Vlogging is Stupid

September 1, 2008


Just a station announcement before we return to regular programming. Conversate is totally a word, by the way. Like I said in the video please keep hitting me back with ideas, comments, stuff you disagreed with in some other video.. here or on twitter or wherever. And if you can do it in a video response that's even better!

(Shoutout and love to everyone representing NOLA and thereabouts..)

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Posted by jsmooth995 at September 1, 2008 3:24 AM
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Yo Jay,.. just keep talking, we're listening...

Some Topics:

MF Doom, what's going on with him and the 'impostors'?
"hipster rap"?
The Elections (I know you have an opinion on Sarah Palin)
What's going on with the Underground Railroad? Any thoughts on making it a podcast as well?

Posted by: TACH at September 1, 2008 3:49 AM

Sweet---a new vlog.

Jay--- a topic i would like to hear you speak on is Sarah Palin. I literally have no idea who she is, why she was chosen, and as i google her, there are threads coming up on some preggo business that was a bit fishy. i would like an honest and fresh perspective bro...and that is what I always get at illdoctrine.

thank you for doing what you do...i appreciate the vlogs...and don't listen to the lil hater

daps

Posted by: hasta la muerte at September 1, 2008 4:39 AM

I love hearing you talk on the "little hater" and the things going on inside your head. Expressing the issues you deal with, and we all deal with, is a psychologically satisfying thing to hear about...

Posted by: Rob at September 1, 2008 5:13 AM

I know this may seem silly but can you tell us about your cat? How did you meet each other? What is life like living together etc?

Posted by: Julie at September 1, 2008 5:29 AM

PS I don't just come for the cat *shhh* ... can you give us your top 10 list of guaranteed to get you loving "hip hop" tracks. I am trying to expand my musical tastes beyond pop/electronica.

Posted by: Julie at September 1, 2008 5:34 AM

oh yes, like the first commenters said, I'd love to hear your opinion about the choice of Palin!

Posted by: hypoglycemiagirl at September 1, 2008 6:06 AM

@Julie: Anyone can do that!
Common - Resurrection (Extra P Remix):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T0W9P74wJ2E
Y-Society - In Command:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tf-iYc_aQ5E
I n I - Fakin' Jax:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eiTy71nSkKw
Run DMC - Down With The King:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lr8kFOwxGnk
Jay Electronica - Extra Extra:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KPj17b63WxI
Nujabes - Feather (feat. CYNE):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=26NIChKGDZU
Cunninlynguists - Seasons (feat. Masta Ace):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9khJP_mR8Iw
Wu-Tang Clan - C.R.E.A.M.:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GDfToFcJ2J4
J Dilla - Baby (feat. Madlib and Guilty Simpson):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l5ntVPJF6mc
Nas - Nas Is Like:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQHHdrzU4P0

plus something extra that isn't technically a track: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wOrnCyn-45k

As far as a topic, I'm gonna have to agree with TACH. The Doomposter thing is getting on my nerves. The diehard Doom fans swear it's a marketing ploy playing on his the comic Doom's habit of sending out robot drones in his place. What's next, a Doom album featuring nothing but bad soundalikes?

And who the hell is Sarah Palin, anyway? Even Alaskans don't know what she's doing on a presidential ticket: http://tinyurl.com/6exvyq

Posted by: vgambit at September 1, 2008 6:08 AM

You should talk about the n word and its use in rap.

You should talk about white rappers getting crossover appeal with straight hip hop (Em) and black rappers getting crossover appeal with songs like "Hey Ya" or "Crazy." (Would "Hey Ya" have been such a hit if Oasis had made it?)

You should discuss the issues for kids growing up with one white parent and one black parent.

Give us a guide to the difference between artful sampling (Kanye) and beatjacking (Kanye).

Talk about gentrification.

Talk about Todd Boyd, if you've read his books, because honestly I am strongly ambivalent and am interested in knowledgeable opinions.

Discuss your opinions on irony, because I've read bits of it here and there and it seems real interesting.

Discuss beatboxing.

Discuss anything you think kids in the inner city need to hear in class. I'll play it for ones in my classroom.

I could do this all day. I like the way you think, so most any topic will do. Holler.

Posted by: Derek at September 1, 2008 7:52 AM

Yo J, i got turned onto your vlog about a month or so by chance. most impressive man. anyway, what's up with a vlog about 90's hip hop vs. post 2002 hip hop? seems like some of the creativity died man...
Thanks.
Bless.

Posted by: June. at September 1, 2008 8:17 AM

I agree with all of the above, because I honestly think that if you take ANY topic and just talk about it openly and honestly it's going to be interesting. I like the way your mind works, and find it interesting even when you talk about topics I might not otherwise be interested in.

For the record, the difference between your personality here and your personality in person was SHOCKING to me. I had no idea how shy you are. And since I'm such an extreme extravert, I thought, "Wow, I must have felt like a tornado to him." :) Seeing how shy you are in person just made me that much more impressed with what you do here.

And just so you know, the cat is ALWAYS the perfect, snappy ending.

Posted by: Amy at September 1, 2008 8:29 AM

"You should discuss the issues for kids growing up with one white parent and one black parent."

Seconded. I was coming here to ask you to discuss that. Although more about how having two cultures in your life balanced out rather than the straight white/black thing.

Also:

What music are you listening to? What books? Anything good, anything bad, what should I be listening to/reading?

Speaking of bad, have you seen this book yet: http://moourl.com/ubq2h ? Maybe you could talk about misogyny in culture.

I don't think you should be worrying so much though, 99% of what you churn out is always solid and good.

Posted by: Natali at September 1, 2008 8:30 AM

I agree, Sarah Palin would be a good topic. You've also talked before about how people needed to shut the hell up with the mysogyny against Clinton. Maybe people need to hear this kind of thing repeatedly. I think mysogyny from the left against Palin, which started within an hour of her being picked, is even more dangerous for this election - not because many Clinton supporters would ever vote for McCain (I mean come on, Palin is a creationist for fuck's sake), but because there is no "right" way Obama could respond to the mysogyny (either: he totally doesn't get it and still won't speak out against that shit; or why would he speak out against it when it happens to Palin, but not to Clinton?). The effect will be to make women again feel unwanted and unneeded and objectified and mistreated by both parties so they just stay home.

That's a good topic!

Posted by: Lynne at September 1, 2008 9:10 AM

hmmmm . . . i definitely think that touching on sarah palin & misogyny is a good idea. how about the crazies from PUMPApac and their long lost "michelle obama anti-whitey" videos?

or, you could talk about the new internet mockery subject, "it's so cold in the d."

don't let the little hater win, man. it really is a conversation. and we're all about conversing w/ you. peace!

Posted by: dopegirlfresh at September 1, 2008 9:26 AM

I really love your videos. You're really good at noting positives and negatives about things. I think a lot of people are just completely accepting or completely dismissive.

Posted by: sarcozona at September 1, 2008 9:59 AM

Hey Jay, I was getting worried, so glad to see you back in the game.
I'm not going to give you an idea to talk about, but I will give you mental pressure relief valve. Right now, you make "videos", which is a real general term. but I have noticed that the videos you make tend to fall into some distinct categories, ie mashups, beats, editorials/commentaries. I say you use some categorization to give yourself a break. If it is just a converasation, post it as such in the title, mashups, editorials, others likewise. That way you aren't trying to make a HIT VIDEO every time you start filming, especially when all you may want to do is a little conversating and such. So relax, turn on the camera and tell the little hater to STFU.

Later.

Posted by: Brothajohn at September 1, 2008 10:13 AM

um, i just want to see more of those amazing dance moves.

Posted by: christine at September 1, 2008 10:35 AM

I started watching you a couple of weeks ago when you were featured on the AV club. Since then, I've watched everything you've got on here (a few of them I've seen a number of times that some may call unhealthy). You are so great at distilling your message down into this concise little package. I admire this skill very much. I know it's gotta be tough, brother. But, keep it up!

As far as what to vlog about... I think Derek had some good ideas: the "n" word, gentrification, issues in a multi-racial house hold. I myself have dated across race lines. I'd love to hear your thoughts.

On the same line, how do you feel about comics like Paul Mooney that have now refrained from using the "n" word (honestly, I don't know that he's held to this. I suppose he has). Your Carlin "Yes We Can" remix is a good contrast to this thought. If we have absolute freedom of speech, can you make a difference by setting an example of restraint?

Lynne had a pretty good idea about misogyny from the left against Palin. But, I'd like to know how you feel about the sexism people felt against Clinton, or whether you feel that there was a strong misogynistic element in how the democrats handled her.

But more about hip-hop, the record industry, what you're listening to is always welcome. I loved what you did on Wild Style. So other forms of media would be great to hear about.

Just make things, man. Don't worry about hitting it out of the park every time. This is a conversation, right? You ain't gonna be the wittiest guy in the room EVERY time, but that don't mean that people don't want to hear what you've got to say. Believe it, they do.

Posted by: Kevin at September 1, 2008 10:38 AM

Total newcomer here. Someone posted a link to one of your videos and I thought, "Well, that was kind of awesome," so I watched a bunch more, which were pretty different from each other and also turned out to be fairly awesome, so I added your feed to my LJ reading list and now there's this, and I'm thinking, "Well, that makes sense." I mean, I just got a new computer that has a web cam built in? So I put several layers of black tape over it. It seemed like the natural choice. So anyone doing 3-minute intervals of being out there and talking and being visible (I mean, isn't one of the reason we love having friends who live inside our computers is that we're largely invisible during the process? Except video-blogging kind of explodes that) seems pretty cool to me.

So, if I was going to ask for something to for you to conversate about, I guess I'd say, "What do you (however unrealistically) wish everyone would watch/hear/read?" Are there times when you're having a conversation with someone who's kind of starting to get you a little frustrated, and what you really want to do is put a book or an article or a YouTube video or a Pixar movie or whatever in front of them and say, "Get that inside of you and then talk to me." ?

I'm not swearing I'll run right out and find it (thought I might), I'm just curious.

Posted by: Calluna V, at September 1, 2008 10:52 AM

Daddy Yankee coming out in support for McCain. That's a WTF?!?! vlog just waiting to happen.

Posted by: Geo at September 1, 2008 11:19 AM

A difficult question that myself and some friends in a hip-hop group have been wrestling with is: What place do a couple of middle to upper class white kids from Boulder, CO have in Hip-Hop?

The prospect of performing for a lot of people this summer has challenged us to really think about and talk about who we are, what we stand for, and where we fit into hip-hop. We feel very strongly that it is an important discussion for us to have. This question has no distinct answer yet demands a constant reassessment of where we fit into the genre in which we produce music.
For us, when starting this discussion, we wondered how could using a certain genre of music to present an important and positive message be bad? Who exactly could it be hurting? When taking white privilege and the history of white people appropriating music and culture from African Americans, though, those questions are a lot harder to answer.

Our discussion has ranged from the history of Hip-Hop to its place in the world today to white privilege and the tendency of whites to appropriate culture that is not inherently ours. By no means have we agreed, and we have come to no sounds conclusions, so we bring the discussion to you so that we can hear your opinions and considerations.

So, we ask: What place do white people have in Hip-Hop, an art form that is historically and in many ways intrinsically not white?

What right do we, as white people, have to use Hip-Hop as a vehicle for our message of social justice?

Does and should race play a role in Hip-Hop today?

Author Adam Mansbach, in an NPR Interview, recognizes the important role that Hip-Hop played in the 1980s as “one of the only sites in American life where whiteness was made subjective . . . White people tend to . . . walk around thinking white is normative, white unless otherwise specified, and Hip-Hop dislocated that.” Today, though, “Hip-Hop is no longer a site of visibility for whiteness. White kids have walked into Hip-Hop like it’s our parents’ living room and thrown our feet up on the coffee table” (Hip-Hop: Under Fire – Not Just a Black Thing).

With this historical role in mind, we feel that it is vital for us to take strong ownership for our whiteness. We cannot simply assume that color blindness is a good thing (see “Color-Blind Ideology and the Cultural Appropriation of Hip-Hop” by Jason Rodriguez). We must constantly question our place in social justice and for IDeology, our place in Hip-Hop. We must move forward humbly and thoughtfully.

In the words of Adam Mansbach from the above-cited interview, we, as white people, “need to stop running from white privilege, stop pretending that it doesn’t exist, and start thinking about how we use that privilege in transformative ways. For instance, certain things that [we] can say without recrimination, a person of color would be ignored if they said . . . for [us] to assert that racism is still very much in effect, still one of the most pernicious and persistent problems in American life is in some ways paradoxically taken more seriously because it’s not from self interest, in theory, for [us] to say it.”

The question looms, though: Is an awareness and self-conscious action enough?

Some of the resources we looked to in our own discussion are:
Hip-Hop: Under Fire – Not Just a Black Thing from NPR

“Color-Blind Ideology and Cultural Appropriation of Hip-Hop” by Jason Rodriguez

“Hip-Hop, Whiteness and Cultural Authenticity: A Dialogue with Soul Sista #1” by Evan Baker Smith

Hip-Hop America by Nelson George from Penguin Books, 1998

Vlog away! We hope to hear what you have to say!

Peace be the Journey!

Posted by: Jamie at September 1, 2008 11:22 AM

Hey Jay, don't get all self conscious I doubt anybody actually expects you to talk this way all the time..infact it would be a lil' annoyin' if you did (if you've ever had a know-it-all for a friend you'll understand)...but I recently saw a Tavis Smiley clip where the great Dr. Cornel West and a woman (who's name I can't recall) criticised Barack Obama for not making enough of a reference to Dr.MLK Jnr in his DNC speech. Your 2 cents please.

Posted by: RisingSon at September 1, 2008 11:34 AM

Whatever it is, looking forward to it all man

Posted by: Shey at September 1, 2008 12:34 PM

umm....jay...the fact that there are this many comments (and the amt of cogent thought in them actually multiplies the comments by 12...just look at any of my 50 cent posts for comparison) to you basically saying that you don't always have something profound to say, should tell you that the little hater has been outvoted.
: )

Posted by: missinfo at September 1, 2008 12:58 PM

From a fellow introvert who is sometimes an extrovert, I feel you. When people react to your awesomeness, you don't get a big head, you get afraid you can't live up to that because you know you aren't that 24/7. You talk about connectedness..and imperfection is part of that. Just keep having the conversation, even if all your thoughts aren't all sorted out.

As for topics, I definitely agree with Natali that I would like to hear you talk about Dante Moore's book and misogyny. I'd also like to hear your thoughts on Jewel Woods' Black Male Privileges Checklist http://jewelwoods.com/node/9.

Also, just scooping your Tweets, but I would love to hear your thoughts on the colorblind thing because I know you could preach. I recently read a blog post where someone was completely defending "colorblind" as a legitimately anti-racist effort. My brain just went to mush.

Much love n keep your head up.

Posted by: withoutscene at September 1, 2008 2:06 PM

A new post on Ill Doc. This is a pretty good birthday present.

Posted by: Michelle at September 1, 2008 3:11 PM

Jay, one of the things I love about your vlog is that you're completely honest with us about who you are--I feel like many people who are well-known online are fairly reserved people in the "real world" (myself included--the reserved part, not so much the well-known anyway).

I want to know how you feel about online radio stations like Pandora having to shut down because of music labels slamming them with outrageous fees to play their artists' music. It drives me insane that record labels are still trying to avoid the inevitable evolution of the music industry. What do you think?

Love your site, and I'll keep on stopping by if you keep on updating, no matter how far apart said updates are.

Posted by: Cerebelle at September 1, 2008 3:23 PM

A lot of great topics I thought about have already been mentioned here, any one of which I'd love to hear (see!) you talk about. So I'll just second the poster above who said, "please tell us about your cat."

I completely get how the performance aspect of vlogging can provide fodder for the little hater. (Blogging has some of the same pitfalls.) I enjoy what you do so much, though, that I am totally on the side of CONVERSATE, conversate to your heart's content.

Posted by: jane grove at September 1, 2008 3:23 PM

Jay, keep doing what your doing because the world needs a dude with his head screwed on straight speaking his mind no matter what the subject. Don't worry about each post being the best, just make them more often, it's all good.
You got plenty of viewers over here in the UK and it's good to get the perspective on issues from a real person rather than the highly edited snippets of CNN, CBS and ABC etc that filters through to us.
As for things to talk about, it'd be interesting to hear how UK Hip Hop gets rep'd in the US and what you think it.

Posted by: Mr.Serum at September 1, 2008 3:42 PM

yeah, you're pretty much a deadbeat dad when it comes to consistency....pick us up once a month...tell us you're gonna be back next week...and that day never comes...no matter how many comments we leave

Posted by: Mr. Rogers at September 1, 2008 3:46 PM

You never did answer what you did to connect with those young kids you mentored in NYC. (This was the vid talking about TI and the gun bust, IIRC).

Posted by: Joe Grossberg at September 1, 2008 4:03 PM

the connection comes from connecting, not from hitting every time you connect. you don't always hit, but we're still here. the internet isn't THAT fickle.

i'd like to hear about your sources. what do you read/watch to keep up on ... stuff?

Posted by: claire at September 1, 2008 4:34 PM

I searched your site once for your opinion of Aaron McGruder and/or his comic/cartoon The Boondocks and was surprised you've not really discussed it. Do you agree with the protrayal of the characters? Do you think it's overall been a positive or negative influence on black or white people?

Posted by: Blake at September 1, 2008 5:04 PM

introverted?
for sure! :)

keep doin' what you're doin', its great like that!
(... says a german fan!)

Posted by: MC Winkel at September 1, 2008 5:35 PM

I postulate that the reason hip hop started sucking was the sampling laws that locked down the use of old soul and funk records. Here you had producers who sampled "REAL" musicians who had the groove, and that groove translated to hip hop. Soon as hip hop sampling laws went in, you got a million jackasses who had to make do with plink-plonking on Korg keyboard presets - dudes who had no musical training what so ever.

discuss:)

Posted by: wax at September 1, 2008 5:43 PM

I'm liking the new vlog. Let's put a stop this hater in your head and get it up to 1-2 vlogs a week. I like your perspective on life.
If you want to tackle some of my ideas they are as follows:
1.What is your opinion on the internet rap game? soundlcick.com? Not only musical artists, but producers as well, trying to tackle success via the internet. It's a way to be heard, but at the same time, anybody can go buy a $5 mic, plug it into their mom and dads computer, record on some freeware program they downloaded illegally, and upload the song for everyone to hear. On the same note, they can download FL Studio and make some crappy beat and post it up. SO when you hear too many people not taking the game seriously, it can discourage you from looking further and finding that artist that is taking the game serious, has quality lyrics, beats, and recording. Solja Boy was able to gain major success from a song I saw on the soundlcick charts for a while, and more power to him. People are hating on the kid trying to bring dance back into hip hop? Isn't that one of the elements? I respect his hustle, and the fact he has positve raps. Also, there are producers from soundclick.com doing big projects. Apex produced "I Get Money", even though Scott Boogie stole it, it was discovered he created the beat. He ogt known through Soundclick, and Myspace. Kane Beatz worked with Chamillionaire, FloRida ect. The internet is a beast when it comes to the game nowadays. So we have tons of wack wanna be emcees, stolen works, and Solja Boy(hahaha), but on the bright side, real artists and producers are reaching out and being heard.
2.See Above.
JW
2.

Posted by: JW at September 1, 2008 6:05 PM

Here's a great idea: I am curious to know what you think is the most underrated question. I wrote about this idea on my blog and I came up with "How are you?". I think it would be cool to get your take on this.

Posted by: Jiovanni at September 1, 2008 6:07 PM

Posted by: bwm at September 1, 2008 6:34 PM

I've Been waiting to here your thoughts about The DNC & The RNC

Posted by: jaymo jangles at September 1, 2008 6:58 PM

"Give us a guide to the difference between artful sampling (Kanye) and beatjacking (Kanye)."

Quincy Jones already said even if it's just looping a part of a song someone else made, sampling is still music creation because a choice is still being made about what sounds go where, and that's basically all music creation is.

Posted by: vgambit at September 1, 2008 7:00 PM

Vgambit,

I appreciate the clarification. But with all due respect to QJ, I still find a huge difference in the artistry between the "Simply Beautiful" Al Green sample Kanye laced Kweli with on "Good to You," and say the Hank Crawford "Wildflower"/Tupac "Shorty Wanna be a Thug" beatjacking Kanye did on "Drive Slow." Beatjacking may be music creation, and music creation is, whether I like it or not, art. But despite being creation, I don't find it creative in the slightest. In the words of Wyclef, it's just "recycling, and biting, and calling it your own shit."

Posted by: Derek at September 1, 2008 7:10 PM

Vgambit,

I appreciate the clarification. But with all due respect to QJ, I still find a huge difference in the artistry between the "Simply Beautiful" Al Green sample Kanye laced Kweli with on "Good to You," and say the Hank Crawford "Wildflower"/Tupac "Shorty Wanna be a Thug" beatjacking Kanye did on "Drive Slow." Beatjacking may be music creation, and music creation is, whether I like it or not, art. But despite being creation, I don't find it creative in the slightest. In the words of Wyclef, it's just "recycling, and biting, and calling it your own shit."

Posted by: Derek at September 1, 2008 7:10 PM

Seriously, on 60 Minutes last night Andy Rooney spent his allotted time showing off things people mailed to him. There's a senile old man yapping away about NOTHING on a major network every week and you're nervous about what you have to say? Release the inner Andy Rooney within! Talk about anything! You can do it!

Posted by: Eileen at September 1, 2008 7:59 PM


Here's a Topic:


Is Lyndon LaRouche just a conspiracy theorist,
Hatting on Soros & the British Empire ?

Posted by: bwm at September 1, 2008 8:06 PM

Your Little Hater is definitely on something strong, because your videos are always just amazing. I always know when I hit play that I'm gonna hear something that Just Makes Sense, even though I could never express those same ideas as well. Or maybe that's just my Little Hater.

So topics...

Hmmm...... Topics...

What could there be to talk about? Gosh. Oh, I don't know. I hear there's this thing going on in my city called the... CNR... No, that's the part of the government that takes care of parks and stuff... Oh, the RNC. That's it. Not that that could provide any topics for you...

If you're looking for something that hits a bit closer to home for you (something that deals with hip-hop, that is, since it's the general subject of your vlog), well Atmosphere took part in the Take Back Labor Day festival today, across the river from the RNC. Maybe you could say a word about them. Or tomorrow, Matisyahu is taking part in a festival at the State Capital here. Now there's something to talk about. A Hasidic Jew reggae artist. I don't know enough about Hasidism or reggae to say anything intelligent about him. And I don't want to limit discussion on him to a little box just because it seems an odd combination to me. I guess I should go educate myself then. But anyway, his music is amazing.

Posted by: Aaron at September 1, 2008 9:03 PM

fuck the little hater

ive been trying to get the lil hater out of my head for a couple months now, i need to start writing and producing musiccc

there's a million things i'd love to do

Posted by: colin at September 1, 2008 10:53 PM

jay u know u have a lot to talk about especailly with the whole mccain and his lost sense of thought and diddy goin on him about his vp choice.

Posted by: p_scribe at September 1, 2008 11:12 PM

i love u jay!!!

Posted by: bill at September 2, 2008 12:10 AM

oh and no homo on that either dawg

Posted by: bill` at September 2, 2008 12:11 AM

Hey, one video a month is fine - whatever you can do with what you feel you've got. That said, you've got talent and natural style, so yeah, it would be nice to see more of it.

I've been enjoying your discourse on politics quite some. I love me some hip-hop perspective, and it's great to see it applied to this race; especially as "race" seems to be the choice euphemism for "class", and no-one wants to be caught mentioning race any more. Which brings to mind a question... It seems like hip-hop has fought, and hasn't fared so well, against the "gangsta = credibility" equation in popular culture. Are there any lessons learned from this that can be applied to helping push the media coverage away from inconsequential issues, in favour of the very real business of running the USA?

Posted by: wyrmsine at September 2, 2008 3:08 AM

Describe your Little Hater. What does he or she look like?

It is like in the horror movies when you can't see the monster, it's scary. Once you see it's a guy in a rubber mask, you can wrap your head around the idea of the Little Hater, find their weakness and defeat them.

Challenge of everyone reading this: What does your Little Hater look like?

Posted by: Topher at September 2, 2008 5:53 AM

hey J.

So, I never comment on the vlog, but I always watch. Soooooo good.

What's amusing is that I watch the vlog, but don't listen to hiphop, mostly because what I have been exposed to in hip hop is a lot of misogynistic bullshit that I cannot stand in the slightest. I don't have the patience to slog through a pile of bitch this, and bitch that, to get to some decent music that won't make my gorge rise or make me fell attacked in my own headphones.

I'd looooove for you to talk about hip hop, and misogyny, and the impact it's had on culture. More than that, I'd love some recommendations for some good hiphop to listen to. Most of the hiphop I DO own/listen to, is really old at this point. So, yeah. Recs! WHEE!

Oh, and um, Fieldston Unite! Man, am I dorky or what?! (That was my little hater speaking!)

Posted by: Nicole at September 2, 2008 6:45 AM

Can you give parents of young teen kids interested in hip-hop some pointers? How should we talk to our kids about the genre, its history,and its content? Which artists would you recommend for younger listeners? -Signed, a soccer mom who wants to stay connected

Posted by: Christine at September 2, 2008 9:24 AM

We're our own worst critics J. Please don't stop vlogging! I admire your extremely well presented and thoroughly thought-out arguments on all of the topics you vlog about. It's fantastic to have someone talking about the intersection of hip-hop culture, politics, the music industry, etc. in such an insightful yet entertaining way. I'd love to hear your thoughts on Palin as well as the musical choices for Obama and McCain during the conventions and their campaign rallies.

Posted by: Kris-tay at September 2, 2008 11:03 AM

hey jay, just another voice in the crowd saying keep it up, love your videos (and i don't dig most vlogs). i added you on twitter too, since i'd be more likely to send you a comment/idea/shoutout that way.

Posted by: raymondj at September 2, 2008 12:28 PM

Keep doing what you are doing Jay. Don't worry about all of that other stuff.

I figured editing the video is the hardest part of vlogging -- not coming up with creative ideas.

I have filmed myself on video in attempt to vlog, but the editing process is a beeyootch!

That's what discourages me to vlog. The editing process can be tedious.

Anyway, talk about this presidental election.
Also, there has been a few articles on the "Rise of Vinyl."
Don't hate me for saying this Jay -- but I thought vinyl was "DEAD" since the advent of digital music.

But I see these articles popping up about how vinyl is making a comeback. Is this too premature?

I hope you like my topics.

Take it easy Jay Smooth.

Posted by: Trent at September 2, 2008 1:20 PM

big fan love what you are doing
here are somethings...

post-race America?!?! what does that mean...

the circus that is over-hype / yellow journalism on every thing from the election to brittney

big brother is now called youtube... lol

how youtube brings accountability to your favorite people at their worst moments

Posted by: res at September 2, 2008 3:02 PM

Yeah, this post-racial thing is ridiculous. The "The End of Black Politics?" guy on Tavis Smiley was trippin when he talked about Black politics as commensurate to Italian, Irish, and Jewish politics. Uh, *so* not the same.

@Jay I added you on Twitter because I'm always interested in what you have to say. You don't have to add me back, but it would rock if you did.

Posted by: withoutscene at September 2, 2008 5:03 PM

I like this. I'm not gonna suggest anything, cause it seems like you got plenty to work with above...
But I like this.

Posted by: cakefordinner at September 2, 2008 5:28 PM

What's up with your cat Jay.
Have your cat every now and then get a word in or two, or do an entire vlog - when you need a break. Talking cats are big on YouTube, look like the little fella was getting bored in this one ... holding its corner taking a little drink. The little fella wants to participate.

Posted by: bwm at September 2, 2008 5:59 PM

Little hater taunts me all the time. I have to constantly remind myself that I blog to inform myself about the cool toys I get to play with and to document my life in the film world.

By the way I was scratching my screen thinking there was dirt on it...it was on your back wall...damn little hater.

Hit me up Jay I'm dead serious about "Beat Down Boogie" we would love to have you collaborate with us.

Posted by: Andy Coon at September 2, 2008 6:45 PM

Jay! Joe Buddens new dis-track against three fourths and a quarter of hip hop?

Amazing beat and amazing points. What do you think?

Posted by: Jamari at September 2, 2008 6:47 PM

Ah, the Lil Hater rears its head again. Beat that bitch down (hah, I should talk, I think I spend more work commenting on blogs/vlogs than PRODUCING. For shame). I've shied away from posting on my once-regular viz art/networking sites because it was such a hassle to maintain-- put up work you are proud of, or just to keep yourself "relevant" within this social net? I can only imagine it's much more difficult when the art is, in essence, yourself-- or a heightened version thereof.

Ways, yah, Palin would be a good topic. Also appreciate your take on this "post-racial" era that we're allegedly entering (I call B.S. all OVER that).

Btw, @ SoulBounce they were reacting skeptically to Spike's assertion that if Barack (god willing) gets the presidency that it might usher in a new era of hiphop creativity. SB's counters with the ol "through the crucible of strife comes art" nugget(yah, paraphrasing), which I agree with. Thoughts?

Also, more cat action plz.

OHKAY, that's enuff procrastinating. Time to close those 25 browser tabs and get to work, lol.

Posted by: heyhey at September 2, 2008 8:18 PM

I think you should definitely increase the frequency of your video blog posts. I really enjoy that and think that you've brought up some really great points in the past. Even if I haven't agreed with you on certain points, you've always made me laugh or smile.

Posted by: Mai at September 2, 2008 10:19 PM

What about schooling? Youth and education? College or not? Motivation? Messages for youth? Teachers? Parents?

FYI: I am a high school history teacher, in the exurbs, near 50 years old, child free, pretty clueless about hip hop, and I love your vlogs and your POV.

Posted by: Clover88 at September 2, 2008 11:43 PM

I want to know about your cat co-star.

Posted by: Zach at September 3, 2008 11:34 AM

Ayo Jay I got a nice ill topic for you to discuss...and its not political or some social topic like black fathers and ghettos...

You Should talk about how the everyday persons view of the world is quickly being turned into 10-15 second clips that are show on the news and on youtube...and about how we make the most concrete judgements about the issues or actions in these 10 to 15 second clips...without being shown the context in which these clips apply

Ex. you might see a clip of some grown man tackling and roughly wrestling with some kid

and people will say whats wrong with this grown man beating up this kid..thats not right...this guy should be arrested

But what the clip didnt show was that the kid was holding a loaded gun and aiming it at people like he was having fun.

This connects to the Solange incedent with Fox

Posted by: Detroit P at September 3, 2008 1:25 PM

Why you lazy, sneaky son-of-a-bitch. How dare you! Sir, how dare you. You want me to give you ideas on what to vlog about? Let me tell you something sir: if I wanted to go through the effort of developing a personal opinion or finding interesting things to say I'd already be vloggin' my camera-owning ass off. But thats what I come to YOU for, so you can come up with interesting things to talk about and tell me what I should think them so I can continue to use aforementioned camera documenting college girls completely wasting there parents tuition check. This is the relationship we have, you pick a topic that's going on in current events and spin it in some funny-breath-of-fresh-air kind of way and I watch that video and regurgitate what you said for people who haven't seen it, and completely take credit for thinking outside the box and being such a deep dude. I'm awesome, I know. So no I'm not going to tell you what to think about vlogging about so you can vlog about it and tell me what to think about the thing I thought you should think about, you lazy bastard. You do it for me! All of it! That's why you're here.

If it worked any other way it'd be as dumb as criminals who commit crimes and then go confess to it like an episode of the Closer. It's a cop's job to figure it out dipshit, don't do the police work for them - you're not gonna get a badge and pension, you're gonna get 5 to 10. What were we talking about again?

Posted by: NOT YOU at September 3, 2008 4:00 PM

Oh and vlog about Barack's Presidency could be a double edged sword for minority communities.

Posted by: NOT YOU at September 3, 2008 4:04 PM

Should I stalk ostentatiously off a dance floor when a song is appallingly misogynistic? Would you?

Posted by: Sappho at September 3, 2008 5:12 PM

I'd love to see your take on hip-hop for the, uh, hip-hop impaired, but still interested. (Like me.) Also, I agree with the person that said you should talk about your cat.

Posted by: Cassie at September 3, 2008 7:07 PM

I know you try hard to speak intelligently and as unbiased as possible. Is there ever a point where you feel like going un-PC and start pissing everyone off just so they can get mad and you can laugh? Would you then feel a need to be an equal opportunity hater and spread the love/hate around?

Posted by: rallycars at September 3, 2008 7:46 PM

Screw those other suggestions. Just do that dance you were doing in this video for two minutes strong. It'd be great commentary on the state of hip hop media, without any commentary at all.

I=genius.

Posted by: Again, NOT YOU at September 3, 2008 11:11 PM

when people argue whether the problem is racism OR classism.

why dipset is so popular. more broadly, how do we understand hiphop as a medium for expressing pain and marginalization and anger, but not let the negativity that is inherent in that music become a controlling force of its own?

the fact that hip-hop is incredibly regional and what that means artistically as well as sociologically, in terms of identification with place and home etc

respond to june 08 economist article saying hiphop is not a force for social change

Posted by: Heather at September 3, 2008 11:40 PM

Keep doing what you're doing, man. We love seeing videos from you no matter what they're about.

Posted by: Steven Klassen at September 4, 2008 2:12 PM

"Conversate is really a word"

Oh, it's all fun and games until you are grading a kid's paper and they talk about "reversating the car".

Posted by: heyhey at September 4, 2008 4:44 PM

I dont know if Jay Smooth is still reading the comments on this but...

Please do a piece on how the hip hop community needs to stop giving so much attention to chain snatchers.

Why even give attention to no talent bums who have absolutely nothing positive or productive to add to society or our culture?

Posted by: Chuck at September 4, 2008 4:49 PM

jay, have you been following the Kwame Kilpatrick fiasco in Detroit? Jeez, its really embarassing. As if the world had another reason to rag on us.....

Posted by: Evan at September 4, 2008 6:49 PM

yes, please keep conversating. :-)
(and dancing and rapping too, if u like)
we love it. and by "we" i mean me and my own little hater.. and likely also most of the other people that tune in to u.

Posted by: steph at September 4, 2008 11:35 PM

Very interesting. The way you described vlogging, and the person you become in front of the camera, is very analogous to how I view being a rapper. Ultimately you have to showcase a magnified version of your personality, and in some regards be a caricature. Obviously not to the point where you perpetuate a facade, but you can't be introverted. Going a step further, the artist that are most charismatic, are the ones we love the most. Either way, very dope. Co-Signed!!!

Posted by: The Incomparable Shakespeare at September 5, 2008 2:39 PM

Topic: Palin's speech the other night was quite punditic. Will Palin's ability to energize the conservative base open the door for more pundits with Journalism degrees (read: Bill O'Reilly) to run for high office ?

Posted by: SDLN at September 5, 2008 2:43 PM

topic: where are the women in hiphop? (i mean on the mic, i know where they are in the videos)

oh and follow me twitter...

guerrillamama

Posted by: guerrillamama at September 5, 2008 6:15 PM

what does the phrase "there is no them" mean to you?
Not to stay on the little hater thing but is there any aspect of you that is consistentlyimpervious to the little hater?.

How do mean people get great jobs?

Has the little hater EVER been helpful?

How is it possible for so many people to preach love and intolerance at the same time?

What the hell did freddie foxxx do to ray benzino on that tour bus????? (and old hiphopmusic.com question)

what does the phrase "there is no them" mean to you?

What's the greatest invention of your lifetime (the internet is not an acceptable answer!)

do you envy anyone? and is it ever ok?

Posted by: tone at September 5, 2008 7:19 PM

Little tough guy rappers getting robbed for their jewelry, twice? IE Tyga/ Yung Berg, who could be the same person.. I mean, that in any genre of music, that keeping it real is important. Wether that person lip syncs, lies about writing a song, or says he's a tough guy and gets his $70K chain jacked.

Posted by: C. Baines at September 6, 2008 6:16 AM

Yo Jay, just do you like you always have. It's not the "persona" that me (and others) coming back but the "realness" of your words.

And remember "conversate" is not a word. Ha ha...

Posted by: JustSayKB at September 6, 2008 3:16 PM

I'm curious if you believe as I do that the state should be in the business of certifying civil unions, while churches/synogogues/mosques/etc, if they deem folks worthy by some set of religious standards, can pronounce folks wed if they so choose. Whatever your views, I'd be interested to hear your thoughts and I'm sure you could muster something fun and informative.

Posted by: Pat at September 7, 2008 4:00 PM

Jay, since you've asked about interesting topics:

Why don't you discuss the international Hip Hop Scene or enlight the people with the stuff you know about that?

For instance the German, French or Russian/Polish scene?

At least it would be interesting, but of course I don't know what YOU know about that.

holla

Posted by: Aeko at September 9, 2008 6:10 PM

It doesn't really matter what it is you talk about next, because people will listen. It's an awesome gift, my friend, and I think you deserve it.

Posted by: Elizabeth at September 9, 2008 11:01 PM

"The performance me is part of me but not really me." The not,not me is a crucial theory in performance studies. It seems to offer a key to the transcendental (that which is infinite/beyond our 'everyday' observance) if only just for a moment.

Other examples, flirting, and sex (of course!), but also peyote and LSD, etc. But performing in front of people who are responding/connecting/communicating with what you say, that's gotta be better than sex! (or maybe im just having bad sex...?)

cheers!

- (nerdy college student)

Posted by: Brian at September 11, 2008 5:26 PM

You don't have to try too hard man, you're a natural and your solid editing skills add the final touch of perfection.

Posted by: Clintus at September 11, 2008 10:35 PM

what new music are you feeling rite about now?
..and the old?

Posted by: hamadi at September 12, 2008 1:36 AM

So I found your vlog on feministing.com and I really like what you have to say. It's something I can follow even though I'm really unfamiliar with hip hop. About the only newish stuff I've listened to is Del tha Funkee Homosapien and MF Doom and to be honest I'm not sure if it counts as new. Could you please post a "beginner's guide" to hip hop and spotlight some musicians that you like?

Posted by: Becky at September 16, 2008 4:06 AM

I've been into old-school hot jazz and swing music/dance (see this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=myJj0mNNe1Y for a bad-ass example of the dance by people way better than me) for a while and I see a lot of that influence in hip hop music/dance. There's the same kind of raw power and energy in the music and dancing, and obviously hip hop is what the small combo stuff of the '20s and '30s eventually evolved into.

What are your thoughts on the vintage stuff and how/if the music is still relevant today?

Posted by: Megatron at September 16, 2008 9:02 PM

A short time ago, I stumbled upon your video blog after listening to an interview you did on The Sound of Young America. I really liked the whole Bill O'reiley rap and have been watching your vlogs ever since. And I have a question.


So, I'm not really a fan of hip hop...Well, not anymore. Not since I was like 16 or so (right around the time Pdiddy, then Puff Daddy came out with the whole Mo Money Mo problems bit).

The reason I stopped listening is because I felt all I heard coming from these rappers was that their new found materialism made them part of this new brand of the super posh. Although, I know deep down that there are sure to be plenty of hip hop artists who don't subscribe to this shallow ideology, I have had very very limited exposure to them. Resulting in the general closing of my ears to hip hop.

I could go on and on about how I don't want to have to pay someone to hear them brag to me about how much cool new crap they have. And how this crap makes them so unbelievably, irresistibly cool, that i should stop and marvel at their greatness. But that would be totally missing the point of this long ass comment, which is.

I want to know more about hip hop. I want to have a general idea and respect for this artform but am unsure of where to go to hear quality hip hop. living in a place that is pretty much absent of african american culture let alone hip hop enthusiasts makes it difficult to have any exposure to anything other than main stream.

My question is, finally, where would you recommend someone like me to start?


Posted by: Dawn at September 17, 2008 6:59 PM

Yo...I think your strength is NOTICING things and talking about them. So to generate ideas, you should just be out and about, and home watching TV, be watching what "we"(whoever we are) watch. But don't give that ish a pass, pay attention to your reaction, if you have one, and note it as a potential topic. That's what you do best! Like we hear "no homo" a million times a day, but don't even think about it - until you break it down and MAKE us think for a minute about what we're hearing and saying.

Sorry if that's not the type of specific idea you requested, but I wanted to give you props, and also just try to reinforce the fact that I think your topics are pointed in the right direction.

So what do you think of getting out the vote in the Hip-Hop community? And -- what do you think about the nearly taboo topic of "Black Republicans", which many (including myself) consider an oxymoron?

Those could keep you busy for a few hours, if you're comfortable taking them on. You're typically pretty fearless, plus your logic and honesty are hard to f--- with.

Peace.

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