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Mr. Muthaf’n Exquire: coloring out of the lines

I love it when non-tough guy stuff slips through hip hop interviews.  Mr. Motherf’n Exquire is NYC’s newest star.  Recent interview w/ MTV’s Hive reveals his love for coloring with crayons.

When it came time to shoot a video I [was] like let’s just do the shit that we do in the crib, let’s record this shit and turn it into a video. Just keep it natural. And it kinda resonated with people. I guess that’s how everybody else lives too. Everybody ain’t rich and poppin Cristal and shit.

My crib is like the hub. Me and everybody just hang out at my crib. If you come here any time there’s music playing, somebody’s recording, we getting creative, trying to figure out a video, we do whatever. We do wild shit in here, we play video games, we fuck bitches, we color. We just have mad fun in here.

Did you say you color?

Yeah, I color a lot. All of us color. A bunch of gangsta n***** coloring.

Like… with crayons?

Hell yeah! Coloring’s a really serious thing in this crib, son. We don’t play with that shit, you gotta come hard. Niggas be really on they Picasso shit coloring. We get drunk and we just got mad coloring books. Coloring and NBA 2K that’s the serious business in the crib.

via Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire, Rapping Outside the Lines – Q&A | MTV Hive.

You can find Mr. Mutha’s new tunes online for free.99.  Enjoy.

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Bun B vs. PETA and the EPA

Killa Kyleon and Bun B.  I would have bet all my money ($63.50) that Killa would wreck this track, but I’ll be damned if the slow loris of hip hop — Bun B doesn’t ride this Lex Luger beat to greatness.

I’m a vegetarian tree hugger, but I’m still feeling this.  “When you see B comin’ around the corner/sittin’ in the foreign that you never heard of/leather seats so fresh that the cow just died/ and PETA want me for murder/and the wood inside that bitch brand new cuz we just killed a tree/so you already know the EPA ain’t feelin’ me. ”

Of course Bun B doesn’t need to  prove anything.  It is just a pleasure to hear him rhyming so tight.

 

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Rap and riots in the U.K.

Someone is paying attention . . . oh yeah, the Guardian.  Thanks.

The most extraordinary of the bunch is also the most full-on. They Will Not Control Us, a snarling litany of dispossesion and rage against politicians, police and the media, will be a bit strong for some stomachs – and not only because of the wailing chorus lifted from the Muse track Uprising. By a little-known rapper called 2 K Olderz, it’s nothing if not direct. “Dear Mr Prime Minister …” it begins, “was you travelling on London transport the day the bombs went off?/ How about you go and pay rent to the landlord, earn shit money doing a labouring job?/ We’re living like shit in this country, while you’ve got your feet up living nice and comfy/ Well we know where the problem is, the people acknowledge this: stand up to the politics.”

via Rap responds to the riots: ‘They have to take us seriously’ | Music | guardian.co.uk.

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Eli Porter documentary

Eli Porter is a disabled emcee whose high school battle video has become a key hip hop trope.   Here is the documentary about the actual footage.  Complete with commentary from the internets celebrities.

 

 

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Why you should buy Weekend at Burnies

It isn’t any secret, I think Curren$y is the best emcee doing his thing right now.

Here is my short list of why y’all should embrace the Curren$y Spitta and buy his new record Weekend at Burnies.

Vancouver rioters after the NHL loss. Gotta admit these guys would look a lot more cool flashing the 'jet plane' hand sign, right?

1.  Awkward hip hop fans need something better to do with their hands.   We know that most people who listen to hip hop are really awkward rather than cool (myself included).  (Hop hop artists, on the other hand, are quite cool).   Hip hop offered many non-gang affiliates the chance to have something to do with their hands.  Almost all of  the ‘west coast,’ ‘east coast,’ pistol signs, or mimicking of supposed crip twisting of fingers is a terrible look.

Admittedly, most of us know Curren$y’s hand sign (which mimics the flying jet) as the ‘hang loose’ hand sign.  In Hawaii, it’s known as shaka — a polycultural vaguely corporate ‘greeting with the aloha spirit.”  Hey, there are worse things to throw up.

2.  Curren$y and his crew seem to be working hard to get better.

I love the arrogant rappers, but it is refreshing to hear someone simply confident in their abilities.  Curren$y writes rhymes that don’t alienate the listener with cleverness.  He models working at his craft — practicing writing better smooth rhymes.  As a result of their work, he and his jets crew: Young Roddy and Trademark the Skydiver, are getting better at not only rhyming, but also sounding better.  Witness the enjoyable punch lines and nicely timed pause in Trademark’s verse on “Still” above.

3.  Weed songs vs. coke songs or representations of wealth in a depression.   Curren$y rhymes about smoking pot.  A lot.  Living in Humboldt county, this isn’t all that strange to me.  Lets put Curren$y’s rhymes about cannabis in the context of the prevailing hip hop culture for self-expression about substances.

You could argue that expressing love for particular substances is part of selling yourself as an emcee.  Most commercially successful artists have identified substance use as part of their image through lyrics and album covers.  In the case of most so-called gangsta rappers, the discussion is often tied to cocaine trafficking (Gucci Mane, Clipse, Young Jeezy, Dipset, Jay-Z, E-40, Eazy-E, Ghostface Killah, and so on.)  This creates a fascinating language used most often to communicate wealth.  Lifestyles of the rich and famous articulated in bricks, kilos, birds, scales, Tony Montana . . .

In the artificially inflated economy of the early 2000s, these cocaine rhymes matched up nicely with the garish wealth of a society manifested in colonial wars and represented by an expressly “business-friendly” government.  Those years also meant the rise of a massive police state, prisons, and new laws against gang offenses.  One reason we keep alive the stories of outlaw dope dealers in rapping is because we live in a society that is increasingly controlled and policed — the idea that some people get to get away with it is immensely reassuring to non-outlaw folks.

Don’t get me wrong — Curren$y is still selling status, wealth and power in his rhymes.  Curren$y isn’t rapping about selling drugs, instead he rhymes about how much he has to smoke.   I think he has adjusted to the economic realities of a society in a depression and provided a slightly more inviting series of symbols for that power.

4.  He sounds good, and has a back catalog worth examining.  If you get Weekend at Burnies and find it works for you, here are the rest of my Curren$y recommendations in order.

First –> mixtape: Independence day

Second –> mixtape: Covert Coup

Third –> album Pilot Talk II

Fourth –> mixtape Fear and Loathing in New Orleans

Fifth –> mixtape return to the winners circle

sixth –> mixtape Smokee Robinson

seventh –> album Pilot talk I

You can easily add in the other affiliated projects, I like the “Jet Life to the next life” mixtape, and the wiz/Curren$y mixtape “How fly.”

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Killa Mike and Money Makin’ Jam Boys VISUALs

Ah, the joy of quality editing equipment.   Most independent hip hop folks can afford to make their vision happen via the easily available technology.  When I grew up watching videos, I used to long for more access.  Now we have more access than we can handle.

First up, Killa Mike “Burn.”  Hell yeah for the struggling Georgia emcee.  Mike Bigga is a star, with a nice flow, and a presence.  I think the politics are a little vague, but the beat is hot.

And how about Money Making Jam Boys with a video for “tear it down!”   I’m in.

As a bonus, here is Lil B explaining what it is like to be a city.

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Hovafest bracket

Yeah.  When it’s time to nerd out on rap music, why not go all the way?  Rembert Brown organized all the Jay-Z tunes based on youtube views.  Then he judges each soundclash.  Check him out in the second round contrasting two songs from the Black album.

Dirt Off Your Shoulder (3) vs. Public Service Announcement (Interlude) (11): You hate to see the intra-album battle. While both are good, there is a glaring difference between the two songs. I think a number of people could have rapped over that insane Timbo beat and had a hit with Dirt Off Your Shoulder. Ludacris, easily. Lupe maybe. Joe Budden, why not? NO ONE ON EARTH/MARS/PANDORA could pull of P.S.A. other than Jay-Z. You can’t say, “Allow me to reintroduce myself, my name is WAKA.” I promise you can’t. P.S.A. is so Jay-Z, it hurts. Example of how insane the song is, a few weeks back a DJ turned on the beginning of P.S.A., thereby alerting the listener that they have 22 seconds to get in position. With about 7 seconds left before the explosion, 5 people stopped their conversations outside the bar and ran inside, simply to scream HOV at the top of their lungs. I was one of those 5 people. I’m always one of those 5 people.

via Hovafest 2011 | 500 Days Asunder.

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