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Pac Div – “Fallin'”

I’m lovin’ this song right now. It took me a second to ID the sample, but as soon as it hit me I enjoyed it even more.

h/t: Herfection

Cool Geek Music

The 5 greatest puppetry moments in hip-hop history

Yesterday, the blog at Complex.com published a brilliant post detailing the “unauthorized history of puppets in hip-hop.”  It features five (mostly) classic rap videos which contain at least some puppetry, including “Ass Like That” by Eminem, “Champion” by Kanye, “Da Art of Storytelling” by Outkast, “Me and the Biz” by Masta Ace and Pac’s “How do you want it?”  If anything, it demonstrates that current hip-hop suffers from a serious lack of puppet content. 

The best part of the post, though, is the music video remix of M.O.P.’s “Ante Up” with Bert and Ernie.  Absolutely hilarious!


 

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Southern rap = Fox News?

Ben Westhoff posits one of the most ridiculous theses I’ve ever heard.  He does his best to make the case that Southern Rap is unfairly maligned (much like Fox news) and that it’s really not as bad as people make it seem.  I guess he’s even trying to argue that it’s better than Fox news (which really  shouldn’t be that hard)

While I’m a huge fan of particular kinds of Southern hip hop (UGK, OutKast…) I also hate on some of the stuff that’s come out of the dutty south (No Limit Records, T.I…).

If you need any proof about why Westhoff is an idiot, listen to this paragraph:

“Meanwhile, rather than exercising their famous “tolerance,” liberals blew a gasket after FOX News debuted in 1996, and they continue to believe the network is more biased and somehow lesser than CNN or MSNBC. But more likely, FOX just doesn’t fit their stereotypes of what a cable news channel should be. Take perky FOX Report host Shepard Smith, perhaps the Soulja Boy of news anchors, who doesn’t seem like he could hold an intelligent conversation on Russian politics and appears to wear eyeliner. But, I would argue, the more you watch him, the more you can’t help appreciating his silliness and his infectious energy.”

Comparing someone to the Soulja Boy of news anchors is by no means a positive statement.  It demeans all the parties involved, especially the reporter.  And it’s fully documented that Fox tends to flow right of center (though Rupert Murdoch himself endorsed Obama).

The part that bothered me the most was this:

“Is it really so crass to embrace your dancing shoes over your thinking cap? Should you really need to be an expert in Eastern mysticism to like an album?”

Westoff seems to make the common argument that concious rappers are elitist.  What’s worse, he seems to group in rappers like Nas and Ghostface with this crowd.  No one’s going to accuse Ghostface of rapping like Mos Def anytime soon, and I think that the hyperbole of accusing him of needing Eastern mysticism just reduces the strength of what minimal argument Westhoff had.

There is nothing wrong with a club banger.  We here at 4080 will be on the dancefloor the same as anyone else when someone ridiculously catchy comes on, but that doesn’t mean it’s good.

There’s definitely times when it seems like Westhoff is acting tongue-in-cheek, but for the most part I assume he’s serious.  If so, he’s wrong.  If not, then he sure needs to work on his humour.

[Source: Miami New Times]

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Big Boi releasing a solo album

Pitchfork Media is reporting that Big Boi’s latest solo album is coming along quite happily. Considering how well Spearboxx/Love Below sold, I can only imagine that this album will probably go at least platinum soon after release. Here’s a quick peek at what the Pitchfork article says:

“”It’s like a recession special. I’m talking about what’s going on in the world, with everything from rising gas prices to the election. It’s just my insights on life up to this point.” The album will feature production with from longtime ‘Kast collaborators Mr. DJ and Organized Noise. Wooo!”

For those of you who’ve been paying attention, Mr. DJ has also just agreed to produce most of the new Common album.

Big Boi is doing his best to make this album more relevant, trying to talk about more politically important issues and all of that. He says he’s really trying to talk to the public, but I guess we’ll see!

All we can find is a really, really, raw cut of a single off the new album (tentatively titled “Sir Luscious Left Foot”). The single is called Royal Flush, featuring Raekwon.

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Common drops new album!

Ladies and gentlemen.  Boys and girls.  Hip hop heads and Puff Daddy fans.

Common, that illustrious, fantastic Chi-town rapper has announced that his new album Invincible Summer will be dropping on June 24th.  This announcement really came out of no where.  Pitchfork broke the news today.

Common hasn’t exactly been consistent the last few years, dropping some albums which were definitely better than others.  Be and Finding Forever were both pretty stellar but Electric Circus before that really…wasn’t.  I absolutely appreciate Common’s attempt to expand his horizons and explore new talents, so I was totally willing to give it all a listen.

Pitchfork is also saying that Kanye West did not produce this album.  I’m honestly not a huge Kanye fan, but I’ll be one of the first to admit that his beats are pretty catchy.  He’s got some semblance of a Timbaland-touch when it comes to making beats for other artists too.  Despite his overuse of samples of kids singing, he did a pretty decent job for Common so far.  Instead, Mr. DJ (of Outkast fame) and apparently the Neptunes will step up to the plate.

I’ve got to admit I’m pretty excited for this album to drop.

Those of you who loved Common’s acting in American Gangster, he’s got a job acting in the new Terminator movie (across from Christian Bale apparently).  This is also another good sign, and yet another thing that makes it seem like him and Andre Benjamin are having a life rivalry.   First they both date Erykah Badu, they both release award winning hip hop albums, and they both do their best to act in as many films as possible.

So far, though I love Andre, I think Common is winning.

Art Music

Big Boi and the Atlanta Ballet to collaborate on a show titled ‘big’

Big Boi – Hip-Hop – Atlanta Ballet – New York Times

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The New York Times is reporting that Big Boi (of Outkast fame) has decided to collaborate with the Atlanta Ballet Company to produce an interesting mixed show that combines hip hop and ballet.

Mr. Patton and the Atlanta Ballet say they are seeking to expand the horizons of their respective forms, without compromising them. It’s a tall order, and it comes as ballet companies and the hip-hop industry are casting about (not always gracefully) for new directions and new audiences.

I think they’ve taken a really good approach to this too. Instead of trying to adapt the ballet to more traditional hip hop style, they’re letting them retain a lot of artistic freedom. The dancers will do whatever their choreographer comes up with, while Big Boi and other artists wind in between them while performing.

This is beneficial to both the artists and the ballet company. First, Ballet companies and other supposedly high society artsy endeavours often struggle to connect with the common people. They suffer from the misconception just helped spread that they are snooty. Introducing new ways to be relevant to society (especially the local community) will be a huge benefit to them and will hopefully enable them to maintain production. Second, for Big Boi this is yet another notch on his belt of accomplishments. He’s already helped create some of the most original hip hop in the past decade, and he’s also pushed cinematic boundaries with Idlewild. Doing this collaborative ballet, especially if done well, will do much to increase his already stellar reputation.

This may also lead to more performances like this across the country, and if nothing else may expand hip hop’s appeal to a whole new audience.

Professor Dyson, echoing several young Atlanta artists who weighed in on the project, sees in “big” an opportunity for hip-hop to re-examine some of its more self-destructive tendencies, including violence and “the blitzkrieg of misogyny that passes for commentary on gender.” If anyone could get hip-hop to open up, he said, it would be one of the adventurous stars of OutKast.

It’s an interesting thought, that involving hip hop in a female-dominated, higher brow art form could do something to address some of the inherent problems within the art.

To see a small video about the performance, click here.