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
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 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
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
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
Last year’s one of the most controversial topic in hip-hop was stirred by Lord Jamar. The statement he made wasn’t taken lightly in rap music industry. Suddenly, everybody had something to say. Lord Jamar said what nobody wanted to hear. Rappers from all across the US responded to his opinion: mainstream rappers, underground rappers, OG’s of the game, like De la Soul and Kool G rap, along with the names you’ve never heard. The statement Lord Jamar made was powerful, truthful in a way and it took a lot of willpower. But he’s an OG, Jamar never sugarcoated anything and as he said it himself, “I’m more of a forward type of rapper”. While DJ Vlad didn’t even suspect how much recognition this interview would get, because Jamar’s words were like a lightning out of the blue sky. “White people are guests in house of hip-hop”.
When I first saw the video, on the comment section Eminem fan base was outrageous. But maybe Jamars statement got such an attention because his words did have some truth in it. So I went on and kept digging. Hip-hop started out as a black culture and Latinos joined them quickly. But when it started to form in something, there were a lot of white people who took it to the next level and added so much to the culture. Not just white, so many people from all across the world. Many great graffiti artists from Europe were ahead of their peers in states, Japanese break dancers were unbelievable. But situation gets complicated, when you name something a culture and it doesn’t have any guidelines or parameters – like Lord Star said to Jamar in an interview. All tough Afrika Bambaataa tried to get hip-hop culture together and set a committee of hip-hop and copyright the title – somehow he wasn’t able. It was already too late. Corporations took the idea and artists they manufactured were making just too much money for them to leave hip-hop where it was born. Continue reading Guests in Hip-hop
There has been a huge debate in hip-hop last few years of who deserves to wear “King of Hip-hop” crown. Media and masses were divided in many ways. But internet presented most notable artists: Kanye West, Eminem, Kendrick Lamar. Well, talking about diversity, these three are million miles away from each other with their art, craft and meaning they give to their music. Speaking about metaphorical kings in hip-hop, 2pac and Biggie were not forgotten and their name and legacy lies deep within the roots of hip-hop and rap music.
I would say, the conversation began when Kendrick said he was a king of New York (negative feedback that he got, is still a feedback interscope could use for marketing). If you see his interviews, you’ll notice that he’s a real humble dude and if not the smartest person alive, he knows his shit, Kendrick ain’t no toy. But as I said, by doing so, he made himself more famous. Maybe Dre (the king of controversy) even pushed him, because Kendrick isn’t getting the same spotlight, that Dre’s artists are so familiar with. One way or another, Kendrick definitely knew what would happen – his reputation in underground got a little bit shaky, but mainstream world saw what they love to see – conflict in hip-hop and rappers going at each other (meek mill vs Drake turned into a huge marketing company for every major corporation (like Mcdonald and etc.) by referring rap beef in their own marketing). All this being said, Kendrick’s move was weak and he’s still a young man who has a future ahead. He’s just a good kid, in mad city… Continue reading King of Hip-hop