Posts Tagged ‘hip hop’

Blog contributor HBA said she saw Young Cons on the Fox channel.  Megan Fox or Vivica Fox has her own channel and Huckabee has a show there.  Kidding aside, it’s is cool that rapping as a medium grown from the streets of New York to every corner of the nation and globe. 

I have been in the developing world and some lovely woman says in broken English that hip hop and the urban struggle is similar to their struggle with their oppressors.  While I am from the rural area, who am I to argue with a local.  I might as well claim to assisting with the creation of hip hop the same summer I helped Al Gore create the internet.

But, I still won’t turn my baseball cap to the side (that’s un-American and disrespectful to Jackie Roosevelt Robinson from Cairo, Georgia, and the Negro Leagues.)  And I only turn my cap backwards when I am nailing something in a confined place—HGTV that’s the channel. 

Back to the point, the Young Cons have their message down but should work on their mic skills—rent 8 Mile and watch M flow or better yet check Eric B and Rakim; 3rd Base and Wu Tang Clan.  I am still amazed my Wu Tang Clan’s extensive vocabulary and knowledge so pay attention in school budding rappers.    

Young Con are going to be okay and serve their purpose for them team- peace to them.  Ice-T was wrong to say that Will Smith can’t rap if he is not from ghetto; rap what you know and the children of Black professionals don’t know the struggle…thank heaven. 


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The tough economic news keeps taking me back to “Hard Times” by Run DMC and “Black Cow” by Steely Dan for some reason. 

I had to put Brand Nubian on this list and TROY (They Reminisce Over You) from Pete Rock and C.L Smooth.  That music had a really message.

Of course, hip hop fans know the “Black Cow” sample from Lord Tariq and Peter Gunz Déjà vu (Uptown Baby). These young folks today don’t realize that James Brown, the Isley Brothers and Parliament provided the actual music behind some classic rap hits. Hip Hop has been around so long that I am starting to hear samples of samples’ samples. “Planet Rock” from 1982 borrows heavily from Kraftwerk’s Trans Europe Express and Numbers.

When those techno and trance D.J.s mix with the classics today, it makes my ears bleed and forces me to “dig in the crates” for some pure vinyl from the old days.

Déjà vu (Uptown Baby)


Trans Europe Express

Tour de France

Looking for the Perfect Beat


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When hop hip was born on the streets of New York, rhymes and dances drove the battles.  As the genre traveled to the left coast, the world learned from Ice Cube, Dre and N.W.A. that south central L.A. was a powder keg ready to blow.  Their music was real gangsters reflecting the unfortunate problems in their world through the medium of rap—in the footsteps of Pablo Picasso, Zora Neal Hurston and Salvador Dali.   


Art imitating life or life imitating art?  Of course, the hip hop culture includes positive elements who are real artists but some parts of the thug subdivision are recklessly affecting developing minds and our community as a whole suffers.  Weak-minded kids are so brainwashed that they become detrimental to other kids and everyone else.  When the moral code established by the teachings of family, church and school is ignored, we are in trouble.  From leather jackets to Afro to punk to preppy, every generation gets to define itself but these my classmates’ children are making a concerted effort to glorify easy money, hustling, crime, and incarceration.  And don’t get me started on the stripper style dancing from college students in regular clubs—maybe I am just getting old and grumpy but back in my day we saved that for the “hotel, motel, Holiday Inn.”


Lyrics are poetry set to music; Jill Scott should be Poet Laureate; Biggie and Tupac are our dead poets.  Anyone with a strong mind can listen to music in its proper artistic context but as a community we need our youth preparing from the competitive nature of the global economy; kids in the developing are developing fast.  The hip hop culture is big business with Black, White and Brown youth but under-prepared Black youth will struggle if the music adversely influences their mindsets.


The kids seem to us now how we must have seemed to our parents but Grandmaster Flash & the Furious 5 a “The Message” and John Cougar Mellencamp’s “Rain on the Scarecrow” meant something in farmland.  When they reach 25 year old, they started with that “I wish I would have listened—I got caught up.”


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