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Tuesday, July 10, 2007

You Know Who Fucked Rap Music Up??? (Hint: not the South)

Thank God I was born in the early 80s. I was privileged enough to come into age during a time when Hip Hop peaked (and when rap music, generally, didn't blow balls)

For awhile, I've been avoiding writing long diatribes about how rap (not Hip Hop) is about as enjoyable as dual root canals but...what can I say, the shit really sucks right now. So, as I was on my way home from my 9-5 ball and chain, I was trying to think what sent rap into the shitter. I came up with a number of things, but I think it all can be embodied in one man's career: P Diddy.

Puff gets props on one front, discovering and putting out Biggy, if you can even say that. But in general, isn't his relationship to Big similar to that of Dash/Hov in that a talentless, flashy pseudo businessman from Harlem extorts the talent of a BK emcee??? What did they actually do???

First Puff destroyed the concept of what it is to be considered a good album. When Bad Boy became a force to reckon with circa 96-98 a good album was considered to be at least 80-85% dope tracks. That meant a good album had to be 8/10 good tracks or whatever the ratio is depending on how many tracks was on the album. A classic had to be 95-100% heat to be considered a classic. Albums that were 12 tracks long with only 6 good tracks were considered weed plates in the mid-late 90s. Now(2007), a good album only has to be 65% good. That means out of 10 tracks, only 6 have to be good for a mainstream rap album to considered good. Reference 2006 for numerous examples. Now, I wondered how it got this way...Here's a number of reasons: Mase (debut and follow-up), The Lox (debut), Black Rob (however many albums he has), G-Dep, Loon etc,etc. Really, all of these guys are at least average rappers but under the leadership of "can't stop won't stop" publishing/masters owning Puff they all produced shitty albums. But, at the time they all had chart-topping radio friendly hits which probably sold mad albums but the quality of their whole effort(s) was butt. So if you're wondering where the 1/2 hit + filler tracks = wack ass album format came can thank your boy Combs. I think it's the continued production of albums like the above--coupled with outrageous album sales he got from those--that made cats believe, who needs 15 thoughful, dope tracks when I can pump out 3 "club bangers" and make an assload of money.

The original I blatantly suck but want to make ya dance dude . I think it should suffice to say "don't push me close I'm close to the eddddddge." This is not the first time Diddy rapped his god-awful rhymes over a track but probably the first track that was accepted as "cool." If I can recall right--which tends to be difficult b/c of all the years of drug/booze consumption--cats felt like, "yea, Puff's doo doo but I can dance to this." I'm not going through this guy's whole catalogue but "Been Around the World," & "Bad Boy for Life" etc, etc. Never should this man have been allowed to touch a microphone unless he was prepping it pre-concert for Big or for adlibs--no words though, just utterances. Puff did a couple of things that fucked up rap. He created the 98% swagger, 2% rhymes model and that bullshit "I'm not trying to be lyrical I'm trying to make cats dance" spiel.

All in all, Diddy's should be exiled from Rap forever and besides, Big, his only contribution to rap was the Fred/E-Ness debacle on Making the Band. I mean no offense to Puff or nothin.

Other wack trends from Puff: jerking rappers, the rappers that can't rhyme, the singer who can't sing, the acceptance of the dancing male in mainstream, materialism, white tigers in the hood, extortion.

Sunday, July 8, 2007

The Police

A little something different for the people. Yall ain't know I had shit like this did yall. Yeah, the catalogue is deep.

The Police

Killa Cam is Down with the Police!!!

Yea, pretty corny but check out the similarities in the two tracks; makes you kind of reevaluate the talent of these producers out here.

If You Assholes Are Going to Party like a Rockstar Do It Right

Hip Hop is decrepit, decaying and on its last leg and shit's looking a little shaky to say the least. There's no doubt in my mind that if Pharoahe could brick--sales-wise--with as close as one's been to a classic in years with Desire then it might be time to hang it up on this Hip Hop shit. Alot critics, bloggers and dissatisfied consumers in general have been flirting with divorcing this Bitch we call Hip Hop for a minute and some have called it quits, ashamed at what rap has become--a watermelon, toot and whistle, shuck and jive show word to mantan. It's only a matter of time before our favorite artists do the same and kick this Bitch to the curb. I mean, let's face it we can wax poetic about how REAL emcees should do this for the passion but passion doesn't feed a family of 4. Hip Hop, although it may be one's heart, is still a job; a job that puts food on the table. So as we see, right in front of our very eyes, the well running dry (sales are in the shitter, cats are being signed for deals only for their singles, artists scrambling to indies b/c the majors got them stuck) future acts will either convert to Rap (the pop friendly bastard child genre of Hip Hop) or move on to greener ($$$) pastures.

History serves us well with examples. When Uncle Crakka (TIs--word to Meka--Gen Pop America, the mainstream) gets ahold of it, it (the music) goes through a cycle--discovery, unabounded consumption, disposal (word to the blues and jazz). Hip Hop is now in that last phase being that Corp. America has boned it dry and will continue shaking it by the kankles until all the ringtone $$$ dry up.

I think (Afro)Punk is going to soon become what underground (what some would call backpack) Hip Hop was to blacks. I think fashion-wise we're already there. Now, we're starting to realize how retarded it is for a cat to wear a shirt that looks like a night gown and pants me, fred and ray ray from down the block can fit in. That whole style of dress is becoming corny and cats are trading in their XXXXXXXLs for regular fit tee and jeans and slim fit jeans (popular in punk). I can list a couple of other trends that remind me of punk: biker chains, mohawks, bandanas (the fairly obvious ones). Attitude-wise, we've never really gave a fuck; similar to punk but here's some other traits of punk: anti-establishment, nihilism. Some Hip Hop acts are already have these traits and if we're not ready to fuck some shit up after this Bush administration then we're just assholes. It's only a matter of time before emcees evolve in to punk rock band fronts and Hip Hop becomes a faded memory--slight exaggeration but yall get the point. Personally, I think this is where cats are gonnga take and if you interested in seeing the future check out and here's a couple of artists I checked out from there:

Tiombe Lockhart

The Apes

Philmoore Browne

Dragons of Synth

Building Better Bombs

Whole Wheat Bread

Thoughts anyone???