Ever wonder if you could take down a famous rapper in a fight? Grantland offers a thoughtful analysis.
"You’d likely win this fight if it managed to come off, but I’d sidestep it because let’s say you trip over Puff’s teeny-tiny teeth and fall and hit your head on the concrete and knock yourself out or whatever, he is absolutely going to celebrate by doing that Diddy Bop dance he’s done for the last 60 years. You can’t risk that. There’s no recovering from that. There’s no recovering from being the guy in the WSHH knockout Puff Daddy Diddy Bop dance video."
If you were watching late-night television in July 1998 you may have seen the half-hour informercial parody that the Beastie Boys produced to promote their upcoming album, Hello Nasty
. The ad features Mike D, MCA , and Ad-Rock taking on roles to shill everything from the services of phone psychics to get-rich-quick scams to a food processor that plays songs from the upcoming LP. (Warning: video auto-loads.) [more inside]
In a year where Frank Ocean makes headlines
by being forthcoming about his sexuality and Community star Donald Glover delivers a celebrated performance (warning: autoplay)
on the BET Hip-Hop Awards, it may seem that honesty is a prevailing trend in a genre consumed by braggadocio. New York rapper Angel Haze continues this with a heart-wrenching rap
that transforms Eminem's "Cleaning Out My Closet" from an adolescent boy's angry confessional to a young woman's crushing autobiography.
Slaughter Rico, perhaps best known for a gritty and inspired (but very-much slandered) manic YouTube performance [lyrics]
is a low-key rapper from Philadelphia who has cranked out some pretty amazing contributions
to the underground hip-hop community [freestyle video]
. [more inside]
Man confesses to Tupac Shakur robbery and shooting
Dexter Isaac, now serving a life sentence for murder, told AllHipHop.com
that he robbed Shakur outside the Quad Studio in Manhattan in November 1994 on the orders of hip hop management mogul James "Jimmy Henchman" Rosemond. [more inside]
The Free Art and Technology (F.A.T.) Lab
is an organization dedicated to enriching the public domain through the research and development of creative technologies and media. You may know them from such projects as How to build a fake Google Street View car
, public domain donor stickers
, internet famous class
, the first rap video to end with a download source code link
, or their numerous firefox add-ons
(such as China Channel
, Tourettes Machine
, or Back to the future
). FAT members have been hard at work standardizing various open source graffiti-related software packages, including Graffiti Analysis
, Laser Tag
, Fat Tag Deluxe
and EyeWriter [previously]
to be GML
(Graffiti Markup Language) compliant. Fuck Google
. Fuck Twitter
. Fuck SXSW
. Fuck 3D
. FAT Lab is Kanye shades for the open source movement
A Common Misunderstanding of the Lyrics of Jay-Z's "Empire State of Mind
: The intricacies of rap lingo dissected by the intelligentsia, with predictable results. [more inside]
, hip hop historian of a sort and an occasional writer
for Wax Poetics
, represents the old school of hip hop and lets others tell their stories on Hip Hop 101A
. From Eddie Cheba recalling his time as a top DJ
in the small world of hip hop in 1977, to the life of Sparky D
, who took up the good fight for UTFO
and started the Roxanne Wars
, one of hip hop's first rap battles. Read up on the fall of funk and the rise of Planet Rock
, and reminisce with Reggie Wells about the birth of hip hop
from black club deejays in Manhattan who were refining a slick style of talk over disco records to open hip hop jams in the park. As a bonus, Wells throws out a playlist straight from Club 371 (videos after the break). [more inside]
The Wu-Tang Clan ain't nuthin to PLAY CHESS
wit. WuChess.com is the worlds first online chess and Hip-Hop community. You can create and share profiles with your friends and triumph over enemies on the 64 squares. Not just against people in your neighborhood but from all over the world. Play live chess with people from all over the world and get your learn on. Blog
is a new CD being marketed to teachers that takes the beats from popular rap songs and rewrites them to the multiplication tables, with the intent of improving kids' math skills. Forbes has a nice roundup on it's history
, and NPR has done a featurette on it as well
At the very least, it's certainly worth a listen for the chuckle potential, but in addition to that, it's an interesting example of the now-booming Edutainment
industry, something that not only spans CD's
, but also computer games
and even standalone video game consoles
also, Smart Shorties is certainly not the only
"Hip-hop in the classroom" product out there, nor is it the first.
Hip hop history— It's the Rub!
Along with a handful of other shows, Brooklyn hip hop lovers The Rub compile a history of hip hop. Eleven parts through 1989.
Mr. Magic's Rap Attack.
An important figure in the world of hip-hop radio, Mr. Magic
debuted in 1983 on WBLS-FM in New York City with the first exclusive rap radio show to be aired on a major station. Billing itself as Rap Attack
, Magic's show featured Marley Marl
as the DJ and Tyrone "Fly Ty" Williams as the show's co-producer. You can get down on it via this classic episode
(realmedia) from December 1986, courtesy of WFMU's Aircheck archives
Banned in D.C., not to mention the rest of the U. S. A.
--British-Sri Lankan rapper M. I. A. (myspace page, with music
), aka Maya Arulpragasam
, has apparently been denied entry into the United States to record her next album, a follow-up to the surprise success of her first major release, "Arular."
Could it have been this album
that pricked the ears of immigration officials? Or maybe these lyrics
("Sunshowers," available at myspace)?
Everybody knows that gangsta rap promotes sexism, homophobia... and fascism. Take Bushido
, for instance - the Berlin rapper of Tunisian descent that all the neo-Nazis love. Confused
Well, so are the Germans
. And then we're not even talking about Fler
, whose "This is black-red-gold, hard and proud!"
nationalist lyrics never fail to piss off the German papers (in German)
, and who likes to pose in his videos with a nice symbolic eagle. (Then again, Helmut Kohl didn't mind
Still, Fler's flag-waving, eagle-loving rhymes are no match for Bushido's "Salute, stand to attention, I am the leader like 'A'"
. The A stands for Adolf, you know.
Rappers I Know
presents 31 days of the "best shit you've never heard" for download. Featuring Talib Kweli
, De La Soul
, Oh No
and the Kanye West
"George Bush Doesn't Care About Black People
" Gold Digger remix, a response to Hurricane Katrina from The Legendary Knock Out Boyz.
...and much, much more.
"I Ain't Lazy"
(lyrics NSFW) featuring Skratch Bastid
, John Smith
& Pip Skid
. A day-in-the-life indie hip-hop video directed by Jason Lapeyre featuring another top notch crew of PCRs
First there was L. L. Cool J vs. Kool Moe Dee
and the Bridge Wars. Then came Biggie and Tupac
with the west coast, east coast rivalry. Now rap battles have transcended mediums, I give you Ludacris vs. Bill O'Reilly