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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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I Just Gotta Say: Practice

“Practice. We talking ‘bout practice.” –Allen Iverson

With all the hoopla of Michael’s passing we,you, and everybody has seen hours of video and concert footage of Michael for the last 40 years. When he was on the stage Mike never seemed like he was giving less than his best. All mj-in-concertthe footage of the man in concert shows a performer that obviously took time AND practice to give people the best possible show. What’s my point?

A lot of you rap Negroes need to get a show!!! I mean really some of y’all need to work something out. Lock yourself in ya momma’s basement, get ya boys, ya DJ and whoever else will be appearing on the stage with you and get together a show.

Over the last 3-4 weeks I have seen Smiff & Wesson, Slum Village, Slaughter House, 5 Ela, One Belo, Finale, Reflection Eternal (Talib Kweli and Hi-Tek), Tech N9Ne, Big Boi, The Roots, and Nas & Damien Marley.
These shows have ranged from huge outdoor venues like Rock the Bells in Detroit to low key club joints in Miami so the names you probably don’t recognize are underground and independent cats I checked out.

tech9Now check the list one mo’gin and guess who had the best show. Nope. Ya picked wrong. Tech N9Ne. What? Well depending how old you are and where you live you’re either like Hell YEAH! Tech N9Ne! OR (like me a few weeks ago) Tech Who? Now I had seen the brother’s name before, but had never checked out the music. Still because of a hot performance me and my skeptical friends actually had to pay attention, and might pick up a single or at LEAST take a listen to an album. HE had a show. A few dance moves, great transitions from one song to the next, and rapport with the crowd. He was so filled with energy it was contagious.

Tech was part of Rock the Bells and even though there were bigger acts, he stole the show. Don’t get me wrong the Roots were top notch (the crowd wanted an encore) and Big Boi (sans 3000) was VERY good. But they’re SUPPOSED to be good. They’ve got hits and years of experience. Nas and Damien Marley performed together and had surprisingly good chemistry (never underestimate the power of having a band). But the rest? Continue reading I Just Gotta Say: Practice

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The Mixtape Lives

by Brooklyne Gipson for theloop

After 30 years of growth in a genre initially written off as a passing fad, rapper Nas eulogized hip-hop with his third solo album Hip Hop is Dead in 2006. Although the title caused an uproar in the hip-hop community, especially in the south where artists like Young Jeezy believed Nas’ dis was targeted directly at them, the numbers didn’t lie. Hip-hop sales were in all actuality falling at an alarming rate for the first time in its history.mixtape

According to MSNBC, “Rap sales slid 21 percent from 2005 to 2006 and for the first time in 12 years no rap album was among the top 10 sellers of the year.”

In the face of the reality that hip-hop’s heavyweights were aging, (Jay Z is now 39 and Nas is 35) critics pondered what these numbers meant for the future of hip-hop. Had it’s mainstream appeal finally backfired? Had corporate America finally completely devalued hip-hop by putting money behind unsubstantial “ringtone rappers” that hipsters and teenagers in middle America had created a demand for, instead of supporting true artists? Did the new mainstream audience bait the artists themselves to devalue their own art (or completely fabricate talent in the first place) to create a product that would sell? Most importantly, could hip-hop be saved?

The answer came in a familiar format — a mixtape.


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You’re A Grownhead Right? But Do You Own It?

by Dessex for Hip Hop Connoisseur

Hip-Hop Head Must Have.

A lot of people are talking bout how much they love Hip-Hop, but in reality they don’t have the material are knowledge to back up that statement. When you are a true Hip-Hop head there are a few Albums that you MUST have in your collection. There is no excuse for not having these Albums in your collections. I know that I can go a little too deep so I will try to keep it simple…Lets gorecords

1). Nas-Illmatic. This is Hip-Hop’s best album EVER (yeah I said it). Nas took the game by storm when this drop, and if you ask around or look on the Internet everyone will list Illmatic as the best album ever. A true Hip-Hip head must own this classic material.

2). Notorious Big- Ready To Die. Big is arguably the best rapper to ever grace the mic, and this album is just as impressive as Illmatic, Big is a monster on the mic and Ready To Die made us feel like we were gangsta. You Must own this album if you are a Hip-Hop Head.

3) Jay-Z. Reasonable Doubt. Obvious reasons. Hip-Hop didn’t really catch on to this album, until later in his career. But You must own this CD.


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Gangsters Don’t Dance and Rappers Don’t Rap

by Brandon at No Trivia

Rappers aren’t rapping anymore. That’s not the grumble of an old-school fan or knee-jerk disappointment upon hearing say the Kanye/Lil Wayne/Jay-Z/T.I track “Swagger Like Us” or the rap-less “Love Lockdown”, it’s just a fact. Most of radio’s rappers are doing as much singing or club-ready chanting as rapping, and the few guys still rapping are lrapperayover from the late 90s/early 2000s or are named Lil Wayne and Kanye West-and the “talents” of those two are for some reason, still up to debate.

Sure, there’s plenty of rapping in the “underground”–which at this point, just means, not one of the like 12 artists that can still get rap radio support–and the so-called “hipster rap” trend/sub-genre offers some genuine rapping, but really, rappers just aren’t rapping anymore and it’s a bummer, but it also just makes sense.

The height of rap “lyricism” (a term that means nothing but everyone reading this knows its meaning) was during the early-to-mid-90s when hyper-poetic rappers like Wu-Tang and Nas and Biggie ruled the radio. Since then, every rapper’s tried to occupy that same space and failed, not for a lack of talent, but because it’s a pretty much perfect era that was able to function at a pretty high-level of visibility with a relative lack of corporate interruption…and then it ended. The death of Biggie and Tupac, Wu-Tang’s dissolution, enter the era of Puffy–all the stuff you’ll one day read about in a music textbook on the history of rap– but most importantly (and word to Dart Adams) The Telecommunications Act of 1996.


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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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