Intellectual Hip Hop Commentary
Watching the Media Watch Hip Hop.
This is an open discussion of Hip Hop and it's role in global media. Feel free to post you opinions, perspectives, insights, etc.
If you know someone who would be interested in joining the discussion, please refer them here. Enjoy.
Saturday, March 13, 2004
I'll step out on a limb and say that Snoop summed up the sentiment of most Black actors/actresses and ALL rappers with the first sentence of this article:
"Snoop Dogg says a rapper knows he's made it as an actor when he's alive at the end of the picture." (Canada's National Post
We all know how the Black characters always manage to die within the first 15-20 minutes of a movie.
Along with Ben Stiller
and Owen Wilson
, Snoop is going to be Huggy Bear
in the new Starsky & Hutch movie
Has anybody died quicker than Q-Tip in Poetic Justice
Hip-Hop Against Racist War
is a newly formed group of Hip Hop activists in Durham, NC
Their purpose is to use Hip Hop to expose the hidden agendas behind warfare.
They are holding a festival in downtown Durham at the Blue Coffee Company
"featuring a cypher lounge, a DJ showcase, breakdancing, an open mike and other local and regional acts, including Grupo Capoeira
This festival is a part of a series of events leading up to the World Still Says No to War rally and march
near Fort Bragg
It's not many times where media coverage is given to the non-violent, yet activist nature of Hip Hop. The most you hear about "North Cakalaka" is "born and raised up, pull your shirt off..." (you know the rest).
Thursday, March 11, 2004
A proud moment in the life of Intellectual Hip Hop Commentary...
I don't know how long this will last (especially since I'm conceited enough to post
I am the only page that pops up when you put this into google.com
Stacey Dash's dress + Kanye West video
Don't hate, Congratulate!
still hasn't put that whip appeal on AJ
! (Free like, "Shiiiiiii...")
[WARNING!! These links may or may not be appropriate to open while at work, while around your children/spouse/parents, or people who are prone to read behind your shoulder! The Adult links have been marked with a ***]
There has been a lot of intercourse between Hip Hop and Porn lately. I'm just here to flesh it out...
Lil' Jon and the East Side Boyz ***signed a deal
with Video Team to produce "Lil' Jon and the East Side Boyz American Sex Series."
"The fresh music brings people who are primarily fans of hip-hop to the adult genre," said ***Christian Mann
, president of ***Video Team.
(That can't be his real name! Ha!)
50 Cent was at the ***Adult Entertainment Expo in Las Vegas
. He was ***promoting the deal
him and G-Unit
and ***Digital Sin
inked for the interactive CD Groupie Luv
that will allow the viewer to select partners, sexual positions, camera angles, even the dispositions of the women ("naughty" or "nice").
Then there's the new Hip Hop/Porn magazine ***Fish 'n' Grits
which is like the love-child of The Source
and ***Black Tail
Did somebody say ***Playboy TV
? They have several Hip Hop/Porn shows in the oven.
The first to come was ***Buckwild
back in January. To quote the article in this posts' title-link: "The show features mainstream stars like OutKast
, Snoop Dogg
and Busta Rhymes
cavorting with a frisky troupe of women called ***the Buckwild Girls
, who seem to fall out of their clothes whenever a camera approaches."
The Undisputed DoggFather of Hip Hop/Porn is...(damn, I gave that one away didn't I?)...none other than "the Snoop".
His ***Snoop Dogg's Doggystyle
was the best selling porno in 2001 AND the first porno to ever make the Billboard music video sales chart
The sequel, ***Snoop Dogg's Hustlaz: Diary of a Pimp
, became the best selling porno of 2003.
In the words of his pimp-I mean business partner-Larry Flynt
(of the ***Hustler
empire): "It's been very lucrative for Snoop and us." (I bet it has Larry...I bet it has.)
My question is: Who's really the Pimp, the Player, the Hustler...the industry or the rapper? (It definitely is not the "actresses".)
I've been sitting on this post for a couple of day, but I need to drop it before it gets too old. Hip Hop Logic has a post
that points out how well HipHopMucic.com's post
dissects the real Hip Hop/Porn connection (plus it has some great comments).
If you have been away from civilization for the past 25 year you need to...
Check out the new 4 CD release by Hip-O Records
, The Hip Hop Box. (release date: 4-20-04)
This article by Rap News Direct
breaks down everything about the CD from the essays included in the CD to history of compiling the songs for the CD to who's going to be on each of the CDs.
Hip-O Records also released The Funk Box
in 2000 and The Reggae Box
An MTV article spilled the beans in the 50 Cent/Playboy Magazine article in the April issue coming out tomorrow, March, 12, 2004.
He surprises no one with his sincere opinions on homosexuality:
Gay men, no! Gay women, yes!
The shocker is him admitting that his late mother is bisexual.
Not shocking in the sense of, "Oh noooo!" Shocking in the sense of, "For real?!"
Hip Hop Cops: Guilty until proven innocent...
The Media has finally admitted what Hip Hop insiders have known for years - Hip Hop Cops keep their eye on rappers. (MSNBC article
The officers of Miami
and Miami Beach
claim they are protecting rappers from what happened to Tupac and Biggie
. (from Mr. Blunt
) Rappers and critics know that this is simply racism by another name...
Hip Hop artists such as P. Diddy
, Ja Rule
and 50 Cent
are under heavy surveillance. To quote the MSNBC
article: "Officers in Miami and Miami Beach have photographed rappers and their entourages at Miami International Airport
and staked out hotels, video shoots and nightclubs, amassing 6-inch-thick dossiers on rappers and their associates with arrest records in New York state
Nova Southeastern University
law professor and constitutional law expert Bruce Rogow
is quoted as saying, "This kind of conduct shows insensitivity to constitutional limitations. It also implicates racial stereotyping."
Former Fat Boys
member Prince Markie D
hosts a Hip Hop radio show in South Florida's 103.5 FM
His statement sums it up the best: "There's only a small percentage of rappers that have been involved in criminal activity," Markie D said. "If a police officer is patrolling the neighborhood, making sure everything is safe, that's one thing; but if they're sitting outside your house, just assuming, that's a problem. I don't break any laws and I don't expect them to look at me like I'm gonna break a law."
I got a feeling this will get worse before it gets better.
In related news, Peter Berg is producing and directing a movie about Hip Hop Cops
. (from SOHH.com
) Peter Berg did "The Rundown
" and "The Great White Hype
". Hip-Hop Cop's writer, Eric Eason
, had this to say about the making of the movie: ""Everybody involved is off the record, because if they reveal themselves, they'll put themselves in the position of possibly losing their jobs. It definitely encompasses the hip-hop world, but it gets into the NYPD
and City Hall
What do you think about the concept of Hip Hop Cops - the movie or the actual police officers?
Wednesday, March 10, 2004
Bear with me...Part II: MC Hammer vs. MC Kommier
(Tell me that title wouldn't make for an interesting mix tape?!)
My boy Damien from the VatoBlog
sent me a link of this page
translated into this page
Although the translation is terrible
, you get to see the similarities of the two album covers side by side. (What's the funniest line in the translation?)
There is a comparison of MC Hammer's "U Can't Touch This" to MC Kommier's "KENTAIKI" in a 21 second audio file
You also get a comparison of MC Hammer's "Here comes the Hammer" to MC Kommier's...you guessed it..."Here comes the Kommier" in a 22 second audio file
! (Make me want to buy the CD. Anybody know how to hook that up?)
Basically, MC Kommier is to MC Hammer as Weird Al Yankovic
is to just about every pop artist.
Check this poster
I still need somebody to let me know what the social significance of these songs are...
Bear with me...
. (from LAUCH: Music on Yahoo
We all know his history
. (from Iceberg Radio
We all know his impact on EVERY rapper that came after him in the United States. (Insert joke here.)
Now...I'm not accusing you of buying this album, but there's enough of them floating around that you have seen this album cover
before. (from Amazon
But what in the H - E - Double - Hockey Sticks is this?
(from the BLACK blog
The person who can tell me will get to be a guest blogger and post the explanation on this blog! (I know, it's the chance of a life time...)
Is this as funny to you as it was to me? Leave a comment.
Monday, March 08, 2004
Have you heard of these sites?
This is not the normal subject matter for this blog, but I came across some interesting websites based on the word ghetto fabulous
Once they caught my attention, they got me curious to the point where I had to speak on them.
I know most people have come across the term "ghetto fabulous". If not, click here
while the rest of us continue...
The first site we will visit is: ghettofabulous.com
Have you ever been to hotornot.com
? (There's also a "Hot or Not?" for blogs
Well, ghettofabulous.com is like a "ghetto fabulous" Hot or Not. A perfect blend of pimp suits, video hoes, terrible fashion, and dudes who think they are cute.
You get to vote on whether or not each picture is one of four choices: ghetto, fabulous, ghettofabulous, or none. Then you are told what everyone else voted by percentage. Interesting.
(Holla at me when you see that "pregant prom dress" or the "helicopter hair-do". Damn!)
On a related note, there is also site like ghettofabulous.com called Rap Hunnies
where you vote on the videho caliber of different females. You can also comment on individual pictures. (If you want I good laugh check out their "bottom 10 hunnies
Next up is: ghetto-fabulous.com
It's a Black soap opera set in Harlem updated on the...you guessed it... first and fiftenth of the month.
Started back in 2001 by Timothy "Dise" Thompson, the website was a way for him to tell a story based on his life. (Don't we all live in one soap opera or another?)
Trace magazine gave it a review
, and the Source did also
Right now it's on Episode 40, so you got a lot of catching up to do... But after reading the guestbook, it looks like he hasn't updated it in a while.
(Each episode has its own music, and it scared the hell out me the first time because I wasn't expecting it. Plus I had my speakers turned up way too loud.)
Check them out and let me know what you think.
02/08/2004 - 02/15/2004
02/15/2004 - 02/22/2004
02/22/2004 - 02/29/2004
02/29/2004 - 03/07/2004
03/07/2004 - 03/14/2004
03/14/2004 - 03/21/2004
03/21/2004 - 03/28/2004
03/28/2004 - 04/04/2004
04/04/2004 - 04/11/2004
04/11/2004 - 04/18/2004
04/18/2004 - 04/25/2004
04/25/2004 - 05/02/2004
05/02/2004 - 05/09/2004
05/09/2004 - 05/16/2004
05/16/2004 - 05/23/2004
06/06/2004 - 06/13/2004
07/18/2004 - 07/25/2004
07/25/2004 - 08/01/2004