Waxing Poetic About Hip-Hop

December 13, 2007

Alright y'all, my (Ayo) technology issues are resolved and we will normal service will resume next week (what should we talk about?). Here's one more bonus clip for the weekend, the hip-hop/spoken word vet Lemon dropping his poetic vision of a hip-hop future.

Posted by jsmooth995 at December 13, 2007 7:34 PM

You need a subject? I mentioned it before, but how about the resident evil 5 controversy?
I feel like today people don't care about discussing racial issues, just labeling issues racist, that being called a racist is more significant than being a racist etc.
There was a bit of an backlash from various "black bloggers" upset that apparently all the zombies are black etc.

I dunno, look into it if you think it might be a good topic :)

Posted by: TakaM at December 14, 2007 1:55 AM

Hmm... let's talk about Lupe Fiasco. Or the fact that Ahmadinejad has an official blog.

Posted by: shanio at December 14, 2007 11:02 AM

thx for posting this..wow that has to be the most creative thing ive heard in a minute damnnn

Posted by: Alex at December 15, 2007 12:40 AM

oh yeah, Lupe's ATCQ scandal and hip hop elitism has a ton of potential for discussion :)

Posted by: TakaM at December 15, 2007 7:35 AM

We should talk about where you see hip hop going in 2008. What do you think will happen with the music and culture, and alternatively, what would you like to see happen?

Posted by: Bianca Reagan at December 15, 2007 4:20 PM

I was lost and couldnt really follow any of it. That dude needs to learn some storytelling. Pretty wack stuff. Jay, you should show him how to tell a story.

Posted by: DRockefeller at December 16, 2007 3:44 PM

Hip-Hop as an intelligent media format.

A format that promotes active discussion, unique introspective to current social issues, and rcial awareness amongst the culture's diverse ethnic traits.

Examples of such are few and far between. But artists (Root, Blackstarr, etc) always merit an incredible amoutn of respect while being creatively diverse and still "dope".

I think another example of such is the Boondocks comics/animation. Hip-hop is heavily saturated into it and damn does that show send a message.

Why isn't more hip-hop focused on the dealings of our current environment/society? Why is everyone talking about thugs and bitches, flows and whips?

Posted by: ProjectzDragN at December 17, 2007 12:07 PM

By the way Jay.. what camera did you get to replace your now defunct one?

Posted by: ProjectzDragN at December 17, 2007 12:09 PM

it was a good day should be illustrated...not into a childrens book...maybe a graphic novel

Posted by: edgar c. at December 17, 2007 10:29 PM

Not to sure what the state of hip hop is going. You have the conscious rappers who are out there but who are not well known such as Justice, etc.

My appeal for hip hop is outside of the USA because my views have shifted internationally how hip hop has changed communities culturally.

This is an excellent article on the state of Hip Hop internationally. I encourage u to read it and truly get a sense of how hip hop has had a positive influence in some communities.


Thanks for making your presence known to me via Twitter. I am http://twitter.com/JennTaFur

I actually have no idea why you requested me on twitter, but I appreciate the love so I hope we can have honest discussions on this issue. I used to work in media in the 1980s and early 1990s so I have seen it evolve with my own eyes from different perspectives.

Thanks for your thoughts.

Posted by: Jennifer at December 26, 2007 1:19 AM

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