the Hip Hop Purist – This ‘n That

Hip Hop Purist – This N That

Anakin’s Prayer by Jay Electronica

Is it just me, or is this song about his break up with Badu.  I love the Flash Gordan intro – that shit is ILL!

It may be just my imagination, but it seems like Jay caught Badu doing something and under interrogation, a bore worm scenario arose 🙂

An idle mind is the devil’s workshop, so sorry if I am off base.  I should just take Jay’s advice and work on mastering myself so the devil will be exorcized from my thoughts.  Even if I am off – I like this song and I am looking forward to the album.


Azeem – Open em up


Props are due

Ok, so Busdriver raps too fast.  His beats are too weird.  His voice is annoying.


How many rappers can deliver the cadence of Mozart’s Sonata in A Major so fluidly and keep the subject matter highbrow simultaneously?

“you nigga’s lookin G’d up
rollin in a Prius
but I gotta give my money management a C plus
For these foreclosed homes
and pork blown loans
I revisit the need to grind”

This one track makes whatever your excuse for not being a Busdriver fan seem flimsy.  May the haters see the California state bird on a regular basis.

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HOT 5: 5 Things You Don’t Hear On Rap Albums

5  Things You Don’t Hear on Hip Hop Albums Any More

As grownheads, we always seem to be whining about the good ole days: How everything was just golden in the Golden Era of hip hop. According to our own Hip Hop Purist, NOTHING is better in these modern times. Well, We won’t go that far, but a few things have changed. These are just some things you never hear on rap records anymore. Hot or not, they get us a little sentimental…

5. Rock Songs

rock guitarIn ’83, Run-DMC hit with ‘Rock Box’ and got some MTV play, back when NO black artist could get ANY light on MTV. Then the Beastie Boys blew up all over the place with ‘Fight For Your Right To Party.’ After that, every rapper (or their A&R) made it their business to drop a rock song on the album. LL had ‘You’ll Rock’ and ‘Cut Creator Go’ (a remake of ‘Johnny B. Goode’ by Chuck Berry). Boogie Down Productions had ‘Ya Slippin.’  And Public Enemy always had rock songs on their albums, even going so far to remake ‘Bring the Noise’ with Anthrax. We could go on and on; there are just too many to name. What’s tripped out is that lots of these songs were such straight-up rock records that if they lost the verse, they’d have been right at home on any metalhead’s playlist.

4. House Songs

First there was Jack, and Jack had a groove… Once upon a time, house music was played outside of just Detroit, Chicago, New York and Miami. At one time, house was loved by the masses, and not just those who lived near big dance - 01cities or were gay (not that there’s anything wrong with that—we’re not homophobic in the least, in fact we love what the gays have done with design and brunch). Heads were no different. We got our house on, and when the Jungle Brothers put out ‘Girl I’ll House You,’ it was like somebody got chocolate in the peanut butter. Everybody followed suit. Chicago even developed a sub-genre called Hip-House with stars like Fast Eddie and Mr. Lee (and I used to rock THE HELL out of them at parties), and hip hop artists made “one for the club” on the regular. Queen Latifah had ‘Come Into My House’ and Craig G did ‘Turn This House Into a Home,’ but my personal favorite was 2 Live Crew’s “Get the F*#CK out of My House.”

3. Love Songs

black love - 03Nowadays, love in hip hop is relegated to songs about your momma or dead homie, but back in the day before we got so ‘hard,’ the narrative used to go a little something like this: Rapper meets girl. Rapper lays down his rap. Girl can’t resist. They fall in love. Rapper then makes a song about said loving feelings. LL dropped ‘I Can Give You More’ and the classic ‘I Need Love,’ Heavy D did ‘Somebody For Me,’ Whodini had ‘One Love’ and Pete Rock and CL Smooth gave us ‘Lots of Lovin.’ There are lots more, but you get it. Most of these songs had an element of sensuality but managed to keep the focus on the emotional connection—something even R&B seems to have lost touch with.

2. Give the DJ Some

As the Lyricist gradually took the lead among hip-hop’s Four Pillars, b-boys and graf artists—always on the second dj - 01tier—lost some prominence. But the DJ, as keeper of the wax, used to have a more equal standing. In earlier times, every rap album had a song shouting out the man behind the wheels of steel. Starting with Grandmaster Flash, some of rap’s hottest hits were about the DJ, and Jam Master Jay, Eric B, Jazzy Jeff and DJ Premier were some of the biggest stars. With the advent of multi-producer albums, many modern performers don’t even have a regular DJ to big up. 

1. No Collabos

Remember when the only person on an album was the guy or gal whose picture was on the front? It was such a quaint idea: expecting a rapper to show and prove, solely on their own skill. Now NOBODY does a record alone. With all the possecross-promotion and trying to put the crew on, there’s barely any room for the actual artist on his or her own record. I mean, it was a big deal when the Sugar Hill Gang and the Furious 5 appeared on the same record, but today it would barely make a bleep. The first time this phenomenon really annoyed me was on ‘Doggy Style.’ It just irked the hell out of me that I had to listen to the substandard Dogg Pound take up  Snoop’s valuable mic time.

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Walk this Way To Broadway

Run – DMC Musical Planned by David Itzkoff fot the New York Times


They helped bring hip-hop to the mainstream, revitalized the career of Aerosmith and now, Run-DMC could be headed to Broadway.

Paula Wagner, the veteran Hollywood producer, said that her Chestnut Ridge Productions company was working with the rappers Joseph Simmons (known as Run) and Darryl McDaniels (DMC) as well as the estate of Jason Mizell (Jam Master Jay) to produce a stage musical about Run-DMC, the seminal hip-hop group.


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Middle Aged Hip Hop

Where Do Rappers Go To get Old?

by Mike Andrews for

There seems to be an ongoing classic struggle between new artists trying to shine and older artists blocking old rapper(purposefully or not) blocking them. Are the older, more established artists just better? Does the listener prefer MCs that have lived and express a certain series of life experiences? Do MCs just make music for their cohort?

Many MCs go on to produce and have more of an impact behind the scenes. But where does that leave the fan; the middle aged man that doesn’t wanna “hop up outta bed and turn his swag on…”


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Hip Hop Dating Coach Pioneers “Pre-Pre-Nup”

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Not unlike Lamar Odom and Kanye West, Hip-Hop dating coach “Yo! Jeff” Carroll is a vocal supporter of the prenup. But he took it a step farther on his national Stop the GAME! Tour at Maryland’s Salisbury University two weeks ago, when he broke out the “Pre-pre-nup.”

It’s actually not a legal document, but a way to get younger heads, especially young women, to take control of their romantic relationships. He says the idea is to set the terms of your involvement, instead of leaving up to chance important issues like sexual exclusivity. The Pre-pre-nup spells out conditions like “only have sex with me,” and “include me in your activities.”

Before an audience of about 50 undergrad students, Jeff also talked about STDs, rape and heartbreak, but he kept a light touch. “I want [the students] to have an introduction to [proper] dating,” he said, because “this is probably something they didn’t talk to their parents about.”

Carroll passed out his “10 Hip-Hop Dating Codes,” which include rules like no cheating and define the relationship. “The Player Hater List,” Carroll’s tips for avoiding users and fakes, also made the rounds.

Carroll gave his first talk at Kean University in New Jersey and, sensing the need for greater dialogue, expanded his tour from there. Carroll is co-author of “20 Soul Questions” with his wife, Nivia Binett-Carroll. They wrote the book to help initiate deep conversations about important issues between partners.

Email your dating questions to, or visitwww.rbgworld.comfor more information.

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Parenting 101 – It’s Motivation

Parenting 101 — Grownhead Style. by Shonda Tillman

Lately I have been trying to think of new ways to build confidence and drive in my children and I have come to a conclusion: the quickest way to build self-esteem in a black child is through a positive hip-hop song. Dr. Phil be damned – sometimes that “professional” stuff just doesn’t work. But a good beat that helps them walk around like they are the S**T never fails.

But I had to be careful. As a grownhead, I wanted to dig in my crates and grab a song that got me through hard times, but these days kids are not easily impressed. You gotta bring something fresh and new to the table. I decided to ask my black parentsold friend Shan B (who himself is a music artist) for a suggestion, but before I had the chance he unknowingly handed me the perfect song – “Gon Get It.”
Pray for the best, but prepare for the worst…

Bam, the first line of the song hit it on the head.

Now mind you, I have been saying the same thing in my best mommy pep talks all year, but now my kids instantly understand. It’s momentarily irritating, but I digress.

When it comes to my faith, I’m gone get it, when it comes to my fam, I’m gon get it, when it comes to my life, I’m gon get it, gon get it, gon get it…

This hook epitomizes everything that I want the children to remember. In addition to being armed with the WHOLE armor of God, I want them to step out each day knowing what they want and determined to get it – the right way. In our busy lives, there isn’t always time for long pep talks and hugs, and we all know that sometimes a mother’s words just don’t get through.

But a hip-hop song can be a quick injection of inspiration to ‘make good choices’ (mommy speak) and say it in a way I never could.

My choice is to live and learn or be a fool in a hearse… / work hard daily, even though they hate me, I stay doing me being all I can be…

He’s hitting them hard, and I don’t have to say a word. It’s best if I act like I never heard the song before in my life! “Penitentiary time is not on my checklist…” – awww, they’re two-steppin now! It’s time for me to step in.

So kiddos, what about that A we need to see on your test today? “I’m gon get it,” they bop. And what about that part in the school play? “I’m gon get it,” she dances. What about your promotion at work mama? “Gon get it, gon get it, gon get it.”

So #1 on my mommy checklist – build self-esteem and drive in my children – DONE! And all it took was 5 minutes and a hip-hop song. Now that’s how a real mama does it – grownhead style!

CHECK IT OUT! Bennetti – I’m Gon Get It

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Black Eye Peas: Anatomy of Selling Out

by Jim Fairthorne for State of Affairs

Back when I was in college, there was a little song that didn’t really get a lot of play called “BEP Empire”. It was all about the state of hip hop and how everyone was selling out. The song’s video reminded me a lot “What They Do“, by blak I peasThe Roots- another great song commenting on the state of hip hop. I’d never heard of Black Eyed Peas before, and discovered that they were a pretty solid band. You can’t beat catchy hooks, slick jazzy funk beats and conscious hip hop lyrics. It was right up my alley. Now I look at them and ask myself “what the hell happened?” How did this band with so much potential for greatness degrade into one of the biggest sellout artists of the century? The article below is a look at the Black Eyed Peas and their rise from a small conscious hip hop groups to a super pop/dance quartet. It’s definitely one of the most bizarre evolutions I’ve ever seen, and angers me every time I think about it.FOR THE REST OF THE STORY CLICK HERE

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Grownheadz Convo: Vh-1 Hip Hop Honors for Def Jam

At the table:
Yo Jeff, Hip Hop Dating Coach (real grown advice)
Grumpy Smurf, programmer and designer
Resident Alien, editor, contributor and smart-ass

Best moment: Mixed bag, but the highlights were KRS’s Beastie Boyz rhyme, Mary’s performance with Method Man, Oran Juice Jones’ cameo, and the Rick Rubin/Russell Simmons vignettes. I say it was the Scoopy Giles, uncredited Def Jam founder skits by the usually unfunny Tracy Morgan. I was howling. Dude’s best look since 30 Rock’s “Me and my wife like to play Rape!”

Worst Moments: Ricky Ross running outta breath (Zombieland Rule #1: Cardio), Multiple Kid Rock appearances, overly-rockish house band, fly-girl dancers

MIA: Slick Rick, Jay-Z (and the whole Roc crew), Kanye and a slew of others who helped make the Def Jam name. As Yo Jeff put it, “It’s easier to love an artist than it is to love a corporate entity.” In other words, I think Def Jam still owes some checks, and the rappers ain’t forgot.

Biggest shocker of the night: Foxy Brown’s tittays. Real or augmented? RA says augmented, the fellas say real. Of course to the fellas, they’re all real.

A young Fox... and the verdict is?
A young Fox... and the verdict is?
100% USDA Beef (Photo by Frank Micelotta)
100% USDA Beef (Photo by Frank Micelotta)

Woulda, Shoulda: Rather than limiting prolific artists like PE to one song apeice, they should have done 5 minute medleys to hit off a couple of hits.

But don’t take my word for it, check it for yourself:

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ALBUM of the WEEK: Kero One – Windmills of the Soul

Straight from the artist’s webpage
Often compared to the styles of Common, Mos Def, or even Kanye West, Kero One, a San Francisco MC / producer / DJ stands as a true testament to the do-it-yourself success story.

Using only home recording equipment and his personal credit card, Kero One pressed and released his first 12” single in 2003 on his own imprint, Plug Label. Without any experience as to how he should distribute his new record, Kero One spent endless hours researching, cold calling, and seeking help from friends. Of the 50 copies that were eventuallywindmills of the soul distributed around the world, one landed in a tiny record store in Tokyo, Japan. A few weeks later, it was found by a Japanese DJ who played it at a club that night and received dozens of inquires, including a Japanese label executive who immediately contacted Kero One and asked for 3,000 copies of the record.

The record became a hit in Japan almost overnight, and Kero One was invited to tour the country just a few months after.


As always, these are not the complete songs, just 90-second clips to give you a feel for the music. If you like what you hear, buy the CD. We’ve gotta support if we want real hip hop to flourish.

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