This is protected by the red, the black, and the green
With they key! SISSIES!
Props to blackperson for her brilliant Stop the Madness Campaign where I picked up this nifty icon.
After listening to those old EPMD, Brand Nubian, and X-clan records that I bought last week I couldn't agree more. Ever since the rise of gangster rap in the 90's, I've increasingly been dismayed with what passes for hip-hop these days. I was thinking about this as I was listening to those records this past week. I really enjoyed the music of the hip-hop community back in the late 80's and early 90's, a good deal of them from the Five Percent Nation Of Islam school of politics and religion. (Boogie Down Productions, Public Enemy, Poor Righteous Teachers, Eric B and Rakim, MC Lyte, A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul). While I don't always identify with their politics, nor their oft militant persuasion, I loved the way they approached their sound and the skill with which they manipulated language and audio samples. By having their identity wrapped up in the role of teacher, the lyrics tended to be very astute and they took the possibilities of rhyming structures to levels that hadn't been dreamed of yet. I can remember the first time I head PRT's "Holy Intellect" and remember just being blown away by not only the lyrical structure, but the rate at which it was rattled off.
Paris... anyone remember him?
P-dog, back to break 'em off somethin'
And never frontin' 'cause the rhymes keep comin'
Like lotto 'cause I'm in it to win it, I never lose
Never singin' but swingin' and bringin' nothin' but bad news
or Das Efx?
Bum stiggedy bum stiggedy bum, hon,
I got the old pa-rum-pum-pum-pum
But I can fe-fi-fo-fum, diddly-bum, here I come
So peter piper, I’m hyper than pinochio’s nose
I’m the supercalafragilistic tic-tac pro
Yeah, somebody Stop the Madness... and bring back the real hip-hop.