I was thoroughly entertained by this interview. Don’t be surprised if he barks on your favorite rappers… Listen…
There was a time when Boom-boxes, sort of like dinosaurs, ruled the world. Having a big ass radio loaded with stickers, powered by 20 “D” batteries, and bumpin’ the latest in exclusive hip-hop music was the sh@t. Just like the dinosaurs….it died. Now seeing someone with this big ass radio says only one thing to most people…”This dude must still live with his mama.”
Well, there may be new life for the heritage that is “boombox dude”. MF Doom Sneaker Speakers. Professional Sneaker customizer Nash Money created a pair of speakers out of a pair of “Shaq-like” Pumas. What do you think Radio? Check them out:
Read more at www.sneakerfreaker.com
And… If you are (for some reason) looking for a more authentic “Radio Raheem” experience…well
(In my 50 Cent voice) “Daaaaamn Homey!”
What up all! I did an interview on 10/30/09 with the Tres Chic Style Radio Show. We chopped it up about hip-hop and music in general. It was a good interview. The Tres Chic Style Radio show airs every Friday at 11pm here: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/treschicstyle
Check out the interview here:
Well, well, well…. Hot off the heels of Raekwon’s, arguably, classic Only Built for Cuban Links 2; Ghostface drops a r&b collabo album. I was initially disappointed when he announced this album, but after hearing it, it’s not that bad. Ghostface Killah’s 8th official album, Ghostdini: Wizard of Poetry, is filled with tons of r&b artist paired with Ghost’s witty & humorous wordplay.
If you are a person who didn’t mind Ghostface over the Jodeci “Freak N U (Remix)” from back in the day, you will enjoy this album. Some of the featured r&b crooners are Raheem Devaughn, Lloyd, and John Legend. One of the stand out songs on this album is a song called, “Guest House” featuring Fabolous. The song features Ghost catching his woman with another dude (Fab of course).
It’s dope to see two hip hop artist come together and make a song that doesn’t leave you trying to compare their verses. This is a true collaboration. Ghostface’s lyrics are what makes this album. While all the r&b singers don’t churn out memorable performances, it’s Ghost’s lyricism and story telling that carry’s the load.
From vivid stories, to graphic depictions of sexual encounters with the ladies, Ghost knows how to pull you into his world. Other stand out tracks on this album include, “Stay”, “Do Over”, and “Paragraphs of Love”. The production is decent on this release as well.
Like I said earlier, this one isn’t for every Ghost fan. I kind of like the fact that this album isn’t a “spit-off”. That would put it in direct competition with Rae’s album. This is like having a glass of wine after dinner.
The Wu has been busy releasing some decent albums as of late. Add this joint to your collection and remember this, Ghost is probably the only Wu member who could have pulled this off. Vegas Recommends….
I was listening to The Tavis Smiley Show on PRI (Public Radio International). To my surprise (or maybe not). I came across a segment featuring Brown University professor Tricia Rose and “her” opinion on the impact and status of hip-hop music. This was very interesting. VERY.
Here’s the brief synopsis of the segment:
“Hip Hop Wars
Brown University professor Tricia Rose sheds light on the continued evolution and relevance of hip hop with her new book, The Hip Hop Wars, What We Talk About When We Talk About Hip Hop – And Why It Matters. “
While I do agree with most of what Professor Rose has to say, I still feel there is a point being missed. There are these “hip-hop intellectuals” who have studied the art from top to bottom. These individuals seem to have a strong understanding of how hip-hop is portrayed in the eyes of the “mainstream” world.
The key is always in the artist who they “name drop”. Jay-Z, Ludacris, etc. They do not represent the culture as a whole. Their is so much more out there. These “hip-hop intellectuals” tend to research heavy in one particular area. Either there opinion is supplied by a deep understanding of underground artist (i.e. Doom, Aesop, Immortal Technique) or they deal with what’s in their faces (i.e. Jay-Z, 50 Cent, Soujah Boy).
Rap is ALL of these things. Professor Brown seems to be very knowledgeable of what hip-hop represents, but she tends to contradict that understanding in this interview. There are topics that we all want to hear in hip-hop (for better or worse). It’s no different from movies. There is a lot of fantasy involved.
Most records are BASED on a true story. What has become popular, should not become the blame of the fans who are entertained by it. The record industry recognizes this, and they focus their marketing/promotion resources on making the genre as popular as it can. That is, of course, until the $$$ runs out.
I’m not sure if I care to read her book, but she does make some excellent points (for better or worse). And so I pass it off to you…
Click on the photo above to here a mix of my pending Internet Radio program. The mix contains the music only. A playlist is included as well. I may or may not host.
This program will be all out about the latest hip-hop joints out. This is that “get your tape deck ready” type of show. All the music will be DIRTY. Check it out and let me know if YOU would listen. Peace…
Watching that Biggie movie ‘Notorious‘ had me thinking about hip-hop today. There is a soul that’s missing. Ahk was on point with his previous comments. I watched the movie just thinking about the motivation of today’s hip-hop artist.
We all know one motivation is to make money. I’m not knocking that. Even Biggie was focused on that. In the movie ‘Notorious’ you could see how the excitement about Biggie was the lyrics and flow. The voice and style. The way he moved. His approach was one of aggression with slick word play.
Where is the passion for the craft today? Where is the sacrifice? Where is the heart? Everything written, recorded, and promoted is ultra heavy on the marketing. Being that we live in the information age, we can see the sales pitch coming a mile a way. It’s easy for a kat like me to hate Jim Jones’ “We Fly High (Ballin’)‘” , then turn around and love it. It was catchy and radio spins were off the hook.
Radio used to break new “talent”. Now they just break new “artist”. And I use that term loosely. Does today’s hip-hop artist value “being the best mc”? Do they hear a track and instantly think of radio and the club? Do they have a story to tell?
So many questions I have that can only be answered by time. What’s your motivation to listen?