January 7 2009
The older I get, the more I HATE pop Rap. I have these debates with my fellow music peers. Some say as a DJ , I just need to have a better grip on what is going on in popular urban music. I often don't even knows ome of the tracks my fellow Rusty Ps members ask me to play....
This all stems, I believe, from the time I fell in love with Hip Hop. As a young boy, Public Enemy, the Beastie Boys and Run DMC were some of my favorite groups. But I also loved Metallica, Aerosmith and Guns and Roses.
I was more attracted to how music made me feel, than what was being said. As I got even older, I leaned more toward Public Enemy and Tribe Called Quest and further away from NWA and the Ghetto Boys. As an adult I love the fun music those last two groups created, but I was turned off by the themes and messages I couldn't relate to as a middle class kid in Kenosha Wisconsin.
The older I get the more "nestolgic" I get over music, especially rap. When I began DJing in 1998, I was pretty unaware of the AMAZING classic rap hits that had been produced just 5-6 years earlier. This was in many ways due to my love for 90s alternative rock. I had more Weezer and Green Day than Masta Ace or Black Sheep. My search for those records still continues today as Hip Hop culture has become a part of my everyday life.
I often have discussions with my friends about how I find myself "bored with rap". Don't get me wrong I LOVE HIP HOP, but there is a very short list of popular rap artists I can stand listening to. Jay Z, Ludacris, Nas, and a few other POP RAPPERS will get me to pick up there albums. I find myself listening to more instrumental Hip Hop that rapping.
I stumbled upon some awesome documentary footage that Rapper-turned-Director D NICE is posting on his site.
These videos aim to tell the stories of classic hip hop. I find that I relate to these stars of the past, more than I do to todays "flossy get rich" rappers. It probably because these men live much more REAL lives. Kids, mortgage, debt, regular cars, and a love for HIP HOP culture.
Check out this video of the story of one of my all time favorite rap songs...
Here's some more great vids: