Thursday, June 26, 2008

Involved In Hip Hop? Tweet These People Up

If you are in some way involved in the music industry, get on twitter! I repeat, get on twitter! Get in while you can get noticed before it really hits big and you become just another blip on a radar that no one pays attention to. Like artists on myspace.

There is so much potential to get your voice heard and your message listened to. The site is a great platform to build relationships, whether you make music, write about it, speak about it or just listen to it. If you are just starting out and you want some people to follow on twitter, here is my list of worthy candidates:

  • Jay Smooth - The best damn hip hop video blogger in the world i.m.o. His site Ill Doctrine covers everything from Young Buck's recent waterworks to George Carlin's impact in a fresh, funny, and very entertaining way. Follow him on twitter so you can say you were up on things before everyone knows his name.
  • Byron Crawford - The man best known for his blog on the site for hip hop magazine XXL and also his own site is one of the few prominent hip hop writers on twitter. If you're familiar with his work you either hate him or love him because of his strong but often humorous opinions on everything that goes on in the crazy world of hip hop music. He is definitely more tame on twitter but still worth a follow.
  • Rafi Kam - Writer for Oh Word, Internet Celebrity, all around funny dude. If you ever checked out either site, you know that he knows hip hop as well as other things, like why people use check cashing joints. If this guy does not become prominent in the hip hop world, I don't know who will be. That is why you should follow him.
  • Tofu De la Moore - One of the first guy's I followed on twitter. No regrets at all. Great dude, great hip hop artist/producer. Not only has he taught me a little bit about making music, he taught me how you can be yourself but still be professional when you need to be. Follow this man, enjoy his humor and soon you will enjoy his music.
  • Andrew Dubber - He runs New Music Strategies which is one of the best sites on the music business and how you can use the internet to make yourself more successful. He knows his shit. Which is why it is really unnecessary to write anything else about the guy except, follow him!
  • Me - Why not promote myself a little bit. My tweets are entertaining. Honest! And I talk about hip hop often so come engage in a conversation with me about what album is hot and what album is not even worth the plastic it's put on.
I know the list is pretty short right now but why don't you change that? It can also benefit you, the less competition there is, the more eyes you can quite possibly can get on you. There are a lot of opportunities, take one.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Herro?

No Comment On The Picture


"QB...Where Da Fuck Ya'll At?"
- Polow Da Don

Well to start things off I will answer Polow's question. Polow, I believe QB is in NYC.

Moving on. Nas says "The People Need Someone To Believe In". Well I recall reading in the newest URB magazine that Nas said he hasn't donated to charity...yet. So should they believe in you? Another peculiar line was "Untitled it is, I never change nothin', but people remember this: If Nas can't say it think about these talented kids with new ideas being told what they can and can't spit". So you didn't change anything yet the album will not be titled what you said it was going to be called.

I know I sound like I'm picking on Nas but I love Nas' music. Peep my last.fm page for proof. I even really like this new song "Hero". I think it's Nas' "If I Ruled The World" for 2008. The tinkling synthesizer keys reminds me of the tinkling piano keys from "If I Ruled The World". Keri Hilson is obviously a step down from L-Boogie but the current L-Boogie is a step down from Keri Hilson, so it's even. And Polow Da Don is a little more edgy than the Trackmasters were, who pretty much just jacked Whodini's "Friends" and slapped whatever they slapped on it to make it their own.

The point of this post is...um...well...the new Nas song is a banger. Let's leave it at that.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Just Some Girl Talk

NOTE: Me and Chris both ended up paying for the record in the end. Much love Girl Talk.



jkrunish
: I forgot all about the new Girl Talk record
me: Fucking phenomenal
Better than Night Ripper
(and free)
jkrunish: nice, I'm downloading it now. Kinda feel like an ass b/c i paid nothing
me: Ha, me too
2:47 PM I'm going to see him twice in two days so I feel like I earned it
jkrunish: esp. cuz they had the little questionnaire afterward
me: I didn't see that?
jkrunish: it was a little, choose the reason why ur being a penny pincher
2:48 PM me: Haha

6 minutes
2:54 PM jkrunish: wow, Nothing compares 2 u, Prince is not happy
me: Haha
This thing just keeps getting better as it goes along
MIA and the Cranberries!
2:55 PM Tag Team and Big Country!
jkrunish: See man, we should just take this IM convo and paste it into invibu and we should do that from now on.
me: Blackstreet and Radiohead!@
I am freakin
jkrunish: haa
2:56 PM me: Do it!
jkrunish: ok done deal. I wanna hear some Coldplay and notorious b.i.g.
2:57 PM me: Ha. Haven't heard either yet...now I'm listening to Kelly Clarkson over some industrial (Prodigy maybe?)
2:58 PM jkrunish: I like how the end of the first track had a little snippet of Big Pimpin
2:59 PM oh wow, Blackstreet now I know what ur talking about
3:02 PM me: Epic huh? (Sorry, got kicked out)
jkrunish: yeah. I will pay u now Girl Talk. U deserve it
me: It's true. Shit, I'll give him $10
3:03 PM jkrunish: wtf does he do live?
me: Or perhaps the Sam Goody street value ($18)
jkrunish: fuck that
haa
me: Seen him once, he just props the laptop up, hits play and dances the fuck around while taking off his clothes
jkrunish: haaa
me: Weezy and Red Hot Chili Peppers!
jkrunish: If I pay $18 for a record though. It better talk to me dirty on lonely nights
3:05 PM me: There's Journey on here.
If that's not talking dirty I don't know what is.
jkrunish: haa
3:06 PM I would write down every sample I recognized but then my brain would be rendered useless
3:08 PM me: Yeah I can't even name all of the samples on Night Ripper and I've been listening to that for years.
3:09 PM jkrunish: It's funny hearing Swizz Beatz with a higher pitched voice
3:10 PM me: I laughed so many times during the course of this record...it's over now. I can't remember a time when I felt more deflated by a CD ending.
jkrunish: haa, well there is always the play button
me: Just threw on Night Ripper for a side-by-side comparison, actually.
3:11 PM jkrunish: He must have so many accapellas it's crazy
me: No kidding!

Friday, June 13, 2008

A Little Intro

This is a post that I did last year. Figure I should put it up again.

"The world...is about to feel...something...that they've never...felt before..."
-Pharrell, "Grindin"

Take a sound you can make with your own mouth. Combine that with verses about distributing cocaine and an attacking drum track and you have the recipe for one of the biggest songs of 2002, "Grindin".

To say that the Neptunes produced beat came from left field would be an understatement. The Neptunes at the time were known for their signature guitar licks which formed many-a-hit melody. By 2002 the duo was considered by some hip hop fans as pop producers, and unoriginal in their choice of sounds when it came to composing tracks. A trucker hat dealers best friend, Pharrell Williams, became the poster boy for what was wrong with hip hop in the eyes of many of those detractors.

By 02' The Neptunes' fingerprints were all over the radio and television airwaves. Actually, they left the imprints of their palms on the game from their stranglehold on popular music. Remix after remix, hit after hit, The Neptunes just kept winning. The duo's consistency was one of the reasons why "Grindin" was such a surprise. The beat oozed of nostalgia, modern hip hop and the future of the genre all at the same time. It could have easily been described as Planet Rock's sonic stepchild or a legitimate guess of how music would sound in five years. Hard kicks and snares that made it feel like old school boom bap and a reverberating melody that sounded like someone tapping their cheek. Whatever the sound was, electronic, organic or a combination of both, it did make many "feel something that they've never felt before".

The lyrics of the Clipse however were very modern at the time. Tales of drug deals, loose women and firepower had become common place. Sprinkled in nearly every hip hop album, these ingredients were the remedy for many artists wanting to solidify their street cred for the record buying masses. The Clipse were different. Sure, they rehashed many of the same topics we heard over and over but they said it differently. Or maybe it sounded differently, a product of Virginian tongues and appealing musical backdrops by two producers named after a planet in The Milky Way galaxy. Whatever it was, "Patty Cake Patty Cake im the bakers man..." will forever be linked in my mind to drug dealing and that thumping bare beat, and not the rhyme you learned in Pre-School.

Much has changed and much has remained the same since "Grindin" dropped. The "Grindin" beat eventually moved on to the musical retirement home where all beats go when they have been used for freestyles too many times, joining "Banned From TV" and "In Da Club" among others. The Neptunes have since changed their sound several times and The Clipse dropped "Hell Hath No Fury" a follow up to their solid debut, "Lord Willin". The kind of follow up Nas wouldn't want you to put in your boom box that eats tapes, that is, if you still own a casette player.

The minimalistic approach to hip hop production is still strong five years later. Every season it seems as though another producer attempts to make his own "Grindin". Kia Shine's "Cripsy", the Ying Yang Twins' "Wait" and Ali & Gipp's "Go Head" all come to mind. No, The Neptunes didn't invent anything but they innovated. They made it cool for the first time since Run DMC ruled hip hop to make a beat with for the most part, just drums and percussion. In an era of synths and processed sounds, "Grindin" was perfect. In the words of French writer Antoine de Saint-Exupery, "You know you’ve achieved perfection in design, Not when you have nothing more to add, But when you have nothing more to take away.”