I remember picking up Robert Glasper’s In My Element and being surprised to hear the Hip Hop, soul and elements of other genres dispersed throughout the album. Although, already a Jazz fan, I was elated at hearing my generation’s music represented in an art form that was previously, largely guarded from exploration and breaking form. It seems from that moment until now, as the 2010s come to a close, Jazz has reversed its position and also permeated itself into the prevalent genres of music. Glasper aside, Jazz musicians have become the new rock stars it seems – Common even took Jazz musicians (Glasper, Karriem Riggins, Keyon Harrold, Derrick Hodge, & Elena Pinderhughes) to perform at the White House. The soundtrack to Kendrick Lamar’s critically acclaimed album, To Pimp A Butterfly was largely composed and performed by the West Coast Get Down, and some of your favorite emcees can’t perform without cats like Robert “Sput” Searight, Nate Smith & Maurice Brown.
In a movement of showing love to Rapsody, who dropped another great album today, Laila’s Wisdom, go download and support REAL HIP HOP and just great music, I thought I’d post this Tiny Desk Concert. On another not I think I have too many commas in that last sentence. I get at my kid about that all the time and now I’ve done it. Life
I saw Hip Hop Honors 90’s salute and came away lost about the whole thing. I didn’t see it live so I didn’t get the vibe from social media in real time, and the tweets that floated around were generous as well many sites that popped up when I Googled the show. My issues are many one being the time… An Hour? By time Martin Lawrence received his award the show was around the 30 minute mark. Not paying any attention to the DVR I assumed it was a two hour show until Hype Williams received his award and it dawned on me an hour was almost up and all the names they mentioned to show up have already done their thing. How do you focus on a decade and look to do such in an hour. Not to mention you’re talking about 90’s Hip Hop. the most diverse decade ever for the music. The West emerged as a power house The South was coming into their own and the sonic approach was diversifying. Too Short’s West Coast Bay Area wasn’t the same as Casual or Dru Down. So much was lost, not even talking about the genius of Diddy and how he shaped the sound of the 90’s as well as Dr Dre.
Maybe people were shown love according to who could and would show up. You can’t talk Hip Hop and R&B with Uptown Records. Whether you’re speaking on Guy, Al B. Sure, or Mary J and Jodeci, or Soul for Real and Monifah. The label merged to the two genres together perfectly. No disrespect to Mariah Carey, and after listening a second time I understood they were referencing her Pop status and how she used THAT to open the door to and showcase Hip Hop on a broader scale. All that said if you talk about Mariah Carey you have to include Mary J Blige. nothing any artists is doing now exsist if there wasn’t Mary j. Trust me other artists merged the two and a few did it well, Full Force being a major stand out in that comment, but it was something about what Mary J Blige did that made it feel normal. It was like a right of passage to connect with Mary J Blige. Wu, Duck Down, The Firm, Rocafella, Black Star, Common, Dre and many others made classic with the queen.
I want even begin to comment on how Jermaine Dupri should never be held as the reason Atlanta became hot. That’s Outkast and to a larger extant LaFace Records who let you know they were from Atalanta. I didn’t know Jermaine Dupri or Kriss Kross were from Atlanta until Outkast blew up… Fact.
The show felt rushed and to me all of this stems from the success of last year’s show that featured all female MCs. That had love and care written all over it, even when Diddy came and borderline hijacked the show. There was something about it that felt good. The reason it stopped in the first place was because Hip Hop doesn’t embrace it’s past or the people calling the shots don’t allow such a thing to go down. That’s what made the first three or four Hip Hop Honors great, DJ Hollywood was honored… Some people still don’t consider him Hip Hop but once you find out what he’s famous for you understand that’s pure Hip Hop 101. VH1 lost it once they started looking to target a different audience while trying to keep it authentic. They learned what many Hip Hop people already know, just because you listen to the music doesn’t make you a part of the culture. Hip Hop Honors was less of an open invite and more of a window with the curtains drawn for all to see. Hip Hop will always be that because there’s so much going on all the time. The 90’s proved that more than any other decade. VH1 and any other network, I’m definitely talking about BET should really care about what they’re attempting to do when it comes to Hip Hop. The media will show love unless you totally drop the ball but the purist know phony ratings grabs and click bait when we see it.
30 years ago today the album that truly changed the game in so many ways was released. To think during the recording process a rapper was laughing at The God as he track was being played back. The fact this almost didn’t happen if Eric B would have caught up with Bumpy Knuckles.
MCs had to really step their game up after this dropped. The great iconic James Brown career was resurrected with this album. The bars and vibe are the blueprint for every single MC that came after this, even EPMD was criticized for biting. The vibe was smooth operator/ deadly assassin. The lines from this album aren’t only still ahead of it’s time but have been used by most of the greatest MCs in the game at some point in their catalog.
Word is the duo have gotten back together. If all they do is just shows the culture will good for it. This was the Albert m that made me want to spit. The delivery was unheard of for that time. Everyone saying they’re are about this culture should know this album.
I will admit as much I was and still am a listener of NPR I still find myself coming across stuff from them that is totally new to me. Tiny Desk Concert is one of those things. While going through things on Youtube, completely out of boredom waiting for game 2 of the NBA Finals to start, I saw Rapsody’s Tiny Desk Concert. Thought it was dope and then saw that this man had one as well. I’m Gregory Porter fan and feel his sound is needed in music.
July 18, 2016 by BOB BOILEN • Gregory Porter’s healing soul music sends a message of compassion, and he’s got a baritone voice that resonates love. When Porter visited NPR, we’d just learned that our colleague, photojournalist David Gilkey, had been killed while working on a story for NPR in Afghanistan. When Porter began singing the calmly beautiful “No Love Dying,” he may not have known how much it would mean to us. Yet this song of compassion and hope, from his Grammy-winning 2013 album Liquid Spirit, was just what we’d needed.
Porter and pianist Chip Crawford continued their thoughtful, entrancing set with “Take Me To The Alley” (the title track to Porter’s new album), a song about how we treat and think about those who live on society’s margins. Closing this Tiny Desk concert is “Don’t Be A Fool,” another new song of love, loyalty and trust. For us, Porter’s set provided a timely reminder that we can all use comfort, counsel and guidance — and that music can be serious and heartwarming without losing its sense of wonder and delight.
“No Love Dying”
“Take Me To The Alley”
“Don’t Be A Fool”
Word has it that Run DMC is suing many companies including big dogs WalMart and Amazon for trademark infringement. This makes sense given the fact that many stores sell merchandise with a band’s logo on it. One has to wonder if people even considered that using any band’s logo was a sign of trademark infringement? Moving away from the big companies and just speaking about the small sites that sell merchandise and those shorts are a major seller for them,does this make those sites look for the proper way to go about things or just continue until they’re caught?
what this ultimately does is now turn band branding into the jumbled mess a band’s music is in. At this point if Run DMC chose to watch shows and movies and charge those studios for wearing shirts with their logo they could. Professional sports do it all the time, same thing with sneaker companies. Why wouldn’t bands be allowed to do the same thing? Would such a move detour bootleggers from selling shirts with logos on them? Not at all, people are still selling bootleg albums, some people are selling mixtapes on Amazon which are nothing more than greatest hits collections. I hope Run DMC opens a door that should have been opened long ago, and would have been if record labels thought they could profit off trademarks as much as they do with music of the artists.
Non Hip Hop Album: Anderson Paak: Malibu
First off what is crazy to me is that in a time where singers are routinely labeled as rappers Anderson Paak depending on who you talk to doesn’t fit the criteria. Malibu is one of the best albums this year hands down. It’s soulful and deep with the essence of game peppered all over it.
Hip Hop Album: De La Soul: De La Soul and The Anonymous Nobody
Even though we the public knew De La Soul was working an album. No one could have known that the album would have been so different in a good way. Let’s be real the highlight alone is the track with 2 Chainz. De La continues to grow as artists and this album is the newest testimonial to that.