Posts Tagged ‘Hip-hop’

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Yes, you read that right. Vanilla Ice. Why? To go against the grain, for one thing. For years the name had become stigmatized in all forms of media, but it helps to take a step back on some of these narratives and look outside of the MTV lens. Years back, I tried to look into his newer records, but was disillusioned by the changes to his style. Here’s from his most recent album, W.T.F. (Wisdom, Tenacity, and Focus), which contains a combination of styles, original lyrics (this song, for example), and collabs with some well known rap acts and notable ghost-writers.

There has been a lot of criticism for Vanilla Ice, which seemed to be inflated by the industry more than anything. Looking at the initial spark to his fame over 25 years ago, I think he saw a lot more drama than he deserved. And for what? Because the industry propped him up? Is this any different than the giggy-era rappers who would appear only a few years later? The difference, perhaps, is that industry propped him WAY up, probably because he was a talented performer overall. But they overplayed his music, and when people got tired of the style he was put out there to represent, the industry turned on him…

I think that this video puts a few things into perspective. What I see is an artist who loves Hip-hop enough to keep at it after all of these years, through all of the ups and down of his career.

Warning: Intense lyrics

“holocaust is much more than a rapper, he is a war poet. this melody is dark, deadly and beautiful. i wish there were more lyricists such as this but can he even be matched?”

Remember this one?

Starting a couple of weeks back I began re-watching the Men In Black series and came across this main track from MIB II (2002). I actually never gave it a full listen, other than at the end of the movie. Compared to his original track from the 1997 movie (which captured hearts and minds on an unspeakable level) I figured that this song just wouldn’t be the same. Many saw the MIB sequel as a step down, but granted, the original is difficult to top.

Looking at the stats, this single did quite well across Europe and in Canada. This blog is obviously not anywhere close to being about stats, but I find that pretty interesting. And, at the end of the day, when does Will Smith not put on a good show?

As far as his work, in my opinion, nothing can top both Summertime, and the original Men in Black title track. For some Gettin’ Jiggy Wit’ It, is it. I can’t even put into words what the combination of the original movie and the original MIB single meant to me as a child. But other than, say, Public Enemy’s Fight the Power, I don’t think that any hip-hop movie track has yet measured on the same level as far as winning over an audience. So I can’t fault this song in any way. Taken on it’s own, it is definitely an entertaining and solid track. Enjoy!

Alright… It’s been a while.

A few weeks back I was at a music festival in Halifax, Canada, and had the pleasure of listening to a local act and legendary Canadian Hip-hop group called Universal Soul. You may not have heard about Universal Soul, as I hadn’t, but they have been steady rocking in the background since the mid 80s. Apparently they’re one of Classified’s main influences. But more than that, it’s good to witness acts like these who are relics in their own zone, so much so that they put way more effort into winning the hearts and minds of their local fans than on achieving global fame. The song that caught my ear was “Where I’m From”, which I was able to get a small clip of. But to appease your curiosity about this group, I’ll feature their song “Back and Forth”, which is just as moving. These cats put Halifax on the map before many others, and believe me when I say that the people where they’re from appreciate their dedication to their roots. It was a beautiful sight to see. Enjoy!

 

Hadn’t heard of Collective Efforts before this. I’m feelin’ it.

And was that a cut from People Under the Stairs I heard?? Enjoy.

Lol, LOVE this.

This track from Culture Power 45’s latest vinyl-only release: Fruition, really stood out. Something about “vinyl only” just makes the music more appealing… As in, it makes you want to buy a record player, or at least dust off your neglected one. I think we all have a growing list of vinyl releases, and if not, here’s a start to your own. Many nice, clean, and fresh tracks on this compilation, but this was a shoe-in for our growing Rap Rock/Rap Metal category. And overall, this is definitely a hardcore track. Hardcore not just as in rough and hard, but it’s for those hardcore Hip-hop heads who really care about this culture and understand the dynamic between real hip hoppers… and the other guys. In other words, it never gets old hearing a good emcee talk about how good he or she is, in ever increasingly creative and witty ways. Because at the end of the day, there is still a lot of wack hip hop out there (hence why we’ve gathered here today).

But what is Culture Power 45?
Culture Power 45 is quickly solidifying itself as a staple in the limited vinyl release arena. Manifested from the thought that black artists could come together and succeed collectively through self investment, Culture Power 45 since its first limited/collectible 45 release in December 2016 has consistently sold out of its releases. Monthly the collective has released their color coded limited edition lathe cut 45’s from Infinito 2017, Thaione Davis, Max Ptah feat. Blueprint, Radius, and Rashid Hadee to name a few. Due to a high demand Culture Power 45 decided to put together a compilation that showcases the artists associated with the collective. That high demand along with Financial efforts from each artist gave birth to the 7th CP45 release ‘Fruition’.