There's an episode of the cartoon South Park that parodies the film "The Day After Tomorrow" and hysteria over Global Warming where the citizens of South Park run around fleeing the "warming" while screaming, "We didn't listen!" While this was simply a delicious Hollywood film cliche satire, I couldn't help but think of it when I read Darth Kriss' recent post on Insanity Report about the advent of Kreayshawn and some person called V-Nasty in the world of hip hop.
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While his No. 1 nemesis was broadcasting from digital exile, FOX News all-star Bill O'Reilly was on The Factor still fighting the Ghost of Yesteryear's Sista Souljahs and and Ice-T "Body Count" Cop Killahs, when for the umpteeth time, O'Reilly invited a rapper on his show (this time Lupe Fiasco) just to not let him talk, then tell him why he was wrong, then say something to the effect of "what about the children?"
Sometimes I truly think that if President Obama had just invited Cornel West to the White House and baked him some cookies he'd never have anything to mean to say. In the professor's latest interview, West wraps up legitimate concerns about the poor and Civil Rights with "Where's my extra Inauguration tickets?" and "Why didn't you call me back?"
Funny what growing up, getting married and being a success will do. Now that rapper Jay-Z has made it form hustler to business mogul to hubby the mad he once felt towards the womenfolk has left him. Now that he's working on his new book "Decoded," which is about him explaining some of his past lyrics, he realizes that there are a few songs there that he'd rather not revisit.
Namely, "Big Pimpin'."
Or "The One Where I Write An Elaborate Ruse That's Just An Excuse To Post A Viral Video"
Watching Ava DuVernay's BET documentary about women in hip hop, "My Mic Sounds Nice," and reminiscing about the style of Hip Hop I grew up listening to, triggered an old memory for me. It was of me and my little sister listening to rap music, but trying not to pay attention to the lyrics out of the fear that to know the sexist truth would mean I would have to stop listening to rap altogether.
When I heard about the death of former Gang Starr frontman, rapper Guru I was sad. Not just because he died so young, and not just because I'd enjoyed Gang Starr and Guru's style of rapping so much as a teenager, but it reminded me how different the world of hip hop is from its origins and its creative peeks in the 80s and 90s. I went on a taping of Charles Ellison's radio show on POTUS on XM Radio Thursday and he asked me what I thought of Guru's passing and all I could think was could a rap act like Gang Starr get a record deal today?
I don't think anyone should be surprised that the answer is an emphatic "hell-to-the-naw."
Pundits Are Not Rap Stars: Rush Limbaugh Tries (And Miserably Fails) At Defending Himself From Jay-Z Diss Track
Seriously. It was like bringing a wooden spoon to a nuclear war.
Jay-Z and Drake have recently put out a little ditty called "Off That" because we all know that Jay-Z is never retiring. In the song he proclaims the many things that we are now "off," including sagging jeans and large chains and making it rain and many other things I've chronicled in my "Limits of Blackness" series where I'm all "WTF, my people. I love you, but I can't go there with you." I'm all for it. Reminds me (content-wise) of Lupe's "Dumb It Down," another favorite track of mine. But the song also disses conservative yak-meister Rush Limbaugh and FOX News talking head/host Bill O'Reilly. You know? Just because.
At some point you have to put the crotch-shots away and woman-up. This is where we find Ms. Kimberley Jones, aka, rapper Lil Kim in our year of the Lord, two-thousand-and-nine.
She's been to jail. She's been vilified. She's done all sorts of ungodly things. She's been under the knife repeatedly to change her look from a cute, but regular, black chick, to a blown-up, boobie black Barbie. She's been raunchy. She's been nasty. Now she's singing for Nelson Mandela's birthday bash with Cyndi Lauper.
The times, they are a-changin'.