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Hot 5: Songs for Halloween

Yeah, yeah its about that time of year and people are putting together their halloween mixtapes.  So we here at GHz figured we put in our 2 cents on how to get your hip hop spooky mood on. By the way these are in no particular order.

Kid Cudi – No One Believes Me
The newest song on the list comes from the Fright Night soundtrack. No not THAT Fright Night from 1985 we talkin about the remake with Colin Farrell that came out last year.  Missed the movie huh?  Well the song was nice and we looooved the video (alright just DJ A-See loooooved the video).

Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince – Nightmare on My Street
Back when he was still gettin payed for just rappin Big Will & Jazz  dropped this 3rd single from their huge crossover album He’s the Dj, I’m the Rapper.

Ice Cube and Dr. Dre – Natural Born Killers
This song sparked hopes and dreams that there might be some kinda reunion of  NWA or at least a collaboration between the two BEST members of NWA or something, something.  Little did we know that this was a harbinger of things too come.  Us, we, you , I and everybody else getting disappointed by what Dr. Dre was going to do.

Gravediggaz – Diary of A Madman
Only for the true heads in the building.  Most grownheadz SHOULD remember this group from 1994. It featured RZA, Prince Paul, Frukwan (from Stetsasonic) and Too Poetic.  It was for alot of folks their 1st exposure to “horrorcore”.  Geto Boys dabbled a little but the Gravediggaz went all in with the imagery, the rhymes, the theme the whole nine.   With RZA and Prince Paul on the beats the album was hot.  Sadly rapper Too Poetic died of colon cance in 2001.

Geto Boys – Mind Playing Tricks
No Halloween mixtape would be complete without this bonafide hip-hop classic.  THIS song truly put the Geto Boys on nationally.  They were already hot in the southern underground. After this release north, south, east and west knew about the 5th ward.

 

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GhTV: Rappers on Jeopardy

During the last Radio Rehab we asked a simple qustion “Which rappers do you think would do good on Jeopardy”.  You can get in on the fun too.  The next Radio Rehab is Thursday July 19 at the Neighborhood Theater.  Check the Radio Rehab Charlotte website here for more info

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IMO: Music vs. Motherhood

I Stopped Loving Hip Hop: Music vs. Motherhood
by Shonda Tillman

I stopped loving hip-hop. Well, not exactly. But I came close – way too close. You see, when I was a teenager I loved and lived hip-hop. Those were the days of NWA, the D.O.C., Salt and Pepa, Too Short. The music was rebellious, edgy and LOUD. And the beats, oh the beats! There was nothing like hearing a Too Short beat bumping from the car of a fine chocolate man. Doomp, da doomp, dooooom, bu-na-na, doomp da doomp dooooom…

Then I became a mom.black-mother

“Don’t play that in front of the kids,” I heard myself screaming at my husband. But we continued to pump our music when we were alone. And I began to hear the words with my new “mom” ears. How could they promote this type of violence? How could they talk about drugs and call women “hoes” so freely? Why are they creating this picture of madness, of the worst of the worst for all the kids to hear and copy? How could I have ever been so stupid as to listen to this SMUT!

Indignant, I boxed it all up—but still could not throw it away.

My boycott lasted for several years, until the other day when one of the television stations showed a documentary on hip-hop. I found myself excited to hear the songs I once loved. I remembered how exciting it was seeing NWA’s new video on MTV, waiting for the Roxanne responses to come out, getting my first pair of Salt N Pepa earrings, using my after-school job money to buy Guess jeans and gold rings with my initials on them. God, I missed those days.

I almost stopped loving hip-hop. Until I remembered that there are many neighborhoods where drugs are rampant and a walk to the corner store can cost you your life. My high school classmate Tanisha was killed by a stray bullet while walking down the street. Rodney King proved to the world that police brutality does exist. In college, I spent an afternoon at the studio with Too Short. He was extremely polite, talented and never once called me a B***tch. And last but not least, many women honestly do conduct themselves as “hoes.”

The reality is that rappers are expressing the hardships of everyday life, the same way the Furious Five told us that they were close to the edge. Rapping was a way to be heard, to scream out the hurt. These were my brothers, and they deserved to be heard.

I can not stop loving hip-hop because it helped my brothers and sisters escape a hard life. I can not stop loving hip hop because of the extraordinary entrepreneurial skills each artist showed by creating something from nothing. Dr. Dre turned out to be a musical genius, Ice Cube is putting out great family movies, Russell Simmons has created an empire which will influence generations to come, Run-DMC was able to merge rock with rap – all of them just needed a chance to shine.

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HOT 5: 5 Rap Acts That SHOULD Be In The Rock n Roll Hall of Fame

5 Rap Acts Who Belong in the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame
GrownHeadz, ever ahead of the curve, created this very special Hot 5 months before Run-DMC’s induction into the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame. Still, out of respect we decided to keep them on the list, as well as fellow honorees Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five. The rest of the rappers and groups named here haven’t gotten the invite yet, but they damn sure deserve one.

Run-DMC (inducted 2009)
rundmc1No question, for these guys, the honor was long overdue. Run-DMC has true rock credentials. Three of their biggest hits were rock records: Rock Box, King of Rock, and Walk this Way. In fact, their second album King of Rock featured rock songs almost exclusively. Besides, Run-DMC, more than any other group, was responsible for hip-hop’s dominance of music in the 21st century.  But we already discussed this before.


Grandmaster Flash & Furious Five (inducted 2007)
gmf-ff1Initially, I was one of many who questioned Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five’s induction into the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame. Don’t get me wrong, they were innovative, considered at one time the best in the field, and they made history when The Message went platinum in 1982. All that’s good enough for the Hip Hop Hall of Fame; I just didn’t think it was far-reaching enough for the Rock Hall. But the Hall of Fame has been good at picking artists who are the foundations upon which the city is built. Some early inductees into the Rock Hall like Louie Jordan, Smokey Robinson, and James Brown are not considered “rock” acts, but provided a basis for many rock acts who followed. In that case, of all the early innovators of hip-hop, GMF & FF definitely fit the bill. Plus, when they released The Message it put EVERYBODY (including other rappers) on notice that hip-hop was more than just party music.


The Beastie Boys
beastie11Beastie Boys do not get a free pass into the Rock Hall of Fame because they are white. They get in because they truly blazed a trail in hip-hop. They have gone from frat boy anthems (Fight For Your to Party) to headlining concerts that highlight China’s human rights abuses in Tibet. Along with rock-oriented rap hits, Beasties went all the way back to their punk rock roots and busted out live instrumentation on a few of their albums, like Check Your Head and Ill Communication. And, lest we forget, Sabotage is basically them singing (bless their hearts).


Public Enemy
pe1Why PE? The better question is Why Not? Their first, second and third albums pioneered the “Wall of Sound” technique, and featured straight-up rock songs like Sophisticated Bitch and Channel Zero. With all the screeches, sirens and dozens of samples per song, a PE album demanded to be played at 11. Add in Chuck’s BOOMING flow and you have rap that is most transferable to rock. Bring The Noise lost not an ounce of credibility or funk as a rock remake. Furthermore, PE travels with a full band to supplement their sound on the road. One journalist jokingly wrote that Public Enemy was trying to be the Rolling Stones of hip-hop. Well, with both Chuck and Flav pushing 50, still putting out records and selling out shows, they just might do it.


NWA
nwa1Sex, Dugs and Rock n Roll. In terms of pure rock attitude, NWA was as hard as it got. When your favorite band scares your parents shitless, is under FBI surveillance and continues performing despite obscenity fines, you know they just don’t give a fuck—and you love them for it. Second only to PE in rebelling against authority, they were the Rolling Stones (bad boys sexing everything in sight) to PE’s Beatles (clean-cut good guys). And if you look at the line up, it’s pretty extraordinary. They had Dr. Dre long before he was hailed as one of the best producers of all time, Ice Cube, one of the top lyricists ever (though MC Ren was no slouch), and Eazy E, one of the first artist/label owners in hip-hop, whose label signed some classic artists (DOC, Bone Thugs n Harmony). If NWA were inducted, it would acknowledge one of music’s greatest beatmakers, rappers, and entrepreneurs all in one swoop.

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