Monthly Archives: July 2010

The Reconstruction Period; Life after the death of Hip Hop.

Over the past decade and towards the end of the last century we all witnessed the state of hip hop decline and eventually die from the amount of wacknees infecting its vessel. The early 90’s are what some believe to be “The Golden Age” of the Hip Hop culture. All between 1990-1996 we saw the debut of artists such as Outkast, 2pac, BIG, Jay-Z, Nas, Snoop Dog and The Legendary Roots crew. The genre of hip hop or rap music was so broad you were exposed to artists on the mainstream and the underground that would be pillars in your collection. Not to say that the level of wackness was less however we had so many choices that the weak were cast aside as one hit wonders or novelty acts. Since the birth of the No Limit movement the level of under par music quality has overtaken the amount of true art within the culture. Now before you take my words as disrespect to Master P and what he did for hip hop please understand my statement. I have the upmost respect for Percy Miller and what he did for hip hop. P opened the door to being self made, taking notes from the careers of MC Hammer, Too Short, and the 2 Live Crew about how to make the streets follow you P allowed many young artist to have more power in the Major label offices. However this changed the industry, where it became more important for you to be self made rather than developed. It was smart on the industries side because why spend money trying to break an artist when you can just distribute an already established act to the masses.

With this new level in hip hop music, the culture was exposed to more consumers and hip hop itself became more or less “youth culture”. The money spenders saw huge dollar signs. This produced the machine of hip hop, where originality was thrown out and cookie cutter acts were produced to serve the trends. To me this began after the death of 2pac. Before his death to be a biter was the worst thing to be in our culture, but right after you became used to hearing 2pac copycats. Does Lil Zane ring a bell? This tainted the purity of the genre and many labels decided to jump on the band wagon of what was hot rather than seeking something new and innovative. This was the downward spiral.

Many hip hop purists believe that the southern rap scene is to blame. The more simplified lyrics, the dance songs, the call and response styles were very southern styles and added to the genre, more so than damaged it. You must remember acts like The Ghetto Boys, Big Mike, Outkast, UGK, and 8ball and MJG were all lyrical southern acts and very respected before the onslaught of southern rap. I believe the majors pushing “gimmick” acts were the last straw in the battle for hip hop relevance.

The wackness that killed hip hop was around long before it demise and it took years grow. I and many of my comrades thought the Cash Money movement was the tipping point. I remember watching Juvenile “Ha” video in the dorms and thinking how wack it was, but somehow knowing it would be HUGE. In retrospect this was a masterpiece of southern rap, and by far not as low as the standard went in years to come. Songs like “Laffy Taffy” and “In my White Tee” untimely killed the genre. I call this stage “The Dark Ages”. This gave a clear path to acts many purist despise, like Solja Boy Tell’m, Wacka Flocka Flame, and Lil Momma. The hip hop music that I grew up on was in the dark and could not be found.

During this dark time there were some shining stars, beacons of light if you will. Acts like Slum Village, and Little Brother shined though, making a path for Icons to trail. Icons like Kanye West would not have had a place in the genre if it were not for those two acts. If not for West, we would have no Lupe Fiascos, no Cool Kids, no dare I say it Drakes. This opened a new branch to the culture, and intellectual hip hop was born. Years from now SV and LB will go down in history for holding the torch during the darkest times. And now we have an abundance of promising new architects to bring the purity of the culture back to the people. The reconstruction period is here. Artist like Curren$y, Wiz Khalifa, Jay Electronica, Big Krit, Dom Kennedy, Big Sean and many more remind me of the hip hop I want to know about. They make songs that I want to learn, spitting lyrics that I want to learn and repeat. These are the first of many to come as we rebuild the sleeping giant. Keep your ear to the underground to hear the steps.

You figure it out.


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Guerra de la Paz // Artistic Dirtnaps

Guerra de la Paz is an art duo born in Cuba now based out of Miami. The team consists of two members Alain Guerra, and Neraldo de la Paz and has been creating since 1996. The work is always from a traditional aspect as far as ideas, but very innovative in its execution. Using more recycled elements to create pieces they could be considered “GREEN” artist. I found them while reading the INQMND blog and now im sharing it with you. Here are a few of the pieces they did using only recycled clothing. Check the colors and the amount of imagination needed to pull this off. MURDER!

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Mayer Hawthorne – Your Easy Lovin’ Ain’t Pleas’in Nothin’ / The Opposite of Weak

Always a stonesthrow records fan. Here is another joint from my boy Mayer Hawthorne. PLUS the main dancing chick is some GO!

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Audio Crime Scenes / Ski Beats – Cream of the Planet feat. Mos Def

As soon as I posted the last gem. My brother B from  Noah Larmz X Fantastic Planet fame returned the volley with this! Spitta did not disappoint. I more than positive that Ski Beats will not either.

They Can’t Hide // Mos Def – U R the ONE

Shout out to my brother in sound and vision THE CZAR for this track. This was one of my favorite songs from Mighty Mos Def on the True Magic LP. U R the One was filled with emotion and a very personal story of love, and divorce. As big a Jackson family fan I am, I had no idea the strong sample was taken from a groove called If I don’t love you this way. The original song is just a fun to listen to with a great guitar melody haunting  the background. The song was later remade by Mary J. Blige. You figure it out!


Mos Def – U R the One

03 U R the One

The Jackson 5 – If I don’t love you this way

If I Don’t Love You This Way

Back from the COSMOS

Hello star children,

I’ve been in space harvesting the new crop for this season. I am sorry i’ve been away and have not shared the fruits of my travel. I assure you that my adventures will be revealed in time. New ideas, new art, new music, and new merchandise for you. Thank you for your support.

Will & Jada’s Kids Style = FAIL

Im a huge Will & Jada Smith fan. I have seen them grow from small acts to huge stars. I am proud that they are a loving family who has kept it together in hollyweird. Say what you want about them but its for certain that they are BOSSES in the game now. Now their children are poised to join the ranks in hollywood but I must say, WTF is going on with these kids clothes. Im not a hater and I know they are children but really WTF is up with this. I hope they are dressing themselves or the other hand I hope not. Will and Jada just a tad of advice. Let kids be kids and let them express themselves but what we have below it a bit on the EXTRA side. It give the impression of cockyness, not a good look. But good for a laugh. You figure it out.

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Dj Texas Toast presents The 713 Mixtape

Long time friend and musical guide DJ TEXAS TOAST blessed us with some new tunes for the summer. 30 Minutes of Murder. What more do I need to say?


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Artistic Dirtnap // Haroshi

Found out about Haroshi while reading on The Imaginary Foundation Blog. Haroshi creates new art with recycled skateboards. He dazzles with sculpture, wooden mosaic, dots, and pixels; where each element, either cut out in different shapes or kept in their original form, are connected in different styles, and shaven into the form of the final art piece. PURE MURDER!

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DD172 Presents The BluRoc Music Festival LIVE / The Opposite of Weak

If you follow this blog you know by now I am a fan of The Creative Control Movement. Artists like Curren$y, Stalley, Big K.R.I.T. and others recently performed in NY for a much anticipated LIVE show. Here is the mixtape recording. Check it out here

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