Intellectual Hip Hop Commentary

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Saturday, March 06, 2004


Same roots, different branch...

It turns out that there is more to Hip Hop in Canada than Kardinal Official.

Many of the Natives, America's equivalent to "Native Americans", go through the same issues of racism, poverty, disenfranchisement, etc., on their reservations that Black Americans experience in "the ghetto".

Just as Hip Hop gave the Black youth a voice, it is now becoming a powerful tool for the Native youth in Canada.

Groups like Alberta's War Party, Winnipeg's Slangblossom and Ontario's Tru Rez Crue are so popular that Manitoba's aboriginal radio station, NCI, has doubled the airtime it devotes to its hip hop show, Rez Nation.

To quote the article: "The music has gained so much legitimacy in the native community, the Aboriginal Music Awards have even added a category for rap and hip hop."

I just hope they don't go the way of the current Hip Hop: from being a true voice of the under-represented, to mis-representing what's really going on.

Holler if you feel me. (Or even if you don't...)
posted by joey  # 3/06/2004 11:41:00 AM

Friday, March 05, 2004


What a deal!

IF this rumor is true...

Roc-a-fella has inked a deal with Interscope and also got Kanye West an imprint called Very Good Music and are about to throw not only Common but Pharoah Monche on that imprint!?

posted by joey  # 3/05/2004 02:05:00 PM

Check This Out...

The new Kanye West video for all falls down featuring Dame Dash's cousin Stacey Dash.

What do you think?
posted by joey  # 3/05/2004 07:34:00 AM

This is how Puffy should have done Da Band!

Missy Elliot is doing a reality show where 15 hopefuls will COMPETE for the chance at being the star.

The "Missy Elliot Project" has been picked up by UPN will start selecting the cast Sunday in Los Angeles, followed by casting sessions in Chicago (3/10), New York (3/12), Atlanta (3/15), Dallas (3/17) and Arlington, Va (3/19).

(Here is the "eligibility requirements", the "scout sheet", and the "application".)

She's looking for who are basically her (a singer, a rapper, a dancer and all-around entertainer).

If y'all watched Da Band and heard that attempt at an album, you already know that deep down Puffy is kicking himself about the fact that he had to keep all those knuckleheads (and Sara) together.

The show definitely kept my interest, but the music it spawned doesn't. However, it was called Da Band and not Da it is what it is.

(Did y'all know that another group on BadBoy dissed Da Band? You got to listen to the song!)

Missy's show should be a lot better. (Has anyone seen Da Band 2?)
posted by joey  # 3/05/2004 06:08:00 AM

Hip Hop Divas 101

When Wanda Dee the Goddess did it back '89, she got booed. (Did you know she was in Beat Street and later joined KLF?) [Watch Out: You Might Not Be Ready For This Link. You have been warned. Go to the Bio when you get your eyes back!]

When Lil' Kim does it in '04, she gets empowered. (I think Wanda is 10X more sexier than Kim!)

To celebrate Women's History Month, veteran B-girl Aiko and the women behind the 5th Element are presenting a female rap showcase for an all-ages audience Saturday, March 6, 2004, at MACLA.

The showcase will cover the power and politics of being female in the history of Hip Hop. There will also be performances by Persia and the Mamaz, Realistikk, the Floor Angels Beta and Candy and DJ Eternal.
posted by joey  # 3/05/2004 04:55:00 AM

Thursday, March 04, 2004


Read this video review...

If you've seen the videos and know a little something about the artists, tell me this isn't funny.

I actually caught myself laughing out loud a couple of times.

I know it not the "news-news", but sometimes the "real news" isn't either...

Let me know what you think about this Gossiping Bitches review.
posted by joey  # 3/04/2004 11:02:00 PM

You'll never see this on BET...

Taalam Acey, 2000 Grand Slam Champion, lays down the problematic nature of what Hip Hop has turned into.

He paints the perfect picture of how Hip Hop has become like the child left to raise itself.

I take that back, it's more like letting someone else trick and decieve your child and now everybody wants to talk about the adult that your child has grown into.

Background music is provided by Dead Prez's Hip Hop. Although the video clips will take you down memory lane, Acey's words won't let you sugar-coat the lies these images support.

(At some points, I didn't know if I should let his words dominate some of my favorite videos, but the truth is the truth, and it wasn't really "all good" then-or now...)

If you like that selection, check out the other video snippets of the Guerilla News Network.
posted by joey  # 3/04/2004 10:37:00 PM

Kurtis Blow does a little Q&A

Kurtis Blow is one of the founders, not of Hip Hop, but of Hip Hop's mainstream success in American Pop Music. This article made for a very interesting Q&A from an Old School pioneer on New School Hip Hop.

He was the first one to go Gold back in 1980 with The Breaks . Although it pales in comparison to the multiplatinum expectations that we have today, he did it when almost everybody dissed Hip Hop.

Nowadays, he's doing a radio show called Backspin for SIRIUS Satellite Radio, working on a rap documentary, and still performing.

Even his son, Kurtis Blow Jr. (KBJ), is going to be laying it down.

Here is another interesting article about Kurtis Blow.

posted by joey  # 3/04/2004 12:39:00 PM

Life does more than imitate Art for this Rapper...

You may or may not have heard of a rapper named "Tiz", but a glimpse of his life will soon be open for the world to see.

On March 8, 2004 at 9 p.m., the Sundance Channel will premier a documentary of his life entitled Black Picket Fence.

The article mentions that the film is so successful because "captures a world that has come to seem like a caricature in much of hip-hop today."

Although this is a serious documentary, it has all the elements of what "being Black in the 'Hood" seems like to those on the outside looking in.

You got the 'Hood, Brooklyn. Then there's "Tiz" (Tislam Milliner), the aspiring rapper. His baby momma, I'easha, who attempted to O.D. on painkillers shortly before she got pregnant. You got Tiz's boy, Mel, who just got back from doing 2 years behind bars. What would a rapper be without his manager? Billy Dee fills that position like Tiz is the Second Coming-not Nas, but Jesus...

Add some freestyles, a couple of battles, and the cold, hard street and the movie has everything. I might sound a little cynical about the documentary, but I would love to see it. It seems like it would be extremely interesting.

If you happen to have the Sundance Channel, post a comment and let me know how it is. (I didn't know that the Sundance Film Festival had a channel.)
posted by joey  # 3/04/2004 11:22:00 AM

Talib Kweli is set to shine at the WinterFest 2004

Talib Kweli is one of the featured performers, along with Rock Bands Switchfoot and Louis XIV, and the University of Carolina San Diego's Winterfest 2004. The concert is tomorrow, March 5, 2004. Tim Spulecki
gives a good overview of Kweli's relevance in Hip Hop music.
posted by joey  # 3/04/2004 10:48:00 AM

Wednesday, March 03, 2004


Shake It!

It would have been wack if OutKast would have followed Grand Puba and his Tommy Hillfiger situation.

Y'all heard Andre 3000 command the girls to "Shake it like a Polaroid picture!" in the Grammy-winning "Hey Ya". Polaroid is now going from nothing to something almost overnight. (They still had to add that shaking the new Polaroid pictures would actually damage the picture...who cares? Shut up and sell your picture-paper.)

Polaroid's advertising company, Euro RSCG MVBMS Partners, saw the potential cash involved and set up a deal with OutKast to carry cameras at the Grammy Awards, New Year's Eve performances, on Saturday Night Live and at the Vibe Awards on Viacom's UPN. (Yeah, Polaroid knew what's up...) Although they are getting exposure to a new mainstream demographic, I'm pretty sure that this isn't the first time Hip Hop and Polaroids have met...

I don't know how Hip Hop artists, in the day of entreprenuers, would promote products without getting paid first. When Run-DMC did it with "My Adidas", the game was new and the stakes didn't look that high. (But they quickly got did Adidas! Nowadays look at Jay-Z, 50 Cent, and Reebok.) But it's idiotic for P. Diddy and Busta Rhymes, being the luminaries they are, to make something like "Pass the Courvoisier Part II" not expect to get paid. According to the trade journal Beverage Network, Courvoisier saw a 20% increase in profits, and Puff and Busta saw 0% of that. Yeah...sounds about right.
posted by joey  # 3/03/2004 02:06:00 PM

Monday, March 01, 2004


Lil' Scrappy had to rep his name...

but you know how the Boys in Blue roll.

Lil' Scrappy's performance in Dr. Phillips High School in Orlando, FL took a turn for the worse when he didn't follow the police instruction.

Basically, he wasn't supposed to take off his shirt or curse. So he took off his shirt and dove into the crowd, and all hell broke lose.

Check out the video footage of the event to get Lil' Scrappy's side of the story.
posted by joey  # 3/01/2004 05:06:00 PM

It looks like...

Lil' Kim needs a Lil' Trim.

Lil' Kim is showing a little more than love to a crowd at a live PA at Canal Room in New York.. She definitely brought her make-up and her lucky camel toe.

(What language is that first article in? I'd like to read the translation.)
posted by joey  # 3/01/2004 03:21:00 PM

Sunday, February 29, 2004



What was this man thinking?

So Pastor Troy, aka Micah Levar, is cruising down the high way in Fayetteville, GA, in his Ford F-650, and gets stopped by the cops. A couple of police dogs later, they find some weed.


So he gives a false name when question about the wacky tobacky. But wouldn't you know it, people are driving by screaming out "Pastor Troy, Pastor Troy..." (I guess this is a time where fame can be a bit...pesky.)

A little more searching in the truck yeilded his CD (I wonder which one?), so he had to admit his real name and get two charges: one for the weed and the other for the fake name.

(And each of the two bodyguards got a charge for the weed and concealed weopons.)

I wonder if he'll make a song about this one? He should include that fake name or make it an alias (since he can't use it for il-legal purposes anymore).

He's not the only Pastor Troy making the news recently...
posted by joey  # 2/29/2004 06:07:00 PM

Cast your vote DJ J Fantastic of Kannaland...

for being one of the Krunkest mayors you'll ever hear about!

Jeffrey Donson (scroll down a little) is not only a rapper, he's the mayor of Kannaland (in South Africa) and an African National Congress "provincial heavyweight".

Can you imagine this as a soundbite:
"To the ghettos and the backstreets, well this is my roots. I don't care a f**k (sic) what the people say, I gonna take the leader's place. And I gonna take whatever I want tonight."

No? How about:
"You were good. You were f**king good. I say f**k the motherf**kers from the east side and the west side."

Get this, at first the Fire Explosion club was a roving club like the old Jamaican sound systems, but now it has a (at least temporary) home in Kannaland's town hall.

Johanalie Andrew, a municipal official, stated that those parties are just a haven for young people to have sex. Rosemary Rothman, another municipal official (and one of the women who has accused Donson of sexual harassment),said she has to take bucket fulls of condoms out of the toilets the next morning. Andrew added: "Donson gives a whole new meaning to taking the party to the people."

In all fairness, he contends that music is an integral part of his life, and his political rivals try to use that against him. They pose stuff like he uses government money to buy equipment for the club he owns and that he hires two of his friends from that club as bodyguards.

He paints this picture:
"I don't have a bodyguard. I don't have a mayoral car. There are no signs of luxury in my office. There is no air-conditioning. Most of my support staff work for free. This whole thing is a plot to overthrow me."


Here is some more in depth information on the country of South Africa.

posted by joey  # 2/29/2004 05:12:00 PM

This would make a great Hip Hop movie...

although it's got to be a messed up reality.

Read this article and tell me that it doesn't read like a movie script. I'd rather watch this than those No Limit Movies any day!
posted by joey  # 2/29/2004 04:48:00 PM


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