the VH1 Hip Hop Honors...
I watched it last night with the fam. It was actually dope. I got to give VH1 props. They are the only ones that are saying that hip hop culture is 30 years old. The only one to give Dj Hollywood props (no one gives him any love when it comes to documentaries or books on hip-hop culture). Bill Adler's Five part series on the history of hip hop culture was okay. It would have been better if he did not focus on Pac and Biggie in the 3rd segment (which was called "Life after death). I find that there are enough documentaries and books on those two out there. We had enough of that as well.
What i Did like about the Hip hop Honors..
1. Beastie Boys did the Run DMC Tribute. that was hot. new and different. Their whole take on it sounded vintage which is why i like the Beastie's, their sound is so vintage. They also wore "The Fever" shirts. When Doug E Fresh came out to beatbox for the last verse of Sucka MC's, it was bananas.
2. Fat Joe performed "Lean Back." You gotta love this song. I even saw KRS One bouncing to this.
3. Tribute to Dj Hollywood. Once again, i have to say this, mad heads do not give this brother props. They let Kool Herc and Hollywood really speak on things. They did not give that usual mushy Hip-hop let's hold hands speech either.
4. Doug. E Fresh, S&S , Kid Capri and Grandmaster Flash killed the old school performance. Then Kid Rock was scratching! he did a good job too. He caught me off guard.
5. Nas performed a duet with his dad, Olu Dara. That was hot. It was very bluesy. But it almost brought tears to my eyes. it was basically a song about their relationship. it was dope. His dad killed it for real though. They look so much alike.
6. They gave Lee Quinones a shout out.
7. The KRS ONe tribute.
8. 2nd Generation Rock Steady did a nice set for the Rock Steady Tribute.
9. Chic came out and did "Good Times" man those sisters look better now then back then.
What I didn't like about the Hip Hop Honors:
1. Vivica A Fox hosted it. You know, she used to be a fox, now she is as plastic as they get. And she lost cool points for dating 50 cents and then stalking him. Grow the eff up. SHe was so corny. VH 1 could have gotten someone else or let MC Lyte do the whole thing. She did this thing about how hip-hop has a connection with her because heads gave her a shoutout on their albums. Oh please....
2. They only gave "props" to the Graffiti movement. They could have interviewed some writers (they only showed two, Lee Quinones was one of them and they didn't even name the other cat). That was real wack.
3. they called Puffy an activist. Stop lying.
4. Remy Martin's busted weave. come on kid, you making money, get a real hairstylist.
5. the 3 little girls that came out with Vivica Fox and danced. Come on now. what are we doing?
6. Salt looked like a drag queen
7. Why Nelson Goerge instead of Harry Allen?
8. Rev Al sharpton (nuff said)
9. Hammer with an ugly ass tie did a pac track.. you are so wack dude. please.
10. Taye Diggs, you are NOT Street... step off man...
Overall it was worth it. I am sure they will keep showing it throughout the week. My biggest beef is the repeat performances. Nas did the Pac tribute but later performed with his dad. beastie's did the Run DMC tribute and then did some tracks for their album later on. I felt they should have let other heads shine. The shout out to the women was very weak. There should have been more female representation and i don't mean more Foxy Brown or Missy. Eff that. Check it out when you get the chance.
Talib Kweli officially fell off. I was this close to buying his album. I am glad i didn't . I listened to samples on amazon.com. Dude you suck. Stop trying to sell records. make good music. Get Hi Tek to do your beats man. Get some new dope blood. Don't hate on your roots, you are an underground conscious artist! EMBRACE IT ! Your real fans will support you.
Mos Def... dude you should have told us that it was going to be a rock album. the instrumentation is dope, lyrics could be better. He wet us with like four hip hop songs. I give you props for doing that blues track (Blue black Jack) and for having Bernie Worrill on there for the keys. But dude, you should have said it was going to be a Black Jack Johnson album. I will let you slide for now.
I know for some of you i have broken some unwritten hip-hop law and dissed some heads who many feel are the epitome of progressive music. I do NOT apologize for hurting anyone's feelings. If they are hurt you can either seek therapy or jump off a roof.
Some folks say "you have to evolve and you can't expect the same old ish..." well, i drink tea with honey right? the same ol' , same ol'. I am still with my wife, right? the same ol' , same ol'. It's all good! don't change nothing. JUST MAKE DOPE MUSIC. that is all i ask.
This is real interesting:
THE BLACK LIST
"The purpose of The 'Black' List Campaign is to expose Hollywood's most anti-American black celebrities. Our campaign seeks to educate Americans about the beliefs, statements and actions of these entertainers." - Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson
Now, i have not beef with black folks taking sides with any particular political party. Just don't kick to us that your party is perfect and has no flaws. Everyone is entitled to their opinions but be honest and candid about things. Don't come off like the Republican party is the shizzle if you are a Republican and don't come of like the Democratic party is the shizzle if you are a democrat. Call mofo's out.
Third party candidates are the shizzle man.