Hip Hop Bucket List

26 Things Every Hip Hop Head Should Do Before They Die

by B-Easy for nappyfro.com

Some people say Hip-Hop is dead. Others say it’s just dead to the people who liked it for the wrong reasons. Me personally, I feel that Hip-Hop will never die as long as I got love for it, but I can see how the feeling can get a little hazy in the current climate. So, to get back to the essence of the culture, we have compiled 26 Things Every Hip-Hop notebook1Head Should Do Before They Die (In no particular order). In the list, we give you ways to claim your Hip-Hop junkie status (But PLEASE don’t take this too seriously). Thanks to the rest of the nappyafro crew for helping me get this list together and I hope to get more suggestions to add to the list. Oh yeah, we already know that there are only 21 reasons listed here…that probably means it’s more to come.

Blast “Fuck Tha Police” at least once in your lifetime
The song may be 20 years old, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t any less relevant. With Sean Bell, Jena 6, and a lot of other incidents, this song still gets me hype. So yeah, bump this one in you ride, out you window…whatever; bucking the system is Hip-Hop.

Own at least 5 legitimate classic Hip-Hop records
You can’t say, “I still haven’t heard the whole Illmatic yet”, and be a Hip-Hop head. Or “Damn, I didn’t know there was there was a skit where Biggie got dome on Ready To Die”. Whatever bitch! In this day and age of illegal downloading, you still gotta own some Hip-Hop classics (ATLiens, Illmatic, The Chronic, Paid In Full, The Blueprint, The Low End Theory, The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory, etc.). MP3’s don’t count and you get extra points for vinyl.

Attempt to make beat
Look, we’re not asking for a masterpiece here or for you to become the new Pete Rock and make a sequel for “T.R.O.Y.”. Just like we think every Hip-Hop Head should kick at least one freestyle, we think the producer side is just as fair game. So whether it be Pro Tools, a MPC, or Fruity Loops; get to it.


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Not Yet: A Letter to Hip-Hop 2008

by Samantha Greaves for Examiner.com

Dear Hip-Hop in O8’,
2008 was quite the roller coaster year, wouldn’t you agree? Attire alone was simply entertaining with tight jeans, circus uniforms, and rappers rocking scarves; and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. However, I am not Anna Wintour so let’s discuss the music. Can you please explain to me what happened this year? It seems as if talent took an earlyletter1 vacation. I know you usually use auto-tunes in your music but let’s be honest, once upon a time you used it in small doses; at this point, I think it is safe to conclude that some hip hop artists are overdosing and seriously need to be taken out of their miseries.

This year, Lil Wayne sold 1,005,545 copies of his album The Carter III in its first week and yet, a good majority of people can not recite an entire verse from one of his songs off of the album; and I am still trying to solve the Scooby Doo Mystery as to what he is saying in T-Pain’s “Can’t Believe It”. There are a few thank you’s I’d like to give you though. I would like to thank you for your huge contribution to politics this year; you truly helped make history. Thank you for Ludacris’ Theater Of Mind that was a nice save; thank you for Jay-Z’s performance at Glastonbury although the singing was horrid, he proved his point; Thank you for Lupe Fiasco’s The Cool that was super refreshing; Thank you for T.I.’s Paper Trail; and thank you for allowing Lil Wayne to discover Rock & Roll, things are looking up for 2009!


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Government Bailout Of Hip Hop

by Casy Gane-Mcalla for The Huffington Post

Given that the government is bailing out failed companies like AIG, Morgan Stanley and is considering bailing out Ford and General Motors, shouldn’t they also consider bailing out some the ailing Hip Hop companies.

rec1Shouldn’t Ray Benzino and the Source be entitled to some of the $700 billion? Shouldn’t Master P get some money to rebuild his struggling No Limit Records? If Damon Dash was given one billion dollars surely he could make another Hov and go back to being the mega mogul he was eight years ago.

If the Hip Hop industry fails it could have disastrous effects on the economy. When Hip Hop record labels start going out of business not only will rappers be out of jobs but so will managers, bodyguards, stylists, publicists, deejays, entourage members, A&R’s, and other label people.

If Hip Hop were to cease to be economically viable, it could have a domino effect on the whole economy. If rappers were to no longer have money other sectors like the strip club industry, the tacky platinum chain industry, and the rims industry would also go under. Rap magazines such as XXL, Ozone, The Source, and Vibe would all go out of business as would countless Hip Hop websites and blogs. If Hip Hop dies what would happen to all the radio stations where hip hop lives?

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GHtv: Scion Hypeman Contest Pt.3

Weelllll it took long enough to finish posting all of this, if you missed the first two installments check’em out. But anyhoo if ya don’t know scion had a contest to crown a new hypeman. They were taken through the paces and one was eventually given the title. Scion has always made hip hop one of the avenues they used to sell their cars so i’m not surprised by the contest. ENOUGH! On to part 3.

Atlanta pt. 3

Chicago pt.3

Los Angeles pt. 3

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Definition of a Backpacker


1. A traveller who carries their personal belongings in a knapsack strapped to their back.

1. <i>Chiefly New Zealand.</i> An inexpensive place to stay, often with small dorm rooms of 4-8 beds shared by unrelated parties; hostel.

1. Backpacker (hip-hop/rap):

A. Originally a coined slang term from the 1980s for a graffiti artist that always kept a backpack on containing his finite music collection and more importantly his rattle cans, markers, and spray tips.
Although, mainly his music collection is what defines him/her as a backpacker. Most likely the music collection will consist of local underground rap/hip-hop music artists only. The sub-genre or sub-categoration of the music means nothing, as long as they are a local unsigned (no recording contract) artist.
A backpackers music selections are based upon three principals: 1) no mainstream, 2) you could never buy the music in a store, and 3) the music was given/sold to them “hand-to-hand” from the originating recording artist.

B. Modernly used derogatory term to describe someone who listens ONLY to Independent rap/hip-hop music, specifically (but not limited to) the nerd-rap sub-genre of the rap/hip-hop music. Most often used in reference to (but not limited by) white sub-urbanite rap/hip-hop music listeners that tend to dislike mainstream rap/hip-hop music, specifically (but not limited to) Gangsta rap. Notes: Many Hip-Hop listeners from the 80s to early 90s agree that since the invention of the Internet, Underground has died along with Backpackers and there three main principals, hence this modernized definition incorporating Independent rap/hip-hop music and locality of artists lost. Hip-Hop listeners with twenty or more years of experience will often disagree on the definition of Backpacker with the new era of listeners who never have experienced hip-hop without the Internet.

from Allwords.com

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How to Handle a Hip Hop Backpacker

Meet The Organic, Fair-Trade-Coffee-Drinking Hip-Hop Nostalgics

By Michael Miraflor for The New Black Magazine

“That’s not real hip hop.”

“I never watch MTV or BET or listen to the radio.”

“I miss the good old days of hip hop, circa 1994.”

There are those hip hop types who you love to hate. The so called “educated” coffee-house intellectual types that love to talk about the declining state of hip hop music, as if its best days have long past.

They talk about current hip hop music objectively because they think they are above it; their iPods are only filled with the “good shit.”

You know, old school BEP, Common, The Roots, Talib. The entire Stones Throw catalogue. Only revolutionary or obscure cats make their playlists.

Holy war to them is the radio mainstream vs. the indie underground. And they still refer to Lauryn Hill as L-boogie.

Those who have encountered such hip hop righteousness know not to get into any sort of philosophical argument, unless they are well equipped to do battle.

Remember, these are the cats who probably wrote their college theses on the historical importance of Run D-M-C and the post-modern brilliance of Madlib. They never ever back down and make you feel like shit for copping the new Mike Jones album.

So how exactly does one prepare for such an encounter with a backpacker?

Let him or her take a couple of easy jabs at you. Make them feel like they’re winning. When they ask you what kind of music you listen to, say reggaeton and 50 Cent.

Better yet, say your favorite joint is the reggaeton remix of “Candyshop.”


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IMO: Madd Rapp Fan – Desperately Seeking Subject Matter

Hey it’s me, MAD RAP FAN with another thought for you to ponder: Has hip-hop lost its subject matter? Who defines what’s hot? Are all of us grownheadz becoming our parents?

I realized some months ago that I’m turning into that guy that screams at kids for walking on my grass. Not quiiite the jogging pants and dress shoes dude, but the “that’s not real music” guy. The “back when I was coming up” guy. Yes, that guy. Sure, we had our wack rappers back in the day, but the percentages were lower. It seems that all the rappers in the top ten are not even credible MCs.

YES, hip-hop has lost its subject matter because heads don’t matter for the bottom line. CEO’s define what’s hot, and furthermore, yes we are becoming our parents. These are the top rap subjects for young ears today: gun play (with 8 million ways to say gun), drug play, rims, clothing and jewelry that no one can afford. Bracelets that cost more than a house (we know cause the rappers tell you that in the song), hos and the hating of hos, etc. There’s more, but it’s really more of the same and I don’t have the time.

Of course there are 15 to 25ers that love the realness, and I’m not talking about them. I’m referring to the doo rag with no hair guy, the quit a job to cut Friends of the court guy, the ignorant, low IQ, “I don’t be knowing that shit mutherfucka” guys.

I know, you think I’m just some half-ass want to be elitist hip-hop blogger judging someone I deem not on my level but hey, this is how a lot of people feel. Everybody hates their proud they went to jail cousin or their 5 kids at 25 with 3 baby daddies and no job having sister. I don’t want to Bill Cos folks, but this is what’s being put in the Kool-aid.

Anyway, being our parents is not so bad if they’re good people: the old dude with the Escalade truck, lottery tickets and a rubber band around the billfold or the three times a week church lady is OK right? So we’re not that cool anymore; I’m OK with that. I am hip hop but that wack, ignent ish is too young for us, we have to face that fact.
Yes, it’s that simple. I know every body can’t be PE, but we need more than MC such and such!! MAD RAP FAN out!!!!

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HOT 5: 5 Rappers and the Trends They Stood By

PLAYED OUT: 5 Rappers and the Trends They Stood By

Kwame + Polka Dots
By the time Notorious B.I.G. delivered his wicked off-the-cuff diss in ‘94, polka dots were already DOA. Anyone still sporting them had probably paid so much for the ‘fit that they felt justified to withstand the ridicule. Or they were a crackhead. But you ain’t fooling anyone—at some point, YOU TOO wore the Barnum & Bailey look with pride, as a shirt, dress, tie, whatever. And we all know who got us on this kick. I think his name is Kwameeeee.

Big Daddy Kane + High Top Fades
Really, Larry Blackmon from Cameo first rocked the high top fade in the video for “Word Up,” or if you want to go back even further, Grace Jones on the cover of Warm Leatherette. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Warm_Leatherette.jpg ) But it’s Big Daddy Kane who will forever be known as the first rapper to blow up the high top. A slew of others followed, the fade-iest of all being Kid from Kid-N-Play, whose cut at one point reportedly topped 2 feet. MTV did a hip-hop documentary a few years ago that offered this poignant scene: Kane, with a Caesar cut and a faraway look in his eye, said poignantly, “Hey, I wouldn’t be mad at’cha if high top fades came back in.” Neither would we, Kane. Neither would we.

Run DMC + Adidas
Every rapper needs to thank Run-DMC for showing the big corporations that a rapper’s endorsement can be as good as gold. Back in the day, if you hustled up on a job at Mickey D’s, Adidas kicks and a track suit was a first-paycheck requirement. They were already popular but Run and them made them a must-have. I bet even now, if you ran up on Run or DMC on a quiet weekend, they’d be sporting an old track suit to cut the lawn.

LL Cool J + Kangols
I doubt LL ever got any money from Kangol back in the day, but for the first 4 years of his career we never saw the top of his head. His Kangol fetish sparked all kinds of rumors that the brother was balding. In fact, one of the things that made the posse cut remix for “Flava In Ya Ear” so memorable (besides the dope beat, hot lines from Biggie and Busta, and being the first remix to go in a totally different direction from the original song) was the video, where GASP! LL took off his hat—for the first time EVER.

Flavor Flav + Clock
If you go back and look at Public Enemy’s first and second albums, the whole crew wore clocks. It was kinda cool at first, and became a mini-fad. Some folks here at GH headquarters even sported a clock (ahem, a stop watch—corny!). But showing that he truly marches to his own funky beat, Flav still sports his clock proudly. It’s one of those things that you expect from him, so grownheads don’t even question it, but if you saw a guy on the street with a clock around his neck I think you might cross the street. Chances are he’s also sporting a full Troop hookup and directing traffic on the bus.

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