Category Archives: Thoughts about Hip-Hop

Q-tip

There are a lot of underrated artist in hip-hop, but Q-tip really shouldn’t be one of them. I think most hip-hop nerds would agree to call him “The smoothest man in hip-hop”, because, you know, he’s so smooth. His flow, voice, delivery, character throughout the music is just so gently polished – smooth. He’ be talking to bitches while being lyrical ASF and still spitting some knowledge bar after bar.

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Graffiti

 

Grafitty has been a part of the culture from the beginning. Well… people used to write on walls since the day one, but hip-hop embraced it with honor and made some of the aerosol writers international icons. You can see graffiti, as we know today, started out in new york, but today you can see throw ups everywhere around the globe. Like rap music and street fashion, writing on the walls became a worldwide universal thing that people from all around the globe affiliated themselves with and started to express their dreams, views and also just to show off. Continue reading Graffiti

Lyricism

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“A lot of people ask me since I’m a lyricist in this business/ How come I haven’t gone broke yet?” – this is the opening line off a freestyle “Hard” Royce da 5’9” dropped to promote his upcoming album “Layers”. He provoked an interesting subject in hip-hop. Continue reading Lyricism

Soul of hip-hop

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Yesterday I was scrolling down hip-hopDX’s website for news in hip-hop. All two pages were full of Kardashian’s, Drake’s, Meek Mill’s and other soulless acts that media wants us to know about so hard that you may even come across the whack article like “how Kanye’s mom helped him with the album”. They also won’t let 2Pac rest in his grave and hip-hopDX lets some ancient rapper to talk some yada yada for attention to his upcoming album. But in amidst all the dry, dumb, dull articles, on the page 20 (or something), I found Masta Ace talking about soul of hip-hop. Continue reading Soul of hip-hop

Additions on the hip-hop map

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Year ago Rap genius created a map, that reflected the hip-hop genres by the geography. But map already existed long before that article and long before rap genius. Anyway, They did a good job summing it all up in such a clear and helpful way that anyone can use and navigate themselves through culture. People can see where all the streets are that famous rappers claim their home. You can also go through the map of jails where most rappers have been. You can see where all the infamous places are and feel the vibe from lyricists perspective, it made easier for an average listener to understand where stories are taking place. Continue reading Additions on the hip-hop map

Science and rap

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If you talk about twitter ignorance, first thing that comes to my mind are Jaden Smith’s tweets. They made no sense whatsoever, all tough, stupidity got him really popular among internet nerds.

This last month’s list was dominated by a rapper B.O.B. Continue reading Science and rap

Real talk

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I know lots of people get confused when someone says “real rap” or uses word “real” in hip-hop, because, I think, a lot of fans don’t quite understand what those words mean. Whenever someone says “real” about anything, they actually mean what’s real for them. Something may sound real for you, but it may not be real for me. So what I’m going to do is break down what it means for me to be “real” in rap music. For this, I’ll quote one of my favorite songs and use it as a guideline throughout the article. Continue reading Real talk

Rap videos

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Rap videos these days are garbage. I mean, what’s up with them? And at every fade in there’s captions like: “directed by this” and “directed by that”, “you’ve never heard of” production presents… back in a day you’d never see this type of things. People didn’t know who directed the video, but they enjoyed it for sure. Continue reading Rap videos

Hip-hop Gladiators

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Battle rap has been around much longer than anyone thinks. Before there was hip-hop, before there was brakes and beats, before samples, blues, jazz and rock n ‘roll – black people were making fun of each other rhyming. This is a story bunch of fans don’t know and it goes way back to slavery, darkest and most violent part of the US history.

KRS-One the teachah found best and shortest way to tell the story of how it originated (in the movie by Ice-T – Something from nothing). When slaves were sold, they were sold separately, one by one, except if one of them had some kind of injury like: missing limbs  or serious illness. They would gather those slaves together and sell by dozens. But even in such a harsh environment, black people found a way to laugh. They would laugh at each other’s shortcomings and have a good time. But that gave a birth to a culture that remained silent and got more and more complex with the time. Continue reading Hip-hop Gladiators

Last of gangsta rap

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When Big and 2Pac passed away, everyone thought gangsta rap was over. The real dudes, who lived the ghetto life and rapped were gone. And in the early 2000’s lots of rap acts were getting recognition, and they didn’t really represented hood, ghetto, gangs or anything. Those were: Outkast, Black eyed peas, Eminem, Nelly, Eve and so on. Basically, it seemed like gangsta rap was over. Even though Xzibit was hardcore, he wasn’t that much of a gangsta.

Approached by this question, Ice-T answered: “what the hell you talking about? Every time you rap about drugs, bitches, dealing with cops off hand – you a gangsta”. We do have to agree with him, he was one of the first who brought street smarts into the game and started talking about urban/crime life in his raps, after all, he’s The Original Gangsta. Many rappers do talk about drugs and women, but I can’t really say that’s the Gangsta rap we want to hear. 2Pac and BIG put the bar so high for this sub-genre, you can’t just give it to every other guy who rhymes titties with titties. Continue reading Last of gangsta rap