have all but ruined Wayne. When Drought 3 was coming out, mixtape DJs bootlegged the thing and filled the internet with their crappy versions, so no one could find the real one (DJ Khaled and Baby were meant to be hosting that. I never heard it. Did it even come out?). Ever since, a daily deluge of compilations of leaked Wayne material masquerading as "official" mixtapes has flooded the streets and the interwebs. His album's been pushed back over a year thanks to unscrupulous swine stealing his songs and making mixtapes of them. "“Suckin' my dick and ain’t lettin' me cum," as Wayne put it.

Some of that material was great, some was ass. Some was finished, some was not. Mixtape DJs rinsed that shit regardless, and ruined any chance of a truly great Carter III ever happening.

See, if there was any art to these bottom feeding leeches game, I'd be more sympathetic to their cause. But these fools don't even mix their tapes. No thought goes into the sequencing. The art sucks balls and the quality is negligible. This shit is cheap as dirt. These are the people the Feds should have been shutting the fuck down, instead of proper mixtape DJs like Drama, who puts thought, and art into his mixes, and works with the artists, rather than running off CDs of iTunes playlists comprising of stolen, unmixed material.

“Lately Lil Wayne, dubbed “The Greatest Rapper Alive,” has taken a shot at all mixtape DJs,” sniped one anonymous bum in the text file accompanying the leak. "I myself am a DJ and I found his inappropriateness to be unprofessional considering how this album is highly anticipated. So, I have received this version from a contact who’s name I won’t disclose for his safety and reputation. But since I can give a fuck about “The Rapper Eater,” here’s a gift for his fans as a big “Fuck You” to Sir Lil’ Weezy.”

Which says it all. This foul little suckfish and people like him have been eating off Wayne since 05, and they pay him back by leaking his album! So I join Wayne, with a little paraphrasey, and I say,

FUCK ALL PHONY, ARTLESS MIXTAPE DJS!

I mean, the record would have leaked regardless. Such is the nature of the modern world. The leak is inevitable. But for some cheap little bootleggers to act like it's some kind of righteous act is just gross. May these lugubrious hacks choke on their lying tongues. May their testicles sprout wings and fly away. I spit on these cock-aroaches.

Pth-TOO!

Edit: Wayne rang Drama yesterday to confirm that his "fuck mixtape DS" comments were indeed for the Carter III robbing Empire people. Check it.