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.
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Friday, April 02, 2004
50 Cent vs. 50 Shekel (Yes, you read it right...)
Roughly a year ago in blogger days I posted something about the MC Hammer impersonating MC Kommier. If you missed it, please do yourself a favor and check out these two posts
Well, 50 Cent might be a little shook by this 50 Shekel
guy. I mean, I've never heard 50 try to dis him or anything... I can see the mixtape now: G-Unit vs. Jew-Unit, Kings of New York.
50 Shekel felt he needed to continue the legacy of 2 Live Crew
's counterparts, you guessed it, the 2 Live Jews
Once you see a live performance of "In the Shul" (56k
), you'll understand why 50 Cent doesn't have the heart to dis him...
, this boychick
is a mensh
is more than shmooze
. His shtick
is a mitzvah
to his chevra
that makes his Jew-Unit
move like when they shuckle
to the daven
in the shul
Have you heard of Bastard Pop?
I was trolling around the Tofu Hut
and noticed something that sounded interesting: The 50 Cent/Devo "Whipsta".
It's what you get when you mix 50 Cent
with Devo's Whip It
. Listen to it and try to imagine 50 Cent dressed like Devo
with some glasses with tape on the bridge of the nose doing the stiffest rendition of Wansta
. That would have made him
That got my curiosity juices flowing, so I took a trip to the DinBot blog
He's part of a remix culture that makes music called: bootlegs, mashups, or bastard pop. You know, take a accapella from here and an instrumental from there and wallah. Wired magazine breaks it down for you in this article
Here's another one that I hated to love: Bathroom Grammar
. Imagine, if you will, Nelly
rapping the lyrics to Country Grammar
while the English Beat
back him with the Mirror In The Bathroom
instrumental. I tried not to like it, really I did...really. I can see the video now. Nelly running through the Australian Outback
while the English Beat is hunting him down in a beat-up Jeep
. He runs up on his aboriginal crew and everybody rocks out by the fire in the middle of the night... Yeah...
Oh! I got some Bastard Pop videos for you, too! (Yaaaaay!) Check out Fool's Gold (From the Block).
Light on the L.O.X, heavy on the J-Lo and Rock (I'm not familiar with the band). It's a wild orgy with Jennifer Lopez
and Ben Affleck
providing the visuals, L.O.X.
with the support, and that rock band
doing what they do best... If this came on MTV back in the day, I would have been on it!
Update: Ian at Notes from a Different Kitchen provided me with this info:
"The band is the Stones Roses, a much beloved psychadelic britpop band at the nexus of the madchester, "baggy" indie rock-acid house music explosion in early 90's Britain." (Joey Pinkney: I had to read this a few times to soak all that in! Damn!)
"The band imploded after protracted legal problems with their record label and the disappointment that followed the release of their long-delayed and higly anticipated sophomore album." (Joey Pinkney: explode is to "blowing up" as implode is to ___?)
Then there's Take Me Out (For a Milkshake)
. Once again, I'm not up on my rock like I used to be when I watched MTV in the early '80s, but we all know Kelis
. Kinda creepy... I wonder what Nas
has to say about her moonlighting?
Speaking of creepy
... You know how bad dreams have a way of bringing a lot of bad stuff from your memory together?
Videos courtesy of Thriftshop XL
Tuesday, March 30, 2004
Don't throw stones if you live in a glass house...
Y'all remember my post about that short video clip called Tokyo Breakfast?
Well, I didn't know David Chappelle
had something very similar to Tokyo Breakfast
in one of the episodes of the David Chappelle Show
. (I should have known, though...)
It's a skit called The Niggar Family
Tokyo Breafast is like a Toyota Camry
to The Niggar Family's Lexus ES300
. Same concept, one is "more refined" than the other one. I say that because David Chappelle incorporated more irony and satire into the humor of his clip.
But there is one thing that is said about comedy: it is funny when there is a foundation of truth in it... And I'll just leave that at that.
Sunday, March 28, 2004
Japanese Hip Hop: Revisited
I've learned a lot about Hip Hop as it relates to Japan, but I'm sure there's plenty more to learn. Maybe I'll get to go there one day...who knows?
Anyway, I've found a lot of additional information about Hip Hop in Japan that you might find interesting.
Some guy named Kozo Okumra
has compiled a tremendous amount of information
on Japanese Hip Hop
that is easily accessible to English speaking Americans. He looks at the history in terms of dancing. It hasn't been updated since '97, but it's still a good study.
In a previous post
, I was talking about how Hip Hop started with the showing of the movie Wild Style. Okumra goes a little further back in time and explains how "soul dancing" (introduced by shows like Soul Train
in the '70s) primed Japan for the urban street culture being produced by African-Americans. Then came the movie, Flashdance
, which had some Hip Hop Dance elements. So by the time Wild Style came out, the Japanese youth were already hungry in what was happening.
He also explains that the Japanese youth had a hard time understanding what was being said by Hip Hop artists, and they began to emulate what they saw. That would explain this
has a feature on J-Hop
that is pretty interesting. It gives the history on Hip Hop artists in Japan such as DJ Krush
, DJ Kensei, DJ Honda
, De La Ken, DJ Beat and the Illimatic Buddha MC's. It focuses on two of Japan's top DJs: DJ Krush and DJ Honda. Here's a DJ Krush Interview
Alecia McKenzie wrote an interesting article
on how record labels have caught wind of the popularity of Hip Hop in Japan and are staking their claims on some of Japan's prominent artists. She mentions the jazz influenced Loop Junktion
, "Japan's Missy Elliot" Ai
, and Rip Slyme
(the first to go platinum in Japan in that genre).
The Sample Kings
has a collection of pictures
from their foray out East of which these are my two favorite
**not safe for work**. (I know, I know, that's not Hip Hop, but OUCH!)
Curtis Harmin wrote an article entitled Japanese Hip-Hop
that answered a question that I had. Are there any Black People in Japan doing Hip Hop? Harmin talks about the first Black-owned club called CLEOS
that sounds like a description of every Hip Hop club I've been to-except for the fact it's in Tokyo
... Sex, fights, and Hip Hop. What a mix. This club created a divide in the Japanese Hip Hop community because the locals couldn't handle the rawness (if you let Harmin tell it).
Here's a DJ Curtis Harmin interview
. (So that's how you get to DJ in Japan...I'm jealous!)
is like a correspondant giving an in-dept on-the-scene-view of what's happening in Japan's Hip Hop community
articles came from here
When I read this article
, I thought that the same could be said of suburbanites of any color here in the U.S. You know the deal, got all the Hip Hop gear and no knowledge of Hip Hop's origins...
Have you ever heard of Osric University
("Where a student becomes a scholar"). It is "a unique non-accredited
degree-granting institution that conducts nearly all courses via the internet". Why did I mention it? Because it offers a class in Japanese Hip Hop Studies, of course!
And last, but not least, we all know that Pimpin Ain't Easy, but for 16,000 yen (under $152!), it can be
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