In the spirit of the #Holidays and in the spirit of #HipHop - I compiled an playlist of some of my fave Hip Hop Christmas songs! Feel free to add more to this commentary if you have a favorite I missed, and I'll add it for other people to download! Happy Hip Hop Holiday's Ya'll!
What does Hip Hop have to do with Economic Affairs? What does Hip Hop have to do with Racism? Hip Hop is about partying and bullsh*t right? Or is it? There has and always will be controversy over race. Who is allowed and who is not allowed in any given circumstance. And there is no limitation when it comes to #music. Whites are as accepted in #HipHop as Blacks are in #Country music. No, not something you see every day, but is it okay for this intertwining to occur? Pose for a moment if Kendrick didn't spit, but had a twang with an acoustic guitar? Or Rah Digga belting out Voi Che Sapete (An Opera Song)? Can an artist who doesn't typically fit the "mold" of a particular genre, still rock that genre? Hip Hop is my life, so I can only speak on it as a culture and my relation to it...But Hip Hop seems to have a particular "negative forcefield" toward a white artist receiving true credibility as an emcee. Why is that, do we think? Do Country or Emo Artists feel the same? Recently Q-Tip took to twitter to speak directly to Iggy Azealia with some education on the origins of hip hop and what that means to the black individual.
Breaking down the socio-economic factors that contributed to the formation of Hip Hop and into a culture whose foundation was such. So what about today? Does the music we hear today have that same kind of plight? Is it okay for Iggy to win the Hip Hop Album of the Year? Is it lyrically based, is it album sales based or is it culture based? Or does that matter to the masses or just the "backpackers"? Depending on your knowledge of the culture of Hip Hop, and your relation to it, are where your views land.
(CLICK HERE TO READ QTIP'S ENTIRE MESSAGE)
Now TI has responded on behalf and in defense of Iggy noting that some white artists merely wish to contribute to Hip Hop rather than infiltrate it and steal from it. In my eyes, TI kind of missed the point of what Q-Tip was saying. Do your art, but remember that your art has a voice and its roots are deep within a culture steadfast built on creativity, strength, hope and determination.
(CLICK HERE TO READ TI'S ENTIRE MESSAGE)
But this is just one woman in Hip Hop's opinion. I truly believe that the voice...the rhythmic vibrations...they have power and authority in the world, and our whole culture was based upon that premise. So ANY artist who delves into this particular genre should understand that as core and key. It was a chance to be free, to express the soul, and evoke those emotions as well. Black, white, woman, man....I don't really care who you are...
your WORDs determine OUTCOME...your WORDs have POWER....your WORDs CREATE.....
What Are YOUR WORDs Doing?
What do you think about the subject?
You Voice is All YOU GOT!
* Enunciation/Tongue Twisters:
Be sure and say these in only one breath!
Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers,
A peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked.
If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers,
Where's the peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked?
A tutor who tooted the flute,
Tried to tutor two tooters to toot.
Said the two to the tutor,
"Is it easier to toot,
Or to tutor two tooters to toot?"*
Bobby Bibbit bought a bat.
Bobby Bibbit bought a ball.
With the bat, Bob banged the ball,
Banged the ball against the wall.
Amidst the mists and fiercest frosts,
With barest wrists and stoutest boasts,
He thrusts his fists against the post,
And still insists he sees the ghosts.**
*The difference here is tutor and tooter. Tutor has a long "u" which is very different than the "oo" in tooter, but Americans tend to pronounce them the same way.
**The difference between "st" and "sts" is almost a syllable. Make sure you aren't cutting that final "s" off or adding it where it doesn't belong.
BREATH CONTROL 1:
The point of the exercise is to be able to say the entire piece in 1 breath. Work up to it by doing 1 breath per stanza, then 1 breath for 2 stanzas, etc. When you've mastered it, move on to "The Modern Major General" Fear No More the Heat o' the Sun
Fear no more the heat o' the sun,
Nor the furious winter's rages;
Thou thy worldly task hast done,
Home art gone, and ta'en thy wages:
Golden lads and girls all must,
As chimney-sweepers, come to dust.
Fear no more the frown o' the great,
Thou art past the tyrant's stroke;
Care no more to clothe, and eat;
To thee the reed is as the oak:
The sceptre, learning, physic, must
All follow this, and come to dust.
Fear no more the lightning flash
Nor the all-dreaded thunder-stone;
Fear not slander, censure rash;
Thou hast finished joy and moan:
All lovers young, all lovers must,
Consign to thee, and come to dust.
BREATH CONTROL 2:
The point of the exercise is to be able to say the entire piece in 3 breaths. It can be done, but it takes practice. I would recommend starting withFear No More, which is the same idea, but with shorter stanzas. When you have mastered that, move on to this one. Learn the pronunciations and remember to enunciate! It doesn't count if you slur your words."The Modern Major General"
from Gilbert and Sullivan's Pirates of Penzance
I am the very model of a modern Major-General, I've information vegetable, animal, and mineral, I know the kings of England, and I quote the fights historical From Marathon to Waterloo, in order categorical; I'm very well acquainted, too, with matters mathematical, I understand equations, both the simple and quadratical, About binomial theorem I'm teeming with a lot o' news, With many cheerful facts about the square of the hypotenuse.: I'm very good at integral and differential calculus; I know the scientific names of beings animalculous: In short, in matters vegetable, animal, and mineral, I am the very model of a modern Major-General.
I know our mythic history, King Arthur's and Sir Caradoc's; I answer hard acrostics, I've a pretty taste for paradox, I quote in elegiacs all the crimes of Heliogabalus, In conics I can floor peculiarities parabolous; I can tell undoubted Raphaels from Gerard Dows and Zoffanies, I know the croaking chorus from the Frogs of Aristophanes! Then I can hum a fugue of which I've heard the music's din afore, And whistle all the airs from that infernal nonsense Pinafore. Then I can write a washing bill in Babylonic cuneiform, And tell you ev'ry detail of Caractacus's uniform: In short, in matters vegetable, animal, and mineral, I am the very model of a modern Major-General.
In fact, when I know what is meant by "mamelon" and "ravelin", When I can tell at sight a Mauser rifle from a javelin, When such affairs as sorties and surprises I'm more wary at, And when I know precisely what is meant by "commissariat", When I have learnt what progress has been made in modern gunnery, When I know more of tactics than a novice in a nunnery- - In short, when I've a smattering of elemental strategy, You'll say a better Major-General has never sat a gee. For my military knowledge, though I'm plucky and adventury, Has only been brought down to the beginning of the century; But still, in matters vegetable, animal, and mineral, I am the very model of a modern Major-General.
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