Monthly Archives: January 2009

Music Underreported News

Death Row Records is now Canadian

Death Row Records, the ancient and once venerable record label that brought 2Pac, Snoop and Dr. Dre to fame has finally been sold.   4080 Records has previously reported on this situation, and the failure to get a deal.

Marion “Suge” Knight has been a huge hinderance in this whole process.  His recent criminal activity has definitely not helped the selling price.  At the first auction (which had fallen apart afterwards), Death Row and the back catalogue was sold for $24 Million Dollars.

Now, a Canadian company based in Toronto has bought it for significantly cheaper. WIDEawake Entertainment Group bid $18 million (U.S.).  The head of WIDEawake gave a solid quote: “Whenever it’s due, that bill will get paid. This was not an emotional decision. This was a business decision. You can’t go into a deal like this without having a plan.”

On my end it seemed purely sentimental, but I have high hopes.  Personally, I think it’s an excellent move.  There is still some money to be made in legacy sales from the back catalogue that includes some of the greatest hip hop albums of all time.  If  WIDEawake starts getting their act together with digital sales and re-issues, perhaps even try to get some new talent promoted under the Death Row name, they may easily recoup this.

[Source: Toronto Star]

Music

Kanye pulling a Diddy and changing his name (temporarily)

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Since Kanye is running out of ways to act like a clown and get some attention, he’s decided he needs a name change.  After all, where do you go after you make an entire album with AutoTune?

Well, you try to change your name to Martin Louis the King Jr.  That’s right.  According to Contact Music.  No doubt this will result in another big rant on Kanye’s blog as he disputes the rumor, but if it’s true I have to say that I’ve lost even more respect for him.

Just to celebrate Kayne’s recent decent into madness, I’m bringing back my halloween Zombie Kanye photoshop.

Diddy would be proud.

Though check it out for yourself, here’s Kanye’s message to the public.


Music MySpace Monday

MySpace Monday: Busdriver

Busdriver is an eclectic rapper, busting out a tremendous variety of styles.  It’s hard to even pin him down to just one type of rap.

He got his start and got super into hip hop thanks to some visits to the Good Life Cafe (a place I would give my left arm to have attended) and has kept a somewhat low profile since then.

You won’t have heard Busdriver on any big label releases, but he’s become a staple of the scene that emerged from the Good Life.  He’s worked with Aceyalone, Abstract Rude, Myka 9 and that whole crew.  But he is super talented, and there’s no disputing it.  Below is Imaginary Places, by far his biggest hit.

Most people underestimate the time and energy it would take to write a fast rap like Imaginary Places.  Seriously, it’s almost like writing a whole extra track and trying to make the whole thing flow together.  Plus, this video is pretty awesome.

Check out his MySpace to hear a bit more.

Geek Site

4080 Records’ word cloud

Thanks to Wordle, we got ourselves a little world cloud of 4080 Records.  In case you aren’t familiar, you pop a url into Wordle and it spits out this beautiful world cloud.  I’m not entirely sure if it just takes whatever is in the snippets off the main page or not, but it’s still a neat way to present the data.  And I guess I use the word “pretty” a little too often.

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Music

VH1’s 100 Greatest Hip Hop Songs

I just caught part of the marathon on TV and that’s what inspired this post.  An all day TV extravaganza of Vh1 presenting their list of the 100 Greatest Hip Hop Songs.  It was a pretty good show too because they seriously dug up a ridiculous collection of people to chime in.  Kool Mo Dee, Grandmaster Flash, Talib Kweli, all the way to Sir Mix-a-lot and Kid n’ Play (well, one of them, anyways).  Comedians, historians, everybody!

The list itself is reasonable, though there’s definitely at least a few songs on there I never would have touched.  I’m also not 100% sure of what criteria they’re using to make this decision, but I bet a huge part of it is just straight up popularity.  How else could “Get Low” make it on the list?

Check out the list below.  I’ve highlighted some off the biggest travesties in red.  How in god’s name is Eminem’s Stan way up at number 15, but Ccheck the Rhime is way back at 29?  And I want to slap the person who put Nelly on this list.  Seriously.

100 Biz Markie: Just A Friend
99 Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz ft/ Ying Yang Twins: Get Low
98 Warren G ft. Nate Dogg: Regulate
97 Eve: Who’s that Girl
96 DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince: Parents Just Don’t Understand
95 L’Trimm: Cars With The Boom
94 Master P ft. Sikk, Fiend, Mia-x and Mystical: Make ‘Em Say Ugh
93 N.E.R.D. ft. Lee Harvey and Vida: Lapdance
92 Yo-Yo: Can’t Play with my Yo-Yo
91 Chamillionaire ft. Krayzie Bone: Ridin’

90 Pete Rock & CL Smooth: They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y)
89 Cam’ron: Oh Boy
88 Jungle Brothers: What U Waitin’ 4
87 Wyclef Jean ft. Refugee All Stars: We Tryin’ to Stay Alive
86 Heavy D. and the Boyz: Now That We Found Love
85 Black Star: Definition
84 UTFO: Roxanne Roxanne
83 2 Live Crew: Me So Horny
82 Chubb Rock: Treat ‘Em Right
81 PM Dawn: Set Adrift On Memory Bliss
80 Three 6 Mafia ft. Paula Campbell- Hard Out Here For A Pimp
79 DMX: Ruff Ryders’ Anthem (Stop Drop)
78 Arrested Development: Tennessee
77 Cold Crush Brothers: Cold Crush Bros. at the Dixie
76 Big Punisher ft. Joe- Still Not A Player
75 Lil’ Kim ft. Lil’ Cease- Crush on You
74 EPMD: You Gots To Chill
73 Black Sheep: The Choice Is Yours
72 J.J. Fad: Supersonic
71 Whodini: Freaks Come Out at Night
70 3(rd) Bass: Pop Goes the Weasel
69 Common: I Used to Love H.E.R.
68 T.I.: What You Know
67 Mase: Feel So Good
66 House Of Pain: Jump Around
65 Spoonie Gee and The Treacherous Three: Love Rap
64 The Roots: What they Do
63 Kid ‘n Play: Rollin’ With Kid N Play
62 Digable Planets: Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat)
61 Slick Rick: Children’s Story
60 L.L. Cool J: I Need Love
59 Ol’ Dirty Bastard: Shimmy Shimmy Ya
58 Ludacris ft. Shawna- What’s Your Fantasy
57 Big Daddy Kane: I Get the Job Done
56 Busta Rhymes: Woo-Ha! Got You All In Check
55 Terror Squad ft/ Fat Joe and Remy: Lean Back
54 MC Lyte: Cha Cha Cha
53 Lox ft. DMX and Lil’ Kim: Money, Power, Respect
52 Foxy Brown ft. Jay-Z: I’ll Be
51 Doug E. Fresh & the Get Fresh Crew: The Show
50 Lil’ Wayne: Tha Block Is Hot
49 Boogie Down Productions: My Philosophy
48 Nas: One Love
47 Young MC: Bust A Move
46 De La Soul: Me, Myself, And I
45 Geto Boys: Mind Playing Tricks On Me
44 Method Man ft/ Mary J. Blige: I’ll Be There For You/You’re All I Need to Get By
43 The Game ft. 50 Cent: Hate It or Love It
42 Roxanne Shante: Roxanne’s Revenge
41 Funky 4 + 1: That’s the Joint
40 Run-DMC: It’s Like That
39 Tone-Loc: Wild Thing
38 Coolio: Gangsta’s Paradise
37 Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock: It Takes Two
36 Nelly: Hot In Herre
35 Queen Latifah ft. Monie Love: Ladies First
34 Cypress Hill: Insane In The Brain
33 Bone Thugs-N-Harmony: Tha Crossroads
32 Puff Daddy & The Family ft/ Notorious B.I.G., Lil’ Kim and The Lox: It’s All About The Benjamins
31 Kool Moe Dee: How Ya Like Me Now
30 Digital Underground: The Humpty Dance
29 A Tribe Called Quest: Check the Rhime
28 Ice Cube: It Was A Good Day
27 Beastie Boys: Hold it Now, Hit it
26 MC Hammer: U Can’t Touch This
25 Fugees: Killing Me Softly
24 Eric B and Rakim: Paid in Full
23 Outkast: B.O.B.
22 Naughty By Nature: OPP
21 Afrika Bambaataa & Soul Sonic Force- Planet Rock
20 Kanye West ft/ Jamie Foxx: Gold Digger
19 Ice T: Colors
18 50 Cent: In Da Club
17 Sir Mix-A-Lot: Baby Got Back
16 Missy Elliott: Get Ur Freak On
15 Eminem: Stan
14 Tupac: I Get Around
13 Wu-Tang Clan: C.R.E.A.M.
12 L.L. Cool J: I Can’t Live Without My Radio
11 Jay-Z: Hard Knock Life
10 Kurtis Blow: The Breaks
09 Salt-N-Pepa: Push It
08 Snoop Doggy Dogg: Gin and Juice
07 Notorious B.I.G.: Juicy
06 N.W.A.: Straight Outta Compton
05 Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five: The Message
04 Run-DMC ft/ Aerosmith: Walk This Way
03 Dr. Dre: Nuthin But A ‘G’ Thang
02 Sugarhill Gang: Rapper’s Delight
01 Public Enemy: Fight The Power

[Source: Prefix Magazine]

Hip-hop Film

Twice’s take on the Notorious movie

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I hope at least some of you have managed to go see the new Notorious biopic in your local theatre.   The movie, based on the life of the Notorious B.I.G. is pretty entertaining and worth the couple of bucks.  But there are lots of things you should know.  I just caught the film, so I’ll do my best to give you a little review.

First of all, don’t go in thinking it’s going to be any sort of documentary.  It’s a film with plenty of poetic and creative license taken to make it entertaining.  They really go out of their way to glorify Biggie and humanize Puffy, which can be annoying at times.  And frankly, they make 2Pac look and act like a complete tool.

Now, there’s no way for me to know if Pac really did wile out like that and if it was his paranoia that started the whole east-west coast feud, but I thought it was a tad disrespectful to portray him like that.

Jamal Woolard, the cat who got to play Biggie, has apparently had very little acting experience.  I’ve got to say he did a pretty decent job overall.  His performance did seem, for the most part, flat.  He excelled at the comedic aspects of Biggie’s personality and did less well at the drama.  However, he seemed positively inspired durinng a scene at the recording studio where he first snaps on Lil’ Kim.

Oh Lil’ Kim, so much to say about her.  Besides the gratuituous sex scenes she’s in, actress Naturi Naughton actually seemed to nail the character.  Once again, there is definitely some creative license taken with it, and the real Lil’ Kim was absolutely livid about the way she was portrayed.

The reviews are mixed about the movie itself, with most seeming to agree that it’s a pretty facade and really seeks to make Biggie seem like a hero.  They do try to show his mistakes (such as his arrests for dealing crack), but even these were sort of talked about in passing and seemed to be shown mainly as an opportunity for Biggie to hone  his rhymes than as a serious life-altering mistake.

Puffy annoyed the hell out of me in this movie, I gotta say.  They made him seem like a wise and humble philosopher.  Not to knock his business sense, because he definitely is a shrewd businessman, but they really made an effort to make him look like a modest person just looking out for Biggie.

Problems aside, it’s still a decent film and worth checking out.  Especially if you’re not too familiar with life and death of one of New York’s greatest rappers.

Featured Politics

Barack Obama is the 44th President of the United States

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It was an awe-inspiring day all around, and I have to say this is an amazing day for the United States of America.  Barack Obama was officially inaugurated as the 44th President.  He is the first black president, one of the youngest presidents elected, and a heck of a guy.

This is one of those days where you should forever remember where you were, when President Obama was sworn in at 12:00 pm EST.

Some things you may have noticed:

Rick Warren

What a guy.  Seriously!  He’s pretty notorious and controversial, but he gave a pretty solid prayer.  I think he did a decent job, even though he went way too long.   I’m pretty sure he was to get in around 2 minutes, but ended up closer to 5.

Aretha Franklin

She had the chance to sing “My Country tis of thee” and did a fantastic job of it.  She definitely took some creative license with it, but considering how long this Queen has been around for, she still sounds amazing.

Yo-Yo Ma

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma, violinist Itzhak Perlman, pianist Gabriela Montero and clarinetist Anthony McGill had a chance to play a new piece composed by John Williams (yeah he did do the scores for Indiana Jones and Star Wars) specifically for this.  Pretty awesome.

The Oath

Many people are saying Obama flubbed the oath.  You can see from the video below (providing that it’s still online) how it went down.

However, it should be noted that this is Chief Justice Roberts’ error. The cats over at Reuters caught this and are making it known.

Obama smiled slightly when he realized that Roberts, a fellow Harvard Law School graduate, misplaced the word “faithfully” during the oath. but the new president joined in the fun and repeated it the way Roberts initially administered it.  (Lest we forget, in the Senate Obama voted against confirming Roberts to the high court. Last week Obama met with him and the other Supreme Court justices during a courtesy call.)

Here is how the oath is supposed to be administered: “I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

And here’s how it went:

ROBERTS:  I, Barack Hussein Obama…

OBAMA:  I, Barack…

ROBERTS:  … do solemnly swear…

OBAMA:  I, Barack Hussein Obama, do solemnly swear…

ROBERTS:  … that I will execute the office of president to the United States faithfully…

OBAMA:  … that I will execute…

ROBERTS:  … faithfully the office of president of the United States…

OBAMA:  … the office of president of the United States faithfully…

ROBERTS:  … and will to the best of my ability…

OBAMA:  … and will to the best of my ability…

ROBERTS:  … preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.

OBAMA:  … preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.

ROBERTS:  So help you God?

OBAMA:  So help me God.

The Speech

Finally, we get to Obama’s inaugural speech, seen below.

A tremendous start to an already ambitious presidency.

Here is the transcript thanks to the BBC.

My fellow citizens:

I stand here today humbled by the task before us, grateful for the trust you have bestowed, mindful of the sacrifices borne by our ancestors. I thank President Bush for his service to our nation, as well as the generosity and co-operation he has shown throughout this transition.

Forty-four Americans have now taken the presidential oath. The words have been spoken during rising tides of prosperity and the still waters of peace. Yet, every so often the oath is taken amidst gathering clouds and raging storms.

At these moments, America has carried on not simply because of the skill or vision of those in high office, but because we, the people, have remained faithful to the ideals of our forbearers, and true to our founding documents.

So it has been. So it must be with this generation of Americans.

Serious challenges

That we are in the midst of crisis is now well understood. Our nation is at war, against a far-reaching network of violence and hatred. Our economy is badly weakened, a consequence of greed and irresponsibility on the part of some, but also our collective failure to make hard choices and prepare the nation for a new age. Homes have been lost; jobs shed; businesses shuttered. Our health care is too costly; our schools fail too many; and each day brings further evidence that the ways we use energy strengthen our adversaries and threaten our planet.

These are the indicators of crisis, subject to data and statistics. Less measurable but no less profound is a sapping of confidence across our land – a nagging fear that America’s decline is inevitable, and that the next generation must lower its sights.

Today I say to you that the challenges we face are real. They are serious and they are many. They will not be met easily or in a short span of time. But know this, America – they will be met.

On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord.

On this day, we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn out dogmas, that for far too long have strangled our politics.

Nation of ‘risk-takers’

We remain a young nation, but in the words of scripture, the time has come to set aside childish things. The time has come to reaffirm our enduring spirit; to choose our better history; to carry forward that precious gift, that noble idea, passed on from generation to generation: the God-given promise that all are equal, all are free, and all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness.

In reaffirming the greatness of our nation, we understand that greatness is never a given. It must be earned. Our journey has never been one of short-cuts or settling for less. It has not been the path for the faint-hearted – for those who prefer leisure over work, or seek only the pleasures of riches and fame. Rather, it has been the risk-takers, the doers, the makers of things – some celebrated but more often men and women obscure in their labour, who have carried us up the long, rugged path towards prosperity and freedom.

For us, they packed up their few worldly possessions and travelled across oceans in search of a new life.

For us, they toiled in sweatshops and settled the West; endured the lash of the whip and ploughed the hard earth.

For us, they fought and died, in places like Concord and Gettysburg; Normandy and Khe Sahn.

‘Remaking America’

Time and again these men and women struggled and sacrificed and worked till their hands were raw so that we might live a better life. They saw America as bigger than the sum of our individual ambitions; greater than all the differences of birth or wealth or faction.

This is the journey we continue today. We remain the most prosperous, powerful nation on earth. Our workers are no less productive than when this crisis began. Our minds are no less inventive, our goods and services no less needed than they were last week or last month or last year. Our capacity remains undiminished. But our time of standing pat, of protecting narrow interests and putting off unpleasant decisions – that time has surely passed. Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again the work of remaking America.

For everywhere we look, there is work to be done. The state of the economy calls for action, bold and swift, and we will act – not only to create new jobs, but to lay a new foundation for growth. We will build the roads and bridges, the electric grids and digital lines that feed our commerce and bind us together. We will restore science to its rightful place, and wield technology’s wonders to raise health care’s quality and lower its cost. We will harness the sun and the winds and the soil to fuel our cars and run our factories. And we will transform our schools and colleges and universities to meet the demands of a new age. All this we can do. All this we will do.

Restoring trust

Now, there are some who question the scale of our ambitions – who suggest that our system cannot tolerate too many big plans. Their memories are short. For they have forgotten what this country has already done; what free men and women can achieve when imagination is joined to common purpose, and necessity to courage.

What the cynics fail to understand is that the ground has shifted beneath them – that the stale political arguments that have consumed us for so long no longer apply.

The question we ask today is not whether our government is too big or too small, but whether it works – whether it helps families find jobs at a decent wage, care they can afford, a retirement that is dignified. Where the answer is yes, we intend to move forward. Where the answer is no, programs will end. And those of us who manage the public’s dollars will be held to account – to spend wisely, reform bad habits, and do our business in the light of day – because only then can we restore the vital trust between a people and their government.

Nor is the question before us whether the market is a force for good or ill. Its power to generate wealth and expand freedom is unmatched, but this crisis has reminded us that without a watchful eye, the market can spin out of control – that a nation cannot prosper long when it favours only the prosperous. The success of our economy has always depended not just on the size of our gross domestic product, but on the reach of our prosperity; on the ability to extend opportunity to every willing heart – not out of charity, but because it is the surest route to our common good.

‘Ready to lead’

As for our common defence, we reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals. Our founding fathers, faced with perils we can scarcely imagine, drafted a charter to assure the rule of law and the rights of man, a charter expanded by the blood of generations. Those ideals still light the world, and we will not give them up for expedience’s sake. And so to all other peoples and governments who are watching today, from the grandest capitals to the small village where my father was born: know that America is a friend of each nation and every man, woman, and child who seeks a future of peace and dignity, and we are ready to lead once more.

Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with the sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.

We are the keepers of this legacy. Guided by these principles once more, we can meet those new threats that demand even greater effort – even greater cooperation and understanding between nations. We will begin to responsibly leave Iraq to its people, and forge a hard-earned peace in Afghanistan. With old friends and former foes, we will work tirelessly to lessen the nuclear threat, and roll back the spectre of a warming planet. We will not apologise for our way of life, nor will we waver in its defence, and for those who seek to advance their aims by inducing terror and slaughtering innocents, we say to you now that our spirit is stronger and cannot be broken; you cannot outlast us, and we will defeat you.

‘Era of peace’

For we know that our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness. We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus – and non-believers. We are shaped by every language and culture, drawn from every end of this earth; and because we have tasted the bitter swill of civil war and segregation, and emerged from that dark chapter stronger and more united, we cannot help but believe that the old hatreds shall someday pass; that the lines of tribe shall soon dissolve; that as the world grows smaller, our common humanity shall reveal itself; and that America must play its role in ushering in a new era of peace.

To the Muslim world, we seek a new way forward, based on mutual interest and mutual respect. To those leaders around the globe who seek to sow conflict, or blame their society’s ills on the West – know that your people will judge you on what you can build, not what you destroy. To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history; but that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist.

To the people of poor nations, we pledge to work alongside you to make your farms flourish and let clean waters flow; to nourish starved bodies and feed hungry minds. And to those nations like ours that enjoy relative plenty, we say we can no longer afford indifference to suffering outside our borders; nor can we consume the world’s resources without regard to effect. For the world has changed, and we must change with it.

‘Duties’

As we consider the road that unfolds before us, we remember with humble gratitude those brave Americans who, at this very hour, patrol far-off deserts and distant mountains. They have something to tell us, just as the fallen heroes who lie in Arlington whisper through the ages. We honour them not only because they are guardians of our liberty, but because they embody the spirit of service; a willingness to find meaning in something greater than themselves. And yet, at this moment – a moment that will define a generation – it is precisely this spirit that must inhabit us all.

What is required of us now is a new era of responsibility For as much as government can do and must do, it is ultimately the faith and determination of the American people upon which this nation relies. It is the kindness to take in a stranger when the levees break, the selflessness of workers who would rather cut their hours than see a friend lose their job which sees us through our darkest hours. It is the firefighter’s courage to storm a stairway filled with smoke, but also a parent’s willingness to nurture a child, that finally decides our fate.

Our challenges may be new. The instruments with which we meet them may be new. But those values upon which our success depends – honesty and hard work, courage and fair play, tolerance and curiosity, loyalty and patriotism – these things are old. These things are true. They have been the quiet force of progress throughout our history. What is demanded then is a return to these truths.

What is required of us now is a new era of responsibility – a recognition, on the part of every American, that we have duties to ourselves, our nation, and the world, duties that we do not grudgingly accept but rather seize gladly, firm in the knowledge that there is nothing so satisfying to the spirit, so defining of our character, than giving our all to a difficult task.

‘Gift of freedom’

This is the price and the promise of citizenship.

This is the source of our confidence – the knowledge that God calls on us to shape an uncertain destiny.

This is the meaning of our liberty and our creed – why men and women and children of every race and every faith can join in celebration across this magnificent mall, and why a man whose father less than 60 years ago might not have been served at a local restaurant can now stand before you to take a most sacred oath.

So let us mark this day with remembrance, of who we are and how far we have travelled. In the year of America’s birth, in the coldest of months, a small band of patriots huddled by dying campfires on the shores of an icy river. The capital was abandoned. The enemy was advancing. The snow was stained with blood. At a moment when the outcome of our revolution was most in doubt, the father of our nation ordered these words be read to the people:

“Let it be told to the future world… that in the depth of winter, when nothing but hope and virtue could survive… that the city and the country, alarmed at one common danger, came forth to meet [it].”

America. In the face of our common dangers, in this winter of our hardship, let us remember these timeless words. With hope and virtue, let us brave once more the icy currents, and endure what storms may come. Let it be said by our children’s children that when we were tested we refused to let this journey end, that we did not turn back nor did we falter; and with eyes fixed on the horizon and God’s grace upon us, we carried forth that great gift of freedom and delivered it safely to future generations.

Thank you. God bless you. And God bless the United States of America.

His speech was touching and reassuring.  It was a ncie mix of practicality with optimism.  It was significantly less hokey than many previous speeches (less talk of change, more talk of sacrifice and determination).  Overall I was impressed.

What a wonderous day.

Music

Run DMC is in the R&R Hall of Fame

Run DMC, the venerable hip hop group was finally honored and inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!

This is a huge step, and marks the second hip hop group to make it into the hall.  Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five made it in a few years ago.  Oddly enough, there’s no sign of Sugarhill Gang, which is rather surprising to me.

So this year’s inductees include both Run DMC and Metallica, as well as several lesser known groups.  It seems like an odd grouping, but I’m damn proud.

Props to Pitchfork for picking up on this story.

Videos

Q-Tip – ManWoman Boogie

Music

Why are we obsessed with bad hip hop?

And for the record, this isn’t the start of another big bad rant on the state of hip hop today.  I’ve written many pieces on just how much I hate Lil’ Wayne, or just where Kanye can stick those shuttershades.  I’ve railed against the terrible styles of G-unit and passed more than my fair share of judgment in general.

I’m writing this more about truly bad hip hop.  Songs that are not well done, clearly amateur, and pretty much embarassing.  This hip hop schadenfreude seems to follow the general trend in society where we all are tremendously amused by people trying and failing to perform well.  There’s a reason why those American Idol “outtakes” episodes are so popular.

Consider this the hip-hop equivalent of When Animals Attack!, or World’s Deadliest Lawnmower Accidents or whatever else is on Spike-TV these days.  People love watching others suck at something.  It’s human nature, or so it seems.  There are countless examples of this.  In fact, it’s pretty much the only way to explain why ANYONE knows who William Hung was.

The latest example taking the web by storm is It’s so cold in the D.  A track recorded by a Detroit rapped calling herself T-Baby, better known as LaTonya Myles.  And it started off as a rather touching tribute for a friend of the rapper.  Mason Graham was shot and killed back in 2006, and so she wanted to do something to remember him.

Sounds nice enough.  But obviously the internet didn’t take too kindly to it.  The video (you can see it below) has grabbed over a million views on YouTube so far.  And yet the response has been so negative it actually hurts.  Almost like 2 Girls 1 Cup, people record themselves reacting to this video and then post it.  Mainly it’s laughter, sometimes it’s horror.

This is only the latest example of these things, but I guarantee you by the time this article gets taken down, there will be something else ready to replace it.  And we here at 4080 are just as guilty of it as you are.  In fact, we’ll probably be the ones who bring it to your attention first of all.

[Source: The Detroit News]