Smithsonian to Collect Hip-Hop Relics
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#1 Feb 27, 2006
This hip hop dedication sounds great. However, I don't want to be a devil's advocate, but hip hop is not just about music' rapping and deejaying (turntablism). Hip hop is a culture. Included in the hip hop culture is graffiti and breaking. Hip hop is about taking the little that one has and turning it into something progressive. Hip hop has movies associated with it that have nothing to do with dance or music. Remember "SCARFACE" and Al Pacino's phenomenal portrayal? Moroder's music was obscene and totally 180 degrees away from hip hop, but that film was/ is the absolute hip hop junkees G.O.A.T.(Greatest of All Time) film. Next to that stands "The Warriors". Again, another film that had nothing to do with the music, but the idea that you do what you must to progress.
It amazes me how the music aspect of the culture that I grew up in and endeared for so many years is now being depicted strictly by the music aspect which has evolved and devolved and morphed almost unrecognizably over the years (by some groups). The key song that I think should be showcased is Common's "I Used to Love Her".
I for one would love to see what is going to be collected over the course of the next five years. Considering that New York is not supporting their own artists like they did in the past, it is a wonder to me that they are even collecting all the materials from there. The Southerners have taken initiative years ago and bought "Dirty South" first when Russell Simmons and Sean "Puffy" (yeah I know) Combs were laughing at our drawls. Now Def Jam South has a label promoting southern hip hop. Hilarious! Is this to be documented too? What about the left coast artists that made Dre, Tupac, Snoop, Warren G & so many other artists great, do they get to be set out in history after they long ago decided to support "Cali's music first"?
Don't get me wrong. I think that documenting hip hop in the Smithsonian is historical. However, after living the culture and seeing how things happen, I would like to know the credentials of those that are deciding its historic definition and depictions.
Tanzania, United Republic of
#2 Apr 29, 2006
I GOT NO COMMENT TO YOU SINCE YOUR WORK IS APPRCIATED
#3 May 2, 2006
Hip Hop sucks and you all are sick people.
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