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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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Hip Hop, We Have A Problem?

from live cypha.com

I have concerns… And my concerns are for the culture in which I was raised. I’m not speaking about the state of black America nor am I speaking of the state of the black union; it’s bigger than that. You see, I have had concerns for a long time, and have never voiced them, assuming things would get better, but they didn’t. My concerns are now becoming worries because I’m now hearing reports that the culture that once raised me is either dead or dying, so this is my state of the hip hop union address.concerns

Hip hop, as I once knew it, was an urban style of music and culture that was birthed with intentions of getting the urban voice heard creatively. It was similar to an artistic protest. The theme of most songs concentrated on social issues, and discussed the harsh realities of inner-city living. Hip hop gave us an innovative way to poetically vent, protest, and express ourselves. It was also the voice that provided other cultures and social classes with an understanding, to some extent, of what inner-city living was like. Songs like Grand Master Flash’s “The Message,” KRS-1’s “Love’s Gonna Get’cha,” or Tupac’s “Brenda’s got a Baby” took us on a journey through some interesting stories that were either true or not far from it. These were issues emcees dealt with and they earned the respect and praise of fans world-wide for sharing their lives and experiences.

 This is the culture that raised me…


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Top 10 Female Friendly MC’s of All Time

by Shannon Barbour for About.com

One morning, on my way to work, my neighbor–a gentleman in his 60s–commented on the Mos Def CD in my hand. After inspecting its ‘explicit lyrics’ label, he asked, “What kind of dirty music are you listening to?” I replied that Mos is a talented rapper/actor. “But rap is hard on women,” he added. “It’s so misogynistic.” For the most part, he’s right. It’s hard to embrace all aspects of hip-hop, when so many artists would rather objectify than celebrate women. Sometimes, I find myself having to defend my love for hip-hop for this reason. Thankfully, there are quite a few MCs who still respect the ladies.

10. Krs-One
Krs-One falls into the category of the rare MC whose political ambitions were so great that they neutered any sexuality to be found in his rhymes. He did however, coin the expression ‘Jimmy-hat’ in what was arguably the first safe-sex rap song, along with the phrase, ‘you can’t trust a big butt and a smile.’ Hey, he had to make folk wise up somehow.

9. Chuck D (Public Enemy)
They were fighting the power and believed women to be assets in the struggle. At the height of their career, they talked about young black men’s confrontations with police and the destructive nature of crack cocaine in hoods across the America, but they never called the tragically crack-addicted mothers b*tches or h*s. Now Flav’s exploits on Flavor of Love, well, that’s another story…

8. Q-Tip (A Tribe Called Quest)
Q-Tip’s solo-effort ‘Vivrant Thing’ with its glam video replete with models was still more respectable that 90% of the music out at the time. (Think Juvenile’s ‘Back That A** Up,’ o.k., enough said) “Electric Relaxation” is probably Tribe’s most sexually-charged hit and it still makes most of us wanna dance. ‘Find a Way,’ is the classic boy meets girl hip-hop song.


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The Greatest of All-time: KRS-One vs. Jay Z

by DavyD for davyd’s hip-hop corner

A long held favorite past time within Hip Hop circles is to debate the skill set of our favorite icons. It’s part and parcel of the culture as many of us have spent countless hours analyzing and over analyzing someone’s rhyme flows, dance moves, album concepts, artwork etc.

Within these debates there are some universally held beliefs that rarely get challenged unless someone is deliberately trying to cause controversy and strike a nerve by going over the top. One such universal truth was broached this weekend, but this time the folks who presented it were serious which resulted in an all out heated debate unfolding. The topic centered around the issue of Hip Hop’s all-time best emcee.

For years it didn’t matter what brand of Hip Hop you embraced. When it came to discussing the best emcee, KRS-One and Rakim always held the top spots. Names like Nas, Jay-Z, 2Pac and Biggie to name a few, were usually in people’s top 5 or 10, but rarely did anyone come close be comparable to the God and The Teacha. They had things on lock-hands down.

What I found over the years is that; the older the participant in these discussions, the more underground oriented people were and those who identified with New York style Hip Hop from the Golden era, tended to be more resolute about the universal acceptance of Rakim and KRS being Hip Hop’s all-time best emcees.

There’s no denying that both have changed the game. When it comes to KRS, his skills as a scar tested battle emcee and incredible performer has been unrivaled. A KRS show could go on for hours with him delivering hit after hit after hit that would leave the crowd exhausted because he just brings so much energy to the stage.

Rakim while not having the same hyped up stage presence, gets props because he has epitomized the essence of cool. His writing and his delivery is akin to the greatest of jazz players. Like I said those two emcees always held the top spots.

But as they say, nothing lasts forever, and so I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised when I found myself involved in a heated debate this weekend with a hardened New Yorker and long-time Hip Hop head who were both insistent that the top spot now belongs to Jigga Man aka Jay-Z.


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