Lively discussions abound all over H&H this week on both posts concerning #45, and you can expect more fire soon from a new poster who is also an old soul. If you are just looking for the good word on #44, peep one, two, or buckle my shoe.
Meanwhile, I have been meaning to say some words on music. Following a run of several really musically rich episodes, the soundtrack has backed off some. Though, as Shoals pointed out in his post and as was discussed in his comments, the whole Baltimore House discussion between Snoop and Chris provided some much-needed levity (albeit a kind of horrific levity) to #45. Not knowing the mechanics of the game as well as the show’s creators, I did find it odd that New York dealers would literally send their subordinates to slang on corners all the way down in Baltimore. Considering the animosity from corner to corner, being from another city would seem like a ridiculously unsafe liablity. Plus it’s just a long way to go.
Baltimore house, though it’s gotten some good bumps in recognition and popularity recently, and even been the focus of some wild claims is still a relatively provincial style, akin to D.C.’s go-go scene, and no less nuts in terms of rivalries, drama, and of course excellent tunes. Plus, if you didn’t know, Slim Charles is in real life a huge go-go star. It was nice to see a nod to a style that is so important regionally on the show. On The Wire‘s music advisor Blake Leyh’s website, which is achingly under-updated, Blake does offer some terrific info on the Hamsterdam mixtapes, featuring some of the most vital artists in Baltimore right now, and of course the mixes being named after Bunny Colvin’s drug-town from the show is amazing in and of itself. And of course, there’s this sublime NYTimes article on Baltimore music by fellow Wire freak Caramanica that we somehow missed. Our bad.
If for no other reason than the start of basketball season and the further deepening of the mysterious and insufferably indecipherable football season, I wonder when, if ever, the program will spend any more time thinking about sports. Sure, there was the great basketball face-off between Barksdale and Prop Joe, as well as some other smaller points, but when Colvin asks the corner boys (and girls) where they see themselves in ten years, and several respond with the predictable prophecy that they will be in the NBA, one wonders why we never see these kids, or equally the adults, discussing any pro sports, much less the home teams. Just food for thought. I realize there’s only 54 minutes or whatever each week, and a lot of lives to tackle before getting to small-talk, but it seems like sports might play a larger role in the day-to-day of our characters than what we see.