Intellectual Hip Hop Commentary

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Thursday, April 22, 2004


How come nobody told me about...

Soul Plane?

Starring Kevin Hart, Tom Arnold, D.L. Hughley, Method Man, Monique, And Snoop Dogg. It's like Snoop Doggy Fizzle Televizzle meets Airplane: The Movie.

(Spotted at Blunts, B-Movies, and Dreams)

Got potential...

Taking comedy to a "whole nuther" extreme is the Wayan Brothers' (Marlon and Shawn) movie White Chicks. (I'll just let you watch the trailer for yourself...)

(Spotted at Blunts, B-Movies, and Dreams)
posted by joey  # 4/22/2004 10:00:00 PM

Hobbits and Hip-Hop...

Not a good mix. (

Synopsis: Beastie Boys meets Lords of the Rings.
posted by joey  # 4/22/2004 10:00:00 PM

Hip-Hop has made it back to the origin of music.

I've been meaning to cover this aspect of Hip-Hop for a while now. Hip-Hop in America has many musical influences. It's foundation is the blending of many different styles, but we have long since gottem away from that. The originator, whatever part of the U.S. they camed from, didn't have this Hip-Hop stereotype/limitation to live up to. They were able to blend R&B, Rock, Classical, House Disco, you name it...

The origins of music always lead people back to Africa. Even the people who hate Africans and African-Americans either have to confess or blatantly lie about the influence Africa's many cultures had on rhytms and musical styles.

Hip-Hop is the latest and greatest form of music, and Africa has been taking it and reworking it into the fabric of it's culture. When I travelled around Senegal and Gambia between '98 and '03, I saw Hip-Hop quickly take over reggae and the dominant form of non-traditional music.

Although a few people were trying to live up to the fake image of American rappers, most rappers were musicians who actually saw Hip-Hop as a form of social experession. I remember listening to the unedited versions of 2Pac singles on the radio and thinking, "That's what I'm talking the way the rapper did it." Hearing "Dear Mama" and "Hail Mary" in the context of Africa was powerful.

The spot to see is

Read about Jazzman Olofin from Lagos, Nigeria.

Check out Charlie Dark's musical revolution Blacktronica. He's taken music in the direction it should have stayed in since Hip-Hop inception. It's his way of saying, "Thanks, but No Thanks" to the way the music industry in America/"Great Britian" has tried to pidgeon-hole black people.

Here's a video for PNB's (Pensée Negre Brute) Rappel

Guess what? There's a lot more to Hip-Hop than what's going on in our neck of the woods...
posted by joey  # 4/22/2004 06:39:00 PM

Wednesday, April 21, 2004


Check this out...

This guy would beat Jabari on that Dance Dance Revolution video game he likes to play...

With one leg! (Literally) (spotted at
posted by joey  # 4/21/2004 10:00:00 PM

Where are they now?

Y'all remember watching the Alvin and the Chipmunks cartoon early Saturday mornings? I remember getting giddy listening to the theme song (no homo) and settling down to see what my boys were going to get into this time...

Back then I didn't think it was too weird that they were actually able to talk to David, but I didn't think nothing of Jon talking to Garfield. (But it was weird that Garfield could understand him, but Jon couldn't understand Garfield, but I guess you need telepathy for that...I digress.)

I'm pretty sure that Alvin and the Chipmunks may have died in some alley a couple of years ago, but here is their gangsta rap biography. (I'm going out on a limb and saying that this is pretty a scary way.)
posted by joey  # 4/21/2004 06:33:00 PM

Monday, April 19, 2004


Do you have your "Eye Bling" yet?

Well, I don't see this being a inner-city "black thing".

I can see somebody laying the mack down already:

Dude: "Damn, baby! Let me holler at you for a second!"
Chick: "What you want?"
Dude: "You got diamonds in your eyes...and-"
Chick: "That's a heart."
Dude: "What?! Yeah, whatever... Can I-"
Chick: "See? Look right here..."
Dude: "Daaaaaamn. That's nasty! What the f**k wrong with you?"

Next girl:
Dude: "You got hearts in you eyes...and-"
Chick: "That's a sty fool! See? Look right here..."
Dude: "Daaaaaamn. That's nasty! What the f**k wrong with you?"

(Well it made me laugh...)
posted by joey  # 4/19/2004 10:00:00 PM


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